6 June 2013

Belated Yarn Along - ramblings, reds, new normals

I'm still in the stage of lace-pattern hatred with my Artio shawl - I just can't "see" the repeats and the short rows are messing with my head. So I've put it to one side for the time being, since the rest of life has plenty of new rhythms and adjustments and finding simple things frustrating to be getting on with. It's very strange going back to it being just me and the girls, almost all of almost every day.

My hands felt so empty over the last couple of days without any real project to get on with (oh, you know, apart from spinning - and the kitchen - and trying to keep on top of laundry and facilitate for the girls...), I ended up casting on socks: Toots by Rhian Drinkwater in heirloom tomato-coloured yarn I dyed myself.
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(This is the skein that taught me, no matter how reliable your supplier has been in the past, always ALWAYS check for skein bands. The usual three were not in place, and the skein disintegrated into evil yarnie spaghetti as soon as I tried to pull it out of the pan, so I had to hand wind the entire 100g to rescue it!)

I'm not reading much of anything either. A bit here, a bit there. Sitting at the Feet of the Rabbi Jesus, and The Celtic Wheel of the Year. The Mysterious Benedict Society with Jenna (taking chapters in turns now). Fantastic Mr Fox with Morgan.

Today has been perhaps our first day of feeling really comfortable with the new normal. So far this week Martin has managed to take the electric meter key to work one day and my bank card the next. Wednesday was a long long day, after not a lot of sleep and with so much kitchen sorting to do. So a full eight hours of sleep last night and a quiet morning in waiting for the Health Visitor (Talia's one year check, unsurprisingly fine and mostly just a chance for the Health Visitor to coo over how much they've all grown and reminisce about Morgan as a newborn)! Today so far has been just lovely.

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Joining in with Ginny and friends for another Yarn Along sharing. :)

8 comments:

  1. I need to cast on some socks, love knitting them - Toots looks like a nice pattern.

    I'd missed that you were now spinning, checked back through posts and saw your wheel with Ashleigh - have fun, look forward to seeing your spinning creations sometime xx

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    1. They're fun so far, but I'm not a fan of either charts without written versions or of turning heels so they may yet also be cast onto my growing pile of projects I'm annoyed with!

      I'm really enjoying learning to spin, and Jenna's having a go alongside so I guess this first attempt will be a joint effort. :)

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  2. I hope to carry my problems as gracefully as you do Sarah, Duncan has lost his job this week, and I cant wait until we are on his first week in a new job :(
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    1. I didn't look terribly graceful ranting down the phone at my poor husband on Monday when he took the electric key to work! ;)

      I'm so sorry, it's a horrible thing to go through such uncertainty. We will pray he finds work as quickly and easily as Martin has this time. (hugs) Hang in there. xx

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    2. Thank you, I hope it wont be too long either, it is SO scary. Duncan used to frequently take the bank card (the one with the account with cash in) to work and leave me 3p in my purse. I would send some snarky text messages and then did a ranty call lol.
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  3. Hiya Sarah glad your husband has managed to find work easily its one of my big fears jon loosing his job. whats martin working as? x

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    1. He's still a delivery driver, but car parts delivery again in this job. :) It's long hours but better pay and better contract! He's also working with my youngest brother, which is nice. :)

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  4. My dh drives for a living too it can be long hrs, it's nice he has someone there he already knows tho.

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