"A miracle, my friend, is an event which creates faith." (George Bernard Shaw)
OK, my list of people to knit baby things for is growing faster than I can knit. In the past two weeks we learned that two friends are pregnant, including our good friends Jenny and Jon, who recently moved to California. Also, Ed's friends Dan and Lin. And our former neighbors John and Leigh Ann had a beautiful baby girl this week: Josephine Virginia. Those old-fashioned names are back in! They're going to call her Jovie.
This sweater was finished and sent to my friend Kristi, who is due at the end of December. It's my first "kimono" style baby sweater, which I learned means that you have to knit two big fronts! I also had to do a chain stitch crochet for the ties. My crochet is very amateurish, and Kristi is a crocheter so I hope she overlooks that. I used this Bunny Hop Side Wrap Kimono pattern from Crystal Palace and Bernat's Cotton Tots yarn in a sunny Lemon. The trim is supposed to be two colors, but I just used a varigated cotton in blue/cream.
We're always happy for friends who are expecting, but sometimes it's hard, too. Will we ever be parents? It's hard to hold onto hope going into our fourth year of trying (one year of infertility, and now two years of adoption wait). Most days I get through by not thinking about it, but I know Ed is having a hard time with it these days. The holidays are always hard, too, especially since we have to admit that we may not have a child by next Christmas either.
Sometimes I have to stop and deal with my own pain, which may involve needing to try to forget all the friends who are enjoying their new babies. But usually there's at least one person that I really want to make something pretty and handmade for their new little one. I've got several on my list right now, but I'll take a break in the next month to do Christmas gift knitting. Then maybe in January I can knit baby sweaters again.