Friday 29 October 2010

Half-term Slobbery

The kids and I have had the most lovely, relaxed half-term: they've had friends round to play most days, yet the house only got trashed once - note to self: of Destructo Boy's friends, only ever have ONE at a time to play.

We stayed up late at night, and got up late in the morning. We averted the crisis (but not the drama - she isn't named Mini-Diva for no reason) of unexpected glue-lessness by an emergency trip to the pound shop. We ate junk food (I can only eat hotdogs if I don't think about what's in them). We left our hair unbrushed.

We sloughed around in our scufty clothes. We had a magical film marathon: every DVD we watched involved magic of some sort, although Destructo Boy doesn't understand why (a) not all witches are bad (b) I don't have purple eyes.

Anne Lambton in 'The Witches'

Juice was spilt all over the floor only once - and, for a wonder, not by Destructo Boy - and nothing is broken except for me: but the amitriptyline should take care of that.

And right now I am feeling very positive about the Sweater of Doom Mark II: I made a start almost as soon as the yarn was delivered, and after 1 ball, I have this to show for it:

It takes nearly an hour, I think, to complete the 8 rows of the pattern repeat. I don't know whether I might have bitten off more than I can chew, in terms of size .... I'm so much more used to baby and children's knitting, that this seems a giant, mehusive project, even if we don't factor in that I'm knitting the 48'' size - the largest. I just need a place to hide it, and something else to knit that will be convincingly slow so that he won't comment on the lack of progress on it during the week.

It's just over 6 weeks until the Xmas school holidays ...


  1. It's still half term here, sounds like you've had a nice week! Well done for starting the sweater, it's looking amazing! I don't think I could ever have the patience to finish something like that!


  2. I like school holidays but then mine are old enough now not to need (or want) to be entertained every day. I can get up late, go to bed late, don't have to worry about the homework battle and we can all just slob about in general.

  3. Bloody hate school hols. I'd have mine at school at weekends if I could. I love him to bits, but there's only so much to do here on the island and after 10 years, we've pretty much done it.

    I tend to just get immersed in Mario Cart ;-)

    Big jersey - good luck with it!

  4. Oooh that sweater looks amazing!


  5. Sounds like you had a lovely time! I love the sweater. I think you mentioned in another post that it was more a charcoal gray. Funny how light cant change something so much! It looks almost blue on my monitor.


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