My spinning mojo has really caught fire. After starting some singles out of 100% Romney last week, I spent all day Saturday playing outside with the kids and finishing the singles. I let them rest overnight and played the “mother’s day card” so I could drink wine and ply my yarn.
I really enjoy using my tensioned Kate. It helps prevent overspinning and having the singles fold back on themselves. The wine doesn’t hurt either!
One of my current coping mechanisms for this never ending pandemic is baking new and fund things. This week brings you my first ever peach cobbler. I had to make do with canned fruit but the family devoured it and declared it delicious!
Also, given that we are fully in February I feel the following meme sums up my month very well
As a belated birthday present myself I booked myself a spa night. I saved up all my birthday pennies and indulged in a 60 minute soak and 60 minute massage. IT WAS GLORIOUS.
I had solo access to the outdoor hot tub and sauna in a beautiful Japanese style garden. The air was cool and I could hear the wind rustling the trees. I basically melted into a puddle.
And guess what? You can totally knit in the sauna!! Of course your needs and stitch markers do get a little warm, lol. My Baby Blend Basic Hat did grow another inch before I dissolved into complete sweaty relaxation. That and I had to stop because I a now ready for the crown decreases.
Bifrost continues to be my main focus here lately. I took some time this week to relax after the kiddos went to bed. I had squishy garter and Murder She Wrote on the TV. It was wonderful.
Love me some Jessica Fletcher. And man, do the 80s and 90s bring back some memories and nostalgia. (I’m old but no so old to have watched this originally but I did watch re-runs after school.)
I’m starting to see pops of teal showing up in my minis. So I’m getting through the neutrals and progressing to some full blown tonal teal minis at the end. I’m intrigued to see how the “fade” progresses.
Like many others during the pandemic I have been accidently/inadvertently growing out my hair. I think I have had two hair cuts in 15 months? But I am kind of digging having long curly hair. But it has come with its challenges so I decided to try some new health care/self care treats.
After hearing about Prose on many a podcast, I made the leap. (Disclaimer: I am not sponsored and this is not an ad. I am just looking for ways to break out of my pandemic funk.) I took the quiz and came out with shampoo, conditioner, moisturizing mask and curl cream.
No clue if this will make my curls more manageable but it sure smells nice and feels decadent when I apply it. So if nothing else, its a great mood booster to start my day!
I have found my happy place. The kids are asleep, the fire is roaring and I have a warm wooly blanket in my lap. I’m still cranking through my Baby Dreams Crochet blanket.
I counted and I have completed six out ten skeins in this blanket. And I think my tension is getting better and I’m maintaining my stitch count in the blanket so the blanket should be more square than tapered. I’m still getting used to crochet so I am happy with my improvement from my first few blankets.
And with all the chaos in my job, the world and having two kids. I find something very cathartic to light a first and listen to the crackle and pop while the flames dance away. Not to mention my tootsies feel nice and warm!
One of my greatest skills is something I call “procrasti-cleaning” aka cleaning or organizing something in my life so as to avoid work or a task I really don’t want to do.
This week’s target? My home office. I had been collecting boxes and files just on the floor under my counter and it was annoying. So a few dollars at online Wal-Mart and some pictorial assembly instructions I have a five cube shelf. I have just enough space for my bags to the side and all the junk from the counter now lives nice underneath.
The cleaner and more organized space really helps me feel calmer and more productive. And then I can usually get back to the task I was avoiding. Anyone else out there have skills like this?
I decided to give myself a mini vacation this past weekend. With the rising cases of COVID I had to cancel some pretty fun plans. And then our hot water heater broke last Thursday so we didn’t have hot water for four days. So I rounded up all my favorite self care items, kissed my kids and hubby and retreated to the basement last Saturday night.
I had wine, my pedicure tools, face masks, my latest book, animal crossing and more knitting than I could possibly handle in one evening. It was glorious! I watched a rom com TV show and just zoned out from all responsibility.
I snapped this photo a week or so ago. I was soaking in the last heat wave before temperatures started falling towards more Midwestern Fall appropriate range. We had a week of 95 degree plus temperatures and I was melting outside with the kids as they swang and swam merrily along.
I decided to do a little self care after the kids went to bed I headed back to the kiddie pool with wine, a good true crime podcast and SOLITUDE. I spent 45 minutes floating and watching the sunset. No one was screaming “MOMMY!!” or climbing all over me. I may have scared the neighbors with my true crime obsession but I came out the other side much more relaxed.