Monthly Archives: March 2006

Day 13
We’re on Day 13 here at the house of sick. 13 days, people, of caring for sick kids. I know I’m bad. I know I say bad, mean things. I’ve always said I’m going to you-know-where when I die, so I might as well have some fun. I guess this is some kind of punishment, because I’m starting to get sick in the head. 13 days of staying in my pajamas along with the sickies. 13 days of not really going anywhere, except the doctor’s office and the drug store for my children’s tylenol. 13 days of staying in my pajamas, sitting around on my fat a$$, and not interacting with adults makes you start to think you’re sick. Here’s the *bright* spot: We’re now officially on spring break which means the sweeties are home with me for all of next week. Joy Joy Joy. I’m being punished for something; I just know it.

I’m getting some knitting done but not as much as I’d like, of course. I finished the Odessa hat and the knitted babe for sweetie girl. I”m now working on a little sweater top, so knitted babe does not become knitted porn star. Did you know there’s a knitted babe KAL? Very cute and I’ll be joining soon. I’ll try to post pictures soon.

Oh, My Achin’ Head
No, I’m not sick, at least not yet, anyway. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I don’t. It’s mighty hard to knit with fingers crossed. Remember that tweedy vest from Interweave Knits that I had on my needles? Well, remember no more. I found the quickest way to WIP bust is to frog!

I sat down to work on it this weekend and it gave me a headache. I’m sure the headache had nothing to do with the vast quantities of girl scout cookies I’ve been eating and the resulting sugar crash. I buy and eat all these cookies to support young girls all over the world; don’t you? I have dreaded picking up this project after I started it. Whenever I felt I needed to work on it to WIP bust and alleviate guilt. I dreaded it, because I have continually struggled with the 8 row pattern on the vest. I struggle with the pattern because I have to pay such close attention to each stitch, that I can’t multitask. I can’t watch TV or talk to people while working on it. Heaven forbid, I have to keep my pie hole shut for a few minutes! And it’s not that difficult of a pattern, folks!!!

Well, that day was no different. And then I started to see my future. Decreases at the arms and neck while staying in pattern. Gulp! The entire back still to be knit! Ack! Here’s the real guilt. My Mom and I were supposed to be doing this as a knitalong. She was the hare, having done her first part as a sprint, to my tortoise, plodding along. My head began to throb, as I thought about how I would translate the directions to her in Chinese, when I didn’t even understand how to decrease while in pattern. I had figured that I would breezily explain to her in Chinese what to do, as I was doing it at the same time. Sounded like a good idea at the time. Well, I shoulda seen the problems from the beginning, when I realized that I had misunderstood the words for knit and purl. I was telling my Mom to purl instead of knit, and vice versa. People, never ignore the signs. I should have known I was in way over my head from the get go.

So I decided to frog it. It was a difficult decision, but I was so happy once I made it. Mom, on the other hand, not so happy. She would never come out and say so, but She Does Not Like to Frog. I think she’s keeping it safe in a bag somewhere in her room. It’ll probably be there 5 years from now, she still hopeful that I will change my mind. No way, no how, unh unh.

I kept the piece for the rest of the day, kind of mourning it. But I really needed that size 6 needle to start those Last Minute Knitted Gifts wrist warmers I’ve been dreaming of. Ripping it out with the ball winder was way more enjoyable than knitting it up. I was having so much fun that I didn’t… wouldn’t… couldn’t! stop to snap a picture. Here it is, formerly known as the tweedy vest. If anybody has any great ideas for what to make with 10 balls of red Dale Sisik, please drop me a line.

Another One Bites the Dust
You knew it was coming, and I was too hopeful to admit it. Sweetie girl is now running a fever. I encourage my kids to share, and I guess this is proof they do, even germs. On top of that, sweetie boy needed stronger meds on Friday evening, and this morning he has a rash all over. We’re heading back to urgent care this afternoon to switch out his meds.

On the knitting front, here are the pics of the silky tie wrap, modeled by yours truly. The pattern was one of Iris Shreier’s modular knits, and it was quite fun. I got a little aggressive on the blocking action in the back, so it’s a bit wider and more flappy than I like. If I did it again, I’d use the worsted weight, drapey yarn, called for in the pattern, rather than the fingering weight Catania. Jillian, one of my SnB knitting buds, complimented me on the lace. Huh? Wha? Who? Me? Lace? I guess it’s kinda lacy, so does that qualify? It’s amazing, the things I stupidly accomplish without trying. Next up, the Odessa hat by Grumperina, and a knitted babe for my sickie sweetie girl.

Finished!
The going got tough, and I got going. The Silky Tie Wrap is done; ends are woven in; and here’s a picture of it being blocked. I used the trusty scunci steamer and steamed the heck out of it. The underarm seams just need to be tacked, and it’ll be d-o-n-e. The irony of it all? I was supposed to wear it to a wedding this morning, but sweetie boy is still sick, so I had to cancel. But at least it’s done! Watch this space for a picture of the completely finished item.

Not One But Two…

Ladies and Gentlemen, we have not one, but two, FO’s! Canadien Hats from Sally Melville’s The Purl Stitch, they were quick and easy to knit up. I especially love the garter rib pattern. Even though it looks boxy on top, it wears like a beanie. I used Noro Kureyon bought specifically for this. To whom will they be gifted? Shhhhh… it’s a secret! Hopefully, the recipients will model it for a picture that I can post. The other skein of Kureyon is for another beanie, also a surprise gift. I’m thinking that one will be a simple 2×2 rib pattern.

In the meantime, I’m trying hard to stick with the turquoise silky tie wrap. Must. Fight. (Just imagine Capt. Kirk saying that.) I keep getting distracted by things like Little Knits‘ Noro sale and KnitPicks’ Sock Garden and One Skeinbook sale. I barely fought off the WEBS Kureyon overstock sale, $5.50 a ball and still regretting it because it’s all gone now. I better get off the computer before I accidentally click and purchase more yarn.

Recurring Nightmare

Sweetie boy has been sick since Sunday and his fever just broke today. He woke up the other night fevered and so frightened from a nightmare that he covered his face with his hands and sobbed. Broke My Heart. It’s amazing how easily I forget that the fearless competitor on the soccer field is still just a 9 year old boy. It reminded me of my childhood, whenever I was sick and feverish, which was often, I used to have a recurring nightmare. I would dream over and over in an endless loop that I was asleep, too hot under the covers, the 10 blankets on me. As soon as I would kick the covers off, my Mom would put them back on. You know you’re crazy when you repeat the same thing over and over.

On the knitting front, I finished up to the first tie on the Silky Tie Wrap. Did I ever show you a picture of the project? As soon as I was done with that first triangle, I held it up and realized my mistake. I started the tie on the wrong end of the row, so the triangle is pointing in the wrong direction. I frogged the triangle, and now I’m trying it again. After I finish this one, I still have to do the other side. Recurring nightmare, I tell ya. I must be crazy.

On the Prowl Again

I was on the prowl again for more yarn for the Orangina KAL. I broke down last night and ordered it. I’ve been yarn obsessed, analyzing my choices online and at my LYS, and finally decided to go with the easy solution of the original yarn. I ordered 5 skeins of Rowan 4 ply bloom, a deep rose color, from Jannette’s Rare Yarns on eBay. Total, including flat rate shipping, came to $28. Not too shabby, and I can’t wait for the yarn to arrive! Here’s the yarny goodness I get to expect.

It’s damp and almost rainy outside, and my sweetie boy is coughing and not feeling well. Darn, I might have to stay home all day with him, and knit 😉