Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Soup and a Sore Throat

Wow! I was completely gobsmacked by your response to my post about whether or not to abandon knitting the Bressay Dress. I was sure you were all going to say that I was crazy to be knitting a dress, and of course I should change it into a sweater. Instead, with the exception of one brave dissenting vote, every single one of you said stick with the dress, so that is what I intend to do. A word of caution though. This dress is being knit with fingering weight yarn on very small needles, so please don't expect to see a finished object any time soon. Thank you everyone for your input, and also for pointing out to me that the yarn will felt slightly once it is washed.

It was a very busy weekend here. We celebrated Jay's birthday a few days early. Karsten, Diana and Lucy were here for several days, and on Saturday Kellen and Anita came out from Vancouver and Alexandra drove down from Kamloops. It was a full and busy cottage, and at one point I looked around and was gripped with fear as I thought about an additional six people being here over Christmas. But then I realized that would mean an additional six people to keep an eye on Lucy, which can only be a good thing. She is one very busy little girl, and oh so much fun!

I tried my hardest to get a good picture of her with her granddad, but she had a cold and wasn't too pleased to be held by someone other than her mom and dad. I think the look on her face says it all.

Jay and Lucy

She had happy moments too, and especially loved being outside.

Karsten and Lucy

The sweater I knit for her last month is a perfect fit!

Diana and Lucy



Everyone has gone home and it is very, very quiet here. The rain has returned and the sky is dark and threatening yet another downpour.


Lucy might be gone, but she has left behind something to remind me she was here for a visit - a sore throat. Spending time with a sick toddler is a bit like cuddling up to a Petri dish that's incubating a virus. So today will find me sticking pretty close to home. I've got a delicious smelling lentil soup cooking, the new Knitsonik Stranded Colourwork Sourcebook to peruse, and beautiful colours surrounding our cottage. If you have to be sick, this is definitely the way to go about it.


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  1. What a little cutie, even with a cold :) the cardigan looks lovely on her. Hope you feel better soon x

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    1. Thanks Chickpea! I was very happy to see that the sweater fit. My guess was that it was going to be way too big, so it was a pleasant surprise. :-)

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  2. I love that sweater you knit for Lucy. Fits her beautifully and the color and buttons are gorgeous. So sorry the darling little petri dish left a hostess gift for you. Hope you are feeling better real soon.

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    1. Thanks! I was very happy with how it came out, and I think it will be great for this fall. A hostess gift - yes, the kind you wish you could refuse to accept. Ha!

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  3. When everyone's gone home there's a sudden hush, isn't there, though you hadn't really been aware of the hubbub while they were there.

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    1. Yes, a sudden and sad hush. Lucy leaves quite a hole when she departs. I must say though that the floor is a lot safer to walk across without her toys scattered all over it.

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  4. Your autumn colours are still beautiful - our trees are all bare and the s-word is in the forecast for the end of the week (coincidentally, on the day I am going to have my winter tires installed!). Sending anti-virus vibes your way, Kristie! -- Ruth

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    1. I have actually been quite surprised that the fall colours are still going strong here. The season started out looking like it wasn't going to be very spectacular, but it is quite beautiful now. I think it must have something to do with the long, hot, dry summer we experienced. I'm glad to hear you're getting your snow tires on just in time!

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  5. WOW, yeah, let me be sick in your house! And if I must get sick, let it be from kissing someone as adorable as Lucy (who is getting so big!). Somehow Christmas will work and have its good and difficult moments, and even if it's a tight fit it will be your people, under one roof.

    Take good care of yourself!

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    1. You are right, Christmas will work. It will be loud and crowded and crazy, but hopefully in a good way. We do end up renting a small cabin nearby for the overflow, because there is no way we have room for everyone to sleep here. This year there will be 13 of us and we only have two bedrooms, two couches and a window seat.

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  6. I'm sorry you're sick. I hate the colds this time of year, it seems like they never stop coming. I assume that's Karsten holding Lucy in the photo. He looks so much like Jay to me. They have really similar faces. I hope Jay had a wonderful birthday. It's so nice that everyone was able to come and help him celebrate. Don't worry about Christmas; you're supermom/grandma, you'll make it work. :)

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    1. Yes Jennifer, that's Karsten. And you're right. He and his dad look very much alike. I don't think Karsten inherited a single gene from my side of the family!

