Sunday, August 07, 2005

A long post

First, I've been tagged! Sarah tagged me with:

5 things i miss from childhood.

If you want to participate the chain-letter part works like this: remove the blog at #1 from the following list and bump every one up one place; add your blog’s name in the #5 spot; just check to make sure the links are still attached if you copy n’ paste.

1. Nepenthe's Misadventures
2. dynamiteknits
3. Sassy Stitchess
4. Stitch
5. Cooknknit

1. Summer Camp. From the summer after 5th grade to the summer after 9th, I went to summer camp. A few of those summers were day camp, but the latter summers were sleep away. The summers at sleep away camp were my favorite summers. The outdoors, the smells of the woods, swimming in Lake Tiorati in Bear Mountain, the hikes to Lake Welch for the "beach". The friendships I forged, the smells I will never forget. I treasure each memory and would love to do summer camp again.

2. The innocence. I was a naive child. To some extent, I'm a naive adult. I grew up sheltered. Sometimes I feel like it was a bad thing, but sometimes, I know it was a good thing. I miss those days of innocence.

3. Time. When you're a kid, time goes by too slowly. But you always seemed to make the best of it and find a million things to do. A long, rainy day of coloring. A few hours of riding your bike up and down the alley. Hunting for those strange bugs on the leaves by the garage took up quite a chunk of time. Now? There's no time at all, and it seems to fly by and you've gotten nothing done.

4. Roller skating. Rollerblades are great, but roller skates... My fondest, albeit strangest "fondest" memory of roller skates: I believe it was shortly after my father died, my family went upstate to visit my grandparents. My mom, my aunt and I went to a roller rink. I got my skates on before they did and I was told I could go ahead without them. I was on the rink no more than a minute, when a man came barrelling towards me and knocked me down. There was blood everywhere. I was brought into the rink's office where the manager tried to hold back the blood with a bandaid. Next thing I know I'm in the ER with a blue sheet over my face, with a hole cut out for my chin and holding my mom's hand. The cut went down to the bone and I needed stitches. And all I cared about? Was that I didn't get to skate.

5. My dad. My dad died the summer before I entered 3rd grade. My parents never took a honeymoon so that summer they dropped me, my brother and sister off at my grandparents and headed up to Canada for a real honeymoon. They went out on a lake and the motor on the boat stopped. My dad went under the boat to see if he could fix it, and something pulled him under. I vividly remember the call from my mother, I had just gotten back from the library with a new Babar book. I've had many chances to go to Canada since then, but I've never gone. No offense to any of my Canadian friends, but I can never go. And this is the reason why.

If you'd like to do this one, please feel free to tag yourself. :)

Now, onto happier topics: Knitting!

I've been busy. And I have a lot to show. I've been working on another letter have it bag. This one is for the little guy's teacher. He heads off to Kindergarten next month, and will be leaving day care for good at the end of August. I have the back and the front done, and am working on the middle piece.

The next thing I've been working on is the green striped baby sweater. I've gotten all the pieces knit, and started sewing it up.

Can you see my poor attempt at seaming? The stripes don't match up. Sigh. I'm going to have to take it out and reseam. Ugh.

Next comes, another booga bag. I'm working on the i-cord now, but the body is done.

I took a workshop on Thursday at The Point. It was a workshop using Iris Schreier's new book. Modular Knits. We all learned how to do the Zig Zag scarf from the book, and here's my practice piece:

And while I haven't given up on Mariah just yet (I've finished both sleeves and started on the back), I've started the next "big" project: I do. It's for a friend who's getting married in November. The yarn is Austermann Mayfair and it was cheap, cheap, cheap from Elann. I can't wait to do more on it.

10 weeks til Rhinebeck!!


Bean said...

I'm so glad I didn't get tagged for this 'meme'. Too much of my childhood was painful and I really wouldn't want to remember it if I didn't have to.

Baby sweater Looks good! I was wondering what became of it. Letter have it! Right in the kisser! teehee sorry I couldn't resist. I can't wait to see the FO. I'm not familiar with that pattern, is it a felted bag, or no? I'd love to not have to make a bag extra big for felting, but then those need linings and I'm terrible with sewing stuff like that. I have some Noro I bought on a whim and didn't know what to do with it. But my first Booga is god-knows-where so I might have to make me another of those..

Thanx for offering your swift. It's ok. I have one I just need to figure out how to finagle it so I can make hanks.. I know there's a way to do it.. or maybe I can use my chair back.

Jennifer said...

Your wips all look great. You'll have a good time knitting I Do. I liked the process of knitting it.

Urban Barbara said...

Hey there, your questions are on my blog at end of "interview from kiki"

sorry, prob should have put them here.
looking fwd to response...and you can tag me too

reading about your Dad just made you so much clearer to me. miss seeing you

strangelittlemama said...

oh, wow, I am so so so sorry about your dad.

The zig-zag scarf is cool!!

Gina said...

All of your projects look so great. I can't believe it's only 10 wks to Rhinebeck! We have to work out a NY meeting place. I'll be there both days.

Christine said...

WOW, those look GREAT! I love the color scheme on the booga bag, noro, right? too cool! :)