So what's been going on?
1)Joel went on the Canada trip with Skatechurch. It went well. Unfortunately, he was injured before he even went- so didn't get to skate much. But since the whole point of the trip is discipleship, he got to be involved in the important ways.
2)Speaking of Joel being injured, we found out that he most likely has a partially torn ligament in his left knee. He's able to use it; but is being very careful. We need to get him to an orthopedist, but are waiting until after the baby comes- prayers much appreciated on both those fronts.
3)The kids and I started school! Early, actually, b/c I know there's going to be a big break for them next month after the new kid arrives. We're trying to get as much done as possible before then. It's going really well! Much better than I thought it would. DD's in (mostly) 3rd grade, ES started 1st, and YS is doing some pre-school and a lot of playing. :-)
4)ES had his 6th birthday!!! We had some friends over, ate cake, had fun. He loved it. It is so crazy that he is 6. It seems like such a short time, and yet at the same time, I don't easily remember life without him.
5)Baby is growing so much! I am tired most of the time, but otherwise, doing alright. Ok, I'm a bit irrational- particularily in the emotional aspect- and not thinking clearly most of the time; but it's all normal pregnancy stuff. The amazing thing is, that even w/ how big the baby is getting, this child is flipping all over the place. Mostly, he/she seems to want to stay in the breech position, but every once in a while he/she will spend a week or so in the correct position just to give me false hope. So, next week, we are going in for an Ultrasound to see what's up and what we need to do for this child to be born safely. (again, prayers appreciated)
6)Knitting!! I actually have been doing some! I'm slow right now, it's not top on my priority list, but I have been doing a bit. I actually finished my 3rd design for Yarn Forward magazine this last week. I have now completed all my currently commissioned designs. I am so glad! I will be doing some designing on my own; but there are no deadline pressures to bother me now before or after the baby comes until I'm ready to go seeking them again. In the meantime, I am working on a double knit baby hat, a pair of socks for Joel, and another sweater for me. Since the last time I posted, I've completed several other projects as well.
This (there are 2 of them done) is the Milo sock from Sock Innovation done in The Unique Sheep's Tinsel Toes in The Fellowship colorway. I love how they turned out. Of course, it's me- the pattern is not followed exactly. The gauge is off, so the pattern looks different, and I had to make some sizing adjustments along w/ that. But I like it. They fit, and they are pretty. :-)
This is the Nordic Tradition Sweater from a 2008 Vogue Knitting Magazine. I've had this lovely yarn for 2 or 3 years, and finally put it to good use. I do like how the sweater turned out, but I'm not sure it's one I will wear a whole lot yet. We'll see how I feel about it after the baby comes. At this point, it is very hard to estimate how it will look on me. ;-)
This is a laced tank. Pattern again from a 2008 Vogue Knitting magazine. Not in the yarn called for- it's a ribbon yarn my mom bought for me about 3-4 years ago, plus another ribbon I got on sale about 2 yrs ago and finally found a pattern that worked for them. Lengthened the body and the armholes both, but am still concerned I will find it shorter than I like. Again- not that I can tell right now.... But I am fairly happy w/ the results.
Really, I could have designed something for both those yarns, I know. And maybe I should have. But my creativity seems to be in decline at the moment, and I am finding patterns that I like- so I am using them. I seem to design for others and follow patterns for me. It seems odd to me, but that's how it goes.
So it has been quite a busy month. While life is beginning to fall into a somewhat calmer routine at the moment- I don't expect to find any extra time on my hands in the near future. B/w school, baby, and normal life, time just seems to disappear somewhere. I know I'm not alone in experiencing this!