Friday, April 24, 2009

Why, Yes...

Why, yes, yes it has been more than two months since my last blog post. I never get very personal on this blog, but let's just say outside professional forces have not been cooperating and WOW, have the children been sick. I have a sneaking suspicion that it might be because they weren't subjected to all manner of germs in daycare, and now that the boy is in his first year of school we are paying doubly in illness. As a matter of fact, his report card says he was absent 7 days last grading period. He has missed another two this week with a stomach flu. Which wouldn't be at all remarkable except that it's his third stomach flu in two months, this week the girl had scarlet fever, and last week the husband was in bed, sick, almost the whole week.

People, we have had enough.

It turns out that family illness is not so bad for knitting, though.

Twirly Skirt
Twirly Skirt by Christine Schwender, Paula Heist

This (free) pattern was lovely and I made only a few modifications, including knitting it in the round, casting on provisionally and then knitting the waist closed as I went, and a picot hem at the bottom. Oh, and the various yarn is a substitute for stash yarn--all different brands of denim. I'm sorry I don't have a modeled shot yet. It's still fairly cool here (I ordered some navy blue leggings for underneath) and the aforementioned girl is still under the weather.

I also started a scarf for Mother's Day. I was smitten with this pattern as soon as I discovered it, only a few weeks ago. Apparently I didn't see it when it was first published on Knitty, for some reason or another.

Lace Ribbon Scarf
Lace Ribbon Scarf by Veronik Avery
I'm using Yarn Chef Minestrone in the "Frosty Window Pane" colorway. I just love the name of it and the color. I hope my mom does, too. I have a feeling she won't get a ton of use out of a lace scarf, but I know she'll appreciate it and I am really having a fun time knitting it. I can't recommend the pattern highly's very easy to memorize. I see quite a few more of these in my future, actually. A great use for semi-solid sock yarn!

And last, but certainly not least. Our son. During the NCAA March Madness tournament, he became completely obsessed and engrossed with basketball. He wanted to watch every game that he could. That's when we noticed that he couldn't see the score of the game from our couch...which is not really so very far from the TV. An appointment was made with the optometrist (even though he went before the school year started) and voila:

First Glasses
First glasses

Now he can see. And he looks even more like his mom now, too.