Monday, June 26, 2006

Almost There...

I am close to done on the Sheep Dreams blanket for Colleen.

Just need to finish the last little bit of the top row of squares, then the ribbed stitch border and then it will be time to duplicate stitch all of the sheep on it. I haven't decided yet whether to line the blanket or not, I think it will depend on how neatly I can do the duplicate stitching. Right now, the back doesn't look bad at all.

So, we'll see how it goes. When this is done, I am going to work on a pair of socks. I bought a new book that has lots of possibilities in it:

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Of course...

you know that I had to rip it back, right? Last night, while watching the latest Harry Potter movie with the boys on InDemand, I ripped it all back and am in the process of re-knitting.

I swear, by the time I am done with this blanket, I will have actually knit it all twice! The good news is that the KnitPicks Wool of the Andes is very resilient and frogs well. I am getting to the point where I am getting eager to be done so I can move on to something else. I am not good at knitting polygamy...I can't seem to have two or more things going at once. It makes me feel guilty.

Tomorrow the oldest and I are off on a field trip to NYC. The Bronx Zoo in the morning and then a tour of Yankee stadium in the afternoon. Two hours or so of good knitting time each way on the bus. Nice.

Middle son is doing much better. They put him on a super strength antibiotic (it was either that or hospitalization) and that has done wonders. He is almost back to normal. I can tell because he is running around, picking fights with his older brother, and asked for Mall pizza for lunch.

Ah, progress...

Friday, June 09, 2006


It has indeed, been raining here. Literally, and figuratively.


This is our friend Steve walking up to his wedding last Saturday. It was at a state park and was lovely, even though, well...look at it!

We all kept telling Amy that rain on your wedding day is good luck. Although she appreciated the gesture...I am sure she would have chosen a little less luck and a little more sunshine. But, in the end, a wonderful time was had by all and I now have an official un-official sister-in-law. Steve is my husband's closest and dearest friend and we are really more like family than anything else. Don't you just love the family that you get to choose, not just be born into?


My middle son is very sick. The doctor can't figure out what is wrong. He started complaining of a sore neck the day of the wedding. I just assumed he had slept on it funny and went to rub the knot out. Except, the knot was actually a huge swollen lymph node. Then he started running a high fever (104 degrees) and vomiting. Then the skin over the node became red and hot to the touch. Then another node swelled up. He has had a fever for six days now. Not really eating much. We've been to the doctor three times in four days. Yesterday they did a complete blood work-up. Today we find out if they found out anything. They tested him for among other things, mono. He's only 9--so it would be unusual if he did have mono, but one of his classmates did earlier in the school year so it is possible.

On the knitting front?

I'm about halfway done on the Sheep Dreams blanket. It is going okay, I just noticed another glaring mistake as I laid it out for its photograph. And, well, I just don't have the emotional or psychological strength to rip it back all 20 rows to fix it. At least I don't think so. I think I can block it out in such a way so as to make it less noticeable.

Yesterday was my oldest son's 13th birthday...I can't believe he is a teenager already. It's amazing and sad how fast they grow.

Edited to add--we just got back from the doctor. No mono, which is good. But they don't know what is going on. Some sort of generic infection. His fever is better today, that is the only thing that kept him from being put in the hospital. We have to keep an eye on him for a few days...we aren't out of the woods yet.