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Look who’s FIVE!!

My Knittykid……
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(Modeling his new Balaclava that he had to have even though it is technically Spring. Because we’re all about spies here these days.)

He’s all sweetness and gentleness with the most generous heart I’ve ever seen in such a little kid. The quiet, thoughtful one,who still has his very loud moments, of course!  My little artist who loves to draw, who has also developed a remote control car obsession lately (so guess what he’ll be opening later today?).  My snuggler, who still needs to have at least one arm wrapped around me when he falls asleep.  He amazes me every single day!

Happy birthday Knittykid!!

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I am easily distracted

So after my last post and a bit of thinking, I realized that despite the busyness, I want to be posting more. I want to be writing more and I miss it. I thought about this challenge:


I can handle that. It doesn’t even need to be anything big, right?

Right.

Then, two things happened:

1. I watched Twilight for the first time, and decided I needed to read the books.

2. I bought a shiny new  Nook Color with my Christmas money, enabling me to buy all the Twilight books, one right after the other. For example……while I’m hiding in the kitchen reading cooking dinner or when I’m staying up until 1:30 in the morning 10pm.

Needless to say, I was done for and spent the last week and a half with nothing but Bella and Edward on my mind. And yes, I know, not exactly the best writing in the world, but it’s a wicked story and I’m a sucker for a good romance.

So post-a-week had to wait two weeks,  but now I’m seriously hoping to get a bit of focus back on this thing. No promises of course, I’ve learned at this point in my life I should commit to very little. But let’s say I’m inspired again and that is exciting. And I can at least promise not to go crackers and turn this into a Bella and Edward blog. I will stick to knitting and sewing and how to raise three boys without going crazy.*

And because I owe you a picture and a finished object:

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My Ostrich Plumes shawl, finished and blocked two days before my brother’s wedding. Raveled here.

 

And yes, the Nook Color is awesome, and I have wasted just as much time messing around with it as I have reading.Not just for reading,  it is the new knitting tool of my dreams…..every PDF I have easily carried in my knitting bag, with access to Ravelry wherever there is wifi.

 

*Hide from them, read cheesy vampire romance novels, and feed them cereal for dinner when they come looking for food.

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Every boy in Minnesota…

…needs one of these:
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It’s a balaclava, officially the Gusseted Helmet Pattern by Ellen M. Silva. The only mod I made was to knit the head one inch shorter before the decreases. If knitting it again I’d make the neck an inch or so shorter; you can see it’s curling up on him.

I finished this in early October when we were having a bit of  a fall heat wave. He loved so much he wore it to school, even though it was 75F by the afternoon. It’s in his favorite colors, John Deere colors of course. Not only is it very practical for these harsh winters, but it doubles as spy gear, which is extremely important when you are seven. He would not let me get a full on view on the whole project (“I am a spy, mom”) but he did want to show off his second favorite thing, which is the fact that he’s flying through these Harry Potter novels faster than I devoured Little House when I was the same age.  He’s actually on book seven now, and I’m trying to catch up to him with book six (my plans after this post). All I know, is I’m just dying about those brown eyes looking out at me…..

Now if only it would snow. We’re so ready.

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About Hats, Part Three

So I’ve had this little hat series plotted out for the last few months, since it seemed that all I could manage to knit were hats.  Hats with problems. That makes for good blog-fodder. And it’s Minnesota in spring; still too early to put all the hats away. (Although the way this spring has been, it won’t be long…)

I fell in love with Shroom over on Knitty but wanted to keep with my pledge to not buy new yarn. The trouble was that the pattern used a very specific yarn and recommended you stick with it. But my spinning skills were improving so I thought I could take it on. Kind of.

I did end up with a ball of Navajo-plied bulky in the colors I was hoping for (remember the blue coat saga?) But I was short on yardage. Again with the knitting, the tinking, the knitting. Add in a stray ball of bulky white and brown and you get this:

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Sadly, I’m not sold on this hat either. I love how it looks when I’m holding it. I love it at certain angles. The side is good. But from the front it’s not quite right. The drape is off and I kind of feel like I have a giant piece of popcorn on my head.

