Thursday, November 22, 2012

Full of Grace

KIP - Grace - Needles
Holy smokes!  I can't believe just how fast the days are going by.  Is it me, or is time really going by that fast?  It's been busy, busy, busy around here.  So busy that I thought today was Tuesday!  To top it all off, last week the Munchkin had an eye went from one eye to the other.  Oh  Needless to say he wasn't able to go to preschool all week and so we spent our days trying to stay busy so that the Munchkin wouldn't have the time to think about how itchy his eyes were.  Lucky for me applying eye drops and ointments (several times a day) got much, much easier after the first day...once the kiddo realized that the drops were painless and actually made his eyes feel better.  Trying to keep a preschooler occupied meant I was exhausted by day's end.  Man, can kids really tire you the eff out!  And I only have one!

If I wasn't completely exhausted by the end of the week, then the weekend made sure I definitely was.  The Munchkin attended his first preschool friend birthday party - as in a party for someone that the Munchkin knows that isn't through me or Brett.  It wasn't for family, it wasn't for a friend's kid, it wasn't even for a friend of a friend's kid.  It was for a child that my son knows on his own.  Through preschool.  And it was the cutest thing ever.  Although I will admit that I was a bit overwhelmed when I first walked into the party, as it was a scene straight out of a movie: little children running around maniacally.  Screaming, jumping, running.  Little rain boots, random socks, and toys scattered all over the floor.  As we entered my son couldn't get his own boots and jacket off fast enough to join the chaos while I tried to avoid being run over by a circling mob of Little Tikes plastic "Cozy Coupes" and tricycles.  It was a madhouse I tell you, and my kidlet loved it.  He loved it all so much that he burst into tears when he saw the bouncy house being deflated and we told him it was time to go home.  My heart broke when he took one last look behind him and saw that all signs of the birthday party had already disappeared (the clean up crew was fast) and he rubbed his eyes as if trying to convince himself that the party did indeed happen and that it wasn't a figment of his imagination.  Poor Peanut.

Anyhoo, back to the busy.  It's been so busy that I also haven't been able to do any selfish crafting.  Which means that I've only been able to knit a few stitches here and there on my Grace cardigan.  I've finished the body but had to rip back a few inches before starting the ribbing due to my petite proportions.  I had to resist the urge to rip back all the way to the very first decrease because I totally blanked on the fact that the pattern was made for those with regular length torsos and that I should have redistributed the decreases and increases and omitted a few rows in between them.  But I got lazy and after trying on the cardigan, thought it looked ok anyways.  I'm really hoping that not doing that last increase isn't going to bite me in the butt in the end.  

I've also managed to finish a sleeve.  They definitely knit up much faster when you have T-Rex arms!  I'm hoping the second sleeve will knit up just as fast, and that I'm problem-free when I go to pick up stitches for the button bands (garter stitch button bands and I do NOT go hand in gauge in garter changes so much from row to row, it's not even funny!).  I wish I could say I'll have the knitting on Grace finished before the month is over, but with how my schedule looks for the next few weeks I'm not so sure.  I just might have to bite the bullet, put on a pot of coffee, and stay up until the wee hours of the morning so that I can finish it.  As I would love to be able to wear this lovely during the holidays (I know, red for Christmas?  How original...and I totally said that in my head with a Meryl Streep in Devil Wears Prada voice).

My Starteritis has subsided...somewhat...I've been extremely tempted to cast on another Folded (I've been getting a lot of wear out of mine lately), as well as for a Lowtide cardigan.  But I've been trying to keep my plate clear for Christmas knitting and crafts, upcoming test knits, and sewing up stock for my Etsy shop.  Oi, just thinking about all the work ahead makes me think I better get that coffee going now!

How's your holiday crafting coming along?


  1. i think i should have another cup after reading this! lol. you and i have so much knitting we want to do... why on earth do we need sleep again? oh yeah. kids. ;) i love your folded. i'd love to knit that sometime.... it's in my queue.. somewhere. ;) as for what i'm knitting? market market market... stocking for owen, custom orders... aidez (still)... hmrmrm and more. xo happy knitting!

    1. Hahaha!! If only sleep was optional without the consequences! ;)

      You should totally knit a Folded! It's so easy peasy and completely mindless that I bet you can whip one up within a matter of a week. But I think we all know that selfish knitting will have to take place AFTER the holidays! I don't want to complain since being this kind of busy is good, but would be nice to eventually wear these knits!


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