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. 

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A Shawl and some Hexagons

Mystery Medallion ShawlHere is my finished Mystery Medallion Shawl.  I need to re block it.  After I pulled out of it's bath it dried before I had chance to pin it.  I used Laughing Rat Studio Superwash Merino Sock Yarn.   I'm also working on Summer Mystery Shawlette.  I'll get pictures as soon as I finish it.

Hexagons I've also been working on some hexagons.  I have no clue what got me started on this project but man is it fun. Oh wait I remember...Joe found me a quilting hoop thing at a garage sale for $3 and I started looking online at hand quilted quilts. I fell in love with the hexagons! And you know what? I really do like sewing all these little guys together by hand.  They 3/4 hexagons :)  I've been wanting to make a quilt for a couple of years now and I hope I stick with this one.  oh for fabric I'm using vintage and reused linens.  I'm still not sure how I'm going to sew them together...with or without  color around all the flower.  I'm thinking of just sewing them together.  We will see :)

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Giveaway is now closed

Thank you everyone who entered.  I will pick the winners today and get their prizes out asap.  If you didn't win you can still used the coupon "SMSGiveaway" for 10%  off here or here.

While I'm here I should show you a few things :)

Gnome hat! This is a hat I knit Joe for his birthday last month.

Easter stuff for the girlsThese are goodies that I added to the girls Easter baskets.

Embossed LeavesAnd a pair of socks that I had on the needles FOREVER. 

I'm working a couple of mystery shawl that I'll make sure to post when I'm finished....

Sunday, May 22, 2011

It's Giveaway Day Again!

Sew Mama Sew is hosting another Giveaway day!! Here is what you can win! Your choice of the pink knit bunny and the pink locket necklace or the blue bunny and locket.  The bunnies are knit with 100% wool yarn and are about 4in tall.  The locket necklace features a tiny rose cabochon and little matching bell flowers.  It hangs from an 18in brass chain.  The locket is raw brass and has a diameter of about 1/2in.   You can find my knit critters here and my jewelry here just in case you were wondering.   

 All you need to do is leave a comment letting me know what set you'd like "Pink" or "Blue" and make sure I have a way to contact you.  Giveaway ends 11:59pm est time May 25 2011 and I'll draw 2 names (one for each set) sometime May 26.  I will ship worldwide Monday May 30. 

For those who like to have extra entries "heart" me here and/or here and come back and tell me.  One extra entry for each "heart".  For those who want to stick around and shop use the coupon code "SMSGiveaway" at both shops for 10% off now till June 1 2011 :).  Have fun and good luck!!

Friday, April 01, 2011

It's April? Already? Really?

Sigh, Wow I had no clue it's been so long.  I'll have super cool FO to show you in a couple days....and I've finished a ton of knitting, all for the shop....I know that gets old really quick, showing you only shop things....  I'll be back soon with crafty goodness!  Happy April!!

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Trinity's patched jeans

Trinity's patched jeans
Originally uploaded by merlinthecat.

I patched a pair of Trinity pants last night. It's hard to find stuff that fits her right...she's really hippy. (these are Old Navy) I have another pair doesn't have holes yet but she wants me to do.

The only other things I've been crafting are the woodland critters for the shop and the ones for my friends little boy.  I have been getting rid of Lily's old clothing.  I figure that I'm not going to have another baby anytime soon and I might as well get rid of this stuff (I'm holding out a little longer on the bigger stuff)  I don't want to test fate that much :)  Anyway, I found this site, Thredup where you can trade your kids' outgrown stuff for clothes that fit.  You have to pay shipping and a small fee but it is well worth it, as long as you pick the right boxes.  I'm happy with what I've received so far and it's kinda fun.

We are getting another storm today...this time with ice... It was over 50 a couple days this past week...gotta love Michigan :)

Friday, February 04, 2011

Critters and Snow!

Here is the last of the baby gifts....I don't need to tell you about the patterns lol!  But the I did use my own hand-dyed sock yarn for the socks :)

Here are Grants replacement owls. 

And I had made 3 out of the 4 of these for him for x-mas, the brown otter will be new to him.  The pattern is Wee Woodland Wuzzies by Barbara Prime  I love this pattern and have even made some for my shop, (don't worry it's allowed).  

Here is Lily Pie playing in some of the 12in of snow we got this week :) 

My friends family is doing well, it looks like the house is a going to leveled and they are pulling out and trying to save what they can.  Thank you for the kind word, I have passed them on.

Sunday, January 30, 2011


My best friends house caught on fire this past week.  They lost just about everything.   Everyone made it out safe, even the kitty.  They will be OK. 

 This is my same friend, if you remember that I knitted and crocheted all those little critters for their up coming baby over a year ago.  Last time she was over she had told me how much he loved them.  Now they are all gone.  I've started remaking them and thankfully have all the patterns.  I was very worried I'd lost them when the laptop died, but I had backed them up :)  So you will be seeing a lot of woodland creatures around her for a while.  I wish I could do more for them.  

Be thankful for what you have and who you have around you because you never know when it will be gone.  

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

More FOs!

Lily and Hippo
Up first is this Hippo that I made using the Heather Hippo pattern from this etsy shop.  It was not a pattern for a beginner but I could follow along well enough.  I do love how she turned out.  The pink fabric is a baby cord and the plaid was from a pair of vintage pants.  I also have an outfit cut in these two fabrics that I still need to make for Lily...
More owls and baby socks.  The owls are again from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet and the baby socks are my own.
Baby in her new dress
This is Lily's "Baby" and she need a new dress.  She is very well loved and her old dress was getting kinda worn out.  Now this way she has something to were when when I have to wash her outfit.   I used this pattern and Opal Uni sock yarn that I've had in my stash forever.  I added just a few more rows at the bottom, some eyelets before the purl rows and instead of casting of the sleeves when separating the body I held them with waste yarn and them came back to them.  I added 8 knit rows and 2x2 ribs.  The owl is a patch that was once on a pair of Trinity's jeans.  I really like this pattern is was super easy to make and just what I needed.  "Baby" is an 11in baby doll.

I'm working on one last baby gift and some little knit bunnies for the create shop.  I also have a man sock to finish (I always have man socks going) and those wristwarmers for my friend's B-day that was back in Nov. (I feel like a jerk for not finishing them yet so I'm also sewing her a super cute apron)  I'm itching to cast on something new.. but I can't I have a couple shawls to finish and a pair of socks for myself that have been on the needles for 2 years now.  sigh.... To make it even harder to resist  Knit. Sock. Love is coming today.
 I can't wait for it to get here!  I also love that I used my Swagbucks gift cards and Opinion Outpost points to get it.  It was almost free :)

Don't forget I'm giving away this necklace here.  I would love one of my readers to win it!
Heart Locket Necklace