FO Friday Sockhead Hat

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It feels like a long time since I have finished anything. Just in time for the return of the colder weather, I finished the knitting on a Sockhead Hat. I loved working with this yarn, Peppino, from The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze. This project (knit with a variegated yarn) also fits the bill for the recent quarterly challenge from the Loopy Ewe. I have given this hat a test run this week when I really didn’t want to bother doing anything with my hair. It was cozy and comfy, I’m just not sure if it’s the right style for me. Maybe I’m not hipster enough. This hat looks super cute on my daughter, so I think I would consider making this hat again for a kid. However, now that’s done, and I’m looking at a rainy, hopefully laid back weekend and I’ll probably get more wear out of it than I think!

Linking up!

First WIP

L knitsOver the weekend, my daughter asked if I would show her how to knit. We have been reading Annie and the Swiss Cheese scarf for months now, and she received a Hello Kitty Scarf Kit for Christmas. Ok, why not? So we sat down and I cast on for her. The first row I knit while holding her hands and she said the little rhyme: “In through the front door, once around back, peek through the window, and off jumps Jack”. Then we sat knee-to-knee while she worked, so I was close by if she needed help, and to be a mirror image for her to look at the motions. I’m left handed, and I knit that way too (my stitches start on the right and move to the left), but we seem to have managed ok. I am quite proud of her, she has really stuck with it! She knit on Sunday afternoon and later that evening while the Super Bowl was on. Monday was a snow day / no school, and after I told her there was no school, she said “Oh good, now I can stay home and knit!” She picked it up again yesterday too, and has already asked me when I’ll be knitting today (another snow day). Reading the Swiss Cheese Scarf book has been a huge plus, as it shows that your first project can be full of mistakes and loops, and it emphasizes that knitting is hard and takes a long time and a lot of practice. I have to say though, for a beginner knitting kit, the yarn (some acrylic with glittery strands) is terrible to knit with. It is so splitty. I’ll be offering her some other yarn to practice with, but only if she wants to try something else – she’s determined to make this scarf.

I have been working on a sample knit; it’s big and squishy and I will be sad to send this one back. The Cody Cardi has gotten some attention, and I have cast on a new pair of socks. My personal sock club for February was a skein of Dyelectable Yarns “Peeps” self-striping. I decided to try these toe-up with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel, plain vanilla. They are super bright and obnoxious, so of course I love them.

The Quiet Busy

This weekend was all together too short and too long. We had one designated, planned thing on each day, (each in town and under 2 hours) but by Sunday night we both thought this weekend was too busy.  As the holiday season rolls in and we’re looking forward to a fundraising event for family, Thanksgiving, L’s 6th birthday, a baptism, a wedding, Christmas, I don’t see how the weekends could possibly be anything but busy.  Anyway, this weekend involved:

  • Swim lessons
  • A less-than-enjoyable dinner out (a toddler in a bad mood doesn’t make a good dinner mate)
  • A birthday party
  • Daylight Savings time – we “fall” back and “gain” an hour, but it just throws the kids off. I could be on board with this!
  • Chores: all the laundry, vacuuming, and picking up

I think my 30 day sweater is officially going in to hibernation. I would rather work on other things and I have gifts to start. I wound up yarn for a pair of socks for Dan, and a hat for me. Then I couldn’t stop knitting on the hat! I finished it too, but it’s too tall so I have to rip back. I’m ok with that and look forward to sharing it on Friday! Along with this other hat that I’ll share a peek at today, because it’s just a cute picture.

Wrapping Up August

For this edition of FO Friday, I have two things that were completed to share with you. I’ll share the crochet one first. My August Augusta Shawl, in Manos del Uruguay Serena, is finished and that means I have successfully completed Camp Loopy 2013! I am quite impressed with myself that I did it. I love the idea of KALs and I love to join whatever popular knitting thing is going on, but I rarely follow through. I get distracted easily, life happens and all the rest. The Augusta Shawl is perfect for newer crocheters (you do the same stitch until the skein runs out, switch colors, repeat) and was the exact sort of project I needed for working on something while watching TV. And now that it is done, I’m sad. I feel like all my projects are fiddly and require attention. I’m on the lookout for some sort of appropriate replacement (yes, even with my pile of active WIPs).

