Yarn Along – Back to the baby blanket

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I picked up the chevron baby blanket again. I am really enjoying the color combination more than I thought I would. It’s just been slow going…only about a quarter of the way done with it. Will hopefully have it finished by A & J’s second birthday, but probably not before summer. I amΒ trying to only work on one project at a time, but I am finding myself yearning for another project to work on when I find the blanket becoming too monotonous. So I think I might break my “one project” rule and find something else to work on as well.

I’m currently reading “Where’d You Go, Bernadette” by Maria Semple. So far it is a quick, fun read – which is exactly what I was going for! It’s been a tough winter and I needed something a little more light-hearted like this. πŸ™‚

Linking up with Ginny, as usual. πŸ™‚

Yarn Along – R2D2 Hat – Finished!

I finished the R2d2 hat the same week I started it, but have been unable to find my finishing needle so I could “finish” the hat. Monster insisted on wearing it outside & to preschool in it’s unfinished state – much to my embarrassment.

This past weekend I finally gave up and bought a new pack of finishing needles so I could put the pieces together. It came out pretty well, in my humble opinion. Of course – Monster doesn’t like it anymore and is refusing to wear it. He had to be coerced in to wearing it for the photo above! His main objection appears to be the projector probe. He told me he was “afraid the other kids in his preschool would make fun of him for it.” Which makes my heart sad (that kids in preschool poke fun at each other already)! But, I am going to remove that bit in the hopes that he’ll want to wear it again.

I forgot to take a picture of it with the hat, but I am currently reading Gift from the Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh. A sweet friend sent it to me not long before we moved. I’ve looked for it several times since moving and couldn’t find it (are you noticing a theme here, haha?) and just recently found it in our last remaining unmarked box, of course! Oddly enough, I read a review of it on a book blog about a week before I was surprised with it in the mail AND the evening after I started reading it, it happened to be listed on as a non-fiction book worth reading. So I’m taking both of those as an omen that I need this book in my life right now. I’m really enjoying it and so far it’s a soothing balm to my frazzled soul.

As always, linking up with Ginny.

Yarn Along – R2D2 Hat (WIP)

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Before Thanksgiving I started and frogged an R2D2 hat for Monster about half a dozen times before I finally gave up on making him one. He stopped asking about it, so I assumed he’d forgotten.

Then of course, while I was getting the kids ready to go play in the snow on Monday afternoon he asked about it. “Did you finish my R2D2 hat, Mommy?” Of course we had several other hats for him to wear, but while we were outside he couldn’t help but mention “he really wished he was a wearing an R2D2 hat with earflaps on it.” Talk about a guilt trip!

So I found a free pattern (with earflaps!) online and I’m almost done with the hat!! I’m hoping to have it all finished up by the weekend. It looks like it will be a perfect fit. I’m tempted to make some modifications to it to make it a little larger, but I keep reminding myself that there are two other little ones who might someday want to wear it, so if he only wears it one season it’s ok!!

I’m still plugging along reading Frugavore. I am very blessed to be able to work part-time from home, but that takes up most of my “free time” these days. After I get my paid work done, there’s not much time left for much else! Given the alternative, it’s a good problem to have, I suppose. πŸ™‚

As always, linking up with Ginny.

Yarn Along – Baby Ripple Blanket Beginnings

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Shortly before we found out we were having twins and not just a singleton, I had ordered yarn to make a ripple baby blanket. Unsurprisingly, I only managed to make one baby blanket before the girls arrived. Also not surprising – I bought way more yarn than I needed. Now I am finally getting around to starting that second blanket!

Since we didn’t find out the girls gender before they arrived, I made the ripple blanket gray, teal, and mint green. I wasn’t a huge fan of the teal – I ordered it online and I thought it was going to be a different shade. Can’t remember the name of the color, but it was rather vague as far as indicating color. So, because I didn’t want their blankets to be identical anyway, I am using pink instead of teal on this blanket.

I recently discovered that I can get a little bit of crocheting done on the days Monster has preschool (they do a car pick up/drop off – how lucky am I!?!?), so I am slowly making progress on it. At this rate I’ll probably finish it right when the weather gets warm again, but since it’s over a year late at this point, I guess that’s ok!

