WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I missed last week, so there is a lot to update you on.

I finished the Sonora Sunset socks and the Wonder Woman Wrap. I haven’t blocked either. Tomorrow looks to be sunny, so I hope to get that done.

The only thing I’m actively working on is a pair of socks for Elliot to give Mary-Claire for Christmas. I’m using the simple SKYP pattern and knitting with Hawthorn hand painted in a colorway she picked out.  I had to make a run to Kansas City last week, so I was able to get a lot of knitting done in the car. I hope to finish the socks soon and then cast on the DK weight socks I was thinking about two weeks ago.

I have a 17 month old on my lap who is randomly pushing buttons on the keyboard, so I’m going to leave it here. What should I knit after the socks? I need inspiration!


WIP Wednesday

It is suddenly super hot here again, which makes it hard to reach for knitting. It is our local fall festival this weekend, and temps will be in the 90s. It sure doesn’t feel like fall. We’ve been outside a lot, but I have managed to make some knitting progress.

I have 12 rows left on my Wonder Woman Wrap. That’s about 4 hours of work. Because the rows take so long I’m concerned I’m going to get sick of it and throw it in a bag in my closet alongside my retirement cardigan. As a preventative measure I’m only doing three rows a day, so I never get totally disgusted with it. If all goes well next week I’ll tell you how happy I am to be done with it. The rows take a long time and it is garter, so it gets mind-numbingly tedious, but it is gorgeous and I really do love it.

My socks are moving along, slowly. I’m currently on the heel flap of the second sock. I think I’m going to try some DK slipper socks next. I’ve never made DK socks before, so I’m starting to look for a pattern. If you have any suggestions let me know.

Wish me luck in getting my wrap done, please.

WIP Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! I was able to get a lot of knitting in this weekend.

I finished my Halloween socks. I love how they look, but they are a little loose. I cast on a new pair of Felici socks for myself a few days ago and went down a needle size. I’m hope having a pair in each size will help me decide what size I should use for plain vanilla socks.

I finished all of the yellow on the Wonder Woman Wrap. I can’t wait to get started on the next section, but it will have to wait until I have the time to sit down and knit for a couple of hours straight. It is a short row section. Short rows, like turning the heel and picking up the gusset on the sock, are easier for me to do in one sitting.

I hope to start working on the cardigan again soon. It’s in the low 70s today, which means cardigan weather is fast approaching.

I hope you get lots of knitting done this weekend!


Sandal Disaster

Just last week I was telling you how much I love my Chacos. They are so comfortable and supportive I wear them every day.

Because I wear them every day they were in the line of spatter when Elliot was puking this weekend. I wiped them off and they looked OK. And then they started to smell. Like puke. All day long I could smell it.

I needed to clean them, but I had no idea how to do it.

National Margarita Day

I did what I always do when I have something I don’t know how to clean. I checked with Jillee. Would you believe she doesn’t have a section for removing puke scent from sandals?

When my Jillee search came up short I decided to try my go to technique when an item of clothing is in need of serious help – OxiClean. I soaked them in a bucket of OxiClean for a few hours and then rinsed them. They came out looking new. I would have taken before pictures so you could see their shocking transformation, but I didn’t know I would be cleaning them until they were covered with vomit, so I opted to skip that step.

I’m sure I’ll be washing my sandals again, but I hope it is never again for the same reason. Now that I know how dirty they were, even before the Elliot incident, I’m pretty grossed out that I was wearing them. I often fail to see the filth on the items I use every day. Please tell me that happens to you too.




I’ve always been a walker. It is my favorite mode of transportation and favorite exercise. Before kids I routinely walked every day (working in an office attached to the skywalk made walking year round a breeze). After Audrey was born I walked even more. Until I got pregnant with Elliot. Then I stopped walking. I was incredibly uncomfortable.

Last summer was not conducive to walking. Last summer was all about survival.

This summer has been different. We are no longer focused on surviving. We can breathe a little. We’ve been walking a lot. A whole lot.

In August I walked every day. All but three of those walks were with the kids in a stroller.

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Walking every day with an almost 1 1/2 year old and almost 3 year old can be difficult, but I’ve found 5 things that have helped us this summer.

  1. A good stroller. The importance of this cannot be overstated. For almost all of our walks we use our Bumbleride Indie Twin. I fell in love with our Bumbleride Indie when Audrey was a baby, and knew immediately that I wanted the double version when baby #2 arrived. The kids are comfortable in the stroller – they have individually adjusting seats, foot rests, and canopies. I adore that stroller. For walks at the zoo or when travelling I use a Maclaren Twin Triumph. It is harder to push than the dreamy Bumbleride, but it is small enough to fit in the trunk and the kids are always happy in it.
  2. Good shoes. For years I only walked in my running shoes, which meant adding time before we could leave for pulling on socks and shoes. When you are dealing with two small people you need to do what you can to streamline leaving the house. This summer I switched to walking in Chaco sandals. They are quick to pull on, and I look less dorky when we are playing at the park or shopping at the farmer’s market.
  3. Fancy water bottle. It’s summer. It gets hot. You need to stay hydrated. I spent most of the summer without a water bottle that fit in my stroller cup holder. I knew I wanted one that kept water cold, fit in my cup holder, and I didn’t have to stop walking to drink out of. I wound up with a 20 oz YETI. I like it so much I find myself drinking more water because I want to see how cold my water still is. Ice stays frozen for hours. It’s incredible.
  4. An ugly sunhat. I am not always good about applying sunscreen. Wearing an ugly hat protects my face and shades my eyes. It is ugly. It is dorky. It works.
  5. Entertainment. The kids would get bored if we just walked for 90 minutes, so we break it up. We visit Little Free Libraries. We walk to parks so they can play. We walk to the coffee shop. We shop at our local farmer’s market. We play I spy. We do more than just walk. Even on the days where I just want to walk.

I loved walking every day. I feel better. The sunshine has greatly improved my mood. The kids have loved it too. They seem to get along better in the stroller (Elliot being strapped in might have something to do with that).

Walking every day made it a commitment. Even if we only had 15 minutes we got out and walked. There were days when I really wanted to stay inside and avoid the heat, but I still got out, because I had committed to walking.

That commitment changed me. Today, after Elliot woke up from his nap and threw up on the couch and Audrey woke up with a low fever and a cold I did not want to walk. We stayed in and I let the kids watch too much Mickey Mouse. And then it was 4 pm and I couldn’t stand being inside one more minute.

I put the kids in the stroller and we headed out. We stayed close to home, in case Elliot got sick again. He was fine. Audrey was fine. They were happy. They were in the sunshine. They were checking out their favorite things to see on the walk – the chickens, the big flowers, the little library, and the fairy garden. We stayed out for over an hour. We all felt better because we walked.

I’m not sure if I’ll walk every day in September, but I am going to try. Winter is coming, I need to soak up the sunshine while I can.