Monday, March 24, 2014

Raising Adult Children is Hard

Still life with socks
There's been a lot of knitting around here lately, which is a good thing, because there's also been a bunch of not so good stuff to deal with, and I've needed the consolation of the rhythm of the needles.   Been throwing a bit of a pity party for myself, too, I freely admit.  Not going to drag anyone down with all the depressing deets, just suffice it to say that the transition from childhood to adulthood is not going as smoothly as I would like for my oldest son.  We'll all get through it, I have no doubt, but it is no fun at the moment. 
And now for something completely different:
The mismatched socks above were originally started for youngest son's girlfriend.  Once I realized they would be mismatched, plans changed.  They are now residing in youngest son's sock drawer, and he has no complaints about their mismatched nature.
Youngest son has been providing lots of excitement around here.  His high school basketball team has won the Northern Californian Division 4 championship and are playing for the state title against Southern California this coming Saturday.  We are so excited and proud of this young team.  There are no Seniors on the team.  The oldest player is a Junior.  The entire remainder of the team are Freshmen and Sophomores.  Quite an accomplishment. 

 I plan on spending tomorrow doing some finishing and blocking for a lot of the WIPs that have been hanging around here for some time.  I'll try and get a photo shoot together as well. 
On the designing front, I have an idea for a waterfall cardigan that I'm itching to get started. 
I've begun attending my parish's women's knitting/crocheting group.  My last three finished items will be donated to the group for sale benefitting various charities.  I already donated two hats last week, including one I designed myself which I (of course) forgot to photograph before I donated it. 
In addition to the waterfall cardigan, I have an idea for a hat/gloves combo in fair isle pattern and will be starting some hat/scarf and hooded scarves for donation as well.  Busy, busy. 
On the gardening front, I ordered beaucoup ivy geraniums for the front pots, a climbing pink rose, and am dreaming about some heirloom tomato plants and strawberries for this Spring.  I LOVE this season, especially here in the Bay Area, where the weather is so lovely.
And our new puppy should be born some time over the next three weeks or so.  Another joyful event to look forward to.
Well, that's all for now.  Will try to check in tomorrow.

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Up To No Good

Wow.  It's been a l-o-o-o-ng time since I joined the "Ten On Tuesday" hosted by Carole at Carole Knits.  Partly because the topics haven't moved me towards inspiration, and partly for other reasons.  This week's idea sounds fun, though, so I'm going to dive right in.  This week Carole is doing something a little different: she's asking everyone to come up with ten sentences that start with "I am..."  So...

I am...

 ...desperately searching for tickets to my son's basketball game this Wednesday.  The game will be televised on a local sports station, and the event is sold out, but I still need two tickets so Nana and Grandpa can watch our boy play.

...hooked on "Hay Day".  Who knew an iphone game could be so addicting?  I'm just a country girl at heart.

...sick of paying bills.  And filing taxes.  And filling out FAFSA forms.  One burden lifts and another instantly takes its place. 

...beginning to crochet.  I'm still partial to knitting, but crochet has its charms.  I particularly like motifs and the fact that you don't have to bind off as you do in knitting.  Also, you don't have to worry about the hook falling out of your work and the whole thing unraveling on you whilst you are still a fumbling newbie...

...knitting on the border of my lace shawl.  Hard to believe this pile of mess will block into a lovely wearable item.  I've just about completed the border on one long side.  It's taking some time.  I toyed with designing my own, but decided to go with a pattern from Victorian Lace Today instead.  The yarn is Heron bamboo lace in pumpkin spice colorway.

...solo parenting for the week.  Husband is away on a seminar and I have the king-sized bed to myself. 

...taking care of a sick puppy.  Our little Nugget got very sick this weekend with an upper respiratory infection she picked up from the local dog park.  Won't be taking her back there; which is sad, because she absolutely loves it there and we get such a kick out of watching her express her joy with the other dogs and people.  We'll have to limit our interaction to walks instead.  Not quite as much fun for her, but I'm not willing to have her get sick again.  My youngest was beside himself with worry over her until we could get her in to the vet. 

...grateful for the gift of life and love.  Every day I give thanks for the life I have been given and the love that God has surrounded me with.  Every single day.  I give thanks not only for being loved, but for being capable of loving. 

...elated about my son's new high school swim coach.  His coach from his competitive year-round team has accepted the job as head coach for his high school as well.  I still haven't come down from the high of hearing that news.

...ready for Spring to arrive.  So, so ready.