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If I don’t stop starting I will never finish! July 31, 2007

Filed under: Blankets,Family,Stash,Work — katy @ 9:17 am

What is wrong with me?  I just keep starting things.  I am so close on the top down cardi.  Alright, I am annoyed that I was "technically" finished and had to lengthen the sleeves.  And I am down to the foot on the Neopolitan socks.  I think I have them as designated "waiting room" socks.

Ruffles_ridges_from_marilyn There was no reason Another_baby_blanket to start a baby blanket.  At least it is stash yarn!  Although, I did buy a few more to supplement.  It is really just an inbetweener project.  I also started a Ruffles & Ridges shawl in the yarn my friend Marilyn gave me.  The alpaca is lovely to work with.  I don’t think I have ever knit a ruffle before and an i-cord edging is new to me also.

The second sleeve of St. Brigid sits at row 2.  Sigh.  I also started a Clapotis for the shop.  I was using Plymouth Royal Bamboo for a simple tank top but wasn’t thrilled with it and saw on Ravelry that a few had used it–quite happily–on Clapotis. 

My brother is visiting this weekend with his wife and daughter.  Gracie adores her cousin–she’s in high school.  And we are planning to go see They Might Be Giants with the kids.  Owen’s never been to a concert or show.  Hopefully, with his new ADHD medicine, he can handle it.  We think we have seen an improvement.  Hurray!


July 23, 2007

Filed under: Family,Friends,Mom knits — katy @ 7:17 pm

Katy_birthday_006 My birthday extravagaza started yesterday with a fabulous party with family and friends.  Kevin very kindly cooked scrumptuous crabcakes and risotto for mKaty_birthday_009y mom, Granny, Marilyn (a friend/customer from the shop), Ricki, Ann and Nancy.  Rinaldo and the boys came too.  Happy Birthday Avery!  Nancy also brought my  favorite carrot cake–Lloyds!  There was even a phone call from Paris wishing a Bonne Anniversaire.

It was a relaxing afternoon of knitting, chatting and eating.  The kids got along well–young and old.  And when you invite knitters over for birthday celebrations–you get knitterly related gifts.  Knitterly_birthday_2 There was a hysterical gag gift from Granny as well.  She is a nut and never dull.  Gifts included Cherry Tree Hill Merino Lace, notecards, a purse that will look divine in Paris, a signed Margaret Stove book, Shetland Wool from the Tomato Factory, a knitting figurine, hand painted alpaca, an emergency sock kit, candle, one Loskins sock, Seacoast Superwash sock wool, a handmade card, wine and an adorable birthday cake tape measure.

Tomorrow I turn 37 and I feel very blessed and fortunate to have a loving family, wonderful friends and much laughter. 


So much for Owen’s Weasley sweater… July 20, 2007

Filed under: Autism,In Progress — katy @ 8:45 am

My friend Brian woke me up early this morning with a phone call from La Droguerie in Paris.  You see, I bought the yarn for the Weasley sweater two years ago.  Owen was 5 and I needed less yardage.  Fast forward to age 7 and I need another 100g.  Brian, BFF that he is, ran out to La Droguerie on his lunch hour to get it for me.  According to the lady at the shop it is finished, never to be made again.  C’est la vie. 

Poor_weasley Do I forge forward and hope for the best?  Do I dig out the knitty noddy and see how much yarn I really have?  Would I squeak by easier if I knit it in the round?  My mom thinks the nature of the yarn will cause it to bias.  Sigh.  Do I make an O into an R or a W–for a smaller child?  Or do I need a blue tweed vest?  Additionally, I don’t permit myself to buy more yarn in Paris unless I have knit a good chunk–meaning at least half–of what I bought the last visit.  I have been thwarted in my attempts–do I get a pass this October?  Wouldn’t I have purchased yarn if I went to Rhinebeck?

So many thoughts.  Poor Owen.  Speaking of Owen, he and I went to the developmental pediatrician yesterday.  This was Owen’s first visit and he did pretty well.  We haven’t been back to a neurologist or developmental pediatrician since he was diagnosed at 2.  Of course, we had to discuss the previous diagnostic process–Children’s Hospital Boston and New England Children’s Floating Hospital.  The Floating Hospital always gets me weird looks but amazingly enough–this new doctor had trained the developmental pediatrician we saw at Floating.  Small world.  Kevin and I were laughing, remembering that experience as Owen had spelled out SAVANT on her metal filing cabinets with her alphabet letters.  Pure coincidence but still amazing.

