Friday, June 19, 2015

Currently...

Currently....

- taking it easy on my body and letting it heal.  Five and a half week's ago I had surgery on my stomach to add mesh to help prevent future hernias.  My doctor had told me this was going to be a major surgery and would take a min of 6 weeks of recovery...I'm closing in on six week's and while I feel better...I still don't feel healed.  I need to let myself heal.
- taking the 30 day push challenge by Chalene Johnson.  If you haven't heard of this before, check it out here.  I came across this challenge through one of the blogs I read...sadly I can't remember which one.  I'm only on day 3 but I am excited to focus my goals and todo list to help balance my life.

- enjoying summer!  Summer weather is in full effect and while our air conditioner is running constantly and hating life, the rest of us our enjoying the activities summer brings.  The best is spending time at our neighbor's pool enjoying the water and having a blast!

- gearing up for a long road trip with our girls to visit family!  We've got a house and pet sitter all lined up and just have to get all our bags packed to spend time with my in-law family.  So excited!

-focusing on savoring the moments...with my girls, with my husband, with my friends, with my family, and with myself.  Really focus on just enjoying and being in that moment.  As a planner, this if often hard for me but it's one of my focuses.

- searching for my knitting mojo...it has disappeared and I can't seem to locate it.  The cure is often to find a new irresistible project to work on but don't even have the brain power for that yet.  Need to make a list...and then go from there.

This list could go on and on but we'll stop there. 

What are you currently *?

Friday, May 8, 2015

This moment- sisters!

{this moment} – A Friday ritual from Soule Mama.  A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your “moment” in the comments for all to find and see. 


 

I've been a bit quiet on this blog lately as I just keep going back and forth on where I want to go with it.  I've been blogging in this space for almost 9 years!  I love it and don't want to stop but not sure where I want to go with it.  I think I might do a rebranding...but we'll see.  I have some ideas. 

Friday, April 3, 2015

This moment - Grandpa Love!

{this moment} – A Friday ritual from Soule Mama.  A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week.  A simple, special, extraordinary moment.  A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.  If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your “moment” in the comments for all to find and see. 

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

5 common sayings that apply to both knitting and life

 1 - One Stitch at a time or One Day at a time

When you are knitting, it's often helpful to focus on one stitch/row/project at a time.  You can easily get overwhelmed by a project when you look at the whole sweater of thousands of stitches or when you are faced with an "area 51" full of unfinished projects...but if you take each stitch or row or project at a time, you can easily see how you will end up with this beautiful finished object.  This is similar to life in that when you look at all that you need to get done or all the plates you are trying to keep in the air, it's often easy to get overwhelmed and think it will all come crashing down.  However, if you simply look at each task individually and focus on what you can do now and not worry about the long list of todos but just the one, you feel like it can be accomplished.

2 - Focus on the bigger picture or Focus on the whole project

This is the very opposite of the first one but this often helps keep things into perspective.  Sometimes we get so focused on the one stitch we can't figure out or the one issue in our life that is stressing us out the most that we often forget to focus on the big picture.  In knitting, when we only look at one line in a pattern or one stitch, we can't see how it works with the others. We sometimes have to stop and look at how it will flow into the rest of the stitches so that we can see how it will effect the next stitch or row, which would help us figure out how to do the individual stitch causing us the trouble.  This can benefit us in life by reminding us that life is so much more than dishes, laundry, traffic...our relationships with others are so much more than one interaction. It also can help us when we are faced with something that didn't go the way we had planned.  I often talk about God's big plan for our life.  While I can't see that big plan or know what it entails, all the little things that I do or things that happen to me all are part of it.  I don't know what God has planned but I do know that it's wonderful and so much bigger than I can even dream.  Just like all those little stitches add up to a sock or cardigan.
3 - Trust the Pattern or Trust God/Your Gut/Your Heart

