Finishing a Long Week

Today, for the first time in 2 weeks, we have the house to ourselves. This doesn’t mean I don’t like having company, especially the company of Mr. Ink’s sister in law, who calls me her sister by another mother, but when she’s here, I get VERY little sleep and there’s SO MUCH talking for this introvert!

In fact, I was thinking of calling in to work introverted. Taking a surprise vacation day just to deal with my social overload. But I didn’t, mostly because I’ve already taken a lot of vacation days to deal with other surprise emergencies or house projects lately.

Mr. Ink and I got a bike ride in, the trails are now mostly dry but it is supposed to rain again this weekend. So I was most insistent last evening.  Hopefully we’ll get an opportunity to ride those same trails with Miss Bug tomorrow morning as well.

As for knitting, it’s been slow going! But, I finished my polar opposites scarf this morning.

It’s REALLY long and beautiful, and looks best all curled up like in the second picture. It’s also all wonderful and crazy and soft. I love it.


A close up of the laceweight paired with the corespun crazy lumpy wonderful yarn.

I’ll absolutely be doing this pattern again, I really loved it.

And, if you are playing along at home, that’s 1 commercial skein of yarn out of my stash, 2 handspun yarns out of my stash, and some laceweight yarn out of my stash, though I’ve got a LOT more where that came from! Even with the major life upset, that’s still progress being made toward stash busting on my enforced month of knitting only. (And says nothing of the skeins of handspun I am not making during this time. But I sorta feel like that counts too!)

I’ve got one cute Miss Butterfly picture as well. She’s SO BUSY lately. Show choir, track, (Which she hates, but I told her she has to do it since she committed to it.) and friend activities. So, the other night she decided to make herself some soup. I walked into the dining room to see this:


I guess a watched pot never boils! She’ll sneak in her reading time when she can.

In fact, last night, she had been doing some yoga. (Our entire family is REALLY into yoga all of a sudden) She’d worked her way through two videos, and then she asked me “Mom, if I were not doing yoga right now, what would I be doing?” (I suspect she wanted to know if I were going to put her to work.) I told her “You’d probably be curled up on the couch reading.” She said “I’LL DO THAT!” And put away her videos and curled up with a book. Very cute.

9 thoughts on “Finishing a Long Week

  1. First off, I am glad you are getting some much deserved introvert time. The scarf is lovely, and congrats on getting skeins out, I still have a very large pile of unused hand spun ( I mean I have a large pile of unused comerical stash too!) The scarf is very fun, I can definitely see why it would be an interesting knit. As for the not-so-little reader in your house, I am so happy and excited to see that. I was a big reader when I was growing up and it’s always great to see others with that passion. As for the weekend I hope you all stay dry (or not if that is your thing.)

    • I have this weird thing about my stash. I am like “KNIT KNIT KNIT! USE STASH!” Then quite suddenly I’ll look at my stash, decide it’s too small, and go back to procuring yarn. Happens with fiber too. It would be lovely if I could get it low enough to be really worried on a regular basis, but I doubt that’ll ever happen.

  2. I found your blog! Such a lovely scarf 😊 I was a very avid reader when I was young. I knocked out at least 4 books a week, which meant many trips to the library!

    • Growing up, our local library was within walking distance, so we were sent regularly on our own, since mom couldn’t keep up with our book needs. Miss Butterfly doesn’t read as much as I did, but I still love love love pictures taken of her with her nose in a book. It’s always the sweetest!

  3. I love, love, love the scarf! My sister in law has one that she purchased years ago that looks very similar to this one. I have always wanted to recreate it. Would you be willing to share how many rows of each yarn you did in yoir pattern and how many stitches you started with. The fact that you used stash is a plus as well. Have been trying to do some major stash busting here at the Haus as well.

    • Sure! Probably the most helpful piece for you would be that I used the Polar Opposites free pattern:

      But, I didn’t connect it into a cowl, I used a crochet cast on with the laceweight, then immediately started striping with the bulky yarn. Once all my bulky yarn was gone, I cast off with the laceweight again. It was so easy! And so pleasing to knit as well.

  4. My mom strongly encouraged reading, and my sister and I were glad to go along! I remember one time “coming to” on the couch in the living room to hear my mom on the front steps calling my name at the top of her voice. It was supper time. She had (of course) called for me more quietly in the house, but I was engrossed and never heard a thing. We still laugh about it to this day.

    • Oh I can’t tell you how many times that happened to me as a kid. I always had my nose stuck in a book, and it was such a problem that it generally just frustrated my mom! I still love to get that intensely into a project, but it rarely happens outside of work these days.

  5. Beautiful scarf, I too am on a stashbusting mission! My two children love to read, though they are 2 and 4 so it is never an extended activity and is usually interspersed with frenzies where they run around like crazy before finding a new spot to settle in. I loved to read too, I preferred it to going out and seeing other people!

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