The Steek

My heart was pounding in my chest. My palms were sweating. I could barely breathe.

Carefully, I double checked the blue lines of thread that ran up the front of my colorful knitting.

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Taking the scissors in my hand and inhaling a deep, steadying breath, I put the steel to the wool.

And then I cut it.

I think I might have started to black out a little, so I paused and waited for my sight to return.

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Seeing the shiny silver scissors eating up my knitting made me a little nauseous, but I carried on and cut up the entire length of my sweater.

My hand was shaking as I set the scissors down next to my carefully constructed knitting. I stepped back and leaned against the china cabinet for a moment.

Then I looked at my work and I was happy.

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My first steek was a success!

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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.

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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!

A Collection Of Randomness

First off, I would like to thank all of you who have been asking me if I am still alive. Yes, I am here, still pregnant, and healthy, and extremely uncomfortable. Hence the lack of blogging. I don’t want to make this blog my whining place about all of the ways that this pregnancy is torturing me, so I simply stay away. And then there is The Cave, which is once again beckoning me to hide away and finish off this gestation in solitary confinement, preferably in a warm bath with soft music and occasional, brief visits from the little people whom I love, but are who so loud and energetic!

There are some things that I can share with you, though, of the knitting and spinning variety, that would make a decent blog post. So, here is a random collection of my yarnie activities from the last month. (to shorten my sitting at the computer, I am not going to provide individual links to all of these projects. The details can be found in my Ravelry notebook here.)

1. Rainbows!

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2. Billowy Blanket

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IMGP9134_medium3. Fishie Socks!

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4. A baby sweater that came out too big (and so was reassigned to The Fraggle) and a second version that came out just right.

IMGP9197_medium2IMGP9192_medium25. Some sewing has happened, too. Necessitating some matching knit shorties, of course. (Super easy and cute sewing pattern from here and adorable fabric from this Etsy shop – you gotta check out her fabric. She has Mo Willems Pigeon fabric! Oh my! Too cute! )

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6. And, of course, some spinning. It feels like cheating to not properly post about these yarns – they were all great learning experiences and I have a lot to say about them. Maybe I will come back to that later. (Notes are on the stash pages if you can’t wait) For now, just enjoy the pretties. ooooooo, pretties!

IMGP9167_medium IMGP9211_medium IMGP9131_medium IMGP9171_mediumIMGP9162_mediumThere is knitting in progress, some baby related, some not. Spinning is on hold for now, as my feet swell horribly after I sit at the wheel for any decent length of time.

In other news (since this is a random post), my three June Bugs are turning 6, 4, and 2 years old this month and there is a super frilly, pastel pink, girlie-girlie, ballerina tea party coming up that will be very fun to show you. I think that I enjoy planning the parties more than the kids enjoy the actual event, which really is a good thing, because it is a lot of work!

And, now, the obligatory belly shot – 35 weeks down, 5 more to go (give or take)

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SO, that is me for now. I’ll try to check in again before baby comes, but I make no promises. Just know that when this pregnancy finally ends and I have a wonderful new baby and a body that doesn’t torment me anymore, I will surely return to being a good blogger. Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes. I enjoy hearing from all of you, both here and on Ravelry. I have such a sweet group of cyber friends. Thank you for hanging in there with me!

 

 

 

The Ultimate, Super Awesome, Amazing Knitting Needle Case of Glory

It was elusive, this idea rolling around in my head. How to best store my vast and growing collection of knitting needles? I spent lots of money, sewed lots of prototypes, recruited household items (vases, baskets, and the like), and yet I find myself always rummaging around, always digging and ransacking and pillaging, but never finding the needle that I need.

Then, lightbulb! I realized that I was going about it all wrong. Why do I have my needles separated according to type and brand? When I what I really need is to sort them according to size. When I want a size six needle for a project, it is silly that I have to get out five different needle rolls to see what I even have available? Knit Picks nickle interchangeable is always my first pick, but if there isn’t a six in there, then out comes my Hiya Hiya set. Nope, no six in there. Well, maybe a fixed circular in a different case. No. Well, do I at least have a set of six DPNs? Those are in yet another roll. Ridiculous! No wonder it takes me forever to find anything.

So, I did a few sketches, thought about my idea for a few days more and then started sewing. Wanna see the Ultimate, Super Awesome, Amazing Knitting Needle Case of Glory? Well, here you go!

Each size needle from 3 to 10 has it’s own folder, and each folder is labeled on the top.

There is one folder for larger needles that I rarely use and don’t have many of and I am going to make a folder for 2’s and smaller. It is going to be different than these that I am showing you now, with smaller pockets and more rows.

Okay, so each folder looks like this

 

and snaps closed at two points.

Inside, there are pockets for every needle that I have in that given size, shown here size 8.

 

A place for everything, from my ten inch straights, fixed circulars, and DPNs, to all of the tips for the interchangeable sets.

I am thinking about one single folder for all of the cables, end caps, and other interchangeable parts as well. Either that, or collecting them and putting cables for each set in with every size. We’ll see how user friendly it is so far.

So there it is. I am really excited about it and want to cast on new projects just to see how easy it is to find the needles to do so! Pretty ultimate, super awesome, and amazing, right?