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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  You may remember that we'd spotted this group of turkeys about a month back.  They all survived (at least until yesterday.  I haven't seen them today...) 

This year I've got a much more Zen approach to the holiday.  Things need not be perfect.  Alex really struggles with Thanksgiving (I think in part to our need to try to keep up with old traditions).  His sensory modulation disorder makes it difficult for him to enjoy many of the Thanksgiving classics, like turkey, gravy, stuffing, eating until you pop and then eating again, taking a turkey-induced nap, watching the parade.  You name it...he hates it.  And I was never a big fan of gathering up the family, getting everyone dressed in their church clothes, and heading over to my in-laws only to sit around for another hour or so smelling the food that isn't finished cooking yet (even though we were told that it would be).  That leads to Alex freaking out about being hungry, and my not being able to feed him because I know he won't eat dinner after, and him refusing to actually eat any of the food once it hits the table.  Then a power struggle between Alex and the men-in-charge begins.  One insists he's just being picky or difficult and things we should just force him to eat.  The other threatens him with punishment if he doesn't eat.  Alex calls their bluffs and ends up in the corner over defiant behavior (which turned out to be a sensory-defensive behavior).  I end up stressed out and ticked off.  Sound familiar?

This year, we're skipping all that nonsense.  I'm vegetarian and won't be eating any turkey, and Alex doesn't like turkey.  He and I are eating fish.  He's very excited about it.  Not only are we eating fish, but I'm cooking that fish myself (because he's picky about how he likes it) and he's going to eat before we even leave to go to Nana's.  That way, if he refuses to eat any of the food, it won't matter one bit.  If he only wants to eat cranberry sauce and pie...so be it.  I'm going to enjoy a stress free holiday.  I might even go so far as to let him wear his Super Mario pajamas to Nana's house if he doesn't want to get dressed (as we'll probably be there until pretty close to bed time).  Because really, the important thing is spending time with loved ones, and not how good we looked while we did.

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Holiday Knitting part 1: Alex's Ninja

This little bad-boy is the Ninja that Alex asked me for, from the Knitwits book.  It's hilarious!  He has no idea that I knit it for him, and he's going to lose his business when he unwraps this guy on Christmas morning.  Unfortunately, I have to knit two more.  For some reason, boys are hardwired to like ninjas, and it appears that they never outgrow that.  I knew that Dante wanted a black one, but I had no idea that Aaron was being serious when he said he wanted one too, lol.  Sigh.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Expanding my reach

just breath!
I don't know what came over me, but yesterday I decided it was finally time to start using my Craftsy account.  I signed up when Craftsy first got started (I think I was trying to win something), and I promptly forgot all about it.  Then they started hosting classes and there were a few that had real appeal for me, but I just didn't have the time.  Then I got an email telling me about their pattern store, and how sweet the deal is over there.  Much better than anything some of the other online pattern sales sites are offering.  Right now I mainly use Ravelry because I love it, and it's where the knitters are, but I can see that lots and lots of knitters are on Craftsy too.  It's like the light went on yesterday and I decided to try my hand at uploading a pattern.  Next thing I knew, I had five patterns up there!

I don't know how well this is going to work out for me, but it seems like a good idea to try them out.  Their site offers a heck of a lot more than just knitting and crochet, and for that reason, I find it to be overwhelming.  That being said, I'm sure there are a lot of people who navigate the cite quite successfully, and I hope that they'll find my patterns and consider making a purchase.  And if you have a Craftsy account already, and you've knit any of my patterns, would you please consider adding that project to your Craftsy profile?  I'd love to see some projects other than mine up there :)

Now, in knitting news.  I'm working on several test knit socks for a friend and fellow designer's book.  It's crazy!  I'm involved in the smallest way but when it comes out, I'll be able to point to a few of the socks and say "I tested those socks".  It's so cool!  And when I'm not working on those, I'm trying to knock out the ever-growing pile of finishing/repair work that I do for the shop.  Right now I'm converting an Irish cabled pullover into a cardigan.  Last night I worked the crocheted steek reinforcement and cut it open.  I started knitting the button bands yesterday.  I need to pull out my giant copy of "Principles of Knitting" to figure out how to do what I'm envisioning, but I think it'll turn out nicely.  I definitely underestimated how long it would take, and I'll need to call the client and let her know.  She might even be willing to knit the button bands on her own if I can pick them up.  And once the repairs and tests are finished, I'll have to kick it into high gear and start working on my new designs for the online magazine.  The yarn is here, and I'm excited to cast on.