It's been a little nutty around here the past two days because Emeline has been sick.
Tuesday night I did well to heed Susie's advice and go to bed before midnight. Around 4am I woke to Emeline crying then yelling for me saying there was something yucky in her bed. Nice. Change the sheets and blankets in the dark... she was throwing up intermittently for several hours following.
It's Thursday night now and she is still fighting a bit of a fever. You know how kids are. High fever and they have this glazed over look in their eyes. Take some Motrin, fever goes down, they're bouncing around playing with toys. It's been up and down like that for two days now and that really takes its toll on the dishes and laundry and general attention elsewhere. Hopefully this is nearly over with.
This evening was Suzannah's DARE graduation ceremony. Lots of 5th grade kids here - about 160 total between all the elementary schools, so it was a fairly crowded auditorium. Benny and Katie did a stellar job of watching the babies while I attended the DARE graduation. I took my Hufflepuff RPM sock along anticipating a good hour of uninterrupted knitting time during which I probably would not fall asleep (happens a lot at home). When I sat down it was 30 minutes before the ceremony was to begin and the row I sat in was completely empty. I sat exactly in the middle so that I shouldn't have to stand up for people wanting to walk in and out of the row. I wondered if getting my knitting out would scare people away from sitting in this row at all. Eventually there were people in the two aisle seats at both ends of the row with just me right in the middle. My mind wandered, I began to drift off to sleep with my knitting poised in mid-stitch. My head nodded and woke me. I straighted up in my seat and glanced to my right to see that someone had come all the way to the center of the row and sat down right next to me. Hm. So much for scaring off the locals, not that I was trying. It really was an experiment.
Immediately in front of me was a little boy and his parents. Here's how the conversation went:
Boy: (looks behind him and sees the knitting) ::tap tap:: Mama. What is that lady doing?
Mama: (looks behind him at me) She's doing crochet. Oh, well, no, I think she's knitting. Yes, that's knitting.
Boy: What is she knitting?
Mama: I don't know. Why don't you ask her?
Boy looks at knitting, looks at me, turns back around.
Boy: (turns to me in a very quiet voice in this rather loud auditorium) What are you knitting?
Me: I'm knitting a sock. (hold sock with cuff up and needles down) See, this is the top. Have you ever worn hand knit socks?
Boy: No. My mom buys our socks so she doesn't have to get all that knitting stuff.
Boy: Mama, she's making a sock. Would you knit socks for me?
Mama: Nooooo no no no. I'm not going to take up knitting. It would take way too long to knit socks.
Boy: (to me) How long does it take to knit socks?
Me: Oh, I can make a pair in about a week.
Boy: Why don't you buy socks since it takes so long to knit them?
Me: I do buy most of my socks because it takes so long to knit them.
(program begins - Mama hushes boy)
I forgot that I was ready to start the heel flap on this sock when I picked it up to take along, so I knit an extra repeat on the leg since I wanted to double check how the pattern says to do the heel flap (odd number of stitches here). I don't think my pal will mind a bit. The patterning is finally showing up a little more like I wanted it to. Sometimes these things take a while to appear.
Look for a contest coming up - hopefully in late April to early May. This is my 300th post. A quiet milestone really. I was hoping that my 3000th comment would line up with the 300th post but it didn't work out that way. I'm about 180 comments short of that goal. So that's your warning. Some time in about 180 more comments someone will be the lucky commenter. When the time gets closer I'll decide what the prize is and I'll be POSTING what that prize will be! ha I have 2-3 more packages to send out to people who have patiently waited long long ages for packages that they're expecting from me. Those packages will be sent out before the 3000th comment arrives or I couldn't bear to have another contest. In the mean time, I'm happily planning for the 3000th post contest package. Have fun and if you want the chance to win some yarn and goodies sooner than later, leave a comment! :)