Sorry, but I'm being selfish...with my family, my time, my home, my energy and just not much interested in sharing right now, blogwise. After being gone two months over a three month period of time, it's so good to curl up on the couch and read with the boys, to sit around the table together for meals, to feed the woodstove, to start each morning with two boys sneaking downstairs, crawling under the covers, and sandwiching me in, and to settle into more of a schedule, school-wise. In other words, to just have a so-called normal family life, to just be "us at home", not "us out in the world", and to reconnect with friends and family. To tackle the piles left in the whirlwinds of our comings and goings.
To just be. Here. Right now. In our house. In our life.
Late fall/early winter is extraordinarily beautiful still and there's plenty of knitting to share, a backlog even, but I just don't feel like hauling the camera around trying to get a halfway decent shot or bothering with downloading right now. It has been feeling "right" lately to consciously choose to leave the camera behind, to look with my own eyes and experience things for what they are, and to spend less time in front of the screen.
That being said and out of my system, don't be surprised if I just get over it and post like crazy in the next few days. Or maybe not. No Nablopomo here, but I'll try to pull together a few posts here and there, or at least a few pictures, inspired by Amber's tagging of me here. She has me looking back through pictures and reminiscing, both on Flickr and those on the computer and even back into the days of real film cameras.
Despite a lack posting here, I still am out there enjoying others' blogs and Flickr pages.
The calendar shot is my entry in the November Calendar contest here. The boys have been making these at the beginning of each month. They each draw a picture and R makes the calendar using a blank one from here. E likes having a reason to draw, so this a nice way of encouraging him to do so.
The watch cap is knit following this pattern, but over a greater number of stitches in a Dk weight yarn, Dale Falk Neon. This is my answer to (and improvement upon) the basic hunter's cap, a necessity this time of year. Unlike all the cheapy acrylic ones out there, this one is washable wool. I just wish mine was as pretty as this one, also pictured here.