Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yarn Along: New Goals

I have been knitting up a storm this week, inspired by our lack of car and the weather. We had one day that was -14!  I just cracked open Baby-Led Weaning, and am on the lookout for a good audiobook.
So I churned out a cowl for Pete, who has been walking back and forth to work. Lucy got a heavy bonnet, which acts more like a hood. And I've been swatching for a scarf for myself without much luck.
I also powered through the yoke of Lucy's eyelet sweater throughout the day yesterday. She slept through knitting club again, the little doll. I kept knitting giddily and giggling quietly to myself the whole time, like I was getting away with something.
I am in the baby sweater zone right now, but I feel strongly that I should be making something for myself too. I made the Seam Allowance pledge (wearing at least 25% handmade every day) for both myself and Lucy. She is well on her way, but so many of my great handmades are either impractical for my new lifestyle (Alabama Chanin dresses without easy accessibility to the boobs) or ill-fitting (owl sweater, vest, other vest). I do have a few great long Alabama skirts that are indispensable, but I want to start knitting toward that goal too. So I think it's time to begin the planning for a sweater for me. Suggestions welcome!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Yarn Along: Catching Up

I have so much to share, but I'll try to stick to yarn and books and save the rest for later.
Lucy's Christmas Stocking flew off the needles super fast.  I'm not sure of the exact dates, but I think it took about 2 weeks.  I got the Manos on a recent trip to Princeton, NJ with my friend Emily.  I cast on almost immediately, which is always exciting.  It was done before I knew it--and now I am sure we'll struggle to fill it for years to come, as it is ginormous.  
Matt's hat, on the other hand, has been on the needles for almost 6 months.  I just finished it up today, before leaving for Knitting Group.  Miraculously, Lucy napped for the first few minutes, so I cast on for a baby bonnet to reward her good behavior.
I just finished The Midwife: A Memoir of Birth, Death, and Hard Times, by Jennifer Worth, which my sister loaned me.  It has inspired the PBS series Call the Midwifewhich I also highly recommend.  I can't wait for the second installments of each!