what’s on the needles: park fun edition

IMG_3993IMG_3996IMG_4010IMG_4012IMG_4002I admit to being the sort of mama who doesn’t always enjoy going to the park.  I feel like getting ready to watch the kids play is too much effort.  I’d much rather stay in me pj’s and be barefooted while knitting inside and glancing out the window.   The thing about city life id that it’s not all about me, right?  I kids LOVE the park and so I must oblige them as often as possible.  This truly keeps us all sane.  Cabin fever is a frequent ailment these days.

I’m trying to be better.  Better at self-sacrifice, effort when I’m tired, letting them be kids, ignoring the fact that out seven brushes are never to be found, better at calm.  I’m attempting to train into my heart more slow, more thankfulness, more heart swelling moments of pleasure. More enjoyment.

After all there is always something to enjoy.

This day I enjoyed this:

Feeling proud of Josie Bean for all the physical accomplishments she had been though.  I’m proud of her for simply being able to ride her bike.

I feel happy to see the kids playing with friends at the park, and friends who share their super fun Christmas gifts such as hover boards.

I found excitement in watching a bunch of neighborhood kids use their imaginations.

I was surprised and joyful to watch my boys playing basketball with each other when they could’ve played with someone else.  They preferred each other!

I felt relaxed knitting in the warmth of the winter sun this beautiful pattern.  I look forward to wrapping up in this knit so very much.

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yarn along

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It’s back folks.  My knit mania that is.  I have worked on this blanket for years now.  It’s really turning into a beast.  It’s merely a scrap blanket.  I had some hats and such completed for Christmas, and that lead me to more bits to add in.  I’m loving the memories of gifts I see when I look at this blanket.  Some are from my first projects (which were quite ugly, I assure you).

On the night stand are some great reads.

The Three Musketeers I do love a good classic read.

Sacred Marriage  Not too far into this one, but I love the concepts so far.  Very deep.

Hinds Feet on High Places  I’ve already picked this preface apart on here.  I think you get that I’m into it :)

stripe the squares, baby!

I have finally finished new little babe’s blanket.  Here it is.   I love knitting.  I really really do.  So relaxing, yet still productive.  I hope you enjoy this pattern and good luck to you.

Abbreviations:

K= knit

P= purl

pm= place marker

sm= slip marker

R= row

CO= cast on

Materials:

3 colors of worsted yarn, 2 balls each

Size 10.5 round needles ( I used 26 inch)

The Pattern:

With main color:
CO 138. K 8 rows.

With color 2: (do same for each color every 14 rows)
R1-
K14,pm, P10, pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K10, P10, pm K10, pm, P10,pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K10, pm, P10, pm, K14.

R2- Knit all sts
continue with R1 and R2, slipping markers, for a total of 14 rows.

R 15- change to color 3.
K4, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, sm, K10, sm,P10, sm, K10, sm, P10, K4.

R16 Knit all sts

continue with R15 and R16, slipping markers for 14 rows, and alternating colors every 14 rows.

Repeat pattern (r1/r2 and r15/r16), alternating colors. Knit until desired length.

Finishing:
K 8 rows with Main color, Cast off, weavin in all loose ends.

Swaddle a sweet babe.