So last weekend was Leeds Wool Festival, I went last year with my mam and my sister and it was a nice little festival and obviously very local, I wasn't really planning on going, hadn't made up my mind. Then my friend said she would meet me and help with the kids (yes it still feels completely weird to say that).
On the morning of the festival my sister decided to come too.
We got off to a slow start coz of this sleepy head.
We parked at Kirstall where the cinema is as the actual car park was super busy and tiny last year, Theo was in is Caboo sling which is a new one to me, i had a moby with martha and never got on with it, but with martha in the smallest pushchair we have (we have 3, don't judge) we were off.
There were 2 cute lambs outside which Martha thought was great, as you can see it was pretty cloudy at lunch time when we arrived.
We had a little look around the stalls, we actually ditched the pushchair round the stalls, my girl is not a big walker at all and has actually just passed the year mark for walking, well yeh its hard work.
My sister bought me this cute badge, complete adapt for my life at the minute
Knitting to keep sane
My boy got a lot of attention in the sling which apparently happens everywhere i go coz he's so cute and snuggly.
Yeh this girl wanted to get in on the carrying action too which i managed long enough for a photo lol.
As I mentioned we met up with my friend Gwen so we went back for a proper look while my sister took martha for a ice cream and to see the lambs again, safe to say my sis didn't get to see so much, doh!
It had really warmed up so we headed for a bit of shade and for Theo to have a bit of a kick and a bit of milk.
Ah here he is, he got quite hot in his babygro so we took it off and he had a kick on the grass with my lovely new yarn.
Look how gorgeous he is, i love this pic
My sis took a cute pic of us, it was a lovely day and i saw lots of knit night people and a couple of old friends, Gwen teaches at my local shop and the surrounding area and she knows everyone so that was nice.
All the bunting was up and very pretty.
We stopped at the Alpapcas on the way back to the car.
We had a great day and both babies were really good. What could have been a bit of a nightmare turned out to be a awesome fun day with my knitting people.
This is a little look at the yarn i got, just a gorgeous pinky red super soft yarn and this is for a hat for martha.
And i got this from Ba'tat they were one of the first handdyed
yarns i bought, i thought this was quite a different colour so grabbed it.
So there you go, in normal life my days are busy busy busy and i am trying to knit here and there and trying to finish some projects to get some new projects on the needles.
Turns out I work quite well to a deadline, well a knitting one ( don't get me started on photobox deadlines).
Anyway, I've been doing a little collage each month of all the things I've made.
Last week I finished some shorty things that's all I had!! I know new baby, toddler, no sleep it's hardly a surprise, I do know that but alas I wanted more.
A couple weeks ago I got loads of progress on 2 cardigans for Martha, like loads and then just left them. So I thought I wanted to get one done. So I picked Hyphen.
So me and my little dude had some play time/knitting time and I got the body cast off.
He did ALL the sleeping yesterday so I cracked on with the sleeves
This was the sleeping
This was the sleeve
I thought I best wait till Martha was up to check how much longer to go
Turns out I did well and it just needed the cuff!! Win!
And then Theo slept all evening , he slept here! And I did the other sleeve!!!
So I was like oh well I have another day before the end of the month I wonder if I can finish the other cardigan I started.
Turns out Theo did not get the memo about sleeping at night time! Oh and in the day today ( swings and roundabouts) so we snuggled and watched a new to me podcast The Stranded Podcast
You don't need to know ALL the things I tried.
Oh I lie he managed a cheeky 15mins so I ironed some fabric to make a bag, and prepped some fabric.
I tried the cardigan on Martha when she got up and it looked great.
Anyway. He finally went to sleep about 3.30
So I knit knit knit while he slept on me.
Did a bit of cheeky sewing after tea for 15mins.
It's 10.30 now and he's been fed a couple times and changed a couple times but is still asleep so I got the Entrechat finished. Yay.
And I added the buttons to the Hyphen as my tin was out
And somewhere during this day I made a project bag!
So today was naf I won't lie, lack of sleep and then spending all day trying to get a baby to sleep is also a bit naf but obviously part of having babies but while I maybe should have been in bed at 7 when Martha went I didn't and I got stuff finished and now going to bed feeling s bit awesome that I got some much done, instead of frustrated I couldn't finish them coz I needed pesky sleep.
So tomorrow is another day and another month so need to think what I want to 'focus' on finishing or starting and I'm tempted by this whole stash dash thing. Right I really must get to sleep I'm not that stupid. Bon Nuit X
So coz Robs work is awesome he got a staggering 6 weeks paternity leave and boy was I grateful. So here are a few of the places we went to while he was off.
