Monday, September 26, 2005

Fun at the Fair!

Took the kids to Unity, Maine this weekend to the Common Ground Country Fair, sponsored by the Maine Organic Farmers and Growers Association. Not only was it a gorgeous day and a wonderful fair, but it's got to be one of the best organized events I've ever been to! They don't forget a thing -- help with parking, a disabled/elderly parking lot that's closer, valet bike parking (and bike riders get special cheers), recycling items used at the fair, and I could go on and on!

Saw lots of fiber artists, spinners and dyers. I was able to restrain myself (due to a very limited budget) and bought some lovely merino sock yarn (i'll get a picture up soon). The kids got to play in a kids area that had place to dive into haystacks, a "Wall of Sound" that had every possible pot, pan and trash can lid nailed to a wooden frame for kids to bang on and other fun kid things.

Many nice (and happy) animals -- bunnies, roosters, ducks, hens, cows, oxen. Very talented and smart sheepdogs herding sheep and ducks! Organic food only was sold -- my only complaint is a lack of caffeinated items, but the food is delicious! Had crab rolls, organic french fries, "pie in a cone", and some lovely other foods.

I highly recommend this fair to anyone -- it gets crowded but is well worth it. It's why Maine is such a special place.

Finished a couple of fruit caps for a new baby and his big sister -- will post those in the next few days too. Ciao for now.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Star of the day, who will it be?

I'm on a roll, what can I say?? Here's little D. in his finished Star Sweater from Wee Knits (Mission Falls pattern book) done in Mission Falls Cotton. Sorry the picture is a bit fuzzy -- my camera is doing new, strange things.

The intarsia for the star was my first attempt at intarsia and had lots of gaps and unevenness, but overall, I'm pretty happy with the way the sweater turned out! And, despite the fact that I finished it late, it still fits him! I guess there are good things about being small for your age!

Monday, September 19, 2005

Life is what happens while you're making other plans

So, my first day "off" was supposed to be Thursday. My little 2 y.o. D. had a cold so I kept him home that day. So much for the day off. That was OK, though. When your little one is cranky and unhappy, you don't want to send them to daycare (well sometimes you do). The plan was to send him on Friday instead. Until he got another asthma attack (first one was in May) and we spent Friday at the Emergency Room! There is nothing quite like little D. on steroids -- first the nebulizers, then the prednisone. Then, he is rocketing around the waiting room, the examining room, pushing every button on the computer (apparently, he reset the patient display board out by the ER front desk!), grabbing latex gloves out of the boxes, trying to activate oxygen/gas knobs in the wall! What fun!

Meanwhile, I had spent the whole day with a sinus headache that good old Ibuprofen wasn't curing. I thought, "If they admit him again (he had to be admitted back in May), I will just die!" I knew D. would be OK. Last time he was at the hospital, he did laps around the floor from 6 AM to 9 PM. It was unbearable.

Fortunately, the breathing got better as the afternoon progressed and he was able to go home with me. If my headache wasn't so bad, I would have downed a bottle of wine after that day. He's doing much better now and is back on inhalers.

Oh right -- knitting content?? I did do a bit of knitting in the ER but as you can imagine, I was a bit preoccupied. Doing a couple of fruit caps for some little babies I know.

Here's to preventive inhalers!

Tuesday, September 13, 2005


Finished Object!

Purse in Crystal Palace Deco-Ribbon (2 balls)
Pattern from Crystal Palace website (free)
Given to younger son's speech therapist
August 2005

Monday, September 12, 2005

The pressure is on...

Well, not only did Christine create a link to the MIT Stitch and Bitch blog off the MIT Home Page on Saturday, but I realized a few folks are linkin' to my blog. So, I'd better put something on it.

Of course, I have a new laptop and can't find the CD that has all the drivers and software for my digital camera! And this is coming from a technology person. This is embarrassing. I should really get off my duff and reinstall that stuff. But I'm good at procrastination.

But I actually have some finished objects to show and am very excited, given my propensity to not finish things! So, I promise to have pics up soon by the end of this week.

I'm gonna miss seeing my Stitch and Bitch Group every week. I won't be working Thursdays any more so I'll pop in for some knitting but won't be there every week. Bummer. But really nice to have a day with no kids and no job -- I can actually strip that wallpaper in the front hall after watching it peel for 10 years!