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Collages are Cool.

I learned a new thing. is a way to make neat photo collages for free (there is also a paid upgrade version.) Here is what I have so far. :-D There is teeny Tiri, and there is pregnant Rachel! :) Also Rocker Chick Tiri. Teehee.

Really Pretty Blanket Pattern Links -- Or, Reasons Why I Wish I Were More Patient

I've been pattern-searching baby blanket patterns on Ravelry this evening, and all I can say is, I wish I were more patient! There are some beautiful blankets to be made.

A few favorites:

Beth's Little Star Afghan (crochet)

Fast Easy Crochet Baby Blanket

Chromium Star Blanket (crochet)

Come Sail Away Baby Blanket (knitted)

Sweet Blanket (knitted)

Hexagon Baby Blanket (knitted)

Biased Granny Afghan (crochet)

Twin Lakes Blankie (knitted)

After looking at all these, and the hundreds I didn't post links to, I'm sure I'll be making another blanket attempt soon.... I've been thinking of attempting a scaled down version for one of the infant loss charities profiled in the Charity Knitting thread on Ravelry. I love Freddy's blanket, and I'm sure that there are plenty of mothers who lose babies who don't get anything soft to hold while they cry. I hate that, and I want to help.

I should sign off for now though, as it is way past bedtime. Happy knitting and crochetin…



Yesterday was a pretty good day! :) Look what I did:

Yes, I actually, finally got a new haircut. It's sort of like one I found on pinterest, but with deeper layers because I liked that look. I almost wish it were shorter, but it looks cute. :)

Also, we did the follow-up ultrasound and he was a good boy. We even got three cute pictures to take home.

Appointment with OB on Thursday was awesome! He just deadpanned "Having another VBAC is totally reasonable, no reason why you shouldn't try it again." And he said I wouldn't have to have staples if I have to have surgery again.

He seemed not too impressed with how Tiri's birth was handled and how I was too knocked out to meet her for so long. He said I will be awake to meet my baby if I have a section.

I think I'm in love.

And, first time ever, I had Jerek take a bump picture yesterday. Not going to share here, but I am happy we did it. :)

Plan for a Cesarean Birth

I don't know yet how this baby is going to come into this world. I don't know if I will labor and push him out like I did his big brother, or if I will be spread-eagle on a table while a doctor cuts into my body and removes him like his big sister was born. Either way, I hope I can bring him home, and I also hope the birth is as close to perfect as circumstances allow.

Wait, perfect? Yes, perfect. My perfect birth would be a combination of the two births above. I would prefer to push him out, scoop him up and hold him, listen to his first cry. I pushed Freddy out, I scooped him out of the water, but he did not cry. It has been over a year and the sound of a newborn cry is the hardest thing for me to hear, because I'm still waiting for the one that never came, and as much as I want to respond the cries I have heard, they aren't for me to answer.

I heard Tiri cry, but I didn't meet her for almost a half a day after she was born. I saw her, but only flashes, glimpses,…

Quiet Couple of Days

Not too much going on right now. Knitting and crocheting, of course. Working on some Bundles of Love things like these:

Plus a washcloth and a pair of mitts I haven't gotten on Ravelry yet, and a few other things that aren't done.

I took Tiri to a family fun event in Eau Claire on Saturday. She got a balloon, petted some animals, we watched a dog agility show, and had a pretty good time. Then we went to Walmart and I think after that we came home. Since then we haven't been out to do much noteworthy. I'm thinking of taking her to my aunt's house today but she's still snoozing. Let sleeping Tiris lay, I say!

I have two appointments this week for Fritz. On Thursday at 3pm, I meet a Dr. LaRusso, at the request of my midwife. It seems she wants a real OB to say that I can or cannot VBAC. Ooooo-kay then. If he tries to touch my lady bits I'm giving him a bloody nose.

Then, on Friday, is an appointment that I'm actually looking forward to: another ultrasound!!…

13 + 1

Tiri and I went to the Bundles of Love meeting in Winona yesterday. :) It was fun! There were several lovely ladies working there and it was such fun to just sit and knit with them. Tiri enjoyed herself too. 
I took 13 items altogether:

And while I was there, I made a simple little red knitted hat. 
Annette, the leader, asked me to make some mitts and booties, or perhaps sweaters, since the get a lot of hats. I might be the Queen of Baby Hats, but I can adapt. :) I've made a pair of mitts so far!

I love this yarn!!!! It's Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. It's deliciously soft and squishy. 
I'm pattern searching booties right now.

More Bundles of Love

Did the WIC drop off on Tuesday and the ladies were very happy. :)

Now to focus attention to a Bundles of Love donation. I've been meaning to donate to them again but have not done so. Here is what I have finished so far:

I have another hat on the needles, and am thinking of casting on an Easy Cuff-to-Cuff Infant Sweater. I've made this pattern before and it comes out very cute. Simple to make too. We have been having dangerously cold temperatures and that is sort of inspiring when it comes to knitting, especially when it comes to tiny humans not having adequate protection. :(

The Winona Day Meeting is supposed to be on January 16th this month (it is the third Friday of the month). If you are in the area, stop by the check it out! :)

Recent Donations

I've made a few donations yesterday, the latest one yesterday! :)

These hats went to St. Elizabeth's Medical Center in Wabasha, MN on December 8th 2014. Donated in memory of Freddy.

These items went to Wabasha County WIC on December 9th, 2014. I made the small hats in the zip bags, and a lovely lady from Ravelry sent the rest of the things. Donated in memory of Freddy.

Donated to Luther Midelfort Hospital, part of Mayo Clinic Healthy System, in Eau Claire, WI on December 19th, 2014. Donated in memory of Freddy.

And last but not least....

6 hats went to Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire, WI yesterday, January 3, 2015.

If all goes well, I'll be taking a group of items to Buffalo/Pepin County WIC this coming Tuesday. :)