Yarn Along: Knitting in the Car During Naptime

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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