What do you do when your little boy is starving but won’t settle and eat? If he won’t sleep unless he’s swaddled and he cries the second you wrap him up? What if he squalls when you hold him and wails even harder when you don’t? And what if the second he falls asleep and you go to put him in his bassinet, he wakes up and starts crying all over again? What if you do this all day, over and over, and nothing seems to work until you suddenly find yourself crying too?
You take a deep breath and love him with all your might……
Yesterday was indeed challenging. It seems that at least every other day is like this . But the great thing about yesterday, is that my sweet husband walked in the door just moments after my tears stopped with a great big bouquet of flowers and a smile and all I could say was, “I really needed these today! Thank you sweetie!” Sometimes things just work out.
So I’m working on some stuff in between the baby stuff. Those are our baby announcements that I finally got printed up and need to address and send. Only about 2.5 months late. Oh well. What do you expect people? He spent an entire month in the Special Care Nursery and I wasn’t about to send out a photo of him with an NG tube in his nose.
And what’s that? No….freaking….way. You mean there’s actually some knitting content here? Yes, that’s right. I started a BSJ (Baby Surprise Jacket) for Little Mister. I’m using some stash yarn because I’m damn serious about working from stash this year. Not only because I can’t afford yarn anymore now that I work for free at home, but because I have so damn much of it and it’s taking over our house. It’s kind of embarrassing. I hid it in boxes and bags for a long time (from myself and from my husband) but now that I’m sorting through it, cataloging it, and getting it into Ravelry, I’m astonished by just how much I actually have.
*If you are R. Darling, stop reading here*
I think I said something a while back about having enough to make 40 pairs of socks? Try 128. And I’m not done. And I’m not counting the undyed stuff. Oy. (Seriously, don’t read this honey! I only have enough for 2 pairs of socks!) So I’m looking at this endeavor like some kind of fascinating puzzle. Since I often buy enough for a full sweater, without knowing what sweater I might want to make with a specific yarn, I am finding it a fun challenge to find the perfect pattern for each yarn in order to maximize the usage of what I have without leaving too much behind. Believe it or not, I’m having fun with it. For the stuff that is just random bits here and there and stuff I’m not attached to, I’m thinking about making a gift stash of items I can give when I need a quick something for a birthday or a thank you or what have you. I joined a group on Ravelry to help keep me motivated too: Shop The Stash 2010. I don’t participate much in it yet, but it’s nice to know the company is there when/if I need it.
*You can start reading again here, Honey*
As for my BSJ, I don’t know if I’m liking the yarn I chose. I thought it would be stripier and instead it’s sort of watercolor-ish. The fiber might not work either – it’s a cotton acrylic blend that feels like plain old cotton. I think I like it, but I’m not sure. For now I’m going with it because knitting a BSJ is one of my 101 in 1001 Days goals and I’m pretty sure it’s one with a time limit that will go a lot faster than I expect, so I wanted to get started before he’s too big to fit in one. Plus it’s all stash all the way baby, and I need to be focusing on that. At least it’s fairly mindless garter stitch so I can usually get a few rows in each day before someone needs me for something. These days my moments are few and far between and usually it’s a choice between eating, sleeping or knitting. And believe it or not, sometimes knitting does win the competition!