23 February 2008
Pattern: Bookworm Sweater
Book: Miss Bea's Rainy Day
Yarn: Vintage 50% wool/50% alpaca from Kainoa
Needles: US6 and US8
I'm very pleased with the way this came out. Every time I knit something that needs a lot of piecing I have a hard time seeing that it will actually turn out nicely when put together. I have all these pieces, that on their own are not very useful, with pieces of yarn hanging all over the place. So messy. But put together, cleaned up, pressed. It's something I can look at and be pleased with myself for sticking with it. The yarn is a bit scratchy, but I think it's probably because it's fairly old. I'm going to wash it tonight and I'm sure that it will soften up. I'm afraid the sweater fits Caleb a little too well though. It won't fit him next year. I'm just glad that I got it finished before the cold weather is gone. I think the next sweater I make Caleb will be a cardigan though because I think they are so much more practical for little kids.
You might be wondering why I suddenly seem to have time to be crafty. Having Josef living with us has proved to be much more time-consuming than Shane and I imagined. I was talking to a dear friend who mentioned that I can't do it all. That at some point something would have to give. That got me thinking that maybe my dear Mom was on to something. Every time I mentioned to her that I was thinking about doing something new, she would comment about how I already had so many things on my plate. So I got to thinking about what I could possibly give up, to allow myself more time to concentrate on more important things. I decided to stop studying for the CPA exam. This makes sense in so many ways. The only thing that made it hard for me to let go was the feeling that I wasn't going to follow through on something I had started. You know, that feeling that you aren't strong enough to do it all. It sucks. But, I have to keep telling myself it's all in my head and the fact that I am happier now, should validate the decision I made. And when Mommy is happier, isn't the whole house happier?