Joining Ginny from Small Things this week for another yarn-along...
On the Needles: With all this knitting for baby I nearly forgot that it was getting to be about time to start knitting a little someone's annual fall sweater. In falls past I just picked out a pattern I thought would look nice on Mr. S, but this year S is old enough to pick something out himself. So when he told me he wanted a dinosaur sweater, I immediately began searching Ravelry and found this sweet Diplodocus Sweater (which also has a KAL going on right now). S loved the pattern and so now I'm knitting away on it and getting closer and closer to the color-stranded knitting part, which has me a little nervous since I've never done color-stranded knitting. It looks easy, but if I'm suddenly switching to a different patttern you'll know why.
I'm using Knit Picks Wool of the Andes in these fallish colors. I hope it turns out, and I hope S likes it!
Off the Bookshelf: The wonderful thing about these yarn-alongs (and read-alongs) is that I get such wonderful book and knitting pattern recommendations. I guess that's one of the main points. And so I ordered Simplicity Parenting since so many in this group are reading it. I absolutely love it so far, and since our family is already doing so much of what the author suggests I feel pretty good.
However, there remains one deep, dark secret that our family has needed to wrangled with for some time now, and that is the overwhelming amount of toys in our household. This is harder than you'd think since husband is a toy designer by trade and an avid toy collector. Thankfully most of his toys are in storage, otherwise our house would be nothing but a shrine to Star Wars, Star Trek and He-Man, with lots and lots of comic book figures interspersed.
We definitely have the problem of aunts, unlces, grandparents (and ourselves) buying toys for our kid, but we also have the unique problem of having easy and cheap access to all manner of toys. One of the perks of being in the toy industry is free or deeply discounted toys. When T worked for Hasbro a couple of summers ago he came home with bags of toys all the time that he got for at least 50% off in the Hasbro employee toy store. So, S shares his father's passion for Star Wars and toys in general and our home is overrun with action figures and light sabres (we have three of the real sounding, real looking light sabres and multiple other plastic push-button light sabres--I just asked why we needed so many and received a very logical, detailed response from T that I won't go into here). Luckily, T has thrown toys out before and is willing to go through and help me get rid of a lot of stuff that doesn't get played with. When it comes to throwing things out he's more ruthless than I am.
So this is the long, rambling way to say that Simplicity Parenting hit the nail on the head when it comes to our toy problem and opened up a whole dialogue that desperately needed to take place between T and I. Before this new babe comes along 3/4 of the toys in our household will make a slow disappearance to either the garbage can or the Salvation Army. And if S asks what happened I'll blame it on the Dark Side.