• Knitting

    January Socks

    If nothing else, serving as the hostess for Knitted Wit‘s 2019 HerStory knitalong pretty much guarantees that I knit a pair of socks each month. Only two weeks into the new year, I’ve already got a pair off my needles and on my feet! This year’s HerStory collection features women in the arts, and January’s colourway is named Goddess, after Beyoncé (the colourway draws its inspiration from Beyoncé’s pregnancy photoshoot and I’m in love with the saturated goldenrod and speckled floral segments in the yarn). Sometimes it’s hard to know how these skeins will look once they’re knit up — I was afraid an intricate pattern would just detract from the…

  • Holidays,  Homeschool

    Back to School: Post-Holiday Edition

    Our first week of post-holiday homeschool is in the books, and I’m now ready to fully embrace the weekend (I’ve got knitting plans!). I was halfway dreading our return to scheduled learning, but it has been a welcome shift to get back to relative normal. Leah thrives on routine more than most, so the six weeks of Christmas mayhem really did a number on her — and no matter how much we try to minimize the holiday chaos, the seemingly inescapable barrage of treats, decorations, outings, family gatherings, and general inconsistency make for a seriously disregulated child.* Todd and I often joke about the emotional whiplash that we experience with…

  • Cross Stitching,  Knitting

    The-Best Laid Plans

    Only four days into the new year, I’m already revising my Make Nine 2019 plans. Sigh. Two mini skeins into my Harry Potter log cabin blanket, I realized it just wasn’t going to work as I had envisioned. The first couple skeins (based on the first book) are super saturated and knit up in stripes — paired with the Prussian Blue, it all started to look a little overwhelming. So I cruised Ravelry looking for another option that didn’t involve seaming together 63 individual squares. Eventually I landed on the Bits and Bobs blanket and I’ve swapped out the blue for undyed yarn to carry along through the entire project.…

  • Cross Stitching,  Knitting,  Quilting,  Sewing

    Making Nine in 2019

    Nothing says Happy New Year like setting some goals. In this case, they’re all of a crafty nature thanks to falling down the rabbit hole of #makenine2019 last week. Not in any particular order, here’s what I’m hoping to accomplish over the next 12 months: Another log cabin blanket, this time using Knitted Wit’s Harry Potter-inspired yarn. I’ve got a complete set of 63 mini skeins plus six full-size skeins of Fingering in Prussian Blue — this is definitely going to be a long-term project. The Leaves of Grass shawl. I’ve had this listed as Number 1 in my Ravelry queue for ages but couldn’t seem to find the right yarn.…