Archive for the ‘Knitting’ Category

It’s a beautiful day in Portland, and later this afternoon we will be attending a beloved friends birthday party!


Today I am grateful for:

  • My dear sister in law who is getting married today! Love you Rose!!
  • The smell of blossoms in the air, and the patches of sunshine that burst through the clouds.
  • The work that I have found for myself that is both fulfilling and fun!
  • My sweet precocious daughter who is growing and changing every day.
  • The cherries that will cover the tree out my front door in a matter of weeks.
  • My patient loving husband who perseveres with me, in this wild, wooly, and wonderful thing, called marriage!


Today I am really into:

  • This inspiring blog, filled with Mama love and great ideas.
  • These new boots I bought, and absolutely adore!
  • This GREAT store filled with all the best little items for babies!!




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First of all I had to share these with you! I made them for my forthcoming niece, she is due any day now and I just could not resist the urge to keep her feet warm with these lovely ribbed(so they will stay on those squirmy newborn feet) llama fleece socks. I just handed them over to my sister-in-law today and she loved them!They were super quick to whip up taking only a couple hours each and they are just so fuzzy and supple I know those little toes will love them. There is something about newborns that just makes me knit up a storm. I doubled up the yarn(as I love to do!) to make sure they would keep the freezing winter winds out! If you would like a hint on how to make these I will say this, I started with 30 stitches on 2mm double pointed needles and did a 1×1 rib all the way down to the toe except for the heel and sole of the sock. For the heel I used the same method as the sock pattern below, of course I made the heel a little shorter. Now onto the Eco-friendly wrapping paper options, for many of you this may be totally obvious, so you can just enjoy the lovely pictures. This post is for the ones who believe you have to go out and buy wrapping paper that has all sorts of harmful dyes and treatments in order to wrap a lovely Christmas gift. For these gifts I rummaged around in my recycled bag drawer and found a few good pieces of brown paper(no worries if there are a bunch of unsightly creases in them, all you have to do is crumple them up over and over again until you get a really nice wrinkled effect.Then, as you can see, I added a snowflake that I made from some scrap paper to this one.  I just love the delicate look of the finished product and I didn’t have to brave the elements, or spend any money to make it happen! My next idea was to use some fabric scraps from my unreasonably large collection of scraps(this use of them sure is validating me keeping them for so long, I actually used these same silk scraps on my hubby’s birthday gift last spring)Maybe its just me but the neutral colors of this gift wrap makes my heart so happy! I am so looking forward to bestowing these gifts on their ever so worthy recipients!

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