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Instagram photo by garmenthouse - For those of you that asked, it was our baby that was recently in the hospital.  Test results from that visit have shown that at the least, he has suffered a stroke and there's a possibility it could be something worse.  It's thrown our lives into an even bigger hurricane, and it's been hard to understand and push on.  Some people have been so kind, and others have said things that confuse and crush us and leave us feeling completely isolated.  It's getting harder and harder to yell out to people for help because of the unpredictability of their reactions, but "be still, and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10) has comforted me and reminded me that even if I can't do anything, God hasn't forgotten about us.  All I can possibly seem to do, be still, is all I need to do.
- For those of you that asked, it was our baby that was recently in the hospital. Test results from that visit have shown that at the least, he has suffered a stroke and there's a possibility it could be something worse. It's thrown our lives into an even bigger hurricane, and it's been ...
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boysandb - Barb LOVE EVERY MOMENT YOU HAVE....72 minutes, hours, days, or years. They are all equally precious.
gordy___ - Gordy Praying for you and your family ❤️. I don't know you personally but have read your blog for years. Your gentle and caring nature radiates through your blog and I know your little baby is lucky to have you (and Doug) as his parents to care for and advocate for him through this. And of course to be still with him. I hope his health is restored in time.
rehugg - rachel I am so sorry. I'm praying for your sweet baby and your family. My son was diagnosed with a serious, lifelong condition when he was three, and it was so confusing and isolating, and often the well-meaning "encouragement" from others was devastating (one of my closest friends compared my son's condition to her children having to start wearing glasses). Comfort and healing to you all.
kristienkahn - Elly, my heart and thoughts are with you, Doug, T, and your beautiful baby boy. I do not believe in everything happening for a reason because in my work as a nurse and in my life experience, so many people face hardships that are without reason or purpose. It feels so unfair to learn about your baby suffering. I am happy you have your faith and love of your husband and family to buoy you at this time. I will always remember meeting you and your sweet sister in Portland nearly five years ago and what a beautiful spirit you have. I know you do not overshare in this forum but the few glimpses you have given us of your challenges these years since have made me concerned for you. Sending you love and support from NY. Know you have friends far and wide who are pulling for you and your baby.
debbieanncohen - Debbie Cohen I'm so sorry to hear you and your family are going through this. Sending so many warm and healing thoughts your way.
thestorygirl - Caitlin Clark My heart and prayers go out to you and your lovely family. You've been through so much!! One of my favorite verses and my prayer for you is "the Lord bless you and keep you, the Lord make his face shine on you, and be gracious to you, the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace."
trishiaherbst - Our thoughts and prayers are with your family!!
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - Hospital waiting room knitting.  It's getting hard to not just expect worse case scenarios in our life.  Praying for God's amazing grace.
- Hospital waiting room knitting. It's getting hard to not just expect worse case scenarios in our life. Praying for God's amazing grace.
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ericaknits - ericaknits Thinking of you. ❤️
kristenbarstad - kristen barstad Oh I'm so so sorry. I will pray for you guys. Just so hard.
ahistoryofarchitecture - erica I'm sorry, Elly, that's really tough. Thinking of you and your family. 💗
juliehg7 - Julie Hoecherl-Grobner My prayers are with you. I learned to knit mid January while my dad was in MICU intubated. He hears you. He knows your pain and your heart.
fieldguided - Anabela Piersol 💕💕💕💕💕
barbgrwe - BarbaraGrilleyWeener Knitting helps calms the nerves and helps passing the agonizing waiting. Will pray for you and yours😊
karentempler - karentempler We went through a long spell like that last year. Wishing you through to the other side of this one.
kristienkahn - Ugh, Elly. I'm very sorry to hear you or a loved one has been hospitalized. Sending you good thoughts.
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - Mondays... It's always a good idea to take a moment to do a couple rows before tackling your week.
- Mondays... It's always a good idea to take a moment to do a couple rows before tackling your week.
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chloealexahandmade - Chloe Lewis :) I'm remembering your comments about knitting through stress a lot lately. Good advice. There's always a minute for a few rows and it makes all the difference.
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @chloealexahandmade that's so nice of you to say! It sure doesn't solve everything, but I find it doesn't hurt! Although angry knitting has resulted in tiny gauge sweaters! 😂. I hope life distresses soon for you, but if not, I'm there and feeling your pain sister! Sometimes there's just no way around it but straight through.
chloealexahandmade - Chloe Lewis @garmenthouse ha angry tight knitting! I hope the same thing for you and agree about going through rather than around. The only way sometimes! xo
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - Working on yet another sweater in this beautiful sunshine!
- Working on yet another sweater in this beautiful sunshine!
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sewmodern - Carole Grandaw Gorgeous yarn 👌
garmenthouse - garmenthouse Thanks @sewmodern it's not fancy, but still a favorite! And someone gave me loads of it, so I always seems to be knitting a sweater of some sort out of it!
sbeemakes - StephanieBilotti @garmenthouse which sweater? full disclosure: i am probably gonna copy you caus I have been looking for a great fititng sweater with that exact texture!
garmenthouse - garmenthouse Oh please do @sbeemakes ! This stitch makes things just interesting enough to pass the rows quickly! BUT, this is a baby sweater, although I think I saw on revelry that there's an adult pattern too. It's called "Jersey Shore" which sounds nothing like a knitting project and everything like spray tan.
