Monthly Archives: March 2010

Ah, Spring

Today was just a beautiful day.  Spring in Florida is really paradise.  Today the smell of fresh cut grass filled the air as all the lanscapers had come out of hibernation.  Flowers are everywhere and the sky is so blue.

Speaking of blue skies, I went to the LYS today.  I want to make Baby the bunny from Itty Bitty Toys for his first Easter.  I have some stashed cotton that I could use, but I have fallen in love with Blue Sky Dyed Cotton.  It’s my favorite yarn. 

I decided to drive the long way, along the beach.  It was such a beautiful drive.  White sands beaches, beautiful still water and a brilliant blue sky all made me want to play on the beach. 

When I got to the yarn store, it was new yarn day.  They had just received a shipment of Blue Sky Dyed Cotton, just what I went in for!  I got to see their new spring colors too.  They are so beautiful.  This yarn is so wonderful.  Most cottons are quite coarse to knit with, but this is like knitting with a cloud.  And on top of that, all this yarn is 100% organic!   

I met another cloth diapering mama there and we talked about soaker patterns.  It was so nice to talk to someone about this.  She had a lot of good advice for me.

Baby’s preteething so he’s been moody lately.  He woke up in the middle of the night last night and yelled about his sore gums.  I felt really bad for him, and also for myself because I wanted nothing more than to go to sleep.  Poor me, right?  Just kidding.  Well, I’m glad I have such an awesome LYS and also that I live in Paradise, it makes life so great.  I was glad to have a wonderful afternoon after such a crappy night. 

I’ll leave you with some yarn porn:

All the yarn I need to make the Bunny and the Pig.  Ah, I love Blue Sky Dyed Cotton.  Have I said that yet?

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Week 4 goals

I’ve completed 3 of 8 weeks on my cleanse diet.  I’ve lost 3 pounds, a steady pound a week.

I did well this week, I didn’t eat random sweets like I had been doing.  I kept my goal of drinking a gallon of water a day, but I didn’t write down all my meals.  I’m having a hard time tracking and counting calories.  I eat a lot, and I get hungry a lot.  Baby’s still exclusively breastfed so he’s getting everything he needs from me.  I’m steadily losing weight so I’m not going to cut any more calories.  I’m eating a strict vegetarian diet so I’m making really healthy choices for my meals. 

Last week I had a hard time with dinner because I kept forgetting to plan a menu.  That will be my goal this week: Plan a menu and stick to it! 

Taking out all white sugars has been great.  I’ve been putting Agave Nectar in my morning drink.  I’ve fallen in love with tea again, this from a huge coffee fanatic.  I found this product at the store that’s Chai tea concentrate.  I just mix equal parts of soymilk and the concentrate and heat.  The soymilk foams up and it’s a latte!  Hooray!  I am loving this and so is my husband.

When we first moved to the south we discovered sweet tea.  We’ve had it in our house since then.  I recently discovered you can buy iced tea bags with green tea instead of black tea.  I’ve been brewing this instead and I just love it!  I’m not sweetening it and who knew unsweetened tea could taste so great?  If we do want it sweetened we add Agave nectar to the cold glass and it mixes really well even in cold drinks. 

I bought a Sam’s Club size package of kiwi fruit.  It’s 3 pounds!  I love kiwi and I’m excited to be eating it so freely this week.  I set it on the counter and sort of forgot it was there.  When I went back in the kitchen for some reason I thought it was a box of donuts.  I was thinking, “Ooh, I miss donuts.” then it hit me, it’s the kiwis!  I was so excited again.  I would much rather have kiwis than donuts.

Today is the beginning of week 4.  It’s been a good day so far.  I woke up early and washed a load of diapers, went to Zumba class, and when I got home I was able to catch up on all the housework. 

My goals for this week: Take things as they come.  Baby’s been very moody, I hope he gets back to his normal self soon.  I hope I can stay on top of all the cleaning because if it gets piled up it suddenly turns from a chore to a battle.  Things have been going well so far so I’m setting a goal to try to keep things as great as they have been.

I have some new knitting goals.  Last week it was the headbands and I almost reached my goal, I just have one last headband to knit.  I want to make baby a bunny for Easter.  And of course, finish that other sock.

Well, that was a random post.  I’m excited for this new week, I hope everything goes well.  So far so good!

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Checkerboard Headband

I’m trying my hand at designing, but I want to start with small things.  For now, headbands are the perfect thing to design.  Also while working out, sweat had been dripping into my eyes, and I always think a cotton headband would be brilliant.  This headband is knit in a  basketweave pattern with a seed stitch border.

Here’s the pattern:

Cotton Worsted weight yarn, I used Rowan Handknit Cotton

US 6/ 4 mm knitting needles.  I used 2 DPN’s as straight needles.

