When Mommy’s supposed to be working

My kids think I can make just about anything with yarn. Don’t raise the subject around Jeffrey unless you want to hear all about my total mastery with knitting needles – he will be happy to inform you. Lexie will frequently ask me to make a little this or a small that, full of childish confidence that I can whip up whatever it is in a matter of minutes.

Don’t get me wrong – I love it. I know the day will come when, rather than being a source of pride to my son, he will try desperately to hide my yarny obsession from his friends before it ruins his entire school career and costs him all his friends. And I know that at some point, my daughter will make it clear that she wouldn’t be caught dead in something her mom made.

But at the same time, it can be hard to get my kids to understand that this is also Mom’s job. I don’t knit just for fun (although it is fun, of course…well, it’s usually fun, and sometimes tedious and frustrating, but what job doesn’t have those moments?), and just because I’m sitting and knitting, it doesn’t mean I’m free to drop what I’m doing whenever they ask. They really don’t ask a lot, so I do try to accommodate them as much as possible (after all, they’re the reason I’m staying home in the first place). It’s also hard to refuse when Lexie’s stuffed animals ask nicely.

Right now, though, I’ve really got some high priority projects on the go. I have finished my work on my new Mossy Bells design, pending input from my test knitters, and it’s scheduled for release on August 19.

Mossy Bells (2) watermark small

But as soon as that sample was finished, I had to move right into my new sample for Freckles and Ruffles. So far, I’ve turned this yarn from Oh!Loops:

OhLoops Merino HT Sock June Bug and Purple watermark

…into this:

F&R WIP

And I’m loving how those colorways are working together. The variegated colorway has a longer color run than the original yarn I used, and so the yoke has a completely different look. I’m dying to see how it looks when I get to the ruffles!

But as soon as that sample is done, I have a commission for another design. Steve and I were recently exploring Port Townsend, WA and (at Steve’s suggestion!) we visited a few yarn stores. In one, Bazaar Girls, I joined in a conversation about not having time to knit for oneself due to work knitting…and the next thing I knew I was discussing what I could design with one of the yarns they carry – they don’t have a sample for it right now and thought it would be a great opportunity to showcase a design just for it by a local designer. I was a bit shellshocked to find myself walking out the door with 2 skeins of yarn I’d been handed; it’s only the second time I’ve received unsolicited yarn support, and the first time it had happened at a yarn store.

I’m super excited about it – this Baah! Sonoma yarn is very soft and the colors are so vibrant:

Baah Sonoma Berry Cocktail and Grape Jelly watermark

So of course, with all that on my plate, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed when Lexie came over with one of the little dolls from her dollhouse and asked me to knit her a dress.

“Honey…Mommy’s got a lot of work knitting she has to do right now…”

Lexie looked crestfallen.

I glanced around for inspiration, and my eye fell on the swatch I’d knit for my Freckles and Ruffles sample. I knew I wouldn’t need that square of yarn again…and then I saw a nearby crochet hook. “Tell you what, honey – Mommy will crochet your doll a dress tonight, ok?”

She was a bit dubious, but agreed. And so, instead of working through the night, I took a break for this:

doll dress

Lexie was thrilled when she saw it, and she told me the doll was too. Score one for Mom – and then it was right back to work.

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