there ain’t nothing going on but the knits

At 3am this morning I was awoken by The Boy wanting to play.  He’d brought his duvet, quilt, pillow and Blankie and set them up at my side of the bed.  Atop these were a pile of bigger toys…car track, rocket ship, Bob the Builder’s workshop, that kind of thing. At the bottom of the bed was his wheelie crate full of small cars and the like.

Needless to say he was promptly scooted back to bed and about an hour later was back asleep. I wish I could have said the same for me…I was keeping a weather ear open for further incursions.

Hence, today, I am shattered.

It wouldn’t be so bad if this was an irregular occurrence,  but our little man is not the world’s best sleeper and, by default, neither am I until he grows out of this.

So something has to give because it takes me a million times longer to do anything with my eyelids taped to my forehead to keep them open.  And the thing that’s giving at the moment is my creative stuff.

Sigh…little jeans are still in neat cut piles on the sewing table.  I’m going nowhere near a sewing machine when I’m this tired.  Either the fabric or my extremities will suffer for it.

What I have been doing, though, is knitting.  And planning knitting.

I now have two projects on the go.

First up, and already on the needles, is Audrey by Jane Richmond

I’m knitting this in JC Rennie’s Supersoft Lambswool in Pagan

I was more than a little cautious when I purchased this yarn, as I’ve decided to try the greasy yarn on a cone.

Don’t worry, this only means that the lanolin and the processing oil, an absolute requirement during the manufacturing of the yarn, has not been washed out. This is normal practice as it allows the knitter or weaver full control of the finished quality they want for their end product after scouring (washing) and drying.

I needn’t have worried…this is a delight to knit with and has a wonderful slightly sheepy smell to it that I find charming and not the least bit unpleasant.

This is a slow knit, though, and will be a while before it’s finished.

I also have a small, quick project that I’m about to cast on.  I had bought some lovely Debbie Bliss Rialto DK in Deep Purple with a view to knitting a slightly quirky top for Button for Christmas day.  Unfortunately I was substituting yarn and, despite multiple gauge swatches, I couldn’t get it to work at all.  So I changed the pattern to Teresa Cole’s adorable Langston

and this will make a useful little topper for the cooler months.  I think I might like this better than my original plan.  The yarn gods obviously know their stuff!

I’m spending some time on a train at the weekend so I’m really looking forward to getting going with this one.  I think it’s just lovely.

And the kids are sleeping over at grandparents at the weekend so I’m planning to get a very good night’s sleep.  And who knows, I might soon also get back at the pedal of the sewing machine.

But in the meantime, there’s always the knitting!

20 Responses to there ain’t nothing going on but the knits

  1. Oh dear – I don´t function well when I don´t sleep 🙁 Love the cardie!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Me neither! I used to be able to party all night and then do a full day’s work afterwards. These days I need my zzzzzzzzz’s!
      I think the cardie is going to look really nice on her.

  2. K-Line says:

    You are so composed in your description of sleeplessness. I remember those (terrible!) days. You are obviously a very gentle mum. I would have freaked on my kid (no matter how cute) if she’d set up playtime in my room in the middle of the night. Button is going to look gorgeous in that topper. Perfect for slightly dressed up occasions.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I roared with laughter when I read this. So much so that The Husband came to see what the hilarity was all about…then roared with laughter too.
      I so wish I was as composed in real life as I am on paper…but I’m not. There was much hissing of “get back to bed! NOW!” through gritted teeth as he skipped happily across the landing with no intention of doing so.
      And my neighbour and I have an understanding that neither of us will call social services when the other is yelling up the stairs at the kids like a demented fishwife. Which is frequently! So appearances can be deceptive…I’m sure the Trade’s Description people would have something to say!
      Thankfully, a bit of distance makes it seem very funny, but I was immensely grateful that he didn’t wake me till 5.50 this morning…which I can just about live with.
      How are you feeling?

      • kristinm100 says:

        I’m relieved to know that you respond to this kind of thing just like I used to! 🙂

      • Liara says:

        How nice to know I’m not the only one who can turn into psycho mommy. I do try not to, but there are just some days when it can’t be helped… And no, no spy camera over here. Just a description of what is usually happening around here. 🙂

        • Pendle Stitches says:

          I’m the same. And when I don’t manage to hold it all together I feel like the worlds worst mummy. I’m convinced they’ll grow up to write one of those books about their terrible childhoods. My friend reckons it will pay the university fees if they do! 😉

  3. Liara says:

    The beauty of knitting is that it’s so much easier (at least for me) to rip out a mistake than it is to undo sewing. You always find the cutest patterns. Both sweaters are going to be beautiful!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Do you have a spy camera…I spent a good couple of hours ripping knitting back last night because I’d done too much! LOL.
      I love looking for patterns on Ravelry…their pattern search facility needs a bit of tweaking, but it still pulls up lots of great suggestions.

  4. Jane G says:

    That’s a pretty little cardigan, I can’t wait to see the modelling photos.
    here’s alternate email if you’re having problems with my other one
    janegalley at btineternet dot com

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I’ve emailed you at the new address…fingers crossed.

      I’m really looking forward to a couple of hours on the train tomorrow with a coffee and the Archers, casting on this little cardie!

  5. Sue Taylor says:

    Am loving knitting at the moment. Bought the pattern for the little cable cardie Ma Stitches knitted for Button and had just the right recommended yarn in my stash-bright red. Also seem to have got hooked on socks…. but knitting is great for when you don’t want to focus on anything too difficult and keeps your hands busy in front of the telly.

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      Oh it will be perfect in red! I always said “never again” with socks but am itching to make myself another lovely lacy pair…I got a gorgeous red pair as a birthday gift.
      I agree about evening knitting…I’d be asleep otherwise! 😉

  6. Oh don’t tempt me with knitting. I was thinking I could use a sanity break and am trying to be strong…. that little cardi for Button is exactly what my AB loves without being too high necked so it doesn’t scratch her (sensitive wee flower that she is).

    AB was our non-sleeper when tiny and when they were both put into cots we had a month of seriously little sleep. Then I convinced JJ that we could put a bungy thing on their door so they couldn’t get out and a couple of days later it was essentially over. Have you considered something like that or a stair gate for The Boy’s bedroom door?

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      I really can’t tell you how much better about myself this comment has made me feel. The Boy is much better now than he has been, and we have used a bungy on the worst nights. I have felt like the worst mother in the world, but he has been known to go to the kitchen and break out the knives! Something he wouldn’t even think of attempting during the day. So I figured it was the lesser of two evils, but still had pictures of Jane Eyre in the red bedroom in my head.
      Thank you for making me feel like I’m not the worlds worst mother and that this too will pass.

  7. gingermakes says:

    Ooh, I love these knitting patterns! Gorgeous! Sorry to hear about your lack of sleep– what is it with kids and their insistence that parents never get to sleep?! Sheesh!

    • Pendle Stitches says:

      They have no idea! I’m looking forward to the teenage years when I can get my revenge. Thankfully he’s improving. A year ago I thought 5am was a lie in!

  8. Linda says:

    I once bit my sons finger – on purpose! He’s whined all through his bath and while I was drying him he pointed his finger at me and I snapped! He was so shocked at what mummy had done that he stopped but just for a moment before he screamed the house down! He’s 34 now and a lovely level headed chap which proves that our children can survive a bit of psycho mum now and then x

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