Sunday, February 10, 2008

Can You Hear Me?

Well, we're finally on the mend... except for my voice. It's gone. Completely. I've spent the last 24 hours in a household of boys unable to speak above a faint whisper. Do you think they hear me? Do you think they try to listen? Do you have any idea how happy I think this makes them?

I've been reduced to banging on walls, clapping my hands, or, even worse, occasionally getting up and finding them to get their attention. Our very co-existence depends on loud voices. They rely on things like the volume of my voice to determine how serious I am or how quickly they should respond. I feel trapped in a cone of silence. Sigh.

Anyway, it was a decent week for knitting though. I finished these socks earlier in the week...

SWAK socks

I am madly, passionately in love with this yarn, Lorna's Laces SWAK. The colors please me immensely (this photo just doesn't due it justice). I knit them according to the basic technique taught in 2-at-a-Time Socks. I must say that by the time I got to the foot, I really had the technique down. I'll definitely be using this method again. I actually finished a pair of socks in a week!

(Side note: We are watching the Grammy's and #2 son just said with a big grin, "Ha! Mom can't sing tonight!" I get no respect.)

I also started the Merino Lace socks by Anne Woodbury from Favorite Socks with some Madelinetosh yarn from my stash. I'm enjoying both the yarn and the pattern.

Madelinetosh Merino Lace

And then there's the Noro vest. It was wonderful yarn to knit with, but I'm not sure if the vest is really my style. I need to get another hank of Kochoron (an expensive pattern shortage) to knit the collar, but I'm tempted to grab a couple more hanks of Cash Iroha instead and re-use the yarn for an Hourglass Sweater. I just don't know. I'm not sure if I made a bad purchase decision due to an impending illness... or if the present illness is tainting my view. Either way, it's getting put aside for now... but please feel free to vote. A picture of the vest can be seen a few posts below.

Noro Ingeborg

(I'd also like to add that DH and the boys have increased the volume of the TV to a point that they can't even hear me clap for their attention let alone my faint request for them to turn it down. I think they're enjoying this too much.)

Breaking News: The WGA strike appears to be at it's end. According to, Carlton Cuse, producer and writer for LOST, plans to get his crews back to work tomorrow!! Just when reality TV was on the verge of a takeover, we can look forward to more House and LOST! And, you know, the other shows too.


Anonymous said...

Aren't you glad you don't need your voice for knitting? That would have made everything so much worse!

Both your socks are amazing. I'm glad the magic loop technique worked so well for you. I'm feeling more tempted now.

I like the vest, but never make decisions when you're sick.

Angelika said...

Poor Tammy, I think they were expecting you to give up. You are so outnumbered. At least your knitting is still true to you.

Becca said...

I read that there won't be any new episodes of House until fall. Fall!

Your socks are beautiful! I love the lace ones. I've been in the mood lately for a lace sock.

Don't know what to tell you about the vest. I think you would wear it well, but if the yarn wants to be something else...maybe it should. Probably wait till you're feeling better, though.

Maybe you could throw things at the boys to get their attention? Nothing heavy, more like rolled up tube socks. Or would that set a bad precedent?

Auntie Pudentaine said...

I actually like Becca's idea for tossing things at them. Nothing like a little bonk on the head with a pillow to put mom back on top of the dog pile!

km said...

I like the vest. But if you do decide to start over, at least you get 2x the knitting with the expensive yarn. I love the socks. We're addicted to Baskin Robbins Love Potion #31. These socks match the icecream. =0)

amanda said...

YAY! I heard the strike was over, but hearing that LOST is back into production is AWESOME. This season is too good to be too short.

Stefaneener said...

Sometimes I wonder how long I'd have to be silent for my four Things to start looking at me for information. Today I sort of abandoned them to their own devices after telling them that Very Bad Things would happen if they didn't shape up.

Not pretty. Sort of like Lord of the Flies.

The socks are lovely. I don't know about the vest. Hard to think what's right if you don't like it already.

Auntie Pudentaine said...

Oh, and did I mention that you forced me to go to the mall and walk through it, and find the See's candy shop, and buy some dark chocolate Raspberry Buttercreams (...and some dk choc marzipan, and some dk choc almond clusters...) and discover that not only are they delicious, they DO remind me of SWAK. Did I tell you what you made me do?

You did not make me get my MAC blush at Macy's nor the dvd copy of Simon Birch at Sun something or other however.....I can't pin it all on you.

mom said...

So glad to hear you are feeling better! Never fear, your voice will come back and then those boys had better watch out, eh?! LOL!

As always, love the socks!

Tammy ~@~