CO 10 Sts

Begin pattern as follows:

Row 1: K1, P1, K3, P3, K1, P1

Row 2: P1, K4, P4, K1

Repeat rows 1 and 2 once more, 4 rows total.

Row 3: K1, P4, K4, P1

Row 4: P1, K1, P3, K3, P1, K1

Repeat rows 3 and 4 once more, 8 total rows from cast on edge.

Repeat these 2 sequences until headband is desired length to fit snugly around your head.  Mine was 16″.

Bind off and seam 2 ends together or you could pick up stitches on the other end and use 3 needle bind off.

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A Tale of Pocket Diapers

I wanted to try out a few pocket diapers when I discovered how inconvenient it is to fold a prefold diaper in the back of the car.  There were several things I needed in pocket diapers.

First, they needed to be one size, so I could continuously use them until potty training.

They needed to be able to be washed on hot.  I did not want to wash them seperately than my other diapers and wipes.

They needed to have snaps instead of a hook and loop closure.  I met a mama in my old LLL group who advised buying with snaps.  She only used pockets and bought them with hook and loop.  After a year of wear, the closures started fraying and not holding the diaper closed any more.  She repaired her own diapers by adding snap closures to them.  I took her advice seriously.

Finding a pocket diaper with all this criteria is difficult.  I stumbled upon Happily Domestic’s blog and she had reviewed a brand called Haute Pockets.  She raved about them, saying they were her favorite diapers ever.  This brand met all my requirements.

I searched online for where to buy this brand of diapers.  I came upon a website called The Green Nursery.  I ordered 4 of this brand and 3 dozen standard sized prefolds because he was quickly outgrowing the infant sized ones.

On New Years Eve my package arrived.  I was SO excited!  I ripped open the box and played with my new toys for a while before washing them.  The next day we went out and I packed my diaper bag with them.  They worked so wonderfully while we were out and about!  I was so happy with my purchase.

Ruby Red Haute Pockets, 2 months old

Not 6 weeks later I was at a Dr. Appointment when the baby’s diaper blew out.  It was SO bad, like he didn’t have a diaper on at all.  I didn’t pack an extra set of clothes because this had never happened before.  So I took my bare baby into the Dr. office in the middle of winter.  I was so embarrassed.

When I got home I looked closely at the diaper.  The elastic on the leg had broken and so there was no protection.  I figured it was just something wrong with that diaper and continued using the other 3.  This same incedent happend again, twice more.  By now I had learned and began packing an extra outfit with us.  How could 3 of my 4 pocket diapers have done this?

I contacted the company I bought them from and told them my tragic tale.  The next day customer service called me.  They said they tried contacting the manufacturer but they had gone out of business and were no longer honoring their warranty.  He asked me what I wanted to do.  I didn’t know so he offered to send me 3 new pocket diapers to replace my ruined ones.  I didn’t want the same brand so he sent me 3 Smarti Pants brand pockets, and this brand also had all the same requirements I wanted. 

These new diapers are great.  They are way better than the Haute Pockets brand.  The insert comes out in the wash and you don’t need to remove it before you throw it in the pail.  That was a pain with the others.  No one likes digging out a wet or poopy insert.  These new diapers fit trimmer under clothes.  The others were quite bulky.  Both these new features have made diapering on the go so great.  In my very honest opinion I give these 5 stars.  

4 months old, in Smarti Pants

The kind people at The Green Nursery didn’t have to do this for me.  I feel bad that they lost some money by trying to keep a customer.  Because of this kind thing they did for me, I am a forever customer of theirs.  In fact, I recently bought and Ergo Organic brand baby carrier from them.  I will review this shortly, but I’ve only had it for a week and want to wait to give it an honest review.

I also purchased a 5 pack of Smarti Pants inserts.  These work great for night time!  I do love this brand of diaper.  I highly recommend these diapers, and this company.  I am a very happy customer.

I’ve been using the standard sized prefolds for about 2 months now.  They are made of unbleached Indian cotton.  I mainly use them with the wool covers, and I’m still changing diapers 10+ times a day.  They are a true workhorse of diapers, they hold everything in very well.  They are super absorbent, and very very soft even when line dried.  They come very clean, even when handwashed. 

I also no longer read Happily Domestic’s blog.  After going back to her blog and reading it again she had recieved a bunch of free diapers from them so she would give them a good review.  I did not recieve any free diapers, just replacements that I am much happier with.

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Wacky Wednesday: YAAAAARN!!!

After a recent Stash Enrichment Expedition (or S.E.X. as it’s referred to in knitter’s circles) I just got too excitied.  I threw all my yarn on the floor and rolled around in it, enjoying the soft luxurious new yarns.  This was literally my dream come true.  In fact, I’ve actually had dreams about rolling around in yarn.

