Sunday, June 01, 2008

k-brow: finito!


The stripey socks, they are finished. Mindless knitting, with Austermann Step in the color "laub," on #1 addi circular needles. Stockinette at its best. These are for my sister, simply because she was audacious enough to ask for them in a blog comment, many moons ago.

Little else going on here at Chez Nuuanu Estate. Dry, sunny and windy is a welcome change from hot, hazy and humid, I assure you. I've been baking more bread, working longer hours, in preparation for school's end, and letting the house go. meh. I'll catch up in a week, for that's all we have left of this school year. The funding for my reading resource job dried up, as our school's enrollment dropped. Thus, I become a classroom teacher, once more - 5th grade this time. A far and welcome cry from Kindergarten, let me tell you. Now I've got sex ed, drug n' alcohol ed, (thank the Goddess for DARE - the national program for this aspect of my job) number theory, the American Revolution, and major forays into the Scientific Method to occupy my mind. Fortunately, I've met the students, and really like them. High hopes for a fun year, and no real designs on becoming a forever 5th grade teacher, at this point. Who knows?

Summer beckons seductively, with beaching, an agility trial for Ms. Ella, a renewed determination to get some sweaters off the needles, and a long visit back East with familly. My dad fell and broke his pelvis a couple of weeks ago, and is in a long-term rehab/convalescent facility while he recuperates. At 80, this is a serious injury, and we're looking at probably 30 - 60 days in the place. He was diagnosed, last year with myeleofibrosis which has left him anemic, weak and achey, though he's responded really well to recent blood transfusions. My sis and I are going to try and work some things out with my mom about getting some household help for her, and in-house care for my dad, if that's needed. Our mom is a can-do type who often bites off more than she can chew, and doesn't always consider her own physical limitations.

Meanwhile, since I'm looking at a long boring plane ride to Roanoke, VA, I couldn't resist setting up a little travel knitting...

What can be done with plenty o' Koigu in 2 different colorways? All this Koigu, by the way, has been ripped from failed socks, in my now-abandoned attempt to break the Koigu curse that haunts me. I LOVE this yarn, its scrunchiness, its "dry" feeling, the lucious colorways. But I have yet to knit it into a pair of socks that doth please me. Fortunately, it's not a troublesome yarn to frog out, and I have a feeling its new incarnation will be the pleasing antidote to my sock woes.

11 comments:

anonymous said...

Your socks are beautiful!

I'm so sorry to hear about your father! When are you leaving for VA? I hope you'll still be in HI when I get back for sushi!

Opal said...

oops! i don't know how i got logged on anonymously! but that comment was from me. :)

Pam! said...

sorry to hear about Dad ... when are you due in town?
Hope your trip is safe.

Disenfranchised Knitter said...

Hi Woman,

As you know, I and Curtis are here to provide any relaxation or advice on medical care in the 21st century. I have had a lot of contact with it recently and can provide concrete methods or just laugh sarcartically when necessary. My grandfather's funeral is June 14, but I may resurface on the blog before then. In the meantime, make balls, celebrate 5th graders and go to beach. Curtis swam happily in DC's sewer runoff today on Rock Creek Park. Love Lucy

Robin said...

Sorry to hear about your Dad...will you be able to visit with us this Thursday night? (KnitNight?)

Mokihana said...

Great looking socks!! I am so sorry to hear about your dad...not easy trying to recuperate at that age, and not being home where I know he'd like to be.

Sure wish I could go beach with you!

LA said...

OUCH! Poor dad. Hope he mends well. Good luck getting your mom to agree to some help, it's important to have support but moms aren't always easy to convince of this.

The socks are wicked cool! ~LA

Moon said...

Im sorry about your dad.... ;0(
My grandmother always tells me "getting old aint for sissies"...she's right. sigh.
Lets get together and knit dahling....
Do u have my number? I'll e it to you..xo me

Moon said...

here it is...753-4595

Chelsea said...

Love the stripes! Is that the yarn with aloe in it?

Acornbud said...

I bet your folks will appreciate the visit and support. Hope to see you tomorrow.