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @sbeemakes Respect the Ravelry, jerk phone!
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - It's a good sign if you knit the swatch and can't stop.  Too bad I can't get the right gauge... Anyone ever had the experience where as you go down in needle size, your stitches get bigger?  I feel like I'm going crazy, so can anyone chime in if this has happened to them?
- It's a good sign if you knit the swatch and can't stop. Too bad I can't get the right gauge... Anyone ever had the experience where as you go down in needle size, your stitches get bigger? I feel like I'm going crazy, so can anyone chime in if this has happened to them?
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cibari - Ari Could it be tension? Are you a tight knitter? I noticed with my knitting on smaller needles that I was less able to grip it and made looser - and thus larger - stitches.
garmenthouse - garmenthouse Ahhh interesting @cibari ! Possibly? Although I've never had this experience before and knit on this smallest size needle all the time. Hmmm...
dreareneeknits - Andrea Mowry Are your needles all made of the same materials? I.e- wood ones will be stickier- resulting in a tighter tension and metal will be more slick resulting in a looser tension (typically😉).
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @dreareneeknits that's a good question, but I forgot to mention they're all the same material, even the same brand! ❓❓❓ I am so puzzled! I keep checking my needle size like I must have grabbed the size up instead of size down, but no.
cibari - Ari Did you re-knit the swatch several times during the duration of one period with or without a break? Being tired and losing tension could be another factor. To be honest your case hasn't happened to me, but I imagined some possibilities.
vmarcoux - m a r c o u x Were they the same eve after blocking?
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - Making doll clothes from old American Girls Pastimes patterns for an upcoming AG themed birthday party.  Harder than I thought it would be, but fun!
- Making doll clothes from old American Girls Pastimes patterns for an upcoming AG themed birthday party. Harder than I thought it would be, but fun!
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garmenthouse - garmenthouse Lol floor creeper @lil_sebastian_ I wish I could tell you! I get asked a lot, but have apparently blocked where I got it because their customer service was terrible and they installed it wrong. It was one of those carpet/flooring chains and I can't remember which one and what brand! We do love the look of it though! If it helps, it's a floating floor that comes in a huge roll. It's mostly one piece, except for the pantry and mud room. It's got to be about eight or ten feet wide.
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @bispeterson if you can believe it, it was less of a test of patience than going toy shopping for a party with a kid who wants ALL THE TOYS. This actually made me pretty enthused!
bispeterson - bispeterson @garmenthouse Are you prepping her party early? Because I know May comes after April so I've still got a month.
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @heysnapcake my sisters and I saved our pennies so diligently to buy the dolls, but there was NO WAY we could afford all the clothes, so my mom did the same! That's how I got my hands on the patterns - she thankfully kept them. She did such incredible work, searching until she found the exact fabrics to match all the originals. I still remember standing next to her sewing table asking how much longer it would be until they were done and her having to tell me to go outside and play so she could finish! I still have all the outfits and I'm in awe of how much detail she put into every item!
garmenthouse - garmenthouse @chloealexahandmade I wish they still sold these patterns since they're like a fortune on eBay! They're totally fun!
garmenthouse - garmenthouse Haha, no, BFF @bispeterson yeah remember all that talk about getting to it early this year? Still haven't done anything!
heysnapcake - @garmenthouse that's awesome, crafty moms are the best! 😊
lil_sebastian_ - Becky Nalepinski @garmenthouse Thanks for taking the time to comment back! I'm searching for flooring for my main level, unsuccessfully😔 I'm using my free time until then by creating a Facebook and IG account dedicated to your floors, as well as memes and YouTube videos of clips set to music. Don't worry, nothing weird. 😜
Instagram photo by garmenthouse - Things have been so stressful and hard lately, I don't even know how to begin talking about it on here.  They've been the kind of challenges that shake you right down to your foundation.  So how about a redirect - overalls or NOveralls?
- Things have been so stressful and hard lately, I don't even know how to begin talking about it on here. They've been the kind of challenges that shake you right down to your foundation. So how about a redirect - overalls or NOveralls?
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ericaknits - ericaknits Overalls and lots of love ❤️❤️
chloealexahandmade - Chloe Lewis So sorry about the hard challenges. And yes of course to overalls on you. So pretty as always.
bispeterson - bispeterson I 💜💜💜💜💜 you, Elly. And I like your redirect. Overalls ONLY if your husband calls me and tells me I was actually cool when I wore overalls for the entire decade of the nineties. 😂😘💁
kristintidd - Kristin Oh man, now I'm instantly regretting getting rid of those railroad stripe overalls from my angsty youth. I'm feeling baggy enough ones, a fitted tee and rolled up with birks obvs. You + overalls = totally cute!
sallyjshim - Sally J Shim Sorry to hear things are difficult. Sending you a big hug!! And yes, the overalls are so cute!
rehugg - rachel Yes overalls! You inspired me to find railroad stripe overalls and I wear them without shame (and frankly a lot of pride)!
frolicblog - Chelsea Fuss ❤️❤️❤️