Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Swatching and Sick Babies

Joining Ginny for the Yarn Along again this week.

I am about 26 rows from the end of my tube top, and I ran out of yarn. Fortunately, the yarn store is local. I'll stop by and pick up some more yarn tomorrow. In the meantime, I am swatching for a last minute Christmas gift.

This is a beautiful alpaca from a local source, Moose Breath Alpacas. I've used their yarn before and been very pleased. I was so excited to see this yarn, since it fits the pattern I had in mind perfectly.

Now, I can't tell you much about the pattern, since it is a Christmas gift. I'll share some shots as I work on it. Of course, I haven't finished swatching yet. Do you swatch? I have become a diehard swatcher. I can modify a pattern to fit my yarn/needles. But, boy do I hate frogging or starting over!

I really haven't gotten much reading done outside the doctor's office. Dominic has been to see the doctor three times in the last week. Come to find out, he has pneumonia. He is the third kid in his class to get pneumonia in the last month. I am not happy. I do wonder if their parents would have kept them home longer, if the school didn't push attendance so hard. Of course, the doctor said I could send him to school tomorrow, since he's been on antibiotics and fever free for 24 hours. I wouldn't, though. He's still coughing, and at times, lethargic. I am of the firm opinion that he needs more time to heal. He's only just starting to recover a bit. Why chance a setback? Fortunately, I don't even need to worry about it, since there's no school for the rest of the week.

I did get to read a magazine that I'd been trying to get in between other things. I got a subscription to Hobby Farms Home Magazine. Last month's issue was my first one and I love it. There are so many great recipes and ideas in it. This month, they have an entire section on gardening, including ornamental and edible. They have information on canning and couponing (for organic food!). I spent much of the two hours of Dominic's doctor's visit last night reading to him from the magazine. We learned about opossums, working dogs, and planting seedlings in eggshells, all very interesting things for a perpetually curious little boy and his just as curious mother.

I hope you all have a wonderful week of knitting and reading, and, if the time permits, fun with family.


  1. You do beautiful knitting! I love those secretive gift photos. Someone is getting very lucky, it seems!

  2. I used to hate swatching, but have learned to enjoy it as part of the process, especially if I'm working on a project where fit is important. :) Happy gift knitting!


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