Excitement!

Oh yes, I feel excited about some things.

Things that are almost there…

Things that are finished…

Things you have to look for…

Things that you can barely see…

Things that hurry up…

Things that make me hope for good results…

There’s lots of soccer watching here!

Strawberry time!

Yesterday, we had the very first strawberries of this gardening year. They were just delicious.. Not many, but oh so sweet. And there are many more to come, since my plants are completely full of little green ones.

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I’m trying to enjoy the in-bed-time my midwife told me to have because of a mastitis, and so I’m knitting a row here and there, and enjoying my baby (or the two of them) here with me. Exciting days are going to come, we’re enjoying the quiet time that’s left.

Have a nice weekend!

Swallowtails on a wire

May I introduce you to *trumtrumtrum*: My Very First Lace Project! A spring shawl.. I now know what ‘from the top down’ means (the long side is the top.. Even though it started with only 7 stitches; and I kept wondering how they had pulled it to get those pretty tails out of the main pattern.. I’ll keep on learning ;)), I know that I do not, I repeat, Do Not, like knitting nupps, and that blocking wires actually ARE quite helpful..

It took me a while to find something suitable to use as wires. I used 1,6mm V2A stainless (!) steel, Schweißdraht is what it’s called here. I felt pretty cool asking for that in shops, not really understanding the explanation of the shop owner (quite amazed I think about a young woman asking for something like this, knowing v2a – which was of course the only thing I knew..) about other steel possibilities. In the end, I bought them on eBay, because I couldn’t find them in the local shops.

The knitting was finished yesterday evening – it only took me two weeks of knitting a few rows in the evening, I blocked the piece today. Correction, I am blocking it right now. It might take a while for it to dry (aka the living room might be no-go-area for the next two days), but I wanted to share it immediately. I’m a little proud of my work.. I think it’s amazing how you get from this:

… to this:

This opening up is such a wonderful thing!

Now to the project! I used a skein of Manos del Uruguay Lace, which I bought at the ecological market for a while. It’s a 70% Alpaca, 25% Silk and 5% Cashmere yarn, and it was amazing to work with. The color shades are absolutely beautiful, I think. I’m just in love with this yarn. Which I should be, because it was the most expensive yarn I’ve ever had.. But I was caught by the color the minute I saw it, so I had to bring it home.
I knitted the Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn A. Clark, a free Ravelry pattern. Knitting nupps made it a little more complicated. Actually, this isn’t a hard thing to do, just a little annoying. And time-consuming. But it looks lovely now!

This was just FUN! Just needed to do something else, all those ‘easy peasy patterns’ made me nuts. I will start another lace project soon, I’m sure. For this project, my Ravelry notes can be found here. It’s amazing what you can make with so little yarn. This didn’t even took me my 50g. Now what to do with the rest of this lovely..

Return to the center

I’ve been thinking a lot about this post. The first-time-after-birth post. I didn’t want to have silence for this long, but was kind of forced into this. Our little baby boy was born March 19th, and life since than has been a complete roller coaster. I recovered very well and quickly from an amazingly easy labor, and he was the most easy baby I could imagine. When he was almost three weeks old, he suddenly got even quieter, sleeping constantly and drinking less and less. At day two we went to the hospital, where they diagnosed a major heart failure, he has a serious aortic valve stenosis. In only a few hours from entering the hospital he was in the OR for his first heart catheter. They literary saved his life this night. We were in the hospital for one week, and after coming home it only took a short time for the next catheter treatment to be necessary: A not-drinking baby caused a stay-in-the-hospital, after a few days there was no other choice left. Another week in the hospital. A lot of talks, a lot of doctors, a lot of possibilities. We are now waiting for his first real open heart surgery. They are going to try to reconstruct his aortic valve, which is quite a new treatment. They are not sure if it is going to work the way they want it to work, but we have faith and trust in the doctors helping him. He has proven so much strength, we are happy to have such a fighting boy. Oh my, this little fellow wants to live! He is the most happy and easy baby I’ve ever seen. He is.. Content. That might be the best word.
In this days of emotional stress, we are hanging on together, being so thankful for all the love we’re receiving from the people around us, near and far. We hear of people praying, lightning candles, we receive cards. It is really touching to have so many people thinking of us.

In the meantime, I’m so happy I can knit away my sorrows. That might sound strange, but in the unsure hours in the hospital I just need to have something in my hands. The straight knit-purl-yarnovers help me organise my thoughts, my feelings, my questions, my fear. It’s feels kind of returning to normal life.