Around five years ago, when searching online for some ways to reduce spending on food, I stumbled on Mommy blogs.  At the time I was unequivocally grossed out to find out that one inspired blogger had shared pictures of a giant hair ball she’d extracted from her tub’s drain and another had given play-by-play commentary on her daughter’s potty training progress.  I understand that women at home with small children can lose perspective a bit, and I know that as a working mother I tormented my co-workers with a constant litany of information regarding every developmental stage of my two boys, but, thankfully, the whole blogging sphere was in its infancy and unknown to me at the time.  However, I’d like to think that despite my focus at the time, I would have been somewhat discriminating in choosing subject matter to share with the public.  For that reason (not wanting to share nasty details of my end-of-school-year chores), and a general end-of-school-year laziness, I’ve avoided my blog for a couple of weeks. 

But now, I’ve been out of school for two days, and after grueling hours spent packing books, a microwave, a fridge, and all sorts of craft odds and ends from my “mobile learning cottage” into boxes, so that the school custodian can actually see the floor, I have been busy shoveling out at home.  I have done a bit of knitting each day, but, ultimately, my brain is filled with plans of attack for clutter and my muscles are fatigued from disassembling a bunk bed and bagging mountains of worn-out or outgrown clothes.  (Right now, I have over nine garbage bags of stuff in the garage, and I'm not done with clearing out.)  I have a vision of me (after the junk is sent off or maybe sold at a yard sale) with a tidy, fresh-smelling house having some creative inspiration and designing some clever new knitting patterns or writing about some interesting fiber fair I’ve attended, but for right now my mind and energy are elsewhere.
I bought this kit at Vogue Knitting Live--it's
a super-easy pattern for a circular scarf, just right for my mindset
right now. 

Rather than ignore my blog entirely, however, I will share some projects on my needles.  Then, it’s time to take a break from housework and go to the knitting store.  I just checked Facebook and saw that my local shop, Cottage Yarn, has the new Noro magazine in stock.  I’ve been waiting for this. 
This is another easy, quick pattern.  It took one skein
of the Cascade yarn shown below to make a long scarf.
The pattern is a free design by Christine Vogel, available
on Ravelry

I've been working on a project that's a bit more complicated, but have only been knitting a few rows a day.  Here's a picture taken last week (it's almost done now but I have to take an updated picture): 

 This is project #15 in the spring issue of
Vogue Knitting.

 I started making this scarf for one of my younger son's after-school program teachers. The letters are the school initials. Through this process I've learned that navy blue worsted wool is impossible to find. I don't think the teacher will need this item this summer, though, so I can take my time looking for it


  1. I'm simply drooling over these amazing projects! The Cascade is amazing, I'm definitely going to be on the lookout for that colorway.

  2. You did make me laugh with your first paragraph! The freedom of blog-space to write about anything and everything is wonderful but as you say there are limits to what one wants to read about! I often catch up on my blog-reading over my breakfast which I tend to eat solo after everyone else has been equipped with what they need for the day and gone off. The prospect of opening up a post and being confronted by a giant hairball over my bowl of muesli to say nothing of your second example made me laugh and shudder at the same time!
    By contrast your knitting updates are perfect breakfast accompaniments! That Cascade yarn is just to die for. And the pattern you've chosen shows it off most beautifully. You say it's a simple pattern but that stitch looks complicated to me. On a scale of 1 -10, where 1 is really easy and 10 really difficult, what are we talking about here?!
    Glad I am not alone in needing so many projects on the go and you are so right, some of them need to be simple or it's just too much to keep in one's head at any one time. Enjoy your clearing out - I am with you on this. My house needs to have space and a clutter-free zone or two for the creative Muse to be free to dance. A fact that my fourteen-year old son hasn't quite taken on board yet. Go into any room where he has been and the Augean Stables come to mind! E x


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