Hello, lovely people!
My brain is so full right now, of ideas and deadlines, that I barely know what to say when I do have time to write. Let me begin in the middle.
Christmas is coming (yay!), and that means we have five little people to buy gifts for (yikes!). They are all super excited, especially since it snowed at our house overnight and they woke up to a wintery wonderland this morning. I made the mistake of taking my two oldest ones Christmas shopping for their siblings at Chapters last week, and their wish lists instantly grew by about two feet that day. Pokemon is the big thing in our house right now. I am secretly horrified, but trying to look interested in all their cards with the weird names and diverse “powers.”
I’ve been knitting up a storm, trying to make samples, figure out new patterns, knit gifts, and fulfill special orders. (I’ve recently taken up knitting for non-knitters who want hats. They can be voracious. Owl hats are a big hit, and I hope to write up a pattern for them soon, if I can ever find the time.)
I’m also an artist of sorts. I say “of sorts” because I’ve barely had a chance to draw or paint since my first baby was born nine years ago. Now that my youngest is three, I’ve realized that maybe I can get back into painting again! But first, I’m sticking with the simpler art of drawing. Pencils don’t dry out when you have to leave them to make lunch. I’ve decided to sell pencil portraits for the next little while. It’s an experiment of sorts, trying to figure out just how much creativity I can fit into my life before the dirty dishes really do begin to overtake the kitchen counters.
(This is a drawing I made of my husband and our firstborn as a Christmas present to said husband years ago. It’s actually a compilation of two photos, since neither of them had the proper expressions in one photo, of course. Husbands and children never do.)
I also received a surprise in the mail today. I had sent my sample hats to Knit Picks before they listed my Merrick hat pattern in the IDP section, and today I received them back! Eva immediately put the blue one on, and aha! — a revelation — it looks adorable on a three year old. It turns into a cute little elf-like hat. (She’s wearing the child size.)
I’m in the end stages of getting Merrick‘s close cousin, Merry, ready for publication. It’s an extended version, shall we say, with cozy earflaps and (optional) hilarious pom poms. Adding the earflaps forced me to make entirely new charts, so I’m putting Merry out as its own pattern since it took just as much work as Merrick did. I think, however, that I’ll offer it at a discount to those who want to buy both patterns.
I roped my neighbour and friend into being my model last weekend. 😀 She’s such a good sport. Here’s a sneak peak:
Last, but not least: Sunday was World Prematurity Awareness Day, and in honour of the four out of my five kids who were preemies, I’m once again offering all my preemie hat patterns for free. The coupon code is only good for a limited time (until Friday, November 22nd at midnight), so grab them quickly on Ravelry with the coupon code preemieday. Whether you know a preemie or not, sending preemie hats to your local NICU is such a nice way to encourage the families in your community. Having a child born too early can be quite nerve wracking and traumatizing. Many parents suffer from some form of PTSD afterwards. The more support those parents have, the better.
My personal favourite of my preemie patterns is the Tulip Preemie Hat. It’s so much fun to knit it up with some self-striping yarn, and it’s so tiny that you can complete one in a couple hours (or less).