Thursday, September 29, 2011

wash, rinse, repeat

As I went looking through my pictures for my one "Friday Moment", I noticed something quite obvious.  They are all of the same thing.  Well over 60 pictures of the same thing happening, at different times, all week.  I tried to really have a steady week.  I guess I actually accomplished that.

::I see more of me knitting.   Some frantic knitting -lots of that.  Finishing a sweater, planning a new one, doing a hat, planning some baby things and trying to be practical about it. No baby things for me though. boo.
::I see a lot of a baby in the basket.  It is charming at first.  That is until I realize he is very quiet after he ran off and I go frantically looking for him calling his name, checking the door locks, checking the water dish...only to find him in a basket.
::I see lots of crafting this week.  We made this, and this, and worked on these, in varying degrees and in varying ways.   Also some classic crayon melted leaves
::I see a a new puzzle arrived. It is much loved.  Already mastered but that doesn't matter.
::I see lots of coloring, cutting, gluing, and exploring "stuff". The littlest man is suddenly really into blocks and "knitting" with wooden spools.  Very cool to have your own needle when you are 19 months old.
::I see a certain 4 year old finally finding his artistic groove and really reveling in how many ways he can think outside the box.  It is pretty fun to watch.  I think a certain Nana will be receiving a horse that is in Florida at Aunt Pam's house in a mixed media approach with crayons, l o t s of glue, and maybe some food.  At least that is what I was told.

Friday, September 23, 2011

This Moment

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 


Inspired by Soulemama's weekly post.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Why I can't get anything done

Why I can't seem to answer emails or do blog posts (other than in my head)
Why I can't knit
Why I have had to put myself to bed at 8:45
Why I have to wash the floor a million times a day
Why I have books from one end to another
Why I have a boy who wants to be Johnny Appleseed
Why I have green stained hands
Why...because I'm having!

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Yarn Along

Following Ginny's weekly yarn along over at Small Things...

Slow and steady is the theme for this current knit and reads.  I had bought a good amount of Shelter last year for a long cardigan project but decided that it just wasn't the pattern I wanted to make with it.  I had this Irish Coffee pattern in queue for a while and knew this is what I needed to do.  Something very rhythmic and something with just a bit to think about.  Luckily one of my current reads, Little Red in The City, is so wonderful at explaining sweater fit and form and hopefully my new knowledge on it will pay off.  My other read is (still) Playful Learning and I really love it.  I know I'll be implementing some of the fun learning opportunities this coming winter.  I really felt encouraged while reading about organizing and materials and applications to daily life.  It seems to be such an evolving organic process and I'm thrilled with some new ways to think about it. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

this moment

Inspired by Soulemama - {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Already over

How did the weekend go so fast?  How is it already the middle of Monday? 

This past weekend seemed to go in a blur.  I'm not sure why that is - but with three very busy little boys, it happens more often than not.

Friday night had me watching my mom show the "old man" horse and cheering her on as she won.  Way to go mom!  You really did look fantastic!

Saturday had us at a soccer game and Nathan scraping tons of moss off of our roof.  After much scolding and a few nasty remarks, he finally got off of the roof and stuck to the ladder.  I got to spend my day organizing (for the 100th time) my craft closet and shelf.  It looks better now. 

Saturday also had to make a radical change for Reagan and his lack of good behavior.  Bye bye all Lego's.  Bye bye Star Wars.  Bring back imaginative play.  Earn back what you want.  We already see a difference.  I think with school starting, we've all had to really adjust.  Apparently, Nathan and I were not adjusting right for him. Maybe we'll be on the right track now.  I hope so - I miss my sweet boy.

Sunday had us at Sunday schools, Nathan at a soft ball game, and me and the not-so-great-nappers working on quiet activities.  One of my many lofty goals this week is to put together a treasure box of sorts for Logan to have when we do big kid activities/crafts.  I have yet to find a good groove with him. 

Sunday had Mason deciding to write Aunt Jane and Uncle Ryan an "email".  He wanted to put the email in the mail box too.  It was really fun seeing him motivated.  What started out with him sounding out and actually writing the word "dear" in his own way (which promptly had me about weeping with pride) and then it turned into him writing the entire alphabet out by himself with only the letter chart as a guide.  He was so proud of himself.  Mason seems to create the same way he talks - one thing to another with no stopping.  By the end, it was no longer an email but something to save forever.  

Late Sunday afternoon took us on an "adventure" hike (as the boys call it) through the woods of Allerton.  A collection of rocks, twigs, leaves, and tons of acorns came home with us.  We could spend all day there.  I know I could when I get to hold my sweet boy's hand. 

Now I just need another day to recover from the weekend.  Instead, I get almost a whole week of single parenting.  Wish me luck.  Its been a while.  Amazing how easily it is to get out of shape of being the mommy and daddy at all once. 

Friday, September 9, 2011

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Inspired by Soulemama 

Thursday, September 8, 2011

A Fortnight in two nights

Little Logan has his first hat of the season.  I think hats are the only thing he outgrew from last year.  I saw the Fortnight from Brooklyn Tweed and knew I wanted to make it for Nathan this year.  Like most things, Logan got it first.

Because it is an adult's hat, I had to make modifications to make it work.  Using the percentages theory from Elizabeth Zimmermann, I just based each change in adult sizes with percentages and applied them in the opposite direction.  It worked perfectly. 

The little earflap short rows have me sold.  I think I'll add them into every hat.  The cable pattern was easy to memorize and fiddle with if needed to.  I know I'll be making this again!

Ravelry notes on the hat...these are his pants...this is his shirt

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

In the basket, by the couch, on the floor

My knitting and just about everything else seems to be all over the place as of late.  Right now I've got 4 projects going on:  The Beekeeper's Quilt, Fortnight hat, another and last pair of longies, and a Baby Shell.  All need my attention but I plan on finishing (after I frog most of it) the Fortnight hat tonight.  With glee I opened my wool storage box this week only to find out that I don't have any hats to fit my youngest.  Of course that just won't do! 

I'm trying to put down my needles and read Playful Learning.  I'm just getting into this book but I have really high hopes for it.  For my young boys it seems fall is the beginning of the crafting and indoor season so I'm trying to gear up!