Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Making...

What's that you say?
Did I hear you say that, "She actually knit something?"
Yep, I did.  
Well, to be exact, I finished this sweater way back in June.  All it needed was the button.
It sat in my knitting basket all summer just daring at me to make a decision on button placement.
I went back and forth and finally settled on the option below
Bottom line: I LOVE this sweater.

Specs:

 This sweater was started over a year ago.
I had a difficult time with the first front panel and set it down to ponder my difficulties.
It sat for a long while as I pondered and knit other things.
 But then I got on a finishing spree and went to town on Nuss.  It's provided me with the right amount of attention that I did not get bored.
 The recommended yarn is Berocco Blackstone Tweed.
I had some Debbie Bliss Donegal Luxury Tweed sitting in my stash.
I swatched and it fit the bill.

 I had a hard time deciding on button placement. The original pattern calls for tiny buttons down the bodice.  Many of the sweaters that I looked at on Ravelry showed pulling when the buttons were attached.
My sister-in-law, Julie, helped me make my final decision   The button was found at an antique show/flea market this past summer.

This sweater will be worn a lot this winter.  It's has just the right amount of ease and the opening in front does not make for an overly warm sweater.
Just perfect!

PS: My photog was free and I had to go with the fact that my hair wasn't combed nor did I have any make-up on.  But, hey! I'm good with that. I'm just glad this sweater is finally finished!














Monday, October 15, 2012

5 things...

Yet again I've stayed away from this space for too long.  It's just that I thought with having teens I would have so much more time to do things for me, yet I find myself busier than ever. Along with that busyness, come the mother's worry of helping them along to good choices.  Some days it can be exhilarating and some days it's just plain exhausting. So what have we been up to:
 1. Second year of AP global social studies.  College level course given to sophomores and freshmen.  We are in round two of this hell.  We all hate this course for what it does to our family dynamics.  Matt's stuck with it because it's this or the water down version of the course.  No honors course to choose from.  
 2. Ryan gave up hockey this year. There are various reasons, but the main one is that he is just burned out at the age of thirteen.  I could get into the whole politics of the hockey program...but I won't, I want my Monday to be free of stress.
 3.  I'm struggling with time management.  It's been difficult as of late.  I think I have it all figured out and then something pops up and changes everything.  Having a hard time going with the flow.
 4.  I've started running again.  There is a young man on Matt's team that consistently comes in last every. single. cross country race.  Yet, when he crosses the finish line, he always has a smile on his face and he raises his hands in a salute.  It's inspiring to watch and gives me the motivation to plod on.
5. This is what I live with.

Enjoy your week everyone!