Hmmmn…let me see*

I’ve been up to a bit since my last post. I finally made it to a Sit ‘n’ Knit event, Photographing Your Knitting, with Jared Flood b.k.a. B r o o k l y n t w e e d. It was fantastic! Very informative. Jared is cool and down to earth. He made the subject easy to understand and fun to learn. Anne Marie is a sweetheart and the location, Scandinavia House, was beautiful. I even got to meet Chante of Harlem Purls, that alone would have made the day worth it. Hopefully at the next event I make it too we’ll have more time to chat. 

 

The only negative of this class, which isn’t really a negative, I’ve realized what a dinosaur my camera is. Talking to my husband about buying electronics is a dangerous business. Letting him loose in a Circuit City is comparable to letting me loose in a yarn store. He took a look at the camera’s manuel and discovered that we’ve had it since 2001. This is unacceptable to him so I expect a new camera soon :D

 

In other news, this sweater is making me crazy.

Dear Rockefeller Sweater

I wont even give it the satisfaction of re-posting my letter to it here. Click on the photo to read it on Flickr.

Oh, apparently I’ve also lost the rest of my mind. I must’ve done, because I joined NaNoWriMo. I have a few days to choose between two of my stories. I’m leaning heavily toward the more moody, dramatic one though. We all know that that mood will be dead easy to get into, cause I tend to have a flair for the dramatic :D.

More soon guys.

*Son#1 likes to tap his finger against his chin and say this. It’s too cute.

New things I want to remember, now with walking!

I haven’t updated the “things to remember” in a while, I have much to report.

The Twins:

  • The boy twin did indeed get out of his crib, he flipped out, landed in a seated position and was no worse for wear. The only result, he is even more adventurous now.
  • Since the flipping incident, I have rescued him from straddling the top bar of the crib, dangling by one hand from the high chair (after he climbed out) and from standing on the arm of the sofa to reach a book. All without a trace of fear.
  • The girl twin is no less trouble, she enjoys removing her bed sheets and whirling them in the air like helicopter propellers, fighting me like a tiger cub when combing her hair, and repeating absolutely everything she hears, especially song lyrics and my ranting.
  • Today, for the first time ever, both twins took several steps on their own. My two older children were very late walkers, so with the twins being premies I didn’t expect them to walk soon. They are strong enough, but overly cautious. Which is ironic, as the boy twin has no sense of self preservation any place else. Today, several hours apart, first the boy then the girl took their first real stroll. It was delightful. The husband was home for the first and Missy for the second. There was much cheering and clapping :D
Son #1:
  • They twins are maturing while Son#1 seems to be going backwards. He has no real interest in using the toilet, he crawls on the floor with twins, and tells me he’s a baby when I ask him to stand and walk. I’ve heard of this happening with the older children very near in age to the younger. It is a little trying, though I’m trying my best to be patient with him. It must be hard to see Missy doing big kid stuff and the twins being babies and not really knowing where he fits in. 
  • This odd baby behavior comes in spurts. The rest of the time he can be found talking non-stop, being impossibly sweet and repeating the words and definitions he learns on Pinky Dinky Doo, Super Why and in their many library books. He’s like a little walking dictionary. It’s disgustingly cute.
Missy:
  • Missy is a busy girl. She has started Saturday art classes, which she loves(!) and she has started dance and art classes a few days a week at an after school program. It’s great to see her so enthusiastic about things! She is a visual learner who prefers to do creative work and reading, so she’s in her zone at these places. We’ve been fifteen minutes early for every Saturday class, she hates to be late and rushes me like crazy. The only downside, she is a total grouch when she’s tired or adjusting to new things. It makes homework even more difficult and it was pretty tough to begin with. But we’re preserving. 
By the time I hit post, they will have all done another thing to make me laugh (or want to cry ;D). I kinda love them, they’re my babies. 

Madame Petal

Another FO for the wardrobe. This one I really love!

Petal front

Completed Petal

 

Pattern: Petal, Stephanie Japel

Yarn: RYC Cashsoft DK, color Madame, 5 balls

Needles: 6’s for body, doubled pointed 7’s for sleeves, 5’s for trim and collar.

