Sunday, September 16, 2012

Charity Knitting

Since the loss of Liam I have wanted to give back to the hospital. I have begun knitting hats for the micro-preemie babies. I will also be knitting blankets for them. I spoke with a representative at the hospital. She said the NICU is in desperate need of hats and blankets. Here are the hats I made yesterday.



I am now a Chapter Coordinator for Project Linus. My grandmother and her sisters are "blanketeers" for the chapter in Morgantown. Our new chapter covers Hampshire & Grant Counties in WV and Frederick County in VA. If anyone is interested in helping out in anyway feel free to contact me or go to the website and search for a chapter in your area.

Canning

Mike requested some pickled peppers. Of course I didn't plant any this year. So I had to buy them at the farmers market. Lucky for me the farmer was just trying to get rid of them, so they were super cheap. I got almost an entire bushel for $5!




I got a bunch of Hungarian Wax and a few red chiles. Of course the chopping took longer than the actual canning.

Of course I forgot to take a picture of the final count. 19 pints. Hopefully they will last him a while.

This brings my canning total for the year to 16 quarts peaches, 27 quarts green beans and 19 pints peppers. I hope to get a bushel of apples to work up into applesauce and pie filling to can as well.

Saturday, August 25, 2012

Knitting Progress

I thought I'd post some pics of my knitting.


Phoebe's Sweater. Divided for sleeves, working right front.

This is the Paulie Sweater. I've put it on hold until I get the Phoebe sweater finished. I do love this yarn.

Tappan Zee Cardigan. Knit for myself in cotton.

Baby blanket and Baby Sophisticate sweater. Gifts for a preggo friend.


 I've got a million other projects waiting in the wings.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Garden, etc.

My garden is a bust. What the (over) 100 degree temperatures didn't kill the groundhog got. That punk dug a hole under the neighbor's fence and under my garden fence to get in. He has eaten everything! I think that a deer is helping itself to the tomato plants too. The tops of all the plants next to the fence have been eaten off. Every time I see a green tomato, the next day it is gone. That stupid groundhog is eating them all off. My DH is furious, those tomatoes were the only thing he was looking forward to from the garden.

I had to buy green beans from the farmers market in order to have any to can. I got a bushel and canned 28 quarts from that. I'd like to get some more peaches to make into peach butter. We're down to one jar from what I made last year. We'll just have to see if the market has any left or if the peaches are done for the season. If they are then I'll just have to get some apples this Fall to make into apple butter.

My DH has started brewing beer. He was very fascinated by it. His first attempt was ginger beer, but it didn't turn out. Then he created one he's calling Honey Bee Ale. Our friends that like beer say it is very good. I tried it, but don't like beer, so I didn't really like it. Next he is going to make a pumpkin ale.



Knitting is coming along. I decided to start on a birthday present for Phoebe. My friend LeeAnne sent us this book for Christmas last year. So I'm making the sweater for Phoebe. She asked me to make her the mouse, she doesn't know the sweater is for her. :)

Phoebe's Sweater


Friday, July 20, 2012

Knitting

Remember when this blog was all knitting, all the time? No, that's cool. It was once upon a time.
I've been knitting gifts recently but have decided to knit something for myself. So far the only things I've kept for myself are a few pairs of socks and a summer time sweater.

It was this sweater from Knitty:

Tappan Zee

Now I have plans to knit myself a cardigan. I haven't had much luck with that. I attempted a few and just didn't like them or they didn't like me. Then I ran across this one. It has almost everything I was looking for. The only modifications I will make are to do Stockinet stitch instead of garter on the yoke and ribbing for the cuffs and waistband. I've ordered alpaca yarn for it.

Paulie

I'm also in love with a few patterns by Ysolda Teague from her Little Red in the City. I especially like

Cria and Skelf.

