Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Yarn Along and Stuff

First things first. Yarn and knitting and reading. I finished Anna's little mouse. I think she turned out cute, but there were a few learning moments I thought I would pass along.

1. Not all worsted yarn is the same. Anna liked this skein of yarn I scored for free from Knit Picks. It is a pretty color, but it is acrylic. It is much, much thicker than the Knit Picks washable wool worsted yarn I used for the dress. I would have changed yarns, except that Anna asked me to use it.

2. Working with thick yarn on tiny needles may cause the needle to snap.

3. In the end, if the recipient is happy, that is all that really matters. And she is.

Waiting for her dress to be made.

Taking a peek outside. It looks much warmer indoors!

Ahh, that's more like it. A dress!

All dressed up with a little sparkly touch for when you need to feel special!

I thought I'd share my little knitting spot. My ipad has my patterns on it, the coffee is very essential, and I love having a cozy spot to sit and knit. See that yarn that the mouse is sitting upon? It will hopefully be a hat in a couple of days. The first attempt would have fit Therese, though I was knitting an adult size pattern! It was so pretty, but I ripped it out and am trying again.

I have been reading The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart to the kids at bedtime. We have been listening to Johnny Tremain on Audible.

Now, for the "stuff" part of the post. I have been experiencing the winter blues quite overwhelmingly lately. I am lost. I thought you might like an illustration of just how I feel. I saw this poor guy on the table yesterday and knew just how he felt.

I may not be a doctor, but I know stressed out when I see it! This is my face most of the time, or at least the face I want to make. And the legs? Yep, I feel like I have lost my footing. I can't seem to get it together.

I could use a prayer or two if you have a moment! Spring needs to hurry up and get here already. In the meantime, I will try to soldier on, and remember to ask God for those daily graces to make it through this awful thing called February.

Joining Ginny, as usual.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What I learned today

We decided to try out the local ice skating rink this afternoon. I learned a lot.

For instance:

Believe the lady when she tells you the two year old is too young.  We could have saved some money and missed out on aching back muscles.

Four year olds are too young too. Especially whiny ones who probably needed a nap, not an outing.

Just because you knew how to skate twenty years ago does not mean that you do now.

Eight and ten year olds will have the time of their life and want to go back soon.

Husbands who never have skated will not be able to help other non skaters.

Next time, plan a different activity for the little ones.

Wear thick socks.

Remember to put the memory card back in your camera.

Ibuprofen will be required for all those over forty.

Crepes filled with Nutella are yummy.

So, in my humble opinion, ice skating with young children is not a great family activity. We do much better at the bowling alley.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Yarn Along

One day, Tony came home with a bag full of yarn that someone at the band hall was giving away. There were mostly small bits left over from projects, but with making all the little animals, I could put them to good use. There was one giant ball of yarn. And I mean huge! It was very, very crayola blue. And Therese loved it. She hugged it tight and let it be known that she expected a sweater from this very yarn for Christmas. She and I looked through patterns on Ravelry and she picked Ginny's Sunday Sweater pattern. It is well-written and I love how it fits her.
Well, Jack had already requested a bunny for Christmas and Anna had requested a mouse. Thankfully, Peter doesn't know how to request things yet. My sweet Anna saw that long list and kindly said that I could knit hers after Christmas. I plan to start on that this week. I also plan to start a baby gift for my niece.

As for reading, I have not done much personal reading lately. I need a good book.

Joining Ginny as always.

I found the buttons at the German fabric store. They have an amazing selection of buttons!

I still have a surprisingly large amount of this yarn left. It seemed like making a whole sweater hardly made a dent in this giant yarn ball.

See his little white paw. That's where I ran out of yarn. I like it though. I pondered for a couple of days how to solve the problem of not enough yarn.

The sweater is so cute. I used some leftover yarn from Sophie's shawl that I made this summer.

OK. This was a fun afternoon project. I had hastily assembled that yellow yarn as a wig for Anna's Rapunzel costume a couple of years ago. It became a "tangled" mess, but the kids still wanted to play with it. I don't usually crochet, but this worked up super quick and the results are perfect!

Saturday, January 3, 2015

the forecast was slightly off today

It said, rain mixed with snow. Possible accumulations less than one inch in the higher elevations. Two inches of snow in the same number of hours and I am beginning to think they know not what they are talking about! My plans are foiled, but the kids are slightly elated.

Oh, Anna. You look too grown up here!

I loved watching them work together to make it fun for their brother.

He never stopped moving, so he was hard to photograph.

He seems to have changed his mind about not liking the snow.

asking to come in for hot chocolate