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Are you enjoying it?

(Written on 10/22/2015; posted on October 23, 2015)

Last night, I was working on sewing down the 78 digits that label the pockets of the girls’ Advent calendars. I’m almost a third of the way done, which is exciting, since this is the biggest part of the calendars left.

I was madly zig-zagging green felt numbers and telling Caleb about this, and he asked ‘Are you having fun?’

I wasn’t, actually. The project as a whole is fun; I like that I’ll be making them the calendars and think that they’ll enjoy having them. I’m using fusibles, which I haven’t really done before, and I like that. Sewing the numbers on isn’t fun, but it’s something I’m doing in service of something larger and fun.

Today, for complicated reasons, I’m at school but the students aren’t. I’m not scheduled to do anything, but, at any time, I might be called in to do something. I’m working on getting caught up on planning, making progress on my professional development goals, and just taking time to catch my breath without listening for a baby to wake up.

I’m also thinking about what I’m doing, ostensibly for fun, that is and isn’t fun.

I really do want to get the calendars finished. I figure that the girls will accept anything started this year as having been done from time immemorial. My Halloween costume is almost done and will be fun both for work and playgroup.

Beyond that, I’m knitting the Zombies scarf and a pair of socks for me. (Someone saw me knitting the lacy scarf and asked if it was for the girls, and was surprised when I said I was knitting for myself.) I like them, but I’ll be happy to be on to my next projects. (That Periwinkle Sheep Wink yarn is really calling my name.) Once the calendars are sewn, I either want to sew some running clothes for me or a red knit dress to wear with the scarf I’ll knit from the Periwinkle Sheep.

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I do have some more distant plans for sewing and knitting for the girls, but am looking forward to doing some things for myself. There is a Zombies, Run! hat…


Apparently, the first baby strollers were pulled by goats. I need to get one of those; the First Lady and the Matriarch nap in the morning (while I eat breakfast and set up for the day) and then like a moving nap. I can type on my phone one-handed to write in my journal (I prefer paper, but have made the switch for when I can’t use my nice journal), but I can’t knit and push the stroller or drive.

Still, I’ve managed to get some knitting done on the Matriarch’s shawl. I’m going to have to work on it more steadily to have it done for their christening.

Knitting does make me feel more like myself.

Also, does anyone have ideas of things to do with small, young babies? Most of my material is aimed at a more mobile and loquacious age.


Thanksgiving with my family was wonderful.

Some of us did a Polar Bear Wade:

Polar Bear Wade

There was a lot of knitting. My mom taught me to crochet so I could finally make the border on Charlotte’s Web. An aunt and cousin were knitting a lot there as well.

On the way home, Caleb and I stopped in Providence. I worked on my sock at the NCAA game that decided who would go into the Elite Eight in men’s soccer (Brown lost 3-2 in overtime).


I was sitting next to a rather young boy who was hoping that the game would end as soon as possible so he could go and get dinner. He did like my sock, though.

More updates on the knitting will come later this week. The current excitement in my life is that the road in front of the house is being repaved.