Tuesday, September 9, 2014


I think soon I will need to have Shani put to sleep. She will not eat, and she seems increasingly miserable.She will be 16 in a few months, and I had hoped she would last longer than this. I'm still trying to get her to eat, but I'm starting to feel like I'm fighting a losing battle.

Shani is the tiger. The other one is Katy.

Friday, August 22, 2014

My Baby Girl

In a mere 2 weeks, I will have a three year old.


When, exactly, did this

become this?

Of course, it isn't like I went to her crib one day and there she was, transformed. There were some in-betweens:

But as big as she is, as independent, and yes occasionally naughty, she still loves this.

And so do I, my Nefretiri Jeanne.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Bundles of Love, Winona, MN

On Friday, August 15, I took a donation to the Winona, MN chapter of Bundles of Love.

I had heard of this charity several years ago, and last summer found out that there was a group meeting monthly in Winona. However, life, and pregnancy, and that whole thing, sort of got in the way Finally, finally, though, I got to go!

I took these things:

25 baby hats in a good mixture of colors for either gender, 4 pairs of socks that match 4 of the hats, 2 pairs of crocheted baby booties, and 1 knitted washcloth.

I took Michelle and Bexley, and Carolyn (Michelle's little sister) with me to Winona that day, as a little outing. Tiri wanted to go in with me when I dropped off my things, which I wasn't sure about at first. They adored her, though, of course.

All in all, it was a wonderful experience! I will definitely go back there, and I may even attend one of the meetings to do some needlework. I mentioned that I wasn't sure about that, because of Tiri, and they all assured me that she wouldn't be a bother. It would be nice to sit and knit in the company of like-minded ladies, so I do hope to get to go soon.

Yesterday, to top it all off, I got a very sweet thank you card. :)

If you are near Eastern Minnesota, please consider looking into Bundles of Love. Visit their website to learn about their mission, and then dive in. You won't regret it!

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.