Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ten (Well, 6) Things

I guess instead of trying to sit down and write cohesive posts, I'll just do some fly-by bullet points. Maybe the lack of pressure will get me to blog more.

1. Happy belated Valentine's Day! I hope you had a great day. We had a lovely family dinner. The kids asked for fettuccine alfredo and a heart-shaped dessert (chocolate cake). They were also excited to have fried calamari for an appetizer. Is it weird that my kids love calamari?

2. I finished my brioche cowl! Last month's program at the knitting guild was learning this stitch and I really like it. I had a random skein of Shibui yarn in bright colors and the kids like to wear a cowl when they go out to play. It took a while, but I'm very pleased with it.

3. We've gotten more snow and more snow and more snow. In the shallowest part of the yard it's up to 35". I don't really mind it though - the kids have a blast playing outside and they've even been really good about helping some older neighbors shovel their driveways.

4. I'm behind on my February socks. I should have started the second one and I'm just turning the heel of the first. I'm knitting "Socks on a Plane" by Laura Linneman. This is my first attempt at toe-up socks.

5. Tomorrow, we're going to a sing-a-long showing of the original Annie movie.

6. This week is vacation week, so I'm trying to get random tasks done around the house. Yesterday, I went through all my old magazines.

Well, I was aiming for 10 things, but I guess there's just not that much to report.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Hello Again!

After a fairly significant blogging hiatus, I thought I'd give this a try again.

We had a great year last year. I'm sorry I didn't share any of it with you! This school year has brought some changes - Baby Girl started kindergarten, I have a new job, and life is busier than ever. I am excited about my job. I am the Behavior Specialist for our school district. This marks the first time since Little Girl was born that I'm working at job that reflects my education and career goals. It's still part time and the hours are perfect for putting the kids on the bus and being home when they get off they bus. As an added bonus, I really enjoy it! Baby Girl is enjoying kindergarten and at this point in the year, the kids are all very busy with basketball.

On the knitting front, I feel as though I accomplished very little last year. I did knit myself a Dark and Stormy sweater, which I love! I wear it all the time. But, looking at my projects on Ravelry, I accomplished very little. I certainly did not come close to knitting/spinning the 12,000 yards I had set as my new year's goal. This year, my goal continues to be to knit from stash. I have plans to go to the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck this year, and I would really like to have knit up most of my stash from 2012's trip. So far, I haven't bought any new yarn since the new year, so yay me!

So far this year, I've knit a pair of socks, a Rikke hat, and a hat for Baby Girl out of handspun . Currently on the needles, I have another pair of socks and a brioche stitch cowl. I've swatched for a sweater and occasionally remember to work on a pair of thrummed mittens I cast on in November. We've had a lot of snow, so those mittens would be nice to have finished.

You can see all of those FOs on my Instagram Feed.

I don't know how often I'll blog, but I'd like to try to keep things updated. I like having a record of what I'm knitting on and when. I take so many photos with my phone now, I'll have to find the quickest way to upload them here.

In the meantime, Happy Knitting!