I have conversations with you all in my mind all day. Every day. Everywhere I go. I'm always thinking of how "this" might work into my next blog post. Walking to the church to pick up afghan squares. Driving to the building center to buy shelving and knobs for the bathroom cabinets. Sitting in the bathroom watching the babies while they sit on the toilet as the water runs in the sink inspiring them to *tinkle*. Making the soup for my lunch. Virtually everything is blog content. I take way more pictures of stuff than you ever actually see because later I think "nobody really wants to know about this." As much stuff as I DO yammer on about it's hard to believe I really cull anything out that's not useable.
My Our life is a blog post.
With Emeline recently turning three, you know what most kids are doing around or before that age: potty training. She's been ready for longer than I care to admit. I'm the one that hasn't been ready for various reasons. Mostly I hadn't spent the time yet to babyproof the bathroom. So I started to work on the bathroom and yesterday we started seriously working on potty training. Every time someone goes in the potty we have a Potty Party! Yay! The Potty Party stats so far:
Lila Pearl: 5
Yep. I think I really did it this time. I'm starting too late with Emeline and now she's in a power struggle with me about it. Every thirty minutes I say "Let's go use the potty!" Lila Pearl drops whatever she's doing and runs to the bathroom ready to rock and roll! Emeline dryly says "No." She only sits on the potty when she wants to and she will be informing me when and if she's ever ready to actually tinkle or poop in it. Just before their nap she said she wanted to sit on the potty - and she did tinkle. She modestly informed me she had done so. We had our little Potty Party and I told her that when she goes on the potty all the time she can get a "big girl" bed and can go to pre-school with the big kids (starts in August). She smiled and quietly said "Yeah!" I need to relax about potty training her and just let it happen and let her think she's the one deciding.... because it appears that she actually IS the one deciding. She knows exactly what she's doing. Somehow the proper incentive will present itself and hopefully she'll be motivated to go all the way before it's too late to enroll in preschool. I took Emeline to see about enrolling for pre-school and they said that all students have to be completely potty trained. Emeline was not enthused about that part at all but she emphatically states that she wants to go to School with the big kids. Lila is probably just peeing because she happens to need to pee every time I sit her down. She's not telling me she did it - it's just there when she gets up. And Emeline loves cheering her on saying "Yay Lila Pearl! You did it! Potty Party!!" When Lila is on the potty and Emeline is refusing to sit on the potty Emeline is still cheering her on saying "You can do it Lila Pearl!" Pretty funny if you're not the Mama wanting Emeline to sit on the potty. :)
I'm dangerously behind on blog reading. If I'm not careful I'm going to miss out on something really important!! Just last night I was trying to catch up on a few random blogs and discovered that Emily is the Queen Mother of Dish Rag Tag. Why didn't someone tell me? Oh. It's really a good thing you didn't because we all know I'm a sucker for all things Emily (I wanna be just like her when I grow up) and fun swaps are so hard to resist.
Soooo.... yesterday I did part of the aforementioned administrative duties. I emailed the yarn company with my wish for yarn to be donated for seaming afghans. Please keep crossing your fingers and toes and knitting needles and all other crossables that they'll find this to be a reasonable and worthy and angelic cause for the donation. (\o/)
I did not do the data entry part. Instead I opened swap packages and knit on my Comfort Shawl. It's not really mine. But you know - at the moment it's my knitting. I'm getting ready to do the lace rows at the bottom and then the seed stitch border and I'll be done! Wow - that was fast! I don't think I'll have all the yarn used up but we'll see - that part might take more yarn than I think.
It seems that I report about swaps in twos. This time it's the Hogwarts Sock Swap (they're taking sign-ups for Round II now!) and Special Swap (yes, again!). I really do not know how I could have been blessed with the most wonderful swap partners ever - yet again. I have never EVER been paired with a bad swap partner. With all the stories I've heard about people never getting their swap package and their partners disappearing, etc.... it's never happened to me. Please, Swap Goddess, let me continue getting paired with the most wonderful swap partners ever. And I have one other little bit of sweetness to tell about which came with some afghan mail - a fun priceless little surprise.
