Starburst Blanket

I know she already has plenty of handmade blankets, but really, can you have too many? I don’t think so. So here we have another, hah- a giant granny square blanket with a simple ruffled edge. The colors remind me of Starburst candy, so that’s what I named it.

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And yes, for those of you who are wondering, I’m still pregnant! Tomorrow marks the 41 week mark and we’re getting a little impatient waiting for her!! This picture is 9 days ago, but it’s the most recent I have (from the 2 days before my due date, I think) We are beyond ready for her- and we totally thought the full moon would bring her out, but apparently she is just comfy as can be and in no hurry to evacuate the premises.

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Dino Hat and Gloves

 

Commissioned order for a Dino spike hat with rad matching dino spike gloves. It was my first time making actual fingerless gloves, instead of mittens, and I’m pretty pleased with how they turned out.

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And PS no, I haven’t had that baby yet.

 

38 Weeks!

Welp, still pregnant! She doesn’t seem like she wants to come out any time soon, she’s happily baking away in there. She is very, very active. She keeps flipping around. She is head down for right now (And better stay that way!) but flipped transverse this past weekend, then flipped head down again. A few weeks ago she did some big somersaults and ended up breech for a week, but we got her all sorted out, so hopefully she won’t flip back up!  I’m kind of amazed she still has room to move so much, considering I’m measuring around 41 weeks right now (eek!)

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Sam is very excited now about his baby sister coming out to ‘play’. He poke my belly button and says “Come out soon, baby sister!” I am hoping she decides to listen to him soon and come out, but we still have a week and two days til my due date, so I guess we should just be patient.

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Sam’s newest obsession is “Curr Story” (Toy Story) and he requests to watch it nearly every day. I have a hard time saying no to that face! He tells me that he “reary reary rikes Hoody” (really really likes Woody). I gotta admit I am ok with his obsession with Toy Story, and I’d much rather watch that than Thomas the Tank Engine (his previous obsession).

Spring has finally sprung here in Idaho and it’s absolutely gorgeous out today! Got four loads of laundry done and folded (and put away! The hardest part!), bathroom bleached and scrubbed and the whole house clean and the windows are open to let everything air out- so wonderful after such a long winter to be able to have the doors and windows open and not be freezing. I’ve also been doing a ton of knitting for baby girl that I realize I haven’t shown you guys yet! I need to do a major photo shoot, I just wish I had a baby to model these things on- they’re always cuter on the baby, aren’t they?

 

Oomingmacks!

I made a pair of slippers for a custom order, the pattern was called Oomingmacks (Raveled here!) Aren’t they hilarious? Musk ox slippers! I love doing custom knitting, you truly never know what people are going to want! Slippers3

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Ohh and don’t mind my 37.5 wk pregnant cankles. Eek.

The head and slipper part are felted, and the hair is sewn on after the felting is completed. It had been a while since I’d done any felting. I also ordered some ‘safety eyes’ off of Amazon, and am excited to use them for other animals and other projects- they look so much more professional than just sewing yarn eyes on, don’tcha think?

 

Fisherman’s Weave Blanket

I finally finished Baby Girl’s blanket (Just in time, too!) And I am offering it to you guys as a free blanket pattern! DSC_0031

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Pattern:
Six skeins of Cascade 220 yarn (Or similar worsted weight yarn) I used Cascade Quatro, but it has sadly been discontinued! Approx 1320 yds total.
Size 8 needles (Long circulars work best for blankets, in my experience)

Cast on 200 stitches. Knit six rows garter stitch for the border. The rest of the blanket will go as follows:
Row 1: Knit 4 *Knit 3, Purl 1* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 2: Knit 4 *Knit 1, Purl 3* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 3: Knit 4 *Knit 3, Purl 1* (Repeat * until 4 stitches remain) Knit 4.
Row 4: Knit all the way across.
Row 5: Knit 5, *Purl 1, Knit 3* (Repeat * until 7 stitches remain) Purl 1, Knit 6.
Row 6: Knit 4, Purl 2, Knit 1 *Purl 3, K1* (Repeat * until 5 stitches remain) Knit 5.
Row 7: Knit 5 *Purl 1, Knit 3* (Repeat * until 7 stitches remain) Purl 1, Knit 6.
Row 8: Knit all the way across.

Repeat these 8 rows until your blanket is approx 1/2 inch shorter than desired length.
Knit 6 rows garter stitch for final border. Finished blanket will be approximately 3ft x 3ft, depending on your gauge while knitting.

Happy Knitting!

36 Weeks!

 

Hit the 36 week mark on Thursday. Pretty much ready for her any time she decides to come, everything is prepped and ready for her! I’m feeling very ready to be done,  but trying not to get too excited about her coming soon because it could be another 5 or so weeks until we meet her if she decides to run out the clock in there!

36wksStill trying to convince Sam that having a sibling will be fun for him…. he remains unconvinced. But in other news, the weather is finally turning spring-like (hooray!) and we are are defrosting from our frigid winter! We even got to play outside some this afternoon, which was very welcome for Sam who had been cooped up with a cold for the last few days.

