Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Yarn Along - Booties and Such

I found the easiest pattern on Ravelry for making booties. I've been able to size down without much problem too (always a plus).

The pink booties are made from the last bits of a bamboo yarn - SO soft - but I think I'd like to try to make them smaller. I'll probably unravel them and size down.

These were made after some trial and error with sizing. The yarn is thicker so I had to size down in order to avoid the "won't fit until age 2" problem.

These were part of a larger set I made as a gift.

It included a bonnet and sweater. Hopefully they won't take forever to grow into!

As usual, I have been reading a lot (a LOT a lot) and don't want to make an exhaustive list, but to name a few I reread Pride and Prejudice (delightful as always) and a new one (for me) "The Ghost in the Little House", a study of Rose Wilder Lane's and Laura Ingalls Wilder's works, focusing on the fairly inescapable conclusion that Rose did a LOT more than light editing on the Little House books. It's all set in the context of a very thorough biography of Rose which I found very interesting. Looking at reviews, some people love it, some people hate it and some people can't make up their minds. I, for one, don't mind burst bubbles so I enjoyed it.

Thrift Store Onesies/Shirts to Infant Nightgowns

A few days ago I picked up a few onesies and things from the thrift store for $.25 each. I had found a tutorial online for making nightgowns out of them and thought it would be fun to try. I really like nightgowns because it makes diaper changing (especially at night) much easier. Plus they're cute. :c)

I started with a short-sleeved shirt and a long-sleeved onesie. I cut them off about 1.5 inches below the bottom of the sleeves. I had some pink knit from the remnant bin at Walmart from which I cut off 20 inch lengths and sewed them into tubes. I sewed a casing onto the bottom of each for the elastic (you could also use ties but I didn't want them getting lost in the wash). Putting right sides together I pinned pleats into the knit and pinned the shirts and knit together. Then I just zig-zag stitched around. Last I ran the elastic through the casing and stitched it shut. As a final embellishment I added a little ribbon rose to the center front of each nightgown. They were extremely easy and probably cost no more than $.50 each.

As soon as I find some more shirts and/or onesies I'll make some more!

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Image and Likeness of God

We were created in the image and likeness of God.

Satan hates God. 
Satan hates us. 
He hates the image of God in us.

That's why he does anything he can to destroy our knowledge that we are created this way.

For instance:

1. Proponents of evolution (macro-evolution) try to teach that we are all descended from sludge. That we are no more than animals. That humans are less deserving than animals (or even plants) to live.

-"Just being human doesn't give you a right to live."

2. Proponents of "sexual and reproductive freedom" try to tell us that we are no better than animals. That we are not capable of rising above our passions.

-"Abstinence impossible; abortion a right"

3. Proponents of abortion try to tell us that human life is disposable. That until you take a breath (and some even say after that) that you do not deserve to live. That you are no more than a mass of cells.

-Pro-aborts condemn plastic models of healthy 12 week fetuses as "obscene, bizarre, disgusting".

4. Proponents of euthanasia try to tell us that human life is disposable. That if you are not a "productive" member of society you do not deserve to live.

-"Belgium becomes world leader in organ removal after euthanasia."

5. People suffering from depression and other mental disorders well know the little voice in their heads that tells them they are worthless, that they do not deserve to live.

-"Depression: Cognition and Spirituality"

All of these perversions come from the same place: Satan.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Oh ye of little faith...

One day about two weeks ago my youngest son proudly presented me with a picked zinnia. I knew exactly where he had gotten it because there was exactly one chance plant that had reseeded from last year near our back steps. I was upset he had picked it because it was just about to bloom.

"Oh, honey, thank you...but I wish you had left it alone to bloom. See where the petals are starting to show? Now it won't bloom."

"Yes it will! You can stick it in water, Mommy, and watch it bloom!"

I put it in water and put it in the window sill. Poor thing never had a chance, I thought. I'll get rid of it when it wilts.

To my amazement the flower started to open over the next few days. Impossible, I thought. I looked at it every time I was at the kitchen sink. Will wonders never cease...

The last two days I noticed the blossom was starting to fade. Today I was washing my hands and thought I might as well toss it because it was probably about done for. I looked at it and thought, hmm, I don't remember it having that extra stem and leaves.

