Just keep knitting

Just keep knitting

Hello, friends,

This week’s blog post is brought to you by homeopathic sinus tabs, herbal compresses and lots and LOTS of tea.  Oh, and coffee.  I can’t leave out the morning cup of coffee because, let’s face it, without the morning cup of caffeine, the headache would be a lot worse than it already is.

Caffeine to fuel the knitting
My favorite mug

When my husband peeked into the bedroom to check on me this morning and ask me how I was feeling, I think I said something in my head but what came out was more like, “Uuuuuuurgh.”  I can’t be completely certain, though, because my ears are plugged up and I can’t hear much.

So, if you haven’t guessed, I have a head cold.  Not only a head cold, I have a whopper of a head cold.  Normally, I try to avoid sounding sound wimpy, but I haven’t had one like this in a very long time.  I won’t try to gross you out with the details because this is about knitting, not snot, right?

In the words of my 14-year-old daughter, “I’m sick and dying.” [slight exaggeration]

But, the sun is shining and it’s Saturday as I write this, so the hubby and all but two of the kids (who are currently reading and napping) are out helping my parents-in-law and doing outside things, so it’s pretty quiet in the house.  And since I have been left largely to my own devices today, I have been moving from room to room with my tea mug in one hand, a supply of tissues and my current almost finished project in my arms, mom-style, kind of like carrying an infant with you wherever you go.  It even hung out in the bathroom with me (over the side of the tub) while I tried to steam my sinuses open with a hot essential oil bath.  [Sorry, no photos of that.]

This project is so close to being finished, I can almost taste it!  You know the feeling, right?  I’m on the last row before the bind off.  THAT close!  You can’t put down a project when you’re on the LAST ROW, for goodness sake!  I might be just a little bit obsessive about it.

BUT…

The last row on this project has about eleventy-million stitches in it, so I’m really hoping to have it done by next week.  That’s not much of an exaggeration.  Just keep knitting, right?  As I am typing this, it is sitting on the end table beside me begging me to pick it up and keep working.  It wants to be finished, too.

a jumbled up mess of a knitting project
This is what it looks like all jumbled and scrunched up on a long circular needle.

If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you may have seen some obscure photos of a wildly striped design in some very bright colors.  (see photo above) Yep, that’s the one.  This is actually the second time I have knitted this up and it’s going to be sent out to my tech editor very soon.  Well, as soon as my eyes stop watering enough to finish typing it up.  It’s going to be fabulous!  I can’t wait to show you the whole thing, but you and I will both have to wait until it goes live for that.  In the meantime, you can anticipate asymmetrical stripes, bold colors and lace.  I promise I will let you know as soon as I possibly can.

Here is a photo of our adorable (and somewhat obnoxious) bummer lamb.  Her name is Jessica and she is getting so big!

Jessica in her pen. No knitting from her fleece. She's not a fiber animal.
Jessica the adorable but obnoxious bummer lamb

And now, back to knitting.

Family traditions: the Snow Trip

This last week was our annual family Snow Trip – and yes, I always capitalize it., because it is so much a part of our family history.   I know I’ve blogged about this before, but since the server crash, my old posts are gone and I thought I’d go ahead and talk about it again.

This year actually marked the 20th year of the Snow Trip.  Our kids have grown up with the Snow Trip.  Some of them have gotten married, moved far away and are building family traditions of their own, now, and the little ones are are now reveling in sled runs, ski days, cribbage tournaments and snacks whenever they come in to warm up before heading outside to play in the snow again.  It really is a little kid’s dream for five days every year.

steep sled run hill
Happy kids in the snow

Besides just being a lot of plain old-fashioned fun, I really value the time that we have to connect together as a family.  Cousins learn how to get along with each other, sharing the few toys that are brought along, compromising and working together to play card games and board games, because every family has their own “house rules”.  Seeing the kids who were once the little ones, now stepping up to be the big kids helping to watch out for the little ones and teach them how to navigate the sled hill on a boogie board, how to stay upright on a snow board or how to turn on a set of skis.

The kids get to help make sure that we leave the cabin cleaner than we found it, that we don’t make a mess and just expect someone else to clean it up for us.  They have seen and heard their grandparents pray for their safety and their spiritual growth.  They have joined in the prayer, thanking God for giving them a family who loves and  cares for them, for the blessings that their grandparents are to them, and for the fun that they get to look forward to each year at the Snow Trip.  Gratitude is a good thing.

Even when we lived far away from family, the Snow Trip has kept us connected with each other in a very real, very grounded way.  Oh, my goodness, it was a bigger deal to us than Christmas back then!  Please don’t misunderstand me.  We have never minimized the importance of Christmas, but there have always been two countdowns in our house: one countdown to Christmas and one to the Snow Trip.  At some point during the Christmas celebration, we always sit down and discuss meal plans and snow gear supplies for the Snow Trip.

We have been able to share our Snow Trip with family friends who have become regular attendees with us – expanding the circle of “cousins” and adding to the fun.  My brother- and sister-in-law brought a foster son with them this year, which added a new dimension to the trip.  It was his first experience playing in the snow and while he was having the time of his little life playing with all the cousins, he was also learning right along with them how to function in a large, boisterous, caring family.  What a blessing it was to be able to see the Snow for the first time again through his eyes.

So, while I did get quite a lot of knitting done during the past week, I don’t think I’ll share it with you just yet.  I wanted to try to explain a little bit of the magic of the family get-together with you.  And whatever your family traditions might be, I hope that they are just as precious to you and yours.  I’d love to hear about them, so comment away!

Here is one last photo that I think perfectly sums up the trip for us.

Did you see that??!

 

 

Site redesign in progress…

We had some crazy weather this Winter all over the United States.  It was so crazy that the server housing my website was completely fried.  Kaput.  No backups, no salvaging it at all.  I could whine and cry and complain about the injustice of it all, but stuff happens.  Servers get blown up by power surges.

I have decided to take advantage of this situation and turn it into an opportunity to redesign the whole site.  That means that if you come back tomorrow – or even 10 minutes from now – you may see something completely different.  I’m going to keep it online while I’m making all of these changes.  Let me know what you think.

I am hoping to add some cool features to the site that I have never had before.  There may possibly be a catalog with direct checkout, so that customers who may not have an Etsy account can buy from me directly.  (#bizgoals)

I would also like to post some tutorial videos.  Some basics and also some demonstrations of some of the trickier parts of my patterns.

Is there anything else you would like to see here?  Send me a message and let me know!