Last week, I was struck by a strong urge to cast on knitting projects! That honestly hasn’t happened in quite some time. I think that there were three reasons that I got inspired: the sudden shift to fall weather, a particularly stressful day, but most of all, having a baby to knit for! My baby brother, Daniel, is having a baby! Well, not him exactly, but he and his wife are expecting their first baby, a little boy, in January. He will need some sweaters! And a hat! It’s cold in January! I asked for favorite baby patterns on Instagram and got lots of great suggestions. I cast on for a Baby Vertebrae this week and have plans for more projects. I will actually have to visit my local yarn store to buy some superwash yarn in the coming weeks and that is something fun to look forward to!
I miss having my own babies to knit for. I miss babies in general. Our oldest son, Seth, turned 20 last week. He found me sitting in my storage closet looking through old photos (everyone does this on birthdays, right?) His response was, “Really?” Yes, really. It’s hard to believe it’s been twenty years since Jonny and I were college kids with a baby, a very ornery baby who has grown into an ornery 20 year old whom I adore.
I hesitate to put in in writing, but our new little dog seems to be housetrained after many weeks of despair over his seeming inability to get with the program of going potty outside. (His previous owners kept him diapered and I think that made it a little more challenging for him.) We love him, but he still needs lots of training. He will leap onto my bed, which is fine, but then walks onto my desk to grab pencils or anything else he fancies to chew on. The other day I caught him on the kitchen table cleaning plates. He likes tables! He also nips the backs of my legs if I ignore him and I always find that quite startling. He’s very demanding! He really is sweet though and just wants to be loved. We all pick him up and carry him around like a baby. Hmmmm. Should I knit him a sweater?
I’ve been sewing lots of sachets, and hope to list them in my shop on Friday along with some soap and a bit of fall yarn. Keats and I have a great system now for making sachets, and I especially like the part where I get to justify watching a movie while sewing them closed. In the past couple of months, I have re-watched Miss Potter along with watching Judy, Ladies in Lavender, and Out of Africa. I almost never get to watch anything anymore because I just can’t stay up past 10:30 or so without paying for it the next day. It’s nice to be able to justify sitting down to “work” in the late afternoon on days when homeschooling is done. I think that Keats will have some things ready on Friday too, nice cutting boards and maybe some shawl pins as well. He’s struggling to find time to work now that school has started back along with baseball and music lessons (He is back in organ lessons after a 6-month break in addition to his viola lessons and quartet practice.) I fuss at him and tell him he has to learn to manage his time better because even with all that’s on his schedule he has a lot of free time. He usually replies that he needs to go practice (his viola). He sure does practice a lot! He’s also very seventeen. 🙂
Well, it’s after 8 a.m. and my kids are all still asleep! I better get moving on this day because they will surely be up and want some breakfast soon. Happy Monday to you!
p.s. updated to add that the knitted leaf patterns are by Elizabeth Murphy. You can find all her patterns here.