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Of lizards and lovelies

Eldest is pretending to be a lizard. He’s laying eggs in the corner and yelling at Middle not to step on his spawn. He has just informed Middle that Middle has hatched out of an egg and needs to make sure he keeps wet so he doesn’t dry up.

Meanwhile, Youngest is crawling straight toward the pile of plastic lizards that are Eldest’s babies. I suspect screaming isn’t far behind.

Science oriented kiddos are hilarious.

As for me, I’ve been spinning and knitting up a storm. My newest pattern should be up on Ravelry in the next couple of weeks. Until then, a sneak peek:

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One Row at a Time

That’s the thing about knitting (or life in general) with a newborn. It happens one row at a time. Slowly, slowly. Compared to my normal knitting speed, I’m feeling frustratingly sluggish.

I’m finally getting my groove back, but slowly, slowly. This face is worth it, though.

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Cowl obsession

I generally don’t tend to care much for accessories. Hats are for when it’s cold (I look sort of silly in most hat shapes). Mittens and mitts should be soft and useful; the pretty isn’t quite so necessary. Scarves? They just sort of get in the way and fall off when small children yank on them. I love knitting all these things, and have given myself something of a glut of accessories that are worn two or three times a year during the fall and winter.

But the cowl. Those infinity cowls are everywhere, and I’m finding that a cowl is an excellent excuse for a pop of color that actually stays on. I’ve been wearing my big chunky cowl (currently in test knitting) constantly, since this winter has been surprisingly nasty for NC, but now, the bulbs are starting to come up. I want something that screams SPRING.

Enter my newest cowl. It’ll be tested by my upcoming Lace Chart Reading class. It’s knit in a linen/rayon/cotton blend  by Plymouth Yarns called Linen Concerto. I’m normally not a huge fan of cotton blends, but this one is yummy. I might need to knit myself something else with it.

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Blocking will help even it out a little, but the yarn is already so lovely and drapey. (Oh, hey. Look, I’m clearly 28 weeks pregnant. Better get some things done soon.)

 

Time Flies When You’re Sick

Morning sickness, that is. Sprog the third is coming in June, and most things I’ve been working on have taken a break.

All of the hats in the Spindle Hat project are now available in my Ravelry Store. It was fun, but I’m ready to knit something that’s not a hat! Right now, big yarn is on my mind and needles.

Nerd Wars

For the first time, I’m competing in Nerd Wars, a Ravelry-based celebration of all things nerd. Each round is made up of challenges on various themes, and the teams (paying homage to anything from novels to science to favorite tv shows and movies) compete for points by completing fiber projects related to their team theme.

I was roped in, lured by Gilmore Girls. Though the title of “favorite show ever” would have to go to The West Wing or Star Trek: Deep Space 9, Gilmore Girls is a close runner-up. I love the quick dialogue, the crazy small town characters, and the bond of friendship between the title characters. Since there isn’t a West Wing team, and Star Trek is all lumped under “space shows,” I had to throw my hat in the ring.

So far? I’ve knit a kerchief to “larp” as Sookie, and a snowflake for Lorelei’s obsession with snow, pattern by my fellow Durham designer and good friend, Naomi Parkhurst.

I’m also working on a lace stole. It’s part Christmas present and part future design release, and let me tell you, I’m pretty excited about it! Plus, it’s in sparkly yarn. What’s better than that?

Beast = Fabio?

It’s not about knitting, no…

I went to see Beauty and the Beast tonight at DPAC here in Durham. It’s fantastic to have a great performing arts center here, now! Something blew my mind, though…

The Beast, when transformed to a human, has long flowing locks and a clean shaven face.

Look at that hair, huh?

And here’s the romance novel pose of Fabio.

What a rogue.

Belle totally marries Fabio.

Weird.

Time Management

“How in the world do you knit that much?! Don’t you have kids?”

It’s a common question. I knit a lot. I mean, a lot. But I sort of feel I have to. When I don’t knit for a few days, I feel like I’ve lost my motivation for other things. Knitting gets me through the tough times being at home with two boys less than two years apart. Don’t get me wrong, I love my boys, but sometimes the frustration mounts… and a time-out for Mom to knit two rows can get me centered.

I do my knitting in little spurts. A row here, a repeat there. An hour of naptime knitting, two hours after bedtime or so. It adds up. Not to mention my Knitting Day: on Sunday, I go to knitting group and work at the LYS, and sometimes teach a class after. That’s a whole day devoted to my favorite thing in the whole wide world.

Plus, I knit fast. Really fast.

In the Wake

In months and years when I look back at this post, I want to remember the heartache I feel. A mentally ill man — not much older than a child — walked into a school where his mother volunteered and shot up a classroom of little children. I don’t want to remember more details. I can’t handle most of the news as it is, with my own darling boys playing before me as we ready the house for Christmas guests and gifts.  There are parents and brothers and sisters and grandparents and friends in a little town in Connecticut, and their networks of family across the country, who are saying goodbye, instead of Merry Christmas.

What I want to remember is the outpouring of grief and support in my own community. In that case, my community is both here in Durham, NC, but also worldwide through the knitters on Ravelry and beyond. I’m part of a Ravelry group knitting critters to send to the children and families affected by the tragedy: 600 Monsters Strong for Connecticut. The lovely ladies at Three Irish Girls are offering colorways with donations going to the town; they are also planning to organize knitting blankets for the bereaved families.

Now how’s that for beauty from horror? It makes my heart feel slightly lighter, to use my stitches in the hopes that someone hurting from this loss will feel one tiny ounce of support from someone who they will never meet. As always, the knitters step up.

I love this community.

Excuse the mess

Hi, blog.

Two kids are busymaking. I promise I will get back to you soon.
In the meantime, I’ve been completely obsessed with knitting mini-sized Annis Shawls.
There will be pictures someday. Right now, DKJr wants down, and TinyDK is still on my lap. Must run. And run, and run, and run…