Over the last few years, I’ve become aware of how lucky I am to have the things in my life. I’ve been able to stop working a conventional Job to stay home with my boys, and my husband’s exceptionally hard work as a doctor-in-training has finally paid off when he got his big boy job this past July.
One of the physical things I was lucky enough to receive for Christmas was a circular sock knitting machine. You may know that those contraptions don’t come cheap. I was interested in it partially because I really want a full sock drawer for myself and my husband, partially because I would love to make shop samples of my colorways (eventually I will vend some kind of yarny event!), and because I love giving handmade gifts – and who wouldn’t love handmade socks?
So with acquiring the knitting machine, my knitting for this year is focused around giving. Everyone is getting handmade socks. Maybe I feel like I don’t deserve to be so lucky and need to earn my (and my machine’s) keep, but whatever it is, I’m happy to be spreading the wealth of handmade knitwear.
I haven’t been posting much to the blog lately! I’m knee deep in 10 week old baby duties with a 3 (!) year old to further complicate things. I actually do have WIPs and FOs despite the baby being a terrible sleeper and crabby all the time always. Working on big boy birthday plans, Christmas prep, and actual physical knitting has cut into any time I would ordinarily have taken to write blog posts. Modern motherhood is a lonely and isolating time – which isn’t new information to me. But I am finding out that I have plenty to say about knitting and yarn, but nobody to whom to say it. The only time really have to write is during nursing (like now), but during the night it’s all I can do keep my eyes open.
I think I’ll be posting my knitting stream of consciousness here more often, and some photographical evidence of my life on Instagram.
Nothing much exciting is happening now. I’m just trying to get as far as I can on Scottie’s sweater by Christmas. There’s a snowball’s chance of me finishing it, but it’s giving me direction.
Wow that was disjointed and a mess! Love you! Bye!
I’m here checking in and to update you all on my third round of FibreShare :).
Also, I had a baby. He’s real cute.
Sending to Jessica in Phoenix
Putting together Jessica’s package was a ton of fun! She loves bright colors, fingering weight yarn, loves coffee, Halloween, journaling, has a million house plants, 2 daughters and some furry critters!
I got her some treats – coffee (unground so she could decide how to grind it and because Scottie was throwing a tantrum about not wanting to use the coffee grinder at the store) and Halloween snacks. And an adorable Dia de los Muertos skull and skeleton coffee mug.
I found a journal with succulents on the cover and little sticky notes with succulents on them too.
I sent one of the project bags I made, which turned out to be her signature color (!) and added some progress keepers (unpictured because they’re inside the bag pocket and I’m stupid).
And I sort of went nuts on the yarn. Since I don’t have much of a stash myself since I prefer to buy for a project in mind, nor do I dye superwash yarn (which is Jessica’s preference to knit with!), I got to yarn shop in earnest.
I’d add more detail, but my brain fell out because babies don’t let you sleep.
Receiving from Allison
Let me tell you something about Allison – she works fast! I received her package a full month before it was due to send, and it was such a pleasant surprise. She really took my preferences to heart, which was much appreciated!
She sent the most delicious tea – David’s Tea Blueberry Jam. It’s gone. I snarfed it. And I drank it exclusively out of the amazing David’s Tea mug she sent with its own strainer and measuring spoon with a knit pattern on it. Plus it’s huge which is my favorite size!
There’s a sample of Lana from Green Mountain Spinnery which I think I’ll add to a pair of socks at the cuff or something for embellishment since it’s just a little sample. It’s a really gorgeous dark blue called “Noche”.
And lastly, Allison included a skein of Tigger Targhee from Blue Moon Fiber Arts in “See scum, sea scum run”. It’s a super high twist, non-nylon, non-superwash sock yarn and I’m puuuuuuumped to make socks from this. So pumped.
Okay that about covers it! Obviously I highly recommend FibreShare, so go follow them to find out when the next one is in 2019!
You may remember that I was due with baby boy #2 October 1st. Well it’s October 2nd, and wouldn’t you know it – still pregnant. I’m quite happy to roll around like Violet who turns into a giant blueberry in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory because having a newborn is a whole thing. Did you know? It’s like a lot of work and stuff.
Anyway, I bring up my mass-acquisition & impending tummy friend turned roommate situation because I put the Etsy shop in vacation mode as of today. I just want to make sure nobody is waiting to get an order filled if I suddenly go into labor.
With that said, I do anticipate a lot of exciting changes in the upcoming months. I may need a few of those months to remember how to function on no sleep and nurse 486 times a day, but I have a ton of ideas. My Notes app looks like a random word generator with all of the disjointed thoughts that occur to me. Here’s what’s kaleidoscoping around my brain & already in the works:
Fun bags (lol not boobs)
And I don’t intend to stay with Etsy forever – at the moment I like being able to use their search engine to guide people to my corner of the hippy-nonsense-yarn-world, but I’m pretty particular with how I’d like my shopping platform to look, and I have a lot more to offer than Etsy can help with. SoOoOoOo eventually, I’ll either add shopping on this website in addition to the Etsy shop, or I’ll completely transfer everything over here.
TL;DR – Etsy shop is in vacation mode, it’ll open with in-stock items after the baby comes.