Knifty Little Thing

emergency trip to the vet


We were scared to death for our precious girl on Tuesday, she got stuck in the top of the garage door and we didn’t hear her. 😿 (Pro tip, don’t Google this unless you want to be slightly traumatized.)

She was out there for about 15 minutes until some kind neighbors knocked on our door and Nate raced out to get her. When he first got her down she was kind of limp and wasn’t moving her legs or tail and we were worried that her back was broken. We immediately went to the vet and let them know we were on our way. By the time they examined her she was able to move her legs and tail and wasn’t too bothered by the physical exam, just scared and sore. Since she was able to walk and the vet didn’t believe there were broken bones, we opted to give her laser treatment to help with inflammation and pain medication and gingerly brought her home. We are so thankful our baby is okay overall and know it could have been so much worse!

We learned three lessons from this:
1. Always check the top of your garage door for your cats, even if you just saw them on the floor a mere 30 seconds ago. They’re speedier than you may think!
2. If you have pets, put the nearest emergency animal hospital as a contact in your phone. If this had happened twenty minutes later the offices in our areas were closed and we didn’t know where or what the nearest emergency place was…it’s hard to think quickly when you’re that scared – and there’s no 911 for animals!
3. As people of faith, we were reminded of God’s care for us and his smallest creatures.

We know we could have easily lost her and would have been devastated…we are so thankful that it turned out as the best case scenario. ❤️



