Monday, August 25, 2014

There it is

The granny square blanket is done. I was worried the vintage yarn wouldn't last for the dimensions I wanted for this blanket, and I was right. So, I got out my markers and graph paper and came up with a plan. Luckily there was also some white yarn in the bag, so I used it to fill in what I couldn't continue in the pattern I set.

I like it. I'm not sure what I'll do with it.

The first week of Pre-K went smashingly. James had started to argue with me about 20 minutes before school on day two. I finally told him that he was going, & that was the end of it. Once we pulled into the lot, he was fine, and even a little excited. When I picked him up he declared that he loves his school, and that I am a good mommy for making him go.

So, I'd say that's a win.

A new granny square project, that I've dubbed the "Lisa Frank", because the bright colors bring forth happy memories of my childhood, which was chock-full of Lisa Frank stationary, etc. 

Then there is also this:

I may have fallen down a crochet rabbit hole. I cannot decide what I want to knit. I don't feel like finishing my socks in progress. I have some sweaters que, but it's too hot around here to have a lapful of wool. I have some adorable little critters to make, but I need to do some yarn shopping yet for them.

This is it.

Today is the big day! Today is James' first day of Pre-K. This summer we have had a lot of problems with seperation anxiety. Things did start to look up after we toured his school and met the teachers. 

This weekend he's been telling me about all the cool stuff he's going to get to do at school. But, he seems to think I'm going too, even after I tell him that I'm not.

So today when it was time to go, he told me no. Very calmly. Then he got in the car, and the whole drive to school he told me he was not doing this. We walked into the building and he hit full meltdown.  

I gave him a hug, and a kids, reminded him that Mom always comes back, then I peeled him off of me and walked out.

Later on, the teacher texted me this photo.

While he was away, I spent my glorious free time cleaning up and smuggling out all the toys, etc. for donation. Something that is quite impossible when the kids are always with you.

It's an exciting life here, I must say.

When it was time to pick up James, I drove in a little early, and watched from the lot while he played on the playground. He was so excited to tell me about his day, then asked when he goes back.

Thank goodness.

Monday, August 18, 2014

It's going to be ok.

I'm still working on the granny square blanket. I'm hoping to have it ready for a border this week.

This week we tour James' school and hopefully get him excited about going. We've had some seperation anxiety issues this summer. In fact, this is what happened last time we talked to him about school.
So this is going to be a challenge for all of us.

I have to say though, I'm very much looking forward to a few hours a week by myself. 

Tuesday, August 12, 2014


So I've been distracted lately. I can't seem to decided on my next knit project. Anything I want to make, I do not have the yarn budget for, (had to buy a new car, you know) and those projects I can make, I'm just not feeling at the moment. We won't even mention the bag of started socks that I don't feel like working on either.

As I had mentioned before, August brings family reunions to these parts. Nate's Aunt brought me a box this year. It was full of various craft projects. One in particular, caught my attention. In the box were various balls of yarn and a few crocheted granny squares. They called to me. I had no choice. 
Now the box only contained about forty finished squares. So I've been busy making more. I'm not sure the yarn will hold out, so I'm about to get a little creative in the layout. Right now I'm assembling from one corner to the opposite corner. I'm just thinking the yarn is not going to last, so I may need to get a little creative with the other two corners.
The question is, what will I do with it when it's done? Do I keep it, gift it, or sell it?

Monday, August 11, 2014


When I rebooted the blog, I had intended on posting once a week. I've already failed. Heh.

The news on my car was initially not very bad, but upon further investigation, the news became grim. So, I have been without a car for most of July. 

We decided our best option was to buy a new car. We had bought the Nissan new in 2005, and it had been a great car. The only issue I had with it in nine years, was the AC developed a leak a few years ago.

So we sold the car, and bought a new one a couple weeks ago.
Our 2014 Honda Accord.

Now you would think that being stuck at home, I would have a lot done to show you, but I don't.

August brought in two family reunions, it brought Jess home from visiting my folks, & today it brought the first day of school.
My big, bad, eighth grader.