This Moment

Mommy's Foot

{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

– Amanda Blake Soule, Soulemama.com

(Also thanks to Peaceful Mom – she participates and shares some wonderful moments!)

Unseasonable – part 2

Going with my own trend of knitting out of season, I’ve finished a pair of Bella’s Mittens. As before, these are samples for FiberTrades.com
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These are knit in Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky – they are a relatively quick knit. Ravelry details are here. And warm! I wish I had a pair of these back when I was college and graduate school. My time spent in Providence and Syracuse involved a lot of walking and those places do get winter! The blend of wool and mohair results in a little bit of fuzz factor.
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It is not the easiest trick to photograph yourself while wearing mittens. The Lorax is still too small to have her take the photo and she did not want to wear the mittens either. She was interested in seeing herself when I flipped the display around, set the self-timer and had the camera on the stairs…
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And then she wanted to do more.
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FYI, a samurai sword makes a great mitten display:
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Nutmeg Knitting – My Etsy Shop

A while back I spotted a post on Ravelry by Kate of TotToppers.com – she was going to allow for knitters to purchase a cottage license, which means the knitter has permission to sell the finished product of selected patterns. I thought this was a great idea, reasonable in price, and I adore her work, so I jumped on the opportunity.

I am now an Official Licensed Seller for 4 of the Tot Toppers patterns: Cabled Tie Topper, Little Miss Muffet, Tiger Stamped, and the Checkered Square Cap.

I’ve got an etsy shop set up too.

A sample of what’s there in the shop:
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Custom work is accepted happily! I’m knitting as fast as I can on my own ideas of color combos and such and I am loving getting to try out some new-to-me yarns. I have made a sale to a local friend, so yay on that! Feedback is welcome too – and of course, if you happen to be in need of a baby / toddler hat, orders are welcome as well! 🙂 Everything listed right now is ready to ship. I think this afternoon or tomorrow I’ll make the “Tot Toppers” category be the “custom order requests” or something along those lines. I’ve signed up with the EtsyFAST and EtsyKnitters teams. I hope to be able to join the EtsyBaby team as well – need a few more sales first! Wish me luck!

Simple

We’ve had a stretch of not so great weather, but yesterday turned out to be a lot nicer than I thought it would be. A spur of the moment decision lead to a picnic on the town green with the Lorax. We have eaten outside before, but I made a big deal out of this – making sure to call it a picnic, telling her about the blanket we would sit on, packing her usual lunch fare. And you know what? It was great. She sat on the blanket, rolled around on the blanket, walked a bit away from me but not too far. We really need to do this more often. And sure, we can have a picnic in the backyard or in the family room if it’s rainy, but there was something special about this first one.

I hope the simplicity continues – the weekend is supposed to be nice as well – we’ve got plans for a bathroom painting job and some mulch spreading and garden prep!

Unseasonable – part 1

I can not speak for any knitter other than myself, but I have a tendency to knit things out of season. I think you have to, in part because knitting can take so long that if you start that wool sweater in December it will be July before you finish it. Earlier this year, probably late February – early March I found myself almost inexplicably drawn to nearly obnoxious bright colors. And now, here were are in mid-May and the weather is getting warmer, and I am knitting Acorns (pattern by Suse on her blog).
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They do make cute little decorations, but I’m not that organized for fall 2010.
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This was a knitting job, to make up these samples for FiberTrades.com
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In all, I knit up 10 Acorns, using a variety of roughly worsted weight yarns and some fingering weight yarns, and dpns that ranged from US0 to US10. Of course, I have forgotten to include anything for scale in my photo, but the smallest acorn was about 1.5 inches from top to bottom and the largest was just over 3 inches.
10 Acorns

Now that project is on its way back to FiberTrades.com and what knitting job do I have next? Bella’s Mittens using Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Bulky, elbow length, of course.

I may crochet…

I adore crochet. I still need to have out a “How-to” laminated cheat sheet for the stitches as well as my copy ofCrocheting in Plain English. I want to crochet, I really do. I am not going to turn in my needles for hooks, but I see so many interesting things out there and it is just that crochet can do some things that knitting can not. My Ravelry Queue for crochet mostly has toys on it, that’s really what I yearn for. That and pretty much anything by Sarah London (I’m really in love with the Wool Eater blanket!) and Attic24 and these stars and the list goes on. I lurked on the Ravelry group for a Potholder Swap, but couldn’t figure out what to do quickly enough and I certainly wasn’t confident enough in my skills.

Then, I was invited to join The Dazzling Dozen Potholder Swap on Ravelry – here are the details: This swap will place you in a group of either 6 or 12 members. When a group has enough members, a “Featured Member” will be chosen for the month. Each member of the group will then crochet a potholder for the “Featured Member” and send it to them. The next moth, a different “Featured Member” will be selected and they will then be the lucky recipient of either 5 or 11 beautiful potholders. This group will accept members year round and signups will proceed on a rolling basis. As soon as one group of fills up, they will begin swapping and a new group will begin.
Totally my speed.

I have sent on my first potholder to this month’s recipient (My month to receive is December). I really wanted to do the Stir Me Up (Rav link) pattern, I ended up confused, so instead went with Disc-Disc pattern by ChickenBetty – the yarn is an assortment of Sugar ‘n Cream in the brightest colors I have – yellow, orange, lime green and hot pink. I think it worked.
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Close Ups
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I have been trying to hold the crochet hook differently and I think that helped. I hold the hook in my left hand and I was a bit stabby with it. I tried to hold it more “pencil” like and I think I can sort-of make that work effectively. I can not hold it like a “knife” because even though I am left-handed I hold my knife in my right hand. It’s proven to be a challenge just to hold the yarn in the right hand – my knitting muscles are quite well defined!

"I am Hutterite" – Book Review

“I Am Hutterite” by Mary-Ann Kirkby
From the booksneeze.com website and Thomas Nelson publishing company:
**A fascinating journey into the heart and culture of a reclusive religious community.

“I Am Hutterite” takes readers into the hidden heart of the little-known Hutterite colony where author Mary-Ann Kirkby spent her childhood. When she was ten, her parents packed up their seven children and a handful of possessions and left the colony to start a new life. Overnight they were thrust into a world they didn’t understand, a world that did not understand them.

With great humor, Kirkby describes how she adapted to popular culture, and with raw honesty she describes her family’s deep sense of loss for their community. More than a history lesson, I Am Hutterite is a powerful tale of retracing steps and understanding how our beginnings often define us.**

I am very happy that this was one of the choices over on booksneeze.com. I hadn’t heard of the book, nor had I heard of Hutterites, but I like a good memoir and the idea of having to endure such a radical culture shift from religious colony to “English” in 1969 sounded really interesting. I devoured this book in 3 days – I found so much of the detail of colony life to be so engaging, if a bit slow to start (though in reading before bed I found it quite calming – maybe that’s the qualities of the Hutterites coming through?) I had a bit of trouble in the beginning keeping all the relatives straight, but it didn’t take away from the story. There is a family tree in the back of the book, along with a glossary for the Hutterite language sprinkled throughout the book – I wish that had been placed in the front of the book for my own reference. The book details life on the colony, her grandparents, parents and siblings, but I felt stopped short when it came to life outside of the colony. We are told of the authors early years in “English” school (middle school / early high school), but I would have liked to learn more about her adjustments into the outside culture and her trips back to the colony. Overall this was a very enjoyable read and I plan to share this with family and friends (Wife, “Mom”, Knitter – I’ll bring it to knitting for you!).
I review for BookSneeze

Disclosure: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program in exchange for a fair review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”