Sunday, September 23, 2012

Lazy Sunday

It's been an interesting week here at the Geeky Girl household. Lots of starting the new school year madness the past few weeks (my daughter is starting preschool three days a week - yikes). Then there were extra things like her dentist appointment and our snack day for preschool all happening at once. I thought we were just about to the other side of it when Friday evening Chloe came down with a fever and a cough. Boooooo. 

I generally think I do a pretty alright job with this whole being a parent thing. I enjoy most of it, never really minded changing diapers, have more stores of patience than I even realized, and just have never regretted having a kid. The one thing that makes me feel overwhelmingly lost at sea is when my child is sick. Don't get me wrong - I have the keeping her comfortable thing down - popsicles for the sore throat, a comfy little nest on the couch, cool wet cloths for a warm forehead, etc. I don't mind nursing. What gets me is the worrying

People, it takes every ounce of my self control not to constantly burst into tears and rush her to the doctor with every half degree change in her temperature. I lay awake at night analyzing cough patterns and what they mean. Is her breathing shallower? Are her lips taking on a slightly blueish tinge? Oh wait, that's just from the popsicle. AHHHH! I hate it. Moving on.

The last time I posted I was lamenting the fact that I have another stocking to knit. I did what every mature adult would do...
Spunky Club Swaledale Fiber
"Eating Maine" colorway
I completely blew off starting and instead spent my free time spinning. This fiber is super rough so it will either become a felted bowl or a bag of some sort. I have about 2 oz. left to spin before I ply it up.

Now I did finally make myself start the last stocking. A big motivating factor was seeing the two finished and blocked stockings together. I'll admit to just laying them together next to me on the couch and looking at them for inspiration to keep going. Here I'll show you...

 And motivating. I plan on spending the rest of the day just working on this while keeping Chloe company. Oh, and maybe, definitely eating scones. I'm sure Florence Nightingale would approve.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Deadline Knitting: In Which A Set of Stockings EAT MY SOUL

Normally I don't do deadline knitting. In fact I don't think I have ever knit anything with a deadline before. I like to have a few projects going and just pick up whichever one tickles my fancy. Somehow, a few months ago I got it into my head that I would knit gifts, lots of gifts for my brother's upcoming baby. It was fun. Baby things are fast and cute. The baby isn't due until October - which is a good ways off when you're still in August. 

However time has a tendency to move forward and my brain has a tendency to take a good thing and run to a bad place with it and I decided to knit more gifts. Only this time I decided that Bobby Tuesday (that's the name my daughter came up with for the baby - don't ask) needed a great big old Christmas stocking. If Bobby Tuesday has a stocking then his Mom and Dad shouldn't be left out of the fun - they'll need them too. And just picture a set of coordinating stockings hanging from the mantle. Bonus points for having them be the Christmas presents this year, thus knocking off a chunk of the gift ideas anxiety. Extra super bonus points for having them done in time for my parents to take them off to California when the baby's born. 

Here's how far along they are:

Yeah, the one on the left is blocking and the one on the right is done (except for the name which I'll add once I know what it is). That means I still have one ENTIRE stocking to get done by October first -ish if the baby doesn't come any sooner. I think I can manage it, but people, I want to knit another one of these stockings right now about as much as I want to eat tin foil. Really feeling like this was not the best idea ever.

Do you all knit gifts or just leave that piece of crazy cake alone?

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Bobby Tuesday Mocs and Obscene Designs

Hooray! A finished project to present. Here are the mocs for my soon to be nephew. I used the Christine's Baby Booties pattern and then just came up with a little design that I duplicate stitched onto them. After tossing them in the wash some of the woven in ends got a little squirrel-ly which you can sort of make out in the picture but they have since been taken care of (and I'm too lazy to take another picture). 

In case anyone is interested - here is a little graph of the design. Nothing fancy or complicated... or even remotely anthropomorphic - because at first I was going to do an AWESOME thunderbird. I even graphed out a few possibilities. They were... problematic.
So. Am I the only one that sees the problem?
Um yeah. The one on the left is probably not appropriate on children's wear and all I can think of when I look at the one on the right is "We are going to pump *clap* you up" (feel free to google SNL Hans and Franz if you have no idea what I'm talking about). Why do I feel like Alice Starmore doesn't run into this kind of problem. Le sigh.