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*Joining Ginny and Nicole.

I know. Only one photo and its already been posted on Instagram. Please forgive me. This week has been non-stop, or at least it feels that way. This was my week to host our preschool co-op and we decided that we were going to start meeting every Friday as opposed to every other week. We are going to alternate lesson plans every week, focusing on letters and numbers for one lesson and stories and crafts for the other lesson. I volunteered to research a few curriculums for the parents to review and hopefully choose one to follow as a group. So far, I like Easy Peasy Homeschooling but I can’t figure out how to combine one week’s worth of lessons into one day, especially without creating homework for the parents and kids. They are only preschoolers after all.  Any recommendations? Ideally the program would be online and free. Other than that, I am pretty open to suggestions.

I’m plugging away on my Wellington Shawl, the test knit I’ve been working on for Sam Lamb. I have to confess, I’m a little behind, and I’ve had to drop my cup of tea socks completely to ensure that I finish the shawl by the deadline. I don’t mind, though. The shawl is a fun knit and I think I’m going to love wearing it once it’s finished.

Gabe and I hired an arborist to help us plan and plant our new orchard this spring. We fenced off about an acre a few years ago, leaving plenty of room for raised beds, berry bushes and fruit trees. So far, all we’ve managed to accomplish are the raised beds. But now that Gabe is retired from the Army, we finally have the time (and the finances) to start our orchard. Walking through the new orchard site with the arborist, we discussed which trees and berry bushes we wanted to plant and then chose varieties that thrive here in the Pacific Northwest climate. I won’t be getting my much coveted avocado tree (too cold) but lo and behold there is a persimmon tree that can grow this far north. Isn’t that exciting? (Gabe does not think it’s exciting. He and the children don’t like persimmons, and I’m basically planting a tree that will bear fruit that only I will eat. Whatever, it’s worth it.)

Besides that, it’s just the usual happenings around here: our days are filled with children’s activities, grocery shopping, laundry, folding clothes, wiping tears, handing out snacks, cleaning up toys, pulling Smartwool socks out of the potty (thanks, Eddie), playing trucks, story time, changing diapers, giving kisses and drawing pictures. In other words, life is good. Full. And good.

Oh! I must include a baby update: I’m 23 weeks along, so only 17 more to go! He or she is moving around a lot more and seems to really respond to music. Whenever I am listening to the radio or people begin singing in synagogue during services, the movement always increases.  I don’t know why, but that makes me happy.

I hope everyone is enjoying their week. Happy knitting, my friends.

my cup of tea socks

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It’s been raining for two days straight and there are no signs of it letting up anytime soon. It is dark outside and my kids are sleeping in an extra hour in the morning because of the lack of light. I’m not complaining. Our roads and driveways are flooded and I’ve seen two car wrecks and a few felled trees today on the road, all before noon. It’s a good excuse to hibernate indoors.

My Cup of Tea socks are coming along nicely. I’m decreasing on the foot right now and I anticipate finishing the first one by the end of the week. I’m very happy with the crocus motif on the front side, but I feel like the photo doesn’t do it justice. I may buy sock blockers (something I have always thought of as frivolous) because I think blocking will really make the pattern stand out when I’m done.

I have yet to cast on for my Wellington Cowl, the test knit I am (supposed to be) working on. It’s not that I don’t want to. I just haven’t had time. Come to think of it, the kids are napping. I think I’m going to do it right now.

Or not. We shall see. What are you working on, my friends?

wednesday yarn along (and other things)

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*Joining Ginny and Nicole.

The photos of the cowl are a long time coming. As usual, it took me longer to get around to taking and posting photos of the finished object than it did to actually knit the item. This is the belated (okay, very belated) Christmas gift for a friend. Don’t ask me if I’ve bothered to even send it to her yet. I’m too embarrassed to answer.

Isn’t it lovely though? It’s Rowen Felted Tweed in the DK weight, and the pattern is the Welted Cowl by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, my local yarn shop. I am very happy with how it turned out and I hope my friend likes it. The pattern is written for both a long and short version; I am tempted to make the long version for myself. You know, during all my spare time.

I’m working on a pair of socks right now. The above photo was taken while I was working on the ribbing but I’ve nearly finished turning the heel. If you follow me on social media you have probably seen a more updated photo of that project.

Speaking of projects, I’m working on another test knit! The pattern is another design by Sam Lamb, and it’s a beautiful shawl knitted in a worsted weight. I picked up some yarn yesterday and while I had planned to knit the swatch last night, my exhaustion got the better of me and I went to bed early instead. Hopefully I’ll be able to at least finish the swatch tonight.

It’s been raining here a lot lately. My poor babies have been chomping at the bit to play outdoors and this morning I bundled them up and let them play outside in the play house. It was damp, muddy and cold. But it wasn’t raining and we were able to get some much needed fresh air. Gabe bought them some cheap plastic food to use outside; they seem to think the playhouse resembles a drive-thru and they like to “serve” each other food all the time. It’s hilarious to watch.

I took a few minutes to walk around the field a bit and snap some photos. It was a soggy trip to say the least. The field is half flooded and confirmed what Gabe has been telling me for months: sooner or later we are going to have to come up with a drainage solution. So many projects, so little time.

Oh, I almost forgot! Gabe added numbers to the steps on our stairway! Aren’t they cute? Perhaps it will help Sam with his counting…

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