This space has been very quiet lately. Frankly, going back to work has really wiped me out and left virtually no time or energy to sew. In fact, I don’t think I’ve sat down at my sewing machine since before Thanksgiving. And with summer/early fall went all the good daylight for photographing so I have probably a dozen makes sitting in my closet unphotographed.
Baby J still isn’t sleeping through the night, though he is getting close! Last night he woke up once, at midnight and then slept straight through until 7:15am. If N hadn’t woken up at 3:30am with teething pain (I seriously hate those 2-year molars!), I would have gotten 6 straight hours of sleep! I’m hoping this becomes a trend.
But I’ve had two nasty colds in the last 3 weeks, and my evening hours after the kids are in bed are generally spent chatting with Albert for awhile, tidying up the house, making bottles for the next day and cleaning my breastpump parts.
I have been knitting a lot lately, though. It’s such a nice, cozy hobby at this time of year. And so much more portable and social than holing up down in my sewing room. I can easily throw my current project in my purse and knit when I have 10-15 minutes throughout the day. I can knit while Albert and I hang out and watch a TV show or while the kids are playing during the day. I love it! I just finished up a small scarflet for J and am working on a few items for Albert for Christmas. Once those are finished, the selfish knitting will begin in earnest!
I don’t have a matching hat/glove/scarf set, and I would really like one. I also want to learn how to knit a sweater! This winter has been colder than normal for Kansas, and doesn’t show any signs of letting up. I think I need a cozy sweater, don’t you? I already have the yarn set aside for the Simple Collection Flax sweater (hint: it’s going to be teal), which I think will be the perfect sweater for me to start with. I also wear cardigans all the time but I’m not in love with any of them. My plan is to gradually replace all my cardigans with hand knits. And yes, I realize this will be a looong process!
I preordered Journey by Jane Richmond and Shannon Cook, and the hard copy arrived the other day. It is seriously yummy eye candy! I want to make all of it. Seriously. I’m drooling in particular over the Climb socks and the Inland cardigan, but my first make from the collection will probably be the Spate fingerless mits. For me, of course!
Journey was so pretty that I just might have gone ahead and ordered Jane and Shannon’s first collaboration, Island, today. I think the Renfrew hat would make a great winter hat for me. And I love the Grace cardigan. How about in navy blue? I have some Knitpicks Capretta in Admiral set aside for this 🙂
Anyway, I hope everyone out there had a great Thanksgiving (if you’re in the US, that is) and is having a productive pre-Christmas season!
Oh, and check back later this evening. Today is Sew Mama Sew‘s Giveaway Day, and I have some serious destashing to do! A substantial chunk is going out to you lovely readers. The sad part is it will barely put a dent in the stash :/