Hello July,

So, this is the fourth time I’m going to write this post, but I have to. These past few weeks have been hec-tic. I started and restarted this post, and everytime I thought I was done, something else happened.

First things first. Melina is now six weeks old, and the one thing I’ve been thinking about mostly is how different this experience is compared to Ma’iq. I’m pretty sure that it’s all because I’m a lot more comfortable in my role as a mom, but it’s a huge difference. I remember Ma’iq being 4 weeks old, and us sitting there in the middle of the night and crying with him because he just. wouldn’t. stop. crying. I remember calling the midwife on a sunday evening because he just. wouldn’t. stop. crying.

I didn’t know what to do and I internalized all of it. I must be doing something wrong. I remember writing a post about it here. It was 8 weeks before I could even manage to write a blog post. I was sleep deprived, confused and kind of lost. Obviously I didn’t write all of that down, but that is how I felt.

When Ma’iq cried, he cried like he was in a panic, or pain, or both. I’m yet to hear Melina cry. I hear her call me, but it’s not neaaarly a cry.

Then a few days after Melina’s birth my moms elderly aunt passed suddenly. She had been ill, but from what I gathered she was getting a little better. My poor grandmother went to Iran to bury her sister she hadn’t seen for a few years.

Then DH and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary (haha that’s funny), then we celebrated my birthday, then we celebrated Ma’iqs birthday, and then my mothers favourite uncle passed suddenly.

So this is a very short recap of the past six weeks. So every time I tried writing down a happy post something sad happened and I couldn’t finish the happy post without writing about the sad thing. But I hadn’t really come to terms with it all because it all happened so fast.

So, July. It’s finally your turn.

The month of July is one of my favorite months. Obviously because it’s summer, and I (as a gardner) am absolutely in love with all things summer. But also because the Tour de Fleece is in summer, and I as a spinner am in love with spinning.

I haven’t been very vocal in de Ravelry group, or on social media lately, but that’s because I’m still processing all of what happened in the past few weeks. I’ve been dealing with it by working in the garden, enjoying quality time with my kids and having fun with my spinning wheel.

This is what I like to see πŸ™‚ I had missed my wheel immensely and it felt really good to het back to spinning. I had bought 300 grams of pretty fiber to spin for a baby blanket for Melina, but I’m not going to make her a blanket now that she’s got her beautiful crochetet blanket. Instead I’m going to make her something else (but I don’t know what…)

I’m going to spin for a true three ply. One of the gradients is going to go in a different direction so I’ll end up with a barberpole yarn. I’m not sure what I’ll be making for her, but for now I’m only focussing on the yarn and the effect πŸ™‚

I have a lot of other things I’m going to be spinning once this one is done, though I’m not sure if it’ll be for this tour de fleece of just for the period after, but it doesn’t matter πŸ™‚

I’m proud of myself because, even though I haven’t been posting about it, I’ve been spinning a lot. I finally had some time to spin during the evening during a night time cook and it was great πŸ™‚

I had a lot of fun preparing my faux lags and turning them into singles

Although I normally spin very fine singles, I put a concious effort in spinning heavier weight singles. I’m going to try to achieve a sport/ DK weight three ply and for that I need to spin singles the weight of the plied yarn I usually create. The benefit, besides becoming a better spinner, is that it’s a faster proces and you can manage to spin more fiber in a shorter time.

I also feel like my hard work is finally paying off! I planted the grass seeds and slowly but surely my little minions are growing and growing.

I’ve already finished 200 grams and am now working on the third braid. When this is done I’ll start plying the yarn to see what I’ll end up with.

I’ve been spinning like this πŸ™‚ Melina is my little helper πŸ™‚

Speaking of Melina, I’ve tried wearing her on my back for the first time. I know, I know, the top rail is waaay too loose and she’s too low on my back, but I’m only practicing at home. But when Ma’iq was little, I started too late. He was 6 months old already and he didn’t like it. She’s too tiny to understand what’s happening, and by te time she’s more aware, she’ll already be used to it.

I’m leaving you with this picture. Next post I’ll have something interesting for you if you like crochet! <3

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