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Do I rip it all out? Give up on the Shroom? It might just be that this hat isn’t going to work on my head. Or maybe I do need to buy the right yarn. But this yarn is so pretty, I love it. It needs to be worn, not hidden in the bottom of the woolens basket. What would you do?

You’ll notice that the Baktus is also finished. I am completely, totally in love with it. The fact that I spun the yarn, that it was perfect for this project, feels perfect, drapes beautifully. It makes up for the misguided Shroom.

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See how lovely it all looks together?

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I’m just not quite sure about it on my head…..

Keep your fingers crossed that About Hats, Part Four will able to be published. Because the hat in question is missing. The perfect spring boys hat, complete with new pattern, is lost. And I know it’s a hat you’ll want  to knit, if only I could find it.

P.S. Little Man, ahem, I mean Math Boy (he settled on that nickname) says thank you for all the birthday wishes! So kind of you to take the time!

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Four

A very special little boy turned four yesterday.

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He is my sunshine child, full of sweetness, light and joy. He is the boy who everyday tells me, “You are my mama.” “I just want you.” “I just love you.” And he asks me to marry him at least once a month….

Such a sweet boy deserves a sweet gift, so his mama stayed up very, very late this past week to finish up Spaceboy and his Rocket to Dreamland. A big deal because first of all, this mama does not usually enjoy “fiddly” projects like toys and the birthday boy kept waking up every night and wanted to “just sleep with youuuuuu.” But I must say I’m really proud of these and they were well loved by the birthday boy.

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Happy Birthday Knittykid! You bring us so much joy every single day. I can’t wait to see what you do next!!

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That’s Better

Too big…
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Too small….

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Just right…

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Just please stop taking pictures, Mama….
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I learned a lot on this project:
-If I set my mind to it I can actually get through a project rather quickly.
-I am a good enough knitter that I can rip down a cable section and re-knit it back up again, all 12 rows, without having to rip out the entire project.
-Always buy an extra skein. I actually cast off the sleeves in a different orange than the Rowan Cork because I was out and the Cork is no more. I seamed up in the contrasting orange and managed to build the tassel from the trimmings of the Cork.
-If I was more mindful of my knitting, maybe I wouldn’t mess it up so much.
-Same goes with knitting while tired.

-Cables really, really should have charts.

-I need to always have two projects to rotate between, just to get a break.

-I’m ready for a sewing binge.

Details at Ravelry.

The boys were very disappointed to discover my medals were only virtual. I’m still quite pleased!

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Made it!

I had to cut up the scraps of leftover yarn to make the tassle, the arms and hood could use maybe one more inch but this baby is DONE in time for Olympic Knitting glory!!!

I even have the late night ugly flash picture to prove it:
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Much nicer photography to commence once blocking is done and the sun is out.

I need to go to bed.

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Boys

People often ask me, “So are you guys going to try for a fourth? You know, maybe you’ll have a girl!” My first reply is usually that a fourth child just might put me hiding under the dining room table with a bottle of something-or-other. But my real reply is that I’ve got nothing against girls (since I am one and all) but I really, really like having a house full of boys.

I like brotherly ice cream thievery.
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I love boyish forts, including imaginary bear hunting and some sort of “lost kids living in the woods in the Civil War” game they had going on.
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I love grubby little faces full of milk and cereal.

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And I love making things for my boys. Enter my second Pebble Vest:
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This vest was knit on size 10.5 needles using a handspun yarn I finished a couple of year ago. I was a wee bit short and used some leftover Lamb’s Pride in gray to finish it up. I can’t say enough wonderful things about this pattern.

I did have a realization this weekend about my knitting. Everything I knit these days is for Spinner, who rapidly grows out of it. Time to knit for the big boys so I can get more wear out of them. Enter the Robin Hood Jacket, which will be my Knitting Olympics project. I’m casting on Friday night during the opening ceremonies. Yes, I’m going to try to do this while all three boys are awake and jostling me on the couch for space. Anyone want to place bets on whether or not I even manage to cast on all the stitches? Maybe if Spinner falls asleep early….

