Anyone remember that Eddie Murphy skit on SNL way back when he played "Buhwheat"? I still laugh uncontrollably when I watch that…
So….I’m back from dead or almost dead and boy, lots of shit has happened. Not anything big but just lots. of. shit. To start off, Rubylicious graduated from HS and turned 18 and pierced her navel all within 5 days of each other. That should be enough to make any mom nuts. Proud, scared and horrified (the navel thing–kinda gross…I don’t generally have a problem with bellybutton piercings but I just keep remembering how she used to play with her bellybutton when she’d suck her thumb and fall asleep as a baby. Is that too much information????) it seems there is so much to get used to so quickly! The in-laws came and all was great but I just get so stressed out before visits and I work myself up to having a stiff neck because of all the worrying and obsessive remembering of gifts and things to do…you know the drill. I’m much better now and all gifts have been given and everything that needed to be done has been done. I’m falling asleep early every night and sleeping hard until I wake up at the lovely hour of 7:30. I guess I’m making up for the month of craziness. (I dreamt last night that I brought home 6 yellow lab puppies and I started to feel that panicked "what did I do?" feeling when I woke up…Whaddya think that means?) I’m allowing myself to knit whatever I want to and I’ve even moved my spinning wheel into the family room and have been spinning here and there. Mentally I think I’ve survived. I knew I would but for awhile there I was seriously looking like a basket case. It’s all good now.
Another really cool occurrence was the invite to Ravelry…I could spend literally DAYS clicking away at people’s projects! It is a totally brilliant idea and a very worthwhile site. Now I just have to find the time to upload stuff to be able to use the site to it’s full potential…
And on to knitting: I am still the queen of string bags and have made 9 and am working on #10 now. I did end up giving the kids teachers string bags with produce from the farmer’s market and they seemed to love them. I also made bags for all three of my kids and filled them with a beach/pool towel, sunscreen, sunglasses, hot tamales, jollyranchers and a book and gave the bags 0’goodies to them on the last day of school. They all wanted different colors so: Ruby wanted a "Rasta" bag (yellow, red, green, black), Riley wanted pink and brown, and Henry wanted Cal colors (blue and gold). All done out of Sugar and Cream kitchen cotton at $1.99 a ball. Can’t beat that!
Oh! and if you haven’t gotten the book The Dangerous Book for Boys for your son, go get it! Henry loves it and carries it around with him everywhere and even his grandfathers, uncle and dad where thumbing through it and giggling….
So, string bags aside, I’ve been knitting on a pair of socks for Ed for Father’s Day, a pair of tofutsie socks for me (using 00 needles on the heel and bottom of the foot so I won’t wear it out), and I started Knitting Pure & Simple’s Neck Down Shaped Cardigan #241 out of some Rowan Calmer that I had stashed. Ruby wanted a hat like the kind that Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal wear–the kind you can tuck your hair into. I looked all over for a pattern and couldn’t find one so I whipped one up myself and made it out of some Silky Wool I had in the stash. I think it turned out pretty well and she’s happy with it. We call it Ruby’s Boho Hat.
(modeled by Riley)
Now Riley wants one….If there is one constant in my life (aside from the fact that I am always crazy in love with my man) it is the knitting. It has transitioned from a hobby to an obsession to being just part of me and who I am.
Another constant these days is my iPod. I’m flying through books from Audible. Right now I’m really enjoying The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs. I also listened to Austenland by Shannon Hale. I thought it to be a bit cutsie and somewhat shallow and predicable but I was, nonetheless, intrigued and it held my attention to the end. I also finished In The Woods by Tana French and enjoyed that too. Sometimes all I want to do is put listen to a book on my iPod and knit. And nap. Now that I’m not stressed out and running around trying to make everything happen for everyone in my family, I will grab my knitting and crawl onto my bed with my iPod and knit until I fall asleep for a little nap. I love hearing the birds around our house right now and the one I hear the most is the House Wren. I can hear it singing and it echoes in the trees and seriously just lulls me to sleep. They are dang cute, too, and one has had babies in the birdhouse that I have down in my garden and I can hear them peeping when I’m out cutting flowers for bouquets.
Well, I think I’m all caught up now. Maybe it’s naptime?