Down to the Wire

Saturday: Cast on for the Hello Yarn Top Down Bonnet for friend’s blessingway on Thursday.  Knit about 20 rows.

Sunday: Begin decreases. Realize that something is drastically wrong. Realize that even though you have knit this pattern before you have no idea why you can’t knit it now.

Monday: Boycott hat due to inability to figure out problem. Convince yourself you have plenty of time. Knit on a sock instead.

Tuesday: Decide you just need to rip out and start over. Realize that the entire problem was that you needed to cast on 36, figure 8 style. Instead of casting on 36, you wrapped the yarn 36 times, giving you twice as many stitches than needed. Wonder if you can possibly be any dumber than that, remind yourself you’re pregnant and chalk it up to wonky hormones. Start your taxes.

Wednesday: Knit, do taxes, knit, do taxes, knit, do taxes. Be pleased you are getting money back. Be unpleased at your lack of progress on the bonnet. Remind yourself you have all day Thursday.

Thursday: 9:30am:Get to preschool late, leaving you with less knitting time. Once home, have wired Knittykid insist on climbing all over you, making knitting nearly impossible.

11:30am:Run errand and pick up Little Man. Get Knittykid down for a nap and settle down for 2 solid hours of knitting.

1:30pm: Have Knittykid wake up after 30 minutes, crying that he needed “that!!!!” God only know what “that” is.  Take 20 minutes to figure out “that” is a Thomas the Train Leapad cartridge. Take Knittykid to rocker with cartridge and get stuck for an hour with a half asleep boy. Notice you need to be at the blessingway in three hours. Curse the snow.

3:30: Crazy fast knitting. Be thankful boys are actually hanging out quietly.

4:00: Make it to the I-cord. Realize you still have to make a pasta dish to take along and you need to leave at 5:15.

4:10: Break up first real fight between boys over a Jr. Scrabble game. Have a hard time not cheering  Knittykid on when he finally decides to retaliate from being pushed over by punching Little Man and pulling his hair. Decide to intervene when Little Man attempts to sit on Knittykid’s head. Wonder what it will be like when they are in middle school.

4:20: Bind off final i-cord, weave in ends.

4:30: Steam block hat, throw together world’s fasted and yummiest pasta dish. Manage to do dishes and put on clean clothes.

5:30: Run out door, amazed that everything is finished and the hat actually looks good.

6:30: Help to host beautiful blessingway, have a great time and know friend will have a beautiful birth. Friend loved hat and knows you well enough to take a blog photo with a promise to e-mail it to you.

11:15: Realize this is a really long post and wonder who, aside from your mother, will actually read the entire thing. Decide enough is enough and go to bed.

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16 responses to “Down to the Wire

  1. Amy

    If you really want to know what Little Man and Knitty Kid will be like in middle school, I can certainly tell you. I just think you probably don’t really want to know.
    Signed, mother of a high schooler and a middle schooler

  2. Guinifer

    Not only did I read the whole thing, I clicked over to the recipe. Num. Also – sounds like a good week. You kept your sanity.

  3. I read it! 🙂 Whew! I wasn’t sure how it was all going to turn out. 😉

  4. I read it all! Knitting and parenting, an endless adventure, huh?

  5. I am impressed at your speed knitting. my ‘putting off’ of knitting projects doesn’t usually turn out so well

  6. I love 4.10’s entry.

    Congrats on getting the hat finished in time!

  7. hurray for getting it all done!

  8. What can I say. I read the whole thing. At least you got everything done.

  9. Deep down, I knew you’d make it. But, half-way through, I was still kinda nervous about it. So glad it all got finished and with a pasta salad to boot!

  10. myhobbyisyarn

    I think everyone had a week like that! I don’t think the weather is helping either. way to pull it all together in the end! 🙂

  11. I’m sorry, I know I shouldn’t laugh, but that did make me giggle! Glad it all turned out well in the end.

  12. ali

    Sounds eerily familiar to… most of my weeks… um, yeah, enough said there.

    Thanks again for the Yarn Harlot tickets- fun evening, not-so-fun 2 hour drive home with next to zero visibility up here in no-man’s land… yikes- but I made it.

    So glad you finished the bonnet and the pasta in time, and that the evening was a success.

    Happy knitting-
    ali

  13. “Down to the wire” is right! I once finished a lap blanket for a friend’s wedding gift while we were actually driving to the wedding. Let’s hear it for Nutty Knitters! heehee.

  14. knittymama's mama

    I read the entire thing, smiling/laughing the entire time!

  15. Middle school? They’ll be ganging up on the baby by then ;o)

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