Craft Tote Week 1

One week in to the craft tote, and so far it has been a success. I thought I would share what the kids picked as their crafts this week. You will notice that I use the term craft very loosely – I often use it for activities they love and I don’t enjoy (like painting fingernails).

The kids painted a tea set. The paints in the kit had dried up, so we used tempera paint. The paint won’t last, but neither will a ceramic tea set. I made playdough for the kids. I’m not a playdough fan, so this counts as a craft. They used chalk rollers, which only worked for about five minutes, but were worth the money spent on them because the kids fill them with water to “clean” things in the backyard. They did stained glass chalk – I taped out random shapes with tape and they colored them in. It was a huge hit, and we will do it again as soon as we have more tape. We painted their fingernails and toenails. They painted with water.

I’m surprised at what they picked. I assumed the teapot would be picked right away, but didn’t think they would touch the painting with water until we reached the bottom of the tote.

The kids love the tote, and tell me every day what they are going to pick next. It has been a wonderful addition to our time at home.

March Reads

I haven’t been in the mood to read. I’m more interested in sitting around doing nothing. I’m using the gift of extra time at home to soften my focus. I managed to read three books in March. I was in the middle of an excellent book when the COVID 19 crisis hit the States, and I haven’t picked it up in weeks. I don’t have the focus for books.

The Two-Date Rule by Tawna Fenske. This is a cute romance. I would like this to be a series, as I want to learn more about the characters. I’ve found that when I read a book AJ recommends I’m not disappointed in it. I give this book two out of five stars.

The Bad Mothers’ Book Club by Keris Stainton. This book, about a group of moms who aren’t part of the cool mom group at school drop off, is predictable and fun. You don’t have to think much about this book, which was perfect for March. I give this book two out of five stars.

The Likely Resolutions of Oliver Clock by Jane Riley. Oliver is a late 30s funeral home director who is stuck in life. He loses love. He doesn’t stand up to his mother. He learns to find his way. I really enjoyed this book. I give this book three out of five stars.

In April I’m going to try to read a little every day. Have you been reading?

FO Friday

I finished the Hitchhiker. I enjoyed knitting this. The ease of a garter stitch project was just what I needed. I used pink and orange tweed from my stash. The label was lost long ago, so I have no idea what brand it is.

I tried it on. It is not me. I might try to keep it to use it as a scarf. It is far more likely that I will put it in my gift bin and wait for the right situation to present it as a present.

Did you finish anything this week?

March Blanket Progress

Audrey requested sparkly yarn in her blanket, so I bought a skein of black sparkly yarn from Yarn Geek. I love how the checkerboard design looks. This blanket is fun to knit, and I think I’ll be making all of my future scrap blankets checkerboard.

WIP Wednesday

Dear Blogville,

I’m not handling this time well. I keep baking. I’m putting all of my mental strength into keeping the kids days as normal as possible. I don’t have the mental energy for difficult knitting.

I usually have a lot of rules around my knitting. I cast on my scheduled project every month. I don’t have too many cast ons. I knit with my normal color palate and don’t stray from that.

In the time of COVID-19 I’m letting go of that and just knitting what I want to knit. For some reason what I want to knit is a pink and orange tweed hitchhiker. To say that the yarn is out of my wheelhouse would be an understatement. The pattern, a shawlette, is something I won’t wear. Yet it is all I want to knit.

I had a lot of trouble getting started with this project. It’s not difficult, and under better circumstances it would have been a breeze. I texted Jess a lot of questions, because I remember her knitting about 8 of these shawls. On a zoom call last week I mentioned that she had made tons of hitchhikers. She told me she had only made one. I was way off, but it did make sense why she seemed to be confused I was asking her so many questions.

What are you doing for yourself in these difficult times?