Nine

IMGP0264The Dancing Queen is nine years old!

Last week, my third child turned nine. For her birthday, I gave to her pattern, fabric, and notions needed to make herself a new dress. The pattern is also for a matching doll dress (which we will make another day). Part of the gift was hours of one on one time with me as together we cut, sewed, and eventually modeled and photographed this new dress. It was lots of fun.

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This pattern in super cute – with button holes in the back of the bodice that the shoulder straps lace through.

IMGP0268And the matching shorts underneath make it very playground friendly.

IMGP0269Which was a good thing, considering that her birthday celebration was at John’s Incredible Pizza.

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So, another year gone by. Another child inches towards independence (or, should I say, shoots towards it at break-neck speed!)

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Happy Birthday, Dancing Queen! I love you!

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Knitting for Someone Else’s Baby

In a swap on Ravelry, I was roped into knitting a baby sweater (not that it took much arm twisting. Everyone knows me enough to guess that I jumped at the chance!). I am very pleased with the results.

IMGP9825Beyond Puerperium, size newborn; knit up in Madelinetosh Vintage, Sequoia with wooden buttons from my little button stash

Ravelry page here

IMGP9827I have knit this pattern several times now, in different sizes and in different gauges. I even used it as a base for the rainbow gown that I made for The Blessing. It is an excellent pattern, well written, logical, and worth every penny.

IMGP9832I was also very happy with the way that I packaged it up to send it off. I sent the yarn tag so the recipient would know how to care for the sweater and I wrapped enough extra yarn around it for future repairs if needed. Then I sewed an extra button on the tag, just in case. It looked really great – a package I would love to receive myself.

Knitting for babies is so fun – even babies I don’t know.

Three Things

1. School Has Begun

First Day PixParadoxically, this has given me more knitting time. Homeschooling four different grades, plus teaching preschool and toddler wrangling and caring for a newborn, requires a pretty tight schedule if I am going to have any free time for my hobbies (and it does help with keeping me sane). Then there is the fact that everyone loves school. We have so much fun doing crafts, learning to read, studying exciting events in history, and conducting science experiments. It is exhausting but oh, so satisfying. (For those who would ask, our schooling is a blend of unschooling where we can, Charlotte Mason because it is fun and interesting (amblesideonline.org specifically), with Making Math Meaningful and Hooked on Phonics to teach the basics.

2. Knitting has happened

IMGP0127Not a whole lot of knitting, mind you, but just enough that I can show off a new finished project (and the baby. I never miss an opportunity to show off the baby!).

IMGP0101This cute little hat was a test knit that I did for perfectdisplay on Ravelry. There is no pattern, yet, but I will update my Ravelry project page when there is. Working with this yarn (Cascade Yarns Epiphany) was a heavenly experience, which came as no surprise seeing as it is spun from alpaca, silk, and cashmere. And the buttons! Oh, the buttons! Tessa Ann makes the most adorable buttons and these are no exception. 

3. A very little bit of spinning has happened as well.

IMGP9986And by “very little bit”, I mean a very little bit. This is the sample I made before I committed all 5 ounces of my muga silk to the wheel.  (This braid was a gift, purchased from Lucky Cat Crafts on Etsy.)

IMGP9960Talk about heavenly! This stuff is amazing and spins up into a gorgeous laceweight. It wants to be threadlike thin so it will be two ply. And when I said it is spinning up slowly, I was thinking of the fact that, though I started it weeks ago, I have yet to spin even half of it. 

Spinning is the hardest thing to do right now. My spinning time is at the end of the day after all of my little ankle biters are asleep in their beds. But, these days, despite my best intentions, I only have enough energy in the evenings for a little Netflix watching (currently we are enjoying old episodes of Lie to Me) and then to bed I go, falling asleep before my head hits the pillow! So, some nights I spin for an hour or so, but most nights I satisfy myself with dreaming of spinning, which is the next best thing, despite the fact that I have nothing to show for it in the morning!

 

 

 

 

 

An Open Letter the the Bloggiverse

My Dearest Bloggiverse,

I hope that you haven’t interpreted my silence as a slight to you. I have neither rejected nor forgotten you. On the contrary, I think of you nearly everyday. I imagine all of the things that I would say to you if only I could. I would tell you how slow the knitting is going now that I have become a human dairy, and how spinning is even slower. I would brag to you about my newest woolie acquisitions (and not only wool -there is silk, too!) and show you the fun knitting ring that my mother-in-law bought for me. Maybe I could show you some pictures from when said mother-in-law visited and of the baby shower that my mom and sister-in-law threw for me just last weekend.

Alas, I have no time. Even writing this quick letter is stealing precious time from my newly expanded family. Though I am sleeping through the night (because that sweet, seven week old Blessing is a great sleeper!), I am constantly tired. Nursing does that to me. I think that milk production is the most difficult physical exercise I have ever done. And with The Blessing having trouble with breastfeeding, I also spend lots of quality time with the breast pump (we have a love/hate relationship, that pump and I. Oh, the greatness of being able to make enough milk for my baby! Yet, oh, the inconvenience of being strapped to a pump every few hours!

And so, I leave you with the promise of my eventual return and this, a photo of my world (such a beautiful world I live in, isn’t it?).

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Yours Affecionately,

woolandchocolate

PS – I couldn’t resist just one more picture!

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Cute, isn’t she?