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Hi! How is everyone? I'm fine, just waiting to find out if we're pregnant this month. I don't have high hopes, because Jerek is just getting worse and that is pretty reliable birth control.

Last night was the Memorial of Christ's Death. Jerek made it, though he wasn't in great shape after. I didn't drop the wine glass! :) If you would like to learn more about the meaning of the Lord's Evening Meal and why we as Jehovah's Witnesses celebrate that instead of Easter, please check out this article and related articles on

I am getting more and more surrounded by pregnant ladies! My cousin Michelle told me last weekend that she is 16 weeks pregnant! *Wham to the floor*

We don't know the baby's gender, but I can't resist baby knitting. I started this baby afghan for her.

It's even bigger now. I posted both photos because the one of it just after it was started showed the colors a bit truer (though it's still off. It's really shades of purple) but the second shows it's growing! I would say it's about 30" square now, and I want to work it up to about 36" to 38". A good size the baby can use for a long time. Maybe the baby will decide this is its security blankie. Wouldn't I be flattered. :)

Here is a link to my Ravelry project page for Michelle's Baby Blanket. I am using Joanns Sensations Rainbow Boucle yarn held with a strand of plain white worsted weight Red Heart and a 10.00MM hook. Each dc is about an inch high! I am loving that fact. Jerek picked out the yarn originally but then he decided it's too hard to work with. He's sort of right, it's very tangley in the skein, but once you get it out it works up super soft. The strand of worsted weight acrylic is acting as a stabilizer, since the Rainbow Boucle is also kind of weak and easy to break. The blanket is super soft and drapey already and I intend to give it a nice wash and dry after it's done, which will soften it even more.

I've made a few other things as well. I was on a baby vest kick for a while. I finished two and am almost halfway through a third of these:

This is Pebble. Isn't it cute??? Fast and fun to work (there are literally thousands of these made on Rav!) I actually have the top one to Michelle when she was here and told us about the baby. I sort of regret that, because the one I am working on now would have been better, but oh well. I may make her another, I don't know. I know I want to make Val one (or two!) for her baby. I'll wait till after we find out the gender though, because I want to buy some Berroco Comfort Worsted, or a similar nice soft yarn. I hope to make a meeting vest if her baby is a boy. If I play around with this enough that I can change sizes easily, I might attempt making Julius one too. My project pages for these: Main Line Pebble and Wee Wool Vest.

I also made this:

I'd seen patterns for over the head bibs, and I liked the store-bought ones I had for Tiri, so I just cast on and knit this one. It'll either go to WIC or the box I am filling for PRR.

I think I should be wrapping this up for now. I'll close with a picture of Tiri. :)

Love the wild hair, right? :) Normally she's in two little pony-tails, but today she was wild and free!


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