Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Big Day!!

Today is a big day! John is receiving his bone marrow transplant. We are very excited for this moment, even though there will still be a lot of waiting to see what happens. I am hopeful and am so grateful for all the prayers and support we have been receiving. We have such amazing families and friends who have helped beyond ways that I could have even asked for. And then there are you guys. People who I don't even know in "real life" that have sent cards, little gifts, special projects, thoughts and prayers. You are really wonderful and I just can't thank you enough. When I started blogging I never thought that I'd become part of such a supportive community. It's really, really special.

So, while I'm waiting with John today, I'll finish up the other mitten for a Christmas gift. I think I'm probably really crazy for thinking I can still make gifts by Christmas. This mitten is the Peek-a-boo pattern on Ravelry. It's really quick and easy, and I just love it! I might have to knit some for myself. I'm sure some of you crazies (that's right, crazies) are still making gifts. Any of you have some really quick and nice gift ideas to make? Knitting or sewing would be great.

Oh, and I just wanted to pass along John's address, just in case anyone wanted to send him a letter or card. He's pretty bored, so he might enjoy the "company" ;) And as always, you can read his updates on his blog.

John Blattner
NIH, CRC RM # NE3-2416
10 Center Dr
Bethesda, MD 20892


Philigry said...

love this pattern.
my thoughts are with you guys!

Anonymous said...

We're sending wishes of health and happiness your way.

Love the mittens!

Ashley Ann said...

I've been keeping you guys in my thoughts lately. Best of luck to John today.

I'll see if I can get Felix to draw him some pictures. They always make me happy!

FinnyKnits said...

And now I will go add another project to my Ravelry queue. Because I need something else to do.

But I love fingerless glove patterns so much and this one has the added benefit of a finger COVER, which is nice in the winter months.

These would be the perfect dog walking gloves! Ok, here I go...

Chara Michele said...

Love, love, love those mittens! I wish I could knit well enough to make some! :)

I hope that everything goes well for him. I will be keeping your family in my thoughts & prayers!

Fran said...

Hope all goes well,

Katie R said...

praying for you guys. hope everything goes smoothly and your christmas is more than merry.

Needled Mom said...

My prayers were with John yesterday that all went well and that the new marrow will start doing it's job quickly.

Love your mittens. That is such a great idea. I have way too many projects that still need to be finished. Guess I work better under stress.

Praying for your family.

Becky said...

We are praying for you all. I just read John's update and am glad to hear the transplant was uneventful.

I love your mittens. I may just tackle some myself. I too have gifts to make. How many more days do we have?

Check out this link. I made my family these last year. They are fast and fun to mix left over yarn. They were well received and I think my sisters actually wore them! They made us all think of my late aunt as she gave us a similar slipper when we were younger.

Becky said...

Oops! I think I forgot the link.

African Kelli said...

You are both in my prayers Katie!

Anonymous said...

first of all:

I am so glad john finished his transplant. I hope it all does what it is supposed to do and you can put this chapter behind you. Big hugs to you, john, and zay from long island.

second of all:
i need to make those mittens. i love them

iSew said...

I'm pulling for you guys. Best wishes and good luck with those crazy projects. I'm not even going to try.

Anina said...

I hope everything went well!

Anonymous said...

Cool mittens, Katie! Thinking of y'all!