We went to Lotherton Hall. We actually paid for a annual pass as it's quite near and fun. There is a huge bird park and great parks and thought was a good investment for when things are even tighter in the coming months.
It's about £5 each to get in normally.
A new to me thing to do is Tong Garden Centre it has a HUGE play area and its £2.50 to get in. You would have to have good weather ideally or not rain but we went a few weeks ago with our friends.
There is a huge sandpit
Big giant bouncy pillow. There are climbing frames and a park which I didn't photograph.
I really liked it here and think it will be a good option 2 kid wise where as soft play with a little and a big is a bit of a nightmare.
Ah yes we rode a train. We did a little ride on Middleton Railway
Yeh she is really that cute if you wondered
The train is maybe 10 mins and takes you to Middleton park well you have to walk there. For about 15 mins. I didn't know this when we didn't bring s pushchair for my daughter who refuses to walk so rob carried her and all our bags while I carried Theo.
We were lucky with the weather. There is a nice little park and a lake and a super cheap cafe.
This is the walk through the woods/forest/trees
So there a few places. We went to Eureka the other day but that can be a separate post I think.
Rob is back at work now and I had my first solo day which was Erm ok I'll call it. I'll get better at it in time.
Right prob time to start this day even thou I've been awake since 4.30!'n
Hi all, I'm going for speed with my blog posts, i hope thats ok, so this time 5,000 photos of me knitting over a sleeping baby, cool? great.
So i obviously knew the exact date I was having my boy and prepped lots of socks ready for the early days,
I learnt from martha that socks were the way forward
Aww look at my tiny girl!!
Anyway I got working on my Harry Potter socks and a Grocery Girls podcast just after we came home. Theo loved it
I have some gorgeous photos of this moment of him in his basket, the light was so nice and i did some sock knitting.
A little knitting on my watermelon socks, these are super fun and sparkly
I started a Trillian which I had been meaning to knit for ages
made good progress.
I got a gorgeous bag from Thimble and Thread on etsy
I knit on some yarn from Easyknits i got at Woolfest last year its super pretty
I then had needle woes so frogged a couple of socks, I had been knitting on the tiny tiny little needles but turns out the crazy altered my gauge and i had to frog it, i wish i have clicked onto this before i got 3 pairs.
I got my first speckled Hedgehog Fibres, this still is hard to get hold of, Im planning socks with this, its called Boombox
I finally photographed my hat i finished a couple months ago.
I got a couple beauties along the way, I love Fine Fish Yarns the colours are lovely.
We watched some more podcasts this is Dye another Day
I finally finished my harry potter socks by the end of the month to enter them into a couple of knit alongs.
Oh yeah i started another sock, I'm pretty sure i finished one of these, i have so many on the needles I've kinda lost track tbh.
Oh yes and another, there is a knit along by the grocery girls called fancy feet to try something new, I've ever done patterned socks so i am using deep stash here to make some slipped stitch socks.
I worked on my trillian which I'm enjoying. This is Felt Fusion yarn
My first Norah George yarn this is Mr Weasleys Ford Anglia
We had lots of lovely sunny days with martha happily playing i knit on my sunny sunny happy socks.
I may have got a notions pouch and a fabulous stitch marker pouch to match the bag, i can see all my pretty stitch markers now, again from Thimble and Thread.
Tiny baby cuddles and sock knitting, are you seeing a theme?
more sunny days with people entertaining/holding the baby so watermelon knitting.
Me and my boy trying to decide what to cast on next, so much pretty yarn so little time (well actually i do ok considering)
This is the lovely Fine Fish yarns in big girls don't cry, she does 50g skeins for half the price so they are great for a little pair of shorty socks.
Im using the Rose city roller pattern but with a added Blueberry waffle pattern, 2 patterned socks i know!
Yeh i mentioned Drops were having a sale, I've been super good and been selling random things there and there, materity clothes, some of marthas stuff that theo can't wear, yeh don't judge.
Oh yes this has grown too.
I started something the day the drops arrived this is another Entrechat for my girl, i did loads one day when martha was at nursery.
and i started a Hyphen cardigan too again in the big merino.
and i managed to go to knit night, Rob dropped us off and picked us up and i had a lovely couple hours knitting with my friends and Theo slept the whole time.
So there you go I've been squeezing in a row here and there and mainly when Rob has been driving coz I'm not doing that yet, a little in the evening and a little at nap time just enough to keep me sane.
I had a big old sort the other day too but surely I've shared enough photos for one day and I'm gonna frog some stuff and have already sold a couple of things.