Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Code F-21. What the hell? Ever sucked on a water hose to try to drain a pool? Well, apply that method and the is me sucking on the end of a the drain tube trying to unclog the stupid washer.
Ah, but this is time well spent. Wearing my kids out so I can tuck them in under my latest quilt. It's pretty, isn't it? The quilt. Baby girl is always pretty.
Saturday, May 28, 2011
Sitting on the bank yields catfish.
Sitting with James yields a lesson in compound words.
Wednesday, May 25, 2011
You could google Handy Hooker, but if you do that enough times your IT department might come looking.
One easy way I connected to readers was through NetworkBlogs on Facebook. That connection is no longer viable. It may resurrect itself at a later date, but my FB is gone for now.
What I have done to make sure you are able to continue to read my blog on an easy accessible basis, is added an email subscription to my side bar.
Look to your right...see it? Well, fill it out and my handy dandy little old blog will pop right into your email every time I post.
If you've been following me for long, you know I post pretty regular, but I don't bomb the blog world just to fill space. If I've got nothing worthwhile to say, I don't blog.
I twitter. Find me on twitter rottnluck.
Another way to keep in touch is through my Etsy shop, which currently does not have anything. But ties into a big reason why I no longer have FB. FB is a time suck. Time I need to spend knitting, crocheting, tie quilting and continuing to learn and know my kids. Kids come first and beyond the Zuma addiction, I really don't miss FB. I miss my friends, but it is hopeful they will find me here, on Twitter, on Ravelry (saraOH) or even Flickr (rottnluck01).
This ends this Handy Hooker public service announcement. Keep on hooking!!!
Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
It took some begging and wheedling for me to convince Jesse to put it on for a short photo op.
While I think she likes it, she was reluctant to commit to wearing the hoodie. She says, "I'll think about it."
She has yet to wear anything I've made her on a regular basis. The pattern had some interesting features and one is this occipital bone increase for the back of the hoodie. Typically hoodies are made by knitting a long rectangular stripe and then sewing a seam down the top of the head. This hoodie was made by adding the back increases for the curve of the back of the head while making the sides. Then making a panel for the top of the head. It results in a nice hoodie. I just need to figure out how to get rid of the points at the seams.
The heart pattern is adorable and repeated on the hood as well as the body of the hoodie.
What I do like about the hoodie, is how it lays when it isn't pulled up. Bonus points for this pattern for having this flat hoodie that lays well.
Overall, I'm really pleased with the pattern. Below I've made my notes on how I will modify this pattern. It was published in Creative Knitting magazine, Child's Play, Designs for Tots to Tweens, Spring 2011 Edition. I purchased my copy at Kroger and paid $9.99.
What I love about the magazine was the usefulness of the patterns. Tots to Tweens is a lot of usage out of one pattern. With growing kids, it is vital to have versatile patterns that will grow with my kids. I made this hoodie in a Size 6 and I suspect Jesse will outgrow it quickly.
Here are my modifications for my next project:
Circular needle pattern for All Heart Hoodie
Back and Front worked in the round
Caron Spa yarn, using a size 8 16” or 24” circular needle for Girls Size 6
Cast on 108 stitches. Join in the round without twisting.
Place marker at beginning of join and place marker at stitch number 54 to indicate front and back.
Work Knit 2, Purl 2 for 1.75 inches, ending with row that increases 1 stitch at beginning of row and increase 1 stitch at stitch 54. (55 stitches front and back, 110 stitches total)
[Work Rows 1-4 of Horizontal Lace] 4 times.
Horizontal Lace (multiple of 2 sts + 1)
Row 1: knit across
Row 2: purl across
Row 3: knit across
Row 4: k2,*yo, ssk; rep from * to last st, end k1
Repeat Rows 1-4 for pattern
Knit 1 row, purl next row, knit 1 row, increase 12 stitches evenly on last row (61 stitches front and back, 122 stitches total)
Set up row: *Knit 4, place marker, k15, place marker; rep from * twice more, end with k4 and repeat for back. (total of 6 k15 sections for front and back)
Follow pattern for heart panel except knit all even numbered rows.
I suggest skipping the shape armholes. For my hoodie it left a funky point at the underarm. Work St st up front and back until measures bottom of arm. Place front stitches or back stitches on holder and work front or back. Back will measure 16 inches in St st until shape neckline. Front will measure 13.75 stitches until shape neck. Follow pattern for the shape neckline on back and shape neck on front.
Add armhole trim.
Follow pattern, except for length, make hood 7 inches before binding off to work center panel
These are my modifications for the next pattern. Overall, great pattern, I hate seams, so as seamless as possible is preferable.
