wednesday yarn along

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Joining Ginny.

I’m not sure if this counts as a Yarn Along worthy post, because technically these projects have been completed for months. (Years, if you count the poncho.) But I have been meaning to take photos of these items for a long time and having my sister in town over Thanksgiving weekend was the perfect opportunity. Hannah was very generous with her time and seemed to genuinely enjoy herself. She didn’t complain once about having to repeat the entire photo shoot, even though it was 31 degrees outside. What a trooper!

I listed each project name below but if you want to know the pattern or yarn used just pop over to my Ravelry page and take a look. I have to say, my favorite knit featured today is my Lodgepole hat. I loved knitting that hat; it was my first time doing color work and I had so much fun. It was also the first time I used Quince and Co. yarn, which has started a very unhealthy love affair between myself and Quince and Co. It’s quite one-sided.

I hope you enjoy the photos.

Lodgepole hat by Sara Grespach

Gap-Tactic Cowl by Jen Geigley

Spring Garden Shorties by Cathy Cambell

Easy Folded Poncho by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas

Reading Mitts by Susie Rogers

frosty morning

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Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? I’m still full. I’ve been eating non-stop since Thursday afternoon and I think I’ve gained twenty pounds, and no, it is not baby weight.

We’ve had an exceptionally cold week and while it hasn’t snowed, it’s been so frosty and cold every morning that snow doesn’t seem too far off.

My sister Hannah has been visiting us for the holiday weekend and I asked her to help me photograph a pile of knitted items that I’ve been dying to show you all for some time now. I hate modeling my own stuff and much prefer to be the photographer as opposed to the, uh…photographee (that’s a word, right? I’m going to say it is and move on.) Anyway, here is where the story takes a turn for the worse: I have mentioned the problems I’ve been having with my camera/card/computer in the past. But the last week or so everything has been working just fine. After taking  about 100 photos yesterday, I tried to import them onto my computer only to have every single file corrupted during the transfer process. I was so mad. But what could I do? Hannah is coming over again this afternoon and we’re going to retake all the photos. I replaced the card so I can’t imagine it happening again. Fingers crossed. 

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If you’ve been reading my blog or following me on social media, I’m sure you’ve come to the conclusion by now that I absolutely love cold weather. I’m always preferred to bundle up in warm cozy layers rather than lay out in the sun in a t-shirt and shorts. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some warm weather and cold beers on a beautiful pool deck, and I jump at the chance to wear a new pair of espadrilles…but when I feel that first cold wind of the year hit my face or detect the smell of fermenting apples on the ground…I know it’s here: Fall. Winter. Snow.
Here’s the downside: cold weather in the Pacific Northwest usually means lots of rain. Lots of rain means staying indoors. Staying indoors means my three year old, 17 month old and myself are cramped together in a two story 1,100 sf house and they are starting to drive me crazy.
So, a few days ago, even though we knew we only had about 45 minutes of daylight left (because it’s dark by 5:00pm) Gabe and I bundled our kids up and took them to a park on the water a few minutes away to run around and just get out of the house. We walked along the docks first and then headed to the play structure. I didn’t take any photos on the play structure because Eddie wanted me to push her on the swing and Sam kept trying to die by falling off the top of the structure, so Gabe and I were too busy keeping them happy/alive to take any photos. There were quite a few parents and little ones playing at the park as well. They obviously had the same idea that we did: a few minutes of outdoor time is better than nothing. It was too short of an outing, and we were pretty cold and hungry by the time we left, but it was worth it.
This will be our first winter in the house with two toddlers and I decided that I need to make more of an effort to get the kids out in the afternoons, even if that means dinner is a little later than usual or baths have to be skipped. I often find myself so concerned with keeping to our schedule that I fail to notice when a timeout from the schedule is most needed. Or, even more importantly, when it’s time to change the schedule to better accommodate the needs of the kids or myself. So, in a nutshell, that is my goal during this cold and rainy season. If it’s not raining, then we are playing outside, even if it’s just for a half hour. Or else Mama might go crazy.

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