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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

In which I eat my words, and lose hours of my day

 So last night I spent some quality time with my needles and four small balls of various cotton yarns.  I have to say that it was in interesting experience.  I just don't seem to love the feel of cotton yarn gliding through my fingers and it usually feels heavy in large quantities (actual adult sweaters and stuff).  This time, I actually enjoyed working with the green yarn.  It was Classic Silk from Classic Elite Yarns.  It's cotton, silk, and nylon, and it feels a lot like a cotton version of Berroco's Blackstone Tweed.  I really enjoyed working with it but I'm not sure how well it will hold up to to what I'm planning to do.  The Jil Eaton cotton (yellow) showed the texture best but I like the sheen in the Tahki Cotton Classic (purple) and the Gedifra Amara (champagne) although I don't like the feel as much.  I'm not sure if I'll find just the right yarn for this design but I think I need to keep swatching and searching.

So today Alex woke up and his eyes were puffy, red, and sticky.  Our allergies kicked in early this year and he's been taking allergy meds at night to help dry up his nose and deal with the redness in his eyes.  He wakes up every morning with clear eyes and by the end of the day they're all red again.  But today was different so I took him to the pediatrician and discovered that he'd gotten infected and now officially has pink eye.  This weekend his teacher thought he had it and I told her it was his allergy eye (and I still think he didn't have it just yet) but today he does and I'm eating my words.  And as his allergy meds causes him to be especially defiant, it's been an interesting day.  He doesn't handle eye drops well and the thought of needing them makes him panic.  I had to create an incentive plan that would encourage him to allow the drops, and so far so good.  He's home for one more day and then he can return back to school, meanwhile I've got to keep a 5-year old from touching his eyes (yeah, right) and I'm following him all over the house with a can of Lysol spray and hand sanitizer.  This took hours and hours out of my day and I'm trying to get my homework finished.  The pressure led me to blog, lol.

On a positive note, I popped into the shop quickly to see Ann and have her try on my super-secret project.  The sizing is supposed to cover a range of bust measurements and the sample (a medium) covers 36-38.  I've never designed with a 4" range between sizes and I was worried about it.  I'm a 38 and Ann is a 36 so in theory, if the sample fits us both, then it should for the other sizes as well.  And it fit!  It fit us both and looked good on both.  I'm holding out hope that the other sizes will work out as well...in theory.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Interesting reflections, and stalling

Well people, this makes two posts in the same week so you know what time it is.  Homework time!  And to celebrate homework, I'm once again not doing homework but blogging about nothing of much importance.  I've got my files back from the editor and they need my attention.  I've almost got two complete secret projects, and they need my attention.  I've got contract paperwork to sign and mail out, (you guessed it...needs my attention).  And tomorrow is probably going to be the day we do the photo shoot for the Apogee sweaters.  My hair is a wreck.  My eyebrows need tweezing.  My nails could use a polish.  Apparently I need my attention, lol. 

So after having a difficult day today, dealing with certain kids in class having reverence problems, and others who keep falling asleep during sharing time (leading me to wonder what time they go to sleep on Saturday nights...), I got to deal with my own kid's defiance disorder rearing it's ugly head due to the affects of allergy medication.  The unseasonably warm weather has caused an early and sever start to allergy season in my household, and Alex is getting it pretty bad.  I have two choices: let him suffer with blood-shot, itchy eyes, and runny nose or give him the meds and deal with the bad attitude and defiance.  Neither is tolerable and this spring is not looking like a good one.

Also, I had an interesting realization about this blog.  People read it.  Real people that I actually know.  So when I go to talk to them about the fun stuff in my life, they've already hear.  The surprise is gone.  I'm not sure how I feel about that, lol.  I mean, on one hand I love that people like me enough to want to keep up on what I'm doing, and that people I really love but rarely get to see can stay up to date.  On the other hand, there's this disconnect.  They feel close to me still, but I feel the distance because we don't get to catch up in person.  I sort of need the in-person.  So, I guess I'll need to make an effort to reach out to my buddies who are getting their weekly dose of me through the blog, so I can get the occasional dose of them too :)

Now, I'm off to put Mr. Cranky to bed.