Life's been a bit of a scramble but we're finally settling into routines, both at home and at work. It's a bit of a crapshoot most of the time since the babies' level of fussiness is what ultimately determines whether we have a good day or bad.
This morning I took over my shift at 4:15 and the babies were "noshy." I gave them both as much of a bottle as they wanted and miraculously they fell back asleep with minimal fussing. I wound up getting another couple of hours of light sleep. So, today, thus far, has been a good day for me.
But, honestly, fussy or not, every day is a good day in the long run...
In knitting news, my projects sidebar is sadly out of date. I've been spending way too much time updating my projects at Ravelry and haven't been focusing on mirroring the changes here. However, I'll be updating this site over the Labor Day weekend — along with adding the pictures that are missing from my "365" project pages. (Believe it or not, I do have a picture of the kiddos for every single day. I just have to wade through them and pick the ones that I am going to use for the site.)
I finished the knitting and seaming on the Baby Surprise Jacket last Wednesday and only need to sew the buttons onto it. I actually had no buttons for it until last night when I "stole" some from a blouse I no longer wear. I realize that I can't do this for every knitted piece of mine so I'm going to have to find a good source for buttons somewhere.
I did the finishing work — seaming and crocheting the neckline a la Yarn Harlot — on the subway and found it easier than I thought it would be. So now my goal is to work on a new project during my morning commute and to do the finishing needed by my UFO baby knits during my evening ride.
Of course, this morning I found myself with two knitting projects and no finishing work in my bag. You see, I organize my projects using some nifty project bags I bought from Piddleloop. (These are totally awesome for organizing everything!) Last night I packed two of them in my work bag thinking that I knew their contents. Turns out I didn't.
Instead of bringing along my almost completed blue Hooded Jacket, I packed the project bag that had the makings for my Three-Piece Layette (pattern from Fall 2007 KnitSimple) and the one containing the Saartjes' booties I'm making from the leftover Baby Surprise Jacket yarn. I'd started the booties on my commute home on Friday and planned to bring this as my knitting project since they would be a quick knit to finish. (Aside: I have to frog my progress to date since I messed up the increases on the first bootie this morning.)
Tonight I'll make sure that I actually look in each bag so that I can take the right projects with me.
I've also recently started the "Charming" Cape that was in the Vogue Knitting 20th anniversary issue. It's a tough knit for me because it's on size 15 needles. I've discovered that my preferred needle range is on the small side. I feel most comfortable with needles smaller than size 4. Size 00000. Yeah, bring it. Size 6. Sometimes sucky. Size 10. Ugh. Still, I really want to make this cape to wear during the fall since I think it will look absolutely smashing with my suits. So the goal is to finish all the current baby knits and to work on this in the evenings until I can make it my commuting project.
Oh, and as you can see above, I started a bib this weekend using the Baby Bib O' Love pattern from the Mason-Dixon Knitting book. I'm going to make two for starters so that we can see whether or not we like them better than the ones that we're currently using. I hate the dishcloth cotton yarn because it hurts my hands to knit with it, but if Mark prefers these I'll knit up a few dozen for us.