ooohhh! lookie what i got in the mail the other day….
yup, the pattern for the famously overknit baby surprise jacket from elizabeth zimmerman (“ez” to those in the knit). i’m going to put my magallanes to use, finally, for this pattern. the babe has been born, he is a he, and i’m far, far behind on a gift. i haven’t even spoken to the mama voip-to-voip yet!
i’m a little intimidated by the pattern, though, i have to say. i love how she writes things down: “See what you are doing? You are decreasing…”, or, “Work will start to look very odd indeed, but trust me and press on.” there’s a lot of that. sweet, personable, human…but i fear things will be hard to keep track of. i plan on writing out the pattern line by line, because, as i have learned in the past, if it ain’t written down, i ain’t gonna knit it. or purl it. or what-have-you. you see what i’m saying.
in other surprise-related news, miss thing is keeping us on our collective toes lately. not that she hasn’t, always. not that all children don’t, usually. but jeez. i can barely catch my breath. like, for the biggest instance, she – quite suddenly – needs one hour less sleep per day. yeah. you parents out there, you feel my pain, right? she already wasn’t the ‘maximum’ type sleeper like the boy is, and now: oy. chicklet is going to sleep at 9-freakin’-thirty. folks. i need to be in bed by 10:30 or i’m toast because she still gets up by 7:15. that’s a short evening indeed. barely time to shower and watch the wire! i don’t think she cares.
also, surprise! school is ending. ahhhh! where did the year go? kindergarten is nearly over. i can barely wrap my brain around that. but the journey…the journey for the boy has been really important. he has come so very far. i (seriously) could not have paid cash money for this year to go any better than it did. i give a lot of credit to his pre-school teacher, last year (melissa). and a lot to his teacher this year, miss pinnie, the rockin’-est kindergartner teacher there ever was. but i also have to give him credit: he has matured so much this year. from the boy who wouldn’t answer to his name during roll call in the morning to the boy who read two books in front of his whole class – and remembered to show the pictures!! he now runs down to the third grade class for reading buddies on fridays. amazing. i am so proud of him.
(isn’t that the best class photo ever? i love it so much more than those silly posed ones with the dorky background. they were on the beach at coney island. after they took this pic, they ran a big race across the sand).
anything surprising you these days?