Saturday, April 23, 2016

End of April Already??



Well, I feel like my head is about to drop off, from what I assume is a stress headache, but besides that here I am again.

Carried out two more baby hat donations since last blogged:

This group went to Rice Lake on April 8th

(I love that Lion Brand Ice Cream yarn! It's what the pink/yellow/blue/white one is made with, and the white/yellow/blues one is crocheted with.)

And these went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire on April 19th

The hats in back are all made from the same yarn, a skein of Mary Maxim Starlette I was set on working up. (I did, and most of the hats are either donated or boxed to be sent once there's postage scratch.) The two matching striped ones in front are I Love This Yarn Stripes in colorway Agean. The pink/purple/grey striped one is a Deborah Norville yarn, can't remember the name.

Anyway, I am now an actual volunteer at Sacred Heart for hat knitting, etc. I'd like to sew some rice socks too but not sure when I'll get to that. Fritzy makes knitting and crocheting hard right now, and that's portable! Can't imagine what sewing would be like.

Currently making more baby hats. Not at such a high production rate anymore, mostly because of kids, and Jerek is not home most of the time so I have to do everything else here too. Here are some of the latest hats:

This is actually a pattern written for an N hook and worsted weight yarn held double, but I used an H hook and Dk weight, and worked the numbers for the teen size. Worked out to roughly newborn. It's pretty stretchy too.

More Ice Cream yarn! This one is called "Spumoni". It looks nice, but that orange and green next to each other gives me a 1970s vibe whenever I look at it. I've knitted one with this yarn too and I was surprised at how nice it actually looks. Haven't take any pictures of that one yet.

In other news, spring seems to be getting a good foothold here. Daffodils are blooming! Wheeeee!!! :D Around town there are various flowering trees and shrubs as well. We have a lilac bush that is very busy growing leaves and buds. Not sure when it will bloom, but I'm enjoying the anticipation.

I recently listened to a wonderful book, "The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder". It's a book, and I had the book on CD to listen to in the car. I really recommend it. :)

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

What has been going on lately...

Hello all! :) 

Life is trucking along around here.. First, Jerek got a different job (again). He's driving again. So far, so good. 

Second, I found another place to donate! The hospital in Rice Lake, WI. :) I took them this package of lovelies:

I should take them some more on Friday as Jerek plans to take us over there again. We shall see. My knitting efforts are quite all over the place right now. 

The small humans continue to grow at an alarming rate. Tiri went on her first field trip a week or so ago. It was just t the library, but still, it meant she got to ride on the school bus. She's been quite obsessed with riding the bus for about the last 2 years.

Fritz can walk farther and farther unassisted. He'll be 1 next month. ::sob::

Last weekend we went to Govin's Berry Farm to see the baby animals (they have an open house type event for several weekends each spring for this purpose. Tiri held a lamb and went on a pony ride. Fritz just watched everything.

I'm also reading a lovely book, The Selected Letters of Laura Ingalls Wilder. If you know anything about me, you know that to me this is a treasure trove. I've been enjoying it immensely! Although, the first time I read her use a swear word I think my eyebrows went up so high they were floating above my head. 


Friday, February 5, 2016

Maybe if I tried my toes....

I am freaking losing my mind over here.

I have a massive care of startitis, coupled with a complete lack of inspiration on WHAT, exactly, I actually want to knit. This is not a good combo.

I've been traipsing around Ravelry and there are so many groups that need things. So many people are hurting in some way or another. I could start any number of things and be able to find a place for it. The problem is I don't know who or what I want to do.

I have an package ready to mail to Matthew's Gift, so that's off the table for just now. I needed a break from thinking about the lost babies. I know how those mothers feel. I've been there. I feel guilty that I need to step back, but I do.

I've been reading about Pine Ridge Reservation again. Do a bit of research, it's awful there. There are three groups on Ravelry that serve PRR: Bundles of Joy, which is a lot of baby knitting with occasional other goals thrown in. For the Children of Pine Ridge, which serves several organizations on PRR. And Afghan Squares for Pine Ridge, which is just what it sounds like. Pam Little Sparrow accepts afghan squares, preferably 6" or 12", and sews them into blankets for the Rez.

