Saturday, November 27, 2010

Crazy

I've decided I was crazy trying to limit myself to only 5 projects going at once.  I know I've said that having more than ten sends me into a tailspin, but recently with all the goings on, it has become apparent that 5 just isn't enough.  It would probably help if I wasn't ignoring three of them and one is only worked on when the 7 year old does his reader.  Oh and one just has the wrong vibe at the moment but will probably come out of the bad vibe corner in another week or two.  So if you take out the 4 I'm not interested in and the one that is time limited, that leaves 0.  Hmmmm maybe the count should be 5 that I am interested in.....but maybe that leads down a very long and tempting path.

Suffice to say.  A rash of casting on has been happening.


I'd think I wanted something plain to knit and let the yarn do all the work


but it was too plain.

I'd think I wanted something big to knit (size wise and needle size as well)


but it's annoying to knit when the kids are around because they keep leaning on it which makes it quite difficult to manoeuvre.

I felt the need to treat myself so splurged on some of this in a destash, it was cheaper than usual since the knitter had already split it into two balls.  So I started making these.


I know the pattern off by heart now so it's a nice one to carry around and it feels so lovely, almost like cotton which is weird for a wool/nylon blend but oh so luxurious :-)

Sometimes I'm feeling the need for complete brain immersion though and none of those projects will suffice....

So I cast on this.  I had already swatched.  The first 4 rows are done and now I'm up to the charts but need to fish out my stitch markers first.


Oh and I was waiting on the postie to bring me a couple of skeins.  One is going to be turned into these for K.
The yarn turned up and after a false start (size too big) they are now going along swimmingly.


And then the 4 year old assistant who has been brilliant with our two big boys announced on Wednesday that she has been poached and is leaving at the end of the year.  Her favourite colour is purple.


So if we ignore the 5 projects that have no mojo or have time allocations for, we are left with the six I have just cast on.  That makes 6 active projects.  A total of 11 projects.  Hmm, seems we are back to where we were in August!  To put it into perspective though, there are three pairs of socks and they'll only take a couple of weeks each and then they'll be off the list again.  The skirt is on big needles with big yarn and is quite comforting to knit on in the evenings as it is very much like a blanket at this stage.  It is also 1/4 done already.  So four projects are going to be reasonably quick.  Also only have until the 16th of December to finish the scarf for the Kinder assistant so it will be prioritised up.

Sounds like an awful lot of justification for casting on :-)  Maybe it's more a realisation that I really am happy when I have lots of choices because then there's definitely something to suit whatever mood I happen to be in!
Either way there's lots of knitting going on.  And not so much housework........

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

A health update

After being completely paranoid Sunday evening and all day yesterday it appears as though Tyler's "preventer" is indeed working and is keeping the asthma at bay.  It's been a rough few weeks for him and us and his brothers so we are trying to get everything back to normal and relax a little while also staying alert.  He lost heaps of weight and tires easier than usual but has started eating more again so we are anticipating a speedy recovery on that front.  As the Mama of three young boys all of whom have been diagnosed within the last 12 months with virus induced asthma and all of whom are now on "preventers" I am constantly listening to coughs and assessing their potential cause and carry around ventolin in my handbag for just-in-case.  We've been lucky up until now, no food allergies, no major childhood accidents/illnesses (apart from chicken pox for the older two, and a broken elbow for Zac) and we are still lucky in a lot of ways.  Our boys are happy and generally healthy and they don't get asthma from exercise or from exposure to specific foods or dust mites or any of the other "normal" triggers that would probably stay with them for life.  But over the last few weeks I have not felt lucky.  I have railed against the impact that this has on my children's lives.  I have grieved for their recent struggles and for those that are potentially on the horizon.  I have been heartbroken for them.  My head can now cope with what has occurred and how it will impact on their lives but my heart still grieves for all of them. We live in hope that they will outgrow this illness.  Until then I will live on edge.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

The new Twist Collective is out!

The new Twist Collective is out, there are a couple of things that are very pretty and totally tempting!
A cute cardy: Parcel


a pair of socks: Sin Miedo


some gorgeous dolls: Leif and Astrid


I like the idea of Wingspan


the interesting detail of Roheline


the simplicity of Blair


the options available for Leaving



the reversability of Mata Hari, but I'm not sure of the sleeve length


All photos courtesy of Twist Collective.

