Reading While Knitting

Nothing complicated; nothing too exciting, but yes, I do knit while I read. As well as during many other domestic activities.

Monday, January 29, 2007

What a day and sweater update

After doing all of our Monday morning cleaning, breakfasting, second breakfasting, and little ones' schoolwork, Thing 1 and I sat down to knock out a couple rounds from her spelling book.

I had asked her to bring her book into the kitchen so I could multitask and wipe counters down while we pondered the spelling of words like "seamstress." The stepstool was a perfect place for her, the stove for the book. As she wrote, she suddenly said, "Ouch!" I looked at her, and she shrugged, and then said, "Ouch!"

Further investigation revealed that she had slipped getting off of her bunk bed this morning, hanging unexpectedly by one arm. Further further investigation revealed that her collarbone had a definite sore spot on it. I looked up "symptoms of broken collarbone," and read enough to suggest that I'd feel more confident if our doctor, the Greatest Pediatrician in the World, took a look at it.

Joy, joy! He had an opening and I had already engaged the services of my Wonderful Sister for babysitting as -- get this -- Thing 1 already had a dentist appointment for a cavity filling. Sister could come earlier.

Off we went, knitting in tow. GPW said he'd feel better with x-rays, fitted her with a sling, and sent us off. Fortunately our local hospital embodies many of the good things about small town hospitals, and our wait was very short. She looked very small and vulnerable on that table, and I said a little prayer of thanksgiving that my kids are so ferociously healthy most of the time.

Off to a quick lunch, to the dentist, who is also pretty wonderful, and Thing 1 was ready for a nap. I think my sister was ready for a break, too.

Good news! The collarbone isn't broken -- probaby a strain from the slip. And I got a few more inches done on the second sweater of the year.

Of course, there's no guarantee that Thing 3 will ever wear this orangey goodness -- I'm learning to let go of expectations. It did go to the zoo with him and his sisters last week, where it began a campaign of copying him:

The stick insects liked it. I wonder if they'd like some sweaters? See them? They look like sticks!

Clearly, this has been a long day for me. It got a little bit longer when Thing 1 announced cheerfully that she had broken her retainer. Tomorrow I'll call the orthodontist. Now? I'm going to finish the movie I've been watching, knit to the beginning of the next cable crossing, and go to bed.


At 9:26 PM, Blogger Brittany said...

I can't believe how well you're doing on the sweater-a-month goal. You're so focused it's amazing.

I'm glad to hear that the collarbone is okay. But I have to tell you that post kind of made me think twice about having kids. Oh the medical bills!

At 6:14 AM, Blogger bfmomma said...

oh, man... xray tables are the WORST for making a kid look vulnerable...

I'm glad it's "just" a sprain.

and the sweater is beautiful--whether it's ever worn or not ;)

At 7:28 AM, Blogger sewingsuzee said...

So glad for no break! Good job, T1!

Who is the GPW?

Love the copy-cat sweater. You're so clever. Very very clever.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger meg said...

Poor Thing 1- thank goodness it wasn't broken. Jess once fell out of bed in the middle of the night & broke her arm- I sent her back to bed whimpering :(
Loving that traveling sweater- too cute that it wants to do everything he does :)
You know, stick-bug sweaters would go really fast- of course, you'd probably have to knit them on toothpicks :P

At 3:03 AM, Blogger amanda j said...

Thank goodness there was no break. Collarbone issues make me squeamish - I could barely read on! I broke mine two years ago and after almost a year of pain had bone graft surgery to fix the darn thing! I had three haircuts to knit through yesterday. Bliss.

At 1:07 PM, Blogger Charity said...

So glad to hear T1 is okay... that's scary. Isn't it funny how "it never rains but it pours"? We go months and months without any medical appointments of any kind, and then suddenly see the dentist and the doctor time and again. Crazy.

At 5:31 PM, Blogger Jennus Interruptus said...

I love stick bugs! It would be so weird to see them in the wild.

Is it just me, or does the second bunny in the post look a little scary?

(two sweaters already? you're crazy, crazy, crazy (in a good way))

At 3:04 PM, Blogger Alisha said...

I am glad the collarbone wasn't broken. That is a tough spot ~cringe~

Your doing great on the sweater. I just love it.

At 4:44 AM, Blogger Montana said...

Glad Thing 1 is A-OK. I have four sisters and we were always into (and falling out of) something. Wait until she starts jumping off the roof! (evil grin)

Love that peripatetic orange sweater!

At 8:32 AM, Blogger Brown Berry said...

My goodness! Gives new meaning to "All in a Day's Work" I'd say.
The sweater looks great!

P.S. My new blog name and URL are
The BrownBerry Chronicles at

At 1:41 PM, Blogger allisonmariecat said...

Poor dear! At least it's not broken. Isn't the internet great, though? I love being able to google symptoms and figure out what's wrong with me.

The sweater looks great. I hope it had a nice time at the zoo. I have got to tackle cables someday. I love the way they look, but they scare me a little.

At 9:01 PM, Blogger String Bean said...

Alice in Wonderland! Neat ...sculpture?

At 6:31 AM, Blogger Rain said...

Thank goodness she's ok.


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