too much acrylic yarn

The Daily Post Theme: Yarn I can’t exactly pass up the Daily Post Theme about YARN, now can I? I have been pretty busy with a few knitting projects.  I have finished the Pirate Cove Shawl and I’m pretty pleased with it overall.  I have not taken a full photo of the finished project yet, but I will soon.  Here is a snip-it of the shawl in my lap while I sat in my Biergarten to knit one warm evening. And if we zoom out a bit, you can see that I’m watching carefully over my tiny sweet baby while … Continue reading too much acrylic yarn

pirate’s cove shawl

The Daily Post Theme:  Unravel I’ve been working on a new knitting project and so far I have mixed feelings of my progress.  I found a free shawl pattern on Ravelry: Pirate’s Cove by Hilary Latimer and thought it looked easy enough for a beginner.  The shawl is entirely garter stitch with one section of a lace-type stitch.  All very simple and easy to follow.  There is color work which makes it interesting to hold but fun to see it all come alive as you knit.  It’s surely a challenge to keep all of the balls from tangling. I’ve made a … Continue reading pirate’s cove shawl

march: a slight hiatus

The month of March was an especially tough one.  My little family experienced two losses – one miscarriage and one lost cat. In February, my husband and I learned that we were expecting another baby due in October!  It was such surprising news to us since we weren’t exactly trying for another baby yet.  Baby Jane is only 10 months old right now so two little babies sounded overwhelming but exciting nonetheless!  It didn’t take long for me to become overjoyed at the news and I realized that it was also the perfect time frame for me for a second little … Continue reading march: a slight hiatus

It’s Women’s Day!

Just in case you hadn’t heard, today is International Women’s Day!  I wish that I had been able to take the day off work and stand with countless other strong women around the world.  Today we celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women! It didn’t take me long to find a massive list of incredible women who pioneered change and paved the way for other women to do the same.  One of my favorite websites is A Mighty Girl.  I follow this website on Facebook and I am constantly amazed and inspired by the positive posts for … Continue reading It’s Women’s Day!

Christmas Balls!

I know, Christmas is long over.  But I found a knitting pattern for a Christmas Ball ornament and it is literally all I can think about. You know how sometimes you search the internet for something particular and then you accidentally stumble onto something not related at all but really cool anyway?  That is exactly how I found Arne & Carlos and their incredibly awesome knitted Christmas Balls.  I was searching for tutorials on fair isle knitting techniques and ended up watching an Arne & Carlos video and I was instantly hooked!  I have watched almost all of their knitting … Continue reading Christmas Balls!

i want to believe

NASA Telescope Reveals Largest Batch of Earth-Size, Habitable-Zone Planets Around Single Star This is why I believe in science and stardust.  This is why I cannot fathom an entire universe with only ONE lonely blue dot that holds life.  News like this makes me feel hopeful actually.  The possibility of life elsewhere puts things in perspective. Also, I watched the X-files in its entirety when I was on maternity leave with my sweet Baby Jane.  NASA is cracking the biggest X-file ever with this one! Continue reading i want to believe

a new milestone

Daily Post Theme: Rhythmic My little sweetpea has successfully slept through the night the last five nights in a row.  It started last week when I finally decided that it was time to give her a chance to fall asleep on her own, without my help.  Instead of rocking her to sleep, I laid her in the crib awake.  Each night it takes her less time to settle on her own and drift to sleep.  She fusses for a few minutes only and then there is a soft sleeping silence. I already miss holding and rocking her to sleep though.  The soothing … Continue reading a new milestone

life is not without change

I’ve been thinking about motherhood lately.  Just when I start to get the hang of being a Mama, something changes, and I’m reminded that I have no idea what I’m doing.  My baby is 8 months old now and she’s growing too fast.  I think about the months and years ahead and I’m giddy with excitement for what the future holds for her.  This year will be really challenging but fulfilling.  She will be one year old soon and then life will change again. In the spirit of motherhood, came across some quotes on Goodreads about being a mother and these … Continue reading life is not without change

team building exercise: knitting

A remarkable thing happened recently.  About a month ago, I wore one of my knitted scarves to work one day which caught the interest of a few of my co-workers.  Within moments, I had a small crowd of people inspecting my scarf and ask me questions about how I made it.  It turns out there are a few secret, underground knitters in my office just like me!  Pretty soon we were all talking about patterns, and stitches, and needles, and yarn!  It was such a great conversation and I feel like all of us instantly connected over our love of … Continue reading team building exercise: knitting