February 2008

The last couple of days (close to a week) have been about survival. I have gotten very little done. CB has been going through a major growth spurt. He has been nursing non-stop from the time I get home until around 11 pm. He has been waking up at 3 am for marathon nursing sessions that last until it is time for me to get up for work. Meaning that I have been getting fewer than four hours per sleep a night for the last couple of nights. Of course, I am still expected to do things like practice law all day and keep my family in clean clothes, too. Needless to say, not to much knitting has been happening (spare moments have been going to sleep…when there are spare moments).

That being said, I did manage to finish the first sock for CB. It is just the cutest little thing ever!! It won’t fit him for long (especially since he has jumped a clothing size in the last week…all that nursing is counting for something), but it is super cute. I also got the second sock started. It shouldn’t take too long provided the little critter starts letting me get some sleep! I tried the little sock on him today. LB decided he had to have his matching socks on and was really disappointed that there wasn’t another sock for his little brother. For an hour or so, LB had his socks on and CB was wearing only one sock to match his brother. LB kept saying, “Mama, our socks are the same ‘cept mine is big and his is little tiny.” It was so cute! Little socks, little boys…it really is about the little things in life!

LB first socks completed
Originally uploaded by Knitting Gnome

The sock addiction, I mean. I finished my first pair and absolutely loved knitting them! I can’t wait to cast on the next pair. The next pair is for CB. I need to measure his foot, but he is sleeping. I don’t want to wake him. I have to wait until morning to do some measurements so I can cast on.

Why are they soooo wonderful? They are easy, but look hard. Everyone is impressed by them (including me). They are like magic to knit! They are wearable. The little needles and yarn are fun! They are in little sections, so it is always changing. They are portable. Sock yarn is easy to collect without a big dent in the wallet (note: I don’t have a big collection, but I could see how you could get one easily).

Not only did I love knitting them, but LB hasn’t taken them off. He tells me that he is wearing them tomorrow (which is fine since he got them after I got off work tonight) and the next day and the next (not fine…they will probably need to be washed). He tells me that they are the “bestest” socks he has. He tells me that he doesn’t like his other socks now. I am going to have to knit a bit faster to make sure he has enough socks! Of course, I also plan to knit some for myself after CB’s socks…LB is going to have to wait a bit!

Well, Valentine’s has come and gone. DH and I both were not that interested this year. Not because we don’t love each other, but because we express it all the time. The holiday feels a bit forced and fake. We did some stuff for LB, but didn’t know what to do for each other. I gave DH a Wii game he could play with LB (actually, I gave him the money and let him pick the game). He gave me yarn…yes, the gift that says love like nothing else! Actually, he gave me money and said, “Buy yarn for yourself.” True love! So here it is! It is Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in Bucks Bar colorway. I got two skeins. I am making myself some socks! The picture is not great because I had to take it this evening in my office. I will get a better picture some day when it is sunny out!

When I went to Hanks to buy it, I took my sister. She was in town to go to the Daytona 500. She has never expressed an interest in knitting. When we walked in, she started touching yarn. She picked up a skein of merino silk blend and held it. She touched some sock yarn. As we were leaving, she said, “Ok, I have to have some nice yarn. Can you teach me to knit? I really need some yarn.” It was great. After the kids went to bed, I got her some needles and yarn. First I taught her to cast on (long tail cast on, of course). I taught her the knit and purl stitches. Then I taught her YO, M1, K2tog, and ssk. Finally I showed her how to bind off. Then I just let her play with the stitches. She did a cute little swatch just practicing. She had some trouble figuring out how to hold her hands, but in a hour or two she got it down pretty well. We returned to Hanks today. She got herself three skeins of Lorna’s Laces worsted weight yarn for scarves for her three girls. I sent her home with some dishcloth yarn (three skeins…all Dale Jr. colors) and a pattern. I also sent her home with the January is for Karen pattern. She is a convert!! So I spread the knitting love with my Valentine’s gift!

I think I found the cure for Second Sock Syndrome…a very excited three year old! I finished the first sock for Little Bug yesterday. He insisted on wearing it for several hours. I really just intended on having him try it on to make sure it fit. He wouldn’t take it back off. He kept looking in my sock project bag for “the other one.” After about an hour of constantly explaining that the other one wasn’t made yet, he started asking, “When can I have my other sock?” This morning he asked to wear the one completed sock again. I told him that I needed to keep it in my knitting bag to make sure that the other one was the same size (they will likely be fraternal socks as it is because the striping won’t be consistent…I am ok with that, but not with them also being different sizes). He was disappointed and refused to wear socks for part of the day. Nothing like the joy of a toddler to motivate you to finish the second sock!