Then I found the group Hats and More for War-Torn Syria. Now, I've heard the talk about the refugees but I hadn't poked around that group much until last night. Y'all, they have photos of kids in the snow in sandals, with no coats. It's the ever loving lulu of poverty and destitution.

Half of me is paralyzed in horror, the other half screams KNIT.

I cast on a Pebble Vest today.

The yarn is a handspun, handpainted wool that has been in the stash for years. It's called "Dragon's Breath", according to the card that was on the hank. I wound it into a ball last night and cast on today. It's a nice yarn, not buttery soft but you can feel how warm it is and I plan to get a long-sleeved onesie and put it with the vest as a set. It will keep a baby warm.

But it's going to blasted ***SLOW***! I'm not knitting as fast as usual because the cable on this needle isn't as pliable as I'm used to, for one thing, and for another... I just don't know. I feel like I'm slogging through molasses.

I leaped into the stash again and found a ball of lavender wool. It wants to be something but cannot decide what. But if it does decide, then I will be knitting/crocheting that thing instead of the vest. *sigh*

Maybe I should try knitting with my toes.

Saturday, January 16, 2016


I found a sweet pattern for a baby burial bunting that I got actual loss mama recommendation for. It's the Knitted Burial Bunting pattern and one of the moms in HAPL on Ravelry said she got one for her daughter. She said it was just right. I'm taking that recommendation to the bank and am making a bunch of them.

First one is meant for Rochester Methodist Hospital in Rochester, whenever I get there again.

Second and third ones are for Matthew's Gift (link goes to a previous blog post that I did about them, which contains pertinent links).

I am about to cast on my fourth one. They're rather addictive.

I'm also working on a crocheted bunting that is similar to these knitted ones. I'm making up the pattern, noting what I'm doing, and I will probably put the directions up here. There aren't too many burial item patterns, or perhaps I should say there should be more patterns. Especially patterns that are nice for boys. Lace and frills are all well and good, and some parents would put them on their sons, but not every parent is like that and they should have something for their son that they can be proud of. Every baby deserves the dignity of an outfit or a wrap.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Matthew's Gift

I discovered a new charity. Well, I knew about it, but I hadn't paid too much attention to it. Recently though, I read through it all and I now have Tiri's little froggy bank repurposed as a postage saving bank. :-)

Here is the Matthew's Gift Facebook page and the Matthew's Gift Ravelry group.

Matthew's mom is putting together memory boxes for lost babies, with gowns and hats for the babies and keepsakes for their mothers. The photos of her first donation are lovely. I would have loved to get a box this beautiful and personalizes when Freddy was born.

I've been knitting and crocheting, of course.

I'm working on a Knitted Burial Bunting. Adorable little thing! I made one that I plan to take to Rochester at some point, and now some for M'sG.

If you have the heart for it, please check out Matthew's Gift and contribute what you can. <3

Monday, December 21, 2015


On Wednesday last week Tiri told me that she had a sore throat when she got home from school. Later on she denied it, but the handbook says they need to stay out of school 24 hours after they are symptom free. Kept her home on Wednesday, everything seemed to be fine Thursday so she went to school. As evening approached, she seemed to be dragging.

Friday, you could tell she was getting sick. Much as I tried, she so helpfully got into Fritz's face and by Saturday he was also sick. Yesterday, it got me.

Except this is me:

Oh well.

Sunday, December 13, 2015

In Loving Memory of Jerek Alfred (Freddy)

I mentioned in a previous post that I was working on a donation in memory of Freddy. The name evolved a few times, but ended up being The Freddy Project Memorial Donation 2015.

On December 10th, Jerek and I went to Eau Claire, WI and I delivered 72 hats to two hospitals and a crisis pregnancy care clinic. 72 hats, divided by 3, equals 24 hats per place. Each place for 24 because Freddy would be 24 months.

Sacred Heart Hospital got this set:

Luther Middelfort Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic Heath System, got this set:

And Apple Pregnancy Care Clinic got this set:

72 babies will wear my hats in Freddy's place. I hope their mothers love them as much as I love Freddy.