After such a wonderful weekend with my little and hubs, I was saddened to hear of the events this morning in Manhattan. While myself and all I know who commute in are well I couldn’t not mention this sad way to start our work week. Thankfully New Yorkers are tough and I am sure we will take this event in stride.
Now as for this fun weekend….
First, someone slept through the night Friday! While this isn’t the first time this has happened, it had been a very rough week on all aspects of our lives- work, baby, extracurricular activities…. we have been EXHAUSTED. So this one night of uninterrupted sleep was like getting an early Christmas present.
Saturaday was filled with all sorts of fun. Baby girl experienced her first snowfall (this mom experienced a stroller in snowfall- interesting but survivable…) and we got her first real high chair delivered on Saturday! Someone enjoyed a couple of fun hours playing with all the packaging while I somehow managed to get the dang thing put together…
Sunday was just as exciting…. someone met Santa for the first time! While the first few photos went well…well….. the last few… ha there’s a first for everyone… it was a fun day with the hubs out and about, craft fairs, coffee and donuts….
This is certainly the condensed version of my weekend but it felt like pure happiness which in all honesty has been a bit lacking in recent weeks. While baby girl brings so much joy into my life, other areas haven’t felt so generous. And this, this weekend was perfect. There may have even been a littel time for knitting; but of course I had to have a helper… one day she will learn that all that pulling and shaking wasn’t the best of ideas while someone is knitting on the other end but hey… for now I will enjoy every little smile it brings to her face.
Happy Holidays world.
Today was a weird day. Just weird… now I’m going to opt not to share the details of the first half of my day but it’s what put me in my “weird” mood. So while it improved later in the day it got weird again when the hubs and I ordered dinner… somehow our favorite diner got onion rings out of turkey sandwich…. welp…. yeahhhhhSo once we’re corrected the whole order debacle, managed to get a very tired “but not tired” babe to sleep and poured a VERY large glass of wine (it has been a seriously looong week…) our feet got kicked up and we exhaled a deep sigh of relaxation.And that’s where my thank you comes in.. because I received my second order in that moment just two days of reopening my Etsy shop. Through the exhaustion and frustration of this whole week I sold a total of 3 items in two days… online… on a shop that I want still want to clean house on… where I have had some many say to me my work is worth it- people will be interested- TAKE THE LEAP OF FAITh… and just like that I feel so…so… validated. Now- it’s not much- 3 items sold- but this isn’t suppose to be a race to the top with the most sales success etc… its a feel good thing and if I can make a little income in the process I won’t object!So thank you to all those who in the last two days took a look at my little modest shop: thank you, thank you for believing in this woman enough see what she has to offer… I have many more dreams and big ideas to come…. don’t give up on me yet.XOXO🙏🏻💖💖
So the last few months have been interesting, semi entertaining and most definitely challenging. As I’m (kinda, sort of, who am I kidding NOT) ok with going back to work I have found a tolerable work- life balance.
What has helped me keep a little of my sanity and a little of my pre mommy self has been my knitting. I have been particularly stressed about my work environment this week and as a result I have been project jumping.
Last weekend was the NY Sheep & Wool Festiva in Rhinebeck and I am completely obsessed with my haul. One of the yarns I purchased was for the Masala Shawl by Michelle Wang from part of the Spice collection. I was so annoyed following work one day this week I wound up the first skein and began.
First, I put aside a paying project to do this (and a few long term ones).. not the end of the world but there is a deadline there!
Second- this pattern is amazing and I can’t put it down! There is a beautiful simplicity to the use of only two different stitch patterns and it’s one I can easily get lost in its repetitiveness. The other beautiful thing about this pattern is I gained the knowledge of a new cast on technique.
