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March 18, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:44 am

Just a quick hi. I am off to a parent training at Owen’s school shortly and I have been trying to do last minute tidying. I just got hit with a whammy from the school. They are refusing to give Cameron the additional educational support he needs. Is there something in the air? In between Softscrub and Windex, I am making phone calls and emails.

In sock news, I am not sure how I feel about Cameron’s sock. I think I screwed up the markers somewhere. My mom says it is just a kids sock and Cameron is thrilled with its progress. Then again, Cameron didn’t want me to run the ends through on his scarf…I will think about it later.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions regarding my sleeves for Na Craga. I appreciate them. Better go run the vacuum. Oh, the domestic bliss.

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Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:44 am

Just a quick hi. I am off to a parent training at Owen’s school shortly and I have been trying to do last minute tidying. I just got hit with a whammy from the school. They are refusing to give Cameron the additional educational support he needs. Is there something in the air? In between Softscrub and Windex, I am making phone calls and emails.

In sock news, I am not sure how I feel about Cameron’s sock. I think I screwed up the markers somewhere. My mom says it is just a kids sock and Cameron is thrilled with its progress. Then again, Cameron didn’t want me to run the ends through on his scarf…I will think about it later.

Thanks for the comments and suggestions regarding my sleeves for Na Craga. I appreciate them. Better go run the vacuum. Oh, the domestic bliss.

 

Knitting as Zen March 16, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:46 pm

What is it about knitting that calms me so? Yesterday I ran around like a crazy woman doing dinner dance stuff, the supermarket, the post office. When I got home another mom called and asked if I would sit for Special Education meetings today. We have the plumber coming today, dinner dance stuff needs to get done and my house is a shameful mess. I picked up my sock and began knitting. My heart rate slowed down, my breathing became more regular. Zen—I don’t know. Maybe.

I emailed my friend in London to warn her of the impending snow and about my messy home. Here is what she emailed back:

Don’t worry about a thing. I know exactly
what its like having too much to do and
children that undo every effort to tidy
a minute after its sorted and too little
time and energy. I blame unrealistic sit-coms
with tidy sets that make us real people expect
such situations. I am just grateful for your
kind invitation to stay.

I just adore Marguerite. She used to be a knitter. I am hoping to rope her back into it while she is here. She is an artist and just so lovely to talk to. We used to walk back from school, to the High Road, after dropping our children off at school. I love our conversations. She is just an incredible person. Yippee! I can’t wait for Thursday.

It is snowing today. I can’t believe it. Our bathroom is nearing completion. I am going to put the timer on for one hour and clean. And then I am going to knit and read. I want to watch a video, I am Sam but I feel a little guilty with the plumber here.

Na Craga question

Oh, a question! Na Craga—it is on hold for the time being. For those who have knit and finished it did you find the sleeves to be a bit short? The middle size says 45 cm but that just seems so short to me. Is it because it is a drop shoulder? I would hate to sew it up only to find the sleeves too short. I think I have enough yarn to make the sleeves longer. Thanks.

A little later

Just got back from Home Depot. The plumber said the new toilet had been used. How about a collective, “Eeww!” It was missing the seat and hardware and it had been set. Yuck. Now I only have 15 minutes to clean then I must knit. As they say in France, bon tricot.

 

Unexpected Knitting March 15, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:19 am

Secretpal
No, not that kind of Unexpected
Thanks
Sandy for organizing this. And thanks Secret Knitting Pal for the prezzie. I especially love the calendar. I desperately wanted one for my knitting bag. Cameron and Gracie are already fighting over my pencils. As if!

Here is my newest project. Cameron was very jealous of Gracie’s socks so he picked out some sock yarn. I am using Trekking XXL and not really caring for it as I don’t like the way it is plied. I don’t recommend it and won’t use it again. Kevin is very pleased that Cameron picked such masculine colors. Cameron definately grew up under the influence of his older sister. He was a bit of a cross-dresser for a while with an unusual interest in Gracie’s Cinderella dress made by my mom.

Camsock

The last bit of “unexpected knitting” is me at 14 down in Florida. My mom was polite enough to call it “free form” knitting. That was during my New Wave days–see me listening to my walkperson (I refused to call it walk”man”). I am probably listening to Morrissey complaining about his “punctured bicycle on a hillside desolate.”

Katy14_1

 

a good day… March 12, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 2:49 pm

It seems like I didn’t do much today but, somehow, I feel like I got a lot accomplished. I didn’t make it to they gym but that’s okay. I had a tasty Entemann’s St. Patrick’s Day cupcake and I let it go. It was the last one too. Gracie is gonna be mad.

