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The Family Jewels August 30, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Family,In Progress,Socks,Work — katy @ 10:48 am

Dsc01739One of the reps at the shop came in wearing this beauty and it had to be mine!  Completely appropriate–it was the day after I discovered my BIG mistake on St. Brigid.  Cabling without a needle didn’t work so well for me on that sleeve so I thought a sterling silver cable needle hanging around my neck might help.  It’s lovely.  And heavy.  I was an indentured servant for several days but I was finally payed up at 11am on Saturday.  If anyone is interested in the necklace, let me know–I can send more pictures too.  They sell for $160 plus shipping.

Life has been a bit nutty with Owen home.  He has been very clingy and 12 hours of him hanging on me, requesting "tickle bombs" is draining.  He is actually at his teacher’s house now for a couple of hours, hanging out with her kids and going in the pool.  It’s a nice little break.  I feel absolutely awful about it as he has such a short vacation but when he isn’t requesting tickle bombs–he wants to go get a "donut".  We have to do something about that.  He only likes pink frosted sprinkle Dunkin Donuts.  I think he would alternate between everything bagel with butter and donuts if he could.

Knitting…not so much.  I finished the Neapolitan sock but it is hanging at Granny’s.  The worsted weight socks for my brother are a bit stalled.  I couldn’t get the toe decreases right.  I asked my mom to finish it for me–she is my brother’s mother–GASP!  She insists I conquer my dpn fears.  Honestly, I learned on dpns–I made Sunny’s Mittens with some handspun as my first real knitting project.  I just suck at them.

Oh yea…Owen’s meeting went well.  The coordinator doesn’t plan on doing 10 block trials of verbal imitation.  Hurray!!


August 23, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Family,Lace,Socks — katy @ 10:50 am

Dsc01735While the sleeve dilemma on St. Brigid is pondered, I have been plugging along on a couple of other projects.  The Superior yarn is an absolute delight to knit with.  However, the pattern I am using–not so much.  I have discovered a few errors but Takhi has only confirmed one.  There is no chart and I find reading the pattern to be murder.  Consequently, I picked up aDsc01736
sock.  Not just any sock–a huge, worsted weight sock in Knitaly for my brother’s 5oth birthday.  He is a former Navy Seal–a real tough guy who likes to hunt and fish.  It’s a quick knit but I am using up yarn pretty quickly.  I am not sure about the yarn amounts listed in Ann Budd’s Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns.  Granny says she has more.

Gracie and I went to see Phantom of the Opera on Saturday.  It was very good and a wonderful day with Gracie.  However, the family behind us–older couple with a 4 or 5 year old–spoke, sang and ate during the show.  I was horrified.  Someone’s cell phone even went off towards the end and you could see the reaction on the actors face.  Horrible.

Owen’s last day is tomorrow.  We have his team meeting today.  I am a bit apprehensive about programming plans for Owen as they are planning more verbal imitation programs.  He hates VI programs.  There is nothing worse in his book then being asked to say "the" 20 times.  Sigh.  He is leaving off final consonants–as he always has and they want him to do better.  I understand there is a difference between bow and boat.  But in the context of a sentence like, "I swam to the boat," I think the listener can comprehend Owen’s meaning.  We shall see.  His Dyna went off the table and is in need of repair.  I am sure he is looking forward to his nearly two weeks off.


August 17, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 7:31 am

Dsc01734 I have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of Superior–a new yarn from Filatura di Crosa.  Clara’s review had me pretty excited and actually touching it when the rep came left me champing at the bit. It arrived yesterday.  Almost like it knew that I needed it. 

I left my Addi Lace needles at my mom’s house so I just cast on with the Crystal Palace needle hanging around.  It is so lovely to work with–I am not sure I can give it to Granny as a sample.  I should just give her the money instead.  I highly recommend getting out to your LYS and giving it a grope. 

