Wednesday, March 30, 2011

A Peek

The knitting has been slow going. I do have some finished projects but I can just never find the time to take them. Plus my attire lately has been sweats and t-shirts and those don't really showcase a nice hand knit very well. Not to mention the weather here has been very dreary which doesn't make for a nice picture either. So because of that you get a few sneaks.

Here is Hannah modeling a design I am working on. I did a prototype and just need to finish writing it up then it needs to be test knit. I don't know how some designers whip out patterns left and right. They must not have three children one of whom is an infant.

Here is another pattern in the works. I just finished the chart last night using this great online tool. I should probably finish the first project but I really want to cast on for this.

I have about 10 other designs floating around in my head but don't have the time to get them down. There is always tomorrow and snuggling with red heads is more important.

Friday, March 18, 2011


One of my favorite moments in the day is Hannah's breakfast when she wakes up. It is usually calm with Spongebob playing in the background and laughter from my older children. Hannah and I sit quietly by the window and connect. I get lots of smiles which I take as "Thank you mommy this is so good!"

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Bad News

Today we learned that Hannah has kidney reflux. She has a grade four out of five with five being the worst. We were really hoping we could not have to go through all of this again. However, I like to think we are stronger because we went through this with Riley. I am praying that Hannah will not need surgery like Riley did. I am thankful that our pediatrician likes checking because otherwise we would not have known until she got an infection and now we can use preventative measures so she doesn't. We will find out more when we meet with her urologist in two weeks.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Keeping those hands warm

It has been a cold winter here in western Washington. Our hands get a little chilly when we warm up the cars in the morning. Ironically because I am late to posting these projects we are now on a heat wave with temperatures in the 50s!

The Wristler mitts were meant to be a christmas present for Paul. They were finished a week after Hannah was born. Thankfully my husband knows me well and didn't expect them by Christmas.

They are knit using Cascade 220 super wash wool. While I don't usually choose Cascade yarn much anymore as I now have a preference for hand dyed yarn, Paul perfers very simple manly colors. Something hand dyed even in a "manly" color would not be manly enough. Since Paul goes to work at 4am these mitts have proved very useful. If anyone is wondering I am modeling not him. They are fairly large on me but fit Paul perfectly.

I have been a bit ADD lately when it comes to knitting. I will blame it on having an infant to take care of. I have three sweater projects sitting around if that says anything. One only needs the collar and zipper attached. Another just needs one sleeve and a button band to knit. The other is almost halfway knit. I am not mentioning my other basket of unfinished hats, socks, and baby sweaters. So needless to say fitting in a quick two day project makes me feel good.

These are One Cable Mitts made from Malabrigo Twist. While I adore how this yarn feels it does pill considerably. It probably doesn't help that I have been wearing them non stop. Thankfully I bought them the same day I purchased a sweater stone for another garment. Who knows I would need it for these as well. Riley has requested a pair for herself with the same yarn she has in her personal stash. I think I might have her make them. Are cables too much for a 7 year old? My theory with knitting is if you want to learn something new just dive right in. The worst you will need to do is rip out what you have knit and start over.

If Hannah would have let me this morning I would have given a sneak photo on a knit design I am working on. Since she didn't you get a photo of her. Most of the pictures I have lately of Hannah include blurry limbs. Hannah has discovered she can move them all the time. This doesn't make nursing very easy anymore when we have to maneuver around punching hands and kicking feet. It is still pretty darn cute though.

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Those Babies of Mine

I have always sung this lullaby to all of my children. I am not sure what prompted it. Dumbo wasn't my favorite movie as a child. There was just one day when Riley was a wee one and very upset I just started singing it and remembered the song! Now it is the lullaby I sing all the time. It immediately calms Hannah down. I hope my children continue this with their own babies.

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

A Brown Cookie Cutter




Looking at Hannah I definitely see similarities to my other children. Mostly Riley. They could be twins. Hannah's nose is slightly different than Riley's and she has more of Jake's brow but still so amazingly similar. I find myself calling her Riley a lot of the time. Jake definitely has his own look but he is still definitely part of the cookie cutter. My husband has some strong strong genes.

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Be an organ donor

Yesterday marked the 10 year anniversary of Kris Kime's death. I went to high school with Kris and we shared a number of classes. If you asked anyone who knew Kris they would most likely say he was one of the nicest people they knew. This was definitely true. I have known the Kime's for quite a long time as my brother was a boy scout with Kris' younger brother and they remain friends. Kris' death rocked the Burien community and has changes how Mardi Gras is celebrated in Seattle. You can read the full story on his death and his mother's comments here on the B-Town Blog. In short Kris being who he was, defended a woman who was being beat in the street and a heartless 17 year old beat him to death for stepping in. The man who killed him continues to break the law and is what I consider a career criminal. However, due to the legal system he keeps pleading for lesser charges and is awarded his requests. When in my mind he should be spending much more time in prison for his actions.

The positive of this is that Kris was an organ donor. Now 5 people are living life to the fullest because of him caring enough while alive to want to help other people live after his death.

I am an organ donor. My husband is well aware that I want as much of my body donated as possible after my death. Even if there is nothing left. This body is just an earthly vessel. I do not need any of these parts in eternity with my Savior. So if you are not an organ donor I ask you to reconsider your decision if you have previously not wanted to donate for whatever reason. I also ask that if you just have not changed your status due to lack of time that you find time to do so.