Changes Ahead!

And so they are! On Monday, my maternity leave comes to an end. After about 14 months, I am returning to my job in legislation. Only part-time, mind you, but still. I am quite nervous, but really looking forward to it.

Pip will be looked after by my mom and so far, they seem to be getting on very well. I am experienced in my work and the break was not too long. I am going to work great hours and the commute is very short (less than 30 minutes, door-to-door). I will still keep Pip´s playgroup and swimming lessons. I have full support from everybody around me. Yet, I am still nervous.

I am also quite sure to face lots of questions and I will need to explain a lot, most probably. It is a big thing here, you see, as the standard maternity leave here is 3 years per kid, for which your job is held and you get some parental allowance. Seriously. It may sound like a huge benefit to you, and it is, but if you want to do it differently, there are lots and lots of challenges.

However, as I said, I am looking forward to it. I will attempt to get the best of both worlds, career and home. The blog might change. There will most probably be a bit less crafting. However, I will have a chance to test lots and lots of time management and organization tips, and I will for sure blog about that 🙂

Oh the seemingly random picture at the top? It is a pic from Prague, the lovely city we live in. Here, have one more 🙂

Both are from the CzechTourism website.


Liebster Award

liebster-award-elephants-picturebookMuch, much to my surprise, I have been nominated for the Liebster Award a few days ago, by the lovely Shanice from City of Creative Dreams! It took me a few days and a lot of thinking to prepare this post as I am so honored, and I certainly did not take it lightly 🙂 So, according to Shanice´s article, the rules are as follows:

  1. You have to link back to the person that nominated you.
  2. You must answer 11 questions given to you by the person that nominated you.
  3. After completing these questions you must nominate 11 bloggers with under 200 followers, and give them 11 questions of your choice.
  4. You must not nominate the person who nominated you.
  5. You must let your nominees know that they have been nominated and provide a link to your post for them so that they can learn about the nomination.

Sounds easy? Well, maybe not, really, but it certainly sounds like fun 🙂

Continue reading

Rondeur II – a row here and a row there

We were quite busy over here, in the Berries and Yarn household, with family visits, the lovely birthday celebration and also with Pip growing his first two molars. We have been lucky so far, his teething was almost unnoticeable, but the molars do seem to be giving him a hard time. All should be fine fairly soon though 🙂

He also started to reducing the amount and length of his day naps and the weather is so lovely we try to spend as much time outside as possible. I am enjoying every moment with him, especially considering that I will be back to work part-time in just over a month.

This all obviously means that I haven´t been speeding through Rondeur II as much as through his predecessor, however, we do seem to be getting somewhere.

rondeur II

Continue reading

Holiday Snaps

The dreaded holiday snaps! At least you don´t have to watch a slideshow in our living room, sipping on a cocktail, eating some awful 70´s party food (cheese hedgehog, anyone?) 🙂

Anyway, we really enjoyed our little holiday. We went to visit some of our relatives in the house where my father was born. Even though it is in the industrialized area of this country, it certainly is a very green and colourful place!

trees Continue reading

Lessons in Rondeur

Oh dear me 🙂 What an epic fail!

Last night, I finished Rondeur. I tried it on, it fitted like a glove.  I washed it gently, like I do with knits before blocking, and to my shock and horror, out of the washing machine a monster emerged! It went down to my knees, or rather, it would, if it did not fall off my shoulders.

Apparently, bamboo yarns are quite well known for growing and stretching. I do consider myself an experienced knitter, but this was my first time with bamboo and this idea did not cross my mind at all. I learned my lesson – when working with a completely new fiber or unusual yarn, I should look online for others´ experience and hints and also make a large swatch and make sure to wash it.

However, I am going to carry on with the KAL and remake the great pattern in a very unsurprising cotton 🙂 Also, I may use the lovely but unpredictable bamboo in a project where the stretch would not mind – a lace shawl or scarf comes to mind.

Today we are leaving on a family trip, so it will be quiet here for the rest of the week. Enjoy the lovely days wherever you are and please, come back on Monday 🙂

A little break

Yesterday, I took a little break from my stay-at-home mom role and went to host a conference we organised with my fellow union members. It was about the new legislation on public service (as an employee of the Ministry of Transport I am a public servant as well), the conference room was  bursting and the speakers were great! I did enjoy getting back to my professional capacity for half a day, knowing my kid is safe and happy with his Dad and Granny, and I am actually looking forward to going back to my job in legislation later this year. I am, however, very grateful for being able to work only part-time for some time 🙂

Later today I will post some crafty stuff, so stay tuned 🙂

The first post

Seriously, what else would you call the first post? Anyway, this is a start then, of a blog to document my homely shenanigans. Presently I am a stay-at home mom, enjoying every moment of it, as in few months I am going to return part-time to my office job. I spend my days playing, singing and snuggling with our “pre-toddler” son (10 months), crafting with different materials, cooking, baking and pottering around in other similar ways. I do plan for my posts to be picture-heavy, but I am not sure my cam and skills are up for the tasks – well let you be the judges of this!

On with the life then!