April 30, 2010

Big Sister

Audrey is doing so well in her new role as Big Sister. She loves her little brother to pieces, always asking to see him, tickle him, hug him, kiss him. There's not one ounce of jealousy.
She always asks to hold him, then immediately tells me "He's too heavy!" Yes, we know.

Austin scratched his nose pretty bad with his fingernail yesterday. I had just trimmed them, but apparently that seems to just make them sharper. Audrey saw him this morning and yelled "Mommy! There's something wrong with Austin's nose! Come look!"

I told her that he scratched it, but it would heal and be all better soon. She looked relieved.

Thirty minutes later Audrey looks at Austin and then tells me "Mommy, Austin's nose isn't better yet".

Thank heaven for big sisters!

April 23, 2010

Pink Baby Shoes

Even though I currently have two projects going right now, guess what I did? I started another one. This is what I like to call 'Knitting ADD'. I couldn't resist these cute little baby shoes I saw in my '50 Baby Booties to Knit' book. The pattern is called "Bee Shoes", but I changed the colors. I'm using the same yarn from the pink baby hat, and thought I'd make another hat to match these shoes.

While this was an extremely quick project, the problem is the finishing. There's an awful lot of sewing involved, to sew together the top of the shoe to the sole, and then weave in all the loose ends. Not my favorite part. The other problem is that I have to make another one to match, which means double the sewing! Yuck. I wonder if these will ever get finished! Actually, I will finish them. These are so freakin' cute! That's my determination. It's also one of the lessons I've learned from knitting (and there are a lot!): Not everything in life is pure bliss, and even the things we enjoy require a bit of hard work to get to the fun part.

Final pics to come soon, I promise!

April 22, 2010

Austin's New Hat

I knit another hat a couple weeks ago, this time using some blue yarn I had in my stash. It's similar to this baby hat, but I tried to make it a little larger so it would fit Austin. I also did 1x1 ribbing on the edge instead of 2x2, and made the stripes a little thinner. I still think my pattern needs a bit more tweaking, because it doesn't seem to fit the way I want it to.

Anyway, here's the little guy sportin' his new hat - I can't believe he's 2 months old already!

April 14, 2010

Eight is enough...maybe.

If I could be an octopus, maybe I'd have enough arms to knit all the projects I want and finish them before they are too small for my kids. Or I could knit two projects, nurse the baby, and color with Audrey, all at the same time.  Below are the two projects I'm working on right now - one is a sweater for Audrey and the other is a scarf for somebody who shall not be named, because it just might be a birthday gift.

But, since I can't have eight arms, maybe I'll just knit this instead.

April 10, 2010

Any Deadliest Catch fans?

I saw this pattern and thought it was the cutest thing! I'm not sure who I'd make this for, but it looks so darn cute, I might just make it for me. :)

The Deadliest Crab

April 8, 2010

Capricorn Horoscope for April 08, 2010

Here is my horoscope for today...

"You may have gained enough confidence in your favorite hobby or other interest to actually integrate it into your career. It might not be full-time at first, and you may not be paying the bills with it for quite some time. For now, though, you know that your leisure hours are spent not just doing what you love, but paving the way to making it your full-time vocation. Not so bad, huh? Let those thoughts inspire you."

Interesting, huh?

Neener Neener

We went to the Santa Barbara Zoo last week. It was our first family outing since Austin was born (besides the park or the grocery strore). I think Austin had a good time, considering he slept the entire time we were there. He even wore his zoo outfit.

Even though we had the double stroller with us, Audrey wanted to get out and walk, and she did a pretty good job keeping up with us.

We decided to become zoo members, since the family membership pays for itself with just two visits in one year. And since the zoo is only 30 minutes away, I have a feeling we'll be visiting often!

April 6, 2010

Baby hat and onesie

One of my good friends just had a baby girl, so I decided to knit a little hat with some of the leftover yarn I used for the Pink Floppy Dog. I made up my own design, and it actually came out alright! But hey, it's a hat. How hard could that be?

I thought I would try to find a cute outfit to go with the hat, but I couldn't find anything anywhere that matched the colors in the hat. Even the lady at Gymboree did a terrible job trying to help me. I think she just wanted me to buy anything.

A few weeks ago I was browsing some crafty blogs, and discovered freezer paper stenciling. You can paint any design you want onto an item of clothing, or anything fabric, using a stencil made with freezer paper. The freezer paper has a plastic coating on one side that you iron on to your shirt (or whatever) which creates a seal so the paint doesn't bleed out of the stencil. What a great idea! I decided to make some onesies to match the hat.

I didn't think to take any action shots, so all I have is the finished product. I went with my own freehand design using my handy dandy freehand cutter I have for scrapbooking. You can also print or trace a picture onto the freezer paper and cut out with an X-acto knife. This was so much fun, and somewhat addicting. I think I'll be making a bunch more very soon.