So I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I really haven’t been crafting so much in the past few months. I’m finally starting to get back on my feet with knitting and sewing and it’s definitely a good feeling to be creating things again! I’m almost done with the most intricate fair isle project I’ve ever attempted! I told my sister to pick a pattern for some fair isle mittens and she chose one with 6 different colors, knit on size 1 needles. I LOVE the challenge, however it’s been mentally taxing at times. Here’s a link to the project: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves. I will hopefully be done with them this week and can move onto something else! yay!!
Next up for knitting projects I’m going to make baby boy a light knit hoodie that he can wear in summer time and as a layer in the winter. Haven’t decided the color yet but it will probably be blue. As for baby Lex, I think she’s due for another cardigan or bolero, but I don’t know which pattern I want to use yet. Still thinking about it but she definitely has one on the way.
I recently bought a sewing pattern to make some capes and masks for the toddlers. They are getting older and more ready to play dress up. As imaginitive play is SO important, I highly encourage it and want to make them some fun things to play with. I have some superman fabric and some vegetable fabric that I’m going to make dress up capes out of for around the house.
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I recently realized that Lex needed a new hat for Fall one day when we were freezing on the playground so I knit this one up really quick using some stash yarn I’d been eyeing for years. The pattern is called Holly Hat and it’s a great pattern! It has been difficult finding a pattern that will fit a toddler’s head the right way but this one is great. I think I’m probably going to make one for myself so get ready for an adorable mother-daughter photo with matching hats!! I’m so excited for the future embarrassment when she’s a teenager muahahaha!
I’ve also been working on a gorgeous and simple wrap cardigan for myself which should hopefully be done by Thanksgiving. The pattern is called Kimono Wrap by Joanne Yordanou and it’s in one of the first knitting books I every bought: 12 Months of Knitting. I’ve been eyeing the pattern for a while and I thought it would be a fun and easy knit. Loving the fall knitting with this baby cocoon for newborn Ben as well!
Here’s my monthly posting about the fun things we did in June! We had a wonderful month and are definitely ready for summer! Lex has been up to lots of fun stuff including growing teeth and feeling the neccessity to eat with utensils-it’s still a work in progress. We had some fun play dates, trips to the park and the beach. In the middle of June, we took a trip to San Jose to visit the Grandparents, Great Grandparents, uncle, great uncle, aunt, cousin etc–lots of family up north 🙂 We had a GREAT time and hope to visit again towards the end of the summer. Aleksa got to visit Happy Hollow during our visit. We saw squirrel monkeys and got to ride the 2 mph Danny the Dragon. Cameron had a great time surfing Pleasure Point in Santa Cruz and we had a great day getting ice cream at The Penny Ice Creamery and eating at The Cliff Cafe all while Aleksa had her first full day with Grandma. Looking forward to the fourth of July!
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This has been a productive month as far as crafting goes! I got my first sale from my Etsy Shop, Well Tempered Designs, and I’ve been building up my inventory of basket liners and children’s accessories getting ready for the approaching craft fair season. This will be my first go at craft fairs and I couldn’t be more excited! In addition to Etsy projects, I’ve done some pretty cool personal projects as well.
Aleksa’s shortage of diaper covers, as well as her ability to rapidly unhook velcro, has led me to make her some more wool covers. This one is just in time for fourth of July and is ready to go! Next up, I’ll make a few for the twins. Today, I finally finished a cowl that has been in the works for almost 2 years! Cameron bought me some beautiful cream colored frog tree merino wool for Christmas in 2011. After looking at cowl patterns for months, I decided to knit the Casu Cowl by Galia Lael. The pattern is written beautifully! I finally got around to making the cowl in December 2012 and had to put it on hold for a while because I ran out of yarn (I wanted it to be super long)…also I got kinda bored knitting it so I needed a break. After finding another ball of the merino at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, I finally finished it! Here’s a link to the project in ravelry.
This month, I got to make a few bears for twins as well! They were way overdue for a knit a stuffed animal from me and I was so excited to knit the Laura Long Three Hungry Bears pattern again from Knitted Toy Tales.
For the next few days, I’ll be working on some headbands, flowers and bows for Etsy! Yahoo!
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So I know it’s a little late for May but I’m gonna do this post anyways. I want to start a monthly recap post of some of the fun things my family does so hopefully this is the first of many. We started the month of by watching Cameron play the drums at the Harbour board swap with the Jimbonarres. Aleksa had a big month with her first car, first fort and a few new words! (Mama, dada, ball and bee for Brobee). We got in lots of great trips to the aquarium and finished the month off by attending the Holland Festival at El Dorado Park on Memorial weekend. It was a great month and its gonna be a very fun summer!!
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For Aleksa’s first Christmas I decided to make these cool handprint ornaments. I got thE idea from the blog Hey Jen Renee. The crayola model magic stuff is super easy to use and is very light. I love how the came out and Lex had some fun too!!
I haven’t posted in a while so I wanted to give a little shout out. Things have been great lately! Life is basically centered around Aleksa and her whims these days but it’s all good. People keep telling me this will be over before I know it and I sure believe them. I can’t believe how fast she’s grown in just a few months.
I’m currently getting ready to start up school and work again next month, but I’ll be taking it slow, only a few days a week to start. 2 of my 3 classes will be online this semester too so I should be able to stay home with the little one and get my coursework done at the same time.
I’ve been working on lots of projects lately, and I’ve surprisingly gotten a lot done since little Aleksa arrived. I’ll have to post pictures later, (I haven’t even updated these to my ravelry yet) but I’ve made a little sweater and a few other little things. I’ve found that I can sew a lot of cool things for baby’s so I’ve been really into that lately. I’ve also been sewing some bicycle basket liners for Cameron’s shop.
I can’t believe that I’m nearing the end of summer already. This summer has DEFINITELY been a lot different than last summer. I’m excited for what’s ahead!