I cried myself to sleep last night, you know that silent cry, so not even your husband knows you are crying? I didn't think that would happen this time around, but who was I kidding, really? I never have dry eyes through a parent teacher conference, I never have dry eyes through a choir concert, hell I barely have dry eyes through dinner most nights, so when I thought I was unaffected by my baby starting Kindergarten today I was really just kidding myself. He didn't know I was sad, nor will he know tomorrow when I don't even get to go inside the school with him. I got teary leaving Simon in his 3rd grade classroom and he barely even wanted me to set foot in the door with him.
We sprinkled magic dust under his pillow last night to help him peacefully sleep. I always check on my kids before bed, but there was something "right of passage y" about last night. Tomorrow will be the first full day elementary school for both of my kids - under the same roof - without me. They've grown into kids, officially. I know I'll enjoy the change, just as soon as the newness wears off. I feel comforted knowing they are together at school, even if they don't see one another throughout the entire day. I'm comforted knowing they'll watch out for each other on the bus ride home tomorrow afternoon.
When Simon started Kindergarten he needed a little bit of extra love through the day, or a reminder that I was with him, even when I wasn't right there. My heart was still with him. I stitched up a little cloth heart and we pinned it inside his pants each morning before school, until he didn't need it anymore. My heart wasn't really mine anymore after he was born.
And I wouldn't have it any other way.
To make the power band I used Shepard's Wool Yarn, which is probably my favorite yarn ever. I used size 8 dpns. I cast on 32 stitches and passed 8 onto each needle. I k2, p2 the entire way around - changing colors for the different powers that needed to be incorporated into the band and did 3 rows of each color combo. Ta Da - it was done and I am going to be happy to wear it just as soon as Gus doesn't need it anymore.
We draw names in our family...which is the very best thing ever! Nobody really NEEDS anything, but by drawing names everyone gets a little special something on Christmas morning. Part of our family lives very far from us, so really, the best present, would just be togetherness on Christmas. Since that cannot always happen like we'd wish...we pick names and share gifts. My favorites are handmade.
My little August picked his Grandpa's name for Christmas. Since he is three he painted a beautiful watercolor for him and Mama 'helped' him knit a Green Bay Packers hat. He played his role - he made the hanks of yarn into yarn cakes. He loves using that swift and ball winder. Usually, if we avoid a nasty tangle, it is helpful. Grandpa Jeff really loves the Green Bay Packers as a Wisconsin Native I suppose that is more of a responsibility.
The yarns were such vibrant colors I wasn't sure how I would like them together, and I guess when you love the packers - you'll love a bright green and bright yellow hat.
I made it the good old fashioned ribbed way - just the way I like hats and I used the same yarn that I love. It is Shepard's Wool and so soft! I recently heard that it pills up when you wash it, so far I haven't washed any of it, so I am not speaking from experience, just from the word around the yarn shop. Simon and Gus's hats are holding up really well and I suppose they are nearly a year old now, still soft as ever and in really great shape.
I cast on 96 stitches for this hat, just to be sure it would be big enough, and it fit on Shane's head, so it ought to be big enough, no offense love. I just k2, p2 the whole way around until it was big enough. I even used Grandpa Dave aka Santa as a model/tester.
If it makes Santa happy it ought to make anyone happy. Maybe Grandpa Jeff will send us a photo of himself in the hat? Merry Christmas Dad!
Finally finished up the blanket...and it is en route to Madison to sweet little Clara. I started crocheting her one back in June before she was born, but once I learned how to knit, I decided that crocheting was for the birds - well not really - but knitting this up was a lot quicker for me. I still really like crocheting too and luckily there are many projects where these two abilities go hand in hand. I used size 11 needles and this yarn was pretty chunky and it all came together pretty quickly when I would actually sit down and work on it. I mostly knit the entire thing but did a few rows here and there where I would knit two, purl two (k2, p2) just to add a little bit of variation.
So my blanket ended when my variegated yarn ran out. It ended up being really soft and actually a pretty perfect size for just a lap blanket, but great for a cuddle blanket for a wee one. It was pretty much square when I was done.
And of course we had to test it out before sending it. Hopefully little Miss Clara will pose in a photo for us that I'll post as soon as she gets her gift. Since I'm sure you're all dying to see her sweet little face again, I know I am!
My little testers seemed to be fans of the cozy blankie - that's always a good sign. So onto other projects, next my plan is a bag/satchel of some sort.
I have a fun new book that I just got called Head to Toe Knits by Zoe Mellor and there are several projects in there I plan to attempt.
I'll dive into my yarn cubby to find the perfect yarn and I'm kind of thinking I might do a felted variation of something, I've been dying to knit and felt something, so I think that's my plan.
Still working on this...whenever I get a wild hair. And someday I'll finish at least this one! Who knows if I'll ever make two - no just teasin' I will!
Happy Knitting! Pull up a hammock and knit in the sunshine, who says you can't knit in the summer?
So I've never been the girl with 25 pairs of shoes...but boy did I find a way to fill this puppy up. I'm going to do whatever I possibly can to just keep my yarn in ONE of these and not go and get myself a second one. I best get to knitting! It is a shoe rack I found at Lowe's in an attempt to find some shelving for my store. I stared at it for a bit and realized it would be the most perfect new home for all of my tasty yarn. I love being able to look at it and not have it buried at the bottom of a basket that I must dig through for inspiration. When I placed each skein/hank in its new home yesterday I was thinking about what I might use each of them for...so I've got all kinds of new project ideas up my sleeve. I'm thinking some felting is right around the corner.
In the meantime however, I'm still plugging away, when I have idle time, on this colorful blanket. I think I've finally decided that indeed it will be a blanket and I don't think it will be much longer before I've used up the entire ball of yarn. My pattern (or lack there of) is just to knit, knit, knit creating a simple garter stitch throughout. I like to throw in some flavor every now and then with a few rows of knit two, purl two (k2, p2) making a ribbed pattern. I don't have much of a rhyme or reason to when I add these "special rows" but I try and fold the blanket over to see if it is time for another row or three of variation.
I asked a special someone to cozy up in the blanket this morning for a little photo shoot and this is what I got out of the deal. I was feeling a bit worried that the blanket wasn't going to be wide enough but it seems to be just right for a 3 year old. Gussy asked me if it was for him on Sunday, "Mama is that for me? It is so cute!"
He told me the blanket matched his arm warmers this morning. "How did you do that Mama?"
Well Goo - I did it on size 11 single pointed needles with a giant ball of variegated yarn!
I'll leave you with a pretty view of some of the skeins of sock yarn that were gifted to me by my parents this past week when they visited. My collection really skyrocketed when they came to see us. Look at how nicely they fit right in their little cubby. Thanks for my bag full of birthday yarn Dad and Jan! I'm still in the same place with my socks that I was a few weeks ago, I'm the kind of girl that likes to keep my options wide open and I like to have at least 3 knitting projects going at once - I also like to be reading a few books at once to appease whatever mood I might be in.
I hope the next time I share something I'll be done with my blanket and started on a brand new project. I'm close...so I don't doubt it. Happy Knitting!