I took my Dad to Home Depot this morning to do some heavy lifting. The vanity in our soon-to-be new bathroom doesn’t fit. I had to buy a new one or a pedestal sink. They didn’t have the right size vanity so it is a pedestal sink. The contractor wanted the tallest one available. I am not happy with this choice–it has a fluted column and a really ornate bowl. I am not an ornate and fancy person. I am about as Plain Jane as they come. Kevin was supposed to be in Manhattan for the weekend for NCAA basketball. So it was all me–and my Dad. Since Providence College lost, Kevin will be back earlier than expected. I see a Lowes trip in his future.

The contractor thought there was a problem with our boiler. So I had to wait around for the boiler man to come. That worked out okay. I had some things to do around the house. And I listed a couple of items on eBay to justify ordering the Everyday Cardigan. Being a bit unoriginal, I want to knit it in the Hemlock green shown. I love green. The boiler is being repaired right now. A blessing, really, getting it fixed before the kids get home. Things are going pretty well today.

Here’s what I got at Three Black Sheep. The Cascade Magnum will be put away till next Christmas for a gift. The Berroco Pleasure is for an eyelet scarf for me. The buttons are a gift as is the last skein of yarn. It is called Tutti Frutti Gracie. The wool is hand-dyed and handspun from orphaned sheep at Homestead Wool and Gift Farm. How cool is that?

Scarfstash_1

 

Not so swift March 11, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:15 am

I decided to drag out my swift to wind my last skeins of Cascade for Na Craga. I received this swift as a gift from my sister-in-law as a Secret Santa present. We do this exchange every year with Kevin’s family. I would never buy myself anything this indulgent. Yes, I would pretty easily spend money on yarn but not a skein holder. The kids love it and have arguments over who gets to wind next. It is a wonderful device for turn taking. I actually like to wind yarn by hand. I find it very relaxing. But for a while I was into Colinette and I knit three throws. It was nice to have for that. And there is something to be said for a nice, center pull pancake of yarn.
Skeinhold_001

Speaking of yarn…my mom and I are off to Three Black Sheep today. As I said yesterday, she wants some Cascade 220 and I want another skein of Berroco Pleasure. Last night I did a little eBay therapy–just some sock yarn. I love purple and green (not Barney purple and green!).
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Well, off to the shop. Cross your fingers that I don’t spend too much. And let’s hope Kevin doesn’t read my blog today.

 

Another crazy day March 10, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:06 am

I don’t think I knit a stitch yesterday. 😦 I had about 15 minutes when I could have, waiting for Owen’s “team” to organize for our meeting regarding his education. Unfortunately, I had forgotten my knitting at home. And 15 minutes wouldn’t really get me too far. I didn’t have a lot on my agenda. I was pretty happy about that–’cause my agendas are usually packed. My greatest concern lately is Owen’s increase in verbal stimulatory behavior. I don’t know how many of you are familiar with the traits of autism but “verbal stimming” is the repetitive use of language or sounds in a non-functional way. Owen will repeatedly make sounds like, “ah-e-ah-e-I” over and over again. He does this throughout the day, before bed, in the car…anytime. We have been videotaping dinner to analyze why Owen won’t stay seated for meals—besides his very selective meal choices. Well, the video was a real eye-opener. He verbally stims a lot at dinner. His teachers don’t want to discourage him from talking. Perhaps this is Owen’s attempt to talk at the table? Anyway, the idea is to shape this into more functional language. I actually had some success with it last night, trying to get him to imitate “rice” and other words about the dinner table. Sometimes it seems so basic that I want to kick myself for not thinking of it myself. But sometimes it is hard when it is your own child.

Oh, the video tape. How humiliating! Cameron had multiple eruptions; Gracie got cut off from telling what sounded like an ethnic joke. I called Gracie “Gritty.” And Owen, well he out sat everyone! 27 minutes. One other thing his teachers noted was the amount of times Cameron and Gracie get up from the table—to go to the bathroom or to get the juice or ketchup. Owen may not know what is an appropriate reason to get up from the table and what is not.

Last, and I hope I haven’t lost you all here…his teacher brought up eye contact. Owen has remarkable spontaneous eye contact. But when asked to “look” or when called, “Owen,” he has a really hard time with it. Another conference I went to has discontinued altogether the “Look” program. Owen’s school has stopped doing it with the Early Intervention kids but have decided to keep it in the program books of kids who already had it. I don’t know if I agree with that. The new method for increasing eye contact is through non-contingent reinforcement of spontaneous eye contact. We do this verbally but I suggested we go back to primary or edible reinforcement. I don’t know if they were too keen on that idea. Anyway, the coordinator suggested a visual cue or picture prompt of eyes. I like that idea. So, Owen will now be required to make eye contact when answering Social Questions like, “How are you?”

Great, I was hoping to drag my mom to the newer yarn shop, Three Black Sheep but it is closed on Wednesday. My mom wants to make the Sophie bag from MagKnits in Cascade 220. And I want another ball of the Berroco Pleasure. Maybe tomorrow…Have a great day. I apologize if this post is uninteresting or depressing—with very little knitting content.