Big-ish changes

Things be changing ’round here…in two weeks I will be finished my full time contract position and return to my old job at the front desk. But there is a twist, I will only be working weekends and will be spending my Monday to Friday’s home with my kids.  The decision is mostly for economical reasons, having 2 kids in before & after school care is about $1600 a month and higher during the summer & holidays as they are there full time.

In addition to the financial benefits of our new normal, it also means that the house clutter will no longer be barely kept at bay, Chris will be relieved of cooking duty (our consumption of meat & starch will drop dramatically), I will have time with my kids and there WILL BE TIME FOR CRAFTING!!! I’m super excited by that last bit as for the past 2 years, between school, work and life, there just hasn’t been much of it going on so consequently, I was becoming quite the unbearable Grump-A-Lump.  The little bit of crafting I was able to do was one of the few things keeping me sane…mostly…

My weaving has seen a resurgence, mainly as an effective and quick stash buster but Spunky Eclectic’s Weaving Club has turned out to be an excellent way to expand my rigid heddle skills and get me excited about the loom again! My two most recent projects are a HoundsTooth scarf from using some Shibui yarn that has been maturing in the stash.

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Houndstooth looks like it might be tricky, but it’s dead easy! I plan to weave up a few more for gifts.

New Baby Niece Mea’s arrival inspired another weaving project with coordinating sweater:

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There has been next to no spinning going on although last night I was spindle spinning through out the bi-weekly DnD game.

The knitting has been slow and steady, I have a new sweater (which will become it’s own post once buttons have been added) and a nearly completed one. The various travel knit projects are going to now take a bit longer to complete as my commute will drop from 5 to 2 days a week…

Another little bonus to my becoming a mostly stay at home Mum, is that I will have time to blog again!

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