February 11th, 2010

FREE Pattern Thursday and Then Some

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It’s been quite the interesting week here.  There are lots of odds and ends to fill you in on so let’s just jump right in.

1.  On Monday, I showed the less graceful side of myself and managed to misstep leaving my neighbor’s house after a playdate and managed to achieve this:

That is my left foot wrapped in a splint.  The good news is (a) it’s not broken so I should be healed within a couple of weeks which is way better than 4-6 weeks in a cast had my foot been broken and (b) it’s my left foot so that means although I’m on crutches and walking and stairs are not much fun, I can still drive!  All in all I feel pretty uncoordinated but lucky.

2.  Yesterday the kids didn’t have school – snow day.  UMass closed, other local colleges closed.  WEBS was a ghost town.   Bet you think we got hit like the poor folks in the mid-Atlantic area.  Yeah – not so much.  For starters they were predicting 4″-8″ of snow.  Since when did that constitute UMass closing?  Hello, we live in New England folks.  We can handle 4″-8″ of snow blindfolded.  That doesn’t even constitute the thought of running to the grocery store or panicking that that 227 skeins of yarn in the stash might not be enough.  I think we’re getting soft.  In the end do you know what we got?  2″.  As of today it’s as if it never happened.  My driveway is clear, I can see more graass than snow in my yard.  To those of you in the Philly, Baltimore, DC area – hang in there!

3.  This week’s free pattern is a fave of mine.  It’s from a Berroco KnitBits from sometime last fall.  Avocet B is a lovely cardi knit in Ultra Alpaca - a store fave.

Isn’t it lovely?  This is such a sweater for me.  A gorgeous, feminine sweater, lovely shaping yet simple-ish knitting.    You know how those qualities in a garment tickle me to no end.  I should have probably made Avocet B my Olympic Knitting project but I have other plans.  (P.S.  Sorry for the small picture – I’ll fix it tomorrow – out of steam tonight).

4.  Lastly, a couple of family photos.  J2 recently celebrated his 9th birthday.  Given the proximity to the holidays and some family discussion, we’ve made the boys’ birthdays less about “gifts” and more about doing stuff together as a family &/or friends.  For the second year in a row, Jonathan opted for an overnight in Boston and Bruins game (I know – you are all STUNNED one of my boys would pick going to a hockey game. . . )

Of course there are the requisite souveniers:

And we always love when they share:

It was a great time all together and that’s really what it’s all about.

Tomorrow we’ll kick off the Winter Olympics and I will unveil my project(s) for the next 17 days.  Be ready to share yours too!

Kathy

  • mkbalmert

    Ouch! Hope you heal soon!

  • http://cafe-eclectic.net/ jennsquared

    I KNOW!! I live n the shoreline in CT and they predicted 12-15″. Day care was even closed!!!! We got total of 5″…

  • Trisha

    Well, I live in NJ and we got 14″ on top of 18″ in less than a week, so it was not good. I grew up in MA, went to UMASS, and have to say, you folks have bigger budgets for snow removal and you know how to drive in snow. Some folks around here don't even have snow shovels.

    Take care of that foot!

  • http://www.chappysmom.com/ –Deb

    Ouch, Kathy! You're not supposed to do that to yourself!

  • knit4girls

    All the best for a quick recovery! Let everyone take care of you.

  • amybel

    Well Kathy, ungraceful maybe but your toenails look terrific! I went to UMass about (mumble) years ago and seem to remember trudging through more than a few snowstorms. I couldn't agree with you more!

  • iknitalone

    I hope you feel better soon. We had the same panic here to the non existent storm.

  • Mary R

    Ouch! You were actually lucky — I fell in early January on the ice and actually broke my ankle in two places. Ended up having surgery to repair it and I'm still in the air cast for another three weeks.
    Enjoy your enforced knitting time while you elevate that ankle.

  • Lise

    The smiles couldn't get any bigger on the boys… speaking of which…the boys are getting so big…
    Now about that foot ! It is great that you can drive and I am with the “great time to catch up with your knitting” thoughts.. being limited and dependent just isn't easy for the” strong-willed” ” what do you mean I can't ?” people ! I should have known you had some Canadian blood in you..Can I interest you in a French Meat pie while you recoup?