HOGWARTS SOCK SWAP: I have received my package! And I have not yet mailed the package I'm making! GAH! The deadline is coming soon! The dear and lovely woman knitting for me is Line of 2 ret 2 vrang (what does this mean - knit 2 purl 2?) and she lives in Denmark! Isn't that COOL!? Line thought it was just the right thing to make not one but TWO pair of socks for me! Can you even BELIEVE that?? I opened the package and saw.... yes - Jaywalkers!! Beautiful Jaywalkers. As you might know, I have a history with Jaywalkers, and it really is not a pleasant one. For some reason I wasn't quite jiving with the Jaywalker pattern when I knit them and even though I finished them I wasn't very pleased with the results (that's one finished pair of socks I should have frogged, period - I did a bad job of knitting them). But Line is a fearless knitter - she knit Jaywalkers despite their reputation as a difficult sock to fit, especially to be gifted! And her fearless knitting came out absolutley perfectly. PURR-FECT-LEE. I could never have imagined loving a pair of Jaywalker socks but y'all, after putting these on my feet - and they slid on like butter and stay up like they were MADE FOR ME or something - I just might reconsider and knit this pattern again. The right way. The second pair of socks she made are the cutest striped socks with contrasting/coordinating heel/cuff/toe in the two stripe colors for each sock. Does that make sense? No? The pictures tell it all.
And Line knows what to send for an international pal for SURE! SUPER WOW! The most awesome sock yarn and special candy treats! I wish you could all have some of these treats - they were very good but I don't have much left to show. :) The sock yarn called Leone is new to me and wow - it's so cool! It's a single ply fingering weight superwash yarn - both yarns are just YUM! And oh YES - the rosewood double pointed needles - oh Line - I LOVE THESE - what a treasure! She sent beautiful stitch markers and look at this gorgeous necklace that she made for me herself!! She made the chain long but I'm thinking of putting an extra clip on the chain so I can wear it short! Don't you love this? I never select adventurous jewelry for myself so what a lovely treat this is for me.... I love it!!
Thank you Line for being a wonderful swap partner for the Hogwarts Sock Swap! Now I need to go finish the socks I'm knitting for my pal! :)
SPECIAL SWAP: Oh Special Swap is so fun. Lynne is hosting such a sweet intimate little swap, obviouslly called Special Swap. We're paired with a pal who is our swap partner - we give to each other so it's not a secret and we get to ask each other all kinds of questions so we can decide what's the most perfect things to put in their package. This time around my pal was Marisol of Purls Just Wanna Have Fun! YAY! As small as the knit blogging world seems sometimes, I have so far never been paired with a pal that I already knew! That's just amazing. I knew OF Marisol but I hadn't spent time getting to know her until now. So I had the pleasure of getting to know Marisol and read her blog, see pictures of her delicious yarn collection and lovely knitting (wow she has quite a list of knits going on!) and her adorable little boy and everything that goes along with getting to know Marisol. Isn't it fun to make new friends this way?! :)
The theme for this round of Special Swap has been In the Garden! OOOoooooo how great! It's such a broad and wonderful theme! Despite my crazy life and inability to answer a few extra little questions (I even made the list myself), Marisol put together a package that has *ME* all over it. hehe She sent a gorgeous skein of Scout's Swag sock yarn in the colorway Fraises des Boise, which I believe translates to Wild Strawberry - or at least "the good stuff that goes in a Strawberry Mojito". I think I'd like my husband to stir one of those up for me this weekend! YUM! There's also a bunch of delicious treats like little cookies and cinnamon crisps, tea, and darling little honey lemon bears that you're supposed to drop in your cup of tea and let them dissolve (don't tell Marisol that I'm just eating them right out of the bag because they're so GOOD!) - and a beautiful new tea cup/mug and delicious lotion too - so pretty and girly - the whole package is so darling and oh yes - there's this VERY COOL mini pine tree windowsill garden kit thingy - I can't wait to find the perfect pot for that! And to top it all off she included the WendyKnits! book! Yay! Did you know there's a pattern in there for a tank/shell called "Laura"?? I think I have to make it!
