Hi, I'm Emily... army wife, mama to four unschooled children, and crafty chick. Life is passing by so fast, this space is my reminder to slow down, reflect, and for connection with others as well. Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to leave a comment!
This hat turned out to be so much better to knit up. The pattern is Turn a Square by brooklyntweed Yarns are Creatively Dyed Woodbrook 'Cheryl' (MC) and Noro Silk Garden '82' (CC)
Brady has a small head so I only knit about 4 inches before shaping the crown (rather than the five inches in pattern). This pattern is such a great, fast way to use up scraps that I will definitely be making more of these in the future.
I had been eyeing swell for a while, thinking it would be a good hat for my hubby, Brady. He likes to ski, and he wears hats a lot to keep his bald head warm. So I ordered some malabrigo from the loopy ewe and cast on when it arrived.
Sometimes... it helps to read up about other people's experience in using same patterns. Sometimes... it can save a lot of headache. And yarn.
The first frog I had cast on as the pattern said to intending to make a medium and realized after twelve rows that the hat would be too small. The second frog I cast on 88 stitches onto size 7 needles and realized after twelve stitches that it would be too small. And the third frog?
I cast on 88 stitches onto size 8 needles and got that far. I really thought it would fit, but when Brady came home and tried it on it was too small. I also realized that no way would that yarn be durable enough for a hat. I frogged and the yarn is set aside until I can think of a good use for it. ALso until I calm down from my frustration with the pattern (after reading on ravelry, I realize that I am not the only one who has had problems with swell... which is a shame, but doesn't make me feel as bad).
This past weekend was my daughter's birthday, and the last of my kids' birthday's for the year. I remember eight years ago being a new mother. I had spent so much of the previous nine months reading, researching, and preparing to start mothering the way I thought was most natural. I was such a planner, that I didn't realize until her brother came that she was the one that taught me more than any book had. She taught me to let go. That by being attentive to her, I would be able to give her what she needed.
I remember officially deciding that we would homeschool... unschool. I wondered how I would ever get to the point of having a rhythm to our days, seasons, years. It seemed so daunting. Little did I know that we would get there. Just living our days, we got there. It feels so good looking back on eight years, and on the rhythm we have created which, just by living, has manifested. There has been many ups and downs, many tears, many triumphs, and many doubts. There have also been the times that I have felt that I am on the right track... that this is exactly what we are meant to be doing with our days.