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You can’t buy gloves in July….

Posted by Gina on Monday, July 14, 2008

… but you can make them!

(Edited to add, I’ve been told that gloves are sold year round at Wal-Marts in Colorado. But, I’m no in CO. And my mom informed me that the one place I didn’t look [locally] for gloves – the pro shop at the ice rink – sells gloves. Nevertheless, I’m glad I didn’t know this before buying yarn, because then I wouldn’t have new yarn and needles).

My three year old needs a pair of gloves for ice skating lessons, so the two of us headed to The Studio for a fiber seeking adventure. He mostly played with cars in the kids room (God bless The Studio for that room!!!) while I browsed the yarn. I picked out a few yarns for the little guy to look at and feel (he thinks almost everything is “too scratchy”), and we eventually decided on Jitterbug in an amazing blue colorway called Salty Dog. Soft merino wool, heh. The kid’s got taste!

I’ll have to take more pictures of it in natural outdoor lighting, because these pictures, taken indoors with poor lighting, don’t do it justice at all.

While we were there, the LYS employee let the little guy wind it into a ball all by himself! She got it started on the ball winder, but he wound it almost completely from start to finish. He thoroughly enjoyed his visit to The Studio, and winding a hank of yarn into a ball was icing on the cake. It was the topic of conversation the whole way home.

After getting the kiddos to bed, I cast on for his first ever pair of hand knit gloves. I’m not even done with the ribbing yet, but when it’s complete, it will be a modified version of the Little Folk Toddler’s Gloves.


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Have some excitement with your morning coffee.

Posted by Gina on Friday, November 30, 2007

Apparently, Wednesday morning, a police chase ended on foot in the back yard of the home where my mom, grandma, and nephew live.

Crazy, huh?

Obviously, my mom and I don’t talk much – because I just found out today.

Here’s the unofficial story.

My mom went out on the back deck Wednesday morning, as she does every morning, to drink her coffee and smoke a cigarette or two. Little did she know, but the (armed?) suspects were hiding under the deck while police officers were stalking them from across the creek (their yard opens up into a park, where there’s a jogging trail and a creek, and then more neighborhoods across the wooded area across from the creek). Everyone, the suspects and the police, waited until my mom went inside before moving. Then the arrest was made in between their house and their neighbors house.

My mom did eventually realize that something was going on. Once she realized that two helicopters were hovering above her house, she thought maybe going inside would be a good idea, so she watched the rest unfold on the news and through the windows. There are more details, but I’m not so great at relaying 2nd hand info. I told my mom to e-mail me, and I’ll post it (if anyone is interested) when I get it.

It was apparently on the news, too. Note to self – watch the news once in while. I never have any idea what’s going on locally.

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Future project goals and WIP’s

Posted by Gina on Monday, November 12, 2007

First, I’d like to apologize for the lack of pictures of my current and finished projects. I lost my camera, and I’m saving up to buy a new one.

I’m currently working on two projects. First, Antifreeze for my husband so his face doesn’t freeze on the cold days when I need the car and he has to ride his motorcycle to work. I’ve only worked about an inch so far, but it’s coming along nicely. I’m very excited to get farther along in this. It’s my first project working short rows. And the Feather and Fan blanket for my daughter. This is really my project for when I’m in between projects, or when it’s not convenient to have a pattern in front of me. There’s so little variation in the pattern that it can become boring very quickly. I love the finished look of Feather and Fan, though, so I’ll be happy to have it around when I’m done.

My short term project goals are actually not to finish my current projects (much to hubby’s dismay, hehe), but to put those on hold temporarily and focus on knitting for Christmas (once I have the yarn. Just a few more days! I can’t wait!). I’m going to try as hard as I can to squeeze in Antifreeze before Christmas, but Travis has been the main recipient of my projects so far. It’s only fair to devote some time to others. ;) Here’s my knitting list:

  • Roll brim hat in black chenille to go with Catherine’s Christmas dress (based on the the Rolled Brim Chemo Cap available at I’ll be making adjustments for her size, as well as some shaping adjustments at the top.)
  • Mary Jane booties in black chenille to match her hat (some of my relatives have a “no shoes inside” rule, so instead of buying dress shoes that she won’t even wear most of the day, I decided to make booties. It’ll also help to keep her feet warm and help prevent too much wear on the toes of her tights).
  • Leg warmers or pants for Catherine to wear under her Christmas dress while we go from place to place on Christmas. Tights just aren’t warm, and she gets cold so easily.
  • Wool hats for my son and my nephew.
  • Dishcloths, dishcloths, and more dishcloths!

So much to make, so little time! Fortunately, they’re all small items, so I should only have to devote a day or two to each one. It’s been a while since I’ve had so much diversity among projects. This is going to be great! I love having another reason to love Christmas.

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Let the holiday knitting begin!

Posted by Gina on Friday, November 9, 2007

Yeah, I know it’s already a week into November. I hadn’t planned on knitting gifts for anyone this year, because I honestly don’t have the time or money. But, my mother-in-law has “offered” to go yarn shopping with me so that she can buy yarn for me to make dishrags for gifts. There’s a long, long story that isn’t too relevant. Basically, she “subtly” hinted at the fact that she wants dishcloths (she didn’t flat out ask for them, but the hint was there and blatantly obvious). She’s buying yarn for me – for her. No big deal. I’m just glad I can finally work on something other than this feather and fan blanket! I get to experiment with yarn that didn’t come from Wal-Mart (a very rare occurrence – we are living paycheck to paycheck right now, so even Wal-Mart yarn is a luxury at the moment), and I get to actually make the patterns I’ve written down and charted. Both of my grandmothers, my mother-in-law, and my mom love hand knit dishrags, and I’ve had their personalized patterns ready to go for months. The only thing missing was the yarn.

