The Star Wars Knitting Goddess

knitting and sci-fi - is there anything else??? The ramblings of a crazed mother/wife/student/sci-fi fan as related to knitting (usually).

Friday, April 28, 2006

He's just now noticing the knitting??

I've only been knitting for around a year give or take. I actually taught myself the knit stitch about three years ago or so but in the last year I have become a full fleged Knitter (with a capital K). Now, it's no secret that I hate housework and would rather do almost anything else.

Yesterday my dearest husband says to me, "The house is kinda messy."

I reply, "I've been busy with the kids, my library job and the end of the semester not to mention all the singing I've been doing. There's been lots of rehersals and . . . "

He says (get this), ". . . and you've been knitting."

DUH! Did he just now notice that my yarn corner is exploding and that I've got about six projects (at least) on the needles?

I have no response to that.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Knitting Socks

I am now in love with knitting socks. So I got Stephanie (aka the Yarn Harlot)'s new book. She declares that if you love knitting, you will love knitting socks. Now, I tried my hand at knitting socks back in November and was not successful. I didn't give it much of a chance. (On top of that, I was using crummy needles and not so great yarn - I didn't really like it. I know there are people out there who like this particular brand of yarn but it's not my favorite and, no, I won't name names.) Anywho, I'm having a freakin' blast knitting this sock. When I finish the pair, I'll have to start on another pair or six. I want to knit some for my nephew because he's a baby and the socks will be nice and small. Got to knit some for Elena too. Mom wants some either purple or red, white and blue. We'll have to see how it goes.
Sometime soon I should be able to post pictures. The big computer is back but not connected to anything. Maybe later tonight.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

April is AUTISM Awareness Month

Maybe I've mentioned it before - my son has autism. Autism is a developmental disorder. People with autism look just like everyone else - usually. (Some, like my son, have an interesting sense of fashion. He likes dress shoes with green shorts or athletic pants. ) They are, on the whole, very attractive and extremely smart. Relating to other people is hard. My guy is pretty good about relating to me but not so much other family members. He does know who they are (usually - he mixes up three of my sisters) and he can ask whoever is around for what he wants and or needs. His verbal abilities have come a long way from when he started in school - when he was two and a half.
I'm posting about autism today because I saw a group of people at Walmart who were disabled. They were probably on a field trip to "practice" how to "be" at a store. I lost it. My poor Elena had to deal with mom breaking down again. Honestly, I didn't totally start crying but I did have tears in my eyes. I just don't want anyone to be horrible to anyone else - especially those who don't even know that people are being mean and awful to them. I just want to protect them all. Even this past week at church, I was distracted by a young man who has Asperger's which is a form of autism. He was being wonderful in church and I doubt anyone else paid much attention to him but he reminded me of my son.
I want to raise awareness of autism. The rate of incidence is something like 1 in 160 people. That's a huge increase from what it was. Maybe there will be more services for those with autism. My point is that there will be more and more people with autism and there ought to more awareness and acceptance.
I love my son more than I can explain. I love my daughter too. They really are great kids.

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Broken computer

We had to take our beloved computer, Sally, in to get fixed. I hate being without the computer. Thankfully we are able to use my laptop which usually works pretty okay. I can't psost any pictures until we get the other computer back. (I hope it's soon.)
I managed to knit a shawl for myself in some black yarn I had hanging around that I wanted to use up. It's a boring garter stitch shawl with an increase on every other end. I really like it for when I'm slightly chilly. My biggest problem is keeping the thing on. My next logical step was to work on a couple of ponchos. Ponchos may not be quite as "hot" as they once were but they do stay on better. I'm working on an asymmetrical poncho in really bright red heart yarn that I think Elena will wear and another that's two triangles with a hole in the middle for the head in some yarn called Pluto. I'm trying to use up my cheapy yarn so I can enhance my stash with the good stuff.
I was thinking of the Philosopher's Wool . . .

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Update

Wow - so it's been like two weeks since my last post and it barely had to do with knitting.
Here's the scoop:
I gave a recital this past Sunday and it went really well. In the days and weeks leading up to the recital, I had no brain power for anything else. Therefore, I knit a camera pouch for one of my sisters and started on a garter stitch shawl in boring black cheapy yarn I want to use up. The pouch is done but the shawl is not. Can you believe that I have two and a quarter sweaters still on the needles not done and I'm having trouble making myself finish them. One needs the sleeves finished, to be blocked, and to sewn together. Another needs the neckline done, the sleeves finished, blocking and making up. The quarter of a sweater has only the left front side partly done. Despite this, I am yearning to start a sweater for my daughter's sixth birthday, which is a mere six days away.
At the moment, I lack the inner fortitude to work on these sweaters.
I will though. Maybe I will hang out at the yarn store and knit there. It's always more fun there.