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G is for guitar and H is for Henry Hudson May 16, 2008

Filed under: ABC Along,Autism,Family — katy @ 4:47 pm

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_0 Gracie is much too busy being a teenager to send me her preferred picture for blog fodder!  So onto a bit more enthusiastic participant!  Cameron, my guitar loving rocker.  Cameron started playing the bass guitar in the fall and bought an electric guitar by himself for his 10th birthday.  He is doing really well with it and truly enjoying it.  He rocks out on Rush, The Police, Santana, and Deep Purple.  Mind you–I have very little clue as to what these songs are but I am learning…Black Magic Woman, Smoke on the Water.  It is a lot of fun!

Henry_hudson H is for Henry Hudson.  Cameron did a book report on Henry Hudson and the 4th grade did a Living History Museum.  Cameron was incredible.  Despite his short term memory issues–he was fantastic.  He stayed in character the whole time and looked fabulous!  His teacher’s daughter, who is in Gracie’s grade, said Cameron was the best! 

There was another post saved for this that included details about Gracie anOwen_and_the_disappearing_needles_2d why I am not knitting or reading but my knitting mojo has returned.  I am knitting the  Chevron Lace baby blanket from Vogue Knitting on the Go in Koigu from the stash.  Oh how I love to use stash.  The color is just so gorgeous that it will be put in the hope chest for some future grandchild.  We took Cameron and their friends to go see My Chemical Romance at the Garden last Friday.  That was fun.  My favorite song is Teenagers.

Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_3 In sad news, Owen has disposed of all of my straight knitting needles, several pieces of jewelry, money, beads and goodness knows what else.  Kevin took him to the dentist on Friday and forgot to make sure our bedroom door was locked while on the phone.  I thought Owen was dumping my stuff down a small hole around the air conditioning duct but after having several holes put in the walls, floors and step–all that was found was 6 cents.  I am especially sad as some of the needles were my Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_4 grandmothers…Lantern Moon needles…and antique needles  from France.  The hole has since been closed up and boxed in but there are other random spots in Owen_and_the_disappearing_needles_5 the house…who knows what lies beneath.


It’s all good December 18, 2007

Filed under: All done!,Autism,Blankets,Teacher Gifts — katy @ 3:34 pm

Kevins_wedding_and_stuff_075 Victory dances all around!  The Four Season Afghan is finished!  I sewed the last end in over the weekend and had a very unsuccessful photo shoot with Kevin.  Final details:  Berroco Peruvia 14 skeins altogether (3 of 2 colors and 4 of the other 2) and a US 9.  Admittedly, I was finished with this project at the specified 3 strips but the overall opinion was it was too small for two men.  I added another 2 stripsKevins_wedding_and_stuff_078 and it is perfect.  I  continuously screwed up on the last strip as I was DONE but I kept plugging along and it was a happy day when I cast off.  Cameron loves it and asked for one of his own.  Sigh.  I can’t do it.

Teacher knitting was finished today too for Cameron.  A couple of super chunky hats, a pair of Fetching, a Scaruffle and a funky Tahki scarf.  Oh–a Pidge knockoff Kevins_wedding_and_stuff_088 too.  I completely forgot about the speech teacher.  And see, I forgot her again.  I just need to sew on the buttons and run the ends. 

Owen’s teachers aren’t getting handknits this year.  I just couldn’t do it and finish the afghan too.  And we just had the most wonderful news for Owen!  The district bought him a brand new augmentative communication device.   I am not exactly sure what model…I pick it up on Thursday.  In my excitement, I didn’t really pay attention to what I was told by his coordinator.   I was just thinking of all the amazing things I hope to hear Owen say!


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.


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! 


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.


St. Brigid June 12, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Family,Starmore — katy @ 9:31 am

St_brigid_is_moving I can’t get over how quickly St. Brigid is moving these days.  I am nearly finished with the 7th repeat with just one more to go for the back.  I estimated–given the amount it has taken me to get this far (wrote fart)–that it would take 6 months.  I may be finished with the back by the end of this week.  Granny suggested starting a sleeve but I might just start the front.  The pattern is pretty well set in my head.  I am not saying it is memorized but I only need to glance at the chart for reference.  And–the kicker–I am enjoying it. 

Half days start for Gracie tomorrow.  Teenagehood starts Thursday.  It is frightening how quickly she is growing up.  As her social life picks up, her grades seem to be dropping.  Other parents of teens and tweens–what is a reasonable amount of time to spend on the computer IMing?  I certainly set no good example of computer time.  Nor does Kevin with that darn Blackberry.

Parent training at Owen’s today.  Dynavox training tomorrow.  They said he showed a real interest in it at school.  We just need to get it programmed correctly for him.