BLarmsThe other big accomplishment this week is that school has started and the Lorax is now a Kindergartener!! You could knock me over with a length of laceweight yarn because even though I have been looking forward to this day for a long time, I can’t believe it is for real. It’s really happening, we put her on the bus and away she went. While waiting for the bus we were taking some silly pictures, including this one to show how strong we are. Awesome. She got on the bus without much fuss and when she came home she bounded off the bus, all smiles. Phew!

 

Have a great weekend!

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New Project, New Book

L socks WIPIt’s Wednesday again, time for WIP Wednesday & Yarn Along! I finished up my Stripe Study (yay!) so you’ll have to wait until Friday for that report. I have other secret projects I’m working on and in the “downtime” until the next Camp Loopy project starts (tomorrow! I have to get my yarn wound!) I decided to start a new project: socks for Lorelai. She has been showing a greater interest in the things I have knit and has asked for a few amigurumi things here and there. I uncovered a lone skein of Knit Picks Stroll in the stash the other day while looking for something else. She seemed interested in the socks at first, but when I put the WIP on her to see how tall she wanted the socks she told me she wanted knee socks (I don’t have enough of this yarn!) and then that she didn’t want socks. Sigh. I’m deciding to keep on and knit these up for her anyway, and I have been looking for ideas for knee-high socks. Isn’t the project bag great? It’s my new Piddleloop bag, it’s so cute and roomy! I love how the triangle shape sits too, and even DH noticed it yesterday.

Reading wise, I’ve been a bit disappointed with the e-book selection via my library – there are a lot of classics (which I should read, but I’m just not feeling), a lot of trashy romance novels (meh), a lot of chick-lit (not interested). I have holds on several items, but it’s probably going to be a while. I took a gamble and found The Anatomist’s Apprentice while I was randomly browsing.  We’ll see how it goes.

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Monday Listicle: Life with Kids

I haven’t done a listicle in a while, but I could not resist the prompt for today. When I started blogging I think most of the posts featured Jackson, my first “kid”, in some way or another. It still happens now that I might meet someone who reads this blog and they know Jackson! Then the lorax and the little nutmeg arrived, and they have dominated the blog among the knitting for a while.  Lately it has gotten harder to get decent photos – someone is always moving or, moving to see how the photo came out! Instagram is great for sharing a lot of these quick snaps, so many on my listicle come from there. All were taken with my phone.  I really need to charge up my big camera and just get back to it. Anyway, here’s today’s listicle:

10 PHOTOS OF LIFE WITH KIDS

Fuss

Fussing

 

Dachshund kisses

Nose to nose.

 

Line up

Lining up the crews.

 

Buckle up

Buckle Up

 

Silly face

Someone was playing with my phone.

 

Sleepy

Alseep in the car. Rare.

 

Duo

Happy.

 

perfect day for ice cream! #freeconeday #Ben&Jerrys

Ice Cream Cones!

 

Bubble!

Bubble!

 

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Buddies.

 

 

there and back again

And there goes June. This weekend was very busy, but in the best possible way: with family and yarn! My brother (the guy on the right), who has been in Chile for the last 2 years, is home for just about a month. My parents and brother (the one in the middle) went there this spring to visit, and we have been able to g-chat, but it just isn’t the same as being in the same room!

 

 

GMS

After being fueled by a home-cooked breakfast from mom (what’s better than that?!) the Lorax and I took a ride up to Putney, Vermont to visit the Green Mountain Spinnery.  I do work with them and it was overdue that I see the mill for myself. It’s pretty incredible – the space is amazing – smaller than you think (and yet still, bigger somehow – they do have a lot of yarn there!). The machines are all right there and there is fluff everywhere. We took the grand tour and spent some time chatting. I managed to not take a single picture! You are better off to click on over to the Spinnery website and see their virtual tour – seriously, they aren’t hiding anything in those photos! The only thing hard to capture in the photos is that the wool, as it goes from fluff to stuff, is that this is not a big factory / push a button and out pops yarn. There are people touching your yarn every step of the way. Very hands-on.  I was very project specific and have stocked up for winter hats for each of the kids, boot socks for Dan, a hat pattern for me and sock yarn for me. This picture of the Lorax is the only one I took! I used this as my entry into the photo contest in the Stitched by JessaLu ravelry group – and guess what? I won! Thank you random number generator! I adore my Stitched by JessaLu bags and it seems I’m collecting them now!

