Back on September 9th, I put up a blogpost: Warring Amoebas in Flight, where I decided that I was going to publicly challenge myself to completing one of two things: Anna Karenina or this knitting project.
Reading books with small children in the house is a near impossibility. Between each sentence, I get interrupted. I could read when they are napping or asleep for the night...if I weren't pregnant and falling asleep between each sentence. So, I'll hold the book until after this new baby arrives when I have more energy.............*HAHAHAAAAA*
Anyway, I started this knitting project in the beginning of September and then FINALLY completed it this week. A babyleg for Elena!!
Two problems: I strongly dislike how the colors fell into perfect blocks instead of being intertwined. Also, I didn't do a loose enough cast-on or bind-off to slide them on her chunky thighs.
In order to knit peacefully with 2 curious toddlers, I throw these Melissa and Doug Lace and Trace boards at them and they leave me alone!
So, 3 days ago, I slid this one sad looking babyleg into my knitting bag and started over. It took 2 months to complete one babyleg, and only 3 days to complete 2 brand new ones!!!! I'm quite proud of myself. Once I learned how to knit different patterns and once the finished product was in front of me, I had motivation to move fast. I watched every video on Youtube, searched every knitting pattern and explored all the possibilities on Pinterest. I always wondered how women could sit and knit for hours. I only managed a few minutes at a time until my arms and hands cramped up. With a little practice, I can go for hours without noticing though. And, if I focus long enough on the project in front of me, I don't even notice the full laundry baskets or the full sink!!! It's a glorious distraction :)
When Elena sports these little doo-dads, she fancies herself a pro-dancer. She likes to stomp and dance around until they fall to her ankles and then she screams, "OH NO!! BROKEN!!!!" until we come and pull them up.
Now I just have to figure out how to make them stay up?????
But I do love them. Actually so does Leo. He wants me to knit him some "robot arms". My next project? Maybe a tote bag?? And once I figure out how to score yarn for super cheap, I'll make a blanket for the baby :)