Wednesday, May 18, 2011

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Friday, January 28, 2011


So lately I am running into a lot of women issues.  Not the actual people or my issues with them, as I am one.  More how we are treated and how we sometimes allow ourselves to be treated.  Building a house is a prime example of a time when men feel they can treat women as idiots.  I am so tired of men not talking to me about an issue in the house but willingly talking to my husband about it.  My brain doesn't work with numbers as well or fast as some guys but explain what you are doing or show me what size things are and I will be able to get the gist of it.  Why can't guys just treat me like I have a brain in my head?  This has been driving me crazy lately.  They also look amazed when I am able to do something in the house.  I am capable of work and am relatively smart.  Why can't I figure out how to put in some click and lock flooring?  I know how to use a saw as well as the next person.  Granted my recent foray into this resulted in a 3 hour frustrating day with some help from the hubby to finally get it going.  But I did do it so don't look so surprised when I come back the next day to finish myself! 

I am a labor nurse as some of you might know.  I am sick of asking someone how they are going to feed their baby and them saying, " I'm going to try to breastfeed."  Why undercut yourself before you even start?  I know breastfeeding isn't easy and it is scary with a new little person but women!  Be confident in your ability to feed your child! You have the equipment and there are so many resources out there to help you. 

Not everyone is able to breastfeed I get that, but I think there is so much to be said for just deciding that is what you are going to do and doing it.  Don't say you're going to "try" say, "Yes I am going to breastfeed. "   Say it loud say it proud. 

Also the current obsession with every women I meet to add some kind of stuff to do with breastfeeding is just ridiculous! Why are you all pumping and bottling?  What is that all about?  Why are you using nipple shields and why is it so important for the guys to give a bottle?  I had a patient the other day who's baby was nursing fine and the dad was pressuring his wife to quit nursing because the baby cried at the breast.  Well cripes!  He was hungry!  So she wanted to pump so he could give a bottle.  Women be a little selfish for once.  Men get all kinds of advantages in this life this is one thing they can't do.  Don't let them take it away from you.  It is so special and important to you and your baby. 

OK I am done.  Sorry to all you I might offend but this is my blog so I get to say what I want, Right? 

Knit on with confidence and hope through all crisis ~ Elizabeth Zimmerman

Friday, January 14, 2011

I'm Baaaaaack

So the end of 2010 was a little hectic.  As you might see from the header pic, we were living in the camper until the beginning of December.  I finally was able to get DH to let us stay in a hotel for a few days and once that happened we never did go back into the camper.  Thank goodness!  I don't know if you have heard but men with Finnish bloodlines can be a bit stubborn.  I can say this since we are both Finn although it goes way back to great grandparents for the both of us.  I like to lurk around the Finns on Ravelry sometimes just to see if we have similar tastes:)  I think we often do. 

We have now gone from this...

To this! Yes actual progress on the house as in there is one.  Yay! 

Actually this might even be an older picture since I see we don't have a front door in that picture and we definately have one now.

I am in the paint color, tile, carpet picking stage and it is tough to decide on such permanent things.  If I was the only one with an opinion I think it might be easier too but DH likes to have a say in colors so...  Enough said. 

To take the edge off, I knitted up some mousies to go into our house in hopes any real mice would not want to join them. 

This is Miss M's mouse, I don't think she has named her. 

Pattern: Marisol the Knitted Mouse
Ravelry link here

This is Noley's mouse he dubbed Squeeky. 
Ravlery link here
There's more knitting where that came from and hopefully I will now get back on the band wagon and blog more.  Hope you are all enjoying the new year.  Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010


House, originally uploaded by ImagineKnit.

Yes we might just get one! Things have begun on our little homestead. Thank goodness because it is getting cold and momma doesn't want to live in the camper all winter.

I feel like listing some things I miss today so I can appreciate them when I get them again..

I miss...

a room of my own where I can shut the door
space and warmth to lay on the floor and hang out with the kids
running water
a shower whenever I want
the ability to have company over
my sewing machine
all the yarn in the storage unit
the internet at home
TV (yes I know I shouldn't miss that but I do)
Not feeling stressed out all the time

What do you miss in your life right now?

Friday, August 27, 2010


Summer, originally uploaded by ImagineKnit.

Still out here in limbo coming to the coffee shop for a little computer break and so the kids can play. Picked up this sweater again for KD. Hope to actually get past the sleeves at some point.

The first of the colds hit out house and more specifically me. Just trying to hang on till school starts. Our closing didn't happen this week due to no fault of our own which makes it all even more frustrating. We are SO past ready to start this house that I could cry. Hopefully this next week we can get that done and call in the troops to start. Some day it will be worth it, right now it is just hard to wait.

If anyone is coming up the Duluth way for a visit and wants to meet up shoot me an email, I could stand some knitting nights and this coffee house is popular and close to where I live. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

Monday, August 16, 2010

Blogless Senja

Mitts 4 M, originally uploaded by ImagineKnit.

This summer has been a flurry of moves (3 to be exact) with big house planning and frustrating turns of event. Nothing major has gone wrong but building a house is not for the faint of heart. All that said our new space promises to be just what we want and hopefully well thought out for our family.

Knitting has been taking place and this picture is the only proof I have of that. Mittens for Miss M which I bound off the tips today and still have the thumb to do. That said I am not sure if I will finish them as she seems ambivilent about them and so am I. They are cute but some of the stranding was pulled a little tight and I am not in love with them. The Hedgie on the front is cute though. Maybe another try at this is the way to go. I am at the local coffee house for a little computer time and the kids are hounding me for stuff. I will have to run just leaving a little note out here to say I am still alive. Hope your summers are all great! Come on school!

Thursday, June 3, 2010


 Mother's day 2010
We went out to the breakwater in Two Harbors, MN for a little fishing.  We didn't catch any but it was a fun outing to explore the big lake (Lake Superior). 

 I found some inspiration there too.  Took this picture to save in my mind the color combination for a yarn colorway someday.
 Of course when you go to the lake you have to throw stones in.
 I was really a fun day and my kiddos are getting so big.  It is such a bittersweet feeling watching them grow and change.  I am so happy they are healthy and smart and inquisitive and... well you get the picture. 
 I have done some knitting too.  The Lacy Baktus was just the thing for this yarn I have been hanging on to for a few years.  It is a cashmere, silk and wool blend in a color I don't usually choose for myself. It's called Spun by Artio which is not cataloged on Ravelry and I won it in a blog contest.   But I had made up my mind to use it for me and the baktus seemed like a perfect project for such a soft yarn.  You have to knit something to go next to your skin with that kind of fiber blend.  It would be wrong not to:)

I think it turned out all right and I have 2.5 skeins left to make a hat for the winter.  Hmmmm off to Ravelry to find a pattern!