Thursday, 13 April 2017

#atozchallenge Letters to my Embryos: K is for Knitting

Welcome to Day 11 of the A to Z Challenge, an April blogging challenge where you aim post every day during the month following the letters of the alphabet (with every Sunday bar the last one off).

In the past I've used the challenge to blog about my infertility and the IVF process. I'm following a similar theme this year as we wait to begin the process for a Frozen Embryo Transfer, having completed a Freeze All IVF cycle in February.

We currently have nine embryos sitting on ice, my little bubbles, and this April I am blogging to them about the process of how they came to be.

Dear Bubbles,

I feel like I must apologise. You've probably worn some truly heinous outfits over the years. For that, and any photographic evidence which exists of those (and which may be shown to potential partners), I am sorry.

I love to knit. I find it very relaxing. You're probably aware of the fact that I hate to be inactive. I love to be doing something. So if I'm watching TV, I like to feel as though I'm being busy. I can't help but wonder if I'll instill that need for 'busyness' in you as well. Hopefully you'll view it as a positive trait if I have.

But back to the knitting.

My favourite thing to knit is toys. I imagine that you will have a legion of stuffed friends, none of whom you will be able to throw out because 'I made those by hand' and 'don't you want to hang onto them for your own children some day'. Sorry.

I imagine I will sit up late knitting characters for your birthday, for Christmas, as a little present to say well done in school or to welcome you home from a trip. You'd probably rather have the latest games console, but trust me, someday you'll treasure those little toys made by hand.

And then there will be the handknits.

My passion for knitting clothes differs somewhat from my passion for knitting toys. For one thing, they usually take longer to make, so by the time you are able to express a preference for what resides in your wardrobe I'll probably be back to churning out dolls and bears again.

But for the outfits you wore in your infancy, those ones I cast on for before I even knew if you'd stuck around... well... sorry about those.

All my love,

Your Mum.


  1. I know a lot of people who love to knit. I’ve never tried it. I’m not good at crafts or artistic things.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

  2. Interesting perspective on knitting, which I also love -- although I've never tried toys. Perhaps I should give it a go. They do finish up more quickly than garments.

  3. I'm sure they will treasure those things. They're one of a kind after all!

  4. I never learned to knit but I did crochet my grandson a blanket.

  5. Yes I can just see your "bubbles'" nursery - stuffed to the rafters with knitted toys and as you say they will ALL be kept as they are knitted with love and hold so many memories! Here's hoping that this time next year those needles will be click-clacking away making lovely baby clothes :)

  6. Before my twin nephews were born, their mother had seen a birth announcement where one twin wore a rabbit costume, one wore a tortoise, and the birth announcement was the old fable of The Tortoise and the Hare. So, she requested similar costumes from me.

    They were crocheted (although they could probably be knit. Rabbit ears on a cap. A tortoise blanket. It was really rather cute. The pictures turned out amazing. The boys turn 4 in about 2 weeks.

    Something to consider for your birth announcement...


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