Tuesday, August 24, 2010

The Kids Are Back In School

The kids are back in school.  This means some early morning knitting time for me.  I like to get up with the kids in the morning, even though, they are old enough to get themselves off to school.  No, I don't fix them breakfast or even pack their lunches.  Really....how hard is it to pour cereal into a bowl or pop frozen waffles into the toaster?  LOL!  This is what my kids want in the wee hours of the morning.

So, I chit-chat with them a bit, have a cup of coffee, watch the news, check the weather, etc.  None of us are really morning people around here, so they aren't real big on conversation.  As a matter of fact, I'm sure that the kids would prefer that I didn't get up with them for school, but old habits are hard to break.  So...I cut them a break, I drink my coffee and I sit and knit while they munch on their bagels or cereal.  Then, they're out the door, but not before I say a quick little prayer over them and their day.

Now....here's the hard part.  For years now, my routine has been get up with the kids, coffee and knitting, and bless the kids as the go out the door, then.....I'd call my Mom.  We'd talk about her day and what she was going to do, what appointments she had, etc.  We'd talk about my day...laundry, shopping and knitting.  We always found something to laugh about, then we told each other...that we were off to a good start for the day and that we'd talk later on.  Now, there's a void.  I keep wanting to pick up that phone and call her.  I especially want to tell her about my latest project and a new yarn that I'm using.

I did a swatch last night and then, I started over with the Tea Leaves Cardigan with this Cascade Yarn.  (Superwash Wool 905-Celery)




It's wonderful.  I'm glad I ripped out and CO with this yarn.

Monday, August 23, 2010

New Yarn for the Tea Leave's Cardigan



I've had a couple days off from sorting through all the stuff at my Mom's apt. I've been feeling a bit out of sorts, because I haven't had time to knit one stitch or to read.

Just before my Mom took sick and passed away, I had started the Tea Leaves Cardigan with this yarn:




I really didn't like this yarn for this project and my DD didn't like the color.
So, I stopped at the LYS near my Mom's place today and I had a very helpful person help select the right yarn for this sweater.




I've never used Cascade before, so I hope that I've made the right selection.  Maybe after dinner, I'll have time to knit up a swatch to check my gauge.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Still No Knitting or Reading

Unfortunately, I have no knitting to share.  Just before my dear Mom went into the hospital, I read about How to Knit a Love Song on Lizzie's blog.  So, I thought that I would borrow it from my local library and read it.  Well, since my Mom took ill and required around the clock care, I haven't picked my my knitting or a book or a magazine.

We're still in the process of clearing out her apt. that she had lived in for about 8 yrs.  Thank goodness that it's a 1-room efficiency apt.  I shuddered to think of all the stuff that she might have acculturated if she had another room or a bigger place.  I think that we're beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel soon. (I hope.)

I'm yearning to get back to my knitting.  I need something to soothe both my mind and my soul.  My Mom has been gone now for 10 days....and I'm starting to have flashbacks of her final days.  I have no idea what that's all about or why they're starting up now.

Kiwi Baby Sweater and Hat