Loved and Lost – Knitting Teeny Tiny Charity Items

When she lost her baby boy at seventeen weeks gestation, she wrapped his tiny body in a blanket that she had knit for him. It was so comforting to have that handmade baby blanket in the midst of such grief and turmoil. That one little blanket served to comfort her in the weeks to come as she mourned her lost son in a way that no mother ever should.
Emerson was due on July 13, 2013 and on that day the family will be scattering his ashes and saying goodbye. On that day she will be making her first donation.

As a tribute to her son, Morgan has organized Elephant Tears, a group of knitters on Ravelry who make teeny tiny knitted things for other babies born too soon, gone too soon. It is a way to comfort those who mourn and show respect to those who are lost. “Elephant Tears collects small preemie blankets, 18-24” squares/rectangles, to donate to the birth center at the University of Colorado Hospital. These blankets will add a personal touch to the bereavement packages provided by the hospital to families who have lost a baby due to unfortunate circumstances,as well as giving those parents a very tangible item to bring them comfort in the coming days, weeks, or months.”*

Please consider joining me in supporting this sweet mother as she reaches out to those in need and in remembering her sweet boy, Emerson. It takes only a few hours and a small amount of yarn to make such teeny tiny things and bring comfort to a grieving mothers heart.

This is the beginnings of the box that I am putting together to send to Elephant Tears – (detailed notes on my Ravelry project page here)

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If you are local to me, please feel free to contribute. I hope to get my box in the mail by July 5 and would love to add whatever you make, too. Just bring it by anytime.

For more information, please check out the Elephant Tears Ravelry Group or contact HolyCuteness on Ravelry.

*this is directly quoted from the Ravelry Group page

A Collection Of Randomness

First off, I would like to thank all of you who have been asking me if I am still alive. Yes, I am here, still pregnant, and healthy, and extremely uncomfortable. Hence the lack of blogging. I don’t want to make this blog my whining place about all of the ways that this pregnancy is torturing me, so I simply stay away. And then there is The Cave, which is once again beckoning me to hide away and finish off this gestation in solitary confinement, preferably in a warm bath with soft music and occasional, brief visits from the little people whom I love, but are who so loud and energetic!

There are some things that I can share with you, though, of the knitting and spinning variety, that would make a decent blog post. So, here is a random collection of my yarnie activities from the last month. (to shorten my sitting at the computer, I am not going to provide individual links to all of these projects. The details can be found in my Ravelry notebook here.)

1. Rainbows!

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2. Billowy Blanket

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IMGP9134_medium3. Fishie Socks!

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4. A baby sweater that came out too big (and so was reassigned to The Fraggle) and a second version that came out just right.

IMGP9197_medium2IMGP9192_medium25. Some sewing has happened, too. Necessitating some matching knit shorties, of course. (Super easy and cute sewing pattern from here and adorable fabric from this Etsy shop – you gotta check out her fabric. She has Mo Willems Pigeon fabric! Oh my! Too cute! )

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6. And, of course, some spinning. It feels like cheating to not properly post about these yarns – they were all great learning experiences and I have a lot to say about them. Maybe I will come back to that later. (Notes are on the stash pages if you can’t wait) For now, just enjoy the pretties. ooooooo, pretties!

IMGP9167_medium IMGP9211_medium IMGP9131_medium IMGP9171_mediumIMGP9162_mediumThere is knitting in progress, some baby related, some not. Spinning is on hold for now, as my feet swell horribly after I sit at the wheel for any decent length of time.

In other news (since this is a random post), my three June Bugs are turning 6, 4, and 2 years old this month and there is a super frilly, pastel pink, girlie-girlie, ballerina tea party coming up that will be very fun to show you. I think that I enjoy planning the parties more than the kids enjoy the actual event, which really is a good thing, because it is a lot of work!

And, now, the obligatory belly shot – 35 weeks down, 5 more to go (give or take)

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SO, that is me for now. I’ll try to check in again before baby comes, but I make no promises. Just know that when this pregnancy finally ends and I have a wonderful new baby and a body that doesn’t torment me anymore, I will surely return to being a good blogger. Thanks again for all of your support and well wishes. I enjoy hearing from all of you, both here and on Ravelry. I have such a sweet group of cyber friends. Thank you for hanging in there with me!