Weekend Craziness

Well I am exhausted, burnt, and sore.  I so wish I could have an extra day to recoup from this weekend, but as it is I have already technically had a 3 day weekend. Friday the kids had no school, which meant that I was babysitting so I babysat two little girls for roughly 7 hours. Not “working in the since of through my employer” is what I mean by technically having a three-day weekend but I actually worked more hours on Friday than I do regularly. By that evening I wasn’t feeling really well, so I went to be early, then I woke up nice and early again, but not as early at 6 on Friday, but 9 which isn’t horrible and went to the ball fields. I coached softball for about an hour and a half and then went to watch a friends kid play and chat. After that I went and watched my nephew play. So all in all I was at the ball fields for about 6 hours give or take playing with kids and swinging them around and watching baseball without any sun screen because we had none at my house and I wasn’t really thinking about it. Needless to say I am a pale red-head and I got BURNT! Then that night I ended up getting asked to babysit about 5 hours watching 5 boys which is fun but exhausting. Then again today I was at the ball field for another two hours to watch my nephew. I am BEAT! Oh and in case you are wondering my nephew has another game tomorrow and the team I help coach has a game on Tuesday, and I go back to work so no break in sight.
Me at my babysitting job Saturday night with their cute little puppy Ginger.

Me at my babysitting job Saturday night with their cute little puppy Ginger. This picture surprisingly does not show how truly burnt I am.

But on the plus side I have been able to get a lot of work done on my Pistachio robot while babysitting and while watching baseball.
So far everything is going according to plan with my pistachio robot. Since I am working on32 in  needles that are not interchangeable  I can not try it on as I go yet, but I have compared it to a shirt that I bought and a sweater I have made and it seems to be matching up to the size I was hoping for.

When I picked this top I knew I was going to be making some pretty major modifications to it. I have read through some of the other FO’s that have been modified, but from what I saw most of them were size small and well I am a medium so I am taking some things others have said and making it my own.

Cast On-
I decided to knit it in the round because I don’t like to seam and I think it goes faster. So I cast on 198 stitches, I put a stitch marker in the middle so it has 99 stitches on either side of the stitch marker and I placed a stitch marker when I joined in the round.

I followed the eyelet section like it was written, but since it was in the round at the end of the round you need to yo then k2tog, after you k2tog you are at the stitch marker, you need to remove it k1 then pm again. Then you will have 99 stitches on either side of the stitch markers again.

Body-
I prefer things to have a more fitted look so besides casting on fewer stitches I have also done some waist decreasing and increasing. After knitting 4 in. (including the ribbing) I started decreasing. Since my starting point is one of the sides I did a k1, k2tog then knit until 3 stitches before stitch marker ssk, K1, sm, k1, k2tog, then knit until 3 stitches before stitch marker ssk, k1. I did that every 5 rows (about an 1 inch between each) 4 times total. Then I knit 3 inches and started my increases. I started at the same spot for the dec and did a k1 m1 knit until a stitch before marker m1, k1, sm, k1 m1, knit until 1 stitch before marker m1 k1. I did the inc every 5 rows, for a total of 4 times. Then I knit until the body equals 16 in. including the ribbing.

I am about 3 inches from the 16 in. mark and then I will separate the front and back to make the arm holes and work on the lattice portion

My progress so far!

My progress so far!

Though I have had a long weekend it has been great, even if I did kind of complain about it in the beginning of this post. This weekend I got to knit which I love, coach softball which I love softball, watch my nephew play baseball which I love, and I got to spend time with friends, family, and kids that I absolutely adore. Today in church my priest talked about love, and one thing that he said that really stuck out to me (that I have heard before, but is a great reminder) is that you need to do everything in love. This weekend for me was a weekend of love and not just because I got to do what I like to do, but because I got to show love and share love with others. I think the best part about my babysitting jobs and the after school care job that I have is the fact that I get to spend time with kids, and play with them, and listen to them, and show them that I care about them. The priest read a quote from Mother Teresa that I have heard before and absolutely love, it is: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.” That’s a great quote to live by, but hard to live up to.

Here’s a music video from one of my favorite artist’s I hope you enjoy. Oh and in posts to come I have some new yarn to show you!

What have you been up to? Was your weekend really busy? Did you get to work on any knitting projects?