Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Blogging against the odds (yarn along)

Why is it that I can (generally) do the dishes, fold the laundry, scrub a toilet, and the kids are fine ... but when I try to take pictures for my blog the babies start screaming at me with desperate expressions and Michael starts crying to hold the yarn, the camera, the knitting needles, all that I am working with? Sigh.

Oh well. Hopefully this post will get finished eventually.

It feels like forever since I've done a yarn along. Knitting has been scarce around here. I've been itching the past week to pick up a real project but nothing in my queue seems imminent, for whatever reason. So I've been doing a few odds and ends here and there ... some hexipuffs, some leaves. 

The leaf pattern is from the Family Tree Afghan. I figured I would knit it over time out of scraps from projects knit for Michael. Then when he's grown and moves out he can have it. The blue is from his baby blanket, the orangish-brown from his Milo vest, the light and emerald greens from a sweater my mom knit him. But then I started knitting these dark green leaves from leftovers from a pair of fingerless gloves for Keith. So ... perhaps the plan is changing? We'll see. I'm not certain the dark green looks good with the other colors. 

I've also considered using the leftovers from the twins' Milos (the two balls in the picture, although the blue doesn't seem to fit in, does it?). And there is a yarn crawl next month. I think it would be kind of neat to buy a skein of yarn at each store and use it in this afghan. Then Michael can have it for his big boy bed.

I may not have been knitting, but I have certainly been reading! I finished Kristin Lavransdatter two days ago. What an experience, to finally emerge from the world you've been immersed in for more than 1000 pages. I would like to write about it here ... but the reality is I probably won't have the time. So I will just have to say here that it is excellent beyond my expectations. It is, obviously, quite a commitment to pick up and read; but it's time well spent. 

Linking up with Ginny and her yarn along.


  1. :) it is a LOT just to care for your three young ones! time will come again for projects like knitting... how neat about the books you just read! I've not read it but heard of it...

  2. Just coming over from Ginny's Yarn Along, and your post made me smile. My little ones are the same - I can clean the house all I like, but as soon as I try to sit down for a bit to blog, or read, or knit, they are right there, wanting STUFF.

  3. I've heard so many good things about Kristin Lavransdatter! I'm impressed that you actually read the real book, with two hands - all of my reading is digital these days. Thank goodness for the Kindle!

  4. I love the long term knitting project and the memories that will be knit into the blanket :)

  5. Isn't it the truth that just when you are going to settle into something pleasurable the children begin to have great needs?? I do my blogging almost exclusively after the children are in bed, but that wasn't the case when baby was younger... your leaves are beautiful and I think the idea of a slow afghan project is a good one when you have itty bitties!!

  6. I love Kristin Lavransdattar. My husband read i; he rarely reads fiction and I was surprised he stuck to it. When asked what he took away from it, he said, "Well, now I know what it feels like to be a woman! I mean, I feel like I've been inside a women's mind for so long reading that book that I've finally got them all figured out." I'm not sure that was the response I expected and I'm not as sure as he is that he's got women all figured out, but it's a great book nonetheless.