Saturday, January 13, 2007

A Little Suffering

There is a brooding presence located at the end of my couch:

The Shetland cardigan is going through it's awkward phase. It is past the armholes and I am now working the fronts and the back simultaneously. It's difficult to manage three balls of yarn attached to such a large amount of knitting.

Someone else has hit his awkward stage:

Luke had braces installed this week and he is finding them difficult to live with. He's a sensitive boy to begin with, and the are irritating his mouth. Plus he has headaches and difficulty eating. We are giving him sympathy and some medication and trying to reassure him that it will all be worth it in the end.

Once again, life and my knitting converge.


  1. anneonymousone8:33 am

    I had braces for about ten years (night brace torture device, bands, the works), which saved me from having an overbite that I could have balanced a teacup on.

    Once, when I was in my early thirties, I was sitting across from a male friend on whom I'd had a crush for years. When he told the entire table at the diner that my teeth were perfect, I sighed a prayer of thanksgiving to my parents and orthodontist. Hang in there, Luke!

    Laurie, the sweater looks fantastic! (roar of crowd)

  2. I know what you mean about having a lot of sweater in your lap! I have my Not So Warm Sweater ready to pick up the stitches for the first sleeve - it is getting heavier by the row! However, it is nice and warm and we are having a cold spell at the moment, so it is working out well.
    Hang in there, Luke. It will get better - our DD and GD both had braces and now their teeth are beautiful and their bite is perfect!

  3. I had braces for two years in about grades 7 and 8, and I still remember that soreness. I also remember cutting corn off the cob so I could eat it. But you get used to them, and then there's only pain when they're tightened. Remind him he'll be a real hottie once they're off. ;)

  4. I had Luke's permission to post that picture and I've been reading him your comments. He doesn't say much, but there's a little smile on his face so I think he appreciates it.

    Thanks gang!

  5. Tell Luke he looks awesome and give him a big hug from the girls