I’m getting a stash! I feel so good. The only “stash” I currently have is the last skein I need to finish the blanket I’ve been working on for the longest time. Even though the stash will be temporary, it’s going to be such a nice and welcome change of pace. For once, I’m glad she’s being intrusive (part of the long story briefly mentioned above).

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Update on my sons vision

Posted by Gina on Wednesday, October 31, 2007

For the first time in two years, we received good news from the eye doctor! Alex’s actual vision hasn’t improved (meaning, his prescription has not changed), but he IS using his “bad” eye. That is WONDERFUL news! That means we are finally on the road to vision recovery.

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Prevent Blindness America gives me peace of mind

Posted by Gina on Friday, October 26, 2007

I’m sort of stuck in a knitting rut. Not really stuck in a rut so much as unable to spend money on more projects, and currently working on uneventful projects that don’t really inspire me to chat about my progress. Honestly, how many times can a person talk about how many more inches they’ve worked doing only stockinette stitch with the occasional yarn over? It’s kind of boring to talk about, listen to, and read about (the sole reason I haven’t even blogged about my current WIPs – I don’t want to bore you or me or my computer, hehe). I’ll probably mention them in a new post in next couple of days, though. I sort of feel like, now that I have a blog, I should keep it current and mostly on topic? Hmm… There’s an idea.

Oh, by the way, I tend to ramble. Have I mentioned that? Well, now you know. :-)

While my knitting is lulling, I find myself becoming both chatty and thoughtful. Thoughtfulness brings thoughts of the future, and thoughts of the future bring worry (for parents, at least. I don’t remember the thought processes inspired by random thoughtfulness from my childless days), and thus the need to just talk (type) it out to nobody in particular.

With my sons upcoming appointment with the ophthalmologist, I find myself being haunted by the words I heard at the last appointment six weeks ago, and also being burdened with anxiety about the future. “He will go blind in one eye.” Blind in one eye. Blind. Like a looming, ominous voice echoing in my dreams. Only I’m not dreaming.

(ok, I’m going to get right to the point for those who don’t want to read a novel, and THEN go into the background info for those who don’t know and are curious).

On Monday, we are going back to see if there has been any improvement (although I’ll settle for no further loss. I’ve been settling for that for two years now. I think I’ve finally accepted that it won’t improve). Through all of this, I have been so grateful that I can turn to organizations such as Prevent Blindness America and P.A.V.E for support, information, peace of mind, and encouragement. They’ve been my guide, of sorts. Words cannot express how much I truly appreciate these organizations. They give me hope, and although I will continue to loose sleep over my sons eyes, PBA and P.A.V.E will help me to not loose as much sleep.

Two years ago, just before his first birthday, Alex was diagnosed with the leading cause of monocular blindness in children. It’s called amblyopia. You might have heard it referred to as ‘lazy eye’ and commonly hear it used interchangeably (albeit inaccurately) with ‘crossed eyes’ (strabismus). His eyes do not cross. Cosmetically, his eyes are normal. A person cannot tell by looking at him that he has vision problems. So, what makes his eye lazy? He is loosing vision in one eye, and runs the risk of total and irreversible vision loss in that eye. To try to repair vision that he has already lost, we put a patch over his good eye in an effort to get him to use his bad (lazy) eye. And he wears glasses so that when he’s patching he can see, and when he’s not patching, his eye is given a little incentive to “work”. After two years, there has been no improvement. I’m still hoping, though. At least there has been no further loss. But, when there is no improvement, there’s only a certain amount of time before prevention doesn’t work, either.

Now, I realize that having one blind eye is not really all that bad in comparison. Sometimes I close one of my eyes and look around just to get some sort of idea. It’s not normal, but I can still function and process normally, more or less. (Although, some states require that both eyes have relatively good corrected vision in order to obtain a drivers license). Many, many people have led normal, productive, and successful lives with only one working eye. So, he might not be an airline pilot. He’ll have no other significant limitations. Really, not a big deal. But, as a parent, it’s my job to think about the “what-if’s”. What if something happens to his good eye? It has been stressed to me that I should really take eye safety seriously, because if there is some sort of accident, he will be left with no vision. Scary thought. What if he develops vision problems in his good eye? What if he has trouble in school because of his vision? What if he’s not as good at sports as the other kids because of his lack of being able to see things on his right side? What if he gets hit in the head because an object is approaching him that isn’t in his line of sight, but would be in the line of sight of someone with normal vision? What if…

It really does weigh on my mind sometimes. I know two adults who have amblyopia that was never corrected. Although they are blind in one eye, they are perfectly fine. They’ve lived normal, productive lives. But, when they found out about Alex’s eyes, they told stories of their childhood, and the inconveniences it has caused them through adulthood (some very small inconveniences, some big). One of the people, a grown man, was brought to tears because he was so passionate about us being diligent with treatment. It really tugged at my heart strings. If a grown man feels so inconvenienced by his visual limitations that he cries for my child, then it tells me that, no matter how often I close one eye and look around just to see what it’s like, I will never know what it’s like to live and see that way all the time. It made me realize that it is something that has the potential to deeply affect my child. Although it’s not a guarantee, it as the potential to limit my child. It has the potential to be something that weighs on his mind at times during his life. It made me realize that, even though he will adapt well, and will do well in life, he will wish that he could see with both eyes instead of just one. It made me realize that he might cry; that he might (and probably will) feel emotional pain. No parent wants that for their child.

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