Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Birthday Socks and Brothers


Much of that sock was knit on a trip to Colorado for a wedding while Michael napped in the backseat of our rented car. (Which isn't to say that Michael napped a lot, because he didn't. But it was a long drive and I suppose I'm a fast-ish knitter.) The pattern is Hermione's Everday Socks, and the yarn is Koigu, and I had little hope of capturing the colors with my camera on this cloudy day (although they came through better than I thought). But the variegation and speckles are very pretty, and suits the texture well, and it reminds me something of opals. (It's the color all the way over to the right in this picture.)

Which is fitting, because opal is my birthstone, and I am determined to finish these to wear on my birthday. That wasn't the plan when I cast on, but once the idea occurred to me, it seemed meant to be. :) Hopefully Michael and sleep training will cooperate! (Ugh. More on that later.)

The book is The Brothers Karamazov by you-know-who, which I am enjoying so far. I'm also reading--surprise--some sleep-training books, but they don't count as "real" reading for me. But here's an excerpt from the introduction of Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child:

WARNING
If your child does not learn to sleep well, he may become an incurable adult insomniac, chronically disabled from sleepiness and dependent on sleeping pills. 

Um. Thanks, Weissbluth. You made this concerned Mama's life THAT MUCH LESS stressful. (And yes, it is centered on the page in bold print!)

Speaking of sleep, Michael just woke up, so off I go.

Joining Ginny's wonderful Yarn Along.

11 comments:

  1. the sock yarn is nice. i hope you are wearing your lovely socks on your birthday!
    interesting warning in the book. lol i had two children who slept poorly as littles and now sleep really well as much bigger people. try not to worry too much.

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  2. I think weissbluth is awful the whole book is like that. If you don't do it HIS way, your child will be RUINED FOREVER.

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    1. Ignore editing errors. I tried to fix and it just published like that anyway.

      Of the sleep trainers, I liked Baby Whisperer, Dr. Sears, and No Cry Sleep Solution best.

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  3. Yikes! I did not read that part of the book! I have also heard good things about the No Cry Sleep Solution, Baby Wise, and the Sleep Easy Solution. How are things going in the sleep department? And how did Michael do on the flights?

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    1. Baby wise is awful. Did you know it is the ONLY parenting book condemned by the AAP? It has been the cause of some serious malnutrition cases and is shown to reduce breast feeding success.

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    2. Huh, good to know, Angela! I honestly haven't read it, just heard good things from other moms.

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  4. Love the yarn you are knitting with!! It's the perfect sock color!!

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  5. Wow, that book intro is totally ridiculous. I've never read a sleep-training book, so none to recommend. I'd say "go with your instincts", but...that probably doesn't work with every kid. Sly was easy. We'll see how things go with Stella..

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  6. Love the subtle color variation in your sock yarn. Very soothing, and I bet they'll be super comfy. Best wishes on lots of restful sleep for and your little one. Two of my four have had a rough time sleeping, and it can be very trying and frustrating. I really liked the Sears and Sears sleep book, and just listening to what my kids have been trying to tell me about their sleep needs. Don't worry, my nine yr old who couldn't sleep well as a baby/ toddler did learn to sleep without sleep training, and you won't ruin your kid's sleeping habits by parenting with compassion. :)

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