Sorry for that humongous picture yesterday.  My mom thinks we should attempt to duplicate stitch over it.  I think we will give it a try.  If it looks hideous then I will explore my other options.  My concern with cutting is that it is only a 4 stitch cable.  Will there be enough of an end to run through?  Cara says to swatch it.  I guess I should but I may just rip it back too.  Truly, it would be less than a week to reknit it–if I were to work on it dutifully as I have been doing. 

In the meantime, Superior has diverted my attention and the Neapolitan sock may see it’s finish by Monday.  Gracie and I are going to see Phantom of the Opera tomorrow.  So, I will be having some knitting time on the train.


Oh no!! August 16, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 8:43 am


Cable goes over the cross.  As is is supposed to.  On the far left cross.




Cable goes under the cross…wrong!  That is nearly 75 rows ago.  I may have to use the cutting cable method I saw on Cara’s blog.





I am sorry for the huge picture.  The Dell had it’s final demise and I am using the Mac.  It is hard to believe I learned computing on an Apple.  Heck, I brought a Mac to college but I have been dumbed down by PC’s.  On the Dell, I could edit to my hearts delight and draw on my pictures.  This Mac has me clueless.


August 14, 2007

Filed under: Friends,Starmore,Stash — katy @ 9:20 am

Guess what?  I won Jody’s contest!  I am so glad she has finally decided on the perfect yarn to knit St. Brigid.  Goodness knows she has gone through enough choices.  I fell in love with the color from the book–not especially original but I have wanted that sweater since I was in high school–and fought with my sister to no end over who my mother would knit it for.  I laugh now because I absolutely loved that fringe when I was in high school but my hips were much smaller than. 

As I pass the midpoint on the second sleeve and start considering the front–I can’t help but think of the next Aran sweater and the next.  I haven’t exactly made it to colorwork yet.  One venture on a hat is not quite enough to tackle a Fair Isle and do it justice.  So there is some serious consideration of the FLAK sweater.  I would like to make it a cardigan and plan to use Snow Goose Aran in the stash.  Although, I did have to supplement with some yarn at the shop.   

Cascade8686 Since I am using–at least in my head–my next worsted weight yarn.  I felt the need to replenish and in doing so lightened the load a bit for my friend Kris who is planning to move back across the country.  This is my second shopping exerience at Sonny and Shear and I am quite pleased with the service!  She carries a nice array of yarns.  My mom is anxious to try the Mama Llama sock yarn we ordered.  I ordered an old favorite–Cascade 220.  I love my Na Craga.  I love Vicki’s St. Brigid.  And I love Jody’s new St. Brigid too. 

I am not planning to go to Rhinebeck as I am going to Paris the first week of October but it would be nice to finish my St. Brigid before Rhinebeck.  Or before Paris.  If Jody can attain this wild goal–surely I could too.  I only have half a sleeve and a front.  Hmm….


I can’t BEE quiet! August 8, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 4:43 pm

But I really want to knit this shawl!


Knitters Tea Swap August 7, 2007

Filed under: Uncategorized — katy @ 11:28 am

        I signed up for the Knit One, Tea Too swap.  Anyone else care to join?  Remember, when in doubt, pinkies out!!

1. Do you like loose tea or bags, or both – something you want to try? I prefer bags but I occasionally use loose.

2. What is your favorite kind of tea (Brand, flavor, variety, etc)? My favorite brand of tea is PG Tips. I generally like strong black tea. However, I do enjoy Earl Grey and English Breakfast.

3. Favorite color in regards to tea or one you would like to try? (black, green, red, and white) (keeping in mind that this is how this swap is set up). As I said before, black tea is my favorite. White tea is okay too and I have never tried red. Green is so-so.

4. Would you say you were a tea pot kind of person or just a hot water heater kind? Hot water. I would be lost without my electric tea kettle.

5. What tea accessories would you like but have never purchases for yourself? Hmm…I have never really explored accessories. I don’t have any tea cosies.

6. How do you prefer to be pampered? (examples: mani/pedi, bubble bath, yummy treat, etc). I am all for a manicure/pedicure with some dark chocolate.

