Sorry in advance for the photo-less blog post. You may understand as you read, but I've included lots of links.
This has been a Gus weekend. Hell, it's been a Gus couple of weeks! We need to start something here at Two Black Sheep. Let's start Momma Honesty before pregnancy. Nobody ever tells you half the shit you'll go through. And when someone does, you think that your precious babe will NEVER do that to you. I remember watching "Happiest Baby on the Block" video (a Lola must have). And I told SK that those babies were rare. "My mom says they sleep all the time. Ours will sleep." What did I know? I wasn't even sure I could be an okay Mom. We ended up with one of those babies. When Gus was a calm little 2 year-old, people would warn me of the Terrible 3's. Why warn me then? I can't do anything about it. It's coming & I just can't give him away for a year. I really wish people would have properly warned me when I was thinking about getting pregnant. A sweet old woman could have sat me down and said this:
Listen, sweetie. One day you'll be looking at a precious face thinking about much you love this cherub. And then the next day, that cherub remembers he's 3. The wings fall off & the horns sprout. You'll be powerless, sweetie. Under your breath you'll be cussing. You'll promise him the world if he behaves in the store. You'll give up & start taking away any kind of privileges a 3 year-old could acquire. Finally, you'll give in to the stares around you & scream ,"He's 3! Don't tell me your kid never did this!"
I think the thing that makes 3 so difficult is the unbearable sweetness & cuteness that lives in the creature. For example, in the morning while I was nursing Tuck, Gus strokes his head & says, "I love Tuck. I just love him." Or he'll create an elaborate story about how when he can drive he'll take me to a farm & share apples with me. He flashes those big eyes, bat the long eyelashes & you'll forget all about him trying to swat at you because you said "No" to candy at 7:30 a.m.
When I get little breaks, I've been working on projects for my special demon. His Mr. Rogers jacket is nearing the end. I'm almost done with the first sleeve. Top-down is funny to me. I have to read & re-read the instructions to make sure that I'm doing it right. But while doing the sleeve decreases, my Knitter's Light turned on. This is how designers pick where decrease go! Oh... There are a couple things that I wish I had done differently, but I'll save that for the finishing post.
Lately, I've been very proud that I'm a quitter. How many sweaters have I frogged to start something else? Enough. How many projects sit in my basket & I know that I won't pick them up again? A lot. How many knit-alongs do I join & abandon? A couple. Hello, ABC-along, I loved you the most. Socktober was a bust. At least, Ava knew her limitations. I got one tiny sock done. I wanted to knit 4. They were kid size so I didn't think it'd be an issue. I finished the lone sock about 2 weeks ago, but was unsure if it'd fit Gus. After trying on the cardigan, I wrestled the sock on. Seems to fit. Which means, I need to cast on for the mate. I forget what yarn I'm using, but it's scratchy for a super-wash. I'm starting to question my love of super-wash. The past couple have been wonky. It will come back though. I'm pretty sure that I'll fish SK's sweater out of the dryer & it will become mine. I forget to check the tags. And why would they sell 100% merino at discount stores?
Let me balance my Crazed Momma post with more knittiness. Let me get to the the awards. Disclaimer: these are all Lola's favorite blogs. Don't hold it against her if you hate 'em. When we first started our blog, it seemed like there was an award or meme every other day. I haven't seen as many during the past 6 months. The lovely Sarah nominated us around Halloween & we've been bad knit bloggers. Blogging is something that goes comes in waves for me. My schedule isn't fixed so there are weeks that I live in my car & dream of the day I can properly check my Bloglines. During the last couple days of pregnancy & first couple months of Tuck's life, I would surf all day. My Bookmark page grew to an obscene length. I don't have a method to which ones go to Bloglines & which stay in the Bookmark tab. There are blogs that I check every day, sometimes twice a day, but I don't subscribe. There's something about getting acquainted with a blog for a bit. Learning their links & sidebar. Much more cozy than the cold sterile Bloglines wallpaper. I thought that for the I Love Your Blog award that I'd highlight a couple blogs that I stalk & have yet to subscribe. I will. I have no method to my insanity.
Coyote Craft: Whenever I think of coyote's, I always think of the very detailed American Indian t-shirts that you get from the stand in the middle of the mall with dream catchers. Just not my thing. I was a little hesitant when I clicked on the blog link the first time. I really enjoy her Buddhist thought & her Patchwork Potholder.
Tiffany in the Trees: Ditto to everything above. You just want to have your camera with you at every second. It makes me want to be the creepy person at the library crawling in an awkward angle to take a picture. Go on & scroll down. You'll stop & I hope you feel the same way. I only wish I would have posted a picture in honor of these blogs, but please refer to the top of the post. My attention has been elsewhere.
Wendy Knits: Ok. This isn't really accurate. I haven't read Wendy Knits since I discovered knit blogs. No solid reason. It was always a good & informative read. But this post is my most sacred bookmark ever! Recently, we got a new computer. This was the one link I needed to save! I can remember everyone else's. Hell, I love Bloglines for this reason. But if I ever lost this link, I'd scream. I'm sure I would find it, but it's so much easier being right there in my Bookmarks.
Gonzomama Knits: Because she's just had the cutest little Bea we've ever seen! Ava & I would talk about her like she was a next-door-neighbor. "Has she had the kid yet? I haven't been to a computer today." "Isn't she almost like 2 weeks over due?" "And she's still out there taking pictures! God love her." And then this popped up. Congrats again!
Those are my current new favorites! We both have a long list of blogs we love & we're happy that some people love us. We're hoping some of that love shines down for Ava's knit a-long. I promise to knit at least one. I'll use the same yarn that I used for the one I submitted to the book's knit-along. I also forget the brand, but I do remember that it's a super-wash & feels like a good one. So come on. You know that you really don't want to start those holiday gifts now! Knit for someone else. Nothing like being behind the game during the holidays. Holidays without stress is like me without pink eye when I've got a huge work meeting. It just doesn't seem right.