Learning this is invaluable since I am still learning so so much about knitting, I’m not a beginner any more but there is still so much for me to learn and find comfort in…
Until next time my lovely knitters…
**I began this post a few weeks ago in frustration and even though I am finishing it now it is refreshing to go back and see how my feelings about my current life have been changing and morphing- daily. I feel that it is important for me to still share these posts as maybe, just maybe someone in my similar situation will read and we can connect…
It’s been a long time since I’ve put my thoughts out in the world and have been thinking its better late than never….It’s been quite a year and a half since I last wrote and I couldn’t even begin to say where I should begin!
My knitting has been coming along nicely and while I haven’t fully tackled a new technique or particularly difficult project I am pleased with what knits i have been adding to my life and wardrobe. There were few new pairs of socks (which I wrote about earlier this year) and a fine (but incredibly warm) linen weight scarf, along with a basic sweater!
My project list has a new subject to focus on however and one that I am more than excited about… a baby! My husband and I welcomed home a beautiful little baby girl earlier this year and we cannot be more thrilled! She has been such a joy to watch these first few months and I am still in awe of becoming a mom.
While I will sadly be going back to work very shortly it has gotten me to begin to try to think of ways that I would be able to stay home with my girl while still contributing to our household income. I have always known that I would enjoy staying at home and my maternity leave have truly shown me just how much I love it. However, it is the difficult part of our living in NYC as the cost of living is outrageously high which is what is taking me back to the office. That being said, becoming a stay at home mom has become a bit of a dare for me in seeing if I could make it work. I am by no means saying I am up and quitting my current job today ( I’m not that crazy!, if you’re reading my beautiful supivisor I truly promise to give you fair warning!) but I have been thinking about how a transition from one environment to another could work.
I am pleased to say that I feel my knitting could be a part of this budding plan and one that I plan to explore. If I remember to look back at my archived posts later I believe I had plans to write and publish one of my own patterns. That has been one of my first thoughts of trying to stay at home… come up with and write my own patterns to sell- as I would not be committing all my time to making each piece which would take away time from being mommy… What a great way too to test drive a venture like this as well…
So I raise you readers…. have any of you ventured into self employment?… what were your best decisions in the planning stages that would help another young entrepreneur? And knitters!- what have you found most helpful when it comes to writing, purchasing, or reading patterns?…
So following my last blog post, I finished my Goomy 50 socks! And let me say its love at first
sight I mean, wear. I found that as tedious as it was to knit on size 0 needles, I am more than pleased with the outcome and have already started on my next pair! Cannot wait to see how those turn out.
So please enjoy the below photos of the delicious, cozy goodness….
Until next time….❤️
the beginnings of a new exciting pair…
I’ts done!- finished, finito! Oh I’m so thrilled with the result! The first of many knits I already have planned for myself was finished about a week and a half ago…
Now, I still have to block but you can believe that I wore this beauty as soon as it was finished. In my defense as well, blocking has not yet been completed because lace blocking wires were recommended to get the proper shape and I did not have any!
So while I’m waiting for these blocking wires to arrive this scarf is mine to wear!
Few notes on how this project came into being:
Project: Ludlow Scarf by Julie Hoover (for Brooklyn Tweed)
Yarn: Shelter, 100% American Wool (again from Brooklyn Tweed)
**note that pattern is actually designed for Loft, I substituted and used Shelter instead.
Length of time to complete: about a month, I had another project on my needles at the same time, so maybe only 3 weeks if it had been the only piece I had been working on…
Project Notes: Because I substituted yarns, I actually ended up with more yarn than I needed. Now while my math (worked out with a very helpful employee at Purl Soho) was correctly calculated, out of the 8 skeins purchased, I only needed 6! I would have more than likely used 6 1/2 skeins however when I was 1/3 of the way through the project I realized I was shorting my moss stitch sections by 4 rows (oops!- really, I CAN count though….). This worked to my advantage as I was able to adjust the remaining pattern to accommodate the mistake (which you would never have know about until now….) The remaining yarn is being used up as a little stockinette/ jersey roll beanie (more to come on this!) which is something else I have wanted to make for myself so really this was a win/win.
