Slow Pace

Deep into February and we’ve finally gotten some snow around here. My children were excited to miss some school, and I was home sick as well so we were able to enjoy some quality time together at a slow pace.

The pace of life can really get me down sometimes, it always feels like a rush, wake up earlier than your body wants to, rush around, rush kids to school, rush to work…work all day…hurry home to start dinner, make sure kiddos have done their reading, sign school papers and folders, hurry into the shower kiddos!, bedtime routine, early to bed so that early morning wake up call isn’t such a rude awakening, and I’m staying up as late as possible to squeeze in knitting and blog reading and whatever-the-heck I want to do, only to start all over the next day.

Needless to say, when the pace slows, I’m at my happiest. I live for summer break! That string of days filled with couch snuggles and naps and reading comics with the kids and building Legos filled my heart to the brim.

I know my crafting pace is super slow these days. Some evenings I may only knit two rows. But they are two super joyful rows. I follow the pace of what I’m feeling in that moment, and if it’s only a row, that’s ok.

I’m starting a new job in March. I’m beyond thrilled – this job will not only be a promotion for me, but it will cut my work day down from 9 hours to 7. I think it is going to help with the pace of things. I’m really looking forward to this next season of life.

What do you do when the pace of life feels too fast? Any tips that help you unwind?

Now some randomness…

+ I’m obsessed with orange juice. I can’t drink enough of it all of the sudden.
+ I think the blog needs a face lift. Haven’t even started to think of how though…
+ Sewing! I haven’t unpacked my sewing machine yet, but I can’t wait to set up a little dedicated space for that. I would really like to build on my sewing skills this year.
+ I’m thinking a new cross stitch project needs to begin – maybe in early spring. I’ve got floss, patterns, and linen for multiple projects ready to go, I just need to decide which first and get started.
+ I have INTERNET at home now!! Whee!
+ Coffee – after years of taking it with cream and sugar, I woke up one morning and it tasted horrible to me. I drink it black only now. Does that make me an official grown-up?

And last but certainly not least, my super handy husband built me a yarn/craft cabinet! I have all my yarn on display now and it’s making me so happy! I’m still shuffling the shelves around and trying to get it just the way I want, but it’s so pretty to look at.

Here’s to a happy, and slow, weekend!

Checking In

Hi everyone. How have you been? I’m still here, I promise! I’m still knitting. Our family moved into a new place in January, so there have been a lot of life changes recently. One of those being I have no INTERNET at home! Working hard to resolve that, but until then I have to blog in other places.

I’ve started a new cardigan for my youngest daughter. It’s another Granny’s Favourite. This may just be my favorite little girl’s pattern I’ve come across. The yoke is just so sweet and my oldest daughter has loved wearing hers. The pattern comes in a huge range of sizes, so it’s one you can knit over and over again. I’m using a lovely shade of Madelinetosh DK, Fragrant. It lives up to its name, as the stitches flow through my hands I can only think of rosebuds and Spring. So enjoyable to knit.

Socks are always happening, as you know. These are a marathon knit for my husband. Men’s socks on size 0… it does drag on a little bit. But he loves a tight gauge in his socks, so I’m willing to do it for him. He chose the bright shade of Dragonfly Fibers Djinni Sock in the Golden Pear colorway. The fun yarn takes away from the slow drag a little.

I’ve also finished a pair of socks for myself. Simple stockinette with handspun merino. There’s something about 100% wool socks vs. the superwash or nylon blends… they hold so much more warmth! With it being below freezing here, I’m reaching for my warmest socks. I may have to phase “nylon” and “superwash” out of the equation.

I have a few other things on the needles, but those can wait. I mostly wanted to check in with everyone… what are you knitting? Are you knee-deep in snow where you are? The snow here is merely a gentle snow-globe dusting.

