I feel human again! What is even better is that my nose has started to run again. This means that everything is clearing up now. Bug is back to her normal self though still on meds. And singing “Bug’s in the basement, mixing up the medicine” every time she gets a dose.

Christmas tree is up and decorated. Only two ornaments were lost during this process, and since Bug is only 5, and our ornaments are glass, I’d say we did ok.

This morning I popped out of bed quite fast since my alarm clock told me it was 7 AM. I rushed around getting my shower and getting everything together. I then proceded to look at the living room clock and see that it said 5:45. I figured it needed batteries so I ignored it. Once I realized that the dining room clock also said 5:45, I figured that it might be time for a new alarm clock.

Trying something new

Since I never spin this way, I thought I’d try my hand at some low spun singles. I switched to my large whorl and gave it a whirl. 😉 At first I found myself fighting with it, concentrating so hard to draft faster and treadle slower. But after awhile I found myself getting into a certain rhythm, and the targhee top drafted beautifully. Now I have 240 yards of lowspun singles and I am at a loss as to what one might knit with low spun singles.

Happy Thanksgiving

It is a quiet one here. Though I had some wonderful other options (thank you friends!) I’ve chosen to stay home and continue to recover.  I did manage to get the house rearranged for the tree, get the tree up and set up, and all the ornaments brought up. This I had to do in shifts, but since I started at 4:30 AM, it was all accomplished.

I’ve been knitting on my Lady Eleanor stole most often lately, a wonderful non thinking project that keeps me occupied when I am feeling good and I can put down fast if I am not feeling so well.  It is really starting to come along, don’t you think?

More Bug Stories

So, Bug and I have been sick. Sick sick sick.  I won’t give you the entire story, but Bug has been running a recurring fever since last Tuesday. Last night, when she again had a fever, she told me her ear hurt. I gave her some tylenol and sent her to bed. Called mom to make sure it was time to make the doctors appointment, and she agreed that it was. Bug woke up at 3 AM screaming over her ear, so I was pretty sure I knew what was going on at that point too.

Meanwhile you must remember that we are BOTH sick sick sick. So I am just struggling on with her care, though she is fortunately a really good kid and I can get my rest in. This morning since again we were looking at another rough day of sick, I decided I could at least start the day off right and make her some pancakes for breakfast.  We began to pull together the dry ingredients, and set the table. Then I remembered that we didn’t have any eggs left over.  So no pancakes.  She of course informed me that her daddy didn’t use eggs with his pancakes, so I had to explain the difference between making something from scratch and using a mix.  She was disappointed but she handled it well.

Later on we headed to the doctor.  We are sitting in the room waiting for the doctor to arrive, when she starts to spontaneously sing the blues.

“We couldn’t have pancakes…

We ran out of eggs!”

I thought this was absolutely fantastic!


Doctor comes in and asks Bug why she is there.

Bug: Because my ear hurts. And it feels like I am in an airplane.”

Doctor: Well, that is a very mature answer. Mom, is she the oldest child?”

Me: “Only child”


Doctor proceeds to listen to her lungs

Doctor “And, she is very very good patient.”

Doctor looks in both ears.

Doctor: Bug, which ear is hurting you?

Bug: “The right one.”

Doctor: “Well Mom, Her left ear is perfectly clear, and her right ear is very red.”

Me: “So you are saying I need to believe her when she tells me her ear hurts?”

Doctor: “With a kid this mature? Why ever would you not???”

Let’s hope this puts us all on the mend now. Its been a rough week. In fact, I’ve about hit my wall and am getting the chills and need to head to bed.

So many colors

I had this BFL hanging around, with an amazing amount of color in it.  I have never seen a roving with so many different colors, so I decided to 3 ply in order to best combine so many.

190 yards 3 ply BFL Sportweight



The Laddu Pullover, pattern coming soon. (Ummeyusuf designs, of course.)

I used lion brand cotton-ease. I picked out the colors with Bug and my sister in law.  Of course Bug will not allow anything but the girliest colors, so we were a bit limited in what we could pick.

I love the raglan sleeves on this, they turned out so beautiful. This is probably the sportiest sweater I have ever made. Would work well as a little boy’s sweater too.  This is the first time I’ve worked with cotton ease, and I found it surprisingly easy on the hands.

Another great little design from ummeyusuf!


I know I keep talking about the test knit sweater, and yet I don’t show it off.  I’ve now decided that it is so close to being done I’ll just distract you with other projects until I complete it.

I started working on this lace scarf before I left on vacation in October. It hung around in a state of half hearted beginning until I took it with me on my second trip back east.  I then finished the border and began to work on the body of the scarf.

The yarn is from habu textiles, and I picked it up at stitches midwest.  I love the shade of blue and the scarf will make a fantastic warm weather knit.  The pattern is from Victorian Lace Today.