Wednesday Yarn Along #12 (and a few other things)



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Yesterday I posted that I would explain why I have been so tired lately, and slightly absent from the blogging world. I feel like that last photo offers up a pretty decent explanation. Last month we discovered that I am pregnant with our third child. The baby is due in May and we couldn’t be more thrilled. The morning sickness was pretty rough last week. I was taking prescription anti-nausea meds around the clock, and my poor family ate out more than I’d like to admit because there was no way I was going to cook. Just opening my fridge sent me running for the bathroom. I couldn’t even knit because counting stitches made my head spin. I’d never had morning sickness like that before. Over the last few days, the nausea has subsided, and I feel like I’m starting to regain a little of my old energy and while my clothes are already feeling a tad too snug, I feel great.

But enough about that. Look at my sweater! Isn’t it wonderful? I loved this pattern. Full disclosure: I would never use this yarn again. I loved the color, but it pilled too much for my taste and in some photos, like the close-ups of the buttons, you can see the yarn has already turned a bit fuzzy.

Speaking of the buttons, I am in love with them. Bees! They are from an Etsy store called Wooly Moss Roots. As soon as I saw them, I had to have them. The couple who made them have so many adorable carved items, and I highly recommend checking out their blog.

You might notice how I only have one button buttoned on this sweater. Normally I would show you what it looks like completely buttoned, but since I cast on, I have gained ten pounds, and there are certain parts of my (ahem) anatomy that have expanded since then, so it doesn’t look very good buttoned up.

In a nutshell, I’m glad I chose Inland for my first KAL, and I know this sweater will get lots of use this winter. It took forever to post photos, but better late than never, right?

sourdough and sweaters

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The kids are on the mend, and I’m so grateful. Over the past 24 hours, I’ve managed to get a few things done around the house: a load of laundry here, a load of dishes there. Life is slowly returning to normal.

I was gifted with a sourdough starter a few weeks ago. While I am a good cook, I have been informed by my own mother by some people that my baking skills are lacking. This last batch was by far my best, so I think I’m finally getting the hang of it. Yesterday for breakfast I ate sourdough toast smeared with a blackberry and poblano pepper jam made by the husband of a dear friend. It was to die for.

I do hope I finish this sweater this weekend. My fingers are itching to cast on something new…a hat…a baby sweater…perhaps a throw? I can’t decide.

Enjoy the weekend, friends.


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*Joining Ginny

Tuesday started out looking like it was going to be a pretty good day. The kids woke up in great moods and Sam was excited to make new friends at the first pre-school homeschool co-op meeting (My, that’s a long title, isn’t it?) we were attending that morning. The meeting went well, and we finalized days, times, and a bare-bones curriculum. It seems to be a like-minded group of moms who are interested in creating a fun, active and (very) lightly-structured learning environment for their kids, which is exactly what I want at this point. I don’t plan on introducing Latin anytime soon. He’s only three, after all.

After the meeting, everything went downhill. The kids started whining pretty heavily and I had to leave because once the crying started I couldn’t seem to console them. On the car ride home, I developed a pounding headache and knowing I wouldn’t be in the mood to make them lunch, I pullled into a drive through and bought the kids some junky food. Once we got home, I discovered both kids had fevers, and after a few bites of lunch they went down for naps and I ended up eating said junky food and taking a long nap myself. When I woke up my headache was still there and I had two very cranky babies. I couldn’t find any time to knit and to top it all off, my computer starting acting funny and I have a feeling it’s going to pass on to the great beyond any day now. It certainly wasn’t a horrible day; I’ve had much worse. But it definitely did not end the way it began. I’m hoping the kids will feel better in a few days and everything will go back to normal.

I’m not sure I can say the same for my laptop.

After making a few pattern adjustments, I finished the first sleeve of my Inland. I have one more sleeve and two pockets to knit and then I am done. I ordered my buttons but I’m not going to show those off until I am finished with the sweater. It’s going to look so good!