This Moment – Exploring

A Friday ritual inspired by SouleMama. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

IMGP8612Have a great weekend! 

 

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Thirteen

Thirteen things that I love about my thirteen year old.

IMGP85971. She is helpful and responsible.

2. She is fun to talk to and has interesting things to say.

3. She is so very smart and such a joy to homeschool as she devours every subject with a voracious appetite for learning.

IMGP86074. She is so practical and does not get lost in frivolity.

5. Though she has entered her teens, she still sees the world with sweet innocence and curiosity.

6. She is trustworthy and honest.

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7. She continues to amaze me with her artistic ability.

8. Everything she does, she does well. She strives for excellence in all things.

9. She has a great sense of humor and loves to laugh.

IMGP851510. She is so fun to watch movies with – she squeals and jumps and laughs outloud and fully enjoys every minute.

11. She makes an excellent macaroni and cheese.

12. She is careful and does not rush into things without thinking it through first.

13. She is so beautiful.

Happy Birthday to my teenager! I love you more than you’ll ever know!

 

 

 

Combo Spin

The Spunky Eclectic Group on Ravelry is having a Combo Spin Along. This is a new thing for me. You take one pretty braid and another, different pretty braid, and you spin them up and ply them together to make something totally new and unique. This is a huge challenge for me. I mostly prefer to let someone else choose the way colors go together, and then I just make the yarn. But I can rise to a new challenge, and this sounded really fun. Besides, since being sick, my fiber stash has grown and I have been itching to spin it – all of it! (to participate in the spin along, at least one of the fibers has to be from Spunky Eclectic, Southern Cross Fibre, or Hello Yarn. See actual Ravelry thread for more details)

So, I started with these. The fiber in the top right is BFL from Dear Husband, colorway Country Fair Girl and the fiber on the lower left is falkland from Spunky Eclectic, colorway Aurora Borealis.

IMGP8402I spun a full bobbin of each.

IMGP8441I confess that at this point I almost chickened out. I am not really impressed with the colors in the Dear Husband fiber. I didn’t like them when they arrived in the mail last summer and I still don’t. In contrast, I am completely enamored with the Spunky braid – and the purples and blues of that colorway were utter perfection on their own. How could I blend them with a lesser ply? Fortunately, I recieved three braids of this particular months club, so it didn’t hurt too bad to sacrifice one for the sake of experimentation.

And I am glad that I did.

IMGP8452Now, the Aurora Borealis was a little bit bleedy, if you know what I mean. My fingers turned purple while I was spinning it (to which The Princess inquired, “Why are your fingers purple? Can I dye mine green?”). There had been some discussion in the Spunky Ravelry club about this, so it wasn’t a surprise. I knew it would bleed into the water when I washed the finished yarn, and I knew that the flashes of yellow and white might pick up the blue and become greenish and blue. But, at this point, I was in experimentation mode and was just going with the flow. I love the way it worked out, even without the yellow and white.

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It’s going to make great longies!

 

 

 

Inspiration Strikes! And I am Helpless to Resist!

I don’t do ultrasounds. In seven pregnancies I have had a total of four of them, three on the same baby, and all were medically necessary at the time. (I won’t bore you with the why’s, just google “dangers of ultrasounds” and you will know.) The consequence of this is that the baby’s gender is always a surprise, and I like it that way. When, after hours of pain and toil, a baby finally makes it’s way into this world, the most beautiful sound after the newborn cry is the declaration, “IT’S A GIRL!” (or BOY!, but I haven’t heard that one very often) Once we did discover the gender pre-birth, with The Munchkin, and it was weird to me. It felt artificial and wrong to know what was cooking in there. But, that is not the point of this post.

The point is, we won’t be finding out what we are having until we have had it, which makes for less than inspired baby knitting. Gender neutral baby knitting is not really very exciting. I know I can knit fast, and I plan to churn out heaps of knitted pink ruffles or blue robot longies as the case may be once we know who it is that I am knitting for, but I want to knit a blanket while I gestate.

So, there I was on Ravelry perusing blankets. I did lace for The Fraggle, but this time around I feel weaker and sicker and I don’t want to bother with complicated knitting. Simplicity is my middle name these days, so I was looking at striped blankets. Not terribly exciting, but then I found this: (photo used with permission)

BillowBlanket3(See Ravelry Project Page here and related blog post here)

To be honest, I am not sure what it is that I love about this, as far as a baby is concerned, but it sparked an idea that I couldn’t let go of. Before I knew it, I had placed a Knit Picks order and was waiting on pins and needles to get going on my own version of the above masterpiece.

Billow is a bulky, thick and thin, 100% cotton yarn that is softer than I expected. And the colors are perfect. I used all of the colors pictured above and threw in some purple because that is more “me”. When the yarn came, I was so excited that I snapped a quick picture with my iPad before balling it up and casting it on right then and there.

IMG_0572And once the knitting began, I was really cooking. Nevermind that I have months to go before there will be a baby to wrap in it. This is perfect pregnant/sick knitting.

IMGP8439My version differs from the inspiration blanket in that I am throwing in a purl row every seven rows and it will be smaller. I am going for crib size, which google tells me is 45″x60″.

I might have to order more yarn.

 

 

 

 

Making Yarn is Too Much Fun

Mosaic Moon is one of my favorite dyers. This is a BFL/Silk blend in the colorway “Colibri”. IMGP8436

I decided to navajo ply it preserve the colors. This is my favorite way to make yarn these days. I love the structure of the three ply, how round and bouncy the finished yarn becomes. And the smooth motion of chain plying is both soothing and interesting.
IMGP8437I wonder what it wants to be knit into?