a spring pom pom

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I made my first pom pom. Everyone kept telling me how easy it is to make a pom pom…and they were right. However, nobody told me what a total pain attaching a pom pom can be! I looked at a few tutorials and it seemed simple enough, but it kept flopping to the side and whenever I tightened my stitch bits of yarn would be pulled out. I don’t know what I was doing wrong but I believe I figured it out. I don’t think you can see the “bald” side of the pom pom on the hat and it seems to be sewn in pretty well. Only time will tell.

I do love the colors in this hat. It matches my Wellington shawl and I can’t wait to wear them together. I couldn’t decide which color to make my pom pom and I was debating using all three colors but Tania from Hedgerow Harvest suggested that I use just the accent colors and I’m really happy with the result.

I can’t believe I just wrote two paragraphs about a single pom pom.

In other news…spring has sprung! I swear, I looked out my window the other day and there they were: blossoms. Everywhere! My forsythia went from dormant to full bloom in what seems like a mere forty eight hours and my ancient thirty foot plus plum tree is covered in tiny white blossoms. I can see them both from my kitchen window and I love looking at them while I cook.

I started my second My Cup of Tea Sock. I need to get this sock over and done with. I am so done with projects that require size 1 needles (at least for now). Plus I am anxious to start a baby knit. Maybe I’ll knit a swatch this weekend.

I can’t believe we are almost one full week into March. Before you know it, the month will be over, April will be here, and I will only have one month left before little Baby Wander arrives. I don’t know how I am going to get everything done.

It’s supposed to rain all weekend. Gabe and I are going to take the kids to the local nursery and hopefully pick out a few trees that we will be planting in our new orchard over the next few weeks. I am so excited.

Happy Friday, everyone!

wednesday yarn along

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*Joining Ginny and Nicole

I suppose one could argue that I’m spoiling the surprise by posting my hat during the blocking process but I have yet to add the pom pom so technically I’m not showing you the finished item, per say. Just 99% of the finished item. I posed this question on Instagram yesterday but I didn’t receive an answer: are you supposed to add the pom pom before or after blocking? I’m a pom pom novice I’m afraid.

I decided to block it on a towel at home instead of driving to my parents’ house and using my mother’s blocking board. I have to say, a blocking board is way easier than a towel, even for a simple hat. But it was raining sideways that afternoon and I didn’t feel like getting in my car and driving. Plus, I’ve been experiencing a lovely case of sciatica on my right side and I spent eights hours laying on my couch with a heating pad. Ouch. This is a first for me. I’ve heard of pregnant women experiencing sciatica but having never had it myself, I had no idea how painful it could be! I am truly looking forward to this pregnancy being over. Just 11 more weeks to go!

back home in all our glory

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Texas was fun. It was a quick trip and we wished we could have stayed longer. The kids did pretty well on the flight over. They were preoccupied with our iPads (something they never get to play with otherwise) and all the terrible treats I had stored away in my bag…potato chips and swedish fish, anyone?

The majority of the photos were taken on our first morning in Houston. Gabe, his father, and his grandfather walked the kids around the horse pasture and let them climb over the farm equipment. Sam loved the tractor but Eddie was more interested in the garden hose attachment that she found underneath the tractor. Afterwards, Gary, Gabe’s father, took the kids for a ride on the riding lawnmower while the rest of us watched. The older gentlemen with the dog is Gabe’s grandfather, Howard. He is a WWII vet and such a sweet man. He and Sam really hit it off with one another and spent a lot of time together during our visit.

The farm has a man made pond stocked with fish and Sam, Gary and Gabe spent the rest of the morning trying to catch a fish, with no luck. That afternoon, we were visited by six step-sisters and one half-sister, plus husbands, significant others, and children. It was loud, chaotic and so much fun.

By the time we boarded our return flight for Washington a few days later, I think the kids were beyond exhausted. Sam was okay on the flight back. He was a little fussy but nothing we couldn’t handle. Eddie, on the other hand, acted like the devil incarnate. It was horrible. Non-stop temper tantrums, for four hours. The flight attendants were offering to hold her and when that didn’t work, they brought me a free vodka soda, which I thought was both funny (because obviously it wasn’t my imagination that Eddie was being a complete hellion) and sad (because I’m seven months pregnant and couldn’t drink it.) She spent the last two hours of the flight crying and whining in Gabe’s lap and after the plane landed, Gabe turned to me and said, “We are never, ever flying with children again.” There was an explicative or two in his statement that I am choosing to omit but I’m sure you can use your imagination and fill in the blanks.

We arrived home at 10:00pm than night and fell into bed. 36 hours later both kids had developed a high fever and runny noses and so we skipped all of our extra curricular activities and stayed home for the remainder of the week. While I felt badly for the children, it was nice to have an excuse to stay at the house and finish the unpacking and laundry.

Knitting was nonexistent this week. I didn’t knit a single stitch during our trip or for the next three days after we returned home. I am totally okay with that. After our trip I needed something mind numbing. While the kids were sniffling and napping on my lap, I spent my time curled on the couch with them reading a trashy romance novel.  (gasp!) 

I apologize for nothing.

I spent most of today finishing my hat and catching up on all my usual blogs. Its been fun. Like Netflix binging, but better. Looking forward to seeing what everyone’s been up to. I’ve missed you all!

Side note: thank you to everyone who offered suggestions for gender-neutral baby knits. My Ravelry queue doth over floweth. I can’t wait to cast on my first baby knit. 

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