The last week or so has been really crazy. Because I had several days of court last week, jury selection on Monday, even more court this week, and a trial on Thursday (and then court again on Friday), I haven’t had much time for anything but work. Needless to say, I haven’t had much of a chance to post. I have had a lot I have been meaning to say, too. First, I got my new sock project bag! I absolutely love it! It is from Spinningdoggies on Etsy. I really wanted something with pockets inside for my notions. I don’t like keeping them in a bag or tin because I want to just be able to reach in the bag and find them. This also has pockets outside. As you can see from the picture, one of them is the perfect size for my mp3 player. The others are empty (for now). The inside pockets fit my notions perfectly! I wish the picture of the inside was a little better. This is the medium sized bag. I think it would be the perfect size for adult sized sock project. I have a toddler sized sock project, so it is a bit big for that (but I plan on making myself and DH some socks at some point, so I wanted the bigger size). Another thing I love about this bag is that it can snap onto my purse. My purse is a Vera Bradley in Cambridge. This bag kind of matches! I really, really love this bag!
Monday, I cast on for a new project as a reward for surviving jury selection preparations. I cast on an Alan Dart Yuletide Gnome! I originally cast on on 2s. Unfortunately, the yarn I found that was kind of flesh toned is a worsted acrylic. It didn’t like the 2s. I had to frog and start over on 3s. This is my evenings in front of the tv project. It is for Logan. He chose grey and green for the colors of the gnome (the hat, boots, and mittens will be green…the body is grey). The gnome is really easy! It is a fun, quick project. I have made good progress despite two nights this week working on my laptop instead of knitting!

Today, I had a knitting first! I blocked something for the first time ever. I blocked the scarf for my mom! It came out so beautifully! I don’t have a blocking board, so I just used some pins and towels. I put them on my deck railing (it is about the width that I wanted, so it was perfect). We had such a pretty day! The blocking really opened up the lace and gave it such nice shape! The blocking really made the scarf look like a scarf. I can’t wait to see what my mom thinks of it! She is going to love it! It really made me rethink giving it away. DH also wondered why I wasn’t keeping it when he saw it. I reminded him that I could always buy more of the same yarn and make another if I decide I really need one. I may just do that! I have just a bit left of the Lorna’s Laces Black Purl. I will probably make another of the baby gnomes for one of my nieces.
So, if you have read this far, you are probably wondering about my trial. I got a not guilty verdict!! At the end of the trial, the Judge told me that his former law partner used to say that winning a not guilty verdict was better than sex. I just had to laugh at him. I didn’t feel that way at all. All I felt was relief that I hadn’t messed up too badly. I know that when a client is probably guilty and I win, I do feel that way (it is more of a game). When a client is truely innocent and I win, I just feel relief. Part of that is some self doubt in my practice. Part of that is just a relief that the system still works. Anyway, I felt relief because I really believed in this particular client (and this particular client really believed in me…something that scared me to death). So, that was part of why my week was crazy. I worked really, really hard because I knew that I would never forgive myself for not working hard enough and losing. As it turned out, I was probably really overprepared (a good thing). Now that the trial is over, the knitting will be able to pick back up!

It’s here!!!! The one thing I have been waiting for is finally here! That’s right, my Yuletide Gnome pattern is here! I am dying to cast on. I am restraining myself. I have to finish my January is for Karen scarf first. I have decided that it will be my Mom’s birthday gift (her birthday was earlier this month). I bought the yarn for myself, but I know that I won’t wear a scarf enough. It is too beautiful to sit in a closet most of the year.

I am trying to be disciplined about casting on projects. I have always only ever had one project at a time. I always felt like it was some kind of rule that you just don’t start something new until the old thing is finished. I am not sure who I thought would enforce such a rule. When I discovered knitting blogs and got on Ravelry, I realized that most people have more than one project. No one put them in knitting jail! I see the value in having a small, portable project and another project for at home. I still can’t bring myself to have more than two projects at a time! I still fear the knitting police, I guess.

Another reason I haven’t cast on yet (besides avoiding the knitting police) is that I don’t have a flesh colored yarn. Now I am searching for something that will work in earnest. The Alan Dart group on Ravelry has some suggestions that I am going to check out. Since the face is the first thing that you knit in the pattern, I have to find some flesh colored yarn before casting on.