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Throwing yarn, not up March 29, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Cross Stitch,Family — katy @ 7:40 pm

Ugh.  4 days of barfy ickiness.  Horrible.  It started on Saturday after work and I was down for the count.  I didn’t even pick up any knitting till yesterday.  Therefore, not much to show.  Kevin is away golfing with his buddies.  Owen had a sicky day yesterday  I might have sent him–as it was questionable and he was throwing his clothes at me demanding "bus".  But Kevin had kindly written in the communication notebook that Owen seemed to have a low grade fever.  All is well though…we had a lovely day with a bit of quality fun time at the beach.  What a gorgeous day. 

Tuesday was Owen’s annual meeting–which we sweated over for weeks.  Easy peasy.  No questions asked and everything is staying the same. The only change is an evaluation for a Dynavox.  Both scary and exciting.

Bof_springtime_3 With no knitting progress to show, I will share the finally finished Birds of  a Feather Printemps cross stitch.  Honesty compels me to mention I did not do this piece.  While searching for fabric on eBay, I found the darn thing already complete for less than the cost of the linen I planned to use.  I figured what the heck and birthday money was well spent.  I did help pick out the frame.  I really like it but don’t love it as well as I expected.  So, I am glad I didn’t put all of the time into it.  I did, however, order their Garden Cat and the linen.  No excuses now–except I have to get the floss together.  Do you think any less of me?

One last note, thank you for the kind words regarding my last post.  I had every intention of thanking each and every one of you via email but the pukies got in the way.  I hope to though…eventually.  If only we were all as good as that Carole!

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Shaking March 20, 2007

Filed under: Autism — katy @ 11:49 am

I just got off the phone for an autism survey.  One and a half hours of talk about Owen, our family and the diagnostic process.  I can’t even begin to tell you how important it is to me to further the research of autism.  Any research really.  If I can help make the world a better place or something less difficult for another person.  She taped our conversation and is going to email me the transcript as well as the time line of Owen’s–what?  It hasn’t been a journey.  That is far too nice a description.   And it’s not "just" a diagnosis.  I amaze even myself with the positive attitude.  Focusing on the strength of my marriage and the compassion of my children.  Even the hard work Owen does every single day.  But it is hard too–facing the realities of the difficulties autism has created for him and us.  I try not to think about the sad things anymore…never having friends or getting married or driving a car.  I don’t like to think about the trips we never take–locally or further away.  I don’t think it is denial as much as it can be survival.  Talking about it with this researcher though…a categorical and directed conversation.  It’s not easy to describe the feelings I have.  I shared with her some feelings I share with no one and am ashamed to even put out here.  I had to be honest for research sake. 

I don’t mean for this to be a whinge.  I am just so overwhelmed with feelings right now.  I can’t even knit.

 

March 18, 2007

Filed under: Charity Knits,Family,In Progress,Lace,Work — katy @ 6:51 pm

When last we left the blog, Gracie was suffering through pneumonia.  She is on the mend but missed a week of school.  Sadly, she returned on the day of standardized testing.  Poor thing.  She also missed solo tryouts for the spring concert.  And, unfortunately, her voice is in no shape for singing anyway.  Sigh.

I have been plugging away on the neck down cardi.  It is a huge pile of stockinette.  I have actually passed it off to my mother.  Ann and Granny made fun of me for giving it to her but I have tried to pick up around the neck twice and it looks ugly.  The sleeves and neck look fine.  Just the v neck bit–which is very important. 

I also started another Dulaan cardi in some Malabrigo.  Go me.  And, finally, a Flower Basket Shawl.  Granny got a ton of yarn in for spring.  And while I don’t love cotton especially, I am seriously eye balling some of the new yarns.  I don’t have much cotton in the stash.  I am also playing with the new ruffle yarn we got in by Online.  I would link but we got a new laptop and I haven’t figured out how to do it.  We are back to Mac.  And it feels good!

 

Filed under: Charity Knits,Family,In Progress,Lace,Work — katy @ 6:51 pm

When last we left the blog, Gracie was suffering through pneumonia.  She is on the mend but missed a week of school.  Sadly, she returned on the day of standardized testing.  Poor thing.  She also missed solo tryouts for the spring concert.  And, unfortunately, her voice is in no shape for singing anyway.  Sigh.

