Life knitting, working and parenting

Tuesday, May 31, 2005

One is the loneliest number 

This has been a whirlwind of a weekend, with so much to talk about. I don't have the time to do justice to each event, but briefly:

Nana's funeral was beautiful. I saw Aunt Susan again for the first time since I was 7 YO. It was so good to have the whole of Dad's family together if only for an afternoon. The ceremony brought closure, and I was able to leave a picture of Isaac and Ollie with Nana to remind her of the future generations which will carry her memory forward.

Saturday we went to the Carlisle firestation with Bobby, and Jimmy & Pam joined us. The boys raced around like madmen, and Ollie did her best to keep up.

Sunday morning we met at the Portsmouth Children's museum to celebrate Julia Fifield's birthday. All of the UNH crowd was there, and we had the place to ourselves. It was amazing!! Isaac's favorite part was the space shuttle, and Ollie was so busy that I don't think she had a single *favorite* thing. We went out for brunch afterwards to Molly Malone's. 11 of us, half were kids, and it went very well. Enough said. I loved the time I got to spend with Nate and Kara - I do miss them terribly.

Monday morning we went to the North Chelmford parade and watched it twice - once on the way up, once on the the way back on the other side of the block. It had to be the smallest of small town parades, certainly that I'd ever seen, but the kids thought it was the greatest. Last year Isaac was into the firetrucks and ambulances as they drove by. This year he figured out that they would throw candy & you'd think it was raining gold coins! He would wave both of his hands frantically, smiling and cheering, selling himself for a couple of tootsie rolls. But when they threw him some, he'd scurry out into the road, timidly at first and no holds barred by the end, and scoop it up. Because it was such a small parade, we had no problems parking, and it wasn't too crowded as a bystander. Perfect for two little kids! Ollie was feeling under the weather, and looking back on it, I think it began on Sunday. She was very quiet, snuggly and needy, which is a sure sign she's not feeling well!

In the afternoon we went to the Garrison house for a tour. We ran from house-to-house under our kiddie umbrellas. Isaac loved the blacksmith shop, and there was a little outbuilding where they were cooking popcorn over an open flame for the kids. Finally we bought some sour cherry and some apricot jam after a lengthy conversation with the lady who grew all the fruit on her own farm about how to keep the birds away.

It was a wonderful weekend, although I'd been expecting otherwise with Nana's funeral. I also got started on my second sock during all my traveling time. It's completed through the end of the gusset. I modified it from the first: only 48 st total, and shortened the foot length (now I'm a little worried it'll be too short!!), hoping for a better fit. I'll go back and shorten the first sock once this is done.

Ollie's home sick today; she woke up with a fever and her cough isn't any better. I hated leaving for work today when all she wanted was Mommy, but I will probably go home at lunchtime, if I can sort things out here at work first. Speaking of which, enough for now...

Tuesday, May 24, 2005

Heavenly Bliss 

Last night I blocked the newly completed pieces of the Debbie Bliss Modified baby sweater & it looks great! All the recalculations to accomodate the chunky yarn worked smoothly on this minimalist sweater, and it'll be a cute one. I'm aiming to seam this project by the end of the holiday weekend if not before as I'm too excited to see the final result. I think I'll be making one for both Isaac and Ollie with a modified neckline including a buttoned shoulder to accomodate my very fat-headed children, so they don't outgrow them so quickly. Very basic, very cute!

Now, do I make another, or just start knitting hats & booties as fast as possible to keep up with the upcoming births??

On the work front, Praecis had a massive layoff on Friday http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=prcs&d=v1. It was truly a black Friday here as we lingered in our respective departments, waiting to see if our name is next on the list. Now that the amputations are done, those few of us who are left are stuck with the aftermath of grief and bitterness. I worry about who else will be leaving us shortly.

Finally, my father called on Saturday morning to tell me that Nana died Friday night. The funeral arrangements have been made for Thursday and Friday. I am so sad, of course, to say goodbye to one of the steadfast forces of goodness in my life. I'm even more worried for my father who has borne more over the past couple of years than any human should bear in a lifetime.

I think I'll knit a prayer shawl next in memory of this time of my life. That's one of the comforts I've found in knitting, that each piece I create becomes a journal of my life. The taupe sweater encompasses my graduation through the birth of my children. My fuchia pair of toe-up magic loop socks were made during my leave with Ollie, and will forever remind me of my special time with both children that summer. Of course there are several pieces I've made as gifts of love to commemorate the births of babies within my circle of friends. Each one has a story, and is made with great care for the giftee. I think that is the essence of knitting that keeps me coming back. Now I can knit my first piece representing some of the sadness in this time of my life, and wrap myself in it as a reminder of the cycles of life in times when comfort is hard to be found.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

The Honeymoon is Over! 

Last night I completed & grafted the I-cords, and with only a few more ends to weave in, it'll be done in no time. I tried it on, and while it's not quite the look I was after, it is very cute, and not too short either. It'll be great on a summer night with jeans.

Also finished sock one of the Sockatta self-patterning yarn.

Upcoming projects? A modified version of a Debbie Bliss baby boat neck sweater, knit with wool ease in chunky weight in an olive green color. Should be very cute, quick & I can't wait to get started!

Off for a day with the kids!!

Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Honeymoon Camie on the home stretch 

I'm just about there. As of this morning I have only to knit the I-cord shoulder straps on the camie and its done (well that, and remove all the cat-hair that's built up from Scamper snuggling during our knitting sessions). I'm holding my breath that it's not too short afterall; as I wrote earlier, I don't have the belly to be playing peek-a-boo anymore, so I'd knit in an extra inch. I'm afraid that that extra inch wasn't enough however (a row-gauge problem??). Perhaps I'll write Julia and suggest she add more dimentions to her schematic to assist with that issue. Not much longer and it's done!!

Also, tonight is the Yarn Harlot's book signing at Willow Books at 7 PM. Can't wait! I only hope to get there before 6:45 while there still might be a seat. We'll see! Check it out!


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