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Spring Update and Goodbye For Now

Hello everyone!  It has been a minute since I have been able to sit down and connect with everyone.  It's early morning here in Oregon, and I'm sipping hot English breakfast tea while the baby naps in his swing.  Quiet moments like these are rare nowadays, so I savor them when I have them!

Alaric is doing very well.  He is being seen and monitored weekly (and sometimes more).  There have been some changes with his heart function, but no solid plan has emerged yet.  Surgery may happen sooner than the original time frame we were given (4-6 months of age), but there are still so many unknowns.  I feel like I have gotten really good at making peace with the unknowns, and just taking it day by day.

Beyond that, I am so grateful for this little being.  I remember when we left for our 2-week stay at the hospital (before he was born), and how uncertain I felt.  At that time we didn't know when we would be bringing home our baby or what his health condition would be.  So now, to have this time with him where he gets to just be a baby, and I get to change diapers and dress him up and give him baths.... it is pretty amazing and something I don't take for granted. 

I wanted to thank you all for the love, prayers, and support you have sent our way.  It truly meant a lot that so many of you reached out and supported us with your prayers and kind words.  I will never forget it.

Life has changed completely, and it is something my family and I are still adjusting to.  Having a child with a delicate health condition and learning to manage that is a process.  It has transformed my perspective in so many ways, and shifted my priorities in really positive directions.  I find I am simplifying my life and really making time for what truly matters, and letting the rest go.

This will be my last update here on this blog, and in the coming days I will be shutting down my @veganjilly Instagram account as well.  Though I had gone into this situation not knowing what the future of my Etsy shop and podcast would be, I now know it is time for both of those to be shut down indefinitely.  I won't be reopening my Etsy shop, and my knitting podcast days have come to an end.  I'm actually not sad about this; I feel like the timing is right, and it is better to end on a high note!  I have SO loved being a part of the knitting podcast community for the past few years.  It started out because I was overflowing with love for yarn and knitting and wanted to share that with others, and it just snowballed from there.  I have been blessed to meet so many wonderful people and had a ton of amazing experiences because of my little podcast.  If you ever watched an episode, sent me a message, participated in a KAL or joined with me on this journey in any way, I thank YOU for being a part of that portion of my life.  It was truly a wonderful time and I'll always be grateful for it!

I will be tying up some loose ends over the next month.  First, if you participated in the Baby KAL I hosted earlier this year, please forgive me for being so late in awarding prizes, but I will be doing that within the next week or two before I shut down my Ravelry group.  Secondly, we are in the midst of the Harry Potter blanket KAL that I was co-hosting with the amazing Shawna of Adelaide Cottage Yarns and Podcast.  Shawna is a dear friend and has been very gracious and understanding as I've had to make these changes (I don't know why I'm so lucky to have such an amazing friend!).  Whatever happens with that KAL, please know that prizes will still be sent out one way or another.  I just won't be able to continue with the KAL and truly apologize for that.  When we first started the KAL, we still did not yet know about our son's heart issues.  Life takes some interesting turns!

I am looking forward to being able to put my full focus on my family at this time.  I am homeschooling all of the kids now, and we are having so much fun learning and growing together.  My kids are especially excited about the summer ahead (especially the epic water balloon fights that have become a summer family tradition!).  It feels good to be savoring this time!  My oldest son is about to become a teenager, and having both an (almost) teen and a newborn (and everything in-between!) has made me acutely aware of how fast kids grow, and how quickly the time goes by.  I don't want to miss a moment!

Lastly, I have no intentions of giving up crafting, so no worries there!  Although I haven't had much time for it lately, I know I will return to it when the timing is right.  I don't think I will ever stop knitting or crocheting, or enjoying all of the other crafts I love.  And I don't think I could ever stop buying yarn, lol!  (That means there's a good chance my Ravelry destash page will always be active, haha!  Old habits die hard.)

If you have made it this far, thank you for reading this and again for being a part of this stage of my life.  I wish you all the very best!  Until we meet again....


  1. Continued prayers to you, your little one and your entire family.... Kathy

  2. You were one of the first knitting podcasts I found and inspired me to start my own. Putting your family and your little boy first right now is never a bad decision. I wish you and your family a wonderful life, and hope one day you'll be back on social.

  3. I wish you and your family all the best and I hope the upcoming operation will go well. I will miss you both on Instagram and your podcast on YouTube, but I do understand this is the best for you now. Keep calm and craft on! Many Hugs! ������

  4. I made hearts after my comment, not question weird!

  5. Lots of love and kisses to you. Thank you for all the joy and inspiration you brought me. I wish you and your lovely family the very best with everyting. Big hug from The Netherlands.

  6. Wish you and your family all the very best! ❤️
    Hugs from Portugal!
    Until we meet again... ������

  7. Chicken Boots SaremyMay 2, 2019 at 5:40 PM

    Best of everything to you!! Have a fantastic summer, good luck with your sons health journey, and have fun enjoying your family. Cheers mate. You’re one of the best witches I know. :)

  8. All the best wishes for you and your family!
    Yours was the first knitting podcast which introduced me to the world of knitting podcasts. So I'm very selfish in asking - will you leave the podcast open, so I can re-watch my favourite episodes as I usually do? ;-) Or you will be shutting it down completely?

  9. I adored your podcast and will miss it very much. Having said that, I completely understand your decision to put your family first. Love to you and your little (and not so little!) ones. I shall think of you every time I use my pumpkin project bag bought from your Etsy shop. Wishing you nothing but happiness my friend. xx


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