If there were an adult Chuck E. Cheese for knitters, the ball pit would have balls of yarn instead of plastic balls.

And if you’re wondering what a yarngasm is, it looks something like this:

Hooray for my new, awesome LYS (Local Yarn Store)!!

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Breastfeeding in Public

When I finished my February Lady Sweater, I wanted to photograph it exactly the way I would be using it.  I nurse my baby many many times a day, and I wear him constantly.  I have recieved mixed responses about this picture:

Is this innappropriate?  I REALLY don’t think so, but some would disagree.  First of all, when I posted this on Ravelry I recieved and huge positive feedback.  I recieved  17 comments, even more messages, and it was favorited 34 times.  All this feedback was so sweet and supportive, everyone telling me how much they loved this picture, and how nice it is to show support for breastfeeding.

On Facebook, however, this was not the case.  I recieved several messages and a comment claiming it was innapropriate and I should take it down.  “We’re all for breastfeeding” they would say, “but you don’t need to show it to the world.”  If this truly were the case, then I would never have posted such a provocative picture.  I NEED to show it to the world.  Our society needs to see this as normal, because unfortunately it’s still seen as indecent.

It’s not their fault though.  The people I’m talking about are super conservative and from UTAH of all places, where no one even shows their ankles or wrists (sarcasm).

I breastfeed in public and I don’t use a cover.  I’ve exposed myself to many people.  It’s not on purpose of course.  It’s important to understand that mothers need to feed their babies.  Babies don’t like being “tucked away neatly” under a blanket.  Mine throws it off, it’s too hot for him to eat his lunch in a makeshift tent.  I’m not whipping out my boobies and flashing people like in “Girls Gone Wild.”  My baby needs access to his food, and if you happen to catch a glimpse, I can assure you, it is NOT for your benefit and honestly you don’t have the right to be offended.

I am very discreet and people rarely know what I’m doing.  The few times I did use a cover it wasn’t very discreet, I ended up making a big scene because it was difficult to maneuver under it.  If any readers out there do use one, that’s perfectly fine.  This is just my personal preference.

When I do nurse in public, I get a great response from other people.  The older men smiling in approval, the grandma who’s been there and misses it, the other new mother who’s needing to do the same, and so on.  My favorite response is when a mother of a toddler sees me nursing and tells her young child that’s how babies get their food.  This makes me so happy, that these children know what normal is.

I understand that things have gotten so much easier for the breastfeeding mother.  I grew up in Utah which is 20 years behind in showing acceptance for nursing in public.  So it’s understandable, but still inexcusible (so glad I don’t live there right now! haha).  I just want to add that it’s not ALL people from Utah, just the few that make life hard for everyone else.

I am SO grateful I don’t have to fight a battle everytime I feed him in public.   I’m glad all the work is done for me, but still it’s unfortuante that the few random people have to be so closed minded.

Finally I want to say that I LOVE Ravelry.  I have found so many great friends there, especially in the Itty Bitty Knits group.  Thanks to all those who commented, messaged and also fav’ed my project.  This positive feedback has been so wonderful, I feel like crying.

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ZUMBA!

Week 2 is now complete.  This week I worked out 5 times, I added a Zumba class.  I first heard about Zumba from my friend’s blog and when I saw they had a class at my new gym, I was excited to try it out.  I went to a breif beginner class, followed by the actual class.  I tell ya, I’ve never had so much fun during a workout.  I learned to really shake my booty!  I went again this morning, and I do love it so much!

Yoga was fun this week.  I’m getting more flexible and stronger.  I brought my own mat in the Yoga Mat Bag I made a while ago.  It was my first lace project.  Everyone in the class made such a big fuss about it, it was fun getting all those compliments on a beginner lace project.  I hope to make a more advanced one later.

I lost 2 pounds in the past two weeks.  A little disappointing, I thought it was more since this weekend I was rockin’ my size 4 jeans again!  That was really exciting.  I’ve lost the whole 2 pounds off my waist I’m sure! 

I bought a new sports bra this weekend.  It’s a lot better than my Motherhood Maternity nursing sports bra.  It offered NO support.  I got a really nice Saucony brand one.  My bust size has sure changed since pre-pregnancy.  I went from a 34C to a 34DD!  I guess when they’re full of milk they’ll be lots bigger.

This week I’m really going to be serious about the diet part of my plan.  Last week I ate too much saltwater taffy, and I didn’t track my food intake.  So my goal is to first plan my daily meals, then write down everything I eat as I eat it.  Also I want to drink a lot more water and track that too.  I’d like to practice yoga on my own.  Hopefully I can do that 4 times this week.

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