Buttons: M&J Trimming, Wooden, but light

I love her! I wore her all day Saturday. I had my Namaste bag* FULL of crap too. The yarn stood up to it well. I love(!!) this yarn. It’s so soft. I can’t wait to make a pullover with it.

It has such great yardage, I should be able to knit a three quarter sleeve pullover with the rest of the bag. This sweater cost about $12!! I bought a full bag of this yarn at Little Knits for $25. You really can’t beat that. 

I’ve started using larger needles when knitting in the round on a garment that also has flat knitting. My gauge can change enough to make the two sections look completely different. This little change makes them match well. 

This yarn was supposed to be knit into a Hexacomb cardi, but I don’t think that style would have fit me well. Once I finished this and tried it on, I knew I made the right choice. The double breasted style, making the sleeves longer (with no shaping), the slightly cropped fit all make for a very comfortable cardigan, something I would have tried on and purchased in a store. It also looks great open, it’s just as comfy worn that way too.

Basically, it’s a success!

 

*My birthday is this month. I’ve started “celebrating” early. My first celebratory act, purchasing the bag of my dreams…Er, I mean a Namaste bag!

How do I love thee...

I openly declared my love for it in my first 365 photo! Let the games begin :D

Strut

Well, the event that I’ve been preparing for has arrived. 

Tomorrow, Bed-Stuy is alive.

Strut
Visit the BeSAA site for info on all of the events and for a list of businesses participating. My work can be found in the gift shop of

ZION Art Gallery.

I would like to thank you for your encouraging comments and moral support. Even if this outing is not a success, I can feel satisfied in the knowledge that I followed through on the commitment I made to Fran and to myself. Like Chante said, baby steps count too.

Self Discipline-

 correction or regulation of oneself for the sake of improvement
I lack self discipline. I’ve always know this about myself. I’m trying to do something about it. Really. What I’ve been trying to figure out lately is, how can I possibly fit it all in? This post over at Spindelicious Handspun touched on a subject I often find myself contemplating. Where does wife and mother end and Wanett begin? Can there ever really be a separation? Should a separation exist? At what point in the lives of my children is it okay to be selfish again? Are childless people selfish? Are they really out there doing what they want? Probably not. Is it selfish to want a separate identity? Is it asking for too much?
I feel certain that disciplined people are getting more done than I am. Even with my children and husband and me and the many responsibilities that come with us, I have time to get things done. If only I could get my shit together. It took me 8 months to get that doll pattern released. Eight months. A lack of discipline, a lack of applying myself with a specific focus.
I’ve gotten to know my tendenacies very well. Despite knowing that a shift in focus (read: distraction) is coming up, I am powerless to stop it. Writing moods happen when I’m feeling moody, like now. Except, right now, I should be knitting. Last week when the knit design mojo was strong, I was sketching ideas and feeling positively delighted with myself. 
Cut to this week, I’ve been knitting the last 2 inches of sleeve #2 (on Petal) for three days. That last doll still has no face. WTF? But that mood to write, to write some more of that moody, sad story I started, is so strong that I can’t seem to finish that sleeve. Never mind my design swatches. My thoughts are all over the place. I can barely write this blog post coherently.
There are so many things I want to do and so many things that I have to do. So many ideas and so little time to get them done. What to do? I have no clue. But I’m tired of feeling elated and sad by turns about something that’s on the horizon and something that I let pass me by. But, how exactly does one cultivate a disciplined lifestyle at this late stage?

Doll pattern is a go!!

Hey everyone! The Affro Girl pattern is now for sale! You can buy her at:

SownBKLYN

Pattern cover

Imani

I’ve finished the pattern, and checked it twice. I must admit, I can’t shake this nagging feeling that as soon as I publish it someone will email me telling me that they’ve found errors. I’m feeling anxious about it because this will be the first time I’m charging for a pattern. But for now I need to choose a cover. I was all for group number two, until the girls and I frolicked around the Pratt campus with my sister this afternoon. I may have went a little photo happy :)

My creation

This was a culmination of a lot of hard work, but just look at how cute they are!

Totally worth it!