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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.

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6 days later May 29, 2007

Filed under: Family,In Progress,Socks,Work — katy @ 8:50 am

Well, I didn’t expect that to take so long.  I think I was frustrated as I wrote a heartfelt yet balanced post without too much emotion.  Why don’t I save to draft more often?  I also realized this morning, as I lay in bed, I still haven’t posted a picture of the Shetland Triangle.  Bad blogger extraordinaire.

May_07_life_and_knits_022 I will start with the knitting, of which there has been very little.  I ripped my sock to just before the picot and reknit on 0’s.  Much better.  I also tried an Eye of Partridge heel which got lost in the striping but I think it is there.  I ripped back the sleeves on my Kersti cardigan and making them a tad longer for my monkey arms.  I finished a tank top in Berroco Zen at the shop and continue to work on a Karabella Gossamer stole.  Nearly every sentence in this paragraph starts with "I".  While I know it is my blog–even Cameron knows better. I am not rewriting it but I am going to save this draft right now.

In other realms, time has been pressed with the kids.  We had Cameron’s meeting and it went worse than we expected but perhaps there was some good in that too.  Once again, the school is recommending a self-contained placement in the fall.  They have planned a high functioning 12:1:1.  For those not familiar, 12 students, one special education teacher and one aide.  The disabilities are comprised of speech disorders, learning disabilities and autism.  3 of the kids have autism.  That is 1/4 of the class.  Cameron needs positive role models and this classroom will not offer that for him.  I brought up to the district that this was not the least restrictive environment and asked about the integrated.  I was told it was filled.  This is not a legal answer and I pointed out to them they had to offer him something less restrictive.  I think they tried to threaten me with an out of district placement but I said we would love to look into it.  We are waiting to hear back from them but I suppose they will try to stall us for as long as possible.  I am asking to visit these placements before the school year ends.

Now for the good results from this meeting.  I have gotten Cameron a private, independent evaluation.  The results are proving to be better than that which the school showed.  I attended a parent advocacy workshop and found I was not alone.  4 of the 12 parents in attendence were from my district.  The trainer wants to take on our case with the district.  I bought and borrowed a ton of books on advocacy and am changing how I handle our paperwork and interactions with the district.  Today I am touring a local Catholic School.  And, lastly, I am reading all I can on homeschooling. 

Owen’s coasting.  He has a new teaching assistant in his class.  Owen adores older men–"grandfather" is one of his favorite words.  And Gracie is awesome.  It looks like London is a no go.  And I have been gardening–not something I especially enjoy.   

 

May 8, 2007

Filed under: All done!,Autism,Family,In Progress — katy @ 7:28 am

1.  Dale Salt Lake City 2002 for Kevin.  Considering this is now 2007–this project has been marinating for a loooong time.  I am nearly up to the patterning.

2.  St. Brigid for me.  When did I start that KAL?  I did a bit of work but need to tink a row to get restarted.

3.  A baby blanket for my SIL using 501.  I think the baby is due in 2 weeks.

4.  The sleeve on my leftover worsted Dulaan sweater.

5. 4 pulsewarmers–mates to 4 I have already knitOne and a half more pairs to go, I think.

6.  Shetland Triangle Shawl which is moving along nicelyGot to take a picture some day!

7.  The Birds Nest Shawl from Folk Shawls.  Not even sure I have looked at it.

8.  While I haven’t wound the yarn…I have it in my head to knit a Colinette throw for my sister.  Again, stash yarn.  The Velvet Throw is #14.  She says she wants it….must do it but not during the warm weather.

9.  Brea pocketbook that I started for the shop a million years ago.

10.  Decide if I really want to knit this sweater in the color I have in the stash…  Gosh, I can’t even find a picture in my archives.  Such a bad blogger!   Still undecided but leaning toward NO!

Progress has definately been made on this list.  I am somewhat uninspired my knits right now.  It’s like they are all being naughty and ganging up on me.  Rip sock, rip sleeves on Kersti cardi, cotton is hard on the hands.  I tried to use some old Fiesta La Boheme that I treated myself to for my 30th birthday.  I think it needs to go in the garbage can.  $60 worth of yarn that never found the right pattern and is now matted and gross. 