I have been plugging away on the neck down cardi.  It is a huge pile of stockinette.  I have actually passed it off to my mother.  Ann and Granny made fun of me for giving it to her but I have tried to pick up around the neck twice and it looks ugly.  The sleeves and neck look fine.  Just the v neck bit–which is very important. 

I also started another Dulaan cardi in some Malabrigo.  Go me.  And, finally, a Flower Basket Shawl.  Granny got a ton of yarn in for spring.  And while I don’t love cotton especially, I am seriously eye balling some of the new yarns.  I don’t have much cotton in the stash.  I am also playing with the new ruffle yarn we got in by Online.  I would link but we got a new laptop and I haven’t figured out how to do it.  We are back to Mac.  And it feels good!

 

March 9, 2007

Filed under: Family,In Progress — katy @ 1:35 pm

Little Miss Gracie is home with pneumonia.  As our pediatrician is pushing 80 and 30 minutes away without traffic, we tried a new one last week.  Overall, it was a very disappointing experience.  The worst of it when a nurse suggested to me Owen might be more comfortable out in the car.  Needless to say, we were back to my beloved Dr. A. on Tuesday and Little Miss has been home since.  Some antibiotics and a lot of rest and she appears to be on the mend.  Although, the coughing is still icky and she is bringing up blood.  I hate that she is so worried about the school work she is missing.

I have missed work this week (although I ran in for 2 hours on Wed. while she was napping).  Loads of new spring yarn has arrived.  I don’t typically love cotton but some of the new ones feel Kersti_rides_again quite nice.  I am plugging away on my neckdown cardi.  I would love to use every bit of yarn so I think I will hold off on casting the bottom off till I finish the sleeves and see if I can get a bit more length.  I love how the colors blend and the yarn is a dream.

A trainangle shawl picture should be forthcoming soon…I can’t get anyone to photograph it.  Stay well.

 

Filed under: Family,In Progress — katy @ 1:35 pm

Little Miss Gracie is home with pneumonia.  As our pediatrician is pushing 80 and 30 minutes away without traffic, we tried a new one last week.  Overall, it was a very disappointing experience.  The worst of it when a nurse suggested to me Owen might be more comfortable out in the car.  Needless to say, we were back to my beloved Dr. A. on Tuesday and Little Miss has been home since.  Some antibiotics and a lot of rest and she appears to be on the mend.  Although, the coughing is still icky and she is bringing up blood.  I hate that she is so worried about the school work she is missing.

I have missed work this week (although I ran in for 2 hours on Wed. while she was napping).  Loads of new spring yarn has arrived.  I don’t typically love cotton but some of the new ones feel Kersti_rides_again quite nice.  I am plugging away on my neckdown cardi.  I would love to use every bit of yarn so I think I will hold off on casting the bottom off till I finish the sleeves and see if I can get a bit more length.  I love how the colors blend and the yarn is a dream.

A trainangle shawl picture should be forthcoming soon…I can’t get anyone to photograph it.  Stay well.

 

A healthy obsession March 6, 2007

Filed under: Family,In Progress,Stash — katy @ 12:52 pm

The Kersti–oh yea–that is the yarn I am reusing on the neck down cardi is coming along.  Side shaping should begin soon.  However, I have been sidetracked by a new obsession.  I must have Graymistcowla Bohus sweater

What was it?  Kevin being late?  Gracie being sick?  My doctor telling me my cholesterol went up?  Well, after a bit of research and a discussion with my knitting guru (my mom), it is a done  deal and Gray Mist, Cowl style is on it’s way.  Along with a mitten kit for my mom.  Nothing like sharing shipping costs.  I do feel some guilt as I have an unfinished never even started Hanne Falkenberg kit in the stash. 

With Paris in the fall, I am also planning on knitting a Harry Potter style sweater for the O-man.  That is more stash yarn I am using.  So, adding another sweater to the pile isn’t so bad, right?  I can rationalize some more by telling you (and Kevin) that I returned all of my brown Cashmerino stuff.  I also returned a bag of Baby Cashmerino for a baby blanket I decided against.  The stash, she is shrinking.  Must feed the stash.

I’d post pics of the wonderful books on Bohus knitting that I picked up at my mom’s but the camera is MIA.  I also acquired two cute framed cross stitch pictures.  And my laptop is down again.  So I hear we may be back to Mac.  Especially cute in the original Bohus book was the cheesy bookplate with my calligraphy from Elementary School.