A Guest Post for Della Q

There’s been interest here on the blog for me to share when I do guest posts in other locations and of course I’m more than happy to oblige.

Yesterday Della Q’s blog, “The Knitting Bag Chronicles,” published a little post I wrote for them. It’s definitely worth noting that this blog is a fantastic place to read a very eclectic collection of posts and is well worth bookmarking.

In my guest post, entitled “Knitting Sarah’s Tips for Happy & Healthy Productivity,” I share my tips for being a productive knitter, especially around the holidays, without sacrificing health or happiness. You can check out this blog post right here.

Many thanks to Della Q for inviting me to write this post!

A Terrific Lady Day

Terrific Lady Day (n)

A special day that a man gives to his significant other (girlfriend, fiance, wife) in which he does whatever she wants, whenever she wants. Most of the time, this is done to fix a screw-up, or obtain good graces in preparation for a future screw-up.

As seen on the FX series “The League”

                                                   — from Urban Dictionary

Long before we saw this terminology on television, my husband has treated to to special days every now and then. Sometimes it’s shopping or just a day trip that includes a favorite stop & a special lunch. This has changed somewhat since the kids came along, of course. Now at my house, a Terrific Lady Day is less about past or future screw-ups — because for the most part both my husband & I take those in stride — and more about sanity maintenance and kid-free time for me.

As a stay-at-home mom homeschooling our two kids while my husband works long hours that often change last-minute, it can be hard to take time for myself and nearly impossible to actually coordinate spending time with my grown-up friends in a kid-free block of time. I won’t lie, I’m thankful for the time with my family & I’m actually very protective of it and I routinely pass on possible free time to not miss a moment with my hubby & kids. It’s important to find balance though and sometimes the difficulty in finding time to spend with friends wears on me and really gets me down. With my last kid-free day being back in March, the last few weeks were especially hard as I kept trying to carve out time that just wasn’t possible.

And then a couple weeks ago a good friend — who is even busier than me — forwarded an email to me for a trunk show happening at Cream City Yarn this past Sunday that just said, “Maybe we can have a coffee date and visit the trunk show?”

I jumped into action.

I knew my husband would be setting his schedule for that week and I hoped that if I caught him in time he’d be up for watching the kids so I could sneak a kid-free day. The stars aligned, my hubby’s schedule held, and my friend & I used a pen, not pencil to hold the date.

After one heck of a week (I explained on Periscope Sunday morning — check it out for a good laugh, I’m @KnittingSarah), Sunday morning arrived and my hubby rolled the kids out of the rack at o’dark-hundred for a full day trip to the Chicago Field Museum while I had my Terrific Lady Day. I awoke at 5ish to help get everyone out the door and then I spun until it was time to head out…

IMG_0839I’ve been plying away at this beautiful fiber from Dyeabolical for a good long while — 5minutes here, 15minutes there — and the couple hours I had before it was time to leave was just what I needed to take a good strong chunk out of this project.

Then I got in the car exactly on time and promptly got lost. I know, right?! Some sort of vortex opened up or I got stuck in a fold in the space-time continuum that somehow made it impossible to find the correct road. I eventually turned on my phone’s GPS and got on the right road (so maybe the cosmos weren’t conspiring against the Terrific Lady Day…) and was only about 30minutes late.

We got coffee and spent a nice long time browsing through my friend’s fave local bookstore. I fought the urge to not 1) ask if I could live there and 2) buy one of everything. Yes, I managed to control myself and just get a book on Spanish verbs that I have been wanting to help me help the kids with their Spanish lessons. Lots of mental notes were made, however, and I’m very much looking forward to the day I can bring my bookworm of a daughter to see this wonderful shop.

We made our way over to Cream City Yarn and upon arrival, I was instantly overwhelmed by the friendliness of staff, the loads of inspiration & shop samples, and also just being there with the knowledge that I didn’t have 3 tired and hungry people in the car waiting for me to hurry up. It was just me and my terrific ladyfriend. Being there with a fellow knitting friend was pretty amazing, too — so many grand plans were hatched.

After much debate, I finally settled on these beauties.

IMG_0873A skein of Sheepish Yarn Co’s Midwest Merino in Black Bear which is destined to be a fab hat or cowl. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I think hat since it would be very versatile. And despite having my list of sweater yarns that I really wanted, on a complete whim I was totally inspired by a shop sample of Nordic Wind in Quince & Co’s Owl. I picked all blues in Quince & Co’s Owl & Owl Tweet and when I asked my friend. She looked, thoughtfully and said, “What about switching one blue out for a brown?” It was absolute genius. I am in serious love. And despite having like 5 projects that need to happen in the next few weeks you can bet I’ll be winding this yarn asap.

Having spent our budgets and taken loads of notes for future projects (seriously, that really happened), we stopped for a quick bite to eat before I headed home. I did manage to avoid the evil space-time fold on the return trip and had a couple hours to finish up my morning’s plying project. I even had time to start another…

IMG_0875I’ll tell you more about this in an FO post in the near future, but suffice to say it’s from Spun Right Round and it’s amazing.

Rested and relaxed and refreshed, when the kiddos and hubby got home full of stories, I was ready. It’s amazing what a Terrific Lady Day can do, especially with such a terrific ladyfriend!