Srpt_009 Owen is waking up in the middle of the night and the wee hours of the morning.  Sleep deprivation is such torture.  Today I am working his school’s book fair else I would be back in bed after they all leave.  I think exhaustion makes everything look bleak.  And the Dell died again!  The warranty goes through September so I guess we will try to get it repaired again.  I think this is the 5th time.  Argh.

 

Filed under: All done!,Autism,Family,In Progress — katy @ 7:28 am

1.  Dale Salt Lake City 2002 for Kevin.  Considering this is now 2007–this project has been marinating for a loooong time.  I am nearly up to the patterning.

2.  St. Brigid for me.  When did I start that KAL?  I did a bit of work but need to tink a row to get restarted.

3.  A baby blanket for my SIL using 501.  I think the baby is due in 2 weeks.

4.  The sleeve on my leftover worsted Dulaan sweater.

5. 4 pulsewarmers–mates to 4 I have already knitOne and a half more pairs to go, I think.

6.  Shetland Triangle Shawl which is moving along nicelyGot to take a picture some day!

7.  The Birds Nest Shawl from Folk Shawls.  Not even sure I have looked at it.

8.  While I haven’t wound the yarn…I have it in my head to knit a Colinette throw for my sister.  Again, stash yarn.  The Velvet Throw is #14.  She says she wants it….must do it but not during the warm weather.

9.  Brea pocketbook that I started for the shop a million years ago.

10.  Decide if I really want to knit this sweater in the color I have in the stash…  Gosh, I can’t even find a picture in my archives.  Such a bad blogger!   Still undecided but leaning toward NO!

Progress has definately been made on this list.  I am somewhat uninspired my knits right now.  It’s like they are all being naughty and ganging up on me.  Rip sock, rip sleeves on Kersti cardi, cotton is hard on the hands.  I tried to use some old Fiesta La Boheme that I treated myself to for my 30th birthday.  I think it needs to go in the garbage can.  $60 worth of yarn that never found the right pattern and is now matted and gross. 

Srpt_009 Owen is waking up in the middle of the night and the wee hours of the morning.  Sleep deprivation is such torture.  Today I am working his school’s book fair else I would be back in bed after they all leave.  I think exhaustion makes everything look bleak.  And the Dell died again!  The warranty goes through September so I guess we will try to get it repaired again.  I think this is the 5th time.  Argh.

 

False start May 3, 2007

Filed under: In Progress,Work — katy @ 6:43 pm

Well, I had started a blog post but the laptop is having issues once again and won’t maintain a charge.  I guess Scooby knocked the plug out.  Scooby, he seems to be getting old all of a sudden.

Anyway, back to false starts.  I still haven’t ripped the sock.  In an attempt to use stash yarn, I started an Adult Surprise in the Diamusee yarn Kevin bought me a couple of years ago.  I was having some real difficult deciphering EZ’s notes from the 1981 issue of Spun-out.  A little googling and I discovered Knitters Fall 2000 has the pattern revisited.  I think it may be a bit easier to follow and my mom is planning to knit along beside me.  Unfortunately, the bag of 10 won’t be enough so I am hoping to find a coordinating color of Lamb’s Pride at Granny’s.  I think another 1-ply will look nice.

More false starts in the Hex Coat department.  While talking with Ann, it seems I knit my swatch and started my sleeve in seed stitch–not moss stitch.  The Pegster made the same mistake in her swatch.  At least we made our swatches in a pattern though…Ann did hers in plain stockinette.  Not that this is a contest or anything.  How in the world do three intelligent women make such mistakes?

I wanted to blog about NENA.  It was a good time except for Granny’s snoring.  What was especially cool was seeing Granny so well received.  She has been in the business for so long and knows everyone.  She hadn’t gone to NENA in a while so they were all so happy to see her.  Among the newer vendors, we really had quite a few giggles with Claudia of Claudia’s Handpainted and Carol of Farmhouse Yarns.   I did a little cash and carry with them.  I tried to do a bit of that with Colinette but since Granny doesn’t hold an account they refused to sell to me.  She did, however, open an account with Cherry Tree Hill.  What a lovely family to deal with.  One yarn I am dying to knit with…Sheep 3 Yarn by Sheep Shop Yarn.  Love it. 

