Yarn Along

Yarn Along time today…

First, lets tackle the easy part. The knitting you see is a pattern I’m working on, basically a pair of ribbed leg warmers with a traditional stitch pattern set into the front. I’m hoping to write it up if I ever get them finished. I’m thinking these will look stellar with a pair of red tights underneath them!


Now the hard part. I’ve been writing a lot more lately about the state of our household. Obviously, we’ve been struggling and it’s been a tough year. I  think it is important to share struggles. While I love blogging for inspiration, the mother blogosphere is much too heavy on the “Look at my great life!” side and with not enough of us who admit, “this is hard, my house is a mess and my kids are crying all day long.” You all know I try to keep it real around here!

But I also respect my boys’ need of privacy,  my husband’s need of privacy, which is why you rarely see a face or a real name.  I’d like to be able to share (because I know it is helpful for many of you) but I also need to respect that my children will be grown-ups someday and might not like me putting every detail of their life out there for all to see. So I’ll just announce it like this: as of January this month, we are now an Aspergers family. Tough news, but good news because now we know what needs to happen to get life back on track for this sweet young man, as well as the rest of our family.

I don’t plan on switching up my blog too much…I like the knitting/sewing/spinning/family life balance that I’ve got going on here. But I also want to share if I’ve found anything particular that I think is interesting or helpful, and I also want to be an advocate for those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder. I think there is a great deal we can all learn!

And thank you to all of my readers who have kept reading. I appreciate the support and comments, especially when I have been having a rough week. I want this blog to be a positive place, so I try hard not to get too much on the “this is so hard!” side of it. And I promise to keep up the knitting and sewing around here too! I have some exciting things planned…



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7 responses to “Yarn Along

  1. Having answers, which enables you to take action is a huge relief, I’m sure. Always enjoy everything you have to share!

  2. As someone who’s just realized in the past few years that I have Aspergers, I think finding out about your son early has got to be a good thing for him.

  3. I found you today through the Yarn Along. From a mom with a daughter on the Spectrum I just wanted to reach out with a virtual hug for support. It is hard getting the diagnosis but such a relief to have answers. Good luck to you and your family as you begin to travel this road you have in front of you. xoxo

    p.s. I think the leg warmers will look awesome under red tights! 🙂

  4. Having a name for behaviour helps to find solutions and work arounds for that behaviour. I hope things settle down for you all soon.

  5. All the best to you and your family. I think a diagnosis can only be good, though it must have also been very, very tough. I hope it will allow you to identify and cope with issues in the future!

  6. I understand what you mean about not talking about problems too much on your blog. We are going through a tough time and I try not to talk about it too much on the blog as I want to keep it a positive happy place but sometimes life does have its impact. I hope that you get lots of support and have someone to talk honestly to.

  7. Just doing a little reading on the subject (Listening to NPR and author John Elder Robison “Raising Cubby: A Father and Son’s Adventures with Asperger’s, Trains, Tractors, and High Explosives “) and found this interesting website – http://www.wrongplanet.net – about autism and Asperger’s. Lots of good info.

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