Many times patterns can be confusing when we read through them.  There is a new technique or we just can't visualize what they are trying to have you do...this is when you have to just break it down and do one action at a time and trust that the designer knew what they were doing.  Don't get me wrong, designers can make mistakes so trusting them might cause you to make a mistake but to start you just need to go through the motions and trust it will work.  This goes for life to.  Sometimes we worry too must or over think situations but sometimes you just have to trust it will all be okay.  You just have to blindly go forward and trust your gut or your heart.  Sometimes you just have to say God this is in your hands and go forward.  Just like the pattern will, your life will all work out just fine.  Side note...don't get me wrong...both life and the pattern will need some work for it to magically work out but you have to have faith and trust that it will and let that trust guide your actions.
4 - Practice makes perfect

Now this is a no-brainer!  It goes with pretty much everything in life and knitting.  Unless you practice something, you will never get better.  And yes...I know sometimes you never will get perfect at somethings but unless you practice you will never get any better.   When I'm teaching new students to knit, I often tell them knitting is about muscle memory.  It takes 5-10 minutes a day to teach your hands what to do.  If you want to accomplish something in life, you need to dedicate some man power or brain power to that thing.  If you want to be a better mom, you have to think about what you envision a better mom to look like.  Then focus on doing that 5-10 mins a day and then it will become second nature.
 5 - You are not in this alone

I'm not sure what I would do without my knitting friends or mommy friends or our family.  Having someone to encourage you through a project or help you decipher what that designer was trying to say when they said whatever it is in the pattern is a huge help.  Knit-A-longs are so popular because it helps when you are knitting the same pattern at the same time as someone else or in many cases a group.  You may have that same issues come up and can support each other through. It's also helpful to have people around to see what they are knitting and enable you.  In life, having a support system is vital!  I don't know what I would do without my family and friends.  They have stepped in to help in so many ways I don't even know where to start.  Even right now, we have friends and my FIL helping my husband replace our roof.  Literally they are helping put a new roof over our heads!   
Something I've come to realize lately is that I need to foster my relationship with my mommy friends.  Just as Knit-A-Longs are great for support, so are having friends who are going through the same stage as you are.  Especially because sometimes parenting feels very lonely.  Having someone say "me too!" is something that everyone needs sometimes.  Especially when we are all in the thick of it.

Happy Knitting and Living!

What sayings do you think apply to both?

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Masterpiece and a new design: Diamond Transitions Hat

As I've mentioned before, I have started teaching classes at my local yarn store Stash - A place for yarn.  I began with teaching a toe-up afterthought heel sock class, which inspired publishing a sock pattern for my students.  Next request for a class topic was a color work class.  Color work is one of those techniques that often scares people because it looks so difficult but in reality it's not.  When planning for the class, I decided that I wanted to design my own hat pattern to teach from.  I had never designed a chart or a hat pattern but I'm very excited about what came of it.  Hope you enjoy it too!

Diamond Transitions Hat

My finished Project details
Pattern: Diamond Transitions Hat by Natalie Martinez Rush
Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight in Currant and Callalilly
Cast on date: Jan 22nd, 2015
Finished date: Jan 27th, 2015
Notes: Ever since I knit the stockings for my family, I have come to love knitting colorwork and how it looks.  I was asked to teach a class and I figured this was the best time to try my hand at designing a hat to teach colorwork with.  I had so much fun playing with this chart!  I really wanted it to transition into another color as I love how that effect looks.  Once the pattern was set in my head and the chart on paper, this hat knit up quickly!  Of course, now little Miss Carmen requested a pink one so while the pattern currently only has a size medium, I will be adding to the pattern as more sizes are fleshed out.  If you buy it now, ravelry will alert you when the pattern is updated!  So excited about how this came out and hope you enjoy knitting it if you choose to!
This pattern can be purchased via Ravelry by visiting this page here or the link below.

The pattern can also be purchased as part of a kit from my local yarn store Stash - a place for yarn.  The kit comes with a copy of the pattern and 2 skeins of Blue Sky Alpacas Sport Weight yarn in the colors of your choice. Special price of $20, plus shipping, US only.  She has a lot of options so please call the shop for further details.
http://stashstpete.com/

Happy Knitting!