Le sigh. Today was a stretch, my mama heart feels bruised.
Brodie has been peaky for a week. Nothing specific, just off colour. My head told me it was just sniffles and my heart pushed me to make an appointment with the Doc just to check that he didn't have a terrible ear infection or something similar I was failing to get. I needed a qualified medic to put my fears to rest and concentrate on getting my boy well.
I had to pick him up early from nursery after taking Grier to gymnastics. He was very upset. I would be too if I was piloting a space ship and had to leave early for something as silly as an appointment. No amount of explaining and cajoling would do, he fought me every step of the way from nursery classroom to Dr's waiting room. After a 40 minute wait (every.single.time) the Dr confirmed it was a run of the mill virus cooked up in the soup of germs that is a nursery school.
An afternoon on the couch where Brodie was comfy and I got a lot of elbows to the kidneys and back of head to chin injuries as he insisted on being on my lap. His limbs are so long now, it's not always an easy fit. But how glad am I that my knee is the most comforting place he can imagine? Very. How happy am I to be the focus of all his difficult feelings? Not very, but I'm trying to embrace those as evidence that as his safe place, it's a warped privilege.
So that's me, that's where my head is. How are you?
Want to hear about a scarf I made? Here ya go........
This scarf is a bit dejavu for me. You see I've knitted it once already. But then I shrunk it in the washing machine and now it's a headband for someone with a very tiny head, tinkerbell perhaps? If she wintered somewhere really cold.
I wasn't happy with my first attempt anyway - it was too short to have the look I was really going for so it was perhaps one of those mistakes which makes you swear but really turns out for the best in the end. And I also learned to handwash handknits always, to save on the swearing and the cost of nice yarn.
I used this Rowan 100% merino wool yarn which I bought in Hobbycraft. They often have nice yarn in their 3 for 2 so you can save a bit - and you can mix and match too. It is super chunky and when used with large needles makes you feel a bit like a Borrower. It knits up so quickly and is satisfying to see it come together so quickly, but it does feel a bit strange to start with. I cast on a about 150 stitches I think and then just worked in seed stitch until I'd used up both balls of the yarn I had left. I sewed up the short ends and was left with a large loop.
Cast on an even number of sts.
Row 1: * K1, p1; rep from * to end of row.
Row 2: * P1, k1; rep from * to end of row.
Rep Rows 1 and 2 for pattern.
Since I've finished this a few weeks ago I've seen lots of them in the shops, both high and low end. Some acrylic ones and some with a bit of wool but nothing 100% like this is. You can wrap it as many times as you like - 2 for a slouch fit and 3 if you want it to be super snuggly around your neck.
This would make a great last minute present as it takes hardly anytime and would be a good first knitting project if you fancy dipping a toe in. Also your children can use the needles as lightsabres if you forget to put them away. Didn't happen obvs, I'm just imagining it could you know if you happen to leave them lolling about the sofa and hear the phrase 'lightsabre war' from the other room........