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  7. I'm fairly new here, so I'm getting used to who everyone is. The little one is as cute as a button, I do hope she's feeling better soon. And you too! Your home is beautiful, especially with that amazing autumn colour. The very best place to be when you're feeling unwell.

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    1. I realized after I hit publish that I should have identified who people were in the pictures. Sorry about that! I'm going to go back and edit the pictures to include names. Lucy was feeling better by the time they left, but Karsten and Diana were quite unwell, and now I have succumbed. Ha! Life with a toddler! And I agree. Home is the best place to be when you're not feeling 100%. :-)

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  8. Lucy certainly is a cutie pie! And the sweater is wonderful on her! I love the color--and the colors in your yard. I hope you feel better soon. It's been a few years since I've had a sore throat, but I would always swab it with Listerine using a cue tip--better than gargling I think.

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    1. We are all quite smitten with Lucy. :-) I'm not sure I could do the throat swabbing thing. That almost sounds worse than the sore throat itself!

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  9. "Daughter happy being with dad" is one of my favorite picture themes. Seeing Lucy with Jay makes me even more hopeful that someday I'll get to be in a "granddaughter happy with grandpa" picture.

    Happy b-day to Jay! I hope you're both feeling better soon and the celebration can resume. :)

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    1. You will make a wonderful grandfather some day, Rick. My grandpa (I only had one, the other had died long before I was born) was the nicest, kindest man on the planet. I think you will be just like him.

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    2. That is one of the two or three most wonderful things anyone has ever said to me. Thank you, Kristie! I'll try to not let anyone down.

      PS - At first I was thinking top 2, then remembered I needed to include a certain someone saying "I do" all those years ago. :)

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  10. The cardigan looks great on Lucy and the colour really suits her. Sorry to hear you are poorly, I must admit I seem to pick up every cough/cold that the boys have, oh the joy of sharing, they really are little germ factories! Take it easy

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    1. Ha! I was saying this weekend that if someone wanted to purposely spread a disease, the fastest and most efficient way to do so would be to let an infectious toddler loose in a crowd. :-)

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  11. Your sentence about cuddling up to a Petri dish made me laugh. Here's hoping the bug clears up soon.

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    1. Thanks for your well wishes, Una. I'm glad I was able to make you laugh! :-)

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  12. She is gorgeous (so is the jacket!). I find sage tea helpful for sore throats if you have any in the garden..

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    1. Thank you, Freda. I've never heard of sage tea, and I do have some in my herb bed (a bit past its prime, but still usable). I shall have to Google!

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  13. Next time I'm sick, I'm heading to your beautiful cottage!! That last shot is gorgeous with the yellow tree matching your trim :) You've got some nice family shots of your adorable granddaughter et al. She looks so sweet in the sweater (love the big buttons). I read about your dress dilemma and also have to agree that you should continue it as a dress. I don't think the see-through knitting will be a problem with leggings and a long-sleeve T (or whatever) underneath it. Good luck! Wendy x

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    1. You can come for a visit even if you aren't sick, Wendy. And if I have Lucy come at the same time I can almost guarantee you will be sick before you leave. :-)

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  14. Sorry to hear about your sore throat, zinc lozenges really help a lot. Your cottage looks so pretty ! Lucy's coat/ sweater is really cute and looks great on her. It sure is quiet when everyone leaves after a big busy visit. Sounds like Christmas will be a fun and happy mayhem! I would like to hear what you think of Knitsonik, I am looking forward to Kate Davies new Yokes book. I am obsessing about yoke sweaters right now. Her designs are always quite spectacular. We drove through the Fraser Valley last Friday, I had forgotten how hard it rains there!!

