Friday, May 31, 2013

It's here and I can't wait to start...

Have you ever just known that a certain project had to be knit in a certain yarn, by you for you?  This is a skein of Tosh Sock in the color Winter Wheat and it's absolutely beautiful.  I have been wanting this color in sock yarn for a long time as I feel it would make the most perfect yellow socks ever.  Just so you know how long, Spring 2008 to be exact.  Interweave knits published a pattern called Twisted Tulip socks that I fell in love with, of course they were made up in a yarn very similar to this one, and I knew I had to make them just like the picture (except I didn't want to order that particular yarn).  So, I waited, and hunted, making multiple trips to yarn stores *smile* looking for the right yarn.  This spring I found a yellow, but it wasn't quite right for the Twisted Tulip socks.  I liked the yarn and color, I bought it, and I made the Lydia Bennett Secret Stockings from Jane Austen Knits Fall 2011.

They're lovely and I used Spud and Chloe Fine in Bumblebee.  I really like the yarn too, but they're not the Twisted Tulip Socks.  At knit night one Monday, I happened to see a skein of Tosh Light in  Winter Wheat and asked if it could be had in Tosh Sock.  Right then it was written into the order and I waited, patiently too.   Well, yesterday I got a call, just as I was leaving the house - how perfect was that- that my skein of Tosh Sock Winter Wheat was in!  Yippeee, away I went, and now the pattern and yarn sit in front of me.  They will have to be worked on at home as the chart is rather detailed, so I have the Alex Jacket on the needles with Spud and Chloe Sweater in Root Beer and Moonlight for Micaiah as my travel project.  A happy Momma and a happy knitter (not necessarily in that order right now.)

Thursday, May 23, 2013


Ugghhh!  Mornings are rough around here.  I am not a morning person at all, and I don't usually really get going until about 11:00 am.  I am up much before that, but the fog is usually quite tangible until then.  So explain then how I have a child that is an energetic morning person?  He wakes between 6:30 and 7:00 and is soooo happy it's painful.  I struggle to get his breakfast and feed him, and now with his crawling I need to be that much more awake - he's everywhere!  Most days I find myself grabbing a nap when he goes down for his morning nap - this usually catapults me into my day and we do pretty well through the afternoon.  This time of year is especially rough as I have seasonal allergies that can really flare up.  My favorite remedy for this is a cup of nettle tea with honey, pictured above.  It's amazing what it does for that itchy, scratchy feeling and heavy eyes.  It can taste a little green by itself, but the honey makes it better, and local honey is purported to be good for the allergies too.  Now if it would just help with the morning fog, and give me a kick start that would be good.