Unintentional Hiatus

If you follow this blog (all four of you), you’ve noticed a lack of activity in general and knitting in specific. There are reasons. Right now I’m finding that the everyday activities of holding down a job, keeping my children clothed and fed, and keeping house just enough to ward of the ant invasion that is constantly looming is taking everything out of me. Lest you think Mr Liu is a useless layabout (he’s not. He’s better at being civilized than I am. By a lot.), he’s got a new gig that has us working opposite hours so I’m regularly with the kids alone. I love them, but they are gross, exhausting and have something against sleep. Bless Auntie R who regularly visits on bath nights to lend an extra set of hands. Point is, as a result I kinda end my nights with hot chocolate and @midnight (which you all should be watching!) because it’s easy.

But I realized something is wrong. Something is missing. I don’t feel… happy. I thought it was just missing Mr Liu during the week (which I do), being a bit overwhelmed at work and at home (which I am) or a combination of those. And it is. But there was more.

Then Anna of Mochimochi Land fame sent an email. You see, I’m fortunate enough to be on her list of test knitters. I like getting a sneak peek at her newest creations and the challenge of looking at patterns critically. It’s fun. Anyway, Anna sent a request for test knitters for a tiny quartet (a post for another day). I volunteered. I’m not sure why. The timeline was extremely tight and I’m not exactly dripping with downtime. But I did. And I found what was missing.

Yarn. Knitting. Making things with sticks and string. It’s my non-beach happy place.

Duh.

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Darkness Turns Nine

My handsome little man turned nine today!

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Happy birthday, Darkness. You can have the fancy food tonight.

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Radio Science

These are the main reasons I haven’t been knitting and/or blogging.

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To be fair, it’s mostly the little one. He can sense me enjoying myself without him. It’s his superpower.

The Simpsons game I’m completely obsessed with. But, in my defense, it’s easier to play that with one hand than it is to knit.

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Yay for turkey!

Happy thanksgiving from Cass de Liu!

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Halloween In Progress

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The top hat on Syd there is part of LittleBoyLiu’s costume. More to come!

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Another Day

Another dish cloth.

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There are going to be a few of these leading up to Christmas. It won’t be exciting, but it will be knitting.

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Assembly Complete

So, I have a wee little squid.

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This little guy is knit up from Fibershed’s dye and knit kit. You may recall I dyed the yarn *mumbles date* ago.

It was a pretty simple knit. I think I have enough yarn left to make up a second one, though he may be shy a tentacle or leg. Next time I’m going to try to alter the pattern to be knit in the round because I hate seaming. Probably because I suck at it.

While knitting, I noticed that the yarn was a touch sticky. I think that means that I didn’t rinse the yarn well enough after the dye bath. I’d like to give dying my own yarn another go, though. Maybe another technique. I’ve seen Kool Aid used and that looks pretty easy (and inexpensive). I’d also like a redo on the summer dye bath method. Fibershed sells seeds for indego and coreopsis. Maybe I can convince Mr Liu to add one of these to our spring planting.

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