One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady


May 15th, 2008 · 13 Comments

Sorry for the sustained silence.  It has been a somewhat rough week. 

Tuesday morning, before the alarm clock, I was awakened by the combined sounds of the croup and gagging, paired with a little crying.¬† Mommy-superhero lept out of bed and went a-running.¬† I found Kat sitting on the edge of her bed and had my hand in position just in time.¬† I shall spare the messy details.¬† I took her immediately to my bathroom where I ran the shower on HOT but for a change the steam didn’t ease her breathing.¬† I popped sweaters on both of us and went for the other option:¬† outside and cold air.¬†¬† A little better but sadly she started crying, which resulting in coughing, gagging and more mess.¬† Poor little thing.

Since then she’s been running a fever on and off.¬†¬† The dosage of children’s motrin is enough to bring it down for long enough that I don’t have to do the magic cocktail of alternating it with tylenol.¬† But I’m concerned that this is the second time she’s had the croup since August.¬† (I knew she had it before but couldn’t remember when.¬† A coworker remembered her – actually both the twins did – having it shortly after I started.)¬† There is a family history of asthma, including mom who has it very badly.

Today is actually my first day going into the office.¬† I’d been working remotely so I could stay with my little girl.¬† I just had to go in today, but never fear, she’s been fever free (knock wood) since early yesterday and was playing a board game with mom the last time I called.

Needless to say I haven’t had much time for the old crafting hobbies. The wheel(s) have been untouched since Sunday.¬† The knitting has been idle for longer.¬† The last bit of knitting I remembered doing before this morning, was Friday evening on the way home.¬† I’m a few inches short of the toe on the first of the Uzume socks.¬† I love the pattern.¬† I’d highly recommend it as a great lace sock.¬† There’s only 3 rows to remember, everything else is a straight knit.¬† Awesome.¬† I now find that a simple pattern like that, or even Monkey or Hedera, can make socks fly.¬† Not sure why.¬† There are the same number of rows in a plain sock, but they just seem to go faster, even with the manipulation.¬† Or is it that you can see more progress?¬† Whatever it is I might just pull out one of my stitch bibles and start designing my own simple lace socks.

To prevent this from being a completely pictureless post, I took this shot of Sara this weekend.¬† I discovered the ISO setting on my Rebel XT.¬† I forgot how much I love that camera!¬† You can see how her coat is coming back in.¬† She’s got the guard hair, it is the undercoat that is almost entirely missing still.¬† Funny cat.¬†


(Click to embiggen as always.)


Craft on!

Tags: Family

13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Kathy // May 15, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    I’m glad to read she’s on the mend. Poor little sweetie. Hope you are okay too — not fun with a sick one.

  • 2 Rachel H // May 15, 2008 at 1:14 pm

    I’m sorry your wee girl is so sick. Not fun.

  • 3 Kim // May 15, 2008 at 2:49 pm

    Poor Kat. Glad she is on the mend. Last time Liam had the croup I stuck his head in the freezer. That sounds very strange but you know what I mean. Sara is a gorgeous model. The camera loves her.

  • 4 --Deb // May 15, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    Oh, poor Kat!

    (I don’t know that you should listen to Kim, though–that freezer thing sounds kind of violent.)

  • 5 Chris // May 15, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Poor little Kat! But I did get a kick out of Kim’s response. Brings back memories. You should have seen my mom’s face when I told her my daughter just needed some time in the freezer!

  • 6 Maryellen // May 16, 2008 at 10:59 am

    I hope your little girl feels better soon.

  • 7 Nancy // May 16, 2008 at 12:27 pm

    The sound of a croup cough just goes right to your heart. I’m glad to hear she’s feeling better. Hope you both have a restful weekend!

  • 8 Janette // May 16, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Oh yeah, we’ve got the gagging cough thing going on this week, too. Hope she’s better and she doesn’t share it with Alex.

  • 9 Elsie // May 16, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    I hope Kat is on the mend now!

  • 10 Kris // May 16, 2008 at 8:50 pm

    Poor Kat! Rotten croup — and when you described the cough, memories came flooding back… If it’s any consolation, my first son was a chronic sufferer when he was little. He is almost 13 now and has completely outgrown it, with no sign of any related ailment, though it is definitely something to keep your eye on. Good idea to keep track of the incidents.

  • 11 JessaLu // May 17, 2008 at 10:35 am

    oh no! I hope she’s better…

  • 12 Ina // May 17, 2008 at 8:52 pm

    I hope Kat is feeling better and breathing easier!

    Lace really does seem to make a sock go quicker. Must try Uzume – yours is gorgeous.

  • 13 Laurie // May 19, 2008 at 5:19 am

    Poor little thing! Glad she is feeling better now.