We are officially back to all of our school year activities, and this first week has gone relatively smoothly. Of course, I just told Jonny that I have this nagging feeling that I need to pick someone up (though we’re all home), so I’m guessing it will take a few weeks for me to adjust. There are a couple of days where the schedule feels a little like a juggling act, but otherwise I feel okay, like this is going to be sustainable. Last school year didn’t feel that way. I was responsible for too much and I felt nearly constantly stressed. Going back to a co-op with my older kids this year means that we are away from the house a few days a month, but it’s worth it to have some of the teaching burden lifted from my shoulders.
I’m trying to get into a morning rhythm with my younger kids and that is not necessarily working well. Job is eager to work on anything (we are focusing on his pencil grip right now), but Silas is my hardest student, mainly because he doesn’t like to sit still. Mabel wants to be right in the middle of everything. The other day I gave up on math with Silas, but then found him after bedtime with a flashlight getting caught up. Beyond staying on schedule with math, my main focus right now is reading, and I remind myself that we only need to do a little each day, and eventually he will be reading on his own. (We have used this program for years.) When he’s motivated he moves quickly and gets things done. When he’s not, he drives me totally crazy with his antics. I try to keep my frustrations on the inside (but don’t always succeed). I always have my knitting nearby during lessons and it really does help, especially with a child who is dragging five minutes into twenty. I used to get most of my knitting done at night after my kids were in bed, but I’m usually too tired for that now. I’m lucky if I have everyone under the age of fifteen in bed by 10, and I’m not motivated to stay up much beyond that. I’m trying to make daytime knitting a priority, and I’m also reminding myself that there are seasons for knitting lots, and seasons for just aiming for a couple rows per day. Knitting will always be with me.
I have been working on this sweater for Mabel, and am almost finished with the body. I’m eager to finish that because yellow yarn is calling my name right now. I’d like to knit this little cardigan in a couple skeins of my goldenrod yellow sport weight yarn, but I’m going to wait to cast on until the other sweater is finished. I listed a couple pairs of sport weight skeins (in a soft blue and an orange red) in my shop this morning that didn’t make it into my update last week, in case you want to knit that little cardigan as well. I also listed some naturally dyed swaddles that I didn’t manage to get listed last week as well. Thank you for all your orders! I shipped everything out within about twenty four hours thanks to Larkspur who helped me package orders. She loved it, so I guess she’s got herself a little job, because it cut my packaging time nearly in half! We worked together, me telling her what was in each order and her wrapping them up and tying them with string before handing them over to me for shipping labels. Several people have asked about scarves, and I will try to have more in about a month. Right now I am working on a limited release of naturally dyed Quince & Co. Tern yarn and I’m excited about that!
A friend recently gave me a little metal bed that she didn’t need anymore (it’s from Ikea in case you are wondering) and we swapped Mabel’s crib for it this week. Her birthday quilt fits the bed perfectly, and now she has a new cozy little spot in the corner of our bedroom. (The girls have been lobbying for Mabel to move upstairs to their room, but Jonny and I aren’t ready.) She and my big girls love snuggling up there with books and dolls. Do you remember these dolls? It’s been so long since I made them, and I’m happy to have three girls for the three little dollies now.
These days are so busy, often exhausting and frustrating, but also full of such sweet little moments.
p.s. I bought Mabel’s dress (first two photos) from Little Cottonwood. She’s a big two year old, so I bought the size 3. I wish I had bought size 4 though, because despite washing in cool water and hanging to dry it shrunk a good bit! Just want to mention that in case you consider buying one.