So, I keep trying to write something witty and wonderful. Unfortunately, my brain has morning sickness, too. My body wants to sleep and my brain thinks that is a great idea. So, while I am laying around a lot, I am not getting any knitting or writing done. I am gestating, though, and that is worth something, even though you can’t see it yet. Maybe in a few weeks I will be back with wonderful knitting and great, witty pieces on life with five kids and other things. For now, I am taking a break from everything – including this blog. See you on the other side…

Opinion Overload

I am an opinionated person. Strongly opinionated. I know how everything should be done – from childbirth to breastfeeding to homeschooling. I know how to be a good wife. I know how to keep house. I know that you would sleep better at night if you had a bed like mine, and if you tried my coffee, you’d never go back to your old brand. I know this, I know that.

I know that I drive people crazy.

In recent years I have begun to realize that not everyone wants to know what I think. Not every pregnant woman needs to hear about my birth preferences. I don’t need to give parenting advice to every mom whose kid is acting out. And, as hard as it is, I do understand that not everyone would be happier with my favorite vacuum cleaner.

But, if only they could see my heart… I know why I am so outspoken. I know why I tell people what they should do.

I am so happy. I love the way my home is run. I am head-over-heals for my husband after almost twelve years. I am gloriously happy with my children’s behaviour, schooling and schedule. I revel in my fabulous birth experiences. I have found what works, and I am so happy.

You see, I just want to help. Hey, if it works for me, it should work for you! I am so amazingly happy, and I want to spread it around.

I am learning to hold my tongue. I am doing more listening and less talking. I am trying to be a good friend.

But, when I slip up and tell you that your kid needs more than a time-out, or that maybe your baby doesn’t need to nurse so often, or that Tide really is the best detergent, know that it is out of my desire to see you as happy as I am.

Because I really do love you and want the best for you. And, because I have opinion overload.

Let’s Try This Again…

Before you ask…

No. We didn’t “plan” it. Since the miscarriage, I have been a little desperate for it, though.

Yes. We do know what causes it. We like it. We are going to keep doing it.

We have five. This makes six. And it’s probably not the last. We like our kids.

I’m due in June. Probably the same week as the last two babies. We must really like September.

No, I didn’t change my mind about homebirth. And, yes, I want to go unassisted again. Thank you for your concern.

I am thrilled, of course! Marc is, too.

I feel terrible. Thanks for asking. Terrible. Horrible. I wanna crawl under a rock and die. But, I know this is how I do it, so I can get through it. Plus, my kids know the drill by now and have really stepped up around the house. And, hey! I got dressed today. Yay for me!

I really wanted to keep this one hush-hush. I don’t know if I am afraid of losing it or what. You know, I already announced a pregnancy this year and I don’t want to do it again. To go through the whole thing again, ugh. My darling Man, however, is so excited. And he can’t keep a secret (you should see him at Christmastime!).

So, there it is. The reason I have been hit and miss with everything, from blogging to knitting to getting up in the morning.


Flower Garden Stitch Markers – Free Pattern

I made a few sets of these sometime ago and have been meaning to make more. I love the cheery way that they mark the end of a long row of boring stockinette, or that they help me keep the rythym of intense lace. (They also happen to grace my Ravelry avatar.) So, to brighten up your day, too, here is the simple pattern for:

Flower Garden Stitch Markers

materials – size 10 cotton thread in a variety of colors, size 5 (1.9mm) crochet hook, brass rings (I used Knit Picks Stitch Markers)

gauge – not critical

• Keep right side facing throughout.

• When adding the brass ring, it should sit at the center top of the first petal.

Using yellow, chain 3 and join into a ring with a sl st.

round 1: sc into ring 7 times, sl st into first st, break thread and fasten off

round 2: using petal color, ch2, work a dc, catching the last loop through the brass ring, ch 2, sl st into same st, *(sl st, ch 3, dc, ch3, sl st ) into next sc*, repeat in following 6 sc

Break thread and fasten off. Weave in ends

I apologize for the crochet content of this post. Tomorrow, we will return to our regularly scheduled knitty-ness.

Dishrags, Robots and Christmas Gifts! Oh, My!

It turns out that dishrag knitting was just what the doctor ordered to cure my hurt knitting ego. I used this pattern, and cannot recommend it enough. Using size 10 cotton makes a wonderfully scrubby rag that I enjoy using. And I have lots of cheery colors to choose from already in the stash. This was the first:

(and yet another lousy picture. It amazes me that ya’ll keep coming back…)

This one was the first, so I followed the directions and used size three needles. The next ones I wised up and used a set of 5’s. Much faster, and the fabric is looser which makes for a better rag. No picture, it is in use already…

After my bruised ego was sated with dishrag knitting, I did cast on the cursed sweater in the right size and made great progress on it. Yesterday, we went visiting, and it was wonderful talking knitting while I spent a lovely afternoon with my mom and sister.

Then, last night, I started Noah’s birthday gift. Here is the Rav page and a picture. Yup. Cute.

I will probably only make the two on the left. Noah wasn’t too thrilled at the third. Maybe I will make up my own twist for a third. We will see how my interest holds out.

So, that is my knitting update. Of course, there are a bunch of other things on the needles, too, with Christmas looming and all. But these are the things that I am excited about. I did make a deal with myself that I cannot work on my lace project until my sisters gift is complete. This is partly to motivate, but also because I only have one set of size five circulars…. Maybe I should fix that…