Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

All in a morning's work

It's 9 am here, and so far this morning I have (all by myself) unloaded the dishwasher, nursed a baby, made coffee for the spouseman to take to work, vacuumed the house to fight the rain-encouraged ant infestation (kids cleared some of the floor), made breakfast for 5 people, cleared up after breakfast for 5 people, made my bed, dressed, nursed the baby, dressed the baby (clothing chosen by sister), wiped up one spill, said thank you to big sister for wiping up another spill, read the comics, framed two pictures done by Thing 2, found spots to display framed pictures (not easy in a house with no horizontal display surfaces), wiped down the bathroom floor, took a lot of paper goods to the recycle bin, nursed the baby, helped Thing 2 write a shopping list for clothes, suprevised animal-related kid chores, took the baby's tea-covered sock off, caught a parakeet-hunting scratching kitten, helped get the parakeet back in its cage, cleaned and bandaged two people's cat scratches, helped Thing 1 get the mop set up to mop away the ant's scent trail, moved the barricade of a crib that Thing 3 put across his door, cleaned up half of the under-crib area, agreed with Thing 1 that he was "creative but obnoxious," picked up the spit-out pieces of apple that Thing 4 put on the freshly-vacuumed rug . . .

What have I not had time to do? Find my cell phone. Fold the laundry. Clean up the mess by the back door. Get the kids to do their bookwork. Knit any more on this:


That first sleeve is done but in need of lengthening -- I think he grew while I was knitting it. That string tied to the top is a cheater. I knit to the knot and it's supposed to be the right length. The second sleeve is using non-stretchy yarn.

If the second sleeve allows, after the collar I'm going to lengthen the body too. This sweater was supposed to be done early so I could start on the Blinding Black Saddle Shoulder Sweater, but oh well. It's not like finishing it is going to be easy, thanks to Puck the kitten.

He is utterly obsessed with my Chibi, and I don't think it's the loop I tied to it. I am forever chasing my finishing needles.

In bee-related news, my spouse spent his weekend fashioning this (all by himself, although Things 3 & 4 "helped"):


It's a top-bar beehive fashioned after this one, with some modifications. Even with freshly-bought materials, it's about a third of the cost of a traditional, or Langstroth hive, which is what I've been using so far. He's happy with it, and I'm sure the bees will be, too.

In this kind, the bees suspend their comb from the bars -- see the little ridges?
and there's no frame around it, plus no foundation on which they build the comb. The shape mimics the half-oval honeycomb is in the wild. It yields a little less honey, and a lot more wax than a traditional hive, but there may be some health benefits. For instance, the screen at the bottom is so the varroa mites (nasty, nasty parasites) fall off of the bees and can't get back on. In a traditional hive, they can either climb back or fall onto another bee. These mites might (heee) be responsible for whatever disaster is befalling my current hive. I'm going to go to the bee meeting tonight -- knitting time! -- and ask some questions so maybe I can rescue the crashing population.

Anyhow, since I have friends who are interested in hosting colonies of bees for me in exchange for a portion of the harvest, a less-expensive hive option has to be tried. Thank goodness he's handy!

I don't dare hope for knitting time until Miguel comes. But now that the kids are playing some complicated zoo-paper airplane game, maybe I can make two phone calls and look for that missing cell phone.

14 Comments:

At 10:17 AM, Blogger Lara said...

Busy gal!

It's a little overwhelming to actually list out all the things you do in average day, huh?

I love hearing about your bees. I love bees, but I have no clue about anything having to so with keeping them.

 
At 11:38 AM, Blogger Delana said...

The sweater is looking good. I love the color.

Chibi Kitty!! Too funny.

 
At 2:05 PM, Blogger Charity said...

Yikes, Stephani, I'm tired and out of breath just reading your list. I know how you feel - just one urgent demand after another, and suddenly the day is over. And we long for these days to be over, until... the sweetheart you're nursing touches your face and gives you a baby talk "I love you", or one of the bigger Things smiles at you just like Dad...

You're doing a great job, hang in there! :0)

 
At 4:16 PM, Blogger String Bean said...

You are one busy busy mama. I hope things (and the Things) ease up a bit so you can fit in more knitting time.

I had to laugh at your Chibi-thieving cat. Last week my cat sauntered off with my camera! It was in it's knitted case and she just picked it up and took off nice-as-you-please.

The sweater's coming along nicely. Of course, I think you're insane to be knitting a sweater a month, but you are a seasoned sweater knitter. Plus, they're usually for your kids so it's not as if you're knitting a sweater for a guy with a 46-inch chest.

A new beehive! Woo-hoo! I still wish I lived near you so I could give you spinning lessons in exchange for honey. Oooh, how I love good honey. We're tea drinkin' peope over here. Can't wait to see the bees in their new home.

 
At 10:47 PM, Blogger amanda j said...

Oh. My. Goodness. What a busy morning. Good to see you can combine bees and knitting in the evening!

 
At 5:26 AM, Blogger Rain said...

I'm tired just listening to that, where do you find the time? You're Super-Mom!

Hope you manage to fit in the knitting time too.

 
At 7:47 AM, Blogger sewingsuzee said...

Lucky Things, lucky kitty, lucky bird, lucky bees.

And you looked cool as a tall drink when I saw you. I never would have guessed this was your day!

 
At 8:35 PM, Blogger meg said...

Congrats on the new super-improved hive- hope this will stave off the nasty mites :P
The Chibi thief would enjoy meeting my menagerie- one walks away with 1 of a pair of needles (usually found under the downstairs bathroom sink), & another takes whatever sock I'm working on, takes it to her basket & sleeps on it.

 
At 8:12 AM, Blogger Katherine said...

That description of your morning cracked me up! Isn't it amazing what we are capable of when we really don't have much of a choice? : )

I'm glad you got a little time at the computer, at least. That sweater is beautiful.

 
At 6:37 PM, Blogger Alisha said...

The other day I thought one day I should write everything down that I do all day....it would probably send me running to a padded room!

Love the sweater. It looks great!!

 
At 11:55 AM, Blogger Michelle said...

What a list! AND you're knitting a sweater a month?

 
At 12:18 PM, Anonymous Becca said...

That's amazing! I was tired by the time you cleared breakfast.

The hive is such a great idea. Thanks for sharing.

 
At 2:09 PM, Blogger Jennus Interruptus said...

Sweater's looking good, though by now it's probably finished, and March's sweater half way done.

 
At 6:50 AM, Blogger Brown Berry said...

A morning like that will make your head spin! Unless of course, it's just like yesterday and the day before that...
Just had to comment that your yarn choices are just scrumptious for all of your projects! May you find some rest time(and your phone) today!

 

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