7. If you were a kind of yarn what would you be and why? 100% wool. I love wool—there is just something so comforting about it.

8. If you had to knit/crochet baby booties, a fun fur scarf, or a fair isle sweater, which would you choose and why? Probably baby booties as they have been on my mental list to do. My mom was an avid fair isle knitter—so I have enough of them to last a lifetime. I tend to like smaller projects as I have 3 children and not all that much time to knit.

9. What other event would make you skip a tea party? (A garden party? A book club meeting? A yoga class? Opening night for a new action thriller? etc?) Hmm…we don’t get out that much. Spending an evening with friends knitting is always preferred. But I suppose I would skip it for a night out with my husband—dinner and/or movie. Or a fun night out with the whole family.

10. What treat would you consider essential at your tea party? (Sweet? Salty? Scones? Those petite pastry trays with a couple of all sorts of things? Little crust less sandwiches?) I love those petite pastry trays but it would be a fate worse than death to have to make them all! And I love scones!

11. When buying yarn for a project how do you choose – do you buy the one called for or do you substitute? Substitute. I like to be different.

12. What do you carry your knitting/crocheting in when on the go? Sadly, a plastic shopping bag. All of my knitting bags seem to have neglected projects in them.

13. Favorite movie to watch while knitting/crocheting? Umm…I am not much of a TV watcher. I do like comedies though.

14. Are you a traditional tea cup kind of person or a mug type of person? Do you care if they match? I am a mug person. Although, I think tea cups are gorgeous. I don’t really care too much if they match.

15. Favorite childhood birthday party? We always had swimming parties in the back yard. My favorite included a piñata.

16. Favorite type of scone and jam? Regular raisin scone with a bit of strawberry jam.

17. If you use candles, what is your favorite scent? Kids and cat=no candles. We would definitely have a fire.

           18. If you could choose 3 people to have ‘tea’ with, who would they be and why? (famous or not, living                       or dead). Tough question…I think I would invite my friends from England.  We lived there for two                 years and it would be lovely to have tea with them–and not kids tea. 

19. You’ve been invited to a tea party, what ‘props’ will you wear (formal or casual)? A hand knitted shawl.

20. Any allergies/preferences you have or are willing to admit to? No. I am fairly agreeable.

  1. Anything we missed that you want your pal to know? Nope.


Even greater than my highest expectations! August 6, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Family,Friends,In Progress,Lace,Starmore — katy @ 9:01 am

The concert was fabulous.  Owen walked in like he owned the place.  He has this swagger and I see it when we do new things–like the first time we went to the movies–he has to lead the way and always looks like he’s been doing it forever.  We spread our blanket out on the ground and he plopped himself down and went digging into the picnic bag for his bagel and a juice box.  There were little autistic moments like everyone should be on the blanket–no limbs or objects hanging off.  And then–when a song came on that he really likes–he was up and dancing.  Cameron and Gracie enjoyed themselves as well.  My niece came too.  She is more familiar with their non-kid music but liked it anyway.  And Owen really liked her.  Cameron and Grace would have preferred seats but for our first concert experience–I think it was absolutely terrific!

Ruffles_and_ridges_and_slants Not much knitting going on.  Ann pointed out I was doing my decreases wrong on the Ruffles & Ridges shawl.  Sigh.  I always slipped knitwise until Ann, Peggy and Ricki were looking at a heel of a sock I knit. They liked the design and informed me most heel slips are purlwise.  So, I think I started slipping everything purlwiWinding_nightmarese.  Sure enough, this baby is supposed to be slipped knitwise.  I am not sure it is worth  ripping back on it.  My mom insists you can manipulate the stitches to look right.  I think I trust her. Aside from that I spent 4 hours winding the Cherry Tree Hill Merino laceweight.  That was a real drag.

On a side note…did anyone else notice that Alice Starmore is wearing St. Brigid in the Vogue Knitting interview photo!