M.I.A. for a bit

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This is my daughter of whom I’m super proud of. She was one of two students chosen from her school to have their work displayed for Youth Art Month at the Huntsville Museum of Art. She had no idea which picture was picked for display until we got there and we received everything a week late after the gala they had, but we went anyway and it was awesome. The lady at the front desk remembered her picture because of her Pokémon accents.  It was fun looking around, although I would have loved to have stayed longer.

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The ‘fun’ stuff begins tomorrow as it is surgery day. My nerves are getting to me. I can’t knit or crochet or think much aside from browsing and organizing. At least things are staying neat and I won’t be coming home to a mess. Now its just time to start making lists and checking things off as the time ticks down. Night ends too quickly. Morning comes too soon.

count downs of all sorts

Being put on bedrest has made me want to clean every inch of my house, organize and rearrange things to no end. And I did when I could tolerate things. Little by little I have found some semblance of a sane organization that makes sense. Organization is nothing if you can’t find anything within a timely manner. It’s also useless if it’s too far from reach. I try to put things in places where they make the most sense. It’s driving me crazy that I’ve had to relocate a drawer across the room full of supplies to satisfy a couch issue. When you have so much crammed in a small room, you have to get creative.

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I have appointments galore and then the surgery. I hate ruining spring break for my kids, but I figured that it was the only time to effectively get it done and not have to worry about getting them to and from school. I’d feel really awful if they got forgotten, or lunches suffered because of it. They’ll have plenty of attention and chances to do things, so I’m not too worried about that part.

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My sister in law has finally announced her pregnancy *yay Cat and Kev*!  They have decided to do an exciting thing, and wait for the baby to find out the sex. So everything will be gender neutral, which for future babies will be useable either way, which is a totally cool concept. So, my brain has been wracking over patterns and yarns, and color shades and is totally in full swing on a few different patterns. The blanket, the sweater, the bib(s). I’m learning and challenging myself to find things that I wouldn’t normally make based upon typical gender stereotypes. It’s a very difficult habit to break. I keep looking at things and going, well… it’s not thaaaat girly, or thaaaat masculine. I have frogged many a projects already. Fingers crossed there won’t be anymore frogging. I’m really happy with the way things are going with each of the major projects. I’m not sure if I will make any more of that particular style bib. I liked it originally because it reminded me of ones I had when my children where toddlers. They had some that were part knit ribbed cloth and plastic, with a cut out in the middle for the neck and head to fit through. They couldn’t get out of those for anything. Mom’s favorite bibs! They would rip the velcro and snap button bibs right off. I was always afraid they would hang themselves with the ties on the tie back ones.

I know she isn’t due until the summer, but I have a feeling a huge slump will hit after the surgery. The urge to find and knit all the things is upon me. Knock on wood, that motivation stays.

Updates

I’ve been a bit grounded. I broke my toe and have been put on bed rest until my next ortho appointment. I’m also heavily medicated and have spent more time cleaning than I have knitting or crocheting. I did manage to finish my Dragonflies Hat and I choose the smallest size, blocked the hell out of it, and stretched it over a huge hurricane bowl.

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I love using Mano Del Uruguay Maxima. The colorways are beautiful and show the stitches off so well. It’s in my top 10 favorite yarns. Continue reading

This is why we block

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I know every knitting and crochet blogger has talked about this subject from time to time. I would like to discuss this because not everybody understands the importance of the subject. In crocheting, it doesn’t get used as often because most items don’t generally need to be opened up or grow out side of doilies and some items that may need seaming. In knitting, we use blocking to open up the work, to help it grow, and show what it really looks like and it’s true shape. When I say grow, I mean it literally gets bigger than it was before we started. With certain fibers this  can be a huge growth, and others just a miniscule growth. 
The main reasons for blocking will always be:
1) Opening lace work and showing the patterns true nature and beauty
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2) Straightening out edges and seams to allow for better sewing, whether you knit or crochet, it’s a mundane task and it makes it easier.

3) It allows your item to have a fresh pressed, professional look, instead of the crammed in a project bag for the last month look.
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Before:

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After:

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Now isn’t that magical?