I know there were many other things I wanted to say.  And I wanted to blog against disablism like Emma.  Where does the time go?  Pictures next time too.

 

New and exciting April 26, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Family,In Progress,Teacher Gifts,Work — katy @ 11:14 am

Life has been crazy.  Perhaps it should be filed under the category TMI but I have gone off of Zoloft as of the time change.  I notice I am not as relaxed about things as I used to be.  Things tend to annoy me a bit more.  I have lost my patience with the kids more than I usually do (which is never).  It’s hard to explain but the smaller things are just making me a bit nuts.  Case in point, selling stuff on eBay for Granny–old magazines, etc.–I screwed up on packaging left and right, printing out the wrong postage.  I think I caught all of it but the feedback will tell.  I gave myself a stomach ache.  Granted, I had a wicked cold and PMS.  Someone shoplifted from Granny’s.  I wasn’t working that day but I am just so upset about it.  Cameron got a haircut this moring.  The usual place was closed so we tried a new place.  The last time we tried a new place, poor Cam looked like a weenie.  This time he looks like a bully.  I said "No crew cut."  Needless to say, he has a crew cut.  He looked like he was going to cry in the chair.  My little Adonis.  😉  A quick phone call to Dad in Philly turned things around with a "Carlos Beltran of the Mets has a crew cut too" conversation and all is well.  But I was ready to wrestle the barber to the ground and shave his head.

Knitting, I need to rip the sock it is just too loose on the 1’s.  Down to 0’s, I guess.  And I have beenSoapsocks  knitting Soap Socks as end of year gifts.  I don’t know why I followed the directions on the first one (in purple) and bound off on the right side.  Yuck.  The second looks better done on the inside.  I may knit washcloths too.  I haven’t decided.  I am still blown away by my decision to start them now rather then doing them last minute.  Admittedly, I bought the yarn in November to do as Christmas gifts.

In the very good and exciting news of the week…I had a parent training at Owen’s school on Tuesday and learned that a new program will be added to his book.  Reading to peers.  I am so proud of him.  The little bugger won’t talk but he will read aloud.  Mind you, these are very easy books but he is picking up on them really well.  We don’t believe it is just memorization as he can read the pages out of order as well and on ditto sheets.  Reading to peers (higher functioning 5 and 6 yr. olds) they hope will improve Owen’s articualtion and volume.  They say the kids act as natural prompts because they ask questions and what not.  I am very excited for him.  He does have a strength in being somewhat social.  He just hasn’t had much opportunity.  I am keeping my fingers crossed that he doesn’t deck the kids though.

Another blogger had asked who will pay for the Dynamite if Owen qualifies.  I am sorry I haven’t responded and the email is buried.  Luckily, it is the districts responsibility.  Interestingly, his PECS has been coming along as has his verbal requesting.  Go Owen!!

Gracie has a mock meet for swimming today.  It is perfect as Cam has very little homework and Owen has respite.  I am trying to look on the bright side, I hope you can too.

One last thing…oh cruddy, jumbly post.  I am missing the dinner dance at Owen’s school and it isn’t because of the nasty response to the shawl I knit.  Granny and I are going on a business trip

 

Task Avoidance April 10, 2007

Filed under: Autism,Charity Knits,Family,In Progress — katy @ 2:16 pm

Today is the last day of Cameron and Gracie’s school holiday.  Sadly, it wasn’t as enjoyable as past ones.  It seems less about spending time with me and more about their friends.  I am not prepared.  Owen enjoyed just a few days off.  We went rollerskating with the local Autism Society.  But even that had its ups and downs.  His buddy Meg was there but no recognition between the two of them (they go to different schools now).  Owen was more interested in skeeball than rollerskating and some kid was tailing him the whole time.  And not in a good way.  Cameron and Gracie skipped rollerskating. 

I should start work on a shawl for Owen’s dinner dance but I am knitting up a no brainer scarf from the stash.  All the knitting is finished on the top down cardi.  Blocking, some sort of ties, and sleeve length issues are all that is left.  And the ends.  I still haven’t gotten anyone to photograph the Shetland Trainangle scarf.  I started a sleeve for the Hexagon Coat but Lite Lopi is not the most gratifying yarn to knit with.

Goodness knows where the camera is so no pictures today.