Friday, April 12, 2013
Things have yet to get back to "normal" around here...and yes, that's normal in quotation marks cause really, what is normal?? The Mister took off on a business trip the day after I arrived home but I don't think the Munchkin really cares yet because he's been all about me since I've been back. I have only been away from the Munchkin for longer than 3 days once before and that was 2 years ago when I attended my Grandmother's funeral in the Kootenays, but I think he was too young to remember that. Regardless of what he remembers he's been glued to my side. Despite the mega fun he had with Dad, I guess he really did miss me. I'll admit, I'm totally gobbling up the random kisses, whispers of "love you mommy", and all the "Lemon Squeezies" that the Munchkin is throwing my way...cause I know one of these days these little things won't come so freely!
Anyhoo, I've already wasted most of my morning trying to do some so-called organizing and stealing moments to knit a few stitches on whatever project I happen to past by (my knitting exploded all over the extremely clean house that Brett had worked so hard to clean...oops!). So here are a bunch of things I wanted to mention but don't have the energy to coherently put together into a decent and clever post:
♥ I've finally added all the new yarns to my "Stash Control" spreadsheet and realized all my Vogue Knitting Live purchases have put me in the positive. Meaning I've accumulated more yarn than I have knit up/destashed this year! Yikes! And I was doing so well there too. Before VKL I was over 9000 yards out. Now I'm over almost 2000 yards in over what I had started the year with. I guess I better get knitting...
♥ Crap. Just as I wrote the above point, I just had to go on over to my friend Em's Etsy shop, Everything Old, and bought 2 skeins of yarn. I am weak. But hey, Em is having a sale! So head on over to her shop and check it out!!
♥ While at VK Live I finally cast on my first pair of socks of the year. I said in January that this was going to be the year of socks for me, and well...4 months into the year and I still hadn't knit up a single pair. Before I left for VKL I hauled out a bunch of self-striping yarns and the Munchkin picked out the colourway you see above. It's Knitterly Things Vesper Sock in the most fitting colourway for this time of year: April Showers...Bring May Flowers! It's a Vesper Sock Yarn Club colourway and although I have a handful of yummy self-striping Vesper Sock skeins in my stash, would you believe that I have never knit with it?? So far I'm loving it!
♥ I totally forgot how fast and gratifying it is to knit plain vanilla socks. Especially when you've got small feet (I'm a US 6, UK 4). I'm not even done knitting up one sock and I've already got another skein picked out for the next pair!
♥ I also mentioned back in January that I wanted to branch out in my yarn company choices. As in knit with yarns by companies other than SweetGeorgia Yarns and Madelinetosh. There's absolutely nothing wrong with these companies, I love them to bits but I have so many other yarns in the stash that I should use. I've already written up a list of yarns that I plan on using for the next couple of projects. Hopefully I can stick with the plan.
♥ I now fully appreciate the art of mass soaking and blocking of hand knits. Since Brett is away I figured now would be the perfect time to wash, soak, and block a bunch of knits. Instead of using up every single towel in the house, I decided to just use my washing machine. Brilliant! And now my bedroom smells of apples and wool. The Munchkin doesn't care for it too much, but I think he's used to it by now.
♥ My friend Kat over at Petticoats & Peplums blogged about Me Made May, something that I've been wanting to do for a few years now but never had enough handmade items in my wardrobe to pull it off. I think I might have enough hand knits to be able to wear one handmade item a day, and if I get my act together I might be able to sew up a tunic or 2 to add to it. If you want to join in on the fun, sign up here.
♥ For those of you patiently waiting for my Vogue Knitting Live recap post, it's coming! I swear. Maybe not by the end of this week like I originally said, but it'll happen! It's been go, go, go around here with Brett gone and by the time 10pm rolls around I'm too pooped to do anything but pass out.
♥ Speaking of being busy, I don't know how much crafting I'll be able to go this month since Brett will be away for pretty much most of the month. And the days that he will be home for, he'll be working (like for instance, he'll be back tonight but works all day tomorrow before he has to leave the next day for another week long stint). So needless to say I'll be parenting solo for the rest of the month. Which all means that I'm going to be extra tired this month too!
♥ I'm s.l.o.w.l.y getting through my inbox and responding to blog comments. So if you've emailed me or left a comment and haven't heard back from me yet, don't worry...I'm getting there!
Ok, with that said, I better get going and get some stuff done while the Munchkin is somewhat occupied with watching Wreck-It Ralph...at least get out of my pajamas! Tell me I'm not the only one that still hangs out their pajamas past noon?
♥ Have a Happy Weekend!! ♥