Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Startitis snuck up on me!

Last night my husband called and said "PLEASE come straight home from picking the kids up from Karate!" He had volunteered to watch my foster sister's 4 children. We never take all 4. Never. We'll take the older 2, but the 4 year old twins require a special dedication and, generally, 4 or more people to keep track of them.

He said he'd temporary lost his mind.

He said she'd caught him at a weak moment.

He said she sounded so pitiful.

He said yes, is what he said.

He called me twice on the way home "Where are you now?" I thought they must be having one of their special days, where they make all people chase them. One of their special days last summer found me running into the lake, fully clothed, to keep one from drowning, while the other filled my shoes with sand, as their mother and another Aunty tried to take pictures of their brother and sister in races in the park.

Instead, I got there, and the older ones were riding bikes and the twins were playing with the dog. He'd been afraid to start dinner and take his eyes off the twins because of their reputation. Turns out, if you sit them at a counter and give them Kool-aid, they, apparently, calm right down. They were quite chatty, and funny, and very very good. My husband thinks it was to fool him into complacency, so they can catch him by surprise the next time.

Of course, having 3 little girls played right into Startitis' hands. I promised the twins new ponchos for their birthdays in November. Figured that was plenty of time. Then the oldest girl said "Aunty, you didn't get me anything for my birthday." which was a couple of weeks ago. So she got to pick out some yarn, and help me get started on her poncho. Startitis snuck up on me in the guise of a beautiful, sad, 7 year old girl who's going to have a very nice red poncho for her birthday... a little late...

Tuesday, May 23, 2006


The Yarn Harlot talks about spring and Startitis, where you want to start a lot of projects, but then they never get finished. I currently have 2 shawls and 2 pairs of socks and 2 baby blankets all sitting around in baskets waiting to be finished.

So what did I do this morning? I balled up the yarn, this lovely hand dyed green wool, for another shawl. I managed to not start knitting on it, but, really, it's only a matter of time...

The shawls are two different patterns I'm designing... the first that I'm actually taking time to document. Fun, but I have huge graphs made up of taped-together graph paper with each stitch marked... a good way for me to work initially, until I get the design figured out, I can't write instructions.

The socks are-- a pair for my mother, who had some health issues this past winter and had some toes taken off. She's been wearing a sort of open boot like shoe (like goes over walking casts) and her feet have been freezing. Enter a pair of wool socks, which will be finished just in time for the summer weather when she won't need them. The other pair of socks is the pair I owe my future SIL from Christmas. I'd done 2/3 of them, and when he tried them on, his calves were too big (not my socks being too small, mind you :) So I had to frog them and start over. This time they'll fit the Jolly Greek Giant. SIL can felt them if they're too big. One of the baby blankets I'd started for my grandbaby... I frogged the other projects I'd started for him/her, but I thought I could finish this one to have a gift in reserve... Someone is always having babies around here. I just haven't had the heart to pick it up. The other UFO blanket isn't mine. My sister's MIL started it for her baby, who is now 45. She finally decided she was never going to finish it, and passed it on to me to finish. All the strips are done, but I didn't like the way it was made up in the pattern, so I'm waiting for inspiration to strike so I can finish it up and give it to her grandchildren.

I did manage to finish the Mountain Flowers shawl I knit out of angora starting in Feb, and another 2 projects, ponchos for my nieces birthdays are all done, as well as a pair of socks for the guy who gave me all the fleece last winter.

Work has a lot of projects going now too, from new computers in the student labs to a new web page we'd like to launch in early Sept... many things started, but nothing finished yet.

This weekend, we're starting our garden... yet another project start... must be spring

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Who am I kidding?

The more you do, the more there is to do. And some days, it just doesn't pay to do anything.

After forgetting my laptop at home yesterday, everything I needed to do I needed my laptop for. I should have made a list, because all I've done today is busy work -- futzing around, cleaning my temp files, making a lobby poster, talking to the guy who's painting the hall side of my lab and user support area, discussing the fate of some old servers, and chatting.

In other words, I could have done as much with or without my computer.

My department is having a "Biggest Loser" competition. We have 8 participants amongst the people who work for me, and while we're still discussing how long and what you win, we've done our 1 week weigh-in. I lost 3 lbs-- yay me!

Friday, May 05, 2006

Bad Blogger! No Cookie!

Oy! It's been a month since I've had time to sit down here and blog.

Ok, it hasn't been, but other things have taken priority. The amazing Michael is on his last therapy trip to Marquette on Monday, and there was Easter and that...

Knitting-wise, I've been working on devising my own shawl pattern. It's a lot harder than you think it would be! I have this huge piece of graph paper (actually about 15 sheets taped together now) with the shawl to point. I've been working in a lovely heathered tan yarn, which I'm starting to hate. I don't know where I'm going from here, so the shawl and pattern are sitting in my purse waiting for inspiration and I grabbed a skein of something with COLOR out of the basket which sits by my spot. It's the Daffodil Sock Yarn from Knit Picks and it's very pretty... I got into the striping effect last night and did the entire leg and the heel while chatting with some friends who are visiting. Apparently crafting is contagious, as my friend was doing her cross stitched butterfly and was amazed she got that much done.

On the work side, we've been unloading computers. I have 188 computers with new video cards we've been receiving in batches, plus tables, chairs, carpet fixers, new security camera installs, and all the request work which goes with them... BUSY!