Feeling Like Christmas

My family and I haven’t celebrated Christmas since my 13 year old son was maybe 5-6 years old. Religious beliefs led to our giving up Christmas. Christmas seemed pagan and wrong to us. The way it was being celebrated didn’t fit with our belief system. At first we gave up Santa, and the traditional Christmas “stuff” then we gave even the religious take on Christmas up too. None of it made any sense to us.

Recently we decided to celebrate again. None of it makes sense still, but we are in it for the fun and to see joy in our children’s faces. Maybe even to give ourselves some joy again too. We put up a tree on Thanksgiving.

I have to say that walking by it does put a smile on my face. πŸ™‚

The cold temperatures here have put me in a crafty mood too. I used my knitting loom to make a replacement hat for a family friend. I wasn’t happy with one I made him last year. This one seems better, we’ll see how it holds up to regular use. (If he likes it)

I’m also working on a new hat for my friend’s daughter. I don’t think she liked the slouchy one I made her, but her mom does and wears it all the time. Her favorite color is blue, so I chose to make a blue and white one.

I told her mom that if she doesn’t like it, at least she’ll have a spare.

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I could be sleeping

I am still suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome, but I wanted to have a little me time.

I have been watching videos of different crochet stitches since I don’t actually know many. I found the bean, and mini bean stitches and really liked how the pattern creates texture.

I decided to try the mini bean stitch on a small project. I am making a cotton washcloth. I’m sure I’m doing something wrong, but I think it is looking good so far.

I will probably make the 2 year old a blanket using this stitch next. It’s very easy to do, even being sleep deprived.

A Blanket For My Girl

I like making my babies blankets just for them when they are born. I crochet and knit…very basic skills only. πŸ˜‰

I had started a knit blanket a while ago for my little girl, but it’s going too slow. I searched for a quick pattern with a tutorial, and I found a crochet one that should work for me. I wanted to use yarn from my stash. The pattern called for a chunky/bulky yarn. I hoped that my Lion brand homespun yarn would be close enough.

I had trouble with the foundation row since the homespun yarn is so fuzzy. I know my edges are going to be wonky since I’ve already made some mistakes. I don’t think the baby will notice, or care.

It is growing quickly, so I am happy so far. Due to my yarn choice I don’t think the finished product will be as big as the example, but it should be a decent car seat blanket. πŸ™‚

Below is an updated picture of my blanket. It has grown so much and will be crib sized after all. I am amazed by how quickly it worked up. Especially since I have a very grabby almost 2 year old and my hands still go numb due to my carpal tunnel.

On my needles

I’m going to turn $2 of thrift store yarn into a neutral winter scarf…if the toddler will stop messing with it. He has already pulled my yarn off the needle once, and I am not a skilled knitter so that was a nightmare for me to fix. ;P

I probably shouldn’t be drinking coffee while I knit with such light yarn either…especially with a 3 year old and 1 year old running around. πŸ˜‰

I am making some progress. It’s not perfect… I’ve made more than a few mistakes but I’m pretty happy with it.

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I mentioned in an earlier post that I’ve been knitting dish cloths. I really enjoy working with this yarn, and having an item finished so quickly is quite satisfying. ☺When you have 2 children under 3, an item that knits up quickly is important if you ever want to see a finished product. πŸ˜‰

You can see that the green one shrunk quite a bit in the wash. It’s not a big deal since I’m using these to wipe up the baby and his high chair at meal times. They don’t have to be huge.πŸ˜‰

I just LOVE the colors I’m working with now.

What’s on my needles

Right now I have a blanket for the baby currently growing in my womb. He is due to arrive in about 9-10 weeks, so I need to get busy. It’s just going to be a small one to cover his carseat, or to eventually be carried around by him. My toddler has one that I made for him, and he likes to cover his head with it to hide. I love seeing him enjoy something that I made especially for him.

9-10 weeks is way more time than anyone should need to complete such a small project, but with a less than 2 year old, an 11 year old, a full time job and a ton of animals to care for I am concerned.

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I am not much of a knitter, but I try. I am just doing a simple stitch, no pattern, no frills. I am sure he will appreciate it no matter how simple it is.

 

Knitting, Gaming, and Blogging

The scene here was just as my title suggests until moments ago, when it became blogging, gaming and blogging. πŸ˜‰

My husband has been doing some research and started a blog that I will no doubt be sharing with you when he finishes, my son has been building a musical video game level on his favorite game, and I have been working on some knitting. I have been working on a new blanket for my baby boy, He really likes the one he has, so I decided to make him another one in a different color, and bigger to fit his growing body. He is now 14 months old, which is still so crazy to me.

Here is a picture of what I have been working on. This is my first “real” knitting project I have attempted. I have made some hats with my round looms, but this is my first time using actual knitting needles. I guess that’s not true, I did attempt to make a dishcloth a while back. It didn’t turn out quite right…so therefore it doesn’t count. LOL!

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I have just run out of this yarn, so I am going to continue with a solid dark blue. I hope it doesn’t look too weird when it’s finished. I know the baby won’t care. Β I have made some mistakes, but I think it will still serve its purpose when it’s done. I find knitting so much easier than crochet. I think that this blanket will look a lot neater than the ones I have crocheted in the past. I have never been good about counting stitches, or following patterns, so my crocheted items have always looked a bit funky. I think knitting will give me a blanket with a better shape…as long as I don’t drop too many stitches along the way.

I just wanted to share my progress, and let you know that another good read from my husband should be on the way.