I have been knitting when I’m not building things. Unfortunately, all my socks are wearing out since I haven’t been knitting them for about three years now. I’m about halfway through one sock in some glorious yarn, though, and have hopes of more knitting time to come.
Since moving to Dixie, I haven’t been knitting. It feels pointless to make warm things when it will be in the nineties in November. I’m extremely underemployed, so I haven’t wanted to make lace scarves that will sit in my drawer.
Instead, I’ve been building furniture– the learning towers for First Lady and Matriarch, a sand/water table for them, bookcases for the guest/sewing room, and now a folding table to put my sewing machine on. I’ve also made Halloween costumes and have sewn some tops for them. I have dresses queued up for them (I’ve found knit fabric with a print of dinosaurs!) and maybe one for me, since people at church are much dressier than they were back North. I’m also making bows now that the girls realized they’re an option and enjoy wearing them. (Some of the little girls wear bows so much I swear they must have terry cloth bath bows.)
It is starting to get cooler, and I’m working, slowly, on some socks. There may be sparse knitting and more sewing and woodworking fro a while, though.
We moved to a very Southern state this month. I haven’t gotten much knitting in; I built these learning towers for the hooligans and have been putting things away and building furniture. Hopefully things will be calmer soon.
I’ll do a post with pictures later, but just wanted to write this before I lost lock again.
It’s been a rather crazy six weeks. We went from planning a local move in the middle of June to planning a local move to temporary housing at the end of June and a multi-state move in mid-August. We’re in the process of buying a house in a city where we’ve spent three days.
On top of this, there have been all of the normal shenanigans caused by having two two year olds frolicking about.
They did seem to like the dolls and backpacks I sewed for them. My mom made the girls quilts, made the dolls dresses (the fabric I’d cut for the dresses disappeared in the first move), made the dolls quilts, and made the dolls beds.
I did get to knit on our two trips and finished the rainbow socks.
More to come soon, I hope.
I still hate spring.
So, my current way of dealing with stress has been eating tin roof sundaes and doing Pinterest-y crafts.
I made a calendar for the girls since their father was traveling a lot:
(The planes show the days he goes and comes back and the other picture of him is a day I’m away at a meeting and the girls get to hang out with him all day. The green-backed pictures are their daycare.)
I also am making them little backpacks with appliques and handmade piping. There was also a weather chart, but they fought over the clothespins, so I put it away.
I have gotten some knitting done as well:
I’m looking forward to when our lives don’t go into complete flux every spring. Then I’ll get more knitting done!
I’m coming along on Blue Skies. I did have to rip out three rows (I’d forgotten the eyelet row), but have gotten to the next eyelet row. I’m looking forward to this scarf.
In sewing, I’m working on little backpacks for First Lady and Matriarch. They love two little reusable shopping bags we have, so I think the backpacks will be pretty fun for them. I’m just trying to decide if I should decorate the back pockets with their initials or with a star and a heart.
So, it’s been hard finding time to knit. I’ll knit in a car or a bus if I’m a passenger. I’ll try to knit after the girls are in bed or when they nap, but there’s always laundry or grading or other things like that I feel I should be doing.
I found a way to get time to knit today. First Lady, as often happens, woke up early and cranky. I took her out of her crib so she wouldn’t fuss and wake Matriarch. I grabbed my knitting and sat down in the beanbag chair, holding her. She snuggled in and fell asleep, leaving me pinned for an enjoyable chunk of knitting.
The first sock is finished; I cast it off on our way to our first day hike. I’ve started casting on for the second.
Well, I finished two beautiful lace shawls this year, which is a pretty big accomplishment. I then sewed handmade Advent calendars for the girls, which should be fun for them for years to come.
I’ve also started on a scarf for me (Blue Skies) and have almost finished one of a pair of socks. Good thing too, since after two weeks less than two years of no completed new socks, I’m starting to wear through the ball of the foot on a lot of pairs. I’m not going to darn there, since it’s a huge chunk of space. Time to knit more for me!
I’m almost finished making an Advent calendar for each girl. I should be able to trim the threads today and I’ll pin the ornaments on this year instead of sewing on hooks so I can get the placement right.
That took up most of my craft time in early November.
I’m now, though, working on those rainbow socks for me (and high time; a lot of my handknit socks are starting to wear out not at the toe or at the heel, but across the ball of the foot. It’s not a really darnable spot, so I’ll be having spots open up for new socks.
On the Thanksgiving trip, during the driving, I worked on this scarf for myself.
It alternates a rainbow stripe with a gray stripe. I like it.