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Tears and Gears August 14, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 6:49 pm

bucket_o_luvI gave Owen’s teacher, Raine, her bucket hat on Friday. It was my last Parent Training of the school year and, I am afraid, my last training with Raine. I guess it is probably time to move on to a new teacher but I deal with change a little bit better than Owen does. She is a fabulous teacher who loves my son. Anyway, she loved her hat. We rode the scooter boards around the school–she and Owen in matching bucket hats. It was very cute.

Today was the Parent’s Association first annual car show. I am not sure how much money it raised but it was a nice day and the weather was kind enough to hold out. My first father came with his Model A Ford–his is the one with the wooden truck bed. He brought a couple of his cronies too. I even took a spin around the parking lot–at his insistence. Holy cow! I got to second gear baby!
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Back in the Bucket again August 10, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:25 am

cam_bucketYup, I vowed to never make another bucket hat again using that darn kitchen cotton. But it is Owen’s teacher’s birthday. I was going to knit her another scarf but when I went to pick up Owen yesterday—after he threw up at dismissal—his teacher was there, at the nurse’s office with him, lying right next to my pukey little guy in the car bed. ::sigh:: She loves Owen’s bucket hat. She always steals it from him…So I asked her—another scarf or a matching hat. Well, guess what she picked? Luckily, I had another skein of that yellow-blue-green kitchen cotton. Kersti is on hold and the bucket of misery begins.
Owen’s fine—just a nasty little cough. Poor Cameron has it now too. Owen is a trooper. Cameron is more along the lines of your typical male—pathetic! Gracie has golf camp this week and is delighted to be away from the boys and their germs.

Speaking of buckets, here is Cameron’s bucket. We got the buttons from ButtonDrawer. Cameron chose the placement of the buttons with flying fish and diving seagulls. Not exactly what I would choose but it’s his hat.

I really want to start a swatch for St. Brigid. I have to photocopy the pattern. Oh, I just bought 50 plastic sheet protectors. I am going to photocopy the patterns from the various magazines that I want to knit and place them in a binder. Very exciting.

 

yarn shopping & friends August 9, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:57 am

Saturday was spent yarn shopping in the city with Jody, the PhillyKnitters and Eklectika. We hit 5 shops–Habu, School Products, KnitNY, Downtown Yarns and Purl. I didn’t purchase much yarn…a bit of fiber from Habu (I couldn’t come away empty handed), an Addi Turbo needle for Devan and a skein of Kid Silk for a scarf for Owen’s teacher. I had budgeted more. WAH. I had hoped to picked up the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book from Purl–to make Klaralund but the store price was $2 higher than the internet price. When I pointed it out to them they said I was wrong. Oh well, with all of the errors on the pattern and the cost of the yarn–perhaps it was for the best. My mom wanted more Koigu. So she got a skein from KnitNY and 4 skeins from Purl.

Jody was very nice. No suprise there. The PhillyKnitters were an eclectic group of interesting and cool women. I would love to have such a cool knitting group. Eklectica was as cool as you might imagine. It was a terrific day.

I worked a bit on Devan and the Kersti sleeve. I love Kersti. KnitNY and Purl had a lovely selection of Kersti. I fondled it but resisted. I am actually very content with my current and upcoming projects.

Cameron, Gracie and I went to the Vanderbilt Planetarium. The Dinosaur show was surpisingly disappointing. I think they used the same illustrations my 2nd grade teacher did. In this age of computer animation, I was just expecting a bit of a bigger thrill. Well, it was educational nonetheless. On a less educational note, we are hoping to go to Six Flags Great Adventure on Monday. It is hard to believe school is just a month away.

 

yarn shopping & friends

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:57 am

Saturday was spent yarn shopping in the city with Jody, the PhillyKnitters and Eklectika. We hit 5 shops–Habu, School Products, KnitNY, Downtown Yarns and Purl. I didn’t purchase much yarn…a bit of fiber from Habu (I couldn’t come away empty handed), an Addi Turbo needle for Devan and a skein of Kid Silk for a scarf for Owen’s teacher. I had budgeted more. WAH. I had hoped to picked up the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book from Purl–to make Klaralund but the store price was $2 higher than the internet price. When I pointed it out to them they said I was wrong. Oh well, with all of the errors on the pattern and the cost of the yarn–perhaps it was for the best. My mom wanted more Koigu. So she got a skein from KnitNY and 4 skeins from Purl.

Jody was very nice. No suprise there. The PhillyKnitters were an eclectic group of interesting and cool women. I would love to have such a cool knitting group. Eklectica was as cool as you might imagine. It was a terrific day.

I worked a bit on Devan and the Kersti sleeve. I love Kersti. KnitNY and Purl had a lovely selection of Kersti. I fondled it but resisted. I am actually very content with my current and upcoming projects.

Cameron, Gracie and I went to the Vanderbilt Planetarium. The Dinosaur show was surpisingly disappointing. I think they used the same illustrations my 2nd grade teacher did. In this age of computer animation, I was just expecting a bit of a bigger thrill. Well, it was educational nonetheless. On a less educational note, we are hoping to go to Six Flags Great Adventure on Monday. It is hard to believe school is just a month away.

