My Star Trek loving friend and his husband just had a baby and named him Wesley. I designed this and obviously had to do a photo shoot with my (insanely docile) cat. I love this so so much!
Dear Friends and Family,
I am doing a fundraiser to help my friend Amanda’s little girl, Lejla, who was diagnosed at 18 months with a very rare and inoperable brain tumor, a Grade 3 Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG), a very aggressive tumor. Lejla has begun radiation, which she will receive for 2 months, to help reduce the size of the tumor. Lejla also requires a feeding tube to help try to keep her weight up. I have knit 11 pairs of booties to help with medical costs. I am selling 10 pairs with all proceeds going directly to Amanda and her family.
This first pair is for Amanda (and is not for sale). Gray is the color for brain cancer, and gold is the color for childhood cancer.
I figured that almost everyone, at some point in their life, will need to buy a baby gift, and baby booties are supposed to be lucky. It can’t hurt to have a gift on hand. Each pair will come with a card with care instructions and fiber content.
Fiber Content: 75% Superwash Merino Wool, 25% Nylon
Care Instructions: Machine wash, tumble dry on low.
How to Buy
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org telling me which pair you want to buy, and we can arrange payment details.
Payment: I will accept checks, paypal, or if you are a Wells Fargo customer, you can send a transfer through Wells Fargo using my email address.
Delivery: I will deliver or ship to you free of charge within the US and Canada. I will ship as soon as payment is received.
I am asking $50 per pair. I realize the price for these may be too high for some people, but I am giving 100% of the proceeds to help my friend Amanda, Lejla, and her family. As many of you know, I do not sell my knitting. It takes 8 hours to knit one pair of booties. At $50 per pair, including materials, my rate would come to about $5/hr. for labor.
If the price is too high for you, but you still want to help Lejla, a bank account has been set up for donations at Wells Fargo. Just ask for the Lejla Bekric Benefit Fund, or you can drop off donations at the Maple Grove and Anoka Dunn Bros. Coffee Shop locations. If you want to send donations to me, I will also pass them on to the family.
Available Items – ALL HAVE NOW BEEN SOLD – THANK YOU!!!!
I will keep this updated as much as possible and will indicate when a pair has been sold.
Pair #1 (“Sorbet”) – SOLD
Pair #2 (“Rainbow”) – SOLD
Pair #3 (“Purple Rain”) – SOLD
Pair #4 (“Froggy”) – SOLD
Pair #5 (“Berries”) – SOLD
Pair #6 (“Moonlit”) – SOLD
Pair #7 (“Tiki”) – SOLD
Pair #8 (“Sorbet Encore”) – SOLD
(Pairs 9 and 10 have already been sold.)
Lejla is surrounded by a loving and supportive family, all of whom can use your help, support and prayers. Donations can help cover costs of treatments, groceries for the family, gas getting to and from the hospital, and any other needs the Bekric family has.
For more information on Lejla’s story, please visit her Caring Bridge website.
Thank you for your prayers and donations!
“It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess.” – Cher Horowitz, Clueless
That pretty much describes the Haruni shawl post blocking.
I finally got around to getting some pictures of my sister in her Christmas shawl. Isn’t she cute?
Sonja has always been one of my favorite people to knit for because she always seems to really appreciate it and I know she actually wears what I make for her.
Sunday night, about an hour before bedtime, I finally ripped out the stripey brown and green socks and started a new pattern with the yarn (Blueberry Waffle Socks). Last night I finished the first sock (seriously, two nights later). This has really been a good lesson for me about choosing the correct yarn for the correct project. The first pattern I chose called for fingering weight yarn, was insanely ginormous and I barely made any progress. The second pattern was written for DK weight yarn (mine is sport weight) and absolutely flew off the needles. To give you a better idea of how awful the sizing on the first attempt was, there were 32 fewer stitches cast on for the new pattern.
It’s currently 8 degrees with a windchill in the negative numbers. It was a good opportunity to wear my new pink hat for the first time and it did not disappoint me. Back to work on those socks now…
This weekend, following a lovely afternoon of Chipotle and Lifetime original movies with my friend Steph, I made my first visit to Crafty Planet to use the Christmas gift certificate she gave me. The staff were great and the store itself was wonderful. The fabric was amazingly cute and really made me wish I knew how to sew. I used my gift certificate on this:
I also made my first hat this weekend. It’s a Yarn Harlot pattern called “An Unoriginal Hat” and I made it with some Rowan Big Wool. I finished it in one sitting and it was a pretty easy pattern to follow. It’s a little big for my head so I may end up gifting it to someone else.
And, I finally finished knitting and binding off my Haruni shawl. I finished it in less than half a month and didn’t even work on it every day. The blocking process was challenging and I had to re-do it once. I love how it goes from this (pre-blocking):
To this (mid-blocking):
Once it’s dry I’ll take some better pictures. I’m moderately happy with the results and I’m pretty sure I’ll use the pattern again, next time with a more solid colored yarn.
I’m still trying to decide to what to do with the striped Gentleman’s Shooting Stockings. They are absolutley too big and I’ve pretty much (finally) come to terms with the fact that they will need to be frogged. I’ve even selected a different pattern for the yarn. I’m not quite ready to actually rip it out though. Le sigh.