I don’t often talk about other things here, but this is sort of a big deal, at least in the family.
My eldest granddaughter was expecting her third child sometime in early April. Last Saturday night she was having a lot of pain and other issues, so they went to the local hospital. It was discovered she was having twins and there was a problem so she had to have an emergency C-section in the early hours of Sunday.
The first one, Kade, was stabilized and transferred to a larger NICU unit at the best hospital in town for that sort of thing. The other one, Kody, was struggling and it was clear he was not going to make it, so they decided to take him off the machines rather than prolong his suffering; he passed quietly in his mother’s arms a short time later.
So now Kade is doing okay, having ultraviolet light therapy for a bit of jaundice, and is off the ventilator in his little incubator. And my granddaughter is home, resting and recuperating from her surgery. She went Monday to be with Kade at his hospital, and will likely go again today and every day that she can until he can come home.
In the meantime, I’m knitting up a preemie hat for him. We got the news Sunday, I dyed the yarn Monday, and yesterday started knitting. I should finish this morning. Others are also knitting preemie hats, so I’ll gather them and send them to her all together.
There are a few mistakes on the front side, and several more on the back side — I haven’t done stranded work in several years so I’ll need to duplicate-stitch several places. It’s admittedly a rush project, but done with love, so it won’t be perfectly perfect but perfect for its purpose. 🙂
The remaining yarn (this blue and undyed, along with a full ball of another shade of blue) will be quick-knitted into a little blanket to bring him home in when he’s ready to leave the hospital. This has bumped all other knitting projects aside for the moment.
I will be dyeing yarn tomorrow for this weekend’s Blog Reader Specials, of course, so be watching for that. My daughter-in-law set up a GoFundMe account to help cover some of the unexpected costs and needs that this has created. I will be contributing a portion from any sales now through Sunday, but not everyone needs yarn this week or would rather use yarn money to help a family in need, so you can click through and contribute straight to the GoFundMe account. It’s not about me and I get nothing from people donating straight there.*
* I am generally opposed to what some call “tragi-crafting” – promising to donate $X.xx or XX% of sales to support this or that tragedy or great cause. This is more often seen with big natural disasters or something, using a tragedy to increase one’s own sales. I’ll make a donation from sales, but I don’t think it is right to insert myself into someone else’s tragedy or hold others hostage to contribute through me when they can just as easily donate directly and leave me out of it. 😀