Oh, I should add that though it’s not pictured, I am currently reading Frugavore: How to Grow Organic, Buy Local, Waste Nothing, and Eat Well by Arabella Forge. Haven’t gotten very far yet, but it’s quite interesting. Handyman Husband will tell you that I’m a sucker for any sort of alternative living memoir though, so I might be biased. πŸ˜‰

Linking up with Ginny.

 

 

Yarn Along – Hat!

It’s been forever since I last blogged…shortly after my last post we had some major life changes and I’m still digging out from them! But I think about blogging often, so clearly I need to spend some time figuring out how to make this happen more often!

I’m not a Star Wars fan (seriously…I haven’t seen all the movies, lol), but Handyman Husband is. So of course he’s doing his best to make sure his children are too. πŸ™‚ Monster is in need of a new winter hat, so I’m trying my hand at making him an R2-D2 hat. This is my third attempt! I ended up not liking the first pattern I tried so I ripped it out. Now I’m on pattern two, but I think I’m using the wrong weight yarn…I was half-finished with it but it wasn’t looking quite right, so I ripped it out again. I’m still following the second pattern, but I’ve made some modifications to it. So far I’m liking it! Hopefully I’ll be back here next week to update you on my progress. πŸ˜‰

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As always, linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

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This year, I decided to start a tradition of knitting a pair of socks for Monster every year. Here we are in September and I still haven’t finished them!! But I’m making progress – the first sock is done and I just finished the heel on the second sock. My goal is to have the socks finished before Monster starts his first day of preschool next week. Then I should probably start working on next year’s socks… ☺️

I’m currently reading The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up and trying to KonMari all the things. Progress report forth coming in about two weeks (hopefully!!).

  
Linking up with Ginny at Small Things.

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Linking up with Ginny over at Small Things.

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I’m knitting Monster a pair of socks. I made him a pair last year too, so I guess it’s turning into a tradition. I misread the first pattern I was going to follow and got circular needles instead of the dpns I should have bought – so I had to find a new pattern that only used two needles. I keep thinking I’m getting a lot of sleep, but then I do something like that and I realize that clearly I’m not (or I’ve completely lost my mind, but I like my first explanation better).

I’m currently reading White Witch, Black Curse by Kim Harrison and I’ve started 7 by Jen Hatmaker. I’ll give 7 a couple more chapters, but it’s not as interesting as I thought it would be.

Yarn Along – Vol. II

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If you compare this week’s and last week’s photos it doesn’t look like I’ve gotten very far with the sock, but I actually ripped it out twice and redid it. Once shortly after taking last week’s photo, when it suddenly struck me that I was making the wrong sized sock. I ripped it out again when I was about to start the heel and realized I missed the instruction to decrease the number of stitches when I went from ribbed to stockinette. I know I could have only ripped out up to the ribbing, but I was annoyed and just took it all apart…

Still chugging away at Orthodoxy. It’s good, but I find I can only read a chapter or two at a time before I need a break so I’ve also added A Deadly Yarn into the mix.

Now head on over to Small Things and see what Ginny and the others are making this week!

Yarn Along – Vol. I

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I can’t remember exactly how it came about, but back in November Monster asked me to knit him a pair of socks “right now, please”. I found a pattern and quickly realized I owned zero sock weight yarn. After explaining that I didn’t have the right yarn Monster said “I’m sorry you can’t make me socks right now.” He continued to say that everyday for a week until we finally went and bought sock weight yarn. And then he stopped asking about them at all.

I had high hopes of finishing these socks long before Christmas and yet, here it is mid-January and I’m just getting started. When looking at patterns I neglected to realize that in addition to not owning any sock yarn I also didn’t own any double-pointed or circular needles in the proper size. Since I’m lazy I decided to instead find a sock pattern that works with plain old knitting needles. I’m following this pattern although they’ll be stripe-less since this is my first attempt at socks and I’m boring.

I just started reading Orthodoxy by G. K. Chesterton. I’ve only read his Father Brown mystery series before, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. So far it’s not as intimidating as I expected but we’ll see if I still feel that way in a couple of chapters. πŸ™‚

Linking up with Ginny’s Yarn Along. If you’ve got time you should definitely check out some of the splendid creations others far more talented than me are crafting.