Friday, November 20, 2009

ER... scowl

well, i have had a scary week. it peaked at 9:30pm tuesday when a neurologist told me to take my 7 year old to the ER immediately for a CT scan to rule out a brain tumor. i will not lie -- i brought knitting. i grabbed my knitting bag containing the clapotis (i want to FINISH it) -- my knitting bag also had some random needles and yarn. my 79.2 lb. 7 year old sat on my lap from 10 pm until about 2 am, when he fell asleep on the bed in our cold ER room as we were waiting for the machine. i looked at the clapotis and thought "i cannot even pretend to care about a pattern right now" and so i rummaged through the bag and found some yarn i bought at michael's when i was back east last month -- a lovely soft bamboo blend from caron in sage -- and some 10.5 needles. "i will make a scarf," thought i. 4 cast-on's later (it was REALLY hard to concentrate), i settled on 21 stitches and the lace equivalent of garter stitch. sl 1, *yo, k2tog* to end of row, turn, repeat. it grew quickly.
CT: NORMAL RESULTS, hallelujah, home by 5:30 am.
in the neurologist's waiting room 6 hours later, i added 2 more rows and started the 3 needle bind-off after i decided that a cowl would be a good thing for me. it is quite lovely and warm (i wore it yesterday) and it doubles as a headband.
my little boy is fine, we're addressing the situation which is not as dire as the experts feared, and we're off to baja, baby. i need a vacation.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

the grown-up version

wooly wormhead has a pattern for a grown-up tri-peak hat in addition to the pattern for the baby one i knit a few weeks ago. my husband liked the style of the tri-peak hat, so i thought i'd knit him one (this is my little boy modeling it). i had some silk garden in stash, so cast-on and started knitting.
i love the two row/two colorway noro striping made popular by jared flood and his hat and scarf, so i let the noro gods do the color planning for this hat, too.
even with size 7 needles, the hat ended up being pretty big, so i ended up ripping it out and reknitting with 90 stitches. i also ribbed the edge instead of letting it roll, because he'll probably wear the hat to sleep when we're camping, and the roll might be annoying. if i were to do it again, i'd make it an inch shorter. the 10 inch length includes the roll.

Monday, November 9, 2009

can you read this?

it says Hiney Hider, and it's the bathroom door lock at the salt lake city airport (i think -- i was in quite a few airports that weekend)
sorry it's blurry.
it was so funny it had to be documented...