Knit the Sun

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There has been so much ferocious knitting of late. Stitching like mad at all hours to finish up projects…then typing at the speed of light to write and do all the computer bits during free moments. Before I released Metamorphosis last week, I hadn’t published a pattern since last fall. Too long. For some reason, pattern development has come to me in waves. It’s a workflow issue I need to address, or maybe just bursts of inspiration that seem to resolve themselves all at once.

Not only did I release Metamorphosis, but I was finally able to finalize the gift to my subscribers that I started …LAST July: a simple scrap yarn head band that was inspired by yarn from my Grandma’s stash. (If you aren’t already a subscriber, be sure to sign up and snag the free pattern!)

I have one more lovely pattern to publish soon: this pink treasure, which I call Tulipland. It’s a summer scarf. Light, luscious and perfect for bright days. Tulipland is knit horizontally and available in three distinct lengths.

It’s fancy that way.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.I’ve been rewarding myself for all my hard work with pleasure knitting, making great strides on my Rosemont sweater. The weather has warmed this past month, and I have delighted in an abundance of outdoor knitting, sitting in the sun while Reed plays about in Imagination Land. I love it when we reach this symbiosis during our days, both of us happy just doing our thing for a while. He suffered a bit last week when I was working so hard to get patterns released into the Knit Universe. I’ve felt I needed to make it up to him in some way, karmicly.

After a while, he’ll emerge from his play, come near, and ask to help me knit. At first, I was weary of this request. In the past, this is when he would run off with my ball of attached yarn with a devilish laugh, finding great fun in 100 yards of fingering weight-responsibly produced (read: expensive)-wool instantaneously looped around the legs of the dining room chairs. So when Reed asks to help knit, this used to be my signal to put away all knitting IMMEDIATELY.

Now, more times than not (although disaster can still strike during an episode of Knitting Jealousy), Reed will carefully hold the skein and slowly unravel yarn as I need it. Do you need more yarn, mama, he’ll ask sincerely. After a bit, I will go to put away the project, but he’ll plead one more row, okay mama?

Reed surprised me one night a couple weeks back. At bedtime, after reading stories, I usually turn off the light and recount the highlights of our day. We ate pancakes for breakfast, you played Play Doh (which you did not pick up….), we let the chickens out, went for our walk to the river, you helped me knit, and so forth. Sometimes I will ask him which part of our day was his favorite. Usually this garners the expected answer from a three-year old: watching Paw Patrol…eating ice cream…play group. But this particular night, he paused before answering this typical inquiry into his favorite part of the day. Walking to the river and helping you knit.

Seriously. I am not making that up.

And…it gets better! The other day I woke up and put on a pair of my hand knit socks. Reed immediately pointed to my socks and asked: did you knit those? I said yep I did. He squealed with excitement and did a little happy dance. All because I was wearing my socks that I knit. Somehow he knew that was cool and special and everything that knitting hand knit socks is.

I love my kid.

Although I had to laugh out loud last night when I read Alicia’s post about how she feels like she needs people standing on the sidelines with Gatorade, dumping water over her head at 4:00p.m., just to make it to bedtime. She also has  a three-year-old. No wonder all I can do after 7:00 (when Reed often goes to bed) is lay vertically on the sofa knitting and tv binging. With chocolate.

I am simply wiped out.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.As I raced to finish Tulipland, Reed asked me what I was making. I explained it was a scarf, and he immediately inquired as to when his scarf might also be completed.

Nothing gets by this kid.

I told him I would finish his scarf soon. Basically by the time it’s July and 100 degrees (38 C) outside.

I always have impeccable timing.

Tulipland summer scarf. Light with a touch of lace. And bright.I hope your knitting time is as bright as mine, even if cool days still have you inside. The sun will soon (more literally)  shine on you as well.

Joining Ginny’s Yarn Along and reading Furiously Happy, which I truly can’t recommend enough. It’s been a while since I have laughed out so much while reading a book.

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  • Reply Tina April 13, 2016 at 5:30 am

    Your scarf is very pretty and the color is so soft looking Andrea … can’t wait to see it. Like you it’s been far too long since I’ve published any patterns and I hope to change that this year. Lovely post today 🙂

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple April 13, 2016 at 5:46 am

    i don’t think i would have been a “happy” knitter when i had my children. i think i would have been a frustrated, selfish knitter….it is wonderful that you are a happy knitter. and how wonderful that he appreciates what you are doing, the value of hand knitted socks!!!

    and you write patterns!!!….you are a superstar, rockstar, tulipland looks beautiful, i adore the color of the yarn!!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:35 pm

      This comment really resonates with me! I am indeed a frustrated, selfish knitter. It will be interesting to see how that changes over the years.

