Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Still Alive

Though you wouldn't know it by how often I've blogged in the last 6 months! Sorry!

It has been interesting, to say the least. A few updates:

Still no baby. Still ttc.

Jerek had a job, overdid it, and is now probably going to have to get a different job. He has an idea about another job that should be easier on his body. For a while he was back to being almost as bad, if not as bad, as he was when he was newly injured.

Tiri is no longer a baby or even a toddler. She talks, walks, runs, sings, and does all sort of things. She's now a little girl... **sniffle**

I'm still knitting. There was a period of time when I couldn't and boy was I miserable. Got my mojo back though. In fact, in the last 7 weeks or so, I've donated 100 baby hats, of which about 80 to 85 were made within that time frame.

Here are some of them:

Friday, February 21, 2014

A Little Wool Sweater

What do you see when you look at this?

A little sweater, right? Do you know what I see?

I see hope. I see dreams and wishes and faith. I see fear that this little sweater will never be filled, but also the determination that, if there is another baby, it will be wrapped in his or her mother's love.

This is the pattern and this is my project page.  Hopefully, before too long, there will be a photo of a baby wearing it. Double score if it is a breathing baby.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A New Hat Pattern

I actually have a fan on Ravelry! Whee! She has asked me to come up with a few more patterns, so here I go!

Fits size 2 to 3, possibly a bit larger.

Gauge: 2 dc per inch. 

Worsted weight yarn, 2 skeins. Uses less than half of each skein per hat.

Size 9mm or M/N hook

Holding two strands of worsted, chain 3, join with sl st to form a ring.

Round 1: Ch 1, work 7 sc in ring. Join. (8 st.)

Round 2: Ch. 2, dc in same st as join. 2 dc in each st around. Join. (16 dc.)

Round 3: Ch 1, sc in same st. as join. *Sc 1 next st, 2 sc in following st. Repeat from * around. Join. (24 sc.)

Round 4: Ch 2. Work 1 dc in same st as join. *1 dc in next two st. 2 dc in next st. Repeat from * around. Join. (32 st.)

Round 5: Ch 1. Sc in each st. around. Join. (32 st.)

Round 6: Ch 2. Dc in each st around. Join. (32 st.)

Rounds 7 through 13: Repeat rounds 5 and 6. (32 st.)

Round 14: Repeat round 5 once more.

Finish off, weave in ends.

Optional: Cut eye shapes from felt and applique them on. I may do another blog post about adding eyes, etc. to this type of hat.

Two Donations

Pulled off two donations this week. First, these three hats went to St. Elizabeth's in Wabasha.

You probably recognize them from recent posts. I wanted to get some of them given away, and it's been a while since I donated anything over there, so I just ran these in yesterday.

Then Jerek took this box over to the post office this morning.

These have been waiting a while, but I finally got the printer to work!! Yay! There are 12 hats in various sizes from baby to adult, and two neck warmers. One neck warmer was made a long time ago, the other I whipped up in January.

I am pleased with myself. :)

Monday, February 17, 2014

A Picture's Worth a Thousand Words

There were for Bexley:

Pumpkin Hat
Bunny Hat

Preemie Bereavement Items:

These are newborn and larger:

I am also knitting a sweater to save for a Rainbow Baby. <3 More about that another time.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Knitted Football Hat

I saw baby Bexley today and I am inspired with baby boy patterns. What is more boy than football? I crocheted him a football hat before he was born, and now I decided to try knitting one. :)

Gauge: 4 stitches and 6 rounds to 1 inch in stockinette in the round.

Size 6-12 months


Worsted weight yarn in two colors, brown and white.

Size 7 circular knitting needle (12 or 16" length)

Size 7 dpns for working decreases

Tapestry needle and scissors.


Cast on 60 stitches with the white yarn (or 61, depending on the kind of join you use.) Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist.

Knit 4 rounds of k1p1 ribbing in white.

Break white, join brown and knit 4 more rounds of k1p1 ribbing.

Knit 17 rounds of stockinette (knit every round). Switch to white and knit 4 rounds.

Switch back to brown. Knit 2 rounds, then begin decreases.

Decrease round 1: knit 4, knit 2 together. Repeat around.

Decrease round 2 and every even numbered decrease round: Knit around.

Decrease round 3: Knit 3, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 5: Knit 2, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 7: Knit 1, knit 2 together around.

Decrease round 9: Knit 2 together around.

Break yarn, thread into tapestry needle and weave through the remaining 10 stitches.

Weave in all ends. Cut a length of white yarn and embroider stitching on the hat to look like a football.

**Note** To avoid a job where you change color, knit one round in the new color, then slip the first stitch of the second round. Knit on as usual until you need to change colors again.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Comfort: A Small Directory of Infant Loss Charities

It came to my attention today just how many charities there are the offer comfort items for bereaved parents. I want to donate to them all, but that's going to take some time. So I decided that, for the time being, I would write a blog post with some links to organizations and to patterns.

I've mentioned Giving Artfully many times before. This morning when I logged on, I saw that there are now 11 projects for items for bereaved parents. These is the search results leading to "for bereaved parents." Five were added in the last week.

Most of these charities focus on making hats, gowns, and other items for the babies to be dressed in and for the parents to have as keepsakes. One of the charities focuses on comfort shawls. And a few of them are looking for memory boxes.

Bev's Country Cottage has a page of bereavement gown patterns. I've made some of these. The link goes to that page.

Care Wear has many patterns for burial gowns as well, both in the newsletters and in their 2013 Pattern and Information Book. These can be downloaded for free. There are quarterly newsletters here going back to 2000. I made the crocheted layette (all but the blanket) from the Pattern Booklet, it's a very nice pattern.

Heart2Heart Gown pattern This is a gorgeous gown with hearts knitted into the skirt.

Angel's Pocket pattern is a knitting pattern for a pocket for a baby born too small and too fragile to dress.

Knit 3-5 Pound Burial Gown pattern is a knitted burial gown pattern that could be made for a boy or a girl, depending on trim. It's not just tiny babies who die, as I learned.

Burial Gown, Bonnet and Booties This knitting pattern includes gown, hat, and booties in size extra small preemie, small preemie, large preemie and full ter.

Basic Button-Up Burial Cocoon pattern This is a crochet pattern for an adorable wrap for babies born prior to 20 weeks gestation.

Soulful Comfort Shawl  A crochet pattern for a comfort shawl. The Solace Foundation puts comfort shawls into the care packages they send to loss parents.

Knit Lace Shawl A very pretty shawl.

There are more crocheted gown patterns on Bev's Country Cottage. There are also size charts.

Please consider making up some things to donate to these charities. When you lose a baby, knowing someone cares is priceless.