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Last night, inspiration hit. I originally planned on making a scarf for the teacher, but no yarn or pattern jumped out at me and I was floundering trying to come up with the perfect teacher appreciation gift. I actually tossed a skein in a box and muttered to myself, "I guess I'll bite the bullet and get her a gift card." Which made me sad and mad at myself. I'm clever. I have tons of yarn. Tons of patterns. Yet nothing wanted to be Mrs. F's gift.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
On April 28, 2011, Jesse was evaluated by Mrs. B for the kindergarten registration at Whoville Elementary.
Based on Jesse’s evaluation, she recommended Jesse be placed in Young 5’s.
One, Jesse had spent an entire school year, 3 days a week, attending preschool at Whoville Baptist Church. Despite the time and attention at pre-school, Jesse has not thrived. This information was related to Mrs. B.
Second: Based on Jesse’s poor performance in pre-school and despite the fact we had her hearing tested in late 2008 and it was normal at the time, we suspected her hearing may be affecting her performance at pre-school. On April 22, 2011, we had Jesse’s hearing evaluated at Dayton Children’s audiologist. Jesse was recommended for bilateral hearing aids. This information was also related to Mrs. B.
Jesse is a bright child. She crochets, paints, writes her letters and numbers, fishes, baits her own hook, and has great agility. Her hearing loss does affect her ability to distinguish sounds, follow directions, and understand subtle distinguishing characteristics of the spoken and unspoken English language.
If we thought for one moment that Jesse doesn’t have the ability to focus on seat work and needs time to “mature”, we would agree to the Young 5’s. Based on the activities we see her do, that are not quantified in the kindergarten evaluation, she is ready and able to attend full day kindergarten. The full day is the best option for her because it will give her the extra time she needs in the classroom to stay on track academically. Her hearing loss puts her at a serious disadvantage.
For the past 30 years or more there has been a family member from our immediate family attending Whoville local schools. We, as parents and alumni, know the staff and the facility have the ability and the means to ensure our child does not “get left behind”. Please advise if the request for placement into full day kindergarten for Jesse has been approved.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
Last week we went to the ENT at Children's. The audiologist explained to me that a visit to the ENT was necessary to make sure Jesse could wear the hearing aids. The doctor would check to make sure there was no physical impediment to her wearing hearing aids.
If I say "wear hearing aids" enough times, maybe it will dull the sharp pain I feel every time I say it.
The reactions I received from family about Jesse's hearing were the following: From my side it was a "Well, we aren't surprised. Just let us know how it goes. She will be fine." From Jon's side of the family it was, "The test is wrong. Jesse can hear just fine.".
As the mom, the second reaction surprised and pissed me off. This is a journey that is all about Jesse. What can we do to help Jesse? What support does Jesse need? Do we need to modify how we talk to her, IE. make sure we are always facing her when we speak to her? Do we gather more patience and not lose it when she "doesn't listen"?
So, I snapped at my husband and my MIL for their reaction. My husband swallowed it and quickly got on board with me. Seriously, I'm in full mommy mode, my child needs help and we are going to get her the best and most help as quickly as possible so she doesn't fall behind. My MIL wasn't so gracious and it made her cry. To which, the result is I'm ungrateful for all she does. Love her, but totally not the family drama I need or want at this point. Get on board, corral the horses and let's get Jesse on the path so that she succeeds despite her disability.
Hearing loss not only affects how well children do academically, it also affects their social learning. As an adult and the issues I've had because the learning curve on the social aspect was so steep, well, these are issues I'd prefer my baby girl not have to deal with. Early intervention, familial support and lots and lots of love will make the difference for her in the social arena. The academic part of the equation will come along just fine as long as we are able to fit her with a great teacher and learning environment.
Which at this point is still questionable. Jesse tested really low for her kindergarten screening. I've requested the school assign her to the all-day kindergarten program so that she may get the attention and put in the extra time she will need to stay on track academically. If this doesn't work out, then we will enroll her in a Christian school program. If that doesn't work, then well, that will mean a lifestyle change because she will need home schooled.
I haven't even mentioned the words home school to Jon. He scoffs at the idea. But we may have a child that will benefit from it and we need to plan accordingly.
The visit to the ENT did NOT go as I expected. Jesse was referred to have genetic testing and a CT scan. I thought you only got CT scans when something is seriously wrong. I mean, this is just hearing loss. Her family history is pretty riddled with partially deaf people. Why the CT scan? The doctor states that because her hearing loss was so sudden (she was tested in 2008 and had normal hearing and she passed the infant hearing test at the hospital prior to her release after being born), he wants to make sure that there isn't anything else going on.
