October 2008


I hope everyone at Rhinebeck is having a wonderful time!  I didn’t go because of my stupid appendix.  I am pretty much recovered, but the festival is so big and overwhelming, I didn’t think I’d have the endurance to make the 2 hour drive worth it.  Plus I have too much yarn and spinning fiber in my stash anyway.  😦  Next year I hope to be there!

So I’ve been knitting instead.  Recently, I resumed working on my hubby’s sweater, which I put down when the weather turned warm last spring.  I already had the body done, so I cast on for the sleeves, using the percentage system from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Knitting Without Tears.

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Apparently, Elizabeth Zimmerman never knew anyone with arms as large as my husband.  The cuffs are appropriately snug, but the sleeves are way too tight around his forearms!  Wah.  So these will be frogged, restarted with more cast-on stitches, and I will increase less frequently than she specified.  For now, they are sitting in the corner.  Bad sleeves!!  I picked up my Bleeding Hearts Stole instead.  Here is what I have so far, looking rumpled.  I have finished 13 repeats of the center section.

Bleeding Hearts Stole, in progress

The pattern is designed to be cast-on each end, knitted toward the center, and grafted together, but I don’t like the way it looks that way, plus I am not confident in my grafting skills.  So I have knit past center, and will try to place the graft where it will be covered by my arm as I am wearing it.  I have cast-on the second half using yarn from the outside of the ball, and will figure out where to graft the two parts together.

Now for some Timmy pictures!  Over Labor Day weekend, we went up to MA to see Baby Andy and to attend A Day Out with Thomas together.  We got to ride a train pulled by Thomas himself!  Here’s Andy on the train, with his parents Pat and Rob, and Grandpa!

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Here’s Tim, Chris, and me.

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After the ride, we got to take photos with Thomas!  I love Tim’s little crooked smile.

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There were also carnival type rides there.

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Also, we saw the most gigantic bug I have ever seen.  I think it is a praying mantis.

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There was an indoor play area, where the two boys ran around like crazy.

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Fake tattoo!

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There was a guy telling stories and singing songs. Here’s Auntie Pat telling a joke!

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It was a fun day!

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I attached the buttons while at SnB last Wednesday. I did end up buying new ones, because I couldn’t find the ones I bought previously.  They might not have been the right size anyway.  I decided on plain-ish buttons.  Here is the finished sweater!

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Again, a delight to knit.  I’ve babbled on enough about this pattern in my previous posts.  Hopefully I’ll get a better photo, with the sweater on the baby!

Several weeks ago, we went to Kid City with cousin Annabelle (big sister of the new baby).  Here are some silly photos:

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Ta da! More pictures in the Flickr set here.

In other news, I will be going back to work tomorrow, 4 weeks after appendectomy.  Finally!  I won’t be able to resume full duties for another 2 weeks though.  My surgeon told me it really takes 6-8 weeks to recover fully.