Why I’ve been absent … kind of

So, 2014 is the year of big changes, mostly awesome, I have to say.  I’ve been feeling like my life is on hold all this past winter, mostly because I can’t wait for the house to be finished and life as a homeowner to begin.  Only 3 or so more weeks of waiting left.

Why I've been absent
Why I’ve been absent

I don’t know why I haven’t been knitting; I’d finally started making FOs that were actually wearing and using in everyday life, which is kinda the point of knitting in the first place. I want to get back to that kind of productivity again. Not feeling trapped in very small, uncomfortable living space will help a lot, I’m sure.

How to get your child to clean their room.

Firstly, discuss historical events regularly with your children. Then you can have conversations like this one:

Son: So, does the black death still exist?

Mum: No, the plague was carried by rats, and transmitted by fleas. Fleas would bite the rats then bite humans, giving them the plague.

Son: Do we have fleas in our house?

Mum: No of course not, we live in an age that has embraced hygiene.

Son: Only dirty places have fleas? Like my room?

Mum: Of course your room doesn — why, yes, fleas could show up in such a messy room.

Son rushes to clean up his room. And my work is done, for a few days at least.

The Hobbit, with SPOILERS

ImageI actually got to see the Hobbit in theatres last week. My not so quiet 7 year old boy actually sat through the whole film, with no fuss. In fact, he was play-fighting the next day with a shield, but he asked that I pretend it was an oak branch.

The film is completely different from the book, but is enchanting and mesmerising in its own way. I’d go see it again in theatres if I get the chance. The Hobbit is very different from the LOTR films, much less formal in tone, more relaxed and fun.

The Erebor/Dale sequences at the beginning are full of lovely design elements; hexagons, octogons, angular shapes abound. There are a lot of what looks like hand-knitted garments too; this is easily noted in the Bag End sequences, during the Unexpected Party.

All the ‘changes’ from book to film seem to be added on. There is not as much hacking and chopping (I’m referring to the absence of Bombadil in LOTR) at the book itself, just many many details added on top of it. Or maybe I need to re-read the book again to find more stuff to nitpick.

There is a lot of action, so it should be a good film even for people who haven’t read the books / don’t like  / don’t care about Tolkien, but it might be a bit long. I’ve read and re-read Tolkien since I was twelve, so I was riveted the entire time. My husband didn’t grow up with Tolkien, has no interest etc… (in his defence, he’s from China), and he found it boring, he had trouble following the story and he was truly shocked and disappointed when he found out that it was part one of three.

Watching The Hobbit got me in a knitterly mood, hopefully something will come of it and I will actually have some FOs.

Hoping for a calmer December

November has a way of turning into a crazy busy month for me, and I never see it coming.  Below is the reason for one my ER trips this November. The other was a 2 year old covered in hives. Thankfully nothing was seriously wrong with either kid. No allergies and no stitches, just medical grade glue.

Required medical attention but not serious
Required medical attention but not serious

I did finish a hat, which turned out to be a bit of a collapsed souffle rather than a wearable object, and I’m on the verge of finishing a cardie for my daughter and a sanagi dress for me. We’ll see what I can crank out this month, but what with the holiday and me knowing better than to knit christmas gifts, I think January is going to be a lot more exciting on the knitting front.

Lookie what I saw on my windshield this morning!

First Autumn Leaf

I’m so glad Fall is finally here, hopefully I’ll get back into my routine now that summer is finally over and done.  I plan to actually knit stuff, and not just plan either, I mean actually produce a garment or at least an accessory or two.

Currently, I’m working on a Alice Starmore fisherman’s sweater for my son, or possibly my (younger) daughter, depending on how long it takes because I am a slow knitter even when I’m not using 3 mm needles like this pattern calls for.

Checking In

I haven’t been posting here as much as I’d like, but I’ve been knitting despite being a lot more busy than I had envisioned. I’m participating in Nerd Wars this summer, on Team Hellmouth. I’ve posted my completed projects to my FO’s 2012 page, but I haven’t had the time to properly blog them. Simmer Dim & Milo are wonderful patterns that I’ll likely knit again. I’m working on a simple raglan sweater for my son and a cardie for my daughter at the moment, plus I’ll probably squeeze in a cowl before the end of the month.