the busiest of them

these days, i mean…  i felt like i’d been treading water for far too long and now everything is magically falling into place just as it should.  it all comes in time.  the changes are coming to us like waves on the beach - sometimes slow and low, other times high and fierce.  we need it here.

the artisian fair is this weekend.  how is it here already?  i’m scrambling to get an inventory, make tags, price (ugh), and find the gaps.  there are always gaps.  i’ll post more about it later.  right now i’m totally burnt out on it and i feel the weight of all the things i’d still like to get done.  the booties are my fave though, so i’ll share them now.

and, yes, it’s true.  i finished the short row sweater in record time. so sorry kal friends.  i sort of smoked you guys.  it was completely unintentional!  on the bright side, i am completely smitten with the finished product.  mare tried in vain to get decent pics of it during our craft date so i guess those will have to wait.  here are pics of it during blocking:

not the greatest, i know.  but, you get the idea!

and in other news, it’s official!  (thanks goodness that’s over with.)

 

love.  xo

 

chip.

a productive week.  i only had daycare kids one day leaving lots of time to get crackin’ on stuff for the artisian fair (in two weeks!!!).  i’ve been tooling around with a simple sewn bonnet pattern and i think i’ve finally got it.  the pattern takes about 15” x 11” of fabric and maybe 15 - 20 minutes to complete.  cake.

i’ve made plenty of time for the short row sweater, too.  i have the right back done and started the front yesterday.  there is a lot and i mean a lot of shuffling stitches around at this point so if you’re making this sweater, make sure to have plenty of scrap yarn and a yarn needle on hand.  i was in a rush and ran out the door with it and when i took a break at work and picked it up,  i ended up having to make a yarn needle out of a paperclip.  fail.  

things here are shifting.  the season i guess.  i’ve been cleaning and clearing and ripping the foul carpet off the stairs and getting ready to settle in.  i’ve also been craving cleansing teas.  weird?  on friday i was feeling that yucky i’m-totally-about-to-get-sick-right-now feeling so i ran across the street to the health food store and took a shot of wheat grass and ordered a ginger-aid.  i love the fresh juice bar.  mmmm.  i felt considerably better within an hour.  i did the same saturday afternoon.  i’ve also been taking my holy basil tonic and i’d love to say i’m noticing a bit more relief in my shoulders than i am, but… not yet.  they are a bit looser feeling and i can actually hold mae for a little while, but they’re really just awful.  if any one out there has found a good remedy for lupus pain, i’m all ears!  right now i’m really just using propolis and holy basil.  

hubs was having trouble breathing and found out he’s been having mini panic attacks.  he’s on meds right now and hating it.  he sweats it out… like me and ibuprofen… and he says it gives him the shakes.  but, for now, he’ll stay with it.  he’s been sleeping for the first time for years and he can actually just sit with the girls and watch a movie or play.  he’s not nearly as anxious.  so far, it’s good.  i’m an anti-meds kinda chick, but if this at least teaches him to be calm and let his mind rest, it’s a step in the right direction. 

now it’s time for me to get into that mode.  tea time.  short row sweater time. xo

kal progress

got my yarn today and i LAAAA LOVE IT!

so, i cast on immediately.  only 3/4” of ribbing is easy enough even on 324 stitches on size 6 needles, but after that it was time for a break.  i picked back up while dinner was cooking and worked a bit after.  this is how far i’ve come.

 

not bad for one night’s work.  i think the short row shaping makes it really easy to get into the groove.  it’s keeping me interested so far and i’m glad for it.  

mae and i baked some rosemary bread this morning.

it was so super delicious.  i’m glad i made two big loaves because (as usual) the girls almost killed one loaf on their own!

i then took on the exceptionally difficult task of… well, the girl’s room.  it’s really that bad.  it’s my fault in a lot of ways because i seriously hate nothing more than piles of clothes.  clean ones, dirty ones, fitting ones, and non-fitting ones.  i hate them all equally.  i bit the bullet and tackled the closet first.  can someone explain why a little lady who will be 11 in january still has size 7/8 clothes hanging there?  i know i can’t.  SO, it all had to go.  i filled two huge storage bins and one trash bag for the badly stained and torn… the rest wait.  mae has been enjoying her sister’s hand-me-downs since she was three and since they’re so far apart in age, they’re like brand new things to her.  then i braved the terrifying underside of alizah’s bed - it’s where the treasures are that she hides from her sister, her drawings, favorite books, trash, dishes, socks, her sister’s missing clothes, the occasional beetle, and of course, silly bands and marbles.  it’s scary under there.  really and truly.  i survived.  i should be on that show…

any whooz, i’m signing off.  hubs is working the polls tomorrow and i’m on coffee duty.  hello 5am!  we haven’t seen each other in a while… xo