Ask Us Anything…Adults with CH

Hello! Since January I’ve been a part of some Congential Hypothyroidism Support groups but found that most of the members were moms who had questions about their kids. Soon after we started a separate group only for adults with the disorder and found that we were all seeing similar questions from moms with little kids. And thus, this post was born. Myself and two other adult women from the group answered some of the more common questions that we saw being asked in hopes that it could provide some insight or comfort to mamas! Add your own questions in the comments and there may be a second installment. 🙂 We hope this is helpful to you!
1.) Is there anything you wish your parents did/didn’t do associated with your CH?
Kristen (US, Colorado): Honestly, no. I know that they took me to several specialists as a baby since CH was still pretty rare in the 90s but as far as I can remember they never made a big deal of it, which helped me immensely. I never thought there was anything super wrong with me because taking a pill was all I had ever known! It was never a big deal in our family and I didn’t feel any different than my non-CH siblings. Seeing it as my normal helped me to feel normal, so I think treating your child like any of their siblings (while making sure they’re healthy) is the best thing you can do.
Kylie (UK, Stapleford): Really happy with everything my parents did, I was born in 1987 and it wasn’t known hardly at all here in the UK. The top endocrinologist at the time was based at the hospital in which I was born, luckily for my parents, so they had all the information there and then along with many visitors to come and see how I was developing in the early weeks. They bought me up exactly the same as if I was born with a normal functioning thyroid and nothing was ever put down to being because of my CH. If I was ill, I was just ill the same as every other child could get ill. Never treated any differently and i think thats the best thing as a parent you can do.
Tamara (US, Kansas): My parents were great with it! They did a lot of research and also took me to a case study group in Michigan from 92-96. They really did everything they could to help me in whatever way they could. They brought me up like a normal child and I honestly didn’t realize I was different until high school. I do wish they talked to me about it a little more in high school because I actually didn’t know about not eating for 30 mins after my meds.
2.) Do you think your teenage years were more difficult to manage because of your CH than others?
Kristen: The teenage years are hard for every person I know, but my CH didn’t make it any harder/worse for me. The great thing about it is that it’s not something that people can “see” on you, and it doesn’t make you noticeably different. Nobody knew unless I told them, and I rarely felt the need to! I started puberty at a normal age and had the normal angst and struggles. Nothing out of the ordinary. If you act like everything is normal your child won’t notice that anything is off.
Kylie: As a teenager I was tall and skinny but very active, running, football (soccer) and many other sports. I loved my teenage years. Spent them as a normal hormonal teenage girl… tantrums, puberty, had boyfriends, went out with friends etc. The only thing which was different was I just got to miss school every few months for an afternoon for a blood test.
Tamara: Nope, I think all teenagers have difficulty managing teenage years. It’s just a thing, I didn’t feel any different than my peers.
3.) When, if ever, did you get a sense of “feeling off” and knew to get your levels checked more frequently? Did you talk about this freely with your parents/caretakers?
Kristen: I notice that I get more tired than usual and then would get my levels checked, but usually I mistook it for just being sick! Since my levels were checked every 6 months-year it wasn’t until my teenage years that I was able to notice when I might need to go up a dose.
Kylie: I don’t think I ever really noticed until adulthood when my levels were off, but usually it is down to me being really forgetful and forgetting a couple of doses of my meds. I’ve always had blood tests so it was always monitored. I usually end up really cold, really tired and my skin goes dry and bad and I put on weight! The best thing about taking the meds is they make me loose weight. Cheaper than slimming world!
Tamara: I had an awesome endocrinologist who explained it to me very well when I was in high school. She even put in a standing lab order so I could get labs done whenever I wanted. I definitely had times when I was feeling off in hs, college and I still do now but in just get checked and move forward. Didn’t discuss it much.
4.) Did you ever get frustrated/angry that you have to take a pill every day for the rest of your life?
Kristen: This question honestly made me giggle. I’m a big-picture person, so taking a pill to manage a congenital disorder is one of the easiest things (when I remember!). It could be so much worse! I have never ever felt angry or frustrated that a pill was part of my life. Since it’s my normal, I’ve never known anything else, so it’s not like I went from not ever taking pills to always taking one. It’s just what I do.
Kylie: I’m with Kristen on this one. People take all sorts of tablets every day. I do miss the odd one here and there but it’s never intentional to rebel, it’s just something I do before my cup of tea each day. I take it the same way as we have to wash every day/ brush your teeth everyday. Its just completely normal to me. If anything I like that I’m a part of this little club. Through our Adults Born with CH group I’ve met some lovely people this last month.
Tamara: I’m also with Kristen and Kylie. This has always been my reality. It’s as normal as brushing my teeth. I never really think anything of it. – Tamara
5.) Do you ever feel like you are held back physically, emotionally, or mentally from your peers because of CH?
Kristen: Not as a child. I notice the physical things more as an adult (namely, needing enough sleep or now being gluten free) but as a child other than being smaller than average (which, btw, I didn’t notice either…it was just how I was) I didn’t notice anything.
Kylie: Never been held back at all. I was really good at sports until I had kids and got a little sidetracked so don’t do much at the moment. But never been any different to my friends at all.
Tamara: Nope! I am not great at sports but that is more genetic for me. I could do anything I want to and my parents have always encouraged me as such.
6) Have you ever noticed that your CH affected your schooling in any way? Either when labs are off or not.
Kristen: Definitely not. Except for math, school was something I was always good at and I’ve always been a bookworm, largely because my mother modeled that. Concentration has been more of an issue lately but I don’t necessarily chalk that up to CH, I have a family history of ADD type stuff.
Kylie: I did really well at school, without being big headed it all came quite easy to me. Concentration in class was an issue for me but my 7-year-old who has a fully functioning thyroid is EXACTLY the same as I was! Absolutely brill at school but could do with concentrating more so I wouldn’t put that down to CH at all.
Tamara: Definitely no on this one. I mentioned above that I didn’t realize I couldn’t eat around my meds. I learned that about two years into my electrical engineering degree. I was doing fine in school, was just fatigued and spacey. My dad got my labs and said “did you just quit taking your meds for a month?” I felt terrible then but I still got As and Bs in my engineering classes. Whether my labs were good or bad, I never had issues in school.
7) General words of wisdom?
Kristen: I cannot emphasize this enough: If your child has the dosages they need they will be pretty normal and you do not need to worry. The developmental, mental, emotional, ect, delays happen when the child is not treated. My parents didn’t treat me differently so I didn’t think I was different! Also- if your child misses a dose it is absolutely okay. They will be fine. Heck, I’ve missed a whole week multiple times and while I don’t feel great as a result, I am alive and recover once my meds are back in my body. I have always considered myself lucky that this is such a manageable thing!
Kylie: I will echo Kristen’s words again. Your child will be completely normal because of their meds. If they need glasses its because of genetics or they just are unlucky to have poor vision, if they have a sickness it is because they are ill. Whereas if they are constantly cold it is probably CH related and get their levels checked. (Although I’m always a little chilly) Treat them as if there is nothing wrong with them. Don’t treat them any different to other siblings or they will grow up blaming everything on CH and it isn’t the case. Just make sure they get their levels checked regularly.
Tamara: I have to echo both Kristen and Kylie. Both of them have very good points. Definitely treat your child normally. They are okay and will grow up just fine with the meds. Don’t blame every little thing on the CH, some things are just genetics or kids. Stay up to date on their labs and keep track (I do it on google sheets) but don’t worry so much. Hang in there and feel free to ask us whatever you need! – Tamara
8) Do adults with CH have problems with pregnancy/getting pregnant, ect?
Tamara: I sure hope not but I’ll let you guys know when I know 🙂
Kristen: I hope not! I used to be more worried about it but since meeting other adult women with CH who had no problems and have healthy kids (Kylie is in this category) I’m much less worried.
Thanks for reading, we hope this helped! Do you have any other questions? Let me know below!