 

yarn shopping & friends

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:57 am

Saturday was spent yarn shopping in the city with Jody, the PhillyKnitters and Eklectika. We hit 5 shops–Habu, School Products, KnitNY, Downtown Yarns and Purl. I didn’t purchase much yarn…a bit of fiber from Habu (I couldn’t come away empty handed), an Addi Turbo needle for Devan and a skein of Kid Silk for a scarf for Owen’s teacher. I had budgeted more. WAH. I had hoped to picked up the Cornelia Tuttle Hamilton book from Purl–to make Klaralund but the store price was $2 higher than the internet price. When I pointed it out to them they said I was wrong. Oh well, with all of the errors on the pattern and the cost of the yarn–perhaps it was for the best. My mom wanted more Koigu. So she got a skein from KnitNY and 4 skeins from Purl.

Jody was very nice. No suprise there. The PhillyKnitters were an eclectic group of interesting and cool women. I would love to have such a cool knitting group. Eklectica was as cool as you might imagine. It was a terrific day.

I worked a bit on Devan and the Kersti sleeve. I love Kersti. KnitNY and Purl had a lovely selection of Kersti. I fondled it but resisted. I am actually very content with my current and upcoming projects.

Cameron, Gracie and I went to the Vanderbilt Planetarium. The Dinosaur show was surpisingly disappointing. I think they used the same illustrations my 2nd grade teacher did. In this age of computer animation, I was just expecting a bit of a bigger thrill. Well, it was educational nonetheless. On a less educational note, we are hoping to go to Six Flags Great Adventure on Monday. It is hard to believe school is just a month away.

 

yaddayaddayadda August 6, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:33 pm

Or yabbadabbadoo! Not a lot going on here. The camera cord disappeared yet again but was found in a heap of computer wires. So I offer up some boring pictures of stockinette stitch.ho_hum_knitting_006ho_hum_knitting_005 I have finished the back on Devan–including a stinky intarsia patch. ::sigh:: I should have done duplicate stitch. I am working on both sleeves right now. And the Dale sweater gets attention when Cameron is doing his easy games on Fast Forword. (For those in "the know"–Collette–that is the Phoneme Identification game. He’s already 40% complete with it).

While we are not entirely sure Fast Forword is helping Cameron…it remains to be seen, I guess; he is going head to head with his cousin these days in verbal sparring. Go Cam! Go Cam!

I was really stunned by the amount of support, understanding and….hmmm…what’s the word? I don’t know. I am just so grateful for knitting in my life. And for the remarkable people I have met through blogging. Off to finish our last game of Fast Forword and then to Chuck E. Cheese!

 

August 3, 2004

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 10:02 am

I love to knit. There’s a comfort to it that I can’t entirely explain. The repetition of weaving the yarn around a needle and then forming a stitch creates a sense of purpose, of achievement, of progress. When your entire world is unraveling, you tend to crave order, and I found it in knitting. In fact, I’ve even read that knitting can lower stress more effectively than medication. And I guess for me it was a better approach, because there was something tangible to show for it. Maybe because knitting gave me a sense of action, of doing something. I didn’t know what tomorrow held, but with a pair of needles in my hands and a ball of yarn in my lap, I was confident I could handle whatever lay ahead. Each stitch was an accomplishment. Some days all I could manage was a single row, but I had the satisfaction of that one small achievement. It made a difference to me. A very big difference.

The Shop on Blossom Street, Debbie Macomber

While I didn’t really love the book, I could relate to this passage. This is definitely the way I felt when I really picked up knitting after Owen was born. And this was before we even knew he had autism. There was always something different about Owen. He was probably the "easiest" baby we had. He slept through the night much sooner than the other two. And he was very content during the day to swing or bounce or jump. I guess, he required very little attention. As he got a little older, and could sit, he would play with his ring stacker endlessly. We are talking over and over again. Next he moved on to shape sorters. And then it was puzzles. Kevin and I were so impressed with his puzzling abilities. Literally.

Owen, like Gracie, had chronic ear infections. So when he didn’t answer to his name–ever–we assumed it was his ears. Our pediatrician was not an advocate for tubes. Owen eventually got them, thanks to an audiologist who was shocked by the 25 or more ear infections he had in his less than 2 years. Early Intervention in Massachusetts was a disaster too. They don’t "diagnose" and our non-verbal, non-eye contact making child received 30 minutes of speech every other week.

All the while I knit. I, too, had that sense of purpose, of achievement, of progress. It has truly kept me sane in the midst of this puzzling world of autism. Speaking of puzzling, Owen’s latest stimulatory behavior is his reflection. He likes to look in mirrors, door knobs, televisions…anywhere. Now, what is the purpose of this post? Well, my camera cord is missing. Kevin says it is behind the printer, in the land of unknown and wild dust bunnies. I had some boring pictures to post of endless stockinette stitch on the Dale Salt Lake City sweater and Devan. I cast on for Devan last night and my tail was ridiculously long, so I went for knitting the back first. No sense in wasting a good cast on tail. Here’s to small achievements and big differences–of many kinds.