generosity overflow...

i’m so excited about the giveaway on monday - then unexpectedly finished another hat in record time.  i’ve decided to offer it as a free ravelry download until august 1st!  say what!?  here is the link

cutting teeth toque

i should seriously take more pictures of the hat tomorrow because the top is lovely, but i was just over it by the end of the day.  tomorrow is the last day of school (FINALLY) and i’m counting down the hours, minutes, and seconds.  we’re still sort of scrambling to get ready for our big adventure out west and somehow every time a turn around there is another pile of laundry.  i mean, seriously.  i just really want to come back in july, dump the contents of the suitcase in the washer and be done with it.  ha! am i the only one that hates laundry?  i wonder how i could become friends with it… hmmm.  what!?  no time for pondering such things!  i have a mile long list of things that still need to be packed.  like, knitting stuff.

i somehow managed to get all of my circular needles and notions in one place.  what an achievement.  seriously.  i really just need to figure out the secret to packing yarn for 30 days.  dear knitting gods, give me a sign!

i may secretly want to knit father’s day gifts, and i may secretly want to make slip stitch heel hats for my husband and father (who, by the way, i believe i will be spending father’s day with for the first time ever in my life.  how weird is that?)  but don’t tell them.  (smirk)  what’s the deal with hats lately?  have you noticed i go through some crazy knitting phases…?  anyways.  yes.  what are you knitting for father’s day, internet land?  give me some ideas.  no socks though - the last pair i knit for my pops were two different sizes (which reminds me - remember when i went through that sock knitting phase?  ha!  what a joke.) p.s. don’t remind me of any of this when i hit that phase again, kay?

well, i’m clearly delirious.  enjoy cutting teeth xo

step, step, change

first things first.

hello you sweet spring.  seriously.  every easter i think the same thing as i’m shuffling around, going through the motions of my morning routine; “i can’t believe we survived another winter.”  winter used to be the longest, hardest, and most dreaded chunk of my year and it lingered… always… for too long.  SO, i’m beaming with joy and gratitude for the brighter months to come.

i’m also excited to share my designer interview over at HollaKnits!  it will be up later today, so please drop by and get the scoop.  i’m going to take part in the Holla Knits Blog Tour as well, so stay posted for updates on that.

the spring collection is set to debut on april 15th and after seeing all of the pieces i can honestly say it’s an honor to be among such talented designers.  every look is divine!  …and i will be knitting a couple of them.

now…

there has been a fair amount of sweetness from my girls as of late, but equal if not rivaling amounts of sourness.  the waves we ride together…

mae is solidly 6 and the constant chattering has begun.  the other morning i woke up to her pinching my nose and saying, “so what, the new routine is ignoring me?”  no darling, this is called “sleeping” - she then proceeded to teach alizah and me about dog flubber. “dogs have flubber.  did you know that?  they swim in cold water so they have flubber.  you know how dogs go outside to go to the bathroom?  that’s why they have flubber… and fur.”

breathe in, smile, breathe out.

ok.

so, with the proposal off on it’s journey i wait and squirm.  i took a much needed break from editing because i was making ridiculous mistakes and was seriously questioning my sanity.  it’s also sort of depressing to sit and wait with piles of patterns around me and not have them doing a thing, so i designed a nice spring green shawl that i’ll be offering on ravelry next week.  

i’ve also begun another poncho - it’s child/teen sized and will most likely make its way into the collection.  this wasn’t my initial intent, but it just happens that way sometimes.  i will absolutely need to make an adult sized version as well.  pronto.

i’ll leave you know with some sweet pairings from these past weeks.  

 

xo

he says i should be more regular

hubs in on the road 5 days at a time and home about 1-2 days… 

the last time he was here he said i should update my blog more often.  i think he’s right.  i should because i love it and because i feel nostalgic scrolling back and re-living summers past or troubles past.

this week’s kid quotes (especially for hubs):

mae asked, “when you teach your knitting do you say the pledge of allegiance first?”

when i was having a melt-down on the way home, alizah said, “mom, just keep calm and gangham style.”

i’ll tell you.  these past weeks have been a whirlwind of knit, eat, sleep, repeat.  my test knitters are buzzing through patterns like a hoard of mad women!  e-mails e-mails so much production, it makes my heart sing.  i was about to print all of the patterns out tonight so i can hold them, take them with me places, read them like i’ve never seen them before… then i realized it would be 101 pages.  seriously.  101.  snap.  i still have so many to type (insert gritting teeth).

carl or the boy as we call him came over to do some serious work of the editorial kind.  it was nice.  it reminded me of days long past - planning, thinking, collaborating, and walking away refreshed.  i revised and edited and revised some more. with a twisted belly and welling eyes, i sent it off.

ok.  steps.

i anticipate being a complete wreck for the next six months.  HA! (no, seriously.)

the up-side to being a complete wreck is that i can suddenly break scene and find random bits of our daily life downright hysterical.  anyone who knows me really, really well knows what it means when i say something has “struck me funny” - it’s what i say when i start laughing uncontrollably and the fit lasts for far too long.  that used to happen at work a lot.  i’m sure carl could tell some tales.  my favorite was when i answered the phone and couldn’t speak through the silent heaving.

hmmmm that’s good.  i’ll leave you with that.

xo