It’s just barely noon and already we’ve had a full day.
We woke up and washed diapers
Had breakfast and took the pugs on their potty walk
Went to the local farmer’s market for the first time!! Bought lots of good produce and farm fresh eggs!!!
Got the oil changed in the car, knit while waiting.
Visited the local quilt shop and bought some really cute fabric. Not sure what I’m going to make with it yet.
I just love days like today! And I still have half the day remaining, hopefully it will be just as good. I plan to visit the farmer’s market weekly. Can you believe that’s the first time I’ve ever been to one?
I’m pretty excited about this! I bought the fabric to make it while I was pregnant but never got around to it. Now the baby’s a little over 7 months old and I finally made it! A Mei Tai (pronounced May Tie) is an Asian baby carrier.
I love my Ergo now that it’s hot. It’s kind of bulky and all the snaps and hardware are a turn off for me. I have always thought Mei Tais are beautiful and it’s great that they’re mostly for back carry. Since my baby has been big enough for back carry, I feel like I am free to do almost anything.
I used a tutorial on Jan Andrea’s website. It was a very easy to follow pattern with good instructions. My only complaint was that when it was instructing how to cut out the pieces, I got really confused. If it weren’t for the sample layout there’s no way I would have figured it out.
I’m so happy with the way it turned out. I feel a huge sense of accomplishment, especially since this is something I’m going to be using all the time.
I’m a big fan of line drying my cloth diapers. There are so many benefits. The direct sunlight sanitzes and strips them, bleaches out any stains, and it saves so much energy which is good for the environment and the power bill. Or in my case, saves energy and $1.25 to use a coin-op dryer. Then there’s the added benefit of the wonderful smell that comes with drying outside.
Before I had the spin dryer, anytime I would dry my clothes and diapers outside, they would come off the line really stiff. Since using the spin dryer, they dry almost instantly and they are just as soft as if they had come out of an electric dryer. I’m not sure what the difference is, but I think all the water still remaining in the clothes has something to do with it.
I put my diapers out on the collapsible rack every morning. The only items that need pinning are the wipes. I have issues holding several wipes and pins at a time while trying to put them on the rack. I’m too impatient to just hold one wipe and one pin at a time. When I saw the Granny’s Clothespin Apron in the book, One Yard Wonders, I was immediately in love. This pattern and the pug on the cover, of course, were the major selling points.
I finished my clothespin apron yesterday. I used it to hang my diapers this morning, and I am so happy about it! It works perfect for me! It’s so satisfying making something that is going to be used so often.
While making this, I couldn’t help but think of my sister. She loves making aprons. She is an apron making master! She made me this apron for my birthday last year. I use it all the time and I just love it so much! I also can’t help but giggle when I see this picture. I was only days away from finding out I was pregnant.
Last week I started some socks for my husband. I’m using the Oak Ribbed Sock pattern from the book, Knitting Vintage Socks by Nancy Bush. So far I’ve worked the cuff and leg. Today I started on the heel flaps and I hope I will have turned both heels by the end of the day. I am using my new Knit Picks Harmony Wood circular needles for magic loop. I’m also using Knit Picks yarn, it’s Gloss in Parsley. I’m really enjoying these needles for magic loop. Casting on top down two at a time was difficult, and despite my research efforts, I found nothing online about doing this. Maybe two at a time magic loop is a newer method? I don’t know.
My sewing project today is the Granny’s Clothespin Apron for the book, One Yard Wonders. Yesterday I attempted to begin sewing, but I did not understand what the pattern was telling me to do. Sewing patterns are another language to me. I feel like many I have come across are worded to where I can’t understand what they are telling me to do. Long story short, I knew it wanted me to make a bias tape edging on the pocket. I was mad at the pattern and decided to do it my way. So I made the bias tape and zigzag stitched it on. Well, come to find out, it was just having me put the bias tape on in a way that would show no seams. Ha, they should have stated it so obviously. Oh well, I’m not going to fix it, I’ve had enough with it. So I continued on and I’m actually nearly finished with the project. I worked for an hour today because yesterday’s time was absolutely wasted, and I wanted to make up for it.
So today was day 15 of my 30 days of sewing, the half way point! I have fallen behind on my days, it really should have been day 17. Between a busy weekend and a grumpy baby, 2 days I skipped my sewing goal.
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On Wednesday I finally finished my socks. I already posted most of what I had to say about them in this post. So they were my first toe-up, two at a time, magic loop, short row heel, and stretchy sewn bind off. On top of that it was my first time following a cabling chart and knitting through the back loops. It was rated as an experienced level pattern.
The only problem I came across was the error with the pattern in the book, and I had already started them when I realized there was a problem. I tore them down and started again, but it didn’t bother me. I wanted them to be perfect. Additionally every sock I have made so far out of Joy of Sox has an errata, so I’ve made a habit of checking their project pages on Ravelry before casting on.
The yarn was crazy. I love winding hanks into center-pull balls when I’m really stressed out. When I got the yarn out to wind it, I found it was a huge tangled mess. It took me hours to wind it into a ball. I was quite discouraged and felt that I wouldn’t buy Malabrigo sock again. After knitting with it though, I have changed my mind about that. I bought another hank recently and I had an easier time with it. I suppose it was because I was prepared to work with the tangles. Truthfully I think it’s unacceptable to charge $22 US for a hank of yarn that you have to untangle, but I guess Malabrigo sock is just that good.
These socks have changed me as a knitter. I knew I was a sock person before, but now it’s different. Lately I have been dreaming about socks all night long. I wake up eager to get to work on them. Now I’m starting to appreciate them as a work of art. They are the best type of art as they are so functional. I consider myself to be a functional person and I rarely do anything that isn’t.
Socks are the perfect knit for me, and I am so proud of this pair.
We just got home from getting Derek’s present for his first Father’s Day! My husband is a wonderful father. He loves his little boy so much, it just shows in everything he does. He has been wanting a tattoo for years, though there was nothing that was worth getting until now. We have had many long conversations about body art and we both feel that a tattoo should not be a product of drunken judgement, but something personal, sentimental, and representing a life-changing event. One day he came home and had an idea for a tattoo, and I loved it! It was just the timing that was tricky. This weekend we’re going to be celebrating his first Father’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than to get the tattoo he has been wanting for several months now.
Seeing our newborn’s footprints on the chest of the man I love melts my heart. And makes my milk let down. I think it’s the perfect tattoo!