I’ve got a new pattern for you all, debuting tomorrow! (Woo!) It is a new blanket pattern that I am excited about- I finally finished baby girls blanket and love how it turned out, so I want to share the pattern with all of you!

 

Theo Chocolate Factory Tour!

While here in Tacoma visiting family, Sam and I got the opportunity to go visit the Theo Chocolate factory with some friends!

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Yes, these are made out of chocolate!!!

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Little chocolatiers!
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They even got to pick out some samples to try!

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The kids were really great about keeping their hairnets on, too- which seriously impressed me!

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The kids (and mamas!) had such a great time, despite the icky weather! Thanks for giving us the tour, Crystal! And it was so fun to hang out with all of the mamas and toddlers!

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Haircuts!

Sam got a real big-boy haircut this weekend, thanks to Aunt Heidi! He did great. I was a little worried about him and the clippers, but he thought it tickled and did really well sitting still for her! His double-cowlick in the back makes his hair a bit unruly and ridiculous, so I think my poor kid is stuck with buzz-cuts for a while! Sambeforeafter

Legacy Of Clean Product Review

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I’ve been trying to make the switch over to more natural cleaning products for a while and trying to replace them with more natural options, but hadn’t really found what I was looking for until recently. My friend Rhiannon told me about her Amway “Legacy of Clean” products and I was really interested in trying them out. She sent me a box of stuff to sample and I am totally sold. They make their cleaning products out of safe, effective ingredients and unlike many of the ‘green’ products I’ve tried they actually do a good job! I’ve tried several ‘green cleaners’ and ended up needing to put twice as much elbow grease into it just to get the same result as I’ve been getting with the Legacy of Clean products, and it does it all without the nasty harmful stuff that makes your lungs hurt when you inhale any of it on accident.

As their website puts it- “LEGACY OF CLEAN family-friendly, planet-positive products are sustainable, featuring naturally derived ingredients for better cleaning results – and concentrated formulas. So rest assured, while you’re making things cleaner, safer, and brighter at home, you’re doing the same for the planet with LEGACY OF CLEAN laundry and cleaning products.”

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Kitchen/All Purpose Wipes: They are good for smaller messes, and I found that I could even give it a quick rinse and reuse it- they smell nice, too! I found them to work really well around the stove where it ends up being a bit greasy- the citrus cuts through the grease and it got a lot of nasty stuff off of the stove-fan (yeah, I forgot to clean it for a while. Ew.) But my favorite use for them so far is in the bathroom too, I don’t mind using something disposable on things like the toilet where I can wipe it down and then just throw it away! (Especially while we were potty training…. yeah.) And now I’m gonna show you my shoes. Just what you expected, right? Well, this was literally a 10 second wipe down of my Converse.

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Kitchen Spray Cleaner: This may be my favorite product of the Legacy of Clean line- and doesn’t leave a gross residue after you wipe it up like most cleaning sprays I’ve tried. Like the wipes, they work really well on cutting grease, and also just do a really good job of getting your counters and sink really clean and don’t smell toxic and nasty.

Scrub Buds: These are fantastic for pots and pans! And the best part- they don’t rust like steel wool does, and they do a really good job of getting really cooked on gunk off of things like my cast iron enamel cookware. And apparently, if you have a dishwasher, you can clean them in there- handy, huh?

Dish Drops Soap: A fantastic accompaniment to the Scrub Buds- a nice, sudsy soap that cuts through grease well and also rinses super clean so you don’t get spots on glassware. Also, it’s super easy on your skin and has aloe vera in it, which is great- my skin needs all the help it can get these days, especially in the winter!

Laundry Detergent: I’m kind of picky about my laundry detergent, since we do cloth diapering (Well, did until we potty trained last month, and we are planning on cloth diapering again when little girl makes her appearance) and I don’t like to use stuff with scents and such that cause buildup in cloth. We’ve been using it for about a month and I have absolutely no complaints! (We had been using Charlie’s Soap before) Sam’s clothes get pretty gross (being a 2 yr old boy and all) and the color-safe bleach in the SA8 Supreme detergent does a great job of getting the grime out of his clothes.

Bathroom Spray Cleaner: A great alternative to bathroom cleaners, without all of the nasty fumes- works great with soap scum and hard water film (We have horribly hard water here in Moscow, so this has been great in the shower!) and it’s super affordable- which is great because I find myself cleaning the bathroom a lot more often because this stuff smells great (citrusy!).

Whew, sorry- that was a bit word heavy! Basically, I am really impressed- and honestly with green cleaners I tend to have a bit of skepticism, so I was definitely surprised at how much I liked them. And it doesn’t hurt that I really like their packaging. I am a total sucker for good logos and nice looking packaging. If you want to order any of the Legacy of Clean products (which, you definitely should), just click on through to here and get some!

*All opinions here are my own. I was provided with Amway cleaning products to review and to test, but all opinions are my own and I do not promote products that I do not personally use or believe in!*