Thursday, February 26, 2015

Yarn and meat

From this weekend onward, I got to work on knitting and crocheting up some partial skeins of Patons Roving yarn that I had leftover from projects/balls wound up from unraveled projects.  I made a hat for myself from this Purl Bee pattern, a pinkish hat for Evelyn where I was just kind of winging it, and the granny squares are going to be a tea pot cozy for Cody once I get finished with some seaming and fiddling around.

I also knit a hat for Ellis that used my brown and white scraps of Lion Brand Thick and Quick. Ellis currently only has one hat that fits him--okay, only one hat that I have made for him and I think that's all that matters--and I used the Split Brim Toddler Hat pattern that I love so much.

And I'm still plugging away on the sock yarn granny square blanket every now and then.  I'm up to 23 squares and I have a lot of tan yarn left. 


So.  The hat I made last night counts as getting rid of something for Lent.  And tonight I came home to find that Cody had used up the last of the frozen meatball mix (he got kind of carried away one time) and some cans of tomatoes for spaghetti sauce.  Man, I love when we store leftovers in the freezer and actually use them. So yay for using things up to make good things and yay for enjoying some tortellini with a different sauce!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Fits and starts

On Sunday night, Cody and I took on a bigger project of going through everything stored under our bed.  We threw out some papers, found some picture frames, added some books to our donation pile, and I went through some t-shirts for Evelyn.  Also, I had to wedge myself under the bed to replace a stander in the middle of the bed and nearly suffocated myself even though Cody was lifting the bed frame as much as he could without making the box spring mattress fall off the frame.  It was terrible, but cathartic to clear out some things I thought I'd already gotten rid of.

On Monday, Cody and Evelyn went through some boxes in her room.  Cody moved the crate that holds Evelyn's shoes, as well as the basket that holds her hats and scarves, to another part of her room that cleared up the flow of the room a bit.  When Evelyn was stalling sleep and sobbing hysterically at 11:30 last night, she said she wanted her room back the way it was and so I fixed it and then had to snuggle her for 30 or 40 minutes and sing Nickelback songs to her.

Tonight I went through the stacks of....whatever it is that gets piled up on my bedside table.  I put some of my books back on the shelf, found some more lotion (another fun discovery from cleaning out from under the bed: foot lotion! I'm going to have such beautiful feet!), and tossed some papers and placed some important copies of papers in a place where they're way less likely to get wrinkled or lost.

Cody thinks we should be fine to skip some weekdays and then schedule big projects for the weekends.  That just kind of fills me with a sense of dread and makes me want to procrastinate forever.  I like puttering in tiny fits and starts after Evelyn goes to bed. I do think some time soon we'll be doing a big going-through with her because she's very fixated on whether a toy is a baby toy or a big kid toy. 

This, for example, is a big kid toy.
She's apparently decided that anything that can even be remotely considered to be a baby toy needs to go to Ellis.  It looks like she's ready to move on!  I'm kind of excited, but also feel like maybe I should apologize to Laine.  Because girlfriend is feeling generous and Ellis is about to get some loud and obnoxious things.  And also several pairs of little girl pajamas.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Behind the TV

Last night, we went through our bathroom cabinets and drawers.  Tonight we went through the stuff behind the TV.  I didn't take before and after pictures because that's incredibly boring.  It's boring enough to tell you that we cleaned behind our television and underneath the table it sits on.  Cody had suggested cleaning under our bed, but I think that should wait for a weekend. 

When I came home from work today the apartment was halfway covered in space stuff.  Story time at our little library had been all about space, and since Evelyn was the only one to show up she got to bring home the jet pack.  I think the space helmet craft was for everyone.

 Also, there is a string tied to the ceiling fan that connects to the corner of our table so that Evelyn can fly a rocket around.  It's fantastic.

This is the stuff I want filling up my home.  I went ahead and started another blanket just because I've known how I wanted to make it for quite a while now.  My life is full of stressors right now and starting new projects makes me happy.  It doesn't bother me right now to have several half-finished projects all over the place, and I think this will go pretty quickly.

I could use the instant gratification, and I think this will look nice over the back of my office chair.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Lent in progress

Would you believe I started crocheting granny squares out of sock yarn before the snow and ice hit?  Because this seems like the kind of thing a person does when they get cabin fever.

But no.

I started crocheting granny squares with sock yarn a couple of weeks ago as part of a craft challenge where we're supposed to use up stash yarn.  I have an oddly large stash of sock yarn for someone who doesn't like knitting socks, but I grabbed up a lot one time when Leisure Arts was doing a purge and I figured I could use it for some other kinds of projects.  The brown squares you see are yarn I bought myself to crochet a shawl.  I didn't want to finish it, so I haven't.  Instead, I've unraveled it and a few other projects to use up all my sock yarn in solid colors and an F hook. 

Oh yes.  That's solid colors only.  And it's just your standard ol' Patons.  The multicolored and/or fancy stuff is still sitting in a box, all safe and ready for more fun.  I think I have ten squares' worth of yarn left and then I'll have a small throw.  I like starting throws.  It's probably my new favorite thing, which would explain why I started a garter stitch blanket out of some bulky yarn scraps a couple of hours ago. 

I am not a Lent person.  Cody is.  We were talking over dinner about ways to observe Lent and I tossed out the idea of decluttering for Lent.  Because I know people usually go without something to reflect on sacrifice and be more mindful, but I like the literal idea of cutting things out.  With a growing girl and busy schedules, we catch our small space filling up with things we can't enjoy pretty quickly.  I'm not trying to be flippant about Lent and sacrifices (just wanted to put that out there because I'm occasionally pretty flippant about Catholicism, but mostly because I saw someone being kind of belligerent on Facebook about Protestants observing Lent and now I'm nervous), but I did really enjoy making a granny square a day for Advent before holiday crafting took over.  There's something nice about doing an activity to help you reflect on something. 

It's a super busy time of year, and I like the idea of being more mindful.  I'm hoping that once Easter gets here, we'll feel a little lighter and more grateful and ready for spring.  It's easy to focus on what we don't have, but I know going through all the things we do have always helps me be more grateful.  I want to make space for things that we love (or just be able to find them!), and pass on the things we don't need.  I'm not sure quite how we'll do this, but Cody liked the idea.  Maybe he just liked it because I'm trying to participate in something that's important to him.  Maybe he just wants to find the sleeping bag I told him we have somewhere in the house.  Our goal is to go through a space each day.  I think tonight we'll go through the cabinets in the bathroom and throw away things that are expired or mostly used up and take stock of what we need.  Cody decimated our first aid supplies last week when he sliced off the tip of  a finger using a mandolin slicer--but good news! He tossed the mandolin slicer!  (It felt gross to think about donating it knowing how many times he's bled on the poor thing.)

So I think I'll try to post about it here and there.  I'm usually in a constant state of decluttering--5 scrap yarn blanket projects and counting!--but I like the idea of us doing something together in a focused way for a certain amount of time.