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I was worried that my adjustments to the leaf cardigan would result in insufficient string supply, so I scarfed up another skein via the internet (ahem, *not* on sale, but not retail, either) and then ended up with that full skein plus the rest of the contrasting color. What to do with it? There wasn’t enough for a matching sweater for her mom. There was too much to waste on just a hat.

So I browsed…. and browsed… and found the perfect pattern at Lion Brand. It was a freebie, to boot.

This was a quick and easy knit that I converted to knitting in the round until reaching the upper torso. I used up almost all of the yellow, and every single bit of the contrasting color. As in, I was being very careful to leave only the minimum amount of yarn to weave back in… and it was touch and go whether or not the top ties would be striped!

After I delivered it last Saturday, we went to the Portsmouth Market Day (drizzly, grey, but a good outing with the grandkids) where I saw another child (toddler) sporting an almost identical outfit. I may have started the poor child when I darted after her, touched the fiber, and asked her mom, “Did you knit this?” Fortunately the child forgave my rude behavior as her mom raved about the aunt who knit it.

I think I’ll knit another one!

My dentist does that. My dentist does that LITERALLY.

The teeth that were torn out (before they fell out) last January left me toothless on top. (picture a toothless hag witch with a big wart on her chin and nose… I did) I aided and abetted in this endeavor because I am a vain, shallow, female-of-a-certain-age who equates dentures and other dental appliances as a scarlet letter A branded in glowing letters on my face. Dentures and partial dentures were for OLD PEOPLE (and ugly hag witches). *I* am not an ‘old people’ (I keep telling myself) (shut up lotions, potions, creams, and retinol-A infused emollients overflowing my bathroom cabinet… silence, I say!)

But I digress… ahem…

Toothless, yes, but only for a moment. They immediately screwed in a set of teeth. Yes, I said, screwed in. Let me tell you, a Black and Decker electric screwdriver in your mouth is a very strange sensation to feel (and hear).

The first set was horrible, even for temporary teeth. The compensation set was slightly better. Today I got to see the work-in-progress, final set of screw-in teeth for me.


They look… real! They look like my own teeth might have if I had proper dental care and orthodontics at a much earlier age. And whitening. And boatloads of cash.

But… they were the wax version, a preliminary fitting to make final adjustments with. My mouth and I had to let them go back to the factory so they can be replicated in something more durable than wax.

More screwing around in my mouth.

Dr. O is my dentist. My implants are on his Bucket List. We began talking about them over ten years ago and he wanted to make sure they were completed before he retired. Dr. O has been ready and able to retire anytime in the past five years… except for a few cases like my mouth.

As it is, I am in hock to the Tooth Fairy big time for the next 12 months. This is one of those ‘no interest’ loans that if you don’t pay it back in full at the end of 12 months, all the interest (and it is ENORMOUS interest) kicks in retroactively for the full amount. Ouch. Vain, yes, and I haven’t won the lottery yet. (drat! I do, too, buy tickets!)

So… I need to remain gainfully employed at least another year. I can’t retire for another seven years, but I need to stay employed for another year for the Tooth Fairy.

I think they know this.

Detail #1
Baby blankets, booties, and cardigans all take longer than you think they will. Knitted items are smaller, t’is true, but they still require fiddly bits prone to making ones fingers feel ogre-sized and ogre-clumsy.

Detail #2
Babies grow. No matter how impossibly small they start out, they get bigger very quickly.

Detail #2b
Knitting rarely ‘grows’ once completed. Shrinking is more likely.

Detail #3
Saving patterns for future use may require ‘adjustments’ because said infant did indeed, get bigger faster than the knitted apparel could be started completed. If the child on the cover of the totally cute pattern booklet looks to be about 12-ish months, it is reasonable to expect their patterns inside to be similarly sized. The front cover model surely wasn’t 3-6 months! (But the inside patterns maxed out at 6 months.)

The devil is in these details!

Fortunately, I was able to recognize the difficulty early on and make the needle sizes larger. Then I had to rip back 10 rows when I realized that the sleeves and bodice needed more depth to cover the child without pinning her arms back like a woman’s figurehead at the front of pirate ships of the 1800s in order to get it on.

Children I have known hated being dressed even when things went on easily. (They all do seem to enjoy stripping, however.) Better to adjust and go online to see if additional skeins (King Tut cotton in yellow #424) are available. They were (three times what I paid for the original skeins, but needs must when the devil drives, yes?).

Her body double is blue and doesn’t mind contortions:

She loves to preen but not so much into the photo flash in her face:

With a little help from her mom and tapping into her new-found standing skills, I got the front as well.

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