Oh, Life.

Typical.  I get all excited to do something and then the follow through falls through.  I truly intended to complete the entire week of posts for the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week.  Wednesday was thrown off for kindergarten parent orientation (and a subsequent letter writing campaign), Thursday I had to put my energy into work, Friday was all sorts of busy with school activities for my daughter – a field trip and a dance.  So, the blog went to the back burner for a bit. It happens.
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Here were are ready for the dance. It was a good time. I wasn’t sure which dress she would want to wear – Lorelai is highly opinionated on her clothes – and she wanted to wear a dress my mom brought over that was mine when I was about 6 years old.  Vintage Polly Flinders there! She looked adorable. On Saturday we went to the CT Sheep & Wool – it was so funny to pull into a parking spot, and in the car next to us on one side was Dayna from Madison Wool, and Gracey on the other! It was quick because Lorelai was distracted by everything.  It worked out ok; I wasn’t shopping for yarn this time.  I really wanted to see the Stitched by JessaLu bags – I picked up a new one, coffee themed! I also wanted to see “the button lady” for buttons for my Morning Coffee sweater.  I did pick up a set, but I’m not 100% that they will work.  Then Sunday we went to a birthday party.  On top of all that a family member was in a serious car accident Thursday night, so that has been a cloud overhead, and we’re waiting to hear positive news. So yeah, life.

photo.JPGI did finish the slugs that were a special request for a friend.  I don’t usually make the same pattern more than once – but these are slugs #3 & #4. I really am a big fan of Stacey / FreshStitches designs! I am working on a set of owls by request of another friend, and again I am using Stacey’s Tiny Owl pattern.

We’ll see you back here for Yarn Along / WIP Wednesday – I’ve started a new book and have WIPs to share!

4!

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Yesterday, the Lorax turned 4! I knew it was coming, and yet I am still surprised that it happened. Time has gone by so fast. I think that 4 is probably the best birthday yet – she was excited that it was her birthday, had fun telling people that she is 4 and that they should say “Happy Birthday” to her, and yet there wasn’t any whining for presents but each item she opened was met with “OOOOH! I always wanted this!”

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For the record, my girl, at age 4, loves Tinkerbell & her fairy friends, loves princesses and all things girly. She can draw, she loves books, she loves the Snoopy movies and Charlie Brown Christmas. She tends to start her day with a glass of orange juice and a cut up apple, she tries to be a big help in the kitchen and is a fantastic big sister. And we are starting to get into the joke telling phase (Knock Knock. Who’s there? Little Miss Smartypants. Little Miss Smartypants who? I don’t know.)

She says she is going to have 100 birthdays. I hope she is right.

That time of year

I love that New England is finally feeling like fall – the nights are cool, people are generally cheery and not bitter about the weather yet, and working with wool is nice again! I finished a test knit of a cowl that I look forward to wearing. We will ignore the portion of the weather forecast that says this weekend it will be in the 70s / 80s.
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The “Tartan” cowl by Caryl Pierre is soon to be released. I used O-Wool Classic in blue and O-Wool Balance in grey. I love how this cowl is shaped – it will sit nicely on your neck under a jacket collar to keep you warm, no gaps! It is large enough to pull up to your nose, or fold over and set in place with a shawl pin (gotta get me one of those, maybe at Rhinebeck!).

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Jackson was less than impressed, but the colors look nice on him.

The Funky Chicken is Nate’s chair buddy – I think this photo is one of the best ones we have of him – his eyes are open, he’s not crying, and there is the hint of a smile.
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Most of the other photos he looks like this:
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At least Lorelai seems a bit more game to take photos again.