Originally Posted by liza-s
(I have to admit though, I have too much bacon & sausage and looking to barter it)
I didn't think it was possible to have too much bacon
Thanks for that link--I'm off to see who is here on the Kenai!
In regard to making wraps--I've made a couple. I got the $1/yd fabric at walmart, got 5 1/2 yards (which is what my moby is) and cut it in half lengthwise--also because that's what the moby was (20-22" wide, it was just 44" wide fabric, not 60). I just looked through the sale table and found something with some stretch to it. It's actually very stretchy, and I love it for newborns because I don't have to leave space when i'm putting it on, I can just stretch it around the kiddo, plus there's easy wiggle room for nursing. I used it for my DS from day one. As they get older I end up using the moby because it's a little less-stretchy, and I feel it's more supportive for a heavier child. I also made a solarveil wrap for summertime hiking/swimming (back when I lived in a hotter place
) and there's a learning curve to tying a non-stretchy wrap when you're used to a stretchy one...not that you can't switch back and forth (I do like the 'solidness' of a woven wrap, it feels very strong and supportive for a bigger kid, although I've never felt insecure with my moby either).
ANYWAY, in making your own--I didn't line mine. I like having the two sides look different because it's easier for me to tell if it's twisted when i'm putting it on. I serged my knitted (stretchy) one and did a small rolled hem on the woven (non-stretchy) one. Knitted or woven fabrics are made in a totally different way, which is why one will fray and the other won't. Knitted is made with lots of little interlinked loops, woven is just straight threads going back and forth. The loops will catch on each other and usually not fray--they also have stretch, and usually (though not always) will roll at the edges to some degree. The woven has to be bound off in some way otherwise it will let threads slip out--it also is not stretchy vertically or horizontally, and only a little bit on the diagonal. So hopefully that is helpful in determining which kind of fabric you have/are getting and what you'd need to do with it. (And if that was just clear as mud let me know and I'll try to make it more clear--I've been sewing for SO long that sometimes I forget that not everybody knows all the things I do.)
SO, I've been MIA for three weeks because the computer caught an ugly virus and crashed. Thankfully we were able to start it up in safe mode and retrieve all the data to an external hard drive. Frustratingly our mailbox key broke (mid cold-spell) so even after the hard drive arrived we couldn't get it out of the mailbox for two days because we had to wait for the post office people to come replace our box lock
So then we saved our data and went to do the computer system restore, which our computer is supposed to be able to do from the hard drive...but it had apparently crashed too much to manage that. So we had to call and order the restore disc--$20 later (with '2nd day fed ex shipping' which actually took a week) we've got the disc, and it didn't work. It wiped the drive but didn't restore anything!! So I called them and gave them soem grief for an hour until they finally figured out that they had sent the wrong disk. I insisted that they send the right one overnight since I'd paid for fast shipping in the first place--I think they spent abuot $25 to overnight that thing from SC
oh well, serves them right, they should learn to send the right thing the first time!! So as of this weekend we FINALLY have a computer up and running again. :sigh what a pain!
Meanwhile baby has figured out how to roll over. He will go back to tummy and that's fine because he likes looking around, but then after a while he'll sortof 'fall' tummy to back, and that startles him every time and makes him cry. It's sad but it's also really adorable and makes me laugh a little bit every time I go to pick him up.
My 9yo told me last week that the school lunches weren't filling him up (he was always asking for a snack as soon as he got home). We qualified for reduced lunch and I can't pack for 40cents/day, plus he was excited about buying there...but I guess after a few months the novelty has worn off and he's ready for quality food again. It's some extra hassle for me, but I'm also glad that I can be sending him with more balanced meals--because what he picked off the cafeteria line wasn't very balanced (even when I'd discuss/remind him of what he should try to eat) and a lot of that has to do with him not having the maturity to grab the apple when there's a rice krispie treat there... Also he likes just a very limited number of fruits/vegetables, so if they didn't offer one he liked he'd skip it altogether...at least with packing a lunch I can make sure to send things that I know he'll eat. thankfully they have a microwave there, so I got an insulated lunchbag and can send him with leftovers that he can heat up
So there's our update.