Monday, August 31, 2009

Baby Loafer Pattern Needs A New Name!

For as much as I love Target, sometimes I feel like my kids are wearing the exact same things as everyone else. Don't you see that..."Oooh, I love those shoes, I've got them in green. Target, right?" It's the same for shirts, skirts, sundresses, bathing suits, toys. So, I decided to buck the trend and knit some loafers for my kids to wear around the house, out to dinner, to friend's places, to church, where ever! I came up with these loafers but I'm having a hard time figuring out the perfect name...any ideas? I just keep calling them Baby Loafers but that has no personality!  Comment below with your ideas and the winner gets the pattern for free!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Do you have the Sweet Lil' Thing Toddler Dress

The long and short of it is no, you don't...not yet at least.  "Why not?" you ask.  Well, I'm not done with the pattern just yet.  But, I will give you a sneak peak!  
I'm a big fan of knitting with cotton, especially when I'm knitting for little ones.  When my son was a baby, he was a big fan of spitting up.  I'm talking huge fan.  He would spit on everything.  Couch, chair, dog, presents, faces, you name it, he spit-up on it.  At Christmastime 2006 he was about 5 months old and we were returning some gifts that I had bought thinking I'd give them to my husband but then changed my mind.  So, off we go to the store, smiles upon our faces...'tis the season, you know!  As we walk through the store, I maneuver about looking for the shortest way from door to counter and that's when it happens.  "What...tell me" you say outloud.  Calm down and  read on...The return counter is 10 feet away but all around us are racks upon circular racks of brand new clothes - most of which sported tags crying out "DRY CLEAN ONLY" - waiting to either be bought or, in my case, spit-up upon.  What does one do in a situation like that?  I cannot give these clothes, reeking of sour milk and looking as if covered in cottage cheese, to the attendant and say, in a sappy sweet voice, "Oops...sorry."  So, I return the clothes I came with and walk out the door with clothes I didn't intend to leave with.  
Alas, now I make sure to always walk on the marked path and I always knit in cotton for my little ones.  The Sweet Lil' Thing Toddler Dress is knitted from Valley Yarns Springfield in a fresh Pale Olive and Pale Lilac palette.  It's a perfect fit for that sweet lil' thing in your life!  If you want to know when the pattern is complete and ready to buy, type in your name and address below and I'll e-mail you as soon as it's done!

New Pattern! GG's Cozy Knit Baby Booties Are Ready for You!

I love these booties - my kids do, too! My son is always wanting to wear them and I have to remind him that they are not "outdoor" shoes! I love that they're snug and not falling off his tootsies all the time, plus, they're almost cuter than he is...almost! Anyway, for those who are new to, these booties came about in a way one wouldn’t expect. I was at a friend’s house and we got to talking about knitting (she doesn’t knit but loved the things I’ve knitted). She showed me a pair of booties her great grandmother (called Nanny) had made her and her cousins. "Unfortunately," she continued, "Nanny's no longer with us and no one knows how to make the booties. Do you think you could figure them out?” “Absolutely!” I replied. I made good on my promise and so here they are…ready to cozy up to some bare baby feet.

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Monday, August 24, 2009

They're done! GG's Cozy Knit Baby Booties

GG's Cozy Knit Baby Booties have been completed and they look sooooo cozy.  I think I'm going to knit them for myself as well!  Anyway, after one failed attempt at figuring out the pattern, I've finally hit upon it!  Tell me what you think!

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Have you ever had a project that you just couldn't get quite right?  What's happened with it since you tossed it in the closet?
The "updated" (in yellow) and the original (in pink) - I think it's right on!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Great Grandma once knitted me a....

FYI: I am always up for a challenge.  I was at a friends house the other day and she commented how she loved the Cutest Baby Loafers I made as shower gifts - "I'll have to remember those for the next baby," she says.  "BTW", she continues, "my great grandma knitted me and my cousins slippers when we were babies but no one know how to make them anymore.  Do you think you could figure out the pattern and make some for my daughter and nieces?"  My eyes lit up, my head began to swim with visions of knitting greatness and I replied, "Absolutely!"...before I had even seen the slippers.  Luckily for me, great grandma was a fan of simple knits.  The challenge was met, a new pattern written and now GG's Cozy Knit Baby Booties are available for you!

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Mondays are everywhere!

On Monday morning, most people go to work and know, for the most part, what to expect.  Not me.  Or any other mom for that matter.  When I open my kids' doors in the morning, I'm never sure what I might encounter.  Smiles, crying, pouty lips, "Mom, may I please have milk?", "MILK!", baby poop smeared all over the sheets.  Any and all of these things are all-to-real possibilities.  However, my favorite scene to walk in on is a sleeping child.  Quiet, serene, innocent.  I stand at their door and marvel at how big they're getting, how the bed seems to shrink around them.  I wonder what hilarious statements they'll make or what bizarre questions they'll ask.  But most of all, I can't wait for them to wake up and say, "Mommy, I love you...more than China!"

Hudson and Taylor - the two cutest kids on Earth!