Thursday, December 18, 2014

Christmas update...

All things Christmas are going well here.  I've finished and wrapped both hats and the scarf.  I cast on for one more hat...a manly sort of one for...well, for a man.  Who is not my husband.  But who is related to me.  It's a dark foresty green.  It's called a Raglan style with a ribbed brim.  This is the gift I am most nervous about.  My extended family doesn't really make gifts.  It seems to be frowned on, in some mysterious, unspoken way. I don't know if a made gift is good here, and I don't know if he would like a hat.  Guess we'll find out!

This has been a very relaxed season for us.  Our gift purchases were started long ago, and there are not many to buy for.  This hat I'm making is the last gift.  Unless I suddenly remember someone else...

Even so, I have been unusually tired the past almost-two-weeks.  My first thought was pregnancy, but the test turned up negative.  So - not pregnant, not stressed.  Been getting decent sleep - Seth sleeps 8 to 4, nurses, and goes back to sleep until about 5:30 or so.  I don't know why I am so tired.  Michael insists I see a Dr, so I'll make that appt today.

You know what?  I could work all day, every day and not even do school.  I am not schooling this week or next and I'm having trouble deciding what to work on.  There is an endless list, of course.  I just find myself waffling on projects I want to do, verses project I probably should get caught up on.  For instance, should I make Sethy his Christmas stocking, or organize the linen cabinet that hurls items at me when I dare to open the door?  I can't quite decide, so I sit and knit instead.

Speaking of knitting, I have recently 'discovered' Elizabeth Zimmerman.  She seems to be the nearest thing to a patron saint that knitters have.  She wrote several books and I want all of them of course.  And then there is something called the Yarn Bowl.  I'm getting one for my birthday!  I just need to find a suitable storage solution for DPNS and for circular needles.  Hmmm...

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Knitting update...

Hat number 1 is finished.  Well, practically.  It's currently drying, and I must thread a ribbon thru the eyelet holes.  5 minutes, tops.

Hat number 2 is on the needles.  Looks like it will be a quick knit.  I'm using a different pattern because the child for whom it is intended took a liking to a stupid looking bubble hat pattern.'s about making them happy, right?

I still intend to make Joe a scarf.  I just need to find a cute pattern.  I'm thinking something with a cable.  Just one or two...simple, so it can be done by Christmas.  And a hat for Sethy...mmmm.  We'll see.

Thanksgiving was lovely here.  We invited 8 people, for a total of 16 people here.  A few more came later for dessert.  Each person brought 2 or 3 items to share, so the workload was spread out.  My 3 biggs helped with cleaning house.  Hannah made Peppermint Fudge - oh my!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

And she knits...

Well, my friends.  Since I'm stuck on my sweater, I decided to knit a quick hat for one of the girls for Christmas.  It's a beautiful teal colored merino.  So very soft.  I think a chocolate velvet ribbon for accent will be lovely.  But then another girl said she wished she had a hat just like that.  Only in orange.  So now I must knit 2 hats for Christmas.  I think I can finish the first hat by Friday, Saturday on the outside.  Another 10 days for the second hat. Hmm...

But then I realized that there was a family member for whom I have no idea what to get for Christmas.  And you realize of course that that means I must knit her something.  I will have roughly 20 days to knit for her.  Socks?  A cowl?  Hmm...

And THEN I realized that Josiah does not have a scarf.  Oh my.  Something must be done at once about that.  And dear Seth's hat is already getting a bit small.  Oh dear.  Hmm...

So many knitting projects calling for my immediate attention.  I think I may set my own sweater aside until after Christmas.  And I'm okay with that actually.  I just want to knit.  It doesn't have to be for me.

On a side note, the children have discovered the joy of collages.  There has been a flurry of cutting and pasting and coloring and putting in frames (we have a frame for each child to display their art hanging in the dining room).  So for right now, I promised Olivia I would help her finish her collage.  She is very picky about selecting pictures.  So that is what I will spend the next hour on.  Olivia.  Not knitting.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Holidays are upon us!

Oh my, only a week till Thanksgiving!  I've made my menu and have begun assigning items for people to bring.  I have a shopping trip to make, but it doesn't look too crazy.  We have a bit of a snafu in that we currently have 2 very sick children.  Fevers, upset tummies (but no vomiting. Yet.).  I suppose it's best that they are sick this week rather than next week.  Isn't God good?!  He always orders things so perfectly.  A pretty gnarly illness just before we all start thinking about all we are thankful for.  I am blessed and highly favored.

