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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

mother's helper yarn along

I have hired a mother's helper for the summer.  A lovely girl comes to my home twice a week for a couple hours and plays with the kids while I do *something else*.  It is probably the most wonderful thing I have done for myself in years.  It is allowing me to do some projects that aren't as easily done with a 4 and almost 2 year old running around.  Of course, I am still doing a lot of laundry and cooking, but it is uninterrupted laundry and cooking!



So for this week's yarn along, I decided to start a scarf to say thank you at the end of the summer.  Yes, I am paying her, but I thought this would be a nice gift to show her how much I appreciate the time she is here.  But, do 8th graders even like scarfs?  I have no idea.  I know that she loves purple, so I am hoping for the best!  And also that it will make her want to come back around Christmas when I am almost inevitably overwhelmed with all the projects I have on my to do list.


I also finished Jack's winter hat.  I really like how it turned out.  I started one for Emma, but it wasn't turning out the way I wanted, so I frogged it and decided on the scarf to occupy my time instead.  It is a pretty pattern of garter stitch and lace insert.  I am really enjoying the ease of this pattern too, it is just a multiple of 2 stitches, very cool :-)


As for reading this week, I'm not really reading anything different.  We are still reading Persuasion, one chapter at a time.  I'm really enjoying it, and the kids still seem to be as well, so we keep pushing on.  Matt is reading 11/22/63: A Novel, which he says is the best book he has read in a long time.  I think it is suspense, I don't think it is the typical scare the crap out of you book that he writes.  I love that Stephen King lives in Maine, but honestly I have never been able to read any of his books.  I might give this one a try though, since Matt says it is so good.

Joining in with Ginny for her yarn along this week.

23 comments:

  1. The hat looks great and I think she will love the scarf as well! Happy to hear it's working out so well!

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  2. What a great idea to have a mother's helper! Yes, all the kid's around here love scarves. I think they are popular everywhere and the yarn you are using is a great color.

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  3. Great hat, and I'm sure she will love the scarf...how lovely of you!

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  4. A mother's helper, that seams like a great idea:) Your knitting work and the colors look very pretty and I am sure it/they will be loved!

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  5. I love that purple!! Great job on the hat too. Xxx

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  6. What a great idea, both to hire a mother's helper and to knit her a nice gift. Love the hat!

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  7. How can you go wrong with PURPLE!!!? She'll love it!

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  8. That scarf is gorgeous & I'll bet she will love it! I've also been wanting to read 11/22/63; I love Stephen King but I haven't kept up with his new work as much as I did when I was in high school and college… xo

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  9. I read Stephen King's The Stand and it wasn't too bad. Not his usual scariness.

    I'm sure the girl you hired as a helper will appreciate anything you make her. :-)

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  10. Good for you for valuing yourself enough to have some uninterrupted time - I wish I had done that when mine was younger!
    I like the purple :o)

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  11. Do you have the pattern for the scarf?
    Warm wishes,
    Tonya

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    1. Yes! I do, sorry, didn't think to include it. It comes from Reader's Digest Complete Guide to Needlwork - which is my mom's book that I have been borrowing for quite some time *ahem keeping ahem* It says:

      Lace insert: A double band of openwork alternating with strips of garter stitch. multiple of 2 stitches

      Rows 1 to 6: knit
      Rows 7 and 9: *yo, K2 tog*
      Rows 8 and 10: *yo, P2 tog*

      pretty easy, and very pretty :-)

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  12. A mother's helper - now there's something my daughter could do. Did you ask or did your helper advertize? Just wondering.

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    1. I asked. It is my husband's boss' daughter, so we knew her, but it is definitely a great service! And great for younger girls who are too young for actual babysitting. Plus, now I know that when she is older, I will have a great babysitter whom I trust and know well :-)

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  13. i love the pattern on that scarf. and i am a big fan of purple!

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  14. You should be knitting and reading while the helper is there! Great idea and if it makes the summer a bit smoother, then it's a very good thing. I think eighth graders love scarves!! She will be thrilled to receive a gift :)

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  15. Sounds like you've found a great way to get a little me time :) I really love the purple you're using for the scarf.

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  16. That is such a wonderful idea! For your helper and for you. And what a lovely idea to make an appreciation scarf, she will love it I'm sure!

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  17. Oh a mothers helper sounds awesome!! good on you!

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  18. A mother's help............ I am very tempted!!! Hope you get to do more than just chores during that time.

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  19. The mother's helper, what a good idea! x

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  20. How great! Good for you for having someone come in a couple days a week---you need a break and some time to just be :) And honestly I bet the kids love interacting with this other gal. I bet she'll love the scarf.

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  21. A motehr's helper is unheard of these days...you are lucky and sweet to reciprocate!!...:)JP

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