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We’re five days into 2014 and I hate it. There’s no Great Gran here.


Hospital hands.

I’ve been putting this off because I’m such a downer, but I guess it’s got to be written for me to stop obsessing about wether or not to write it. I miss Great Gran. Everything makes me sad. What to make for dinner. Grocery lists. Buy 1 get 1 free. Amazon Prime. Tacos. When the guy cuts the grass and it looks so good. The as-seen-on-TV section in Target. Bedtime when I’ve called to say sweet dreams every night for the past 10 years. I may have missed a dozen evenings in all that time – we made videos on the hospital nights that I wasn’t there. For the past two months I’ve panicked at 10am because I haven’t talked to Great Gran yet (did she get up, did she take her pills and eat breakfast?). That one is getting better. But the rest of it just sucks. It sucks. And it will suck for a while. So there you go. That’s where I am.

Here’s where I’m supposed to talk about what I want to accomplish this year. Mostly, I’d like to publish more than one pattern before next Christmas. Looking at my patterns chronologically on Ravelry is just depressing.

I also haven’t been part of a swap in a while. I’ve got a good idea for a cold weather (and I hear there is going to be some of that) swap. Anyone want to play and help cheer me up?


Today I live in a world that doesn’t have Great Gran in it. Thank you for all of your kind thoughts and words and prayers. It’s been good to know that y’all are out there.

Ellie is going to be a witch for Halloween. And I’m going to take a little bit of a break.

I’ll be back when the octopus prototype is finished.

Hospital. Still.

OK. Still in the hospital. They are trying some new stuff. So y’all keep your fingers crossed.

And I finished Ellie’s costume on the day I stayed home, but I haven’t been home long enough since then to take a picture. Whew.

A Political Note From the Kitchen Table of Emily Ivey

I got out the big camera for you!


So far so good! I got all the legs joined together like I thought they would and I’ve only had to back up twice on the body shaping. Which is pretty good for me. I think I’ve made a mistake and have too many leg stitches to deal with for his bottom and his legs might be too long in general, but that’s why you make a prototype! Easy fixes for octopus v.2.

Great Gran is MUCH better! She slept for about 36 hours straight and woke up more like herself (I got a lot of knitting done while watching her sleep). Not on the octopus though, I need all my brain for him since he’s new. Cross your fingers that Great Gran will go home at the end of the week! I’m headed back over there to spend the night in a few hours (Mom and I are taking turns) with half a bear to finish and an elephant to start.

I also managed to make chocolate chip cookies this morning and I’m not sharing a single one with Congress. You hear that? NO COOKIES FOR YOU.


Ellie and I spent last week at the Farm with Great Gran. This week she is on her own! Well, mostly. We still make sure to visit once a day (and when we don’t Aunt Wendy does), I talk to her on the phone 3-4 times a day (I’ve been doing that for 10 years so that’s not new) and Great Gran decided she’s not going shopping anymore so that’s our job too. But anyway: YAY progress!

I also have a small confession to make.

I love dollhouses.

Ellie got her dollhouse from Gran and Pop (my parents) this Christmas. After I emptied my PayPal account furnishing it (Lundby is awesome), I remembered how I like tiny things. Since my own dollhouse (from my granddad when I was 5) is well-outfitted and I need to leave Ellie a little space to make cool things for herself as she grows, I gave some thought to what else I could make tiny. Three guesses what I came up with and the first two don’t count.


A yarn shop!

I’ve assembled the building, and now I am working on the stock. I need lots of little yarn.


The cubbies used to be a thimble display case.

Can’t sell just one type of yarn, so I’m working on lots of different fibers.


That’s my organic cotton and my lace weight (sewing thread).

It’s just a little thing that is completely consuming my interest in between knitting rabbits. It’s really all about the rabbits this time of year.