Sunday, September 28, 2008

Whoa BABY!!!

Wow, there is something in the water in LA this year!! I have so many cousins having babies that I'm becoming a baby present making factory here!! Fortunately I've finished the first 2 (YAY!!!), which leaves me with..........well 4 or 5 I can think of off the top of my head (just added another one yesterday, LOL!! hmmm, maybe I'll have to look for some LSU patterns...).

Here is a granny square blanket and matching bunny (my first stuffed animal/toy!!) I made for my cousin Natalie's baby girl, due to arrive on Halloween!!

The set:

Close-up of the scallop edge:

The bunny!! My husband has named him Frank:

And second is this super cute pair of booties, my first baby booties!! These are for Mr. Luke Slay Hammond, who made a very early arrival but is doing great and is cute as a button!! I'm very happy with these. They were super easy so I'm definitely keeping this pattern for reference!!! Can't find the link at the moment (it's on my other computer) so check out my Ravelry profile for the pattern or send me a message and I'll post it!!

Now I'm working on a pair of baby cowboy booties in funky hot pink and white, Woo-Hoo!!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

In Memory

My sweet friend Jill passed away yesterday morning, after a nearly year-long fight with cancer. Jill was a graduate of Miami University and earned her Masters Degree from the University of Cincinnati. Jill was a special education teacher who loved her work. She was diagnosed just 2 months before her wedding to her brave and wonderful husband, J.T. For her friends, Jill was always a ray of sunshine, she loved life and had cheerful words for everyone each and every day. We all certainly miss her.

J.T. has started a Stand up to cancer team in her memory, with the goal of raising money for cancer research and increasing the awareness of this rare but very serious form of cancer. I have already joined and hope my friends will too. Jill was a fighter til the end and I am proud to take up her fight now!!

Sunday, September 14, 2008

Prayers for Jill

My sweet friend Lauren wrote this and I thought it said everything I'd want to say.
Thinking of one of my very dear friends....
Over the past year and a half, I’ve gotten to know a great group of girls. We all got married in December and had lots of fun talking throughout wedding planning. Since our weddings, we’ve continued our conversations and now talk about buying houses, getting pets, having babies, etc. We have really all grown very close, even though most of us have never met.
We were all shocked to find out one of our own, Jill, was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer last October at the young age of 24. She has been so brave and positive throughout this. Always cheerful and looking on the bright side.

Although there has been some progress in the fight on her cancer over the past few months, they were told on Monday that her recent symptoms are indicating the “end of her life cycle.” At this point, the doctors don’t think there’s anything they can do for her.
Our hearts are breaking for Jill and her husband, J.T. right now. Please keep them and their families in your prayers.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

MKL Cowl

I just finished my first test-knit last night for the TKB group on Ravelry. It's all about knits that are inspired by Stephenie Meyer's Twilight Series. So I made the Meine Kalte Liebe ("My cold love" in German) Cowl. It was a great knit, quick and easy. I used Paton's Classic Merino wool in black and I just love how the solid color shows off the texture of the knit. Granted I tried this on in September, but I must say, this puppy is warm! I'll definitely need it in the fall with my new short 'do!!