Meet Hans... the sweater from Best of Lopi (pg 95). The boy is Daniel and you'll meet him later in this post. Was there ever any doubt I'd have it done by next Thursday? Actually, yes. When I realized I was cutting it
a little really close with the main color. I thought I was going to have to wait till I could get more. Think I'm kidding? This is what's left:
This is right off the needles. The underarms aren't even woven yet. I wanted to show it so that people who are new to color knitting can see it's not all smooth and even until after you block it. As luck would have it, you can't really tell this from the picture, but hey... I tried. I'm hoping that when I take another picture of Daniel in it tomorrow after it's dry, you'll be able to see the difference.
Now I need to finish spinning the purple singles for Yarn Harlot's give-a-way and then cast on the red scarf for The Red Scarf Project. Then I'll get to finish Dan's Hardangervidda.... finally.
Erica is coming for a visit tomorrow! She's only about an hour and a half up the road so I'll get to meet her new baby boy in person. I'm going to make some sort of baked pasta dish for lunch (who doesn't like pasta) and then maybe we'll get to sit and knit a bit. My friend, Mariana, is going to join us.
In chatting with Katy and Laurie, it's come to my attention that there seem to be quite a few of us knit bloggers with children who are somewhere on the Autism scale. Daniel has Asperger's Syndrome (High Functioning Autism). He's always been in a mainstream classroom. No one believed me that something was wrong until he was two. His attention span was incredible for a baby. He would watch his train go around on it's track or my spinning wheel spin for hours. He'd watch full Disney movies and want to see them over and over again without stopping. He has a very acute sense of smell, taste, touch and hearing. He's very detail oriented. It takes him an hour to tell you something (in a very monotone voice) that takes most people five minutes to relay. He uses words that most kids his age don't and when he tries to be cool and say... well, "Cool" it doesn't come out quite right. He just smiles. When he's afraid of something (doctors, dentists, heights or anything that moves fast) everyone in the room knows he's scared to death. A picture fell off of a wall once while we were in a hotel. Daniel had to have five staples in his head and two stitches in his finger. He was five. Four grown men were holding him down and he fought so hard that he knocked his father's contact out, kicked his shoes off across the room and had them shaking their heads at his sheer strength when they were finally done. It was quite a challenge for a while but he's come a very long way. We still can't get his temp taken at the doctors because he won't hold the thermometer in his mouth. The meltdowns that used to be a daily occurrence have all but stopped. People who just meet him, without knowing about the AS, think he's a little eccentric or quirky. It's most obvious in social situations with children his own age. Kids will be kids so it breaks my heart to see another child ignore Daniel or be cruel to him because they don't understand him.
Like Laurie, I've often said that Daniel's curse is his blessing. AS makes him SO special. His intelligence surprises us still. It's like he's on a whole different wave length than the rest of us. It's like he's stuck between generations. He would rather be alone than in a room full of kids his own age. He thinks about stuff that never crosses our mind. He went to Kindergarten already knowing how to read. He taught himself from computer games and memorizing what we'd read to him. He has lots of quirks but I wouldn't change one of them because he wouldn't be Daniel. If you ever want to know anything about the Titanic, he's your man. One of the common traits of AS is that the Aspie has a huge interest in one topic. It was for this reason that we took a last minute trip to London last year when I found out they had the big Titanic Exhibit at the Science Center there and it was about to end. If you're interested, you can see pictures from that trip here. For years it was trains (specifically Thomas the Tank). After reading about the Titanic in a children's book series, he had to know everything about it. He's getting more and more interested in Space and has always loved science.
We've never had a support group or even known another Aspie so we've often wondered if it's all in our heads.... and then Daniel does something that brings us back to reality. When an Autism Specialist first told us we went straight home and got on the internet. We both started to cry because the Asperger's Website read like Daniel's biography. Finally, we had something to work with. It's important that people learn about Asperger's and Autism. There was many a time during a meltdown in public that I'd get that evil eye from someone thinking, "What a spoiled brat!" Look at that smile. A purer heart you'll never find.