Thursday, 19 February 2009

And so you're back from Outer Space

But man, those last few light-years seemed to take forever, didn't they? Yes, I am still alive, although I have been sucked into a mouse-wheel of routine since I've been back at work that doesn't leave a lot of time or energy for my poor blog.

A blog is a lot like a garden - you've got to tend it, water it, weed it, keep an eye out for pests and other icky things, plan for it, make time for it. Although I do love the *idea* of gardening, sadly I tend to just whack seedlings in the ground and leave them to fend for themselves. My blog has clearly suffered similarly. I think about it often, just don't get around to getting down and dirty with it as often as I should.

So in no particular order, here are some recent happenings from the Kitchen Table:

1. I have quite a number of FOs to blog. There has been a big push to get things finished for the Canberra Show (I handed them over this morning). I'll give them all their moment in the sun shortly (promise!). There are a couple of items that belong in the Long Lacy Summer too - even though it's almost over!

2. Spinning class went really well. The teacher's method of plying and I didn't get along, and I'll have to find my own way with that, but I did wind up with this:

I was much happier with the spun singles than with the plied yarn, but I'll be working on that. Perhaps using a different plying method.

3. Work is bearable. The first few weeks were very slow, but my line manager returned at the start of February and immediately found lots of things for me to do. (My sometime-manager doesn't really know how to handle me. I probably don't help him out as much as I should with that). So I am kept really busy, which is good.

4. Princess Grace has settled in fabulously well to childcare. It helps (both of us!) that I go in and feed her once a day. She is growing like a weed, putting on stacks of weight. She's quite pudgy now! After languishing in her size 000 clothes for moths, she's almost out of the next size up (00) after only a couple of months. At weigh in on Thursday, she was 6915 g, and is tracking very nicely along a percentile, instead of resolutely crossing them as she was a few months ago.

She is busily trying to crawl, and so spends much of her time like this:

until she tires and face-plants, at which point someone has to pick her up. Repeat, every few minutes!

5. Pirate Jim is busy being 3-and-a-half. Which means he seems to spend every waking moment driving me crazy with frustration. I so hope 4 is better than 3. Please tell me this is true.

6. In amongst it all, there has been some crafting. In addition to the knitting and crocheting, there has been some sewing. I was stoked to find that the fat-eighths my favourite fabric store had out at 5 for $10 were wide enough for bibs from this pattern:

Very funky Princess wear!

And that is all I have the energy to report for now. Here's hoping it's not another 6 weeks until my next post.


Monique said...

Oh. Am glad you are back. Was going to email tonight and check up on you so glad that you are ok just busy with the busyness of being a wm trying to fit lots of stuff into one day. When will the day change to fit 30 hours in!

Bells said...

yes the long lacy summer is almost over! post something before I wrap it up!

Love that picture of your Grace. Adorable.

Nathalie said...

glad to see you are back - my blog suffers similar issues! Its all an exercise in optomism for me at the moment but I love blogging so that I cant bear to put it away and close the door, so to speak!

MadMad said...

That pile of FOs looks gorgeous, as does Princess Grace, as do the bibs! You might be too busy to post often, but you do post WELL, woman, and that's what counts! (Is that a felted entrelac bag at the bottom? Can't wait to see that stuff!)

amy said...

Sure, it gets better. Um, yeah. Definitely. Uh-huh.


Alwen said...

I do love that stack of finished items! Mine isn't a third so high.

Donna Lee said...

She is so big! Settling into day care is a big deal. You have been very busy, look at all those Fo's. And the bibs. PJ will get to the point where he doesn't need you so very much and then you'll miss it. Really. It's true!

Rose Red said...

I wanna know all the details of that huge pile of FOs. In great detail!! Heh! See, no blogging means you've got more time for actual knitting, and bib-making, and baby-picking-up.

And yeah, it gets better at 4. (like I'd know, but you asked me to tell you, so I did!!)

Trent said...

"Back from outer space"

I thought this as going to be an interesting blog about disco Divas! Dam, its just about you and the princess and knitting and the pirate and you entering big competitions and your work and you making lace and you spinning wool and you crocheting. You are so boring.

kms said...

yay, shes back! i missed you george. that princess looks more like her brother everyday! looking forward to seeing you and your show bits this weekend xx

TinkingBell said...

Yay! Georgie - welcome back - love the bibs - and PG is just gorgeous (I fear you hace several years of being driven crazy - as this is still happening to me with the 6yo and 4yo - welcome to the club!)

knitting sprouts said...

How cute is that baby! how frustrating is that time before they crawl and they just want to be moving? what a lot of FOs you have - so you have been very very busy.

4 is easier I think. 5 is easier again. Though we are going through another phase of 'I want a dad' which is heartbreaking.

so nice to have you back

sweetp said...

I want to know all about those FO's too!! Great to see you back xx

Lynne said...

Welcome back!

I was told by a child-care nurse that the time of half-birthdays are the worst part of the cycle - so the worst is coming to an end!

Lynne said...

Oops. Forgot to say: good luck.

Emma said...

yay! It's good to see you back George.

I'm looking foward to seeing your creations this weekend.

That photo of Grace is gorgeous, those lovely big blue eyes, so cute!

Geek Knitter said...

I will tell you whatever it is you need to hear about one year being better than the last... based on my vast experience.

Your baby girl, she is a lovely thing!

2paw said...

I am glad to read that things are working out so well, and that you have been secretly crafting!!! Such cute bibs and I love the fleted bag too!!!

Jejune said...

Gorgeous crafty goodness, there, my dear. So glad Grace is doing her pushups, and enjoying childcare. And from my experience, 4 is MUCH easier than 3. I reckon 3 is the worst. And 13 ... but you've got a while to go before then ;)