a gift for ollie


Oliver was born a week ago and I wanted to give him a custom knit item! I had originally planned to give him a finished item, but after looking at it again it wasn’t quite right.

(Perfectionism at its finest.)

I knew that babies often scratch their faces accidentally so I figured that newborn mitts would be a great option! After some searching, I found these mitts off of Ravelry and they were perfect! I used some sock yarn and with the magic loop method they took about the length of a movie to make. He looked adorable in them and they fit perfectly!

What are your favorite (fast) baby gifts? Share in the comments, I’m always looking for more!




{2017 Best Nine from Instagram}

Chunky cables and colorwork were favorites this year…thank YOU all for your support, whether you made a purchase of an item or pattern, were a tester, told a friend or liked/commented on photos!

2017 was a mixed bag of both blessings and heartache- we moved into our first house, added a kitten to the family, I got a new and wonderful job and Nate gained a lot more responsibility at his. After years of varied allergies and health problems, I saw a functional nutritionist and am now only gluten free-which for me is a big deal! (Heck yes to cheese and ice cream 🙌🏻) After a slow start, my Etsy shop began to have some traction and my work is now being sold at a local boutique.

We also experienced a lot of heartache and loss within my family, but within that there has been so much growth and strengthening. Thank you to friends and church family who have walked alongside us and prayed for us this year, it has meant the world.

Happy New Year, friends. May 2018 be a year of hope and gratitude, no matter what comes your way.

learning new things

You guys. Sorry I’ve been practically non-existent these past few months.

I wanted to pop in and share a weird little thing I made today…I’m in the process of learning Adobe Illustrator and this is pretty much how I feel about it.

wutmonstaAnyway, hope you’ve had a good week and enjoyed this random little blurb!

summer favorites 2017

Hello! It’s been a hot second (summer?) since I wrote on anything beyond a paragraph AT ALL, so the monthly favorites that happened throughout the spring are now being encompassed into a full season…in no particular order.

Revolution Artisan Pops

When you’re on a pretty restrictive diet like I currently am, any sort of cold treat that you’re able to have automatically becomes your favorite. Revolution Artisan Pops is a must if you’re planning on strolling through Old Town Fort Collins anytime soon! They’re made with real fruit and come in a variety of flavors, I think last week when we went I got raspberry hibiscus and it was divine. At roughly $3.50 each, they don’t  break the bank either! Plus, you might be able to score a free one at a CSU game.

Color Dip Nail Powder

I’m a sucker for nail polishes and ways to make my manicure last longer, and a chance meeting with someone at a networking event left me hankering to try this. While it took a few tries to get it right (and learning that clipping your cuticles is a must before applying), it’s really pretty once you are finished with it! While it says up to 21 days of use, so far I’ve been able to get about a week and a half of great wear out of it and then it starts to look a little iffy. But still! A week and a half with minimal chipping is a great deal in my book.

Popcornopolis Nearly Naked Popcorn

Admittedly, this has been a favorite for awhile, BUT it’s even more so after a summer of limited snacking. I love that their ingredients are literally just popcorn, coconut oil, and salt. We get the gigantic bag at Costco and I pretty much inhale it over the course of a week. I’ve tried to replicate it by making it myself, but it’s just not the same!


I know I’ve posted about these when I got them in April, but I’m so much more in love with them now then I was then! After a few years of working as a hostess in high school whilst wearing flats (bad idea), I’ve wrestled with plantar fasciitis, and it gets worse every summer as flip flops are the only thing cool enough to wear. This year, I haven’t had issues with it at all when I’m wearing these and it has been a game-changer. I wear them around the house (wood floors), to work, on day trips, on small hikes…they’re not the prettiest shoe around but they’re definitely a classic for a reason.


