Sunday, November 11, 2012

FOs and WIPs

I'm still a little sore over the whole election thing, but am trying to move on for now. I've been busy sneaking in knitting whenever I can and have a few FOs to share:

A very terrible picture of the DRIPS hat I knit with 2 very similar colors of Kathmandu Aran. I enjoyed the knit and love the yummy yarn, but I just don't like how it looks on me. It's going in the pile of knits to sell at craft shows.

These are a pair of longies I finished today. They to a little too big and the picture is really bad, but they are wearable and will fit through the winter. I used the Dandelion Daydreamers pattern and Patons Classic Wool. It kind of looks like Gideon is a little parrot sitting on Arthur's shoulder.

I also crocheted a Divine hat for me in some of my handspun, but don't have a picture yet. I'll get some soon and post them.

Now for some WIPs:

My NaKniSweMo project is the Sweetgum Duncan sweater in Valley Yarns Superwash DK (olive green, MC) and Knit Picks Swish DK (Marina, CC). The CC is actually greener and more vibrant in real life. It's a bit of an odd combination, but it's what I had in stash and I like the colors together. I don't know if I'll finish this before the end of the month and I'm totally ok with that. It's a goal and if I miss it, oh well. There's enough stress and I don't need to add any to it!

I'm also working on a pair of Ringwood Gloves in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport (Thirst Heather colorway). No picture of those yet. It's more my travel project than anything, just something to work on in the car or when visiting inlaws.

I am looking for a knitting group to go to each week. I have been a bit stressed since Charlie started working fulltime. A job was supposed to reduce that, right? Well, I love being a stay-at-home mom, but I need a break a few hours each week. I get up when Charlie does (0545 or so) everyday, including the weekend when Charlie is home (babies have crazy good internal clocks). I also get up during the night for Arthur. While he naps I do dishes, laundry, etc. Then Charlie gets home and takes a half hour to unwind. I take care of Arthur and Charlie at that point, doing the cooking, feeding the baby, bathtime, bedtime routine, etc. Charlie is a great dad, but most of the work is on me and it's been getting to me this past week. I have been irritable and short with Charlie, blaming him for my being exhausted, and have been getting more frustrated than I should with Arthur. Charlie and I talked about it today and he made me realize that I do need some me time. I'm excited to be looking for a group and being part of things again; I was active in a knitting group and spinning guild in college and miss having friends (I don't have a single person I can truly call a friend and it's been that way for some time now... I'm not particularly social by nature and I've lost contact with old Georgia buddies and haven't had the opportunity to make Michigan ones).

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