Monday, October 29, 2012


::kitchen demo with helpers

::getting dressed up

::Pre-halloween fun

Friday, October 26, 2012

catching up in Fall

::a busy family

:: travels to the farm to get in some serious tractor riding

::as much time outside as we can have

::wonderful weather

::great, big puddles

::family and friends gathering for fellowship

::falling leaves and small pumpkins

::getting ready for renovation

::warm boots and hot coffee

::late night sewing, costumes ready

::fall love

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Yarn Along/KCWC

participating in The Yarn Along with Small Things...  and Kid's Clothing Week Challenge! 

I've got plenty on the needles right now : a sweater, mittens, and a pair of longies as a gift.  I've got to finish frantically knitting the later of the three before we leave to see the recipient this weekend.  I'd also like to gift them a hat with them - as babies need lots of hats!

I love knitting with Malabrigo for babies.  It is so soft and snuggly!  I hope the mamas aren't scared at having to hand wash these knits.  After all, their babies are hand wash too.

Currently, I'm reading a good book about youth entitlement, Cleaning House, and I picked up an Amish cookbook at the library.  I really liked the cookbook - it had lots of little daily ditties of Amish life -very blog like - along with the recipes.  Super interesting. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Kid's Clothes Week Challenge!

Last year I stumbled upon Kid's Clothing Week Challenge over at Elsie Marley - a week where you  challenge youself to sew one hour a day, each day for 7 days.  I was instantly and totally hooked at seeing all of the amazing kid clothing sewing that was going on.

Being one that would actually like to learn to sew *well*, I was and am so inspired.

What I love the most though - were all the awesome BOY clothes!  Like everything else little in this world, the most adorable, chic things are girly.  Walk into any fabric store and there are oodles of girly fabric and only a few boy-with-some-obnixious-characters fabric.

Watching the pics pop up for the KCWC brought me to many awesome websites to find good fabric and great patterns that I could (can) actually do!

My first project this week were another pair of my favorite little boy pants -Quick Change Trousers by Anna Marie Horner.

I used simple, higher quality quilting fabric for the grey and flannel for the inside layer for warmth.  Because Logan is a small guy, he can still easily wear the 18-24m size at a little over 2.5 yrs old with some added length, and with room to grow. 

Trying to take a pic of him in these is like putting a cat in a bag - but you can get the idea.

The rest of the week I have plans for more Quick Change Trousers and some of the Kid's Pants Pattern  pants in some green jean material.  Plus, I've got to frantically finish a pair of knitted pants for a little baby gift.  Nothing like waiting until the last minute.

I'm looking forward to seeing what all the amazing sewers are going to make and will be jealous of all their mad skills. 

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

School Pride

Mason has school pride for his "house" at Hogwarts School of Witch Craft and Wizardry (oh his "real" school too).

My little medium man is such a fan of the Harry Potter books.  We've read the first two and are on the third.  I have a rule that if any book is (ruined as all books are) in a movie, he must read it first.  It is easily his favorite time of the day and always there are cheers for "more, more, more" before I kiss him goodnight.

Being all things Mason, he needed "things" that were Harry Potter-ish.  Actually, he is more of a Weasley fan and insists that I act like Mrs. Weasley and make him buns soon.  He thinks it would be so great if I could have a knitting spell like her.  I agree!

Thus, a very Gryffiindor sweater was made.

I used the TAMA pattern by Kelly Brooker.  It is fantastic and organized by different weights which makes it so easy to read.  Considering I've already have an order for a Ravenclaw one to be made by the oldest, I'm sure I'll be knitting it lots more times.