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Custom Icelandic Sweaters. You can have one!

At the Reykjavik flea market, Kolaportið, you can get all manner of things, from garage sale leftovers to military memorabilia to frozen eels. But in my opinion, the best deal of all is the hand-knit sweaters, lovingly created by some of Iceland's most talented crafters.

We went to buy one in one of the several stalls selling knitware, and almost found exactly what we were looking for. But the men's sweater we liked best was too small, and the neckline pattern was a little busy, and darn! We really were ready to buy.

You can get anything you want

Arna in stall E16 told us, "No problem. My mother-in-law, Magga, will knit you exactly what you want." And because most Icelanders speak excellent English, we were able to communicate, exchange emails and get confirmation that by Tuesday, our new sweater was being knitted. Two and a half days later it was ready.

What Does a Stay at Home Dad Do All Day? - October 28th Edition

On Mike Dariano

The last time I wrote this post I realized that these daily summaries provided a sense of accountability. Each one I write is a public testament about what I do, so I better do something good.

I had planned on each post focusing on the 27th of each month but in October I was playing ultimate frisbee with friends from college. That post would have read; wake up, play frisbee, eat lunch, drive home, play with kids, fall asleep early. It wouldn't really have answered the question,

630 Up with coffee. I wanted to proof some writing for my Fatherhood Book first thing in the morning but never got started with it. Instead I chose to update some notes for work in Evernote. After finishing the notes I thought that the process would be worth sharing so I wrote a blog post about what I had just done. This time in the morning before anyone else is awake is always the best time for me to get work done but none was done for the book.

800 I got our youngest daughter out of bed and began getting ready for school. She does a great job of getting ready in the mornings and we were out the door by 845 and dropping her off at school at 900. My older daughter and I went to the grocery store and public library before coming home to unpack the groceries and have a second breakfast. Second breakfasts are commonplace because the mornings are usually busy and my appetite doesn't arrive until later in the morning. By 1030 I've also swept the kitchen, cleaned the dishes, and gotten our older daughter dressed before playing UpWords with her.

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