  • Reply zeta ( April 13, 2016 at 6:22 am

    I wish I have a knit – friendly kid someday! Sounds heavenly!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      It has definitely been improving with age. I think he is accepting it’s just part of his life. But he can use it against me as well.

  • Reply Tracey Jernigan Tims April 13, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Beautiful knitting as always Alina.
    I didn’t know you had a son [happy surprise] and I love his name. Reed is my Mother’s maiden name and my granddaughter’s middle name and just hearing it brings me joy.

    • Reply Tracey Jernigan Tims April 13, 2016 at 6:44 am

      Oops, I’m sorry I typed the wrong name, I need sleep.
      And I wanted to let you know Ginny is having a girl. 🙂

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Thanks Tracey. Reed was pretty much the only name my husband and I both loved equally. But it is certainly a perfect name. Glad to hear Ginny is having a girl. Thanks for the intel.

  • Reply Alina April 13, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Oh, I love this stitch pattern! Such a perfect summer project! And I love to read about Reed, he is such a sweetheart and you are a wonderful Mom!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      Today I let him have two (homemade) cookies BEFORE dinner, so I don’t know how wonderful I am. But thanks.

  • Reply Heather (@TownsendHouse1) April 13, 2016 at 6:59 am

    That yarn is so nice and cheery! And I love the pattern!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      Thanks Heather. Pink always goes a long way in my book. I wish men liked to wear pink more. I would be more inspired to knit more man-projects if pink were more of an option…

  • Reply juliakathleenadair April 13, 2016 at 8:37 am

    So lovely to have such a helper!

  • Reply Sarah April 13, 2016 at 12:33 pm

    Beautiful knitting! I love that pink! My littlest is three and although some days I am waiting for bedtime (and she is a zesty, challenging three year old!) many days I think my stamina must have increased since when my first born was three years old I was so exhausted like you describe and here I am with three children and don’t feel quite as depleted every single night like I used to with one little one. Or maybe I finally adjusted to living in a state of exhaustion so that I don’t feel it anymore. Either way, three is busy, fun, and so hard, much harder than two I think!! But then four and five are pretty delightful.

  • Reply caffeinegirl April 13, 2016 at 10:06 pm

    Your scarf pattern is just gorgeous and I can tell already that I have to knit it!

    Your husband is so sweet! When I wear handmade socks, my husband makes fun of me for knitting something you can buy! Yep, I put up with a lot.

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise April 14, 2016 at 5:13 am

    what a sweet story about Reed. I love little kids and miss when mine were tiny and funny and thoughtful in that simplistic way. Now they are adult thoughtful 🙂 Gorgeous knitting and look at you publishing patterns every time I visit it seems!!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      I truly hope he grows up to be just as thoughtful as your kids. My greatest fear as a parent is that he’ll grow up to be a jerk.

  • Reply Sierra April 14, 2016 at 11:04 am

    Very lucky to have a knit friendly kid, I nanny 16 month old twins and they love the run around the house with the yarn game whenever they find the project bag. Many a times I’ve had a heart attack when Molly comes walking into the room project bag in mouth and needles in hand.

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Children can be absolute terrors. He may be knit friendly, but I still had to drag him out of a restaurant kicking and screaming the other day. He was under the table pounding his fists on the ground. TOTAL NIGHTMARE!!!

  • Reply Little Church Knits April 15, 2016 at 6:48 am

    OMG what a sweet boy! (And a VERY pretty scarf, too!)

  • Reply Stefanie April 15, 2016 at 12:06 pm

    Oh, Reed sounds like such a sweet one. The innocence of that age. I miss that, but my 8 year old can entertain me well as well as her tween sister who’s a goofy one.

  • Reply kathy b April 15, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    Your twist cowl on the sidebar is so interesting!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Thanks Kathy. It’s pretty much my favorite design I have come up with so far. Simple but different. And pretty.

  • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life April 16, 2016 at 8:39 pm

    Exactly! Bed time can never come soon enough.

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