4 Square Knitted Preemie Blanket Pattern


Since I will be attempting to organize a Greyson’s Gifts Charity locally, I figured why not come up with a super easy pattern to knit up a Preemie-sized baby blanket. Here it is:

This pattern is for a 12 inch premie-sized baby blanket.

Lion Brand Cotton Ease Yarn in White, 1 skein (or any other yarn with same gauge)
-Size 8 knitting needles
-yarn needle

Ready, Set, Relax
Cast On 60 stitches. Knit 4 rows.

Rows 5-40: knit 30 stitches, purl 27 stitches, knit 3 stitches.

Rows 41-75: knit 3 stitches, purl 27 stitches, knit 30 stitches.

Knit 4 rows. Cast Off. Weave in ends. Ta-Da!

Edited to add: I would LOVE to see any blocks/projects you create with this pattern! Feel free to join & share in my Flickr group: Your Lyanna Jean Designs.

Just a reminder, my…

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CDC Guidelines Refuted with Scientific Evidence

EDS and Chronic Pain News & Info

Neat, Plausible, and Generally Wrong: A Response to the CDC Recommendations for Chronic Opioid Use – Medium
Stephen A. Martin, MD, EdM
; Ruth A. Potee, MD, DABAM ; and Andrew Lazris, MD

Finally, someone is standing up for the truth about opioids and pain patients. These three courageous M.D.s expose the CDC guidelines for the fraud they are.

They’ve written a well-researched paper that refutes the basis of these unscientific and biased guidelines piece by piece with real evidence from scientific studies to back their claims.

I admire these three authors for having the ethics-based courage not to let this gross misinterpretation of science and be accepted without question.

They show how the CDC cherry-picked data with obvious bias (much as they did people). Repeatedly, the CDC interpreted studies with such a slanted view as to assure the outcome they wanted. 

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What doesn’t go viral

This is so important to read and remember with midterm elections coming up. Please educate yourselves before you vote. It not about who’s a Republican or Democrat or any other party. It’s not even about where they say they stand. It’s about how they vote and who lines their pockets.

Holler from the Hollers!

Earlier this year at a public hearing in Charleston in the House of Delegates, as I was speaking against a bill handing our property rights to corporations, the chairman of the Judiciary Committee, John Shott, interrupted the measly 1 minute and 45 seconds alotted to members of the public, and had me removed from the chambers.

He did that because I was listing off the campaign contributions the delegates had received from the same corporations that would be seizing our property rights.

That video went viral.

Now, by having me removed, Shott probably couldn’t have brought more attention to the issue of money buying politicians if he’d read out those donors himself.

If he’d let me finish out my one minute and 45 seconds, it would have been a blip on the radar, if that. We know that because Selina Vickers from Fayette County presented similar info last year in…

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CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption

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CDC Scientists Expose Agency Corruption – Nov. 21, 2016 – Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.

Last month, The Hill published a letter [see below] sent by “more than a dozen” senior Center for Disease Control (CDC) scientists charging the agency with nursing an atmosphere of pervasive research fraud.

The letter to CDC Chief of Staff, Carmen Villar, expressed alarm “about the current state of ethics at our agency.”

The scientists complained that “our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests” and “circumvented by some of our leaders.”

The scientists told Villar that, “questionable and unethical practices, occurring at all levels and in all of our respective units, threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”  

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Veterans shouldn’t be suffering

If you or someone you know is a veteran being denied pain management because of the opioid hysteria please watch this video. Please share it all over the place.

This is about the CARA Act of 2016. It is important you know about this if you have been denied proper pain management or the VA is trying to stop your pain medication.

Veterans & civilians are commiting suicide because of being left to suffer because someone somewhere is making bad decisions and using illicit drugs. If you are a veteran, please learn all you can about the CARA Act. You obviously cannot rely on the VA to advocate for you like this LAW states so you will need to stand up and advocate for yourself and your fellow veterans.

You’ve earned the right to be treated with care and dignity. Don’t let them take it away from you.

If you are a veteran considering suicide please contact the Veterans Crisis Line.

If you are a civilian considering suicide please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

Mindless knitting

Today I have been working on a watchman’s cap while taking a break from crocheting my daughter-in-law’s birthday gift. I rather prefer mindless knitting for some odd reason. But tomorrow I’ll get back to work because I only have a week left to do the shoulders and sleeves.

While taking a break from porch knitting I came inside to cool off. While doing that I did a search for like-minded crafty folks and discovered Sweatyknitter’s blog Humble Knitter. You can find her here.

I’m so thankful I found her post about knitting washcloths. I’ve always wanted to make pretty ones but I am not a fan of Lily Sugar ‘n Cream yarn or similar yarns usually called for when knitting or crocheting washcloths and dishcloths. She mentioned in her post that she uses a thinner weight to do hers and I was actually awed because I had never thought to do that. Sometimes I wonder about myself.

Anyways, after finishing Courtney’s jacket and my mindless knitting I’ll be starting on some pretty washcloths for myself.

The moment when you realize the hat you started matches your shorts.
My helper sunning herself before it got warm enough to go outside.
The progress on my daughter-in-law’s jacket up to last week.

War on pain patients

For those of you who don’t know there is a war raging in the United States right now. This war is an attack on chronic pain patients.

Using skewed statistics the CDC would have you believe that nearly all heroin addicts become addicted from their own pain medication prescriptions. While this is certainly true for some patients, it is not true for most of them.

The majority of chronic pain patients (CPP) are very careful not to misuse their pain medication. We live in too much fear that if we do abuse it we will lose it. We cannot afford to live without these life giving meds.

You may think how could opioids be life giving? Well, for a CPP they are just that – life giving. They allow us to be pain free enough to function on a daily basis, to be able take care of ourselves, our families and our homes instead of being bedridden. Those of us who are physically able to work wouldn’t be able to do so without them.

The CDC needs to update their statistics to determine overdoses by legitimate pain medication patients and people who have gotten opioids illegally. We need to determine how many are from heroin and illict fentanyl. They also need to separate intentional overdoses from unintentional overdoses (suicide or OD). How many people start an opioid addiction because their friends or family got them started compared to people who started abusing drugs from legitimate prescriptions? How many drug addicts got started by abusing other things first like alcohol instead of opioids? Until the CDC gets their statistics updated and CORRECT the war on chronic pain patients needs to stop.

The CDC, Jeff Sessions, the DEA and the DOJ have taken up an unnecessary war on legitimate patients and their physicians.

Why are pain patients not as important as addicts? Why should we literally be tortured for the poor decisions of others?

Why are we allowed, in this day and age, to be tortured by our government? How is it any different than Syria using nerve gas on their innocent people? Please explain it to me because people are seriously dying as they would rather commit suicide than be in horrible, excruciating pain.

People are being tortured and killed by the United States government. On purpose. How is the United States any different than Syria when it comes to the torture of citizens? Why is it being allowed to continue? I was raised being taught that the United States is supposed to protect their citizens better than a third world country. So when will we protect Chronic Pain Patients?