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I do knit a sweater from time to time…

Two, in fact.

Not that I just pulled these off in a few weeks. Both have been patiently waiting for quite awhile.

First up, Diminishing Ribs is done:
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Lessons learned form this sweater:

1. Being afraid of a sweater being too small will result in a sweater that is too big.

2. Knitting to get the gauge you want doesn’t necessarily result in the desired drape. (I should have gone down a needle size.)

3. Knitting and blocking a gauge swatch will not always result in a perfectly fitted sweater. Knowledge of your yarn is a must as well. In this case, 100% wool and I would have been fine. But this combo of alpaca, silk and merino resulted in a heavier sweater with less memory. Hence the growth in blocking and wearing, and a sweater that is too big.

4. I’m not as cleaver as I think I am. Adding two stitches to each front edge as to have enough room to add buttons onto something that already has plenty of stretch just results in a sweater that overlaps too much. Duh.

5. Taking a photo at this angle is just a bad idea, especially after having three babies, since I seem to look somewhat inflated.

6. A shawl pin can fix a lot.

7. Despite the one size too bigness of this sweater, I am still about 85% happy with it.

Secondly, the Child’s Tibetan Jacket is finally done! (Those cheeks!!)
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Poor Knittykid. This was meant to be his sweater. But summer came and I stuck it in the closet. Imagine my surprise when I pulled it out this fall (two years later!), nearly completed and just the right size for Spinner. He’s been living in it now that it’s finished.

Lessons learned from this sweater:

1. I really don’t like intarsia. Especially this much intarsia.
2. Putting a sweater away in the closet for while is not necessarily a bad thing.

Other excitement…mostly for the locals.

My part of Minneapolis has tended to be a bit of a void when it comes to fiber and textile supplies. I did always have a quilting shop close by, but that was it. I had a 15-20 minute drive for everything else. Then The Fiber Studio came, a mere five minute drive from my house. (She’s got Pigeon Roof now, BTW…)  I had quilting fabric and fiber at quick access, but that was it.

Now two more shops have opened up. Sewtropolis, a fabric and sewing studio that focuses more on clothing side of sewing,  and Steven Be, owned by the same guy who owns The Yarn Garage. Now I’ve got more fabric ten minutes from home and a huge yarn store just five minutes from my house. Yes, five minutes. I can walk there. Shocking, absolutely shocking.

So, for my local friends, two more places to check out when you’ve got the time. If you head to Steven Be’s, be sure to know that the entrance is around the back…it feels a little like a yarn speakeasy. I felt like I should have to say a password to get in. But once you go inside you’ll be welcomed and completely floored, it is probably one of the more beautiful yarn stores I’ve been in. Over at Sewtropolis, Nikol is warm and helpful. She’s got a great class list; I just signed up for the A-line skirt class yesterday.

Now, everyone wish me luck as I try to figure out my new toy this weekend!

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That Time of Year

It’s time again. Time to start that list. And this list. And the other list. Time to wonder what to make, who to make it for. Time to plan ahead and vow to enjoy these next few weeks, not get overwhelmed by them. Time to enjoy making things for the people I love and time to remember that I can’t make something for everyone. Time to start digging around at craft sales, gift shops and Etsy to find that just right something that someone else made. Time to remember that overall, it’s the time with my family that is important. Time to remember good enough. Time to just roll with it, laugh and count my blessings. Especially those three extra special little blessings who roll their eyes when Mama suggests making a gratitude tree or who take all the Thanksgiving decorations off the window and rip them to shreds. Time to shake my head and let it all be what it will, and just enjoy the moments for what they are. It’s all real, it’s all good. Time to remind myself of this everyday until January rolls around. Time to breathe, snuggle up and just enjoy it all…

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Wishing all my American friends a blessed Thanksgiving. And wishing all of you a peaceful start to this holiday season. Take your time and enjoy it!

The little bird is from Last Minute Quilted Gifts. It’s mush easier to make than it looks. I’m predicting a flock of them this season!!

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