It begins...

A friend recently forwarded an email to me titled "The Invisible Mother," a short essay comparing the tireless and often thankless job of a mother to the builders of Europe's great cathedrals. Both give their whole lives for a work they will never see finished, both make sacrifices and expect no credit, and both are fueled in their passion by the faith that the eyes of God see every detail. The writer of the essay was inspired by the thought that our endless efforts in motherhood, invisible as they may seem, are worth it and can make an enriching life.

For many of us, the way we choose to hold our invisibility at bay is by creating something tangible. For me, my days often end with knitting - my love of fiber and the need to do something relaxing end up producing something I can hold and look at. Nobody will know how many times I swept under the high chair that day, or how many toys I picked up, or how many times I tried to coax a "please" or "more" or "sorry" out of my 5 year old. But a darling, handmade infant hat? That you can see.

I start new projects every day, and my 10 year old does the same. In this process of creating (and yes, often not finishing our projects!) we connect with each other and a bigger picture of ourselves in the process. My plan for this blog is to share the projects that excite me and bring some accessible proof of my existence in this invisible world of mothering!

So, this blog is dedicated to the mothers out there whose days are filled with the minutia of tasks that build our children and our families. I often tell people that I haven't decided what I want to be when I grow up. But for now, I am the builder of a great cathedral. With every shoelace tied, lunch packed, and forehead kissed, I build.

And I can hardly wait to create something new...

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Where Has April Gone?

Good gravy! How can it be April 27th already?? May is so packed with parties, fun, and travel I might not survive it. Ha!

The saga continues with the lace sweater. I bought new pins, as promised, and blocked the little edging along the front and neck. Yep, it rusted. DUDE. I can't even begin to explain it. But, you can't see the little rust marks unless you're really looking, and the sweater fits Rowan perfectly. She wore it all day on Easter!
We had tons of Easter fun - hunting eggs, dying eggs, and eating lots of chocolate. My plan to not eat Easter candy? Yeah, out the window. :P
We also made some yummy treats called "Petit Au Pain Chocolat." Oh yes, they were awesome. I can post the recipe if anyone is interested. Rowan could pretty much make them on her own - super easy! (They are basically puffed pastry dough wrapped around chocolate, then glazed with egg and sugar.)

Rowan received some Easter candy at school that she can't eat (darn braces!), so she decided to return it to the Easter Bunny. She created a little bag (note that each little whisker, etc, was colored and cut out separately to place on the bag!) with a darling little note explaining herself. I stashed the note away, emptied the candy, and wrote her a note back (from "E. Bunny") to say thank you, and that she should keep her darling bag. You should have seen the look on her face when she came downstairs on Easter morning! I was waiting, camera-ready, hoping for a big giant smile of happiness, but when she saw the little bag still on the table I thought she was going to KILL someone. Daggers practically shot from her eyes - she was SO upset thinking the bunny hadn't seen her bag and note. Of course once she saw the return note and the candy gone she was ecstatic, but her fury was so dramatic I almost laughed out loud.
Now that we've made it past the holiday, the craftiness has begun anew.  I hosted Knit Night last night, and needed a new project to start! While Brynn was at school, I leisurely browsed at Knit Wit and came home with yarn to make myself two new felted bags - I've been wanted to make one for ages and too many other projects got in the way. At first I thought I was going to choose bright, summery colors, but I just kept wanting to gravitate towards the neutrals. I'm so boring! I ended up with some soft spring colors (GAP would approve) for the first bag, and some deeper colors for the second. All are Cascade 220 - here they are:
And then this morning, I had a "DOH!" moment. (I have a lot of those.) Here I am, starting a bag for myself, when next week is Teacher Appreciation week!  I know (er, hope!) Rowan's teacher would love a felted bag, so Brynn and I dashed to Knit Wit again this morning to pick out yarn for a 3rd bag. Her teacher's favorite colors are "bright ones" according to her, so here's what I chose. I cast on and finished the bottom in between loads of laundry this afternoon.
I am toying with the idea of felting a chunky flower on the front of her bag as well - it depends on how much yarn I have to spare.

I will continue to post my progress with the bags - can't wait to sport something new and different over my shoulder (I'm way, way overdue.)  Cheers!

1 comment:

  1. Oooo, felted bags! Fun. Her teacher will be thrilled! Note: Someone told me once that white and really light colors don't felt as well. I've not tried it myself, so here's hoping it's NOT true.

    Rowan's sweater is just adorably sweet and I'm so glad the little rust spots don't really show up. It has to have something to do with the yarn or the vinegar or something other than those pins, I just know it.

    I'd love the Petit Pain Chocolat recipe, though I shouldn't make and eat such things, but maybe for a special occasion?? :)

    And that little bunny bag and story... precious!

    What fun it is to share your craftiness and busy mothering life by reading your blog. I wish others would comment besides me..ha! Maybe you need to send out another reminder to friends and family that you HAVE a blog! :) Or maybe everyone is just spring-busy these days.

    All I know is I love it!