I was feeling a bit optimistic earlier this week as I finally worked away at the hem of my Tea Leaves cardigan. Garter stitch is actually my idea of a good time, and I figured that by today, I would have it bound off and would be telling you all about how I was at l0ng last picking up sleeve stitches. But then late last evening, when clearly I should have been sleeping and not knitting, I made an unfortunate discovery: dropped stitches many rows back. And then I made an even more unfortunate discovery: I am good at many things, but picking up stitches in garter is not one of them. Despite my very best attempts to follow internet instructions dutifully, it was not to be. After spending more time trying to pick up those stupid stitches than I probably had spent knitting the rows that came after them, I took a deep sigh and just frogged away. All the way back to the beginning of the garter stitch rows. So there.
But honestly, we have had a week of it thus far, so my knitting woes are minor in the scheme of things. It has been the sort of week where by Monday evening I found myself humming the Jaws theme song while brushing my teeth and saying to myself "Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water..." I only do that when things are a special kind of crazy and I find myself caught off guard by it all.
Which is exactly how I felt when we landed in the emergency room Monday morning with the baby in anaphylactic shock after eating a bit of peanut butter. Yep. We are adding foods to our list of forbiddens right and left. Apparently, I am raising children with immune systems that just don't know when to quit. So that is something. But I guess that life is a collection of surprises of all sorts, yes? Peanut allergies are one example, I suppose. But then there are nicer things to come along with them. Like these tulips that showed up on my doorstep yesterday morning, sent from Dawn because she is thoughtful and sweet and rightfully concerned that I am losing my mind.
And that is the kind of surprise that keeps things in balance. This much I know.
Yarning along with Ginny today.