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Quiet July 16, 2008

Filed under: All done!,Family,Teacher Gifts — katy @ 1:20 am

easy drop stitch

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It’s hard to believe things could get any quieter around here but they just might. Owen has had a difficult transition to his new school. The teacher has not been in since day one with no concrete return date. Behaviors are up at school and home…which is to be expected. But the aggression toward me hasn’t been seen in quite some time.

I knit the Araucania Ulmo scarf for Cameron’s teachers. I knit four but only managed to photograph one. Gracie’s chorus teacher has a scarf blocking on the bed…I guess I have to move that before I go to sleep. And my mom gave me a Wollemeise gift today. Must remember to take pictures.


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!


Just one day to go June 21, 2007

Filed under: Family,Teacher Gifts — katy @ 2:35 pm

Tomorrow is the last hour of school for Cameron and Gracie.  Owen has another week before his vacation starts.  We leave next Thursday for Hilton Head.  It is a looong drive.  Sigh.  Gracie believes she did well on her finals.  Cameron’s meeting was today and he will be remaining at his elementary school with modifications.  I hope this works out.  The independent evaluation was interesting.  Cameron is of average intelligence and average achievement.  He does, however, have a terrible short term memory and this, it seems, is his greatest problem.  Memory, they say, is difficult to build but I am researching and we will do everything we can to help him. 

Trampjune07_020 End of year gifts were a bit tricky this year.  I went with the soap socks and a bar of Blessed Juno soap.  The soap got rave reviews at Christmas and I am scarfed out.  I used Saucy Sport and Patons Grace.  Maybe they weren’t thrilled but it was the best I could do.  I have it in my head to knit the resource room teacher a throw if Cameron graduates from the elementary school.  Someone tell me that is crazy!

Otherwise, I shouldn’t have predicted finishing the back of St. Brigid in that last post.  I haven’t touched it.  Maybe today…


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


Getting a grip December 19, 2006

Filed under: Teacher Gifts — katy @ 9:47 am

I had a better title in my head but it slipped out.Xmas_knits06   Maybe it was the horrible photo I am sharing of my attempted Christmas knits.  I think I have 14 things I planned to knit.  8 are finished.  That’s not too bad.  2 are on the needles and could be finished today.  That leaves 4.  Doable?  I don’t know.  From the top and clockwise…Mulitdirectional scarf in SWS for Owen’s home teacher.  Ribbed Keyole Scarf in Artful Yarns Legend for Cam’s teacher.  A Silk Garden beanie for who knows–probably one of Owen’s teachers.  White Blizzard hat followed by a brown Blizzard hat on the needles.  Black Fetching mitts, next to Knitaly scarf for Cam’s principal.  Another pair of Fetching next to a Manos flap cap from Last Minute Knitted Gifts–it’s huge!!  Yet another Fetching and some beads on wire.  I am contemplating the votive sleeves for my MIL. 

To be quite honest, I hadn’t really thought about the number of knits till this morning.  I just wanted to knit a scarf for the principal and Owen’s teaching assistant who requested a flap hat.  But I have been knitting for so long for the teachers–I think they would be disappointed.  I am not even the people pleaser type.  I haven’t been thinking enough about the kids Christmas gifts either.  It might be the weather but I am just not feeling it.  I am more disorganized than I usually am.  Thank goodness Cameron and Gracie appreciate anything.  And Owen…well, I don’t even know what he thinks of Christmas. 

Must blog less–if that is even possible!!  And knit more!  MORE! 


Finally posting and the contest December 5, 2006

Filed under: Family,Friends,Lace,Teacher Gifts — katy @ 9:15 am

Where does the time go?  Certainly not to knitting.  Holiday knitting for teachers is not going Principal_scarf_and_shawl_1 well.  I am not feeling it.  Do you wonder why?  I don’t!  I did finish a scarf for the principal in Knitaly using a garter rib.  I think I overblocked it a bit.  Oh well.  And next to it is the Shetland Triangle I have been working on from Wrap Style.  It’s not exactly what I thought it would be but I like it.  I especially like Shetland_triangle_close_up the color–Nordic Blue.  Mmm…extreme color closeup. 

Other exciting news…I threw out every lifeline I could for Cameron and came back looking good.  We have an appt. with a developmental pediatrician–one of the best around–next month.  Thanks Peggy.  I spoke with a speech therapist we have used in the past and she is on the case as well.  We are discussing AIT over the Christmas break.  And, of course, Fast ForWord again in the summer.  I feel good about all the efforts I am making and having others make on his behalf.  I am way behind on responding to emails/comments and am sorry for that. 

Now, for the contest!  Laughter is a key ingredient in my life.  So, with that in mind– a silly contest.    What size underwear does Granny wear?  Granny is 5’1" and 107 lbs.  The prize is a goregous hank of Great Adirondack Silky Sock in the color Trillium.  360 yds of 70% merino superwash/20% silk/10% nylon.  An extra name in the hat if you can guess the brand.  🙂



Living in Bizarro World November 21, 2006

Filed under: Family,Teacher Gifts — katy @ 7:34 pm

That’s what it felt like today.  We had Cameron’s IEP meeting and it just went–so bizarrely.  11 of us were in attendance.  Which, of course, included the principal and sped teacher from the class we visited on Friday.  I couldn’t even write about that.  It was just so disturbing.  Lovely teacher–great strategies.  However, it was a multi-aged class–Cameron would be the only 3rd grader with other 4th and 5th graders who ranged from mentally retarded to ADHD.  Cameron is not a behavioral kid.  He’s really a doll–and I am not just saying that ’cause I am his mom.  It wasn’t even remotely appropriate.  And, of course, the district refused to let us tour the integrated program.  I did tour a private school last week but at just over $11K–I am not sure we can swing that. 

At this time, Cameron is staying at his current placement and they have increased his speech to 5 times a week.  They say he has a severe communication disorder.  I don’t see it.  Really, I don’t.  Yea, he didn’t get "Button your lip" on his IQ test but who says that in this day and age.  And on his auditory processing test he couldn’t answer "A ball bounces because it…"  Even I had to ask.  The speech teacher says because it is round and it has air.  Well, the mirror on my wall is round and it won’t bounce.  A football isn’t round but it will bounce.  Maybe I am just too literal.  The only explanation they could come up with for why he scores so low on these tests is he must be brain damaged.  Or neurologically impaired.  HUH?  We were going in asking for an independent evaluation but the meeting just turned so bizzaro that we were dumbfounded. 

The reading teacher has been very encouraging.  She is a reading specialist with a real vested interest in beating odds.  It is nice to have her on Cameron’s side.  And his resource room teacher continues to find new tricks.  I am tired of fighting but grateful to have Kevin beside me.  It was our 13th wedding anniversary on Monday.  Despite the hardships, we love each other deeply and strongly.  And continue to rely on each other to make it through the challenges.  And always with a bit of laughter. 

The cast party went really well.  The kids were so well-behaved.  No complaints except they didn’t eat enough pizza! 

Knitting…work on the Shetland Triangle Shawl continues.  I am nearly ready to add my second ball of Naturespun.  Christmas gifts have begun for the teachers.  I am working on washcloths and Fetching mitts.  I plan to make a scarf of some sorts for the principal.  Seaman, maybe?

I will try to add some pics later…Thanks for listening and always the support and wisdom.