I’ll check in when I can! XO

Out with the Old

Hi everyone! How are things in your neck of the woods? I’m currently enjoying an extended vacation. Or should I say, staycation. Enjoying time at home with my kids and not working! I’ve been doing a ton of knitting during my break. It’s been wonderful. Allow me to share:

Finally, the bunnies are done! I started these over a year ago (oops) and just recently got the motivation to power through and finish them. They only needed tails, dresses, and assembly. While the finished product is cute and I am pretty much happy with them, I don’t see me knitting these again! So much work for a stuffed animal. One modification I did make was to knit many of the pieces in the round… the pattern calls for you to knit everything flat and seam… wasn’t gonna happen. I’m glad I made that change. The faces are a little funky, but oh well. My girls think they are fantastic, and they were the audience I was trying to please!

I also finished my third pair of Zombie Vixen mitts. These are for a coworker friend of mine. I plan on making one more pair of this pattern and then I’m going to need a break from it, beautiful as it may be. I made this pair with Knit Picks Stroll Tweed – not my favorite for garments as I’ve said but it’s great for accessories.

Now the WIPs…

I started a pair of Christmas socks a couple days before Christmas. I feel a new tradition coming on, new Christmas socks every year! I’m using Lynai Yarns sock in Peppermint Twist. I can’t recommend her yarn enough, it’s so pretty!

And lastly, I’m back on a Mitered Crosses kick. We’ll see how long my streak lasts this time. I’m 10 squares in so far, and I’m guessing I have maybe 20 more to go. Maybe before 2016 is here I will have a blanket? Who knows. They are fun to knit so when I get on a kick to make them I go full force!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas. Did Santa bring you anything yarny?

Lightweight

Some finished things to share finally!

I finished my Lightweight pullover. I started this back in August, and it was a fast and comforting knit… so much stockinette! Great TV knitting. I always feel like these Hannah Fettig patterns are made just for me. My 2014 theme for projects seemed to be simplicity. No overly complicated lace, nothing too crazy. Just simple, happy knitting.

For this I used Knit Picks Stroll Tweed. I do love this yarn, but I don’t know how I feel about it for a garment. It felt like it was getting fuzzier and fuzzier as I was knitting it. I’m afraid pilling is going to be an issue. I honestly think this yarn would be more successful without the superwash quality. While it is extremely soft and comfy to wear, it just doesn’t feel durable.

I haven’t blocked this yet, so maybe I will fall in love with it more after I handle that! Either way, I have a new wardrobe staple.

I also finished my second pair of Zombie ViXen mitts. This pair is for a friend for Christmas/her birthday. They match a shawl I gifted her last year, which she loved. I used Spud and Chloe Fine, which is a wonderfully strong wool/silk fingering weight yarn that comes in a lovely array of colors.

This is the ONLY knitting I did for the holidays! Are you working on any last-minute gifts? I’m currently in the mood to finish ancient WIPs… perhaps it’s the new year on the horizon?

Thankful

Hi everyone! How was Thanksgiving, USA friends? We had a lovely holiday. I’ve enjoyed the time off of work, taking it easy and crafting like a fiend!

I started another pair of Zombie Vixen mitts. Some of my coworkers were quite enamored with mine and asked if I would be so kind to make them mitts. Normally I am the complete selfish knitter, and such requests would be denied. But these were so fun and fast to knit and these ladies are sort of like the sisters I never had. They are officially knit-worthy! So I agreed to make a few pairs with no deadline in mind. I’m not knitting them in color order. I’ll knit one gray one, then one rust-colored, etc. Just to keep it interesting. I’ve also started a new book. It has me mesmerized and spooked.

I also made a new project bag that is currently holding another new WIP, Clincher. I used the Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery’s hoop travel bag pattern. Now I can tote my Walking Dead extreme geekdom with me everywhere I go. The fabric is from Spoonflower. This was my first order from them. I’m happy with the fabric. It didn’t fade in the wash, and it is sturdy (not soft, I guess that could be a good or bad thing).

Lastly, on Thanksgiving, I decided to start a new pair of handspun socks. They are sort of in time out at the moment. I’m using some old size 0 Addi’s where the cord is so kinked up and stiff it’s nearly impossible to knit with. Some Sock Rockets are on the way to me and then I will pick these up again.

That’s all for now. Did you start any new projects over the holiday?