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Quick and easy cowl with fuego

One skein of the gorgeous Fuego in Cobalto makes this warm, squishy cowl. I made this for a fundraiser at R—‘s preschool with yarn donated from Wool Is Not Enough.

Photos by Matthew Pedley

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7 Habits of a Recovering Depressive

M and O

M— holding O— when he was 5 minutes old.

O— was born at 5pm; it was, as far as births go, an easy birth. I thought I was ready to go home that night. My doctor looked at me sideways and ordered me to stay. I ended up staying two nights and went home on day 3 at 8am, chomping at the bit. R— had been staying with Mum and they came over at 9am. The sun was out, and it seemed like a good idea to do the laundry and clean the house a bit. I couldn’t nap; there was too much to do.

By day 5 I was still feeling like Superwoman. I decided to stop taking the painkillers as I suspected they made me feel more invincible than I really was.

At two weeks, M— went back to work. R— turned two and hell broke lose. Everything I did was wrong. Naps and nursings were always a struggle, days were long and full of compromises, and I hadn’t slept in years. I felt like I was drowning in Nothing Ever Gets Done Land.

At six weeks, I woke up and found that I didn’t want to be alive.

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Family Finances Reviewed

canadian_fittyEver since my maternity leave ran out, we’ve been slowly eating into our savings. We’re lucky to have had decent automated savings habits before kiddos, so we have a big buffer, but for a family who ran on a platform of sustainability and responsibility (both environmentally and fiscally), the hypocrisy of the situation was too obvious to ignore.

M— keeps reminding me that when I go back to work, things will look up. But taking out a debt against my future self doesn’t sit well with me. Further, it bothers me that we’re not living within our means – something we preach whenever the topic comes up – especially with M— earning a really decent wage.

Besides, what if I don’t want to go back to work?

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Big boy undies, take one

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I made these itty bitty underpants for R a while ago, and they’ve seen some good “action”… Pretty sure he wet them on the very first day, and last week while we were visiting granny and opa, he had a number two accident in them! :(

They’re made from a couple of my old shirts and are 3% stretchy. The fit is pretty fantastic, even though the finishing is haphazard at best.

R is averaging about one accident a week, usually when he’s had a nap in the carseat. When he needs to go he starts pinching his crotch and looks very serious.

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