Tuesday, April 25, 2017
My grandmother passed away about 2 weeks ago, and I am still processing it I think. I made her a few items, and one is missing. It hurts, honestly. I don't know where it went, or who has it, or anything. I would love to confront the alleged culprit, but I don't know that it would do any good.
I still have to crank out some birthday sweaters, but these should be much easier. They are for the Littlest Princess, and one is top down, and already below the arms. It is on big needles, with chunky yarn, which means it should go quickly.
There are so many things that are going on in my head. Sometimes it is loud. I want to make things for my children, for myself, for other family members. Then there are the items I would like to make for Etsy, and the items I would like to make for my home. There is never enough time it seems. Not with laundry, dishes, homeschooling, and general cleaning.
And then there is the issue that this is not my house. Which means I am limited in space in all places. And also what I can do in those places. Hanging things on the walls is not an option. Leaving things in a spot that is not in my designated areas is not an option. There can be virtually no trace of us in the main living areas. This is difficult in ways I could not imagine, especially with three children.
But, today is a new day. Perhaps I can get several things done, if I just keep going. But sometimes I like to stop too. Seven years ago, my world kind of exploded (2010 was not a good year - the only good thing to come from that year was my Princess). It looks like this year is a return of the year from Hades. Since 2010, things have been better, but not great. The year before, 2009, things were great. I wish I could get back to that level of greatness, even with it being a different kind of awesome. Ever have those? You would love to recapture just one moment, one day, one event - and even if you can't recreate it exactly, you could have another really amazing, astounding, fantastic one. Maybe I just need to keep working at it, and it will come. Although it appears to be very elusive, it may get here. The hope that it will return keeps us going. What keeps you going?
Monday, April 24, 2017
Some times you need a break. Whether it is mental or physical, you just have to stop. That has been today for me. I have done the necessities, but not much else.
I need to fix the curling at the bottom, but this sweater is coming along. The nexr sweater I hope to finish in a week or two. It is a small one, and I have a good start on it. Chunky yarn and big needles combined with a toddler size work up quickly.
I still have to sew up the dragon. It takes some stealing of one's self to sew that many pieces together.
I am also attempting to plan out Christmas. And other things, like some sewing projects and items for the Etsy shop. I have to rework stuff there and really think about what to do. What have you been up to?
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Does anyone else feel like spring is elusive this year? It was hot here quickly, followed by more than one cold snap, and it feels like spring now just doesn't quite want to get started.
Friday, March 24, 2017
I still have made little progress on anything. The pastime that was once my stress release has been pushed to the side. Other things manage to override my knitting. But, I started back on the second blue sweater.
I started on the first sleeve. I had been knitting on my Boxy, and untangling the other half of the skein. The yarn is Oceania, and it has 1440 yards in it. That is an entire sweater. Or almost. I had to cut it, as my ball winder would not hold all of it, and it was severely tangled. Not anymore. Over this past week, working on it a bit here and a bit there (mostly at night while watching Netflix), I was able to untangle it all. I have about 9 inches of the 22.5 that I need. Almost halfway there. Noticing the "almost" trend? Yeah, me too.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Friday, March 10, 2017
I had been working on straightening up the basement and moving boxes around so that like things are together. It is an attempt to find clothes for the Littlest Princess, but I am not having much luck. I worked for about 45 minutes, took a short break, and was then asked to put together a Big Wheel. That took almost an hour. Then I got a phone call, had a call of nature, and now I am sitting outside, watching my girls play, and knitting.
I am turning more and more to my Boxy sweater. I need to finish the blue sweater and dragon for Little Man, as we are approaching 2 months after his birthday. Of course, mine is just around the corner (13 days and counting) but I don't generally make myself a gift. I try to purchase one, but I would like a completed project.
The garden seeds are beginning to sprout, but the insane weather isn't helping much. The weather is schizophrenic at best. It warms up like spring, almost summer, then drops down to winter freezing temperatures within a week. I guess that is just springtime in Georgia. What are you making?
Monday, March 06, 2017
I had tried to be good, and finish all of Little Man's projects but I have failed. I was going to use a dk weight soy chenille to make a summer sweater, but the fabric was too loose, even on a US 4. I think this would be better in a cardigan, where a looser knit fabric would be better.
I am using a light worsted boucle instead, for the summer sweater. I also started a pair of socks. It is a variation on the Dragonfly sock pattern; this being top down instead of toe up.
I do not have much left on the sweater, to be honest. Just a couple more inches and then the ribbing. The sleeves should go quickly, but only when I get to them. The dragon still needs a tail, wings, and a stomach patch. Perhaps I will finish something this week.