I finally started Owen’s sweater. This is overdue by about 3 years! I started one based on a Debbie Bliss design when he was 2 in Mission Falls cotton. With the help of my LYS owner in MA, I converted it to the round and screwed it up. It was too big in some spots and too small in others. Gauge issues.
This is a KP&S top down pullover knit in Sirdar Denim Sport Aran. My mom and I were laughing. Yes, we think we are yarn snobs but we both love this yarn. Together, we knit a pullover for Cameron in this yarn. And we knit, together, Gracie’s poncho in the chunky. I have more of it to knit a cable pullover for my nephew. You can really feel the cotton in the yarn.
We survived the blizzard. Granny closed the shop early on Saturday. Although it was busy in the morning and that whole week–people stocking up for the big one! Clapotis has been neglected while I work on Owen’s sweater. I love top down patterns. They seem to go so quickly. Owen is home with me today. His school was closed. The other two were greatly disappointed. We will go play with his little girlfriend after. He is quite the ladies’ man.
I am still floating on air with his progress. He is so obviously intelligent–yet locked inside his mind. The expectations of his progress have always been high. Except for the first neurologist who diagnosed his autism. She told us he would go to school till he was 21 then move into an apartment style residence and we were lucky because in the past, they would have just institutionalized him right away. At 2. She was an idiot.
There are still no guarantees that he will talk. But his ability to learn–even without being formally taught–opens so many doors for him. We may have a fight ahead of us with our school district to keep Owen at his school. As his progress was slow, we were concerned they would send him to a less intense school or decrease the academic learning and focus more on the life skills. But we now have a powerful argument to keep him where he is. I guess I used to feel cautiously optimistic. Now I have thrown all caution to the wind and I am just optimistic. And I will end with a final picture of Owen geared up for the snow.