Monday, August 13, 2012

A Secret Knitting Project!!

The secret is out at last! In a whirlwind of needles I managed to finish my husband's birthday gift in one day! This worked out especially well because he got an early flight home from training and arrived a day earlier than expected.

After pouring over hat patterns searching for the one that was just right (Goldilocks has got nothing on me) I came across Windschief by Stephen West. Now, you already know what a fan of Stephen I am from my earlier projects so I knew the hat would be a pleasure to work up.

And indeed it was. I used one ball of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino DK in Navy. The yarn was plied perfectly to give the crisp clean lines I knew my husband would love. I casted on and knit the entire thing on size 7 DPN's instead of casting on in 6's and switching to 7's after the brim. This may be why I used a lot less yardage than the pattern anticipated. However, the hat fits both his very large head and my slightly smaller than average one.

I can't express how much I love it, see for yourself!

 




See? I can't get over how sharp it looks!! Hope you have a great day!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Evolution of a Freddy

I began a fish yesterday! A fish with the sole purpose of keeping his little friend Aidan's head warm!

So I dug out some leftover Spud & Chloe Sweater, from Evey's barnyard set...

and beginning with red "firecracker" lips casted on.

Not long after the colors began to flow.

I used crayons to plan out my color pattern, but the width of the stripes were very much improvised. Balancing working the blue "Splash" in, while not making it look like the base color was tricky, but ultimately it all played out okay.

He's nearly done, Aidan has named him Freddy and I can't wit to get some pictures of them playing together!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Preparations

Apologies for the lack of continued WIPs yesterday! We had technical difficulties...

We did get some things accomplished around the house though! My husband is getting ready to go away for training next week. He will be away for a week, and I'll be home with the kids. A few people ask me how I deal with separation, how I prepare for it, and how do I talk to the kids about it. I figured this would be a good week to touch on these topics!

Today I can tell you about preparation, because that's what mode I'm in!

This training stint is a short one so we're able to get most of our ducks in a row before he even leaves. I like to start by going grocery shopping, stocking up on quick-fix meals (Stauffers Lasagna, Chicken Nuggets, Frozen Pizza, but a nice variety) so I can spend more time with the kids and less distracted in the kitchen. My kids -Evelyn especially- are still small enough that they get into big problems when left unattended, and even get hurt.

Next I plan out all of my meals for the period of time Kevin will be away. By planning out this, I can just glance at my meal schedule and pull out what I need, no thinking needed! Like I said, this is easy to do for a week, but when he goes away for longer periods of time things are very different. A meal plan for 3-6 weeks would be too structured, even for me!

After the food part, extreme Laundry mode commences! We start by washing all of the clothes that will be going with my husband. Uniforms get special attention, updating patches, pressing seams, and shining boots. After that, every piece of clothing in the house gets cleaned. This way I always have something clean on hand during the day (which in a perfect world would be the case anyway, but I'm no perfect housewife) in case of "accidents".

I then like to plan out activities for the kids. By knowing the plan each morning I can map out their day for them when they get up and it gets them excited. They miss their Dad, but the anticipation distracts them a bit. We go for walks, draw with sidewalk chalk, go to the park, walk the mall, have marathon coloring book days, & loads more! All in all, it's about distraction. At night we can Skype with Daddy when he's training, when he's on boats this is far less likely. The kids get to to tell him about their day and say their goodnights.

Lastly, a whirlwind of maintenance takes place. The lawn gets mowed, grill cleaned, trash cans hosed out. We also take the cars in for brakes checks and oil changes.Time is requested off from work, paying a sitter isn't worth the trouble when I just work in retail. Plus, I like the quality time with them!

And that's getting ready, at least on the practical side, emotionally is a bit tougher. Fortunately, this is a brief trip, so the heart won't ache too terribly!

Hope this was interesting and/or helpful!