Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Yarn Along: Finishing and Beginning

Last night, I stayed up far too late finishing the Hoot Cardigan.  I made the size 6 month but because I generally don't worry about gauge for children's things, I am pretty sure it came out a few sizes bigger than my goal.  Babies grow.

I used Alpaca with a Twist's Baby Twist.  It is beautiful with a soft fluffy quality that makes this sweater just perfect for a very special baby.  It was great to knit with if not a little challenging on the dpns.  And after washing and blocking it last night (early this morning...ahem), my hands were covered in fuzz. 

Now I need to find the perfect buttons and make up a little hat to go with it for a matching set.  Add that to the stuffed owl and a copy of The Owl and the Pussycat, and I'm ready for an upcoming baby shower!

Reading.  I'm still reading O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln.  I am enjoying how it reads like a novel.  It makes for very pleasurable reading.  Although, I'm a bit out of practice following battle maps and strategy in my head.  9 years ago this month, I walked out of the classroom for the last time as a teacher to stay-at-home with my growing family.  I traded in maps, textbooks and curriculums for Playhouse Disney, KinderMusik and an entirely different way of life. 

Today, I have added Scott Hahn's A Father Who Keeps His Promises to my reading list.  It was the first day of my new bible study and we are doing Hahn's Genesis to Jesus.  I'm excited for the new study but apprehensive about my new small group.  Making new friends is difficult.  Making new friends is actually very stressful and exhausting and the perfect antidote is casting on that hat!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Could have been a snow day....

Today is one of those days that has my Facebook newsfeed all abuzz.  Today should have been a snow day.  Today could have been a snow day.  Why isn't today a snow day?!  I am a little on the fence.  When I first woke up, I would have liked it to be a snow day too.  Another day to keep the kids to myself.  As I shook off the sleep, I realized that while it could arguably be a snow day, I have gone to school in worse conditions.  And a snow day today only means a school day on some other day that could be equally lovely to have the kids home. 

Then I heard coughing.

The youngest is home today.  He is sick.  But not too sick.  Sick enough to camp out, drink cups of tea and honey with PBSKids.  But not so sick that I have to dig out anything more than the tea and some extra blankets.  Not sick enough that he isn't trying to retell me stories with wild gestures and the occasional dancing around.  He might have fallen off the couch once already because he was so excited about Wild Kratts.  It is one of those days.  Could have been a school day. Maybe should have been a school day.  But instead it is a sick day.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Week Ends

In school, we're taught that Saturday ends the week and Sunday starts it.  In some ways, I feel this truth.  In attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist, I feel that I'm starting the week anew - with a little more grace and a little more everything to get me through the days to come.  However, as Sunday evening winds us all down, I feel that the previous week is coming to a proper close.  The week ahead is laid out in the form of to-do lists, appointments, bills to be paid, dinners to plan and the frantic running off to school, from school, to lessons, to class and eventually home again, to rest and wake and repeat.
A Monday off?  A holiday or snow day to "start" the week?  It throws a wrench in things.  I'm left feeling that either I'm a day behind for the rest of the week or an unnatural yearning for summer vacation in the middle of a January snow storm.  The kids underfoot hamper the normal progression of housework and laundry or I long for these slow mornings at the breakfast table to be our everyday routine.  It's the conflict between the two natures of my vocation: the Martha and the Mary. 
A Monday off?  Drives me nuts.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Yarn Along

It's been far too long since I've participate in the Yarn Along.  What I hoped would become a good weekly habit definitely was set on the back burner as we dealt with closing issues, delays, finally closing, moving, unpacking, settling in and immediately moving into the holiday season.  Now that is all behind us and we are settling into a more consistent and comfortable routine.

After a tri-athalon of Christmas knitting, I cast on for the Hoot Cardigan.  I was concerned at first because the pattern is not written in a way that I am used to and it does not have a chart, which I've recently become much better at reading.  But I have found it very easy to knit!  I have changed the buttonholes - knitting them in every 10 rows instead of the suggested 12.  I can keep track of that much easier!

I just recently finishing reading Mary Sharratt's Illuminations.  It was a beautiful story and very well written.  It was a gift from a friend in my last Bible Study group.  As the next one starts up in 2 weeks, I'm really interested to hear what the rest of our table thought of it!

I think O'Reilly's Killing Lincoln is next on my list.  It's on loan from my grandmother who swallowed it whole in less than a week, so I am anticipating a good read!