Friday, September 24, 2010

Fall 2010 SWAP progress II


 Monday was the deadline for my Fall SWAP.  Um...I'm not quite done. (And I'm not quite sure how I started this post Monday and now it's suddenly Friday, but that's a different story).  I did, however, make more good progress before the deadline went flying by!

I made a second Puolukka bodysuit (Ottobre 6/2009, #1), this time of organic cotton baby rib knit from Fabric.com.  It's delicious!  I am going to have to order some in other colors to make myself undershirts for winter.  It's so soft and comfy!  Again, this is for Miss M to wear under dresses and with skirts this fall and winter.  It'll look especially nice with the Vadelma pinafore dress that isn't quite done (and therefore not pictured here).

The Dolly dress (Ottobre 6/2008 #6) is darling, albeit a wee bit too short for a "dress."  But that's alright, I prefer Miss M to wear leggings in the fall and winter anyway, so no harm done.  It's funny though...Miss M is 80 inches tall, so I made the size 74 width and size 86 length.  Oh well, it's easy enough to lengthen it next time.  It's made from Michael Miller's Birds of Norway babywale corduroy.

The Jänönheinä tunic (Ottobre 4/2010, #2) and Lilac triangular scarf (Ottobre 3/2010, #40) are made of dark green Kona cotton.  I'm very pleased with the fit and shape of the Jänönheinä.  When I was making it, I looked at the front and back pieces and said, "This could almost fit me!"  But it turned out to be just right once it was gathered to the neckline binding.  It was a last minute stroke of genius (if I do say so myself) to add the lace along both sides of the button band.  Doesn't it finish it off nicely?  I love it when that happens!

I didn't realize at first that the Montmartre skirt (Ottobre 4/2010, #25) is as full as a circle skirt.  It's made of some lovely cotton velveteen by Hilco that I splurged ridiculous amounts of money on.  (At least for me).  But I'm glad I did.  The colors are so appealing...and Miss M likes it too, which is important 'cause she's mighty particular about what she wants to wear.

I've made the Little Rosy cape (Ottobre 6/2008, #22A) once before and thought it could use a little length, so I added about 4 inches at the bottom and maybe 2 to the height of the hood.  I used some good ol' Red Heart yarn to blanket stitch around the front edges and fashion ties and a braided tassel on the hood.

I'll have to interrupt my work on the SWAP to whip up two baby buntings for Hubby's coworkers who are having babies and then I'll get to the final two shirts and the St. Germain trenchcoat.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Cute Knit Bird

I found this darling knit bird pattern free from the Handmade Holiday post on Plain and Joyful Living.  I made a little I-cord worm to go with it per Miss M's insistence.


To make it a little safer for my young children, I used a pipe cleaner for the feet (it's all one piece and the sharp ends go way inside the stuffing so even the baby can handle it) and felt for the beak.  I really like the look of the wooden feet in the original pattern, but it wouldn't have been practical for our home.  (I wanted to make a toy, not a decoration).


If I can wrest it away from Miss M, it will be a Christmas present for one of her cousins.

The pretty purple yarn was just a two inch ball of wool (leftovers my mom gave me).  It suits the birdie perfectly, don't you think?

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

More PreK

It's been quiet around here.  Well, not quiet exactly.  Rather noisy in fact.  Just very little remarkable taking place.  Little Guy is teething, and therefore not sleeping very well, which means Mama doesn't sleep well either.  And that leads to Mama taking a nap with the kiddos midday and not getting done the things she wants to do. But such is life with kids, isn't it?

We took a bit of a break toward the end of summer, but are back in the swing of things with Miss M's homeschooling.  We started PreK in March and are continuing it, along with lots of game-like supplements since she's very much interested in letters and spelling (though she's not quite reading yet). Her handwriting is getting to be really quite impressive for someone not quite four years old!

Some days we don't "do" school and instead she sews,





composes,



creates,



and explores all sorts of things!  She's learning all the time, so I don't mind a bit if we don't "do" school every day.

We joined a brand new homeschool co-op with families who have younger kids (so far lots of preschool, preK, and kindergarten kids)!  We had our kickoff event on Friday and it was a blast!  Here I am making blueberry pancakes with the kids for snack time.



As Hubby put it, we've just taken the first steps of a long journey.  One that will last us the better part of the next two decades.  It's exciting and not a little scary.  However, I am excited to follow this path God has laid before us and dedicate myself to this period of our lives.  A great deal of my identity in the next period of my life will be wrapped up in "homeschool mom."  I think I like the sound of that.

Edit:

I uploaded a file of Miss M and her ukelele.  Enjoy!





Saturday, September 11, 2010

Apple Butter

Last year we went to Applefest in Weston, MO where I waited a half hour to purchase a pint off fresh, hot apple butter.  Oh, how disappointed I was when I got home and tasted it.  The nutmeg was overpowering!  I'm not a big fan of nutmeg.  I prefer cinnamon with my apples.  I vowed that I would make my own next time.  Well, Applefest is just around the corner and I won't have to buy any nutmeg-laden apple butter, because...I made my own!  (Though mine has very little nutmeg!)



Half the fun was picking the apples ourselves at our favorite local orchard.  Apple picking is a yearly family tradition.



Only the Galas were open for picking that day.  They were kind of ugly since most had split open, but they made great applesauce and apple butter, so who cares what they looked like before?



I used a recipe my friend found online (with only half the nutmeg called for) that used up the apple peels from making apple sauce.  It made more than I expected...12 pints!  I only had 10 pint jars, so I dumped the rest into a quart jar and threw it in the fridge. I've been eating it on toast every morning. YUM!



These will make wonderful Christmas presents for Hubby's co-workers and some people at church.  (What? You didn't think I'd eat it all by myself, did you?)