Tuesday, February 13, 2007

What is going on around here?

Big Surprise #1

I finished all six charts of the Scheherazade Shawl, plus the border edge.

Wash, Rinse, Repeat

Isn't it pretty? I love the center pattern. I love the yarn. I love everything about this. Except...doesn't it look a bit short? Too wide for a scarf, too short for a shawl. I was a little worried.

Upon further reading of the pattern I realized that the provisional cast-on isn't so you can add the second border. It is so you can pick up 99 stitches and knit all six charts in the opposite direction. All 283 rows, knit in the opposite direction. That's 28,017 stitches. Plus the second border. Oy, I need a nap just thinking about it. All that counting. All over again. If I didn't love the yarn so much this might end up on the shelf of unfinished knits.

Maybe I'll cut up Starsky tonight instead.

Big Surprise #2

Poor Pork Chop is sick. She had a cough Sunday night. Monday morning she told me her stomach hurt. I thought it was simply sore from coughing all night, and I let her stay home from school. By mid-afternoon she had a raging fever and cried because she wanted to golie in bed. I tucked her in and she slept right through dinner. Around nine she woke up hungry and I made her toast. As she was eating it I realized something.

How did you get in here?

Who on earth is this beautiful girl sitting at my table eating toast? None of my children are this big. They're all toddlers. Who is this girl living in my house?

Don't get me wrong. I like her, I like her a lot. And I'd be happy to keep her if no one comes to claim her...I'd just like to know where she came from.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I know exactly what you mean about little ones going to sleep as babies and waking up as...children. How does this happen? It seems like the days of diapers, high chairs, and scrubbing juice stains out of the carpet will never end, and one day, without you even noticing, they've grown.

OK, I'm going to go have a good cry now.

Lynda said...

adhee hee - I was thinking as I was reading... she knows that's only half the shawl... right? Totally something I would do.

Kids have a way of doing that to you.... growing up while you're not noticing. Sometimes I can't believe my oldest is 21... that just can't be.

Zonda said...

Oh it is lovely though!! You can do it, on with the next side! :)

She's a cutie! One day they look like little ones, the next, who is that beautiful girl?? My daughter whose been sick too, all of a sudden looks older (she's only 12) Yikes!

Amy said...

How on earth do they grow overnight? My 5 yo son just did the same thing to me the other day. He's so grown up and handsome, but where did his chubby cheeks go?
Shawl's gorgeous, Mamma. I know you can have it finished in a day or so ;)

Pyewacket said...

I hope your lovely Pork Chop is feeling better. Poor sweetie.

I just frowned in puzzlement at my 4yo, thinking, "is he taller?"

Yep. 2 inches. I think 1.5 of them must have occurred in the last 3 weeks. Meep!

LilKnitter said...

I'm de-lurking!

The shawl is lovely; totally worth continuing! And I'm really looking forward to seeing Starsky finished and on you!
And congrats on acquiring a fantastic little lady! Maybe I'll look into picking one up some day...

Knittypants said...

Such a pretty shawl, you always pick such lovely projects.

My Pork Chop is growing up, she is becoming such a lovely little girl.