Thank you so much Marisol for being a Special friend and sending such a lovely package for Special Swap. I'm already dreaming of what pattern to knit with my yummy Fraises des Boise sock yarn. :)
I also mentioned something special that came along with some afghan mail! Some things are such a funny coincidence that it seems impossible that it could be true. Just impossible. During the last round of Special Swap I was paired with Lynne. Anybody remember the very special 3ply homespun yarn that I made and was so emotional about and had a hard time knowing what color to dye it, etc etc etc?? Well. I made that yarn for Lynne. The theme for that round of Special Swap was to send your partner on a special vacation anywhere in the world. Fun! It was tough deciding where to send Lynne because there are so many great places to go when you're a virtual traveller! Lynne told me that the best vacation she had ever taken was to the beach at Lake Michigan. Wow. I grew up in Michigan. Wouldn't it be fun to send her on a little virtual trip back to the beach? Uhh... she then confessed to me that she goes EVERY SUMMER to the beach at Lake Michigan. Oh. Maybe that wouldn't be the best choice then.
But I couldn't stop thinking about it. So I decided to forge on with the idea and made the theme of her package "Summer in Michigan" featuring Blueberries, Cherries, and Petoskey Stones. I included several blueberry and cherry items because it was a favorite memory of mine growing up in Michigan - we all knew that my dad's favorite birthday cake (in May) was blueberry pie (all things in life are somehow memorialized by food, no?)! Another favorite memory of mine is a family vacation that we took to Lake Michigan where we stayed in a friend's cottage on the beach and I found a Petoskey Stone. I dyed the homespun yarn in a colorway that I called Petoskey - blue skies, bits of wispy white clouds, blue/grey water and sand at your feet as your toes sink into the sand walking along looking for Petoskey stones. It was all accompanied by a card that I made featuring a photo of the Petoskey stone that I still have from that family vacation at Lake Michigan. I never did post any pictures or mention anything about sending the package on my own blog. Lynne has pictures on her blog post about receiving the package.
Early this week I received a package of afghan mail from Lori in Petoskey, Michigan. Inside the package were her squares.... and one little package each of dried cherries and dried blueberries, made by a company there in Petoskey. I was absolutely stunned. I thought surely this was a little tease because Lori had seen Lynne's post about receiving her Special Swap package from me. I alluded to that when I listed Lori's package in the list of afghan mail I had received. Lori left a comment stating that she had never seen Lynne's post and it was a happy coincidence that she included the cherries and blueberries in my package. Lori - what a priceless surprise! Thank you so much!!! And look - she even sent cherry and blueberry colored squares. :)
Are you still with me?? Does anybody still care about reading the daily square report?? hehe I worry that I'm boring you to death with this stuff!! But don't stop knitting, okay?! hehe
Daily Square Report:
We're getting down to the real knitty gritty with afghan mail y'all. I can feel the vibes of people out there who are continuing to knit until August 1st and I just know you're gonna slam me with TONS of afghan mail at that time, right?! RIGHT!
Just in case I'm gonna start knitting squares again. I'm feeling nervous. Not for any reason in particular. Just because getting nervous about now seems like the right thing to do, don't you think? :)
So we're adding 43 squares today! YAY!! That's yesterday and today combined. It seems like we're getting a sizeable batch about every other day so combining is good with me - keeps me from having to post quite so often and I can do other things like encourage my daughters to tinkle in the potty. *sigh*
Today's squares were received from the following people:
- Erin - El Dorado, KS
- Nikki - Roanoke, VA
- Anonymous Knitter - Ridgefield, WA
- Ann - South Bend Brook, NJ
- Susan - Rancho Cordova, CA (for the Camellia City Stockin'ettes Knitting Guild in Sacramento, California!)
- Cherri - Conklin, MI
- Maurine - Troy, MI (at least her 3rd package!)
Thank you ALL! Thank you all who have sent packages! Thank you all who are still knitting! A few people have asked if I would please be sure to take pictures at the seaming party in September. A few people have asked if I would be taking pictures of squares drying, squares all together for a group shot when I have received the majority around August 15th...
Seeing how I have an obvious history of not documenting things with enough pictures (*cough*), thanks for all the reminders. I'll be sure to do all of that and more if I can just remember. :)