Saturday, November 25, 2006

At least I've been knitting

Virtually no time for writing right now, between sick kids, husband with back pain, and my own battle against the monthly migraine. I haven't mentioned it much here, but my daughter Emma is 'gifted' and skipped kindergarten last year. She's six and in Second Grade now, and while she's doing great academically (if anything, she's bored because the work is still too easy for her), there have been some social issues. It's hard to believe, but she's already being identified as 'different' by the other kids and left out a lot. As a parent, it's a huge challenge for me to find the right mix for her, and I'm finding that it requires a great deal of time and focus. Consequently, writing has had to fall by the wayside these last few weeks. But there has been knitting, which has helped me stay sane through it all.

I finally finished those Socktoberfest socks –

Dennis' pair in Blue Brick Wall:

My Baby Cable Rib pair in Siren Song:

And I've even managed a little bit of felting for the Get Felted! knitalong at Romancing the Yarn:

The girls love them, and it makes me feel great to see them so happy.


Anonymous said...

Wow! Those socks are awesome!!!

Anonymous said...

I love those colorful socks on those cute little feet!

Faith said...

The felted slippers are totally adorable! Reminds me that I've been meaning to knit up pairs for my little guys...

The socks turned out very well. Nice!

michi said...

sorry to hear about everyone being sick, sharon. :( hope you're all on the mend now.

adore the green slippers! :) they look froggy as kermit. :)

re emma - i can understand that this demands your attention. how sad that other kids are leaving her out. it's difficult, i suppose.

we start school here later than you do - between 6 and 7. having a birthday late in november meant that i was over 6 and 9 months when i started school. the summer before the last year of kindergarten, they suggested i skip it. i was already able to read by then, among other things. my mom and dad asked me what i wanted. they were a bit reluctant to take me out and let me start school, i guess. i did not want to go. i often wonder how different my life would have turned out had i wanted to start school early. different friends, different teachers, different decisions all the way. i hope emma finds a crowd where she fits in. good luck! :)


Patry Francis said...

Your family must have the coziest feet around. I feel warm just looking at them!

p.s. Not surprised to hear you have a gifted child. There may be challenges, but with you to help navigate, I'm sure she'll be terrific!

Sharon Hurlbut said...

Thank-you all!

The socks and clogs are getting tons of wear. I'm knitting like crazy on Christmas presents.

Emma has exhausted the spelling list for elementary school through 7th grade. Her education is going to require a lot of thinking outside the box for both her teachers and my husband and I. I think that's a good thing, though.

SarahJane said...

those socks and clogs ARE awesome. what a great habit that is - knitting. & felting.

Lisa McMann said...

Hang in there with the 2nd grader. One day at a time. There are bumps all along (at least thru 5th grade, where we are now) but hopefully none of them become permanent scars.

And don't spend much time regretting your decision to skip a grade...there would be hard times in those circumstances too. It's a tough call, either way. *hugs*