dear world

i forgot that i had not had “proper” caffeine in almost two weeks. (a cup of weak chai over pesach does not count). this morning i had a nice mug of latte.

i’m so darn jittery.

3 loads of laundry done (we are only 2 people, how did i do that?).. kitchen swapped back.. table already set for shabbos (gasp!) and well, back to knitting. whee! (oh wait, i have to go buy challah. no, sadly i don’t make my own b/c it would be too tempting to eat all of it. i have made it in the past and enjoy baking my own, but i can’t. celiac is difficult, i am not fully, but i cheat far too much and fresh me-baked challah is too large a temptation)

This morning, while doing laundry, I felted this bag which was knit in a few hours erev pesach. [one day i’ll fix images to display properly] prefelting and and was inspired by this knitty pattern of a french market bag, but i crocheted the base (b/c i can work that faster increasing in the round, all those kippot that e doesn’t and will never wear paid off, no?) and then crocheted one row with my MC and then swapped to knit. my intention also was to provide a thicker base for the bag than knitting would provide. it’s supposed to have two handles but somehow i had half of the suggested stitches (still not sure where i missed that in my knit->crochet->knit conversion. it was knit with $1 9mm needles which i will replace with something nicer asap. as i wasn’t sure if i would take to knitting since i had problems the first time i wasn’t willing to devote much money to it. this was knit with Kraemer yarns muach chunky in portobello and raspberry and was purchased at PS Fabric & Yarns. I can’t tell you how much i enjoy this yarn. to me it’s a luxury yarn, at $5/ball it’s the most i’ve paid (ok, the berocco plush is, but i don’t like that yarn. anyone want it? let me know we’ll talk $). it’s easy to work with, it knits fast, and it’s fun. it’s not spun even (not sure if it should be), but for felting thus far on several projects, they have all come out marvellous.

Also, I am knitting a sock, well, hopefully a pair. I recently took out the wonderful book, Ann Budd’s The Knitter’s Handy Book of Patterns: Basic Designs in Multiple Sizes & Gauges and erev pesach (after i finished the tote, which is for B’s daughter, my mum wants one too) i cast on and did much of the ribbing. last night while on the way to the grocery store for staples such as eggs, coffee, peas, cereal for e, bananas (note no bread, must go find challah soon, else i will have to make. hmm. hope there’s enough time), i made the heel, turned, gusset, etc. now i’m on the foot part. I still think the yarn is very very very ugly, but it’s easy to work with. i do think the colours are good for the sole reason they stand out and help me count rows. i’ll share a pic when i finish the pair. :) One day I’ll buy Ms Budd’s book. It’s wonderful. it is a nice companion to Ms Zimmermann’s book. :)

note: if this makes no sense i warned you i was jittery!

preemie study

NYT Article Achievement of Preemies Is Found to Be Near Normal

Yay!

The smallest surviving premature babies eventually attain levels of education, employment and independence that are almost indistinguishable from those of normal weight babies, according to the latest findings from a continuing Canadian study that began 28 years ago.

Girl Power!!

The researchers did find significant sex differences, with women doing better in all respects than men.

“Males are more vulnerable,” said Dr. Saigal, a professor of pediatrics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “Survival rates are lower. They have a higher proportion of neurological difficulties, and they don’t do as well in school. This is consistent with every other study.”

Here is a link to the JAMA article: Transition of Extremely Low-Birth-Weight Infants From Adolescence to Young Adulthood

I’m not sure what to think of the NYT’s headline, other than to wrinkle my nose, but it confirmed a few things I knew from personal experience. When I was younger I never thought a big thing of my preemie-ness. My mother mostly downplayed it .. yes, she cries at every moment I let her (kindergarden, first lost tooth, elementary graduation, high school, college, marriage…) but don’t most happy parents? Otherwise we never really thought “Wow, you did all of this and you are a preemie”. It did come up a bit in our discussions a bit when I hit 16 and up — mostly because I wanted to do something to help other families struggling with a preemie. I’m much healither than we were told I would be. The little things that are “wrong” are just little things, and I try not to let them get me down. I guess I never thought that something was really different (besides my being small all over) just like someone who is born deaf, blind, or without 10 fingers and 10 toes generally doesn’t think it’s different or might have it any other way.

As for conversations of preemies, it is interesting now.. e was born on my due date (and on time, he’s always perfect). We often play back and forth about what happened in those 98 days.. (I, for one, am smarter as I refused to be born in the ’80s.. ;) )

In other preemie news, I’ve given up on making hats .. they aren’t coming out right, so I’m going to try to knit these teddy bears. I’m just now finishing one that is made with cheap acrylic and then I’ll use the expensive yarn. I feel that with the added stress (and expense) of a preemie, it’s a bit impractical, but …

Many thanks to Sandra & Evan for alerting me to the NYT article.