This has kept me sane during the past week. It's a Dale of Norway pattern for my cousin in Germany who is expecting his first child in February. Actually, his wife is expecting the baby, but you know what I mean.
This is the bonnet. The pattern has a "bonnet" for a girl and a "cap" for a boy. The bonnet was too darn cute, that I had to make it. Besides, would it really look bad on a boy? I don't think so. The pattern photo in the book shows the baby with the bonnet... you can make out some of it here with the sweater pieces layed out to show my progress.
Well.... last Friday (the 16th of Sept.) DH came home from his job up north. His father had been readmitted to the hospital for another round of antibiotic treatments, and they found inflammation around his heart. His mother can't stay home alone, so to keep us together and make sure his mother was taken care of... all four of us packed up to spend the weekend at her place. When we got there... John's mother was showing signs of mini strokes. And at the same time John's kidney stone decided it was going to make it's final painful move. We took both of them to the ER (of the hospital where his father was), but John's pain went away. His mother was admitted and on Saturday (the 17th) she was transferred to a hospital in Milwaukee. On Sunday she had a major stroke. And his father was still in the hospital in Sheboygan. John didn't return to work, and on Monday, things got worse with both parents. It was like they told each other telepathically that they would go together. Each day brought waiting, tests, and few answers about what the future held. John stayed in a hotel in Milwaukee from Monday to Thursday, with only the clothes he had brought home for the weekend. Friday, his father was released from the hospital after the antibiotics had provided NO improvement. They started him on a different antibiotic and he is at home with the IV treatment. He goes in each day to get a new bag. John's mother FINALLY showed some improvement yesterday, and should finally be moved out of ICU in Milwaukee. It has been exhausting. Then, on the day that John and I could spend the day together (both of our girls were invited to sleep-over birthday parties), I got the flu. Throwing up flu. Haven't had it in years, and like John says, you can count on one hand the number of times I've thrown up in the past 15 years. Well yesterday was one of those days.
Today? Well, the oldest daughter has a soccer game in Appleton if the thunder storms go away, and John will head back to our "cabin up north" for the week.
I've finished the sweater, sleeves, and bonnet of the sweater, and I will block it all this afternoon. Then on to the booties....... SANITY!