We were there to discuss ADHD but he had to say that Owen had a diagnosis of–and I jumped in there.  What would you say his diagnosis was.  The neurologist had said autism.  The developmental pediatrician thought PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder-Not Otherwise Specified) as Owen was affectionate toward me.  I have always wondered since then what his actual diagnosis was.  And since this man had trained our other doctor–I thought it would be an interesting answer.  And it was.  He said Owen has autism.  According to the DMS-IV, Owen meets the criteria for autism and I know this.  But he said somethig about high functioning autism.  I think I went into a dreamy state then of possibilities and will need further clarification at our next visit.  IQ wise, Owen tests in the mentally retarded range and he wanted to know if I thought that was true.  One visit was not enough for him to determine–I don’t think–if Owen is MR but I said no.  And while I hadn’t brought in a copy of Owen’s IEP, he was disinclined to think so given Owen is learning to read and do math. 

Overall, it was a good visit.  Owen started an ADHD patch today.  I was so pleased I even got it on his hip–the recommended area of placement.  In Owen’s world, stickers belong on his hand.  I suppose I have gone on for a bit and Cameron has to get to baseball camp.  Exciting birthday plans this weekend and if I ever find my camera–some actual photos.


And the invite goes to… July 18, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 6:25 pm

La of the JenLa.  Thanks to the commenters and emailers.  There is a new feature that allows you to check your place on Ravelry’s list.  I hope to see you all there soon.

Knitting content to come.  Inspired by Harry Potter insanity, I cast on for a Weasley sweater for Owen.  I don’t think I have enough yarn so I have my friend in France on the job.  How does one say sport weight or DK in French?  Is there a specific term they use?


Hello world! July 13, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 12:22 pm

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Warm weather and wooly knitting July 11, 2007

Filed under: Family,Starmore — katy @ 12:19 pm

St_brigid_sleeves Why is it I seem to enjoy knitting warm, wooly sweaters during the summer?  The sock has been untouched since the car ride home.  St. Brigid still draws my attention.  I am on my last repeat for the sleeve.  The pattern called for 5 but I decided to go for 6 as my arms are long and my row gauge was off a bit.  I also spaced the increases out a bit more in the last two repeats.  What next?  A front or sleeve?

Owen happily returned to school on Monday.  That was a blessing.  He cried when we got home Saturday night.  He obviously enjoyed his vacation.  The drive was long and by Delaware my back was hurting.  I started physical therapy on Monday and the PT doesn’t think it’s all that bad.  He gave me some exercise/stretches.  I see the surgeon tomorrow but don’t expect it will go anywhere near that direction unless things were to get considerably worse.  I am feeling much better.

I have been adding stuff to my Ravelry account.  I have one invite left.  Let me know if you are interested.


The back July 3, 2007

Filed under: Family,Starmore — katy @ 4:15 pm

St_brigid The back of St. Brigid is finally finished.  Nearly 2 months shy of 2 years–but who is counting?  The first sleeve is moving along nicely although I am not sure how well I love the look of the cable increase.  The double seed stitch increases aren’t my best either but it was all just a bit awkward with the increasing.  And it’s under my arm so I am not stressing.  I think I will do 6 repeats rather than 5 as my arms are long.  I just finished my 3rd–so I am halfway there. 

As far as the other back issues…my doctor called yesterday with the MRI results.  The connection was horrible but I got the gist of it and I have a herniated lumbar disc.  That or something else may be compressing a nerve.  I see a physical therapist Monday and a neurosurgeon next Thursday.  No plans for surgery but she said it was better to have one familiar with my case.

The kids did fantastic on the drive down.  I missed my flight to Hilton Head due to airport issues in NY.  Thankfully I was able to get on the next available flight standby.  The weather has been spotty.  But the kids are enjoying the beach and pool.  Kevin and Cameron are going golfing tonight.  The girls will go another night.  I stopped by the LYS/used book store and didn’t find them to be as friendly as the last time.  But they were certainly a lot busier.