Signs of Spring

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I'm mildly aghast at how much knitting I've done this winter.

The lavender vest was actually finished in November. The lavender cardigan-in-progress I just started last week. It's called Gilipeysa and will be a steeked lopapeysa cardigan, made not with lopi wool but with the Summer Wool. Yoke colors in olive green and cream. Ribbon to trim inside of button band to be chosen from the above, but will likely be the third from the right (and those were from here). For those who asked about how I added the ribbon to my Cricket sweater, I actually used a piece of purchased bias tape (I think it was from Fabric Depot, ages ago) and followed dear Mrs. Cleaver's tutorial, which is very good. Her sweet Little Buds sweater (the greenish-blue) was actually made (I just looked it up) right before she was born, when I knew she was coming but still didn't really believe she would be ours. Oh, knitting. You do help with everything, dear knitting.

Today is the first day that it hasn't been pouring cold rain in as long as I can remember. Spring is just starting to make herself known here, especially now that there isn't cold, pouring-down rain falling on my head every minute. Buckling a kid who won't sit down into a car seat twelve times a day basically sucks when cold water is pouring down on your head every minute of every day. I know I shouldn't complain about rain since I spend every minute from July through September longing hopelessly for it. But honestly, Portland, you have been trying my patience in a million ways lately so thank you, I say petulantly, for the one non-pouring, almost-sunny day out of about the past fifty thousand. Or so.

Quilt kits are in the homestretch, you guys. I'm hoping for next week? I have a few more things to do. You see, I have ZERO concentration at night. All I ever do after Amelia goes to bed is knit and surf Etsy for old patterns and eBay for used kid's clothes (because Amelia now has almost nothing that will fit her this spring) and watch Rosemary and Thyme episodes on YouTube. That's it. I've tried to change this but I'm so fried at the end of the day. I've been trying to stay up a little later, past 9:00 p.m. (seeeeeeeriously), but we get up so early around here that it is almost impossible. Ah, well. I've never been a night owl. But it is hard to only ever have about two hours a day, other than when the kiddo's at pre-school, to myself. When Andy's home I have a little more time. But a lot of the time the three of us do stuff together, then. Well, it's all good. It's just hard to balance everything. I don't know how people do it. I don't seem to do it very well. I get tired. There's really a lot to do. I really need to start the taxes, too. Ugh.

If you've been reading this blog for a while you might have heard me mention cherry soap, specifically Crabtree and Evelyn cherry soap. This was my favorite soap back in the 'eighties, when I was a young lass. This soap was discontinued sometime in the early 'nineties and I've never stopped longing for it. Occasionally, through the years I would surf eBay looking for some and could never find any. Well, I finally found some a few weeks ago and was practically sputtering with excitement. I've never hit that "buy now" button so fast in my life. ALAS, the soap came and the scent is completely gone. SOB!!! This is what you get when you buy twenty-five-year-old soap, I guess. But was there ever a prettier box in the history of the world???

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oh my goodness don't run yourself ragged with your life or you will go stark raving mad and end up in a corner drooling. i think (from experience) the trick is not to over-plan. there is so much to do and we somehow feel we must do it all or not be doing enough....for our kids, and ourselves....even good things, that we end up just rushing from thing to thing to just get them done rather than enjoy them. whether work, school, extra special goodies, it's all still just stuff that must get done. we all need lots and lots of do nothing time...especially kids. so there's that. i remember that cherry soap and i feel the same way about L'Occitane Verveine (verbena)...if they ever stop I'll just cry huge crocodile tears. chin up...spring is soon coming.

Paula M Jablonski says: March 13, 2017 at 04:09 PM

They sell cherry soap in Traverse City Michigan- the cherry capital- I bought some last fall. a bunch come up when you google. I think we got it from Great Lakes Bath & Body works? There was one store where they have chocolate covered cherries...like samples...YUM!

Yup. Productivity must be redefined in the child rearing Years. There just are not enough hours in the day- stuff has to go undone or I will come undone. My kids are 5,7,9, and 11 and i have finally accepted that life isn't going to slow down so I guess I have to. I barely finish a project a year between knitting AMD sewing, but it's ok. The moments I spend crafting anything, I value so much more than I ever did before because they are so rare. One day I will have grown kids and a lot of time, and just writing that makes me feel sad so I am going to slow down and just enjoy the madness as much as I can.

I've never smelled that soap but I was OBSESSED with Crabtree & Evelyn's swiss goat milk soap, which is also sadly discontinued. It smelled so.....CLEAN. And fresh. I just loved it! C&E should really bring back some of these old favorites. I don't really like the new stuff nearly as well.

Speaking of C&E....if you're a fan, I think you should see out the Crabtree & Evelyn cookbook. Somewhere on my blog I wrote a post about it but I'm too lazy to go find the link for you ha ha ha! The book is out of print so you have to buy it used, but it's one the JEWELS of my cookbook collection and fun fact - the food styling/recipe curation was done by Nigel Slater! This book is gorgeous and you would love it. Go seek it out!

Thought winter was coming to an end and today we're having a blizzard!
Love your selection of tape for buttonholes - Everything you make is just beautiful.

Oh, when I saw that soap in the picture almost squealed, I was so excited you'd found some! How sad about the scent! I so wish someone would make another like it doe SOMETHING!!!

Happy almost spring! Although it doesn't exactly feel like it where I live today - cold, windy and 40 degrees. I
absolutely love your new wallpaper!! Would love to see more of the wallpapered wall in your kitchen!

You are so lucky that you can knit with little Mimi around. My boys wouldn't let me knit and loved to play jokes by taking my work off the needles. They are all grown up now and have left home. I think I will have to knit one of those darling sweater jumpers for a little one now that no one is playing jokes on me. What is summer wool? xoxo

We are patiently waiting for spring here too but I can't think of a better way to do it than knitting to keep cozy! I did the dreaded taxes yesterday. You will feel better if you just do it and then you can celebrate it being done!

love the lavender vest. thanks for the link!

"Buckling a kid who won't sit down into a car seat twelve times a day basically sucks when cold water is pouring down on your head every minute of every day." LOL, this. My boy is an October '12 fellow, and the car seat peaceful protest in this PNW perpetual downpour: geez. Just situate yourself NOW, RIGHT NOW please and thank you I am getting soaked. My grandma used to get us Crabtree & Evelyn gift sets for Christmas, and at the time I guess I stashed it terminally under the sink, and 30-something me thinks "Whyyyy?" Glorious floral bath stink, I hardly knew thee.

Thank you again for all the inspiration! Those ribbons! Those knits! Those flowers! And beautiful, happy Amelia! Our little girl will be four soon as well! <3 The packaging of the soap really is beautiful! Sorry about the scent!!! :-( I still have my own most beautiful packaging in the universe, a special edition tin of Nivea Creme from the 80ies ... I remember dearly loving it as a child. It is the perfect, my favourite shades of blue and has little flowers on it. Your quilt kits make me think of that. I'm excited about those! I'll try to show you that Nivea tin some day! ;-) :-D

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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