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what I’ve been working on, part 1

March 22nd, 2010 · 2 Comments

Is it weird that I feel I have to excuse myself for getting on with my life?  I haven’t been just sitting around moping for the last six weeks, but it seems a little indecent to talk about ordinary things as if my mother hadn’t up and died.  I don’t know.  I’m kind of done being quiet for the sake of quietude, though.

Last Christmas I knitted Adam the Basic Cable hat (Ravelry link)  from Stitch & Bitch Nation in a lovely red (Patons wool, I think) and concocted a scarf from the same pattern.  Dan advocated against the pompom, saying it was maybe not manly enough for a six-year-old boy (!), but Adam wanted the pompom and so I put it on there.   That is not what we’re here to talk about.  (Also Adam doesn’t wear either of them very much, but he was pleased to have them.  Which is sort of really the point.)
scarf_1I also knitted a hat for Becky, in hot pink Lion Wool from the Vanilla Twist pattern on this page and intended to knit her a scarf as well.  Things got derailed when I developed pregnancy-induced carpal tunnel syndrome and couldn’t knit for any length of time.  My steroid shots helped quite a bit (even though they weren’t for that, corticosteroids are the same class of anti-inflammatory that an orthopedist would give someone with a bum knee), but I wasn’t able to finish knitting the scarf until just before Juliana was born.  When I went to the hospital for delivery, I took the scarf and the yarn for the flower embellishments. (I looked and looked for the site where I got the flowers… couldn’t find it. Sorry, person who made that pattern available.)
another view of Becky's flower scarfToday I sewed on a flannel backing to combat curling edges*, and now I can say that I’m done with my Christmas knitting. :)

* This pattern is basically stockinette.  For the uninitiated, this means that the ends want to curl up and the sides want to curl back.  I did the ends of the scarf in garter stitch, and that was fine, but I forgot about the sides.  I had this idea of stabilizing with flannel some time ago… prior to sewing today, I steamed the crap out of the scarf (actually ironed it to death), which is one point in favor of natural fibers since a synthetic would have melted.  That helped more than I thought it would, but I think the flannel is a better long-term solution.  Besides, it hides my wonky weaving-in and sewing-on-of-flowers. :)

Other stuff: Dan and I spent an hour on a minor repair of our old glider rocker (one of the few baby-related items we didn’t sell in the past two years).  I also did quite a lot of work on this.

Tomorrow (in the next few days, anyway… I do have a brand-new baby in the house) you can see the other project that I took to the hospital.  After that, some other stuff. :)

Tags: knitting · daily · kid stuff · things I'd like to tell my mom

2 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Caroline M // Mar 23, 2010 at 2:48 pm

    You can’t do the full time grief thing when you’ve small children in the house. Even if you go through it with your mind elsewhere the daily routine of shopping, cooking, laundry still has to be done, their life needs to go on and you have to make it happen.

  • 2 Melody // Mar 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Very pretty scarf! And ILYFAANMW!

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