08 September 2014

Anticipation - A Knitting Pattern

Here's another child's sweater pattern for you.  I knit this one up while I was pregnant with Machen, and I love it.  

Anticipation, a simple, versatile v-neck pullover with two options: rolled or ribbed hems. It is knit entirely in the round from the top down. The sleeves and v-neck are picked up and knit in the round as well.

It's sized for children newborn to 12 years, which makes it perfect for everyone.  You can head on over to Ravelry to see all the details and the projects from other knitters: 

Of course, if you just can't stop yourself, feel free to just buy it now:  

19 August 2014

Hawthorne - A Knitting Pattern

Here's a pattern that has been out for quite a while, but I have never posted it here on the ol' blog. I named this one Hawthorne, which was Atticus's name until he was 6 weeks old and we decided we liked Atticus better. Hawthorne is really the most perfect beginner project, as it is knit in garter stitch and there is no shaping or seaming. It couldn't get much simpler than that. It would also be perfect as a last minute baby gift, as it knits up extremely quickly.  You can make it with just three buttons as the top, as I have done, or put them all the way down the off-centered front.

This pattern can be yours!  Just click:  and you will be on your way to knitting a Hawthorne of your own!

You can check out other knitter's projects here: 

18 August 2014

Family Photos, a year later!

Last September we had family photos taken.  I couldn't share them right away, because the adoption plans were still in the works. But the photos are gorgeous, so I want to share them now, even though these kidlets are a whole year older, and we've added yet another since then.  


All of us together:

And, the whole Evans clan. Since this picture, three babies have been added.  It's just a little out of control!

Another Addition

That's right, we've had another! Our sweet little Machen was born 3 weeks ago, and I figure it's time to celebrate.  It's been a tough 3 weeks, and I'm just beginning to feel normal, but managing to enjoy this little bundle nonetheless. I'll be back soon with a birth story, I promise.

FYI: Machen is pronounced Maa-ken. It is also the name of a small village in Wales. The very first Evans in my family line was from Machen, as was my great-great Grandma, Sarah Gibb.  It is a name that honors two great family lines.

Today's the Day

Please Note: I wrote the following blog post, and about 5 more very much like it, over 7 months ago. For some reason, despite the joy we have found in our family, I have had a hard time pushing publish.  There is a level of privacy that I'm worried about breaching, but it's also something that is so intensely personal and raw, that it is hard to share at all.  I've been so inspired by other bloggers as they have shared their experiences through adoption, and I'd like to say that I will share our entire journey, but feel that I have to do so slowly and carefully.  

For some reason I think I should start this post with all the excuses why I am a terrible blogger. I want to tell you how busy this year has been; how stressed I've felt constantly since forever ago; how desperately I want the next
3-6 months6 months to a year to fly by. I want to explain the inefficiencies that Jared and I have witnessed at the hand of the "system" and the frustrations that that has brought on our family, and those it's meant to protect. 

But, despite all that, all I want to do is sing!  I want to praise God!  I want to shout from the roof tops that, as of this morning, this sweet little girl, whom we've loved for so long, is OURS!!!

Meet the newest member of the Wiebe clan.

She is the sweetest, most wonderful, amazing 9-year-old we've ever met, and we are so lucky to have her as part of our family.

30 December 2013

And so it begins!

Today I'm sitting and knitting. But, not in the comforts of my home, cozy on a couch. I'm sitting at a cafeteria table in a noisy ski lodge. I'm entertaining Atticus by sending him to and from the garbage can with tiny pieces of paper over and over again. He is entertaining everyone between the garbage can and our table by his cute waddle, only mastered in a full ski suit with winter boots on.

Getting out of the home with four kids, plus all their ski gear, made me promise to sell all the equipment as soon as possible and buy an XBox, but once here, on the snow covered mountain, I understand why my parents did it year after year, and know I will do the same. Eli and C are both, after only a few hours on the bunny hill, cruising with their cousins like they've been doing it all their lives. Si is out with his dad, proud as punch to have mastered the pizza and the French fries.  Even Atticus strapped on a pair of skis for a jaunt down the hill.

So, despite the craziness of getting us all put together enough to be here in the first place, and the sacrifice of sitting in the lodge rather than "shredding" the hill myself,  I'm glad we're all here, and can't wait for a few years down the road (or maybe a little more than a few) when the whole Wiebe clan can be out there on the hill together.

11 November 2013

Cadence and Hue - A Knitting Pattern

Drum roll please....
Ladies and gentlemen, here you have it. The latest pattern from Jenny Wiebe Designs - Cadence and Hue!

This one is generously sized, ready for practically any child on your gift list from a preemie to size 10. 
It's knit with DK weight yarn, and can be accessorized with the most darling of buttons.  

It's seemless, it's knit top down, it's got fantastic striping possibilities!!!

So, what's stopping you?!?  At just $4, you really do need to just !

If you aren't convinced, check out all the projects made by my fabulous test knitters and others right here:  and check out all the pattern details on Ravelry: Cadence and Hue.

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