Thanks, once again, to Ginny for hosting the Yarn Along. It's always a pleasure to participate.
Life has been so busy. I cannot wait for school to start so there's a return to rhythm in life. I feel like everyday I'm running someplace else, and all with very good reason. I see Knut getting into his warp speed of being social, and I've come to realize over the years that he gets chunks of time with people, and then there are chunks of weeks or even months where he can't hang out with our friends ever due to work. So we're having people over, or going out with people, or going someplace just the two of us or volunteering here or there it seems almost every day.
Combine that with the garden mass producing at this point of the season, and the fact that I took on a custom diaper order this month, and you've got one busy mama. It's all good stuff. It's just a lot of good stuff.
That is the reason why I don't have a lot of knitting and reading done. I have gotten a bit of knitting done when Knut and I have been watching movies after the kids are in bed. That's another thing that we only get to do seasonally. This may just look like the difference of adding a sleeve to the "Dirk" sweater, but in reality, the cap to the shoulder was done no less than 3 times. It was good, though, because I learned something with each mistake. I learned how to pick up stitches along the garter stitch edge which can be trickier than a stockinette stitch edge, in my opinion. I fiddled with a few short row techniques, and I measured, and measured and measured. In all honesty, I think I'm going to redo this arm one more time...
Elias is trying on the sweater much more willingly these days as he understands now that it will actually be a sweater. He smiles now when I try it on him and says "Mine?! Mine?!" I'm making the sleeves about an inch too long because I'm hoping the sweater will make it through the winter. We'll see.
Aaaaand the thing that always happens to me when I'm 3/4 of the way through making a new pattern has started. The notes for the next pattern has started. If I could, I'd wait until after this one is all done, but when the newer design is constantly pushing towards the front of my brain, it's so much easier to write it down, so that I can then focus on the pattern at hand.
O, and I've read about 2 little chapters of Silje's school book "Frindle." I'm not far enough to give an opinion, but I can say that I've read a little. I've also been reading a few articles in the Wall Street Journal every few days lately. Many articles have been fuel for lots of blog posts that have started. I have 5 probably pretty boring ones I'm working through now (though not really. They're just sitting there) because of what I'm reading there.