Archives for February 2016

Making Some Things

A few weeks ago, Gabe requested a new hat.  I didn’t have any yarn that suited him colorwise, so I ordered a skein of Tosh Vintage in the Nebula colorway, per his choice.  When it arrived, I looked at it and thought immediately that he wasn’t going to like it.  I showed it to him, and while he said he would wear it (being a good sport, and knowing that he had chosen it) I knew he was disappointed with the color.  It was too green.  I told him we could send it back, or try over-dyeing it, shifting it more towards a blue.  He voted for dyeing, so that’s what I did.  I used Greener Shades dye, adding a good bit of blue, and a little black as well.  The resulting yarn is really pretty!  Gabe has a new hat now, and we are both happy with how it turned out.  The pattern is just an improvised one, and I typed it out in my Ravelry notes.

In other knitting news, I finished and blocked the Henny hat, and knit a little bracelet this week as well.  The bracelet was knit using part of a small skein of indigo dyed homespun yarn that I won thanks to a friend over on Instagram.  The pattern is called Bestie.  It’s quick to knit up, though wool yarn is not what the pattern recommends.  I ordered some Quince Sparrow to try next (it’s linen).  I’m excited to knit more bracelets.  I’ve also been making stitch markers and dyeing yarn.  I’m not sure when I’ll be ready for a shop update.  Hopefully in the next week or two?

Larkspur has been focused on feeding the birds lately, and followed a recipe in My First Bird Book to make homemade suet.  Jonny helped her make a hanging wooden feeder full of holes stuffed with the suet mixture, and she covered some pinecones as well.

Several of you have asked how I am feeling, and I think that I feel pretty good considering this is my seventh pregnancy and I am 38 years old.  I’m tired, and I have my aches and pains, but I expected those things.  I am carefully guarding my poor unstable pelvis and taking good care of myself.  We weren’t actually planning for this pregnancy because I didn’t feel ready, either physically or mentally, to face pregnancy and birth again.  Honestly, I wasn’t sure I would ever be.  So when I realized that I was pregnant last fall, I made the decision to have a positive attitude (after a wee, scared cry session), knowing that would make all the difference.  It’s not hard to accept another child, that’s the really good part, but it can be a little daunting to have a pregnancy ahead that you know is going to be difficult in some ways.  I am just about 23 weeks along, and trying to stay in the moment, not worrying how I might feel in a couple of months.  One day at a time.  I feel very blessed to have another baby to look forward to.  It’s funny how something that I was trying to avoid (pregnancy) feels too good to be true (that’s the someone part).  She’s worth every uncomfortable minute.

Yarn Along

~ Two of my favorite things are knitting and reading and I love sharing my projects and current reads here. I would love for you to join me every Wednesday to share a single photo of what you are knitting (or crocheting) and reading too! Share your photo on your blog, on Instagram (#yarnalong), or on Flickr. Leave a link below to share your photo with the rest of us!~

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I cast on for a little Sproutlette dress earlier this week (the yarn is Quince & Co. Tern in rose quartz).  I finished the bodice and, only then, took a good look at what I had knit.  I realized that I had reversed the knits and purls on the wrong side rows of the chart and had to rip the whole thing out and start again.  It’s never quite so much fun to knit something twice in a row in my opinion, and I guess I learned a lesson about knitting from charts while doing math lessons with children.

I’m still reading The Life Giving Home, not quite halfway through.


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