Monday, February 25, 2013

and it's been another year...

wow.... maybe this year I'll post.

Friday, September 30, 2011

My first craft show and some FOs

I did my very first craft show last week and man was it fun!  Here are some pictures of my booth. :) 

I've also finished a few thing since I posted last...Wow that ton of stuff!  You can find all the pattern info for everything but the owl on my Ravelry pattern page.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

FOs and WIPs

SDC10441These things took me a year to finish!  I didn't move and have to redo one but still.  I started them last Aug with the goal to give them to a friend as a birthday gift in Nov.  That didn't really work out.  She did just get them last week and loves them so I guess we are all good :)  The pattern I used is Owlmittens by SpillyJane.  The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll Solids and I used about 1/2 a ball of each. 
SDC10447  I getting back into knitting more socks.  These are Monkeys in Socks that Rock.
SDC10446This is a Mystery Sock by Jen Hansen in Flawful Fiber and Yarn Smitten Collection sock yarn.   I'm up to the heel now, but no new picture...
SDC10448 I've been busy make more jewelry for a local shop (Tallulah's Folly in Old Town)  that carries my goodies (jewelry and critters) This is my 3rd month with them and am doing REALLY well!  I'm in 3 shops with my jewelry and 4 with my critters and I'd like to find one more to carry at least my jewelry.  I'm also working on a critter order for the Goods in Detroit.  I'll make sure to post a picture when I'm done. 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Alva, Popfish, BabyLand, and other ebay cloth diaper review

ebay diapersI've had a chance to try a few more diapers.  All these I bought from ebay for less the $6 each shipped.  The green ones left to right Alva, Popfish, and Sunnycutebaba
ebay diapers
ebay diapersFrom Left to right b'bies, Grape-Apple, and Babyland.
ebay diapers

All these diapers worked for us.  I've used all but the babyland and sunnycutebaba at night.  The babyland and the sunnycutebaba run very small and we have pulled them from the stash.  I think they would work really well on a smaller baby but not on our toddler. They did leak but only because they were to small for Lily. Out off all of these diapers I have to say I love the Alva and the Popfish the most.  They are almost the same diaper.  The only differences I've found so far are the liner fabric is different and Alva have to hip snaps.  Alva also come in more prints but the Popfish cost less even though they do not come with inserts.   (you can buy them from the same seller)  Both have the double pocket elastic. (love this)  I own 3 Alvas and 6 Popfish and have/will order more.  I will say that the Popfish seller ships much quicker and I get my diapers much faster.  The Grape-Apple diaper and the b'bies (I have one of each) work well also and are active in our rotation.  I think they they are a bit trimmer then the Alvas/Popfish.  The Grap-apples, like the Alvas come in lots of great prints.  I just think I like the wing shape better on the Alvas and the Popfish but would order and use both the Grape-Apple and b'bies again.  All the diapers seem to be holding up well.  I cold  wash, hot wash, warm wash no soap, cold rinse and then air dry the shells.   I will keep using them and let you know of any problems.

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Baby Gift and Diaper Craft

SDC10317 I love making baby gifts! The cupcake (I'm calling it a muffin) is from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet my go to book for cuteness.  The socks are knit using scrap sock yarn and my made up baby sock pattern.  For the blanket I just used a ripple stitch and some super soft acrylic. 
DiaperWoohoo I made a diaper!  And it was super super super easy.  I used RRP (Rita's Rump Pocket).  I love the pattern the diaper fits great on Lily and I will be making more.  I also think it would be perfect for a newborn and if and when I have another I will be making a ton of these... I will make a few more anyway.  When I made this one I sewed in a prefold, I won't do that again, it's just too thick all around and it took forever to dry.  Next time I will make it as a pocket and use turn my prefolds into inserts.  (I don't like prefolds but we will talk about that in my next post.)
SoakerThis was a super fast soaker to knit and seems to fits well.  I used Frantic Mama Knitted Soaker Pattern and made a size large.  It took a full ball of Kureyon and almost a full ball WOTA.  I plan on knitting a few more soakers, I don't know how much we will used them because they don't fit under clothing well. I think I will try to put a skirt on one next and I want to try a wrap pattern I found. If I had a smaller baby I'd be all over soakers and longies!   Well I think that's all I've got for now:)

