Scobies, Sweaters, and Thread

I don't remember pregnancy being quite so exhausting the last time around.  I probably wasn't this exhausted last time, come to think of it.  When you've got a whole toddler-sized person to care for everything tends to get more complicated.  We've had more screen time in our lives over the last several weeks than I care to admit and exercise has been limited to very long walks as a family after supper.  My knees are sore from that time I went jogging three weeks ago and despite having purchased new running shoes I just can't seem to push myself out the door to use them.

Many evenings have been spent with my feet kicked up on the coffee table and a small project in hand.  Last week I made myself some fingerless gloves from an old cashmere sweater I thrifted years ago and found sitting at the bottom of one of my fabric bins during the spring clean.  I chopped off one of the sleeves, used a jersey bedsheet for lining, and hand embroidered them with a bouquet of dandelions and a few bumblebees seeking pollen. They'll surely keep my hands and wrists warm as we creep into autumn and hopefully will remind me of these hot summer days of buzzing bees and puffy dandelions.

I've also cast on for a new little sweater for my sweet little girl. We had a day or two of chilly days (Germany occasionally forgets that it's summer) and I went into full, knitterly panic!  Everyone needs fresh, new winter things, especially those of us who have outgrown all the winter things that were knit last winter.  Did I say I wasn't going to knit anything before my Nanook was finished? Hm, I don't remember that.  And a toddler sweater is really such a small thing, it doesn't really count as another WIP, right? The pattern is Swing Thing by Theresa Belville and it's free on Ravelry.

Besides the knitting, the sewing, and the toddler-rearing I've been watching the scobies in my kombucha proliferate. I now officially have more hibiscus tea scobies than I know what to do with. I bought a couple large glass jars of pickles and promptly ate most of them so that I could use those jars for kombucha experiments.  (Pregnancy loves pickles)  Right now I've got one batch of my hibiscus kombucha undergoing a second fermentation with a vanilla bean and another jar of hibiscus and green tea that's slowly growing a scoby.  It looks like I have a bit of an addiction. Now I just need to order myself a proper crock and get started on a batch of sauerkraut!

Happy crafting and take care.