It always makes my day when I hear my doorbell ring between 9:30 and 10:30 in the morning. Like a kid on Christmas morning I perk up, stumble down the stairs, and rush to the door to greet...my beloved mailman. Such a nice jolly man he is and he always bears gifts!
Today, he brought me Peruvian Highland Wool in Ruby which I am planning to use to knit Bristow, a ball of Peruvian Highland Silk in celadon (my wedding colour) to knit some lace photo mats for some wedding pics, and my Olympic calibre knitting equipment: 2 addi turbo circs!
Oh my! I'm getting a yarn headache. You know the kind when you just want to cast on everything at once? It's like brain freeze for knitters: you know exactly what's causing it but it's so yummy and pleasurable that you can't stop yourself.
I've never knit with Elann's highland wool before and really want to give it a go (especially since I just bought 16 balls of the stuff!), plus Bristow looks like a fun knit with lots of mindless stockinette and just enough fancy stitches here and there to keep it interesting. I've been curious about the lace photomats ever since I got the book and wonder if they're doable or too tricky to attempt with a teething baby in the midst. Then there's the Knitting Olympics...I've got the pattern, the yarn and now the needles worthy of an Olympic knitter but I think I should keep my training (swatching) for the day before just in case I'm loving the addis and astrakhan too much to put aside for another 2 weeks while waiting for the flame to be lit.
Of course there's the other matter of the Christmas socks I'm (still) knitting for my sister which I haven't even looked at since the tragic double-wide charcoal stripe incident. I really should get back to those...but I cast on for the log cabin socks instead this morning. I'm knitting them out of stash alpaca and am not sure how that will work out because (a) I don't know if pure alpaca is durable enough for socks even if they are housesocks and will likely never see the inside of a shoe, and (b) it might just be too soft and fuzzy to show the cabling which is, let's face it, the point of these socks.
Then again, I think Julian has other ideas...
Sure he is sleepng peacefully in my lap as I write this (with my left hand...it's real s-l-o-w going, but i'm a dedicated blogger ;0) but his bottom teeth are poised to make their appearance. We noticed a purple bump on his gums last night and he's been wailing lots since. We've tried Tempra which sort of works but only for about an hour and a half at a time leavng an excruciating 2 and a half hours before the next dose. We've tried homeopathic Camilia which doesn't seem to do anything. And of course cool jellies to bite on. No luck. I feel so helpless when he goes into that "painful" cry. He just stares at me with the warm tears gushing from those pretty little eyes in a look that says "MOMMY, why aren't you helping me" and I just feel so helpless. Hopefully they'll be out in the next day or so. If anyone has any tips on what else might soothe him, please share.