I'm really excited to try the alpaca yarn. I have a tam that I knit with bulky baby alpaca yarn and it is incredibly soft. I'm hoping this yarn will be too.  This is the yarn I ordered in Vandyke Brown and Violet. I hope they are complimentary. It's hard to tell sometimes, the colors can be very different from the way they appear on the monitor.

Happy knitting!




Sunday, June 17, 2012

Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to my Sweetpea. You know how I know you're a good dad? Because Phoebe is funny, just like you. She's snuggly like you. She does funny voices and accents like you.

One of my favorite things is to hear you both laughing. You've taught her the best maniacal laugh. Hilarious.

She loves her Daddy Doo. I love you too.


Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Greiving

I've been through the most horrible thing a parent can experience. The loss of a child. My precious baby Liam died on March 14th. I had a very serious complication during the pregnancy, he was stillborn at 20 weeks gestation.

Physically speaking, it was a freak of nature and I am fine. The doctors say there is no reason to think that I will not be able to carry another baby to term. Mentally...well, I have good days and bad. I know that if I didn't have Phoebe to care for things would be much worse. I've got to hold myself together for her sake.

Just when I think that I'm in a good place something will happen. Phoebe will ask where Peanut is. I will see someone I haven't seen since he died and they feel the need to ask about it. I got a sympathy card in the mail from the funeral home. That really hurt. It still does. I understand that they were trying to be kind. But to send the card more than two months after he died is just hurtful. Honestly it was like he died all over again. I'm considering calling them to say something to that effect. Just to save someone else the pain, so it won't happen again.

Mike has been so good to me. He is hurting too, but is so strong for me. He said that if I don't feel that I can chance having another baby he will get a vasectomy. I told him we should wait a while before making such a big decision. I don't know how I feel about that yet. I don't know how long it will take me to even consider it.

We have had such great support from friends and family. A couple of my friends have gone through this, so they understand exactly how I'm feeling. They have been a tremendous help to me. I'm grateful for all of the prayers being said on my behalf. Sometimes I just can't find it in me to pray. So I'm glad someone else can do it for me.

So here is my precious boy. William "Liam" Edward.






My God bless him and keep him.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Loopy Ewe

I just entered my Ishbel in the First Quarter Challenge at The Loopy Ewe. The challenge was to knit something with silk in it. :)

Next quarter's challenge is to knit something with cotton. I plan to knit the Tappan Zee cardigan in Cascade Ultra Pima. I've ordered it from The Loopy Ewe, can't wait to get it. 

I'm currently working away at Damson by Ysolda Teague. Using up the rest of the Noro Silk Garden.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Randomness

Things are strange theses days.

I am on limited activity, not exactly bed rest, but close. I was diagnosed with a low lying placenta, it's causing some issues right now. The dr is not too worried. She said in most cases as things grow it will move up out of the way. So I go for another ultrasound in 10 weeks to see if it has moved.

So I'm not supposed to lift Phoebe, or the laundry baskets. No running, which I don't do anyway. No straining. I'm not supposed to be on my feet for more than twenty minutes at a time. This is going to be hard.

Mike said to make up a cleaning schedule for him and he will do the housework for me. :)

I have done a bit of knitting the past couple weeks. I knit one sock from a pair. O.o It's called Wanida by Cookie A., I like it. It's a quick knit. A simple pattern that looks complicated once it's knit. :)

I also knit Ishbel by Ysolda Teague. It's a shawl/shawlette, depends on which size you knit. It is just lovely. I made this one as a gift. This one is knit in Noro Silk Garden. I like it so much I'm going to make one for myself. I plan to use bamboo yarn for mine.



I have stopped using shortening when I cook or bake. I now use coconut oil. I have some virgin coconut oil that I use right now. It has a slight coconut flavor. It is delicious in brownies and muffins. I even used it to make the icing on Phoebe's birthday cake. I would like to get some that has had the flavor removed though, to use for other cooking and baking. Our local grocery store used to carry both, but now only has the virgin. I found a company online that has great reviews and good prices. So I'll be getting some soon.