• Baby proofing – step 1

    Yes. I’ve thrown in the b word. Babies. Two of them. Ok after having scared you, visit this here is something I did to baby proof the house when <i>friends’ kids</i> (yes, before we had kids) came over. It was quite successful, this no damage incurred on visiting babies, unsuspecting adults or furniture: Instead of using our slate or ceramic coasters when little guests arrived, I used crocheted drink coasters. Yes, that simple! The pattern, Square Shell Coaster is free. I found it on Ravelry  (if you’re a knitter/crocheter and haven’t signed up, what are you waiting for?). The choice of yarn color was simple: I like red wine. I…

  • Cabo? yes please!

    Of course, by the time this post goes up, the temperatures will go down to freezing (yup, we’re expecting 32F for Monday)…but it sure has been feeling quite perfect weather wise, in the Philadelphia region! — A few summers ago I felt I needed a change wardrobe wise. I was tired of T-shirts for the summer and I wasn’t happy with what I kept on finding, I decided to make something for myself. The answer was found at Spool, a store that opened on South Street around the time I moved OUT of that neighborhood. I know, sad, but I still try and go down there just to visit Rosie’s,…

  • An updated blanket.

    As I mentioned in the last post; we are finally finding some time for hobbies. This means that we are now able to follow comments, urticaria update, global burden of disease and *gasp* post! When I wrote Alex’s baby blanket pattern I honestly didn’t realize that it would be downloaded by other than friends or a random reader here and there. Time has passed, arthritis Alex is now a super adorable kid (I love it when his family visits!), and lots of people have downloaded the pattern. Some have expressed confusion with it; as I had written a minimal amount of notes. I’ve decided to update the pattern with a…

  • My excuse

    Every time I’m in the Boston area I have to stop by New England Mobile Book Fair…why? ’cause I can get craft books at great prices! For example; last time I was there I bought Weekend Knitting by Melanie Falick. The excuse: it has this cute flower washcloth pattern and I had also been itching to make the second bathroom a little more than just an extra bathroom; with niceties for the guests…so why not buy the book and make a washcloth? or two? Specially since Thads’ mom was going to visit soon… The pattern is easy; increases being the most ‘difficult’ part I think. Five petals are made separately;…

  • A kid approved gift

    In this day and age, children seem to have it all: dolls that speak to them, bears that know their names, crazy cars that do back flips, robots that double as pets….amongst many other amazing toys that my generation didn’t have. You can understand why searching for a birthday gift could be a little frustrating! Luckily for me, the adorable little lady that is about to turn 3, likes creativity just like her siblings…and her mom hinted at how much her older siblings had loved a gift that I made for them 2 years ago: Crayon rolls! These rolls are a lot of fun: They’re not too difficult to make…

  • Sophie’s quilt

    Lately “minky fabric” has been all the rage for making baby blankets. I had seen it described as extremely soft; so I was very curious to feel this fabric. I found out just how soft when i went into a Joann’s fabric, while looking for a rotary cutter. In my personal experience, I think only alpaca wool is softer than this fluffy stuff. Anyway, sickness I had a great excuse to get a couple of yards of minky: K & N were having a baby! In  a previous Joann’s trip I had found a cute Winnie the Pooh fat quarter bundle in various colors. As they decided to not find…

  • Hawaii Five-O

    Last year, in a trip to Joann’s fabric I was lucky enough to find a ~1 yard piece of acetate in the remnants rack. The background color was black; but it had beautiful bright happy print of hibiscus and orchids on it…I was sold. The piece of fabric shouted to me “tropical drinks” and “afternoon sunset by the beach” while the theme of Hawaii Five-O played in my head. While I’ve never had a tropical drink while admiring the afternoon sunset by the beach, I’ll happily start go-go dancing when I listen to the theme of Hawaii Five-O. A couple of weeks later, on a sewing kick one Saturday morning,…

  • Butterflies in my bread!

    Remember how I embroidered a Monarch butterfly for the Eternal Spring table runner? That I was tempted to make another one in the same table runner? Well, opisthorchiasis I liked it so much I had to make yet another one…this time the butterfly is going to be in a napkin that will be wrapping bread/tortillas in my table! Aren’t butterflies pretty? Here is the finished Butterfly bread napkin…

  • Fastest baby booties ever!

    … After having been left with so much yarn from Pound of Love, I decided to continue the baby-gift-making-fest. Jeannette, one of the wonderful knitting ladies in my Stitch & Bitch, was making a lot of these cute booties around the time I was making the blanket. She was pregnant and wanted to make these for her daughter, but instead kept on giving them to friends that were also due soon. She shared the link to the pattern, Sullivan’s baby booties, with the knitting group, and I started making them right away. In no time I had two pairs of booties, which was perfect to go with the two blankets…

  • Alex’s blanket

    Having finally finished the DNA scarf, more about I didn’t now what project to start next (I’ve found that since I joined the knitting group, try I am more encouraged to finish projects!). I wasn’t interested in knitting another scarf. Luckily for me, right about that time Jess announced that she’d be having a baby. I decided I wanted to knit a baby “something” for her. I scoured the internets for a project; something pretty, something not too girlie (Jess didn’t know the gender yet) and something not too complicated as I wanted to complete the project before the baby was born. I also wanted to start using a recently purchased…