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.


Eliza said...

ah! I remember my first glasses. I was 8. it was like a revelation, being able to see the clouds and the blackboard. It just changed everything. I think your son looks much better in his than I did in mine. :)

Mandy said...

Wow. So much good came out of the NCAA tournament!

Ruth said...

He looks SO HANDSOME in his glasses!!! Like Eliza, I remember my first pair ... I was amazed that you could actually see individual leaves on the trees. All that time I'd just thought they looked like green cotton candy on sticks.

I'm sorry you all have had such a rough winter, health-wise. Love the skirt.

Trista Hill said...

Look at that BEAUTIFUL lace scarf!! I love it. It reminds me a little of the healing scarf you made me. Delicate and gorgeous. Boy looks so handsome. I remember getting glasses -- suddenly things weren't so impressionistic anymore and my art style changed. Wishing you health and warmth!!

sue said...

I do hope everyone is getting better. We always seem to have lots of germs, just get rid of one and a different one pops up. I love the twirly skirt, very cute and pretty. Your son looks quite handsome with his glasses, and I am sure he is much happier being able to read the score for the basketball too.

tiennie said...

Those are very pretty projects! He looks so cute in his glasses! I hope that you all stay healthy now. :)

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Sherman Unkefer said...

Your boy looks so handsome. I'm sorry you all have had such a rough winter.