Thursday, 10 April 2014

Yarn Along




My knitting right now can be determined as very pink and paschal. I finished knitting the “in threes: a baby cardigan” and now all there’s left to do is sew the buttons and take pictures. Right after blocking the cardigan I casted on baby leggings by Elizabeth Zimmermann and I plan to finish them by Pascha (hopefully). I also want to sew a simple peasant dress for Varvara, but  I’m going to save this topic for another post. 
And who may thought that I will be that lady who knits in pink for her daughter? I tried to resist to this color:), but as you see my resistance was very short. One project is finished and another one is in progress.
As for the reading, I’m enjoying reading Simplicity Parenting and Taproot magazine. I’m not good at reviewing books, so it will be short. I like them both!
How are you? What do you knit? What book is on your nightstand?

Thursday, 3 April 2014

Finished projects and Hello my dear blog!

I was dreaming and dreaming to write a post or two for several weeks now. But something or it’s better to say someone very special to me was disturbing my attention. 
But despite this, while I was away from this blog I managed to accomplish something in the creative area. A little bit of this and a little bit of that.



Let’s start from the nursing dress. I first saw this dress at Melody’s blog and immediately fell in love. As a nursing mom I was searching for something comfortable and feminine for the spring. And this dress fitted the bill. The  pattern is very simple and easy adjustable. And it took me several naps to finish it! Oh yes, my baby’s nap time is my free time.


Another thing that was made by me is the sock! One is finished and one is left. In this case the pattern requires full my attention so I think I will take a break before I start the second one.
And while I’m resting from the difficult knitting, my needles pleasurably occupied by baby’s knitting projects.

Baby bonnet for early spring.


Friday, 14 March 2014

Knitting for her and for him


After several posts about motherhood, I think it’s time to write about something else....like KNITTING. Knitting! This word is music to my ears!
I have never thought that a row or two can make so much difference to the ordinary day.

Right now I’m very slowly stepping through the “First Footing (Ceilidh Oidhche Challain)” pattern, but not so long time ago my knitting choices were much simpler and required less attention. I noticed that after mindless knitting projects, my needles (me, actually) need something complicated and time consuming. But enough talking about unfinished project, let’s get back to the finished ones.

The first one is a casual hat for my hubby. The pattern is called “Chunkeanie” and it’s absolutely FREE. I made it as the present for the Christmas and this photo was actually captured on Christmas day (just a few days before our baby entered the family). As I always say, it can be a little bit tricky to knit for someone else, but when I see how he enjoys the gift I forget about all worries.

Another finished project is a quite famous Baby Surprise Jacket. It was made using some new yarn and some leftovers from the previous projects. All knitters, who ever tried the pattern, fell in love with it. And I’m not the exception. I just ADORE this baby jacket! Now I understand why so many people are “crazy” about Elizabeth Zimmermann. Her designs are genius! 
The jacket is very big for Varvara, but for the next autumn/winter it will be just right.

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Very interesting thought about Lent:

Friday, 7 March 2014

Friday






**** Thank you Elizabeth for your comment on my last post! You’re so kind to me! Sending my love to you and your family!***

****Martha, thank you very much for your comment! As for the winter, it was very cold for several weeks, but now it feels like a very early Lithuanian spring. It's not usual for us to have the spring so early.****

This week I was thinking about different things, but two thoughts have particularly occupied my head. The first one, what does motherhood mean to me? And the second one, how do they (folks with more than 1 child) manage to make all that stuff? The stuff I’m talking about is children, homeschooling, personal interests, cooking, maintaining the house and just being a woman.
And this is what I have come to after some nights of reflections.
Let’s start from the first one. Motherhood meaning to me.
At this stage of my life as a mother, I think that parenting is all about patience. Of course, I don’t think that all you need to be a good mother is to be a patient person. But again, while our Varia is so little and she lives in the world of emotions, I find that it’s very vital to learn to stay calm (no way apathetic) during all these moments of bursting cry. Frankly, it’s very hard to be an iron lady, but I noticed that during the hardest time of parenting I usually come across very soothing posts on different blogs. I consider them as the lighthouses for lost ships. They don’t help right away, but they show the right direction.

Here are two posts that helped me a lot last Monday (found via Mama Ash Grove):

“Snuggle jail” by Rachel

As for time/life managing with kids, I came to the conclusion that life or especially nap time is short and it’s slightly unwise to spend it exploring all that pinterest boards. Of course, it’s always so tempting to read a post or two on my feedly, or just to take a glimpse on amazon on all those books about homesteading. But in the end, home remains a mess and ongoing projects not finished. The decision for this problem is to spend my free time wisely. Less computer time, more real life.

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It’s the first week of Great Lent and think my "sacrifice" for the Lent will be reading more Scripture (I read it aloud while nursing) and continue my learning to be a patient mother/person. What are your plans for the Great Lent?
Here are some interesting ideas from other ladies:




Friday, 28 February 2014

It’s the last day of winter






Winter has flown so fast. It seems that the beginning of December was just yesterday and we were in a waiting mode for the miracle. And here we are, the last day of February and spring just around the corner.
It was an amazing, chaotic, difficult, incredible winter in our life. We are still adjusting to the new roles of parents and that our life never will be the same. 
With the addition to the family my priorities have slightly changed and this place was neglected by me. I really don’t want to stop blogging, but I think I have to make a rule, like one post per week (for a start). I don’t want to look it like a chore, so I don’t promise (myself) that I’ll stick strictly to this rule.
So what we were doing this February?
We grew, celebrated Valentines day, baked, took naps, knitted, visited my parents, started smiling and enjoyed being just around each other.
How are you?

Monday, 10 February 2014

I can feel the change



Not so long time ago I was complaining about my early days in mamahood. It seemed that sleep deprivation and nursing all day (literally) will be my “new normal” life. It’s only been a few weeks from that post and I already feel some changes in our life. 
Our days have more structure now and we’re slightly developing our own rhythm of the day. I like schedules (though I was not always a strict follower of them), they help to be more organized and accomplish more things during the day.
Now, with the baby in our house, schedule and the rhythm are our two favorite words. I noticed that  due to this Varvara became less fussy and more happy. It also helped to improve her sleeping time. And...now I even manage to find time for myself.
I was never thankful for free time. I took it for granted. But now I value every spare moment. Who could have thought that a person can mange so many during ONE hour?:)

Monday, 27 January 2014

Nursing can be productive


If you ask me what I do all my day long, the answer will be - I nurse. Sometimes nursing sessions can be short, but most of the time it takes more than 30 minutes to satisfy the soul and body of this tiny little creature.
And I found that all this time spending in bed with our baby can be “very” productive. Of course I have access to a limited amount of activities, but on the other hand it’s better than nothing.
One of those activities is reading. 
I have finished reading several books already and it’s only the first month of the year. I know it may sound very ridiculously, but I’m a very slow reader so it’s a big accomplishment for me.
I also try to read books for Varia, though she is not interested in them yet. And reading list for her is very short, it consists of Beatrix Potter’s tales and Children of Noisy Village by Astrid Lingren. 
But when I feel tired and don’t want to do anything (during nursing), I listen to podcasts. It’s only two of them and it would be great to have a longer list, but anyway here is my two favorite podcasts:
Woman’s Hour (BBC radio 4)