Wednesday, April 06, 2005

What's the croup?

My, my what a long 3 days it's been. Baby has not been sleeping well. At first, I chalked it up to teething and allergies. (We are absolutely covered in pollen. My car is a brilliant yellow as opposed to it's normal dull gray. In any other circumstance, that might be a nice change. But not when it makes your eyes all gritty and your nose run like the mighty Mississippi!) Poor baby was waking up at roughly 3 or 4am with an amazing fever and a cough that would make a lifelong smoker proud. I bailed out of work today and took her to the doctor. My little punkin has croup and an ear infection in her left ear. I got antibiotics for the ear infection but croup is a "wait it out" sort of illness. For the first time in the past three days, poor Baby has actually settled into a deep afternoon nap, vaporizer humming along beside her. Big B and I are seriously sleep deprived but at least now we know what we're up against.

In the few moments of down time I've had, I actually made some gains on the dress. It's looking pretty good. I have other projects lying around so, if I get bored with the dress, I can move on to something else. Got to get that digital camera! Hey, I have a birthday coming up. Cool gift idea for me, huh?

Friday is my first day at my new job. I'm pretty nervous but in an excited way. Should be interesting. I've been agonizing over what to wear. Do I go semi casual which equals comfortable or wear hose, nice dress, and shoes that no human should have on their feet? Hm. Guess it actually depends upon what's clean!

Sunday, April 03, 2005

Reading is fundamental

especially when it comes to knitting patterns. I'm knitting along, very pleased with myself that Baby's dress is progressing so nicely, when I realize that I had completely misread the pattern. Hours of knitting, which are very hard to come by when one has a small child, have just been flushed down the knitting toilet. I wanted to die. As I saw it, I had three options: 1) rip back to the error and plug away, 2) cast on again and just start over, 3) throw a big hissy fit, cry, and vow never to make anything even remotely difficult again.

As I've mentioned before, dear reader, I'm not the most adventurous of knitters. Sewing, hell yeah. Knitting, not so into risk taking. I was determined not to be hampered by my inability to accurately read a pattern. So, after a little bit of option 3, I just cast on again and started over. (I have more than enough yarn for that option.) This dress will not defeat me, although it does make me cast a longing glance toward my very spiffy sewing machine, or, at the very least, consider that Baby really only needs a baby-size scarf from her mommy. Or maybe a simple, baby size hat. Even a poncho!

I cast on, knit a couple of rows, and read ahead in the pattern VERY carefully so I don't make a similar error. We'll see how it goes from here.