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Monday, November 23, 2009

Dr. Who Scarf Update

Just a quick visual update on my Dr. Who scarf. I'm back to work on it after breaking to make the two scarves for my kids. Today, I finished off a block of purple and added a few rows of yarn from the skeins that I used to make the kids scarves. Their scarves are special enough to me that I wanted to have something added to mine.

I picked up some Thanksgiving themed yarn for knitting on turkey day. I'll post a picture of that one Friday.


Ok, eeewwww!

Sunday, the wife and i spent the day at an Autism seminar at Governor's State University. There were several notable 'authorities' Autism research and treatment, even though the keynote speaker for the day was some quack who was pushing the misconceived notion that Autism is caused by immunizations...

...funny, my son was autistic before he got any immunizations.

Anyroads, as we waded through the crowds of people (which nearly brought on a claustrophobic panic attack for yours truly), we began to realize that several of the exhibitors were pushing alternative treatments such as the Gluetin Free & Casein Free Diets. It is believed by some that gluetin and casein introduce bio-toxins in to the body which could contribute to autism. So what's the answer? Cut out gluetin and casein. Problem is that now you're also cutting out the several vital nutrients that kids need. Not to worry though, there are several vendors on hand ready to sell the dietary supplements that will help the kids on the GF/CF diet. Of course, they could get their daily nutrition from eating normally and letting the body filter out toxins like it's supposed to.

Fast-forward to this morning. My wife and I were sorting through the swag bags to see what was given to us. It was almost like Halloween with all the candies and bags of edible goodies the vendors tossed in. However, we started to look at the edibles and looked over materials that they provided and realized that some of the candy was packed with a lot of different stuff. One of the lollipops had vitamin M-B12 in it, others had fish oils. One treat bar we deemed was safe enough for the kids to try. Devin, my autistic son, tried it. Mama asked him what it tasted like and he replied "It doesn't taste like anything", then spit it out. My daughter tried a piece as well and spit it out. I tried a piece and while it didn't taste like anything at first, it had an aftertaste that was so bad that if a horse's ass had a taste, this would be it.

So the moral of the story: If you have a child who is autistic and you think that a GF/CF diet may be for your child, check with your family doctor or the diagnosing doctor prior to placing your child on a specialized diet.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Project #2 Done!

I'm proud to report that Devin's scarf is done. It didn't take long after I picked it up following an afternoon of rearranging furniture. Dev was bragging about how I was making a scarf for him, well, here it is. Now back to the Dr. Who scarf.

Abby's "Daddy" Scarf

My first project was my Dr. Who scarf, and even that was a version 2.0 (a story for another post). Anyways, as I was working on that, my daughter Abigail insisted that I work on a scarf for her. Well, being a good daddy and still a relatively new knitter, I decided why not, set my work aside and got to work making her a scarf of her own. Here's the result:

She spent all day yesterday bragging to her grandmother about the scarf, and Devin (my son) told her that I was making him one too and it had lots of colors... That one is almost done and I'll post about that later =)


Two Weeks In...

I'm officially two weeks in to knitting. So far, I have found it to be an enjoyable and rewarding craft that really helps me be calm. It's the first craft that I can really just relax with. I've currently got two projects active, with one complete.