Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent, Squares 1 and 2

I have a cold. I took it easy yesterday and did some crocheting while Evelyn did her thing.  I went ahead  and stayed home.  I feel like I could have gone to work, but it's cold and wet outside and my lungs hurt and having to hurry around would have made things worse.

We wait for Christmas, we wait for the rain to stop, and I wait for this cold to pass.

Granny squares are always something I make to pass the time.  It seems like an okay way to observe the season of waiting.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Thanksgiving three times over

Tuesday: the harvest feast at Evelyn's school

Wednesday: the Thanksgiving baby festival at my parents' house

Evelyn set the table.

Both kids are standing on a stool. Such a helpful team!

Thursday: the Thanksgiving dinner with Cody's extended family (or: kid festival, part 2)

Such a good holiday.  We ate a lot and visited a lot and I held 2 babies in a twenty-four-hour period.  The rain held off until Friday. I shopped at a couple of small stores (including the yarn store!) and took Evelyn out to play at her grandparents' house.  She spent the night and Cody and I went out for burgers like we're the kind of people who go on dates or something.

I'm about to get Evelyn ready for bed, and Advent begins tomorrow.  If the weather and my runny nose permit, we'll go to church.  The Christmas tree is up, I'm feeling very cozy with my knitting projects, and Evelyn's in a puzzle phase again.  Things are pretty lovely at the moment.

Happy holidays!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Warm and cozy

This blanket now lives on our couch.  I like it.

I haven't finished a book all month.

Cody has been working a lot. 

Evelyn does this weird scream-growl thing at the end of her sentences when she wants to emphasize a point. Sometimes she does it to be silly.  Either way, she sounds like a maniacal villain.  Her disposition is usually nice, though.

She had a teeth cleaning and an appointment with an allergy specialist last week, so now she thinks she's big stuff with her shiny teeth and her new inhaler(s).

We're all sleepy, and Cody and I are forgetful and distracted.  There are school events to look forward to and maybe Christmas cards to order soon.  The weather is chilly and wet, and the news is terrible. 

We're looking forward to seeing family and friends more for the holidays.  And we have another blanket on the couch.  It's a cheerful and cozy one.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Something into something else

I unraveled a shawl I knitted a couple of years ago and crocheted it into this cowl.  I like the cowl a lot more.

I was looking in my pictures and couldn't even find a picture of the finished shawl.  I think I'll wear the cowl a lot more though.

I wasn't sure what I thought I would make with this when I bought the yarn

I don't even remember if I bought this before Evelyn was born or if she was a small baby at the time.  I tried to use this with two different projects before this one.  Maybe the third time is the charm.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Book list for October 2015

Drift. Rachel Maddow*
Between the World and Me. Ta-Nehasi Coates* 
Death of a Naturalist. Seamus Heaney*
Fieldwork. Seamus Heaney*

Two thoughtful pieces about very different aspects of America, and a couple of small poetry volumes by Heaney.  It was a good month for reading.  Library books marked with asterisks. 

I guess it was a good book for library books, too.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Sometimes I like yarn and sometimes I don't know why I have it

I finished two afghans today.  It doesn't feel as exciting as you'd think. 

This one:

is an Elizabeth Zimmermann pattern that I've been curious about for a couple of years.  I started it earlier this year and now I've used up nearly every scrap of Lion Brand Thick & Quick yarn in the house.  The construction is interesting, and I'm sure my brain is better off for the workout it got with planning how to maximize my scrap usage, but this is slightly larger than a baby blanket and definitely too odd-looking to give to a baby.  Seriously, I wouldn't even give this to Laine.*

This blanket was originally intended as a gift for someone and then I decided I didn't want to give it to that person, and then I thought I would give it to someone else and then I decided I didn't want to give it that person either, and now I'm considering just stashing it away until someone moves and (if I feel like they're worthy) I give it to them as a housewarming gift. 

But now that I've taken pictures of it on the couch, I am kind of considering keeping it here at home.  It's another scrappy stashbuster. 

I went through my yarn stash again on Sunday.  I cleared out some more yarn, as well as some projects that I don't want to work on.  Those projects were usually the ones I was working on just to use up yarn.  It got me thinking--and then I had plenty more time to think when I was finishing up those two blankets--about why I try certain projects.  There were a lot that I tried because I needed something to blog about.  There were a tremendous amount that I made because I specifically wanted to use a certain yarn or pattern for a loved one, and I feel good about those.  And there were some that I made for myself, which is fun and definitely something I want to do for myself more often.

But there were a bunch of things I've made because I wanted to use up the yarn I had on hand.  And there was a lot of yarn I bought because....I'm not really sure.  Maybe because it was pretty?  Or something?

This is sock yarn. I do not especially enjoy knitting socks....

I have been trying to go through my yarn for the past year.  I've given away pounds of it, used up more, and finally gotten around to knitting or crocheting stuff I've had for years on projects I love.

I bought this yarn in 2013 and turned it into hats for Ellis and Calvin.  I love it!
And I have plans for a few more skeins that I'm pretty pumped about.  But there's still some scraps or works-in-progress that I feel like I need to scoot out of my way so I can get to the really good stuff.

Like finding a fun use for this.

*I'm not saying Laine has terrible taste.  I'm saying that my family has gotten some pretty questionable-looking creations from me over the years and they always accept them graciously because they know how much time and effort I put it into the weird-looking blanket/scarf/hat