I picked up the vase and took a closer look. New growth?!? What on earth?!

I couldn't explain it for the life of me but there was no denying what my eyes could see. The thing was growing.

Flabbergasted, I started to add more water then realized I probably just needed to dump the old water and start fresh. I pulled the flower out to pour out the water...and saw this:

Roots. Against all odds the flower had rooted. The flower that was plucked prematurely, never having a chance to bloom, had bloomed and was flourishing.

Everything and everyone deserves faith and another chance. And a lesson in humility courtesy of a six-year-old.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Yarn Along: Some finished items

I finished the first of two sleep sacks for my sister's twins. :) I'm pleased with how it turned out. I've started on the next one and hope it will go quicker this time since I'm not feeling my way along. (I took notes so I could replicate it exactly.)

I'm getting better at side seaming! It's much harder to see now.

Inside out

View of the base

I went out on a limb and made a wool soaker that's entirely knit. Partway through I realized I didn't know how to increase! I couldn't believe I'd gotten this far without learning how to increase. Oh well. I'm not very good at it yet, that's for sure. 



Has anyone made wool soakers that are wrap style instead of pull-on style? I'm toying with the idea. It might be better for messy diapers.

And one of the many things I've been reading (and rereading) lately:

Saturday, July 20, 2013

Spring Garden Quilt

Done and currently in the dryer. Duchess is looking forward to sleeping under it tonight.

Purple Butterfly Quilt

Ribby's quilt is done! I finished it last night and washed and dried it this morning.

Now, to finish Duchess's quilt! Hopefully today.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

First Covers...

This was a bit of an experiment because I knew I wasn't necessarily going to get the right size. One pattern (the fitted style) was "one size fits most" which looked huge so I made my own pattern based on it (but kept the original - I do expect baby to grow!). In general I like it though. The other (the pull-on style) came in multiple sizes so I made the newborn size.

In general I'm dubious about the ability of the fleece to contain wet diapers, but there are a lot of people out there who have a lot more experience at this than I do. If the fleece works, I can make all my own covers. [I do have some genuine water-proof covers, but they're all too big for a new little one.]

Anyone who has experience making and/or using fleece covers is very welcome to leave a comment!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Prefolds are easy!

I saw some photos of preemies wearing cloth diapers online. That's when I decided I'd better make some smaller ones.

Yesterday at the thrift store I saw some faded flannel receiving blankets...marked $2 each!! Outrageous! I told the lady there that they were WAY overpriced and she let me have them for a quarter apiece. I got six for $1.50. :c) MUCH better.

Today I took two of the smaller ones and cut them into quarters. Using some other flannel (blue plaid that looked nothing like a girl and some pink remnants too small for diapers) I made inserts and then put the inserts in the diapers to make prefolds. Voila! (Tutorial here)

8 more prefolds done - these are smaller

about 11 x 13 inches

I don't have a serger (serious fantasy) but I zig-zagged the ends to keep the bulk low. I'll just keep making eight or so every other day and I'll have a big stash before long! Now I have to figure out diaper covers...

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Yarn Along: Multiple Knits

The first is one of two sleep sacks I'm making my sister for her expected twin boys. (: I'm knitting them flat and then folding them over and stitching them closed. The second photo shows kind of what it would look like folded over (I wasn't right in the middle of the row so it doesn't match up in the photo). I should have put something in the photo for scale. The yarn is #3 so it's really thin and I'm knitting two strands together. The boys will probably be little so I'm making these kind of small.

 The next project is for a friend who is also expecting a boy (there are LOTS of boys on the way). The yarn is super bulky and I'm making it larger than the sleep sack above. The second photo shows what it will look like folded over.

This was kind of an experiment: preemie-sized tube socks. They are coming out looking more like mitts and I'm not impressed. Blech. I think I'm actually going to have to break down and learn how to knit a sock with a heel. *sigh*

I haven't done much work at all on the tulip blanket, but here it is:

I got a little farther on the seed stitch blanket:

I have read a ton lately but this is the book I was most easily able to lay my hands on. I have no idea how many times I've read this. It's one of my favorites. (Well, three of my favorites - the whole trilogy is represented here.)