Friday, March 30, 2012

New things I have recently made.

 Over the past month I have made several little projects. In all of them I have learned something new.

I made these cute fingerless gloves for my 6 year old son. He loves them. I learned how to make thumb holes or casting off a few stitches in an area and joining them back up later.

Next I did my first knitting with Bulky yarn. It was great because it went fast. I knitted this flat and then had to seam it. I have never done that before so it was a great learning experience. This is a Kindle case I made for my Mom. The buttons are old buttons I upcycled from a stash I got from my Great Aunt. 

Third but definitely not last. I broke out my neglected sewing machine and made this dress for Gioia this week. It is a fabulous way to use up lots of cute fabric. Its a Knotted Strap Dress made patchwork style. First time doing any buttonhole work. I also found a new nice way to gather fabric.
(Click on her picture to make it bigger if you want.)

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Gardening 2012. Round 1

 A few weeks ago we got this load of compost from Missouri Organics. It has been a real challenge to keep the kids out of it. After all it is a giant pile of dirt. Except, if I pay for dirt, you don't get to spread it all over the yard. Sorry. :)  Ha ha! So, it is finally warm enough to plant some cool weather veggies so I made some beds and got to it.

 I planted Spinach, Kale, Radish and Lettuce. Then I started cleaning out the chicken house and putting about a 2 inch thick row of bedding mulch in between the beds. Both the beds and the mulch are about 2 feet wide. This is our first time trying it this way so I will report back if the chicken mulch stuff (which is pine bedding) keeps the weeds away.

I was getting a little help from my friends. This is Silvia. She is a Silver Laced Wyandotte. She is the head hen around here. She comes running to me when I am out there. You never know if I have some tasty treats for her. :)

Knitting - Doll skirt.

 So my new project has been learning how to knit. As my mom says, I have a boring life and need another project. HA HA! But it is really fun and so far I have been sticking to small projects that are easy to finish. I think this keeps me going with it. I really DON'T have the time for super long projects. Since it is spring we will be gardening and doing more chickens.

Anyway, my first finished project is this cute doll skirt for Gioia's doll. Gioia even knitted a few rows on it. It is a 3 tiered skirt that has 3 different colors of yarn in it. I took only a couple days to do.

Pattern from here:

Monday, March 05, 2012

Giovanni is now 5 months old! How does time go so fast?! He is such a fun baby. Full of smiles and giggles. He is also such a big guy. He is currently 15 lbs and 26 inches long. He is wearing 6-9 month clothes. He can roll over both ways. He is also trying to scoot a little.

This week he tried bananas and sweet potatoes and declared them both a hit. He would laugh and smile each time I gave him a bite. He likes to jump in his Johnny Jumper. When his dad comes in the room he giggles and cries for him. It is really sweet.