Monday, November 05, 2007

Doin the math


Whelp, after my last post about my subnerdy disability with math I decided to give this whole math and knitting thing a try. I won't attempt to learn the source of my math aversion without professional help but I'm open to suggestions, all I ask is that you all be gentle...

This would be a good time for me to overcome this problem. This week is my mother's 87th 82nd birthday (I think, wait, I have to do the math 2007 - 1925 = 82!) I've decided to make her a pair of fingerless mitts and perhaps a scarf. Each year finding the right thing to get her is a serious challenge. She saves everything! Unless it is from one of my brothers then she flaunts wears it often. Not with one of her darling 3 daughters. She saves it, she says, for a special occasion. I'm not even going to try to analyze what that is about!

I made this silk shawl for her out of 5 different kinds of silk yarns -

I've never seen her wear it except for this shot that I took shortly after I gave it to her. Oh whatever. I'm going to finish these

and give her something to match. Should I give her another scarf or a hat? Seriously I don't know why I'm even trying to figure it out, she'll never wear them...

I shouldn't complain. She's is entitled to do whatever she pleases. She raised 7 of us! I can't even begin to know what that was like. I have two brothers who are twins and they are like 6'4" and my mom is only 4'11" She had to keep those giants in line! And me, I was the mouthy type. My older sister used to stop traffic with guys gawking at her all the time and my older brother was sent to Korea to jump out of planes and my other brother broke his hip jumping off something he shouldn't have and my baby sister escaped an abduction and...

So, Mom, you can do whatever you damn well please - just please do it wearing my cute little mitts?

11 comments:

Beate said...

Congrats´to your mom- I knitted those mittens and they are so fun and quick to make..
Thanks for the offer- house hunting..I am so sick of moving all the time, but today/night I don´t give the d... my husband and I are going to a Kokobelli coctail (foundraiser for IVF treatment - work-) thing in NYC (creativ black tie).So all I want to do today is spekulate if my outfit is "creativ" enough and enjoy the evening.

Mary Anne said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom, we share the same birth week!

Rebecca said...

oh no! not math and knitting again. maybe she will wear those things you made her. i'm sure she's tickled that her talented daughter makes her such lovely items to wear. if she won't wear things you make, then what about a knitted pillow/bolster? she could lean against it, and that's almost like wearing, no? does she like afghans?

WandaWoman said...

Oh, I like rebecca's idea. If she doesn't like to wear the things you knit, perhaps a pillow or some other decorative item, so it could be shown, but not used. I think that's a great idea.

del said...

I learned my lesson with my mom! I really wish you better luck with yours.

I don't know why she wouldn't want to wear all those pretty knit things you make for her. ?

hope said...

Happy Birthday to you mom. The mitts are cute but I absolutely love the hats.
Thanks too for the book recommendations.

Virtuous said...

OMG! 7 of you chaps!! Now raising all of y'all and not being crazy is a blessing! Heck yeah she can do whatever with your beautiful knitted presents! :op Haha!

Happy Birthday Deborah's Mama!! :oD And many many blessed more!

Ava said...

What does she want? My mother has gotten to the point where she says, "Oh, nothing..."

A decorative item might nice as others have said. I've seen some really pretty pillows.

hakucho said...

Our folks were all brought up the same I think...saving everything for "best"...afraid it might get ruined. worn out. I'm sure she saves the items because she cherishes them so much! Enjoy every minute you have with your dear mother! Happy birthday Deborah's Mom!

Lynn said...

Congrats to your mom for living such a long life!! However I'm amazed that you still knit stuff for her when you know she won't wear it.

What abt a gift card at the local grocery store? Too impersonal?? At least she'd use it, right??

And those are Fetching aren't they? VERY nice!

Brown Berry said...

Loved this!! Needed just this kind of chuckle today! She'll cherish them.