This Face

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If asked, what age would you say this face would be? Today was my birthday, and it was a milestone! I don’t really feel older, just different, and that has to do more with having a baby than the birthday.

We went to an Indian restaurant for dinner, and it was good. There were many family peeps there, and Riley even dressed up to celebrate. She was happy about the dress, just not about me taking her picture. (I think she is getting tired of the camera)

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I received a great new (SHARP!) set of kitchen knives from Davis (I only asked for a great chef’s knife, and I got a whole set!), some cool jewelry from my sister and grandparents, and a gift certificate to the Loopy Ewe from the in-laws! (What would you spend it on? It is hard deciding, I have about $200 worth of stuff in my cart, and I have to narrow it down) Riley gave me hugs and kisses!

Happy Birthday to all of my fellow Leo’s, hope you had a good one!

A Spinning and A Stabbing

Earlier this past week (Monday to be exact) I took a class about spinning on a wheel. It was a one-day class, and we did a little bit of everything. We learned about fiber, washed and dyed some, hand carded, drum carded, and Viking carded small bits of fiber, and learned how to spin. I borrowed a Lendrum wheel to learn on, and made a bit of yarn.

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It was good, because now I know how to do it. It wasn’t very hard once I started, it just took some concentration. Me being the impatient person I am, I had to keep reminding myself that I needed to take some time to make it come out even. I am definitely not interested in cleaning fleece or making my own batts at the moment. I also am not intending to buy a wheel, (although a certain someone has promised to let me borrow/try hers, so I am going to hold you to that) anytime soon, since I have so much other ‘stuff’ I want to do, and I am not getting accomplished.

Does anyone else have an experience where their drives and ambitions seem to stutter and fall by the wayside for awhile? Where you are not ‘off’ of your passions, but it doesn’t seem as important anymore?

Anyway, I also did something completely dumb yesterday as well.

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I stepped on a very, very sharp DPN, and had to go to the ER to get a tetanus shot. It happened in an accident completely of my own making, and the good thing is that I didn’t drop the baby. It didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would, even when pulling the needle out (it went in at least an inch). The wound bleed hardly at all, and the wound itself is unassuming. All in all, the most traumatic part was the 3 hour ER wait and the tetanus shot (which hurts!)

I told Davis that puncture wounds happens occasionally to knitters. So if you wouldn’t mind sharing your stories in the comments so he believes me, I’d appreciate it. (also, tell if you took pictures of your injuries to share. he thought that was amusing as well.)

Too All Slow Knitters

I had an epiphany today.

A lot of knitters out there (including me) have at least at one time or another wished they knit faster. It would be great if you could finish more projects, or get to more of the items in your queue. Believe me, I have lots of things I want to make. I was just thinking of all the great things I would like to make for my daughter, that even if I started them now it probably wouldn’t get done in time for her to wear it. I can also think of all of the reasons it is good to knit slowly (mindful knitting gives benefits similar to yoga, the pleasure of each stitch for a process knitter, etc). However I compare my speed to other knitters and wish I could just go faster (or at this point, knit at all!).

Yet when another online yarn-store ad appeared in my inbox, I realized that there is another benefit of taking time to finish projects. Don’t feel frustrated if you are feeling like you can’t knit fast enough. Look on the bright side; you save money on yarn because it takes you longer to use it! (ignore the stash flowing from the closet!)

For Purple Mountains Majesty

Our trip to CO was great! The baby traveled very well, only minimal crying on the way back as the plane came in to land. She slept through the whole flight out!

We had a good time. We did archery, rode a zip line, hiked, rode mnt bikes, ate, talked, laughed, and had a great time with family. And who wouldn’t in a place that looked like this?

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I’m sorry I missed seeing some of my cousins, but it was a great time. I also finished a second washcloth for the reunion auction.

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In addition to the two washcloths, I took some of my bags I sewed out, and they were a big hit!

We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled TdF Knitting

In a few days we leave for vacation in CO, to visit our family reunion we have every 5 years. While at the reunion we have an auction to raise money to compensate the family that puts the reunion together and organizes everything.

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So I am attempting to make some washcloths to auction off. It’s for a good cause, and they take nothing to complete!

See you when we get back!