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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: 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.


Yarn Along: Holiday Knitting

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

The Christmas crafting was light this year and even then, I couldn’t manage to get it done in time. Thankfully, my family is patient and understanding (in this area, at least).


The big girls’ knits are done, but for blocking. I put the finishing touches on Ani’s Miss Rainbow a couple days before Christmas and, after a blessed day filled with lots of dedicated knitting time, wove in the ends on Aria’s latest Milo a couple nights after. They both knew they were coming (there is no secret knitting in this house at the moment, nothing would ever get finished) and are thrilled with them and can’t wait to wear them, which makes this crafty mama very happy.


Next up is my own mama’s Christmas present, an Adama cowl knit up in Luna Grey Supernova. Thankfully, I have until her visit later this week to finish it up. Or at least that’s what I thought until last night, when I realized that later this week is actually tonight. I would be worried, but I’m making quick progress, so far, and hope to continue the trend in the next few days. As long as it’s done by the time she leaves, I think we’ll both be happy. I’m completely head-over-heels in love with how this is knitting up – the yarn is devine and the pattern is fun, so working on it will be a treat. Those lace sections do take some concentration, though, so it’s not a project I’ll likely make much progress on during daylight kid time. Keith is off much of this week, though, and has been great about giving this tired mama some breaks, so I’m hopeful I’ll get some good knitting time in. He gets it, he does (got me knitting gear for Christmas from my favorite yarn store!), supports my craft and recognizes that some alone time for knitting (or whatever…as long as it’s at least mildly pleasant) = recharging mama, which is valuable to all in the long run.


Yarn Along: Growing Tulips

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

20140226-100832.jpgWell, I didn’t quite finish my Ravellenic Games project in time to medal. The Rainbow of Tulips sweater I’m knitting for Aurelia is still in need of its borders and sleeves. I did get more knitting time in than I’d managed to for quite a while, though, and I made good progress on a project I’m really enjoying, both of which were my real goals. This year, I’m happy just to have participated.

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Yarn Along: Hats Galore!

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.


Two down, one to go. Aria’s hat was done shortly after last week’s post. Then I cast on for a hat I’ve wanted to knit for years, the Bulky Baby Hat. I didn’t actually have the pattern, but I did have the picture and the yarn, so I winged it. I love the result and can’t wait for Aurelia to wear it. (It’s possible that I tried it on her when she was sleeping and the process may have woken her, but since she’s only six months old I’m guessing the surprise isn’t totally ruined and besides, it was totally worth the awoken baby to see the cute). Pictures to come after the big day.

Last, but not least is Ani’s. I’m striving to knit a super-soft, not-at-all-scratchy hat that my very sensitive girl will actually wear. It’s all her favorite colors, knit in Spud & Chloe Sweater – which we’ve had luck with before – and I’m planning a sweet bit of duplicate stitch which I think she’ll love. So, we’ll see. I reeeaaallllyyy hope she likes it. If not, though, Aurelia will have a new hat in her hand-me-down collection.

I’ve been slowly getting back into the audiobook routine and am currently enjoying the Yarn Harlot’s At Knit’s End (narrated by the author herself). I love her dry humor.


Yarn Along: Hats and a Gingerbread Recipe (Holiday Blog Hop #7)


I finally did it. I started a hat. I’m using bulky yarn and a simple pattern. It’s been mere days and I’m almost done, despite being allotted only a handful of knitting minutes the past week or two. It’s a great feeling.

Today is also the next post in the Holiday Blog Hop . Li’l Footprints has a fun and delicious gingerbread cookie recipe that I can’t wait to try. Be sure to stop by and try it out!

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Yarn Along: Just Keep Knitting

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.


I am on the Yellow stripe in the Rainbow Blanket I’m making for Aurelia’s first Christmas. I’d been making pretty good progress, but something happened and the past few days I have lost my knitting mojo. It’s not that I don’t want to knit – I do – but I have a bad case of wanting to knit ALL THE THINGS and not knowing which way to turn. (It doesn’t help that the littles and I haven’t slept well the past few nights; mama brain, in my experience, does not help with decisiveness.) My problem is that I’m feeling torn between keeping this going – which I need to do if it’s to be done in time – and starting a new project (or ten) – which I need to do if my littles are going to have enough woolens to keep them warm throughout the winter. I’m usually a one-project-at-a-time knitter but now that it’s finally and quickly cooling off, have felt pulled to dress my littles in layers of cozy handknits only to discover how few they have that fit or are heavy enough for the colder temps. Aurelia has already outgrown – or is on the verge of outgrowing – most of the items I’d knit for her and the big girls are a bit too heavy on the lightweight/short-sleeved knits when it’s fast becoming heavyweight weather (especially if we want to keep our heater off a while longer). I’m not sure we had a lightweight season; three weeks ago it was in the 90s, today it’s in the 50s and they are projecting lows in the 30s for the next several nights. Long-sleeved sweater weather it is.

I’m just going to dive in. Baby sweaters knit up fast. Then, for Ani’s quickly approaching birthday, I’ll knit the blue hat she’s requested; I’m thinking I’ll embroider either a flamingo or a unicorn onto it, as she’s a bit obsessed with both at the moment. That should go quickly as well. I’ll sneak in a row or two on the blanket between projects to keep it moving and if I just keep knitting, I should have some finished objects by next week. In the meantime, I’m going to pull out all those scarves and hats and sweaters that are still in good shape, give them a bath and throw them onto whichever little ones they fit onto (and pull one or two onto myself, as well). We’ll be cozier in no time.