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Hundred Hats for Helping Challenge Donation Drive

I've posted about Helping Hands for Our Children in the Chippewa Valley before, and about a week ago they posted this on their Facebook.


It loads small, I wish I could get it bigger! Basically they're already searching for donations for winter. Hats, coats, mittens, boots, snowpants.. you name it. Shauna plans her first winter gear distribution for September, with subsequent ones in October, November, and December, plus she still gets requests for gear throughout the winter. Last year she was out of hats, mittens, etc by the end of January.

This is where I come in. :)

I am holding a Hundred Hats for Helping Hands Challenge over in the Charity Knitting group I help moderate on Ravelry. I'm trying to get at least a hundred warm hats for Helping hands in sizes from baby up to adult, with special focus on school age kids.

I'm working on my third and fourth hats right now (one is knit, one is crochet, so they're going simultaneously). Here are my first two:



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Plans

I'm working on some plans for my upcoming charity crafting. As you might know, I have something on the go 98% of the time, and I've found that I work best when I have a place I am actively crafting for with a fairly close goal in mind. I need the (sort of) instant gratification. :)

I've found a few more places I would like to contribute to. I thought I would share them here, because if I want to contribute obviously I think they're worthy causes and in that case, I should share them with others who might want to help too.

First off is a fairly new one. Safe Haven Foster Shoppe. They pack backpacks and diaper bags for kids going into the foster care system. They're based in the Twin Cities, with drop locations in various places including one here in Menomonie! Wooo!! I'm planning a few things for them. So far I have prepared:

1 baby blanket
1 baby dress
1 (possibly 2) baby sweaters

Plus, I am a few rows away from a baby hat, and I redownloaded the baby ball patt…

Snippets

Yesterday we had a WIC appointment. Antoinette has gained a pound since she was born: her weight was 9 pounds, 8 ounces. Length measurement was slightly off, but we didn't end up redoing it. I'm 21 pounds less than I was the day before she was born!

I've been knitting on a pair of slippers for The Bridge to Hope here in town. It's the local domestic violence shelter. I called them on Monday and they expressed interest in washcloths and slippers. I'm making these slippers, Alice's Booties pattern. It's a piece of cake. Here is the first one. I have it seamed and ready, and have two more decrease rows for the second one and then the cuff.


I *think* these are women's size 6-8 (stretchy, you know) but I'm not 100% on that. There is only one cast on number/size in the pattern, but I think it should work to adjusts the size by varying the cast on number as long as I keep it a multiple of 4. I haven't decided if I will make the next pair bigger or smal…

Antoinette

May I introduce the newest addition? This is Antoinette. :)


This was an hour or two after she was born on March 23rd, 2017. She was 8 pounds, 8 ounces and 21.5" long. <3




She was born at 3:16 PM in the water at Footprints in Time Birth Center. It was an easy labor except the last centimeter. It was rough. I had gas and air to get from 9 to 10 centimeters.

Once Teri told me I could push, I did! One push got her to crowning, another delivered her head, and one last delivered her body. I realize now that, other than the fact that I seem to be naturally good at pushing (something to be proud of, I think!), I also delivered her that quickly because pushing is where it went wrong with Freddy. I wasn't going to give it time to happen with Squish.

Jerek was there, Teri, Becky, and Teri's newest student midwife. I think her name is Brianna. I'll double check at my postpartum checkup and correct the post if I'm wrong. Tiri and Fritz went to the birth center too and Erika …

Hello 2017

Hi.

Well, the mojo is back. :) I'll distract you from how long it's been since I blogged by showing you some of the stuff I've made in the last month or two.










A sampling. Stuff for WIC, for private donations, for other places I've found. I'm actually using up balls of yarn too!! 
In other news, I'm 32 weeks pregnant! Squish is doing well, as am I. We have a checkup on Wednesday. I'm hoping to get a bump picture that day too in the pretty mirror in the waiting room of the birth center. I wanted to at my last appointment but my phone was DED.


Brain Weasels Suck

If you are familiar with brain weasels, you know how much they suck. If you aren't, you're lucky. For those of you who haven't heard the term, it's those voices in you head, usually caused by anxiety or depression, or perhaps some unpleasant childhood programming of internal dialogue.

The brain weasels have been out in full force here, breeding like bunnies. I've fought them before and I know what they look like, though I haven't had quite so many before. I finally called Teri and enlisted help in banishing them. I got some lovely brain weasel silencers. There are still a few rattling the bars of their cage, but they're not sexin' it up anymore with gay abandon.

In the midst of the brain weasel orgy, the knitting has fallen by the wayside. Basically everything has. I see what I should be doing, but to actually do most of it... wasn't happening. I washed dishes, and I fed the kids and Jerek. Sometimes I fed me. The rest of the time, well.

Now it'…

Welcome September!

Summer is ending. :) Tiri turned 5, and she started going to school all day, and riding the bus!

Here she is after she got home on her first day. It was pouring when I took her to the bus stop that morning, so not a lot of Kodak moments at that point. It was drizzly when she got home, but warmer.


December is coming, so I'm working on the baby hats for the donation in Freddy's memory. I'm wavering between donating 3 times 36, or 4 times 36. For sure, I'm taking a set to Sacred Heart, Luther Midelfort, and the hospital in Rice Lake. I'm also tempted to take a set to the hospital in Black River Falls. I haven't been back to that hospital since Jerek and I left there with an empty car seat after he handed our baby boy to a stranger to take him for his autopsy.

Here are some of the hats I've made for December:







Today I bought three plastic shoe box type storage containers, one for each for-sure hospital, and am starting to sort them. It's helpful to see what …