Monday 22 September 2008

Mission Mitten completed

Woo hoo! I've completed my Druid Mittens, and they are gorgeous if I say so myself. I'm actually surprised with how long they took, according to Ravelry I cast on Aug 23 and I cast off last night, Sep 21. It didn't feel that long. Still, I wasn't working on them the whole time. Plus, I have over half of the skein of Lisa Souza Sock! Merino left that I used for them. Perhaps another pair of socks for my daughter are on the horizon. I don't think I'd manage to downsize these mitts for her.

Pattern: Autumn/Druid Mittens from VK Fall 08
Yarn: Lisa Souza Sock! Merino
Needles: 2.75mm dpns

Sorry for the hands against the door pic, it was dark when I finished them and the white background was all I had to make them stand out!
These dpns broke on me halfway through mitt no 2. I was very disappointed with them. Still, my lys is becoming even more local today, with it's second shop opening up in the city centre, about 5 mins walk from my work! yipee, I'll be heading down there today at lunchtime to try and off load some of their stock for them and to replace my 2.75 dpns and get a set of 2.5 bamboo for the plane knitting.

Progress on my Dad's sock:

Not much I know, but I seem to have achieved very little this week. Hubby has been unwell and my Mam is very bad again, so I haven't really had much time.

I've also been feeling very down over the last few days. I sometimes get like this (don't we all), but my Mam has me very worried. She's just slowly sliding down the slope into total dementia and I feel so helpless.
She no longer knows what day of the week it is, whether she has eaten or taken her medication or not. The strain is really showing on my Dad too. I begged them to let me get a home help for them just to give a hand cleaning the house and to give Dad a break to go for the paper or a walk, but Dad said no. I totally get that he doesn't want to admit he can't cope and that he doesn't want a "stranger" in the house, but the house is getting really dirty and he looks exhausted with it all. I do what I can when I go round, but even Mam won't let me clean the bathroom or change their bed for them.
*sigh* it's all getting to be a bit much for me now to be honest. I'm almost dreading going away and leaving them on their own, as they have no-one else to call in on them and keep them company or do any jobs they need.
Still, my Mam is 80 on Oct 10th so I'm going to have a nice dinner in my house and invite Mams sister and Dads sister over too.

Sorry for the rant! I just needed to get that off my chest.

In spooky news, I know it's early for scary stories (Halloween and all athat) but I had the weirdest dream last night that I just have to share:
I'm adopted and sometimes thoughts of my biological father come into my head. Well last night was a doozy... I dreamt I was in the supermarket looking at vegetables when Sir Cliff Richard came up to me and said "Hi Sinéad, I'm your father!" !!!! Needless to say I woke up pretty quickly!


Viola said...
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Viola said...

Oops. Not sure how I deleted that comment!

Wanted to say:

Mittens look great!

As for the Cliff Richard dream - I had a similar one once, except mine featured Ernest Hemingway. I'm not entirely sure what that says about me...!

WorstedKnitt said...

Hi Sinéad, big hug for you, I can believe it's hard with the situation with your Mam. I hope all the best for her, your Dad and you.

On a side note the mittens look gorgeous!

Tara said...

I'm sorry to hear the situation with your mother has become so difficult. There really isn't much we can do for them though, is there? They took care of us, we've got to take care of them. But it helps when they LET us take of them. I hope you find a way to make it a little easier on both them AND yourself.

dmaxi said...

Hugs, Sinead. I haven't any direct experience of what you're going through. However, I know two close friends whose mothers have alzheimers. In both cases the husbands died first, I'm sorry to say. The constant drain is very demanding physically.

I realise there's always an established dynamic between kids and their parents. One of the hardest things about dementia and alzeimers is that the kids become the carers; the one's who have to make the decisions.
Is there any way you can tell your Dad that he's being unrealistic; that the current set-up is not sustainable; that he's jeapordising his own health. Would it really confuse and upset your mother, beyond what can be coped with, if you disobey her & sneak off & clean the bath-room?

I don't know what to say to you about Cliff Richard being your dad! Congrats on finishing the mitt, BTW. I've been watching their progress and was dying to see them completed.

Jagienka said...

these mitts are a winner!
Even in the dark they look lovely. We might be blessed with another sunny day today, so snap nice p while you can!
Great job.

Big Knit Jules said...

Hello Sinead

Fantastic mittens! We thought you might like to know that we're about to launch The Big Knit here in Ireland to help keep older people warm this winter.

We're trying to knit 20,000 little woolly hats to put on our smoothies which will then be sold in Topaz from 5th November. For every behatted smoothie sold, innocent and Topaz will give €1 to the charity Age Action who help provide support to older people in Ireland.

If you'd like to get involved, please let Big Knit Jules know at and we'll send out some bits and pieces to help you get started.

Hats off to you,
love from innocent

Anonymous said...

Those mittens are gorgeous!

Sorry to hear about your parents. I know that has to be hard. I'm an only child, so I'm not looking forward to mine getting older as I'll be the only one they can rely on. {{{hugs}}}

Bionic Laura said...

Hi Sinead, well done on the mittens, they are beautiful. Sorry to hear your Mum is unwell it must be very hard. We're all cheering for you out in cyberspace.

knititch said...

i am sorry to hear about your mam. i think dementia is the meanest and cruelest disease of them all. and you are much to young to be experiencing this.
on a brighter note your knitting is proceeding so well and i am sure that it helps a bit in dealing with all the hardship. it always worked like that for me.
grand idea with the dinner. they need to be spoiled.
i never had a dream like that but it tends to get scary at night sometimes.

Jane Vogels said...

Dealing with our parents as they become older is tough and I can understand how your Dad feels about wanting to do it all. Perhaps you can explain to him he has a difficult job look after your Mam. If he doesnt cope then he wont be able to look after her. and by getting some home help for him will allow him to continue.
cheers jane