I have begun my mental lists for next year.  This is my particular brand of weirdness.  I make lists of things to make list about.  I need to make a list about household chore distribution, a list of 'big' chores to be done throughout the year, Hannah will be turning 13 this year so I need to start a list soon of all the lovely things I'd like to do for her birthday event, and so on and so on.  I like lists.  If I do something that is not on the list, I write it on the list just so that I can cross it off!  It's a lovely thing I tell you!

I found a lovely thing that I want for Christmas.  I hinted to my hubby rather obviously, but he always has such great gift ideas, he may not want to get me this just yet.  But I'll share it with you just cuz it's have to go to the website because I'm not so great at getting pictures into my blog from other sites...

It can be used for Advent, Easter, Lent, etc.  There is a figure of Jesus with the cross, and one of Mary w/child.  So, so lovely.

And here's a updated picture of my sweater.  I've finished Phase 3.  What you see here is the right chest/shoulder.  Phase 4 is supposed to do the left side, but I'm stuck.  The directions don't make sense to me, so I'm hesitant to go on.

Well, I need to go tend to my littles.  Perhaps I can squeeze in a quick trip to the store later...I'm out of eggs.  Again.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

My sweater!!

Here is a current picture of my new sweater.  Yes, I know.  It doesn't look like anything yet.  But it will.  This is going to be a cardigan, with a lace pattern down the front.  No closures.  It's knit in 10 phases.  I'm about midway through Phase 3.

I've never knit anything for myself before, so I'm really excited about this.  The yarn is called Orchid Smash, and it's a cotton and bamboo fiber.  Very soft.  And because everyone asks, that bit of blue at the bottom is just a placeholder.  It will come out later.

I hope to post a picture once a week or so to show my progress.  I just hope this doesn't end up being my monstrosity.  Everyone knits one at some point.  It takes weeks of patient denial.  If it turns out horrible, I've threatened to send it to my cousin Daniel in Florida.

In other news, tomorrow will be 2 full weeks of doing school with no days off for illness, errands, mini-emergencies, etc.  I'm feeling really proud of myself so far.

Well, I'm off to get the little ones to bed.  Until next week!

Monday, October 6, 2014


I love October.  It's my favorite month.  It's still pretty warm here during the days, but the evenings and mornings are cool.  Another couple of weeks and we will be out of the 90 degree days.

Michael took the 3 oldest for a swim at the lake yesterday.  It's probably the last time this year.

This morning was spent outdoors.  The chicken coop was cleaned, one of the garden boxes fertilized and watered- ready to sit fallow for the winter.  I'm looking forward to planting it in the spring.

The other garden box has had the soil turned and loosened.  We will set it up for the Square Foot method tomorrow, and hopefully plant winter crops next week.  It's really late in the season, so I need to purchase some plants instead of using seed.  Oh well.  Tis the nature of having a house full of littles.

Once that box is planted, I will turn my attention to cultivating and fertilizing the other garden space behind the house.  A long skinny area - maybe 15 feet long and 2 1/2 feet wide, and a bigger space maybe 8 feet by 5 feet.  I'll leave that fallow for the winter as well. I want to focus on one box as I try this new method.  In the spring I'll be more adventurous.

Five out of 6 little people are sick today.  Colds - sniffles and sore throats.  We'll be 'hunkering down' the next couple day.  We have a weekend trip planned.  Since they all got sick together, I'm hoping they will all be well together by the time we leave.  At least they won't be contagious by then...

Have a great day resting in His faithfulness!!!

Friday, September 19, 2014

More everyday stuff

Alrighty, so I've finished Nathan's knit snake.  I love knitting, but that yarn was torture.  I have never been so glad to get a project off my needles!  I also whipped out a quick washcloth for a babyshower tomorrow - a dragonfly pattern.  It's very cute and I may make a few more.  I like dragonflies!  There are about 9 new babies or due to be born soon babies in our circle right now.  Hannah and I are knitting washcloths like crazy.  But having fun with some new patterns!

The chickens are doing well.  We have new food and water containers so we don't have to refill twice a day.  I got big ones and we only have to tend to food and water twice a week.  If you don't know what 'chicken nipples' are, you must Google it.  The best way to water a chicken!!

I'm reading Square Foot Gardening and learning lots.  I have great plans for our garden beds for next year.  But for the winter, we have work to do with mulch/fertilizer/etc.  Thank goodness we have free chicken manure!

The kitchen is coming along.  Last week Michael taped/mudded the ceiling and sanded it.  There is sheetrock dust everywhere in this house.  This weekend he plans to texture the ceiling and a few patches of walls.  Hopefully that means the messy part of the remodel is over.