sweet november

the month begins with my new year.  i turn over a new number and sometimes a new attitude and if all goes well, a new perspective, too.

hello 32.  nice to meet you.

the house is busy and bustling and messy and the girls and i are enjoy a lot of time together as a clan of females.  mae just learned about the word… “faymall” as she says.  and “malls” - that girl.  alizah zipped right on up into women’s sizes quite out of the blue prompting a lot of conversations about why she fits into my clothes… and why i still dress like a child.  i think i’m ok with it.  it makes me think of the movie mean girls though:  “i’m not a regular mom, i’m a cool mom!” (and the girls all roll their eyes).  HA!

the boy spent some good, sweet quality time with us.  he’s so family.  i was fixing dinner and the girls were having one of their common quarrels and carl stepped in to mediate calmly and thoughtfully. it was wonderful. oh, and he had is giant scarf which is very impressive in size and in skill.  he has a unique gift for pushing through some of the most tedious of all knitting patterns.  

it’s still so hard nearly every day being without hubs and the ripples of that stone dropping.  mae has been lashing out at me because i’m here and it’s easy.  i feel like we’re creating new connections though - all of us - and the bonds we share are stretching and flexing and perhaps even changing color, but holding strong.  he calls often and sometimes we skype over the phone - which is one of my new favorite things to do.  the girls and dog all dance around acting like insane people (/canines) while we try to talk about our day.

i even got to squeeze a baby this past week - and you know that’s usually one of my top three things to celebrate.  oh, babies.  i made matching seedy bow bands for her and her mama and am currently working on another set for them to gift - cutest thing ever.  seriously.  it really made me want to go ahead and write up the pattern for it SO, it’s on my list!  i was pleasantly surprised the other to be tagged in an instagram pic where one of my friends spotted one of my knit onesies.  i knit these things and just fantasize about little squishy people filling them up, but to see it!  it melts me.  it really has given me a friendly shove to get patterns finished.  in fact, i’ll even be sending out a couple pattern submissions tomorrow!  crazy!  real workdone!

anyways… i promised some etsy shop updates way back when and guess what?  yup!  i actually posted a couple things.  it’s getting totally out of hand around here with all of this productivity.

feel free to check it out, or not.  no pressure. :)

lucy & the bird on etsy

it’s sort of weird starting over from scratch on there, but it is what it is and i’ll see how it goes.

 

and, since i’ve totally neglected this space and my readers and my friends here, i will be redeeming myself by doing a giveaway next weekend!

i’ll be posting all the information on that monday november, 26th!!!!

 

 

wishing you all a peaceful and safe thanksgiving (gobble gobble) xo

in a nutshell

all hours of day and night i kept that spot, working.  it seems like it took over every waking minute but i suppose it’s what i get for giving in to my laziness for so long.  first box shipped off this morning.  still working though.  i have absolutely zero inventory at this point and i must say, it seems odd to be so lean.

work wasn’t the only theme this week though.  oh no.  the biggest, most special thing to happen was this:

sweet baby daughter turned six!  can you believe it?  neither can i.  the morning of her birthday, she jumped out of bed and began measuring herself against things to see how much bigger she was than the night before.  she measured herself against doorknobs and dogs and even her sister.  sweet moments - so fleeting - that i want so badly to grip onto.

birthday pie.  so good and rich and it turned our teeth purple!

mae also decided, very much on a whim, that she wanted to paint the house.  i’m not sure what sparked it but she wouldn’t leave it alone all day so…. sunday night, i caved.

she chose a fresh, airy, icy blue and i let her do it.  that night as we began our work i was having doubts.  i’m more of an earthy, neutral, grounded sort of girl and this blue was giving me vertigo.  i felt sort of overwhelmed and dizzy like the walls were disappearing.  it seemed too light - too whimsical.  it’s funny though, because by the next afternoon i had the entire kitchen and living room finished except one wall.  i really love it now.  the walls do sort of fall away behind our plants and it feels very much like the sky falling back behind the trees.

now that i have that big order shipped off, i think i may be ready to tackle that last wall.  it’s the longest one with the most junk hanging on it.  HA!

and finally, this big order sparked a new bootie design.  see?

the girls came home that afternoon and mae almost died.  she snatched it up off the table and ran over to the couch to show alizah.  both girls squealed and swooned over it and told me how cool it was.  ahhhh.  music to a mama’s ears.  so, i posted a pic of it on instagram and got a similar reaction from ig land.  i love these little booties as much as the next guy so… i decided to actually start working on my etsy shop again.  i had enough and abandoned it quite some time ago, but i looked things over today and i like the new format.  i’ll have an update on that soon.

xo

31, hello.

on the first day of my 31st year, i looked something like this.

 

i’ve been contemplating a new photo project for some time now, and here we are.  today is the day.  i’ve done the 365 projects in the past and to be honest, they’re exhausting.  and boring.  i thought i should just go back to basics for this one.  all me, my year.  i’ll give it an honest effort.   i’m hoping to document some terrible hair days and moments of questionable make-up and maybe see some beauty along the way, too.  after all, the most terrible things are often the ones we look back on and laugh about.  

so, my year.

also, i got my butt in gear and posted the discussion forum for the short row sweater knit along.  there is a link on the left sidebar or one here for easy access.  this forum is for anyone interested in a knit along and you can start and finish whenever it suits you.  no rules here people.  just fun.  anyone reading the blog can create posts and post replies.  so, don’t be shy.

i’m sort of scrambling right now to get some more baby knitting done for friends and families because due dates are looming.  i casted-on this last night and have already made great progress despite babysitting all day.   it’s a great little pattern and clearly a quick knit.  this is where i stopped last night:

now i’m almost done with both sleeves and ready to begin the body.  

in fact, that little sweater is calling me right now!  i’m off.  maybe the last couple hours of my birthday can be spent laying about with knitting in one hand and tea in the other. xo

 

p.s. photo updates on last post as promised!