Sun, snow, sun, snow. The ever changing cycles of this time of year, as spring and winter dance together. I love the randomness it of it all. In just a few short months we will go from talking about this crazy winter, to wondering when the heat will break and give way to cooler weather. Spring offers change, every day, and in just an unpredictable way. Tomorrow we are due to see snow, but come soccer game time on Saturday, it should be near 70.
Speaking of soccer, good gracious are we seeing a lot of that. My older two love the sport, and I am just thrilled beyond belief that they chose something that is only 50 minutes in length, and played in the cooler months. Most days I have to scoot the boys outside to get the ball out of the house and away from the dog, furniture and baby. I feel like it is constantly bouncing off of one of their feet, and almost everything we own can somehow become a makeshift goal if needed. One of my kids has practice at least once a day and games most weekends, which means that I am becoming entrenched in my minivan driving, soccer mom chauffeuring ways. Perhaps Landon will do theater, dance, or play a musical instrument. Those can’t be anywhere as drive intensive as youth sports.
Of course I have Emma Jeanne and my knitting to keep me company on the sidelines (Landon is always off schmoozing the preschool ladies on the swings), and I do believe that more yarn related projects get completed on the field than anywhere else throughout the year. During yesterdays practice I managed to get Emma’s Diamond Pullover and a new pair of Picky Pants off the needle. Both projects had sat with just one or two rows left to complete for months, and for some reason I could not find the motivation to get them done. I knew the sweater was a tad big for Emma Jeanne, so maybe I just felt that there wasn’t a rush to get it on her. I have to say that I was surprised by how much I enjoyed knitting with this yarn, and how well I think that it is holding up. I have an Emma Tunic on the needles again (I love that pattern), and I am making it in the same fiber and colorway. There hasn’t been any piling, and it holds its shape beautifully.
With two kids on the field, one making a bee line for the playground, and one so very close to learning to crawl all over the place, trying to keep my knitting in order can be a challenge some days. Having a small drawstring bag to help me keep my yarn from tangling, or even worse, getting dirt and baby puffs in it, is a lifesaver. I use these bags two different ways, and carry them with me wherever just to be sure that if I ever have an extra minute to knit, I have it ready to go.
The bags are super easy to construct, and can be worn around the wrist while walking, playing with the kids at the playground, or enjoying times with friends. The bag can have the yarn drawn right up through the top opening, which allows the project to be taken in and out, or the yarn can be drawn through the hole that we make in the side. The tutorial below shows you how to make a crazy simple drawstring bag with the addition of the side opening. Once you know how you want to use it, you can decide which way to put your yarn in.
Wristlet Yarn Bag for Knitting or Crochet
1 Fat quarter or small piece of fabric
Rotary mat and cutter
Quilting ruler that measure at least 18″ long
Needles and thread
Ribbon or cording for the drawstring
Yarn for your knitting project
:: Wash and iron your fabric. Cut your fabric into a 18″long x 10″ wide piece of fabric. Fold down the fabric on each 18″ side by 1/4″ and iron. Fold and press both 10″ sides by 1″. Top stitch each short side in order to hold your drawstring ribbon and cord.
:: Fold your fabric right sides together and pin. Beginning on the right side of the fabric, sew around one side and the bottom (beginning under the drawstring sleeve), ending 2″ up the left hand side. Back stitch to secure your work. Leave 2″ of open, and begin sewing the sides of the bag together again, stopping just before the drawstring sleeve once again. Backstitch to secure. Trim your corners and excess thread, clip your corners, turn right side out and press.
:: Using a safety pin, draw your ribbon or cord through your drawstring sleeve and tie off to your desired length. Place your yarn through the side hole, or simply thread it through the opening on the bag, and taking your knitting or crochet wherever you go!
Now that we have the knitting down, lets get to the reading. In the final edition of ROTH, I had the pleasure to interview a local up and coming children’s book author who was trying to fund her first book through Kickstarter. Marissa Bloom was taking her first book from inside her head, to fully illustrated, to self-published and now, distributed. Over the weekend I had the joy of picking up two copies from Marissa, and my family is in love with it. All Are Family is a sweet book about the many different types of family that are found not only around the globe, but in our own communities.
As part of my Kickstarter donation, I received a second signed copy from Marissa, and I would really like to share it with one of you. I think that every family should have this book on their shelves, and every child a chance to read it.
If you are interested in winning a copy of All Are Family, simply leave a comment here and I will draw a winner on Sunday evening through the random number generator.
Winner chosen by random generator (#11). Little Blue Dragonfly Baby knits are just the yummiest!!! Adorable! And I really love the yarn bag. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thank you for the tutorial! :).
I love to see see someone living their dream and making things happen. It gives me hope that when I tell my children that they can be anything that they want, they can grow up to be just that.