So, how did I do?
Til next time….
So I’ve begun some planning on what I’ve dubbed “The Beast; #4″…. And it will be the biggest to date at a whopping 94″ x 106”- measurements fit for a king and his queen (pun entirely intended!). Now while the measurements and the yarn were pretty much no brainers for me for this project, the process of developing the stitch pattern has been something else entirely.
My brain is flooded with so many different ideas and I am accepting that they all cannot fit into this one project, no matter how big the finished piece is going to be! So for now it’s just some sketches and swathes to get my gauge….
More progress reports on the way….
This posting may be a little later than most would expect, but believe it our not my last round of holiday gifting just happened! I know so late! I had a very ambitious year and I actually managed to complete all in a reasonable timeline… the full holiday haul included:
3 (yes 3!) full size blankets
5 different hats (from pre-teen to adult)
3 pairs of fingerless gloves
1 pair of socks
+ handmade tags for all for wrapping
Too ambitious?…nah..I enjoyed every minute of it! Even more enjoyable was the look on my friends and families faces when they realized what I had given them…I most certainly love to gift and when the gift is handmade, there’s more than just a little added love….
My absolute favorite gifting moment was my husband on Christmas morning when he opened up a little box and nestled inside was a new hat and a pair of socks… Immediately it was, “WHAT THE HELL!!, WHEN DID YOU- HOW- WHAT?!”…(TO BE CLEAR: he knew of the countless hours, days, and nights I spent knitting 3 blankets so he couldn’t figure out when I had made HIM new knits….) Can we all remember those first few posts I wrote where I said I was a very big subway knitter..you can complete and hide so many many projects from the hubs! (And for the record..he has been living in those new socks and hat so they were a hit as well!) Within the next hour my parents opened their blanket and his outburst became very very clear…
Also, I would add that the last blanket was finished the weekend following Christmas morning when the 1st blanket was finally opened.. so as to be gifted in time on New Years Day…. yikes! So, how about a look at all the squishy goodness? For your enjoyment:
Until next time….
So I think I will actually be publishing a FREE pattern a little sooner than I thought! I finished my bulk of holiday knitting a week or so ago and decided to cast on a simple little rib hat all for myself. It should have been a quick and painless little basic knit that would help to fill the void in my wardrobe. What SHOULD have been easy turned into frogging the project 3 times!
Im not working from a pattern but knew how to work out how many stitches I needed for my cast on…well the first time around the hat seemed much too big, so I took it out only to realize try #2 was too small. Try #3 got a little bit bigger but not big enough…
(Same yarn, different filters in each photo)
So now after all my pains to begin this project I will begin again…. To be continued….
The above post was written about a month ago- since then I ended up making 3 more hats for some young friends of mine for Hannukah along with racing through the last big holiday knit that was on my list (more to that in a separate post!) so this hat has still not seen the light of day… Instead i have been working on a Brooklyn Tweed scarf I have been dying to start and a beautiful baby shower knit…. That’s rotten pattern is still a work in progress too….😂
2016. This is our year- screw the sound of it being ominous and all the shit about pre determined destiny. 2016 is totally, completely OUR YEAR. The past 12 months have given both of us plenty of heartache, determination, tears, strength and utter grief, through jobs present, future and undetermined. It has also seen my worse sides which I can only grow from and find peace.
But when I say it’s our year I mean that we have been standing on the edge of a cliff, on the verge of something amazing and wonderful…and we have been figurative pushed off that cliff in the last 12 months and the dive downwards has something amazing for us… Because when we land- it’s not even a question whether we are going to sink or swim- we have already started kicking and swimming our way through the currents. Something beautiful awaits us. I don’t quite know what it will be but I have a few ideas…they’re scary and intimidating and utterly wonderful, and I cannot wait to see what this new year brings us.
Whatever it is, it will be exactly what I need, because it will be with you.
Forever your sweet pea.