As for the rest of the goings on in our lives over the last three weeks, there has been a serious dose of startitis.  There has been some planning for some sewing.  There has been orientation into Prep for Zac for next year.  I've won stuff.  I've scored stuff from other people de-stashing.  We are weaning Tyler off one lot of meds (prednisolone) and waiting for the next set of meds (Flixotide) to kick in.  It's a fine balance and so far we have had 3 major asthma attacks in less than 3 weeks and if the new meds don't work we'll have another one either Sunday night or Monday.  Today is a good day because I know the old meds are still working.  Tomorrow we shall see.
Hopefully I will have enough non-stressed brain space to start getting back into posting here again.  It might be mostly pictures for a bit, depending on where I'm at.  December is looking mighty busy already so we'll see how we go :-)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Still AWOL

Tyler is gradually improving.  In the end we had a doctors trip on Saturday to get a diagnosis and some meds, a 6.5 hour day trip to the children's emergency on Sunday followed by a night at home and then a return to children's emergency on Monday and admission to the Paeds ward for three days and two nights.  Eventually after 5 doses or prednisolone he was allowed home and we arrived home Wednesday evening at 6pm.  We woke the next day to him with gastro (thanks to the hospital staff who did not tell us the pred is an immune suppressant, thanks very much) and after 24 hours of not being able to keep anything down we moved on to needing to keep the loo clear for the next 3 days.  His asthma symptoms backed off while his tummy was out of sorts but were still being treated with Ventolin when required.  Yesterday (day 10) with the end of the gastro his asthma kicked right back in at full throttle and he was almost hospitalized again.  We were back at the doctors and we have started the prednisolone again and also now have a prescription for Amoxycillin to treat the double ear infection.  He seems to be on the improve whether due to the antibiotics or the Dimetapp or the return of the pred I don't know but we'll take it.  We are still monitoring hourly for the return of wheezes and administering Ventolin when required.
Just to add the next level of fun, Zac woke this morning (day 11) with a stomach upset, but now that he's empty he seems to be picking up.  We can only hope :-)

To say that it has been a hard week is an understatement.  Watching your 3 year old struggle for breath for days on end with no real signs of improvement is horrible, terrifying and heart breaking.  Knowing you can't do anything else but hold him when he needs you and try to get him to sleep when he's bouncing off the walls all amped up on Ventolin makes for a very long 10 days.  This was his first attack and like his brothers it appears to have been set off by a virus that set up home in his chest.  We will have to keep a close eye on him as the next cold may have the same outcome.  If he repeats the asthma attack at a later date he may then be put on preventers but at this stage it is being treated as a one off and we'll just see how we go.  Of course he still has to get over this attack properly before we start looking for the next one.

I'm looking for a new knitting project now.  Everything I have going is not calling to me or currently has very bad vibes associated with it and I need to change my brain space before I spiral any lower.
Option number 1 is the Lorelei cardigan that I have the pattern and a lovely pale green wool/cotton blend yarn for.  I knit up a gauge swatch last night when I stole out of the house with yarn, needles and an outdoor chair and sat in the fading sun outside by myself  for the first time in what felt like days.  I haven't washed it but it is spot on for gauge the way it is right now.
Option 2 is the Lanesplitter skirt which I also have the pattern and yarn for and is nice and colourful and might cheer me up a little.
Option 3 is casting on a pair of socks.  I have 4 in my Rav queue/favourites that I'm looking at but I'm also contemplating just a plain pair in a patterned sock yarn, something I don't have to think about at all.
All of this knitting debate is helping to give my brain some space from the events of the past 10 days.  Something I'm in desperate need of.

In the meantime I have a three year old who still needs constant monitoring and treatment for the wheezing and a five year old who despite an awful start to the day seems to be feeling a whole pile better so I'll be off for now, find some knitting and sit in the backyard with them and pretend we are at our usual Tuesday morning knitting group, just at home.

Hope all is well with you all.  I'll be back, hopefully in a more settled state of mind, when everything is a bit more in control over here.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

AWOL

Will be away from the blog a little longer.  Have just spent the better part of 4 days and 2 nights at the hospital with Tyler who had a nasty asthma attack.  Needing to keep a close eye on him still.  Will be back when all is settled down again.  Knitting is definitely happening...there's not much else to do when you are at hospital for days at a time.