Friday, January 26, 2007

New look

I finally got to swich my Blogger account from the old version to the newer one, so I decided to take the time to make some changes. Hopefully this new version will be more reliable than the old.

Hayden has been sick this week and my husband left for Boston on a business trip on Wednesday, so I've been in hell. Strep throat has been going around school like crazy, and he finally got it. Of course he can't tell me what exactly hurt or how he was feeling, so I had to play the guessing game and treat the whole thing like I did when he was a baby. Wednesday we went to the doctor and got checked out, and Thursday we had to go back to get a shot of antibiotic because he absolutely will not take medicine like everyone else. Believe me, I tried. I'm not going to go into what I did because I don't want to get blasted with comments made by people who don't understand what it's like to have an autistic child who refuses to take medicine, but he won and we ended up getting a shot. Wednesday night we got very little sleep - he dry heaved (but never threw up) from 10pm to 2am - but last night we slept for about 10 hours, so we feel much better. And he finally doesn't have a fever. I think he'll be able to go back to school on Monday and I can resume my normal life. I've had to cancel therapy appointments, massage appointments, horse-riding appointments, Spin classes (indoor cycling, not yarn), and shifts at work. I think getting back out will help me out of the funk I'm in. Right now I just might kick your ass if you say hello to me.

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Not a whole lot of knittin' goin' on

Gone are the days during which I'd knit for hours on end. Sad, but true. Fortunately I didn't turn into the crazy woman I am today before Christmas or Hayden's McTavish would've never gotten done. Lately I've been practically living at the YMCA - either teaching knitting classes, working on the wellness floor, doing fitness assessments, teaching cycling classes, or getting my own workouts in. It's starting to become nearly impossible for me to work out like a normal person at that Y, though - EVERYBODY wants to talk to me. Members want to talk to me about triathlon. Senior citizen ladies want to talk to me about knitting. Front desk people want to talk to me about who's doing what on the wellness floor because they know I'm organized and will know the answer. I go there to do my own workout and get finagled into working for 2 hours. I go there to do a workout that should take me 45 minutes but instead takes me an hour and a half because I'm constantly interrupted, even though I have iPod headphones on. My husband says I should just say that I can't talk, that I'm working out, but that's not me. The Bellevue YMCA Steph is very nice, very talkative, and willing to help out whenever. The REAL Steph is saying, "What's wrong with these motherf*ckers? Can't they see I'm working out? Why won't they leave me alone?!??" I guess I shouldn't complain too much. It's nice to be loved and needed. Maybe I should just invest in a Groucho Marx disguise.

Anyway, because I've been so busy, I haven't been doing much knitting. I'm working on the Equestrian Jacket from IK, and it took me 2 weeks to do one front. I love the pattern and I'm crazy for short-rows, but I just haven't had much time to pick it up. Pitiful. I had really wanted to get it done before we go to Austin mid-February (Mike's running the Austin Marathon, and I'm running the half), but the way things are going right now, that deadline is next to impossible.

Another reason I'm not knitting much is that what little spare time I have has been taken up by the National Strength and Conditioning Association's Essentials of Personal Training textbook. Yup - I'm working towards becoming a personal trainer. It's been a dream of mine for a long time, and I really think I'll be good at it. I'm registered to take the exam March 17th, so I've got a lot of studying to do in the next month and a half. Wish me luck!

Sunday, January 07, 2007

McTavish on Mister McSilly

Since the trend is to take pictures of your knitted socks while wearing high heels (a big no-no, according to him), I thought I'd give it a shot:

These are Hayden's socks I did on our Orlando trip. They fit him like a dream. After I took the first picture, he decided to start posing:

Then I took a full-body shot because I felt guilty about taking only feet pictures while he kept saying, "Cheese!"

Anyway, the socks are just simple stockinette stitch socks with a little 2x2 ribbing up top. I used the Regia sock yarn in a colorway PERFECT for Hayden - he wears tons of blue and red. They look oh-so-cute with his Crocs.

Going along with the Hayden theme, here's McTavish:

And the back:

I'm reblocking it as we speak because I didn't pick up enough stitches when I did the button band and it draws up a bit in the front. I think it's going to be cold this week, so he'll actually get to wear it. It's not my most favorite sweater of his that I've made, but like I said before, I'm damn glad that it's done.

I've got a couple more pictures that I had planned on sharing with you, but stupid Blogger is not cooperating, so maybe some other time. Right now I'm off to the shower so I can start what's going to be Day 1 of a very busy week - doctor's appointment, triathlon seminars, Spin classes, a knitting class, school meetings, study time, therapy, and my own workouts. Egads!

Thursday, January 04, 2007


I haven't posted in a while because I've been uber-busy. I'm still uber-busy, but I feel guilty for not posting, so I thought I'd do a quickie. What's been going on in the Honeycutt Household:

1. In case you were wondering, I did get Hayden's McTavish jacket done in time for Christmas. I will post pictures in the next couple of days. I meant to make it a little big so that it'll definitely last for at least another year, but somehow it fits him pretty well right now. Sh!t. Oh well - I hated working with that yarn so much that I was just glad to have the damn thing done. Real wool from Ireland is no joke, my friends. Working with it is not for the faint of heart. If this yarn were a human, I think he'd have a punk-rock attitude and yell, "WOOL!" with his fist pumped in the air. Every once in a while I'd have to put it down and touch the chemo hat I made out of Rowan Cashsoft for a friend's dad. Rowan Cashsoft became my Woobie for a couple of weeks.

2. Hayden's big Christmas present this year was YET ANOTHER trip to Disneyworld. Instead of flying this time, we drove, so I had 10 hours of guilt-free car knitting each way. I got my niece's hat, a pair of socks for Hayden, and part of a sleeve for a jacket for me done. I also developed a weird pain in the bend of my right elbow. Hmmm...couldn't possibly be the knititng. Anyway, we had fun in Orlando, but it was crowded. We were there Dec 29th through Jan 2nd, the busiest time to be at the Happiest Place on Earth. The Magic Kingdom got so full on New Year's Eve that when we tried to get in around noon, we were denied. We ended up spending the day with all of the other Magic Kingdom rejects at Disney Studios. Hayden loved meeting the characters and seeing the "Beauty and the Beast" production 3 times , and Mike and I got to ride Aerosmith's Rock n Roller Coaster and the Tower of Terror. (We had to ride them separately so that one of us could stay with Hayden. Believe me, riding a ride by yourself at Disneyworld gives you a bit of a Loser Complex.) Those rides KICK ASS.

And now I present to you the pictures I promised in a post almost a month ago:

This is my new niece Lucy (aka Squirt - she's a farter) in her Pea Pod Baby Cardi. We don't always prop our babies up on tables, but it seemed like a good idea at the time. The pattern is on IK's website. I used Debbie Bliss Cotton Cashmere, and I think it turned out great. We all decided that she looks good in the darker colors. I meant to give her the matching hat for Christmas and I could have had I not forgotten to pack my size 5 double pointed needles in my bag on our way to Memphis on Christmas day. My mother has an abundance of dpns, but being the sock-knitting snob that she is, the biggest she has are 3s. I got it done on the way to Orlando, though, and will put it in the mail tomorrow.

This is Hayden and his 2 huge front teeth with the guy who played Chad in the community theater production of "High School Musical" that we went to with my parents in the beginning of December. I wish the background weren't so dark so the bigness of Chad's 'fro was clearer. The picked-out 'fro was the closest this kid could get to the great mop of curls that Chad in the movie has. Anyway, it's a terrific picture - at least I think so. But I'm partial to both my son and black men. (And I'm married to the Whitest Man in America. Go figure.)