Slouchy leg warmers

March 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

Stella baby leg warmers

My knitting speed is about as fast as a toddler on a walk. Did you know it could take an hour to walk home 3 blocks from the farmers market? Yeah, that’s about how fast I knit these days too. But looky here, I finished some baby leg warmers for a new little friend. Little Bear was kind enough to model them for us. I had the perfect yarn in my stash, GGH Samoa yarn, left over from the K sweater. And there was just enough yarn for these. Yay for stash busting. I like the stripes but I think I’ll go with long and stretchy leg warmers next time. I call them slouchy because I think they would be on a newborn, but a good fit on growing chunky legs too.

How to dress a monkey

March 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Smocked dresses

I’ve been thinking about little girls clothes a lot lately in my day dreams. I have a secret agenda to clothe the girls in all vintagy ¬†styles and hand knits. We have some wonderful vintage, or vintagesque, clothes from my childhood and Value Village. Many more ideas are floating around my head that I want to sew. But the patterns I concoct in my head are slow to fruition. Side note: I took a quick peek at a pattern book at the fabric store this week and I was sorely disappointed in the childrens patters. Perhaps I just happened to look at the worst one they had, or perhaps I’m very critical and should make my own patterns and buy patterns from ¬†independent sewers.

Bug has a secret agenda to wear only underwear or pajamas, but not both. It was cute to arrive at story time with an independent toddler in pajamas for a while, but now I’m feeling like we all look a little disheveled and frumpy.

Little bear has a not so secret agenda to burp and poop on all her clothes. She is a very successful baby.

Sometimes we pull one of these smocked dresses off the line in their room for each of them. Paired with jeans, and a turtle neck in this season still, we meet my goal of vintage meets playful monkey with messy hair.

My heart is full

February 14, 2012 § Leave a comment

Mary Jane, meet Rhino

I always felt Valentine’s day was more about friends and family than romance. Bug and I made cards for a few of those loved ones. She wanted to cut them up with her scissors, one of her new skills, to show how much she loves them.

What a funny holiday. It’s a fun excuse to cut cheese with a heart cookie cutter and invite our friends over. Hope you had time with some loved ones too.

Happy Valentine’s Day.

Rabbit rattle

February 9, 2012 § Leave a comment

bunny

Does it not seem that everyone is having babies at the same time? I have a back log of baby projects that I want to knit for all the little ones I know. I predict more coming in the near future too. This rabittit rattle from Natural Nursery Knits (love this book) is one of my go to baby projects because 1. I can actually finish it 2. It’s freaking cute 3. The giftie doesn’t outgrow it by the time I finish and finally get it in the mail. I made one for Little Bear and the rattle fits around her little fist so she can nom away at the bunny head. Bug likes to point out the obvious and give me updates. “your baby is drooling” (yes, that is how she refers to her sister some days) “she’s chewing on her toys”

I guess I should point out that I have yet to put a bell inside the heaoff one of these rabbits yet to make it a rattle, mostly because I’ll be stuffing and stitching it up and I get so excited to finish that I don’t really want to go dig around for a bell. And I’m prone to prefer quite toys anyway. My personal noise level is usually met by the children all by their lonesome adding any more noise puts me on edge.

Like I said, I love almost all of the patters in this book. They are beautiful and simple.

Alphabet

February 5, 2012 § 1 Comment

Abc

Bug collects her favorite letters and deposits them around the house and I reflexively pick them up and snap them back on the fridge. Right now B’s and O’s are favored, I was recently accused of spelling boob amide the scramble of letters. When I need a little order in my life I organize things by color. We sing the alphabet song in a sweet lulluby voice at bed time. This sums up my life right now.

winter gardening

February 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

snow and dirt

“The dirt isn’t frozen!”

winter garden

No need to wear a sweater or coat when it’s February and 40 degrees if there is sun…

warm bath

…and then follow with a warm bath.

Notebook

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

I started writing one note about each kid everyday this year. A funny quote, sweet moment, or milestone to remember.

2012 notebook

I’ve managed to keep up and I haven’t missed a day yet. It has the added benefit of acknowledging and appreciating something small about the day before I go to bed. They say it takes 40 days (or is it 90 days?) to make a habit. I’ve never been very good about journling before but it seems easier to commit to this since it’s for me and later for the girls too.

A note a day