Oct 28, 2016

Saying Goodbye To 3030

 Today I drove away from 3030 for the last time as a resident. Last night we signed papers and officially purchased our new home - the best home, down the street from best friends, near the schools we wanted, and so much more.


3030 is the address I have lived at the longest. So much has happened here, I could write a book full of memories. Maybe I will. 

If there were a book, then, consider this the ultimate spoiler alert. Because everything happened at 3030 ...

This is where I had my first real and true and serious breakup. It was heart crushing, even though it was the right decision. 

This is where I lived when Grandpa T died. I collapsed onto the floor for far longer than I can remember, and had to haul myself up and get it together to go back to Chicago to say goodbye. 

This is where I lived when I met Zach. He kissed me for the first time at the top of the stairs, leaned against the banister. I knew the second our lips touched that he was my forever. 

We were in the living room when Zach proposed to me, with a ring inside a Mama's Pizza box. It was perfection, and I was totally me, mad that there was pizza sitting on the table but he wasn't getting plates! He dropped to one knee as I opened up the box to grab a slice of pizza, and everything was different. And perfect. We still have the top to that pizza box. 

We were huddled in the bathroom together two days before Christmas trying to read a pregnancy test - that's how we found out we were having Owen. 

3030 is also where I got fertility shots for both kids, slung over the bed sobbing at the pain and the hormones and the injustice of it all while Zach had to give me injections. It still feels unreal that it ever was difficult, looking at our two monsters. 

My water broke with Owen on the floor of our family room. I said, "did my water just break?" And I gushed a river of amniotic fluid while Zach spun in circles like a husband in a rom com. 

This is the house we brought both Owen and Lou home to. The house where they took their first steps, threw their first tantrums. 

This is the house where I struggled through morning sickness and afternoon sickness and evening sickness and middle of the night sickness while I wrote my first book.

This is the house where everything started. But it is just a house. Some walls, some paint, a lot of renovations. It is the four of us (plus some cats ...) who have made it a home.

And so now we go to Jefferson Circle. To a new house we will make our home, make new memories in. 

I cried rivers of tears as I drove away this morning, saying goodbye to this amazing house. I will miss her - she was amazing. But I am excited for our next home. 

Oct 24, 2016

Refuge Hat Pattern

FINALLY sharing the Refuge Hat pattern! I've been using this for months now, and keep saying I'm going to get it written up, and then .... life. But yesterday I got the whole thing written up, so today you get to meet Refuge!

This isn't a pattern that no one has ever used before, by any means. It borrows from the Shanti Hat pattern for the brim, and from a few other crochet hat patterns I've seen around for the body. But rather than just continuing to share a few mods on Instagram each time I share a photo, I wrote it all down, turned it into a PDF, and am sharing it for free!

Here are the official deets from Ravelry, and you can also DOWNLOAD THE PATTERN here!

Perfect for donation, the Refuge Hat uses HDC throughout to create a thick and comfy texture that will keep your head warm in any conditions. Make it in wool or acrylic, cotton or blends, and donate it to every place that accepts hats!

Approx 140 yds worsted weight yarn.

I have used Vanna’s Choice, Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn, Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool (pictured), Cascade 220, Caron Simply Soft, and more! HOOK: Size US I / 5.5mm hook

Darning needle
3 HDC x 3 HDC= 1”
18” unstretched - fits most teens/adults

BPDC = back post double crochet
CH = chain
FPDC = front post double crochet
HDC = half double crochet
RND = round
SL = slip
ST(S) = stitch(es)

Oct 22, 2016

In The Last Few Months ...

In the last few months, despite my not being very present on this old blog, a lot has happened!

Owen turned 5.

How is it possible that this boy, who changed my life in all the best of ways, has turned 5? He's been rocking pre-k and can't wait to go to kindergarten, depending on the day. He's decided he's ready to read chapter books, and so we've started reading The Magic Treehouse series together most nights, which makes my bibliophile heart explode with happiness!

Then there's this monkey. Lou still doesn't talk much, and is getting some early intervention help for her sensory issues. No official diagnosis until she's 3, but it's looking less like autism and more on the sensory side, which ... whatever. She's a gem of a daughter, and I wouldn't change a thing about her.

She's been rocking a heavy backpack during transitions at school, and finally figured out she loves jumping more than almost anything else in the world, so she bounces almost everywhere she goes now. She's a huge lover, and gives hugs and kisses and snuggles all the time. Fearless, this lady is going to give me a lot of grey hairs in the next few years, and I can't wait!

And then there's this guy.

It's been a rough year for him, but he's taken it like a champ. We are moving in just 6 days, and he's been a rock through all my craziness and emotions.

We've had so much fun hat Husker games this fall, and I can't wait to watch fall turn to winter with this guy.

Plus, there's been making ...

My plan is to get back to this space, start sharing the things I'm making. Life is super busy, and my job is AMAZING but takes up a ton of my time.

That said, I miss this outlet. I miss sharing my crafting, talking about giving hats away, pumping up the patterns and people I love. So I'll be trying to get back more often than once every three months with a photo dump!

Fingers crossed!!

Oct 8, 2016

Scoreboard Scarf, Husker Edition

Have you heard of the Scoreboard Knit-Alongs that happen during the football season?

A scoreboard scarf is a great way to keep track of your favorite team's football season - you knit one color for every point your team scores, and a contrasting color for every point the opposing team scores!