...Cleaver that is... and I'm okay with that! With all of her glorious motherly ways.
I want to be the mom who bakes, sews and knits.
The only issue is... I don't really do any of those things well, so here's me sharing with you all my 101's.
Laugh with me or at me, I don't care. I just hope I can evolve during this process!

Sunday, 10 April 2011

Storing the Knitting

Its tradition.
To keep your knitting in a handy little basket or bag at your feet with all of your projects!
Isn't it?
Or is this just another reason for me to shop?

Even the Stitch 'N Bitch book has a pattern to make one.

Here are a few I found that are too adorable!

Jenna Rose Etsy Shop


Charity Eugair Etsy Shop


 Joyce Makes Art found this great one on Etsy too:
Flip.Skip.Jump! Etsy Shop

Get Your Gauge On!

I've tried to learn to knit about three times in my life. Each time I learn how to cast on, knit and purl and well... then I don't continue and forget it all over again. The person who has taught me each time is my mother. She's been knitting for about 30 years so being in a room with her while she knits sounds like this... "snip, snap, snip, snap, snip, snap, snip, snap..." of the needles. She will watch TV, a movie or just clack away as a passenger of a long drive in the car. She barely has to look down.

Here's what I sound like knitting "Sssssssnip, slash, dammit, swwwwwish............. son of a motherless... what the heck happened?!"

I have a very simple pattern. But I don't have my mother here in person so I'm learning the basics from the Stich'N Bitch book. Its very handy. Having said that I would have been able to 'cast on' much quicker with my mother here. It probably took me 30 minutes with only illustrations from the book and a toddler jabbering away. I may blame the toddler a lot. Great scape goat! It was FIVE cast-ons that took about half an hour... not just one by the way.

To help me learn my mom sent 2 skeins of yarn and a circular needle and this Lion Brand pattern:

The baby blanket is knit in a diamond shape so you start at a point.
The directions look like this:
k3, yo, k2
k3, yo, k3
k3, yo, k4
k3, yo, knit to the end of the row up to 207 stitches.
WHAT THE WHAT? I thought this was a simple pattern!

If you know how to knit its the simplest thing ever. So I look in the book as to what 'yo' means... "yarn over" and its easy. Just wrap the yarn around the needle once without 'knitting' to give yourself a hole so its a bit of decoration to the edges.
Yarn Over Result

All I have to do is remember to do this after three knits. Right. I found myself five knits in and that I had forgotten some times! For the love of... And then I tell my mom who says "oh you just rip it out then and start the row over."

PFFFFFTTT. Yeah right. Like I would even know where the dropped stitches are afterwards! Forget it. So I missed a couple y'o here and there.

Let's just get right to it and show you how the blanket looked after two hours...

I started at a corner of the blanket but 'corner' shape is obviously optional for me.

And up close it looked so awful. Messy. ROOKIE!

A few days later. You can kind of see the yarn over effect on the edges.
Then my mom's suggestion is not to worry so much about counting stitches to know when to start tapering again but as this pattern asked for two skeins of yarn, that I just start tapering before I'm a few yards finished on the first ball. So easy. But have you seen the size of the ball? (above) This is going to take me awhile! Which is what I need. Did I mention that finally learning to knit again is because I'm 34 weeks pregnant and on bed rest since 32 weeks? I needed something I could do laying down! Now - try chasing your toddler who's just run off with the ball.

Maybe by the end of the blanket I'll get a rhythm with my gauge... cause right now I don't and my left pointer finger tip is tender from pushing the right needle out on the knit since its so tight sometimes! What a whole lotta stuff to go awry! And that's why I thought I'd blog it all. Laugh at myself and my rookie mistakes!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Why is there yet another blog on the net?

It all started with bed rest. Or maybe that was just the tipping block. It actually started with this Robin Hood Flour commercial.

I had those memories! My mom bakes. My mom sews. My mom knits for us too. And gosh darnit, I want to do those things for my kids! But I've just never tried hard enough to tackle either one of those skills well enough to do without too much effort! Like when my mom knits, her needles speedily clic clack in this ridiculously hypnotizing way. HOW does she do that? I want to do it too.

And while I am still struggling to have a bit of the life I had before babies, I want to embrace this life as a mama that I have chosen! There will still be Queen West walks and hopefully outdoor concerts on the island in my future (to which I'll drag my kids) but at home I'm going to June it up!

So here's me publicly sharing my attempts at baking, sewing and knitting. 
*I do bake... the same thing over and over since I can do it right (banana bread/muffins). So lets see if I can expand a little. That's what my lovely new KitchenAid is for.
*Sewing; I have very basic skills but a new sewing machine can't be ignored (once I'm off my bed rest arse). Okay, its not new. My mom got it for me 2 Christmas' ago. I finally pulled it out this winter. You see why this will all be challenging?
*But knitting; that is definitely going to be the biggest leap! And lets see if I don't fall flat on my face... I hope not... I'd like my kids to have a not so scary mom to look at.

This is my challenge... stop talking about DOING things and just DO them!

I am NOT super mom!

I'm just a mom. I don't wake at 5:30am before the toddler wakes up to get tons done. Why oh why would I want to do that?! I need all the sleep I can get. Never mind being pregnant. A toddler is exhausting and then trying to focus at work... Ach. Just hope he doesn't grow up thinking I was a slob for not having a cleaner house!

However I know there are moms out there that can handle that kind of load and I salute you! Although I think you're bananas!