Friday, September 26, 2008

Charmed Under Blue Skies





Knit/Nurse friend Joan and I went to the FREE ZOO in our Chicago City today and knitted away. Joan's socks charmed me into casting on a new pair of socks myself. You see, she was using 3s or 4s to knit them up. Doubled sock yarn here I come. Detaiis in a few posts or so.

I was knitting away quietly with Joan, when I realized the peace she talked about feeling at the zoo. I hadn't really felt PEACEful at the zoo before. Then it hit me: I wasn't chaperoning anyone! I was there without counting any heads, without that green feeling I get when I am on the schoolbus for just a bit too long, without carrying ANYTHING that wasn't my own. No lunches for a dozen, no jackets, no plastic barf bags, no study sheets, and no sticky hands to hang on to for fear of losing the rowdiest one (who always seemed to be assigned to me!) No calling out names of those who run ahead or lag behind. No poop jokes. No butt jokes. No skinned knees. No imitating of primates grooming lice out of their fellows hair. No trip to the souveniors or the bathroom for that matter. No waiting on the hot bus for the other groups who lost track of time or worse lost track of a child. (darn it, I made it back here with all my charges in tow on time, lets GO!) No finding out our bus broke down in the lot and we would wait for another to arrive.....for a long time....

Wow. A day to be an adult at the zoo and just knit. I had no idea!


I'll talk to you in the comments. :)

14 comments:

Alyssa said...

Matt and I took baby Cori to the zoo for the first time a couple days ago. We had such a nice time. So, are you telling me that these peaceful days at the zoo with a stroller are numbered? :)

Kathy said...

Alyssa

It is great to hear from you. Well, yes, but chaperoning is also an experience where you learn so much about your child's classmates! It is worth it, but premedicate with some Advil or Tylenol :)

Deb said...

I REALLY need a day like that soon! So much time at school lately perhaps a trip to the zoo by myself is in order!

Irisheyes Lynn said...

Looks like you had a great day, even without a Skilling sighting!

Breien in Lansingerland said...

I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your outing to the zoo. Saw you pictured Bokito (LOL)!

(this I have to explain: in March Bokito escaped in Blijdorp Zoo and hurt a lady badly.)

Jennifer said...

You finally got a knitting adventure with Joan? WOohoo! I love zoos. I hadn't thought about the "responsible adult" aspect though. Interesting. The sock is so lovely. What pattern did you use?

Katherine said...

That sock is beautiful and the purple sweater (I think that is what you have in your lap) is moving along. It sounds like a wonderful day. I'm glad to hear that you could get away and enjoy it to the fullest!

Emily said...

3s are my favorite size sock needles. The speed is gratifying and that weight of socks is perfect with clogs.

Anonymous said...

This may be late, but would you be so kind to share the name of that sock pattern?

Kathy said...

THe socks are the Abrosia socks by Ann Budd, pattern library Knitting daily. I was remiss not to mention that. Thanks for reminding me!

Nell said...

I love the zoo!!!

Wool Winder said...

Don't think I've ever been to the zoo as an adult without kids. I guess I should give it a try.

Anonymous said...

Shock and awe! You started knitting a pair of socks!? With what? Joan's socks are very nice, I think I need the pattern (for when I graduate...)
-Al

guiltypleasures said...

A FREE zoo? I didn't know such a thing existed anymore. It sounds like an absolutely wonderful afternoon

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