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Yarn Along: Cool Affection


I have long wished to knit up a Color Affection. Last fall, I finally picked up yarn for it at a nearby fiber festival. Wandering Wool yarns are the work of a woman living in the DC-area; she hand-dyes them in her small city kitchen. I’ve used the Worsted before (see here and here) and was impressed by the gorgeous color, softness and how beautifully it knit up and held up over time. These skeins of fingering weight – Rock Creek Sock and Ausuble Sock – sat in my stash for months while I worked on gifts for the girls and other little projects. Last week, looking for a simple project I could knit on with the girls around (read: garter stitch), and in the mood for bright greens and blues, I grabbed the fall festival bag from the yarn bin, wound the yarn, and cast on. I’ve just added the first contrast color, so I’m not too far into the shawl, but the vivid, cool colors and easy pattern are very satisfying at the moment and, so far, they are just as lovely to work with as the Worsted. 

I’m listening to One Thousand White Women, recommended to me by a friend. A fictional account, the introduction to the main character’s journals is so convincing I had to look up more information on the book to verify that it was not actually a true account of history. I’m now into the journals themselves and finding it a thought-provoking and well-written story and one that likely has many true-to-history details. 

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Yarn Along: Finished Objects for the Littles

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along. Just a quick list of some recently finished objects. 

A Hiné for Aurelia (Ravelry notes here).     

Some coordinating legwarmers, a test knit for Luna Grey Fiber Arts with which I’ve since become a bit obsessed (Ravelry notes here). The pattern isn’t available yet, but I’ll let you know when it is.   

I knit up a pair for each girl for Easter (Ravelry notes here and here). Aurelia also got a matching headband (Rav notes here). 

I’ve been listening to travel and adventure stories lately, specifically those of women – Wild, Tracks, and Tales of a Female Nomad. I liked them all; the stories are not so alike on the surface but the women are each trying to prove something to themselves and reinvent their lives in some way and I can relate to that desire. They are also exploring countries or parts of their own countries that they’ve never seen; I hope to explore new places and peoples with our little family at some point. Hopefully soon.


Yarn Along: Knitting in the Car During Naptime

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.


I’ve mentioned before that Aurelia is not the greatest sleeper. I’m not sure if the sleep disruption that comes with SMS has begun or if she’s following in her biggest sister’s footsteps. Aria routinely awoke every 1.5hrs at 18 months, then for the day between 4am and 5am; fellow mamas with whom I’d meet at that time no doubt remember my incoherent ramblings as I tried – and failed – to put a sensible thought together. Aurelia now is similar, routinely waking around 4am for the day, sometimes tossing and turning throughout the night. One difference between Aurelia and Aria, though, is the naps. Aria slept for hours as I walked the streets of Capitol Hill; at home, she napped for shorter stretches, but still a couple hours twice a day. Aurelia naps sporadically, for short times and usually only when held, the one consistent exception being when we are in the car. She has always been a good car sleeper. Transferring her is out of the question, as she wakes almost as soon as her car seat buckles are unlatched. As she gets older, however, naps are increasingly important in keeping the SMS behaviors at bay, so I’ve started using her naps in the car as knitting time, parking after dropping off Ani at school and idling to keep the heat and the white noise going, weighing the effect on the environment against her need for sleep, the sleep winning for now. In the hour or so that follows – I listen to an audiobook, knit and drink a cup of coffee, a brief respite in a busy day of pickups, drop offs, appointments, phone calls, stories, kisses and hugs, and everything else a mama does.


In the past couple weeks, I have used my knitting time in the car to finish Nyctophilia – a set of spats (little cowls for the ankles) – as a birthday gift for my sister (she already knows about them, so I’m not spoiling the surprise). I used the luxurious Luna Grey Fiber Arts Calypso yarn, another favorite from Luna Grey’s line. It has a lovely sheen that I hope will look great with my sister’s abundant heel collection. I made one small mod to the pattern, adding a buttonhole at the top (the buttons are purely decorative, as the pattern is written), as I think this will allow them to be put on and taken off more easily and with less stretching over time.


I’ve also made significant progress on my Samadhi, a lovely shawlette edged with gentle waves. I’m using the gorgeous Malabrigo Finito for this, in a colorway reminiscent of the ocean on a stormy day, a gift from my loving husband. I can’t believe how soft it is turning out; I can’t wait to wear it.


Yarn Along: Adama

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

The Adama Cowl is finished and I have to say, I LOVED this pattern. With the Luna Grey yarn, it was absolutely heavenly to knit and the result is just gorgeous, as well as scrumptiously soft and cozy warm. Definitely a favorite. Ravelry notes here.

The girls have been enjoying their Christmas handknits, too. Ani loves her sweater and not only says so often, but readily grabs it to wear whenever chilled in the house. High praise from my über-sensitive girl.


Aria loves her Milo, too. It turned out a bit big but with her insane growth spurts, I’m OK with that. The extra room will hopefully mean it’ll last a while.


Schools are closed today. We are covered in ice here, so spending the day drinking cocoa, watching movies, and doing science experiments. The girls discovered the phone this morning, so are taking turns calling us and pretty much everyone they know. It’s pretty cute.