A family member requested a scarf with stripes, somewhere in the range of earth tones. I busted out all of the Cascade 220 I have on hand that fits that bill, and started putting it together in various combinations.
Once I started, I kind of couldn’t stop. Swatches can be frustrating when you just want to start your new knitting project. But if you don’t really have anything in mind, it’s a nice mindless way to tread water.
The first week with a new litter of puppies is hard. They have to be fed every four hours around the clock. The breeder takes the daytime and evening shifts, and I take the early shift.
This means getting up for the 3AM feeding. And after an hour or two of feeding puppies and making them poop (you have to make them poop, they don’t have the reflex to do it on their own yet) I am quite awake.
This means that bedtime is shifted to 5PM, six hours earlier than usual, and a full two hours before sunset. It means that by noon I have put in a full day’s work and it’s time to kick back and relax. It also means doing a lot of conversions.
Like I will ask myself, “Am I hungry?” And I will count how many hours I have been awake. Then I will start with my usual wake-up time and count forward that many hours. If the answer is “Normally I would eat lunch at this time,” then the answer is yes.
Fortunately this bit only lasts a week or two. As the pups age, the feedings get farther and farther apart, and they can sleep through more of the night without having to wake up to eat.