• 28May

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    I have not spoken about our adoption for quite some time now. Originally, my husband and I had decided to adopt from China. Last fall, as the waiting times for China were growing ever longer and the approaching Olympics were forcasted to slow the process even more, we began tossing around ideas for other countries to consider. We strongly considered Ukraine. But then my dear hubby began thinking about the increased expense, the fact that he is a student and loans would come due next summer, and considering that we plan for me to me a stay-at-home-mom…well, he started to get anxious about the money factor. So we discussed it some more. He pointed out that there are children here at home, as well as abroad, who are in need of families. It would also put a lot less financial pressure on us to adopt domestically. We prayed about it and decided to pursue a domestic infant adoption. We researched local agencies, since we no longer needed the expensive international agency. (Hint: US adoption and China adoption costs were virtually the same.) We found a local agency we were comfortable with, met with our social worker, and began the and paperwork process…although we were slow in doing it. We were fingerprinted and completed most of our required training.

    We were both excited that we would be adopting an infant, rather than a toddler. I had accepted the fact that we would not have a biological child, and I was okay with that. I did not think it was at all likely, and I had ceased even to think about it.

    Then the surprise happened: I recently found out that I am pregnant!!!!!

    Nobody was more amazed than me, except perhaps my husband. After I told him, he surprised me with a dozen gorgeous red and gold roses. We are putting the adoption on hold for now. We do still plan to adopt in the future, but it is rather hard right now to be picked by an expectant mother when I myself and expecting. ;)

    I would appreciate prayers, however, because I have been put on bed rest by my doctor. I hope it is not a repeat of the last time I was pregnant (six weeks of bed rest, and I lost the baby), and I am trying to be optimistic. I am awaiting test results, and praying that everything is alright. More than anything, my husband and I want this to be a healthy full-term baby. I know that it is in God’s hands, and his sovereign plan will prevail.

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  • 17May

    I just received more yarn in the mail from Katy, the lovely Yarn Chef. Her yarns are absolutely gorgeous, and each new one I have ordered is better than the one before.

    Behold, 100% silk:

    Porcelain

    It is called Spun Sugar and the colorway is Porcelain. It has that fabulous shimmer of silk and is the palest blush of pink. Mmmmm. Now if only I could find that perfect project for this yummy yarn. Sigh…the quest begins.

    Next up is Creme Brulee, 50% merino and 50% silk:

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    Color: Irish Spring. I love this color, although it is hard to photograph all of the subtle shades of green. I fell in love at first sight with this one, and I already have the perfect project in mind for it…but I am not telling yet!

  • 12May

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    Rivulet is a lovely lace scarf that is so simple to knit. I designed this pattern for the novice lace knitter, but it is gorgeous enough for even the most experienced of lacemakers. I am happy to announce that the pattern for Rivulet is now available for download – and it is free!

    Rivulet Scarf (click to download)

    Just click on the above link to download the pdf.  You may need to right click on the link and select “save target as” or “save file as” depending on which web browser you are using. If you left click on the link, it will open the pattern in the current browser window.  If you do not have a .pdf reader installed on your computer, I recommend Foxit Reader.  Download it for free here.

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    I am still working on the Ravelry link, but I hope to have it available soon.Enjoy!

    UPDATE: The Ravelry page is now up and running! Yay! You can find it here. Just a couple of notes….The scarf takes 300-400 yards of sport or DK weight yarn. The shorter version, pictured above, used 300 yards and measures 12″ x 40″; using 400 yards would make a longer version measuring 12″ x 60″.

  • 09May

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    Pattern coming soon!

  • 06May

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    I had some lovely hand dyed yarn from yarn chef that had been sitting in my stash for quite a long time. While I liked the color, I was hesitant to use a variegated yarn for lace work. Then I remembered Icarus, and decided they should make a match of it. I added some subtly pastel colored glass beads to the points and the result is quite to my liking!

    Details and changes I made to the pattern are documented on my ravelry page.