Camping Stoves

Where have you been all my (adult) life?? My husband is an avid undeveloped camper and I’m still warming up to it, especially the food and cooking aspect of it. Trying to figure out how to cook on the fire without either scorching it or giving yourself food poisoning has been tricky! Nate received a camping stove for his birthday at the beginning of the summer and it has been so amazing- it opens up so many cooking options and coffee in the morning is so much more possible! As a bonus, you’re able to still cook when you arrive at your destination only to find that there’s a fire ban or first thing in the morning when the only thing on your mind is coffee. The addition of this to our camping box has made me much more willing to go off the grid for a few days…now we just have to tackle toilets and showering.

Califia Creamer

While still on dairy-free, sugar-free, everything free-ness, short of putting straight unsweetened coconut milk in my coffee I wasn’t able to find anything. Enter Califia. I found it at Sprouts and legitimately squealed when I read the ingredients list and found out that I could indeed have it! I’ve tried their vanilla one as well and haven’t had any sort of reaction, so a definite win in my book. It’s not exactly cheap…but as it greatly increases my daily happiness, I would say that it’s worth it.

Magic Loop Knitting

This summer I tackled a long-held knitting goal: sock knitting. At first, I went with the first suggested method, typical double pointed needles, and while it worked, several of my lovely followers on Instagram suggested trying magic loop for a faster sock, and an option to do them two at a time. I found Peony and Thyme’s video on Youtube, and while it took a few tries to get it down, it made knitting so much easier and so much faster! I definitely recommend checking out her tutorials, and if you’ve been looking to try sock knitting I used the Knitting Pure & Simple Beginner’s Lightweight Socks pattern.


Library cards come with many wonderful perks, and Hoopla is among the finest. It’s literally a site for free audiobooks! In July, I listened to American Fire and Hillbilly Elegy (which will get a section of its own) and it was so nice to get it as a loan from the library instead of having to pay. I’m trying audible this month but it’s honestly not a good deal…$14.99 for ONE audiobook per month. I would go through that in a week as I’m driving at least 40 minutes a day and like to listen to podcasts/books as I’m designing at work.


Hillbilly Elegy

This book was so fascinating to read and I learned so much from JD Vance’s experiences. It’s fascinating to learn about how vastly different our lives can be from other people even when they live in the same country! It really encouraged me to check my privilege as well, to not take my education or upbringing for granted, and even more, as a student of history, to appreciate the unique backgrounds that everyone has.

If you’re still here, thank you! I hope you find something that you love and that you have a wonderful labor day weekend.

What were some of your favorite things this summer?



miss harper


Meet Harper, the newest member of our little family!

Named for the author Harper Lee, she turns 3 months old tomorrow and is a little ball of energy! As Alice’s niece, she’s already displaying some huntress tendencies and we’re a little nervous at the potential of having two huntresses in the house.

We brought her home a month ago and the adjustment has gone well for all save for her actual blood relative- Alice can still be pretty hissy and impatient with her while Gatsby tolerates her jumping on him pretty well. She put Indi in his place and seems to enjoy messing with him (and let’s be honest, the pooch needs it).

I love her little chirps when she starts to play with Gatsby, her contented purrs while cuddling, and her crazy bounciness after finding a toy that she likes. We’re excited to watch her grow!


shop update!

Hello friends!

After a spring and summer of designing new things and (falling way behind on blogging), my shop update is live! Visit it here.

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project bag

Hello hello!

Confession: I’ve been lugging my knit projects to and fro in a plastic ziplock bag. And my needles frequently bust through, leaving me with a pretty janky looking system.

I’ve been eyeing other Etsy shops and their lovely pattern bags and loved the idea of having something actually pretty to carry my stuff in without having to worry about tangled yarn! (Case in point: I spent 10 minutes untangling my socks yarn from my purse today) I’m also toying with the idea of selling them for fellow makers as taking your yarn with you is pretty much a given, amiright?

Anyway. After perusing Pinterest, I came up with a basic idea and headed to the Loopy Ewe to get some fabric. At fist I had considered JoAnne’s, but the quality and patterns at LE were so much more fun…and I use any excuse I can to get over there. Continue reading “project bag”

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