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    1. Thanks for the zinc lozenge suggestion, Chris. I used to have some around, but can't seem to find any now that I need them. Tomorrow is the day Kate is taking preorders on her book! And yes, it can rain pretty hard here. :-)

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  15. Oh, the Fall colours around your house are just divine, Kristie. Yay, for the Bressay dress which will look as good on you as Lucy's blue coat does on her. Happy Birthday Jay, and what a lovely family time you had. We are looking forward to our grandson coming for 3 days over the weekend. Happy times! Do get well soon.

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    1. We have had especially pretty fall colours the past two weeks, Patricia. I love how the tree in our front yard matches the trim on our house. It's like someone planned it that way, which, of course, they didn't. :-) Have a great weekend with your grandson!

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  16. So sorry to hear about your cold, Kristie, but a steady diet of soup and lots of sleep always helps me beat those things (I had one last week, yuk!). Lucy is so cute, even when she's sick, poor little mite. Like Chris says above, I'm curious to hear what you think of Knitsonik. Please review when you get a chance. Feel better and hugs!!!

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    1. Soup and sleep are a great prescription, Diana. :-)

      I'll try to review Knitsonik once I've had time to give it a proper read, and not just gloss over the beautiful pictures.

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  17. I have a friend with young kids.....if I catch anything...it is usually from them. Another friend has told me to have a teaspoon of local raw honey every morning.....it is good for everything apparently :). Glad you are sticking with the dress :)

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    1. I've heard that about honey as well. I do have it in my tea multiple times a day, but I wonder if it is better to have it on its own. Or better yet, with some whisky. :-)

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  18. I hope you are feeling better! Yes a sick toddler is not very good at keeping their bugs to themselves are they!

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    1. Thanks Sezza. I am actually starting to feel better. And I agree. Toddlers are very efficient germ breeding machines. :-)

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  19. The cardigan fitted so well on such a darling little girl. Christmas is such a wonderful time of year that having extra people will make it extra special. Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. I was so pleased to see that it fit her! Thanks for your well wishes!

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  20. The cardigan is a beautiful colour and really suits Lucy. Shame that you picked up her cold but hopefully you'll be better in a day or too.

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    1. It does suit her, and the funny thing is I would never have picked it out to knit had it been up to me. It was her mom who asked me to knit it for Lucy. I think she has more of a fashion sense than I do!

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  21. Happy Birthday to Jay! Sorry you got a sore throat from the cutie, I am still nursing myself back to health from last weekend.
    Feel better,
    Meredith

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    1. I hope you are feeling better, Meredith. You have Little Buddy to pollute you, so I'm sure you can commiserate. :-)

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  22. Oh Lucy is the most adorable toddler ever! Her cardigan is a piece of art. I hope you'll soon feel better, soup and knitting sound like a perfect remedy. x

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    1. I was so happy with how the cardigan came out. The only part I wasn't completely satisfied with was my sewing up of the seams. But once she had it on it was hard to tell they were less than perfect. Thanks for the well wishes!

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  23. Feel better soon!
    BTW-I'm guessing you didn't wash the swatch for your dress... ;-)

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    1. Ha! You caught me. No, I didn't wash the swatch. I was impressed with myself for even making a swatch at all. :-)

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  24. I hope that your sore throat is better again very soon. Take care in the meantime. xx

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    1. Thanks Amy! I am feeling better today, so I'm sure by tomorrow I will be back to my usual self.

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  25. Sorry Lucy left you will a present! Hope you sore throat has gone. Lucy's sweater is lovely, such a gorgeous colour. Sarah x

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  26. sorry you have the sore throat, but I think it was worth it. Your granddaughter is absolutely adorable and such a sweetheart :) Lovely sweater that you knit up and I love the buttons!

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  27. Poor Lucy - and poor you for getting her sore throat. Lucy did seem cheerful most of the time! I'm sure you'll be glad of having plenty of help at Christmas to keep an eye on her.

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  28. Get well soon, Kristie. Even the most beloved of offspring can be a bit too generous with their ailments. I'm still recovering from the cold DD shared with me when they visited the week before last. Lucy is just gorgeous as is that new sweater.

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  29. I do hope you're feeling better. I feel sure she is worth the suffering though. And doesn't she look adorable in her knit with the big buttons!

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