Dear goodness gracious, it has been far, far too long since I last visited this space. What a collection of months it has been, though. My family has packed up and left Germany, spent months visiting family, driven halfway across the country, and settled in a home we can call our own. It's been an adventure, a whirlwind, a flurry of emotion and change.
As I reach the three-and-a-half year mark of living in this house, many of my knitted garments are reaching the same anniversary. When we arrived in Germany in the autumn of 2013 I was very pregnant, all of my life's possessions were on a ship in the Pacific, then the Atlantic, and I was full of nervous energy. I needed to find an outlet for my nesting fervor
Much as with Netflix marathons in my life before kids, I've recently found myself grabbing ropes of wool and saying, "Just one more handful and then I'll do the dishes." I think it's probably uneccessary to point out, but my house is a complete disaster right now. It's okay, though. I've just checked out "The Life Changing Art of Tidying Up" from the library for the fourth time and I really think it'll do the trick this time.
Knitting keeps my hands busy and my heart happy and anxiety knitting yields some fast results. When my friend Amanda over at Geektastic Fibers asked me to test-knit a new colorway for her brand, I jumped at the opportunity. I first knit with Amanda's yarn over the winter holidays with one feverish session on a sockhead hat as we drove to a Christmas Market in Colmar, France
One of the things that I find incredibly calming is to spin wool by hand. Did you know that hand-spinning has been around for 10,000 years? It makes sense when you think about it. Humans need clothes to cover our bodies in order to keep warm. It makes sense to get a few fleeces from a sheep before using that sheep for their meat and hide. So, in the absence of animal skins, we need textiles to make these clothes. String was necessary to weave textiles, and thus hand spinning was a necessary skill! This doesn't even take into account the usefulness of twisting fibers to create lengths of rope!
I'd like to use my very tiny platform here and offer a small incentive to make a donation to an organization that is doing really wonderful things for mothers and children around the world, specifically those affected by the wars in Syria and Iraq. I've designed a simple coloring page, it's listed on Gumroad
As I was tidying up the girls' room today, putting away the abundant stuffed animals, I thought it might be fun to do a Flashback Friday post with a small selection of the handmade toys I've made for my girls over the past several years. The blue and maroon haired mermaids are from a time when I was just learning to crochet, five years ago in Hawaii. It was too hot for crochet garments or blankets so I turned my eye to amigurumi.
Christmas, Yule, Solstice, however you refer to it, it's rushing towards us. As the buttons in our little advent calendar fill up the slots for each day, I'm beginning to do a little bit of panicking. This Waldorf doll I started in October for my soon-to-be-three-year-old is just barely nearing completion. She still needs a full outfit (though her sweater is on the needles and almost complete, so at least she will have a toasty torso).
Happy St Nikolaus day! The girls put out their stockings last night and awoke to some tasty treats this morning. This year is such a special year to celebrate the holidays as my almost-three-year-old can grasp so much more of the magic of the season than she has been able to in years past. We had planned to venture out into the cold for Gluehwein and holiday cheer at a local Christmas market today, but everyone in our house in under the weather.