Bill was silly enough to trust my handle on the calendar and took her. He brought her back around 9 and informed me that school doesn't start until tomorrow. He was even nice enough to bring me a sugar-free vanilla latte. What a guy! Needless to say, I don't have any doubts about who will be bringing her tomorrow, reluctant or not!
We are also making a concerted attempt at potty training here in Chez Knittin' Mom. We bought Owen a potty that makes music when you go, along with a bunch of underpants featuring characters from Cars, Go Diego Go, and Elmo. So far Sydney has been much more interested in both the underpants and the potty than Owen, but we'll see what happens. My evil plan is to get him potty trained this fall and then put him in preschool in January. How heavenly that would be! I always feel guilty about pushing my kids into school as early as possible because one of my best friends is a dedicated homeschooler and I completely agree with all of her reasons for doing it. I bandy the idea of homeschooling about every month or two, but I need to resign myself to the fact that I just don't have it in me. I've met so many homeschooled kids who are smart, polite, and just generally lovely and it makes me want to do it. But, like I said a moment ago, I just don't have it in me. I can't wait until both the kids are in school full-time. I'm not overly impressed with my parenting skills as it is, and I figure that spending 50% of their time away from me (or rather, away from the television, which is just too good of a babysitter when I'm working on a tight deadline) isn't a bad thing. I sure wish being a parent was easier...
But enough complaining. I've got some knitting to talk about! I got my fall pattern books from Classic Elite today, featuring the three patterns I designed for them. The Cabled Coat, the Kids' Cabled Coat and the Lacy Scarf. I was delighted to see the Kids' Cabled Coat featured in the Classic Elite ad on the back cover of the most recent Yarn Market News!
I also have a few new patterns that I've added to my pattern line. You can get them through selected retailers, including downloads from Sandra Singh (I'm hoping Knot Another Hat has them up soon as well, but since Sarah has a relatively new baby, I'm not sure when it will happen!).
First, the Feather Lace Shawl:
This is made with a single skein of Handmaiden Sea Silk or 100g of your favorite fingering-weight yarn. It's an easy repeat that you knit until it's big enough (or you run out of yarn) and then bind off.
Next, Hearts & Snowflakes for kids:
I designed these for the kiddos last winter and they wore them (to great acclaim) all year. I think they'll still fit, although I may need to hunt for a lost mitten or two. Someday I'm going to make adult versions since Bill has asked several times for a matching hat in the snowflake pattern...
And another non-sock pattern, the Spa Cloth Set:
His-and-hers washcloths with fun but not too difficult stitch patterns.
Finally, my lone sock offering - Mix-and-Match Rib Toe-Up Socks:
This is a "learn toe-up" pattern which features three different ribbing stitches that can be used on any of the socks. It's sized from newborn to Men's M. I'm currently teaching my Twisted class using this pattern, which is a very interesting process but a subject for its own post.
Since I'm no longer selling patterns myself, I'm going to be releasing designs a couple times a year. Right now, my test knitters are busy working on two summer sweaters (a tank top in GGH Touch Me - yummy! - and a top in dk-weight) and of course more socks. Can't wait to see what people think of them at TNNA in January!
Hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend - I'm back to pattern grading. How exciting...