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Thursday, December 9, 2010

Things I've learned today

 So I asked Alex to try on this sweater so that I could get an idea of it's fit, and I could see it on a body.  I had to threaten him with death.  Turns out that Alex doesn't like blue...  I had no idea.  He hates it.  He hates it enough that he whined, flopped, took forever to put it on, flopped some more, and after I threatened him with a nap, I was able to take the above photo.  Can you see his pain?
In this photo, I was encouraging him to make monster faces, stick his tongue at me, and do funny things with his hands.  He didn't want to but at least I got a snap shot of him with a much better face on.  I thought he hated the sweater, but I had him try on the green version and he couldn't wait to get it on .  He loves that one, so it turned out that he loves green, hates blue, and wouldn't take the green sweater off.  He said "mom, can I wear this?!  It's so cozy and warm."  So even though it was supposed to be his Christmas gift, I gave it to him today.  He wore it all day long and loved it.  He especially loved that his neck warmer matched (there's a green stripe in it that I knit with the same yarn as the sweater).  

I took him with me (in his sweater) to run several errands, on of which was to drop off the sweater-of-doom.  I'd called the shop and let them know that I was done and would bring it in later in the day, just in case the Nana called...and she did call (sigh).  I'm just not getting paid enough for this.  So, while we were there, Alex and I wandered into the back room where we proceeded to let him pick out yarn for his next sweater.  I figured that he was so particular about color that it would be best to let him decide for himself.  He chose the most ugly primary-color-variegated Comfort DK, and I had to veto that decision.  I offered to knit him a hat or something, but there was no way on this Earth that I was knitting with that yarn.  None.  After I hid it out of sight, he chose a pretty baby purple.  Sadly, I had to steer him to other options in the purples.  He chose a really pretty (and yet still gender neutral enough) Cascade 220 superwash.  It's a bright purple that's heathered with black (hard to describe) and it's really a beautiful color.  I handed him a ball and he happily ran out to the counter.  So here's hoping that I'll be able to knit him a brand new sweater for Christmas.
Oh, and by the way, if anyone is looking for a copy of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer...the post office had it for about 11 bucks as part of some promotion.  We picked one up when we stopped there to return a cookbook that I never asked for, that was sent to me anyway even though I returned the card stating that I didn't want it.  It was that kind of day.  I also had to speak to the people at Capital One regarding the email that I received, telling me that my new credit card was on the way... only I never applied for a credit card.  They had my name, social, and DOB on file, and obviously my email address, but the mailing address was incorrect.  Thank goodness I called because the account had been opened a few days ago so they had time to flag the card and get it closed, close my account, and flag it with a fraud warning.  After my day, I'm really tired. 

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Little German Boy

 Pattern: Children's Neck Down Pullover #9730 from Knitting Pure & Simple
 Yarn: Cascade 220 Superwash Hand Painted, color 9997
 Size: 6-8, knit at a smaller gauge so it's more like 5-7 years
 Ready to go into the mail, and off to it's new home with a 5-year old little German boy for Christmas.
Whew!  Now, on to the next one.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Glutton for Punishment

Aaron's hand drawing from art class
Punishment and I are getting cozy these days.  I've got more homework that I know what to do with.  I'm working more hours which is really making it tough to keep up with said homework (last night I was up till 2am working on papers).  I've got a cookie swap tonight and I didn't have time to bake any yet.  I've got some butter out on the counter right now to soften and I'm going to whip up the dough before I leave, and have Dante & Aaron bake them up while I'm out...I apologize in advance if they don't work out.  I'm about half way through the last sleeve on the German kid's top down sweater.  This is a really good thing because GermanNana is very nervous and has called or dropped in on me twice now to check on it's progress.  For some reason, she was under the impression that it would only take a few days to knit an entire sweater for a 5-year old boy (in which case, she should have had time to do it herself...) and I've had to tell her twice now that I'm working on it, I have homework, kids, work, and family obligations, and that I'll call her when it's done.  She's a nice enough lady, but her nervousness is really starting to wear on me and I need her to relax before I hand the entire project over to her as-is (I'm doing her a big favor here, it would be nice if she remembered that).  Then I still have the vest to put together for a customer, and another one dropped a baby sweater off that needs to be seamed together, have buttons put on...oh yeah, and the sleeves need to be knit.  Honestly, I just don't know if I can get that done before Christmas.  I let her know, and she's grateful that I took it on and is understanding.  We'll see what happens.  So I've let the shop know that if anyone else asks...I can't do anything else at all until after the holidays.  That way I won't feel pressed to take on that one last project because it's an emergency and they're really in a bind and they really need this, and can I please please try.  Obviously, I need to review the chapter on how to say 'no' and stick to my guns.

While all of this excitement over work and homework is going on, I've been bombarded by design ideas and I haven't had time to knit any of them up to see if they work.  I've got lots of socks and mittens in my sketch book, and I just don't have time to get to them.  Maybe I should work on things in my sketch book while I'm in Cali for 3 weeks.  I've already got the yarn for one project, and I picked up some Comfort DK to knit a pair of Cocky! socks for my mom.  Now, if I could only find time to finish the gloves for my MIL, the new socks for my FIL, the socks for Dante, and the elephant for Carolyn.  Looks like I'm baking for everyone else for Christmas.  That's good too, right?