Isn’t She Lovely?

After a slow, angry start, I am loving my Candle Flame Shawl. Okay, I’m loving the bottom point of my Candle Flame Shawl. I haven’t gotten very far. It could be due to the fact that I tried to read blogs and watch TV while I was knitting this complicated-for-me pattern. It could be due to the fact that I knit the pattern for row 25 when I was on row 27. It could be due to the fact that I had to rip it out and start over. Now, I feel like I have a handle on what I’m doing and on the need for me to pay attention as I knit. I’m so used to mindless garter and stockinette stitches because I don’t always have a lot of brain power left to put toward something that’s supposed to be relaxing and fun. I’ll need to work on this in small bits and chunks, but I’ll finish it. It’s just that lovely.

Anyone who knows me knows that I love cake. Now I love yarn cakes. They’re so cute. The middle one is my favorite only because it looks edible. It’s the organic cotton/recycled soda bottle yarn from Rhinebeck. Looks like my favorite carrot cake.

Now that I’ve experienced the pleasure of using a ball winder . . .

Yuck. That sounded absolutely horrifying.

Once I was able to use a ball winder and swift to make sweet little yarn cakes out of my hanks of yarn, rather than wrapping the yarn around one bent knee and a foot to wind my own messy attempt at a ball, I knew I needed to have my own. I’ve added these items to my birthday/Christmas list and I’ll keep my fingers crossed. Last weekend, my mother asked me about the “ball wonder” I wanted. After I giggled, I thought that it was a pretty good name for this helpful invention. Only it’s hard for me to hear anyone say the words ball or balls without laughing.

It all comes from having a son. I grew up in a girl family and there was never a mention of balls in any other context than the kind you bounce, roll, and throw. The first time I ever took my boy to a Target, I was amazed at what I saw in front of the entrance area. I said, in a rather loud voice, “Look at the big red balls,” to which my boy responded in that disgusted, embarrassed can’t-believe-you’re-my-mother voice, “M0-0-0-mmm!” Can’t say balls to a teenage boy.

One of my SnB friends alerted me to the fact that the next time I take M. to the mall in Milford, I can point out that the big red balls are right next to the Dick’s. Chuckle chucke.

Okay, now that my parents are thoroughly mortified at the content of this post, I’ll move it along.

Although I should be enjoying a long weekend, I’m hanging in that uneasy time/space that Milford teachers experience at this time of year. We sent our first marking period report cards home yesterday. We should all be taking deep breaths, smiling, patting ourselves on the back, and planning fun ways to spend our free time. Except next week brings with it one long afternoon and two long evenings of parent/teacher conferences. I’ll be spending time this weekend reviewing folders full of 3rd grade student work, writing notes of things I need to share with parents, and chewing Tums. People might expect that after going through conference time for 7 years already, I’d be comfortable and confident. Never gonna happen. It’s scary. Although I always have 80 bajillion positive, happy, wonderful, and just plain old good things to say, there are a few not so good things I have to say, too. The parents love their babies and don’t want to hear that their babies don’t always follow directions and don’t always put their best effort into their work and aren’t always respectful of their peers and aren’t always good listeners and don’t always take responsibility for their actions. These people hate me for telling them these things sometimes. And I so don’t like to be hated. It’s hard to say things that people don’t want to hear.

So I eat Tums.

My shawl is calling.

4 Responses to “Isn’t She Lovely?”

  1. acambras Says:

    Another super, funny post! Again, you made me literally Laugh Out Loud. 🙂

    We missed you Thursday night!


  2. JennM Says:

    Mighty purty shawl there, girlfriend! We missed you Thursday, although I was in a cold medicine induced haze and can’t really remember much about what went on.

    Hope to see you Thursday!


  3. anphoe Says:

    We missed you Thursday. I can say it also because I went to SnB but didn’t see you.

    Shawl is looking good. I am planning to do the scarf version.

    Like Anne and Jen, hope to see you next week!

  4. jennsquared Says:

    This is gonna sound weird, but I LOVE eating TUMS. They are tasty 🙂

    I’m sure you will be okay for the conference – I have lots of faith in you 🙂

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