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World Breastfeeding Week

As my social media sites have been filling with beautiful images and stories celebrating the connection of breastfeeding mothers around the world, I am reminded of so many of my own funny feeding moments from when my three boys were little…

The boys and I were standing in line at our local market on a busy Friday evening, waiting to check out. I leaned around Luke, who was less than a year old at the time, to help the bigger boys empty the cart onto the convauyer belt. With about a dozen customers standing behind us in line, Luke took full advantage of the opportunity.  He pulled my breast right out of my v-neck t’shirt and tried to help himself to a snack!  It got a good laugh from everyone, except Luke who quickly reminded us that he was still hungry.

What funny breastfeeding moments do you have to share?





















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Free Knitting Pattern: Valentine Hearts

My boys and I love making handmade cards for friends and family, and nothing says I love you, like a hand~knit valentine heart.
Here’s how to make one {or a dozen!}
Supplies You’ll Need:
Size 6 {4mm} Knitting Needle
Worsted Weight Yarn
Darning needle
sts = stitches
M1 = make one stitch by lifting the running stitch
from the row below and knitting into it
K1 = knit
ssk = slip, slip, knit
k2tog = knit two together
Slip the first stitch in each row for a nice finished border
Cast on 3 sts.  Turn
K 3 sts.  Turn
K1, M1, K1, M1, K1.  Turn
K 5 sts.  Turn
K1, M1, K3, M1, K1.  Turn
K7 sts.  Turn
Break yarn.
Slide all these stitches to the end of the needle and repeat the last section again.
Don’t break yarn the second time.
You should now have both tops of the heart on one needle.
Making sure both pieces are ridge side up, knit across.  Turn
K 3 more rows.  Turn
K1, ssk, K to last 3 sts, k2tog, K1.  Turn
K across.  Turn
Repeat the last two rows until 2 sts remain.
Bind off.
Darn in ends, coaxing the heart into shape.
To make a larger heart, add more increase rows to each top piece.
To make a taller heart, add more plain rows between each decrease row.
For the valentine card, I hand stitched the heart in place with a bit of embroidery thread and a very sharp needle.
Elizabeth Murphy   Come join me under The Sitting Tree for stories about my life as a wife to my best friend, proud mama of three unschooled boys, obsessed knitter and lover of Mother Earth.