I'm not speaking the name of the big scary thing that could possibly be wrong with her. I'm believing it is exactly what it is in all of us kids, genetic hearing loss.
Good thoughts and prayers as Jesse navigates her journey. She was a trooper for the genetic testing blood draw, let's pray she does fine for the CT scan.
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Every person I have ever met feels deep down that if the world really knew them, if the world really knew what they were thinking or how they felt or about the mistakes they have made, if someone really found out the deepest, most true things about you, or if your inner self was allowed to make calls out, then all those people wouldn't love you. They couldn't love you really. This feeling is the reason philosophers and religious leaders, mentors and mothers have been telling their lambs forever that it doesn't matter what you think. It is only what you do that matters. It is enough to do the right thing, or a good thing, no matter what you are thinking, and the message the knitting sends to that inner voice in your head is a simple one: "You are competent. You are doing the right thing. You are doing it over and over and over again. You are not making a mistake, and if you do, there is a way out. Good job. Also, great socks. You're lucky to have 'em." And when you hear that, it can resonate and grow through you, and maybe, if you knit enough stitches in a row with that level of clear skill? Maybe the cover of Cosmo won't matter to you so much, and you'll tell your husband that it's his damn time to do the dishes because fair is fair and you're worth it. Or not.
Personal growth through the actual growth of knitting. It's proof. It is tiny but real accomplishment, it is order out of chaos, it is usefulness drawn out of string. This is a small power, but one that you have, and as long as you are knitting, you can tell that inner voice to stuff a sock in it.
I've been knitting a few years now. The leaps and bounds I've matured in my technique, skills and projects have been surprising to me. Even more surprising is my level of patience has increased. Not patience for stupid, whining or negativity, when in fact I have an even lower tolerance for those things the last few years. No, where my patience has really been noticeable is in the ability to hold my tongue. I've refrained from saying things, shared less, and accepted things said to me. Then I let those things percolate and I think before I speak. Maybe some of you were born with natural filters, I wasn't. I say what is on my mind and usually the recipient dislikes the manner and method of my delivery.
Maybe it doesn't make any sense. I'm the only one that spends time in my own head. It is a challenge to put others first, figure out what motivates them, live life so others have it better than me. There was a day back when I first started this blog, when I realized I needed to find me. What defines me? The time spent knitting each little stitch puts me inside my head, it is time spent praying for others, it is time that puts a little peace in my soul.
I've done things in the name of what is right that has earned me the label of "black sheep" or "being on the shit list" or "abuser" among family. So, it isn't a wonder that I seek solace in the stitches. The peace, the affirmation that I am indeed OK.
What gives you peace? What affirms you are indeed OK?
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Monday, May 9, 2011
James pooped out fishing long before all the other kids. "I wanna fish for catfish!" wah wah wah. Unfortunately for everybody there, I was along on the fishing expedition which pretty much guaranteed no fish would be caught. The bad fishing juju force is strong with me.
Friday, May 6, 2011
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
My morning started out with the toilet over flowing. Nothing like seeing a man jump out of bed and run to the bathroom and then try to plunger the toilet buck naked. Towels were flying everywhere.
Got James and Jesse off to school. Before that, though, I checked James school folder. He had gotten a yellow while I was gone. I asked him why because the note said "hit a child because he had his head resting on the table" with a side note that said "I know he is a good kid. He just hits or pushes before he thinks! We keep talking about other ways to solve his problems. :)".
Have to say James kindergarten teacher is the kindest most patient, firmest, most understanding teacher. I couldn't have asked for a better fit for James.
James and I talked. He had his version of the story, but the end of the story is James needs to think before he acts.
I suspected that a large part of the story was James was cranky from the night before. Jon told him they would go fishing Thursday night to catch blue gill because Jon was going fishing Friday for catfish. Bad call on Jon's part because James had the epic of epicest meltdowns about missing out on a catfish fishing trip. Especially the first one of the year.
"You're suppose to take me ALWAYS!"
So, I'm sure James was pretty short tempered and surly on Monday. We all have those days.
Today was one of them for me.
It has just been one of those Day After Vacation days where not too much goes absolutely right and not too much goes absolutely wrong but everything feels out of sync.
It actually feels like a Monday.
Hope all is well with you and yours. I finished up a capelet in Iowa. Super excited to show you, but I need to block it out so it will fit better. Dee boobies are bigger than I thought or I have more back fat than I realized.