Monday, June 18, 2007

Remember me?

Greetings, and Dear Cynthia,

First, your fingerless "jaywalker" mitts are awesome!

Second, so sad about your Chibi. I would never have guessed that they aren't machine washable.....

Phew! Summer is here, and we spent last week on vacation. I brought along my "Travelling Companion" sock, and so I have some progress to show for it. This is hours and hours worth of knitting, in the car, in our cabin in the evenings, etc., shown with its already completed mate: It is a tedious pattern to knit, but it packs well (small) and I had no worries about running out of knitting. Now that I'm past the heel and working along the foot, it goes much faster, since the patterning is only on the top half. YAY! I'm ready to move on to a different style sock...

We went to a cabin in the Minnesota Woods, learning later that it is one of the areas in the state in which the deer ticks (those that transmit Lyme disease) are the most densely populated. On the first day of our trip, we went to the pharmacy because my little guy had a sore bottom, and I hadn't packed any sort of ointments. On the second day of our trip, we went to the pharmacy, because both little guys were covered with mosquito bites. On the third day of the trip, I think we didn't go to any pharmacies. On the fourth day of the trip, we bought a first aid kit in order to clean/remove a splinter. In spite of having scratches and mosquito bites all over, both boys said that they like Minnesota a lot more than Wisconsin and they want to stay there for 20 weeks. I guess that means that we had a great trip.

Summer programming officially begins today, with the boys going to Vacation Bible School for the mornings. I'm going to be taking a class this summer (four credits in six weeks), and am a little bit concerned about the intensity level of it, so I'm trying to "work ahead" in the house in order to make things as easy as possible for the duration of the course. It's sort of like stocking up on paper products and putting meals in the freezer in anticipation of the birth of a child, because you know that first six weeks after you come home from the hospital is going to be a bit hectic.

However, I continue to have knitting projects lined up, and will share those with you as I go, though probably at a slower pace than usual.

I'd better go get some sun block on the boys. I think it is one of my least favorite things about summer, though I'm thankful for these disease preventive "technologies".

Have a great day! More soon!
Warm regards,
Laura (YarnThrower)


Designated Knitter said...

Welcome back! Glad you had a great trip. I think 20 weeks in a cabin in Minnesota sounds just fine!

Your socks look great! Down to the home stretch on those travelers.

Elizabeth said...

Good to have you back. Funny how many pharmacy trips one family can make!

About 7 years ago I bought a plastic box with a snap on lid that has a handle and wrote First Aid on it with a Sharpie marker. We keep all the things we seem to need when we camp inside. Tweezers, bandaids, topical benadryl, gauze pads, adhesive tape, neosporin, ace bandage. It's nice to have it all easy to toss in the car when we pack.

The socks look great.

BTW, if you took up Pickin' you would find those knit and purl patterns much less tedious. ;-)

Elaine said...

sweet socks! love the colorway. just can't seem to get enough of that colorway. :o)
and way to go on taking the computer programming class! you rock! and slap on an extra layer of sunblock for yourself too! :o) can't be too safe, right?!

Sus said...

Glad you had fun on your trip! I have an aversion to too much nature, myself, but I hear some people think it's really swell. Good thing there was a pharmacy nearby -- glad you didn't need it for anything more serious. The socks look great! And good luck with your class. Just think how great you'll feel when both the sock and the class are over!! :)