Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The Upside Of Being Down With Swine Flu


Last week my family was struck with the dreaded swine flu, or H1N1 virus. Thankfully, the worst of our symptoms was low-grade fever, cough and fatigue. We spent the week camped out on our couches. While Ethan and James watched TV, I knitted.
And since I didn’t have to drive to and from their schools and the karate studio, I had a lot of time to knit, which was good because I had a baby sweater to finish. My sister-in-law is due this week with a baby girl.
I used a pattern called Baby Kimono by Kristen Spurkland. I bought some great yarn for it back in May and have been working on it off and on over the summer. I didn’t think a sweater for a newborn would take long to make. Now I know that even a baby sweater takes a while to make on size 3 needles. But with all the sicky couch potato time I had last week, I finished the sweater and even made a little hat for her with the extra yarn I had.

I can’t wait to see my new niece in her sweater!

20 comments:

Talon said...

Cathy, what a beautiful sweater! The hat is adorable! Beautiful work.

I'm glad your family made it through the flu okay and it's neat that a down time produced something gorgeous.

jabblog said...

Bad luck! Happily swine flu is proving not to be the great disaster that the medics predicted. Lots of sleep seems to be the answer.
I think your new niece will look delightful in her outfit - awww, sweet!

hokgardner said...

That's such a sweet sweater!

I didn't get much knitting done while sick, but I did get a lot of reading done.

However, I cast on your bit of fluff last night.

a corgi said...

so sorry about the illness! glad it wasn't too bad with the symptoms, but never fine when the kiddos don't feel good :(

what an adorable sweater/hat for your little niece! I bet you are all excited for her to make her grand appearance so you can "love" on her and hold her, etc

betty

LceeL said...

Just make sure you disinfect that sweater and hat before sending it along to your sister. Spray it with Lysol or something - just in case.

Lynn said...

What a lovely gift! Hope you all are better.

MaryAnn Ashley said...

So cute. Hope you guys are all on the mends.

Jenny said...

Glad you are all feeling better. What a lovely gift! My goal for the winter is to teach myself to knit--but I couldn't imagine getting good enough to do a sweater!

Tanya @ TeenAutism said...

Very pretty! Hope you are all on the mend.

Cookie said...

Oh No! Really?! The flu already?! I'm glad you guys are ok. Guess I shouldn't put off that flu shot any longer.
Great job knitting :)

Destiny's child... said...

even I can't wait to see her in that. the hat is just adorable! :)

the mama bird diaries said...

Glad you are better. Cute sweater!

pixiemama said...

I admire your knitting skills! The little sweater and hat set are adorable.

Hope everyone's back on their feet (and without pigtails) soon!

xo

Lisa @ Boondock Ramblings said...

Was it the real swine flu? Ugh! Yuk! Well, anyhow, glad you got a sweater or two made@

Janice Ellen Wright said...

That's so sweet, I love the rich brown color, too,for a fall baby.

Honey Mommy said...

That little hat is so stinking cute! Great job!

Talon said...

Hope everyone is feeling better, Cathy!

Unseen Rajasthan said...

Beautiful and lovely shots !! Nice post..Unseen Rajasthan

Tina said...

oh no i hope your family gets better soon. love the sweater. so sweet

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Kathleen W. said...

I'm so sorry you were ill, but glad you caught up on your knitting. That sweater is so pretty, and I love the color. I get sick of pastel baby colors and tend to knit baby knits in colors I like.