Next time we will talk about the fight I got in with a snappi and my deep seeded hatred for prefolds (yes I'm a drama queen, and no I really don't hate them...that much) and I'll talk about the the ebay diapers I got yesterday!

oh free worldwide shipping here and here all weekend long when you use the coupon code freeship

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Cloth Diapers

So after about 31mo I've decided to switch Lily to cloth diapers.  I'm still not completely clear why I made this switch so close to potty training.  I had thought about cloth diapering her before she was born but thougth it looked really expensive and I had no clue where to start then we had the hip thing so I pretty much forget about it.  I started thinking about it again last week when after our car broke down I had to walk to the store to get diapers.  They didn't have the brand we used  so I was stuck with another...ones that didn't work well on her and gave her a rash.  Well I knew that we'd be out the car for awhile and I was going to be stuck with these crappy over priced diapers jand I had a Target Gift card burning a hole in my pocket (and no way to get to Target) so I ordered 4 diapers.  Don't tell my MIL it was my b-day present and I always end up using them on the girls. Before I ordered I spent some time taking to a friend and researching online.  I ended up picking out  a 2 pack of Bumgenius 4.0 and 2 Trend Lab diapers.  The Bumgenius are pocket diapers.  That means that there is a "pocket" in the back of the diaper and you stuff it with inserts.  I think that the Trend Lab is an AI2 (all in two). (Thank you L :) ) I'm not completely sure what that means all I know is that the Trend Lab has a snap insert with elastic on the sides, so it kinda cups to help hold messes.  The inserts come in girl, boy, and gender nutural.  I have a green and a pink diaper so a girl and a GN insert.  The gril insert has more padding in the middle and the GN has all over padding.  After prepping the diaper I've used them mixed in with disposable for about a week so far.  I really like both diapers but I like the Trend lab more.  They seem to fit Lily better and I like that I can wrap a flannel wipe around the liner so for easy poop clean up and if she doen't get the cover wet or dirty I can just switch out the liner.  I like how the outer fabric is stretchy all over.  The bumGenius was great for at night (I haven't tried the Trend Lab at night yet) and I like how well made they are and how you can add more inserts to get more protection. I also like the stretchy tabs.  I think these will be my go to long outing and night time diapers. Both wash up nice but the Trend Lab inserts take longer to dry then the BG ones. Oh and I've read that microfiber is bad to have against the skin, but don't find it a problem yet, I'll let you know if that changes but don't see it being a problem for us.  I did end up ordering a couple more Trend Labs (I really like that price) and another 2 pack of inserts and plan on getting at least 1 or 2 more bumGeniuses.  I picked up a dozen unbleached Indian prefolds that I am prepping now.  And I also ordered a couple of covers, one from Etsy and another big name.  I'll let you know what I think of them after I get them.  Oh and because I couldn't help myself and they were soooo cheap. .. I ordered some random pocket diapers from china on Ebay.  I'll let you know what I think of those when I get them.   I'm new to all this and still don't get the lingo but I do think that I'm hooked.  I know that even this late in the game I will still save money. (and I hope to have one more baby)  I also like the crafting.  I've started making my own flannel wipes and cast on for a wool soaker.  I'd like to try my had at making PUL and fleece covers...I've wanted some snap pliers for a while now anyway.  I'm LOVING the flannel wipes...They clean sooo much better.  I'll take a picture of them all stacked pretty when I finish them.  To wet them I'm just using a spray bottle with a "wipe solution" that I found's just baby wash, oil, and water.   I think the only draw back is washing diapers.  I'm not using any special detergent just the Purex we have on hand... I may try something more diaper friendly down the line and see if it works any differently.  When I washed them last night I had to do 3 or 4 extra rinses and add a splash of vinegar to get the suds out of the water.  It took forever.  I am air drying my covers, I want them to hold up longer and they were all nice in dry by morning.  I will let you guys know how this goes and I hope to not have to buy another pack of disposable diapers or wipes again!

Edited July 28th  So I've been using my diapers for just over a month now.  I've tried a few more brands out, mostly ebay diapers...  I find that some of those work so much better (and I like them more) then my bg and my Trend labs.  The don't like the snap in inserts on the Trend Labs, they are bulky compared to my other diapers. (we still have no problem with the microfiber)  I found that I'm a pocket kind of gril and I just don't like aio/ai2.  The Trend Labs still work great and fit well...I just don't love them.