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…

Not bad. Just hard. 

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Joining Ginny.

Yesterday was a hard day. I wouldn’t call it a bad day, because there were some good moments, like enjoying a cup of tea during the kids’ nap time and entering and exiting Costco within 25 minutes without my children screaming or throwing samples at people. But it was hard. I woke up an hour late and barely had time to shower and shove food down my childrens’ throats before rushing out the door to make it to Sam’s gymnastics class on time. I didn’t have time to start a fire before we left, so the house was freezing by the time we returned home. The kids were tired today because they shared a room last night for the first night: they spent two hours laughing and playing instead of sleeping and it showed today. After returning home, they had meltdowns and I had to carry two screaming kids up to their respective rooms (not an easy task when you’re 20 weeks pregnant) and practically throw them in their beds. They each took a three hour nap so that sort of made up for the tantrums.

Sort of.

Like I said, it wasn’t a bad day. But it was a hard day. My patience was tested and I found myself walking out of the room a few times to just separate myself from everyone and have a moment of peace and to breath deeply. I was angry and frustrated and just…tired. Maybe it’s the pregnancy. Maybe it’s because I’m not sleeping well because I keep waking up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night. I carry my babies low on my bladder. Lucky me.

The nighttime routine wasn’t so stressful. The kids ate their dinner without much protest and then it was shower time, followed by a few shows. Gabe came home from work around 6:00pm and he cleaned the kitchen while I put the kids in the shower. At bedtime he read them a story and put them in their beds. It was nice having someone there to help, even for a little bit.

Not a bad day. But I’m glad it’s over.

Oh yes, my knitting. The purpose of my Wednesday posts. I was planning on showing off the mystery gift that I’ve been featuring on Instagram this past week but I blocked it at my parents’ place and have yet to pick it up. So maybe next week. Do good intentions excuse me from finishing a Christmas gift three weeks after Christmas? I hope so. I’m sort of in-between projects right now…working on little things here and there. I’m trying to finish the I-cord for Sam’s mittens tonight. At least I can cross that off my list. As you can see, my drawer of green tones is overflowing, so whatever I decide to knit next, it should probably be green.

I wanted to rearrange the kids play room before this baby arrives and I think I did a good job. We had a daybed built for the far right side of the room and after six months of staring at an exposed mattress, I finally managed to pick up some flannel sheets at Target a few days ago. I want to purchase a handmade quilt from Etsy because I think it will add a nice bit of color and give it a more farmhouse-y look. The stackable shelving is from Land of Nod and the adorable bee rug was purchased online from a discount designer site. I think after I add a few pictures to the wall and a throw pillow or two it will be perfect. One room down, five more to go.

What are you working on this week, my friends? Any projects on the books, knitting or otherwise?

a space to call my own

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I don’t know why I felt the need to include so many photos of Eddie sitting in the bathroom. The lighting was really nice, and she seemed to be having a good time just sitting there. She looks adorable, even with multiple potties in the background. That’s right, we have multiple potties. Small potties, big potties, and a potty seat. Desperate times call for desperate measures. Our son will be potty trained by the end of the summer, even if it kills him (or us).

Fall is coming. I can feel it. The mornings are cooler, the days are shorter, and the leaves are just starting to turn. I know I’ll regret saying this come April, but I’m looking forward to cooler weather and rainy days. The heat is starting to get to me.  I’m tired of putting on sunscreen. And sweating.

I finally picked up my Inland sweater last night and began knitting again. Turns out I needed to rip out more rows before being able to continue. Now I don’t even have enough stitches to divide for my sleeves. Sigh. Hopefully I can find time to knit this weekend to catch up to where I was earlier.

I suppose the last few photos require some explanation. That, my friends, is our “office.” I say “office,” with quotes because it’s really just the room where Gabe pays the bills and the rest of our crap is thrown when it doesn’t have a home anywhere else in this house. That is going to change.  I need a space to call my own and Gabe needs office furniture that doesn’t include my old crafting table and cheap plastic bins. I didn’t include any photos of his side because really, he just needs a new desk and a few filing cabinets. Me, on the other hand…I need a brand new design. One that doesn’t involve piles of Tupperware bins filled with yarn, fabric and other craft supplies. 

My space needs to serve multiple purposes: a place to knit, sew, blog, and create lesson plans. I also need space to store all my knitting, crafting, sewing and homeschooling paraphanelia. So, as you can see, I need a space that will be very multi-functional. The challenge is to meet all those needs in a very small room with a sloping ceiling and a chimney that comes up through the floor and into the ceiling.

Oh, and I want it to look purdy.

I think I may want this desk. It folds down on both sides, so I can expand it by opening both sides when I’m sewing and need a lot of table space or I can fold one side down and have a regular sized desk for my non-sewing activities.

Does anyone have any suggestions or ideas? I would love to hear them. How do you organize your creative spaces?

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