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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Skiing towards the finish!


I've made it past the skier on the Nordic Skier Hat and I'm spending less time staring at it. I've actually only got a few more rounds before I start the decreases for the top of the hat, so I think that there is a distinct possibility that it will be finished this Winter! It desperately needs a good blocking and I'm really hoping that will smooth it out. Stranded knitting can be a bit scary that way with the wondering if you got the stranding part of it right and the not really being able to tell completely until you get the thing all finished and blocked. Oh, the drama!

I'm going to skip blogging tomorrow and I may or may not be able to blog the rest of the week. A certain little boy is turning 7 tomorrow and there is much dropping off of cupcakes to school, picking up of cake, picking up of balloons, wrestling balloons into car, getting balloons out of car and into house, possible second balloon run if the first balloons meet up with disaster, possible more wrestling with balloons, wrapping, singing and surprising to be done. If it seems like a large portion of the day will be devoted to balloon management, that's because it will - Caleb is a balloon addict and cannot have a birthday without balloons. He got his first balloon at the young age of 14 months and while he was ecstatic when he was pulling the balloon down towards himself, if he got confused and went the other way with the string, he would burst into tears and throw a fit. We decided 14 months old was too young for the emotional responsibilities of balloon ownership. He handled it much better at 18 months and has had balloons ever since. The kid can tell you without thinking which grocery stores and restaurants have balloons that they give out for free. (After re-reading this paragraph I just realized that I have never typed the word "balloon" so much in all my life.)

Thursday will be spent taking care of last minute things that can't be done with Caleb and Friday is his class Christmas party. I'll try to pop in one of those days, but no guarantees.



Blogger Barbara-Kay said...

Ooh, such knitting! I understand why you gaze at it!

Good luck with the balloons. I am aware that they change significantly with temperature variation. They may seem "shrunken" in the cold air, but I believe they will perk up again in your house.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Local Egg said...

I go to Trade Joe's way more than I did befor my daughter discovered balloons! At 19 months she's absolutely obsessed.

10:11 AM  
Blogger Krystal said...

I love that hat! So cute. Happy Birthday to Caleb!

11:19 AM  
Blogger Geek Knitter said...

The hat's gorgeous!

Happy Balloon Day to your wee fella!

Any chance of pictures of the baloon wrangling?

11:45 AM  
Blogger Vanessa said...

Hat is gorgeous! Great work! I am sure it will be just fine after blocking. You are a terrific knitter.
My son also has a birthday tomorrow - he will be 11 yrs old and his brother is 15 months older than him. He turned 12 in Sept. Our youngest was a surprise baby but a joy to have. He is the life of the party.
Vanessa in Upstate NY

1:32 PM  
Blogger Suzanne said...

I always enjoy hearing about your 'caleb,' brings back memories...my 'caleb' will be 18 yrs old next month. And in the blink of an eye...yours will also. Merry Christmas Melanie.

6:34 PM  
Blogger Sherie said...

Happy Birthday Caleb!!!!

9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Delurking, to say thanks for such good blogging. I have enjoyed reading it for the past few months. Have a lovely birthday with the boy child and a wonderful Christmas.

11:28 PM  

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