Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Calming


While waiting for Aine to return from surgery, I knit. I knit and I knit and I knit. In preparation for our stay in the hospital, I cast-on for Eamon's pullover Sunday night. I wanted to be ready for the waiting that would ensue with some rhythmically, calming stockinette stitch. It worked.

This sweater is my first Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern. I am following her basic recipe for a seamless raglan. It is easy going thus far; I am almost to the sleeve split. I could be further, but in the darkness of Aine's room last night, I accidently split my yarn and knit two stitches where one should be. I didn't notice until I finished that 10 row stripe. Oh well! A bit of frogging back to that point, and I was off again.

I am using a "new to me" yarn from Beaverslide Dry Goods. It is the 90/10 worsted, and I really love it. This love is compounded by the fact that Leanne, the owner of Beaverslide, is super nice and helpful. I had some colorway questions, and she took the time to talk to me about what I was making while offering some suggestions. The yarn feels really nice too!

Eamon favorite color is black with red as a very close second, so stripes seemed like the perfect solution. While we were sitting and talking in the waiting area, Dave queried why I was making a Freddy Krueger sweater. It briefly sullied the experience. For a little while I couldn't stop thinking of his association. After a few more stripes, I forgot about it. Truly my son has no idea who that horror character is, and he will love his sweater. That is all that matters!

Not much reading this week. I have flipped through a few magazines while here. My very dear friends brought us a care package. It is a huge bag jam packed with goodies and more magazines than I could read in a month. Again we are so lucky to have so many amazing people in our lives.

16 comments:

  1. i made a hat for logan a couple years ago that was black and red stripped. it is always a nice striking pattern.
    give your baby girl our love. <3

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  2. I can almost feel the soft texture of that yarn through the computer screen! Beautiful stuff.

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  3. What a stressful time for your family! I hope your dear one heals quickly!
    That sweater looks so cozy!

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  4. I hope your little girl will heal quickly and you'll all be able to go home soon. I never would have thought of Freddie, had you not mentioned it. I think the stripes look fun.

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  5. I hope everything continues to be well and you are all home soon. Looks like you have wonderful support from some awesome friends.
    I love the stripes on the sweater!
    xx

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  6. oh! you do have sweet friends. i think we need to find another character that wears a striped sweater. hope little aine is feeling better today.

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  7. Your sweater is going to be beautiful. I love Elizabeth Zimmerman, even though the only thing I've knit so far is the Baby Surprise Jacket.

    My thoughts are with your Aine and you while you go through this.

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  8. that sounds so stressful and i'm so happy you have knitting to soothe you. my best wishes for a speedy and complete recovery!

    i think harry potter has stripes in his scarf? and where's waldo had a striped sweater! love those stripes (and leanne too, i've been thrilled with beaverslide, i'm making e.z.s pi shawl and have had to reorder 3 times!)

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  9. Healing wishes to you little girl. Children bounce back amazingly quickly. I love your sweater. Having never seen one of those films, I wouldn't know, but we have a funny children's cartoon comic character called Dennis the Menace who wears red and black stripes :)
    xxx

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  10. Oh my! I had no idea you were going through these terrifying hours/days. I'm so happy to hear the most scary moments are over for you both (but not for me as I now have Freddie Kruger to think about ;-)). Love how so many people are taking care of you and that your knitting is serving you well, too. Blessings to you all.

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  11. I really like the sweater and the color combination is great! I hope your child is still improving and your stress is lessening.

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  12. Hope your girls recovery continues to speed along. Love the stripey colours, one of our boys has a red and very dark grey striped jumper which he loves. I never thought of the krueger connection until someone mentioned it recently, horror films are not my thing lol.
    xx

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  13. Black and red is a classic combo. I love it to death (I did a whole series of pottery in black/red last year).

    I love Beaverslide yarn so much. Mom also had questions and called up before ordering her yarn and was just so pleased.

    Continuing to send healing thoughts your way!

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  14. Oh, Heather, what a difficult time. I'm so glad Aine is healing and that you have such great support.
    I think the striped sweater is great! I love stripes - and I never would have thought of Freddie Kruger.
    Hugs to you! xoR

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  15. This stripes are classic and beautiful. Hope all is going well and yay for great friends too!

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