Thanksgiving morning O woke up feeling terrible. Not surprising since DH had been sick with a severe cold for over a week. So we ended up staying home for the day instead of having dinner down in Connecticut with my family. The good news? None of us are huge fans of Thanksgiving food so the disappointment on the food front was minimal. O felt better that evening so we drove down to my father’s house and spent the rest of the weekend there — taking long walks with my brother’s Golden Retriever, watching Animal Planet, and I, of course, got a lot of knitting done, as well as discovered a lovely yarn shop not ten minutes away. The cat in the picture above is Purry, my father’s lab cat; my father is a cat-loving chemist. My father let O name her when she was a kitten and it’s a credit to his good natured attitude as a grandfather that he didn’t argue about the name. Purry is a lovely affectionate lap cat, which was such a pleasure for me as our own two cats will only bear the occasional ear rub. Purry’s only character flaw is an aggressive nature around yarn while it’s being knit. Grrr.
When we returned to Boston on Sunday, DH was no better and then O started feeling crummy again. Both of them have this dry cough that gets worse at night. O ended up missing three days of school this week, and — yahoo! — today he returned. He seemed pretty happy when I dropped him off this morning for his student council meeting; I think he misses his friends.
I haven’t gotten much work done while playing nursemaid … certainly no time to blog. When O was cuddled up on the couch, he asked if I’d sit next to him and knit. Now how can I refuse a request like this. I ended up finishing a pair of cozy wool socks and starting the pair of Norwegian stockings from Nancy Bush’s Folk Socks. I’m about 1/3 of the way down the leg; the stocking looks huge! But I tried it on and it’s snug around my calf so … I guess it’s because I remember buying argyle knee socks when I was in high school and weighed about 110 lbs. Those 80s socks were certainly smaller!
I have some more finished objects to show you, and if O cooperates, I hope to have them modeled and photographed later this afternoon.