Monday, April 14, 2014

Scrubbies

Made these babies for a friend. Basically, you buy tulle, cut it into 2-inch strips, tie ends together, and then knit them. I used garter stitch for most texture. And then I sewed the ends together to make them sturdier and easier to handle.
Knitting with tulle is rough - literally. My fingers never got this much exfoliation. But there is a reason I'm willing to go through this torture - these scrubbies are amazing for dishes (especially high maintenance pots and pans). They also do not stink after longer use like sponges tend to.
Neutrals
Brights


I will be making more of these for other friends and even for myself. I still have one I made a while ago - still works wonderfully. But the endless color possibilities make these a quick and fun job that instantly brightens your kitchen.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Days are long, years are short

Lately, it's been all about living the life, not documenting it. Life with toddler is one with few breaks. But I also feel guilty for not being diligent about recording these happy moments more frequently and consistently. I love this life and want to capture it for the future self, and even for Jack, in case he is ever interested in reading about the family's daily minutiae during his early life. 

So here is the week's worth of captured glimpses into this precious little boy's life. My world revolves around him in every way. I never thought a child would consume me so utterly and completely. And I wouldn't change it for the world.

First of all, we had a "week of the young child" at the daycare, so each day they had a theme.
Hat day
Tie-dye day
Dress like a teacher day
 We also spent a lot of time with family.
Jack and his cousin
Jack and his daddy
Jack as a happy, beloved 2-year old

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Follow Your Arrow #2

My second lace shawl looks less like a shawl and more like a piece of art. It's asymmetrical, a mix of neutral and bright colors, a contrast between lace and geometric shapes.

As I was taking pictures, an idea struck me. I hung the shawl on the brick wall using a single nail. It clung to the wall as it if decided it wanted to be a piece of art instead of clothing. So I'm leaving it up on the wall for a while.


Monday, March 31, 2014

Cousin visit

Yesterday we headed to my parents' house to see my cousin and his girlfriend. Jack was so excited to see his tall, fun relative. My cousin is very good with kids, so the two have a lot of fun together. They also brought some thoughtful presents for Jack, which was really appreciated.
Opening his presents as everyone looks on

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Follow your arrow #1

Finished my first lace shawl. Lace is generally not my thing - I'm more about clean, minimalist, modern design. But it is a skill I wanted to polish to consider myself a skilled knitter.

I like how it turned out. It was definitely interesting work. I can see how lace knitting can get addicting. It's definitely a lot of fun. I'm working on my next lace shawl, albeit this one is more asymmetrical and artsy.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Baby booties

Last night I whipped up a pair of baby booties for our contractor's new baby. I love them! Quick and easy knit using Debbie Bliss Cashmerino yarn. I will be making more of these, for sure.

Saturday, March 15, 2014

My baby turned 2!

This month, my baby boy turned 2 years old. I find it hard to believe that my wee little baby is a little boy now.
All grown up
Ready for a fun birthday
His birthday fell on a workday, so Jack celebrated with his friends at the daycare (he is now in the room with 2 to 3-year olds. Instead of treats, we brought a crayon pack for every friend in class. (With various food allergies, you never know).
After work, we picked Jack up from daycare a little early, and we headed out to Monkey Joe's, followed by Chuck E. Cheese's for some fun.
Jumping with daddy
Flying
We also decided to mark this day with Jack's first haircut. My boy's beautiful golden locks were becoming harder to maintain. It was time. My little baby is a boy now, and he needed a haircut. So we took Jack to Shear Madness for a trim.
Long baby locks
Ready
Set
Go!
Jack did great and seemed unfazed with the whole process. Afterward, we went to Scratch Cupcakery for a birthday treat.
We bought him an airplane which he was really excited about. He kept shouting "air-pleen-ah" all the way home where he quickly crashed to sleep.