It has occurred to me recently that in order to be a good mother and wife sometimes I need to put myself first and take care of me. I will be the first to acknowledge that putting myself first grates against everything that I am. For the last decade I’ve become well practised at putting my needs aside (although as I write this I’m also aware of how selfish I can be) but because I love my kids and my husband, I need to show myself some love too. And it’s not always healthy to show that love by buying more yarn or even casting on another project 😛 . Last weekend I endeavoured to show myself a little love and ventured across the road to my neighbours Stampin’ Up party. I spent 3 hours without children, 3 hours of talking to other adults without the interruption of my little ones, 3 hours of being creative, and 3 hours of concentrating on a craft other than knitting.
I had a great deal of fun. A short while after Mr HKWT and I got married I started making cards, I had a decent assortment of stamps and inks and it wasn’t long after the birth of J.J that I was hooked on scrapbooking. There’s something really wonderful about choosing pretty coloured papers and embellishments and marrying them together. It’s a whole different tactile crafting experience that I love and hope to do more of. I gave up scrapbooking because there were too many little hands leaving little gifts of fingerprints all over my pages, and to be honest I don’t think I could go back to that particular craft. I’m very particular about how I do my pages and I tend to steer away from bombarding each page with as many photos as possible, so I think if I were to take that up again I’d be 200 years old and still not anywhere close to finishing off an album for my 3rd child 😛 . But making cards and playing with stamps, now that is something that is a lot like knitting – what insanity is that woman going on about? I hear you say – well, it’s pretty and it’s practical. I can make a card and give it to someone who needs a little cheering up, far quicker than I can knit them up a shawl (although that is something that I will continue to do). I can make several cards in a few hours in many different styles and colours, I can’t do that with knitting. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not going to stray from my first love, I’m just going to have a little hanky panky on the side with card stock and stamps 😉 .
This last week saw Aestlight finished. WOOHOO 😀 !!!!!! Unfortunately the weather has not been kind and it still remains unblocked. But it is finished! I think my stitch count was off at some stage, either on the lace section or in the border, I’m not sure which. However, I resisted the temptation to rip it back, recount and then start the edging again. You can’t tell, at least I don’t think you can tell. I’m happy with it and that’s the main thing considering I’ll be the one wearing it. I bound off the centre garter stitch triangle with the Banana (light), Elizabeth Bennet yarn I was using from Yarn Love, 2 friends of mine made that suggestion and I’m glad they did (and I’m glad that I listened to them), it looks really good. I used a traditional Shetland bind off that Chrissy Graham of Snappy Stitches talked about in one of her podcasts. It’s a really pretty bind off, which I know probably sounds a bit strange, but because the bind off has been done in the contrast yarn you can see it. Seriously, if you plan on making the Aestlight – or any other shawl that needs a stretchier edge – use this bind off, it’s worth it, and it’s so easy. I’m finding myself hoping to cast on a pair of toe up socks soon so I can see if the same bind off will work well with the cuff.
In a fit of anxiety and stress I wound up a skein of Loft from Brooklyn Tweed in the Blanket Fort colourway. As with so many of my online purchases I’m still unsure of the colour. I’m hoping that once the Sempervivum has been knit up it will look far less like the colour of dryer fluff. I love the colour believe it or not (there is something about cleaning off the lint filter on my parents tumble dryer that I’ve always enjoyed – yeah I know, I’m weird) but I’m just not sold on it for this particular project. I’m not so sure what it’s going to look like once it’s finished, it’s such a pretty pattern that I want the finished project to look striking, not a confused mix of purple and grey which is what I think it looks a bit like at the moment. I love the pictures of Sempervivum on the Brooklyn Tweed website so much that I don’t want to be disappointed with my end project, I feel like that would not only be letting me down but a designer that I admire – not to mention all the hours spent working on the shawl. I also bought the pattern and OH MY GOODNESS! This is going to keep me on my toes! All I can do is give it a go and cross my fingers, arms, legs, and toes that I’m able to grapple my way through it without making too many mistakes. Wish me luck!
The V Junkie socks have had a whole lot of love this past week and I’m happy to report that the short row heel fits my foot wonderfully. I’m really really happy with that heel construction and plan on using it again and again and again. Does anyone out there know what the wear on that is like compared to a traditional heel flap? Hmmmm…….. Anyway, I am through the foot and onto the forefoot part, the pattern stated to end the foot section on row 15 once a certain measurement was reached. I didn’t do that. I was a centimetre off the measurement and the pattern repeat is 2cm long (yes, I sat there and measured it like the knitting dork that I am), so I decided that instead of adding an extra centimetre to my sock I was going to start on the forefoot section and add extra rows before the toe decreases if necessary. I think that’s a good decision. I just have to remember to make sure I take good notes so I can make the next sock exactly the same, otherwise there could be trouble.
I realised the other day that I have 2 pairs of finished socks and 3 single socks currently, plus 1 on the needles (well 2 if you consider the Pomotamus socks I started a while back but I’m planning on frogging them). I think it’s time to start on the other socks…… why can’t I grow an extra set of arms just for sock knitting?
Last year I got a bee in my bonnet about sewing up a drawstring bag with a boxed out bottom for my sock projects. Well, after far too long I finally got around to sewing one up. It’s not perfect but boy am I happy with it! Not only is it pink, it has those cute little houses on it (reminds me of the Smurfs or some other cute cartoon character), it makes me happy and it’s the perfect size for my current sock project. It holds my yarn, my extra long circular, the project, the pattern and a small notions tin, with a little bit of room left over (I managed to stuff the Aestlight in there as well on Thursday to take to my craft group). I am very very happy with it and I’m looking forward to sewing up more in the not too distant future.
The next week is a going to be a fun one. On Tuesday we celebrate not only #1 Son’s 5th birthday but our 13th wedding anniversary. I’m hoping this year everyone is well as last year everyone was throwing up 😕 . What a way to celebrate a wedding anniversary by delivering a baby! At least that is one anniversary that I’ll never ever forget!!!!! Or even be able to celebrate without thinking of my son. J.J is generally so sweet on our anniversary, making sure that we don’t get forgotten in all the birthday festivities. I really do have the sweetest kids.
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Have a great week 😀