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post #21 of 127
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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
Monica-how did you replace the elastic? I found some BG 2.0 smalls in my attic I totally had forgotten about. Almost new but I went to look at them and the perfect looking elastic shot. It's been 2 years and they just spent a couple months in a hot attic, so it looks to need replaced.
Well, it's not pretty. On the inside of the diaper, I made small slits at each side of where the elastic goes, then reached in and pulled out the old elastic, threaded through new elastic, and hand-sewed up the little slits. It took me about 2 hours to do 3 diapers last night - doing the legs AND the back in all 3 diapers. Sadly, I lost 1 because the laminate had come off the PUL and was missing. Still, I figure if I saved 3 five-year-old diapers, that's pretty good, huh?
post #22 of 127
Thanks for the BG tip! I'll have to try, at least.
post #23 of 127
I just sat down the other day and made a list of all the things I want to sew and knit before mid-November... it was shockingly long:

-Fitted pockets - 10 - Finished yay
-Soakers for pockets - 10 - 2 done
- Nursing pads - Finished!!
-Finish Quilt Wall Hanging - So Close
-Diaper Caddy/Diaper Bag - Also so close but stuck because I need some notions that I can't buy in town so I have to wait until we go south and go to Michaels
-Nursing Cover - see above ... darn small town
-Fix Winter Parka - big rip in pocket area
-Baby Quilt - can't wait to start this... but lots to do first
-Christmas stocking for DS and baby

Knitting
-Finish thrummed baby boots
-Vest/leggings for baby
-hat for baby
-Finish my mom's scarf from Christmas last year

PLUS I have a list of stuff I want to make for family for Christmas as I figure I won't have time come November... looks like my sewing machine and knitting needles are going to be getting a workout.

P.S. If you go to the diaper making forum... in the resources is a link to repairing diaper elastic for BG and Fuzzibuns... this is what I used when fixed some of mine that had died. It wasn't that bad and it totally save the diapers.
post #24 of 127
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Originally Posted by Lisalee2 View Post
So wait, booties are harder than longies? Oh boy. I like that pattern you linked to, just might give it a try. Sometimes it's hard for me to read a pattern and really understand what they want me to do. That's when it helps to have a book because they break it all down for you. Maybe if I have questions, I can ask you? Also, the seamless booties sound good, I'm okay at knitting in the round after making that hat. lol
Sure, ask away! I found the SheepyTime pattern for longies to be *super* well written and easy to follow -- great photos illustrating some of the steps along the way
post #25 of 127
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Originally Posted by calihannah View Post
Sure, ask away! I found the SheepyTime pattern for longies to be *super* well written and easy to follow -- great photos illustrating some of the steps along the way
Thanks! Yesterday, I started the bootie project from the book I ordered, and so far so good. I'm almost done with one bootie. It isn't a seamless bootie, so I have to sew it together, but I don't think that will be too hard, I'm just hoping I can make it look nice. Next project, SheepyTime longies!
post #26 of 127
so far...

finished:

- 1 knit cap (came out a little big, more like 0-3mos size)
- 7 new flannel wipes (really didn't need any more, but...)
- 1 pr recycled longies made from recently-deceased grandmother's cream cashmere sweater sleeves (felted)
- 1 cap from light pink cashmere sweater's turtleneck


in-progress:

- knit rainbow stripes blanket (lap size) of superwash merino and cotton/bamboo (2 strands)
- itty-bitty socks (brown w/ pink toes and heals, superwash merino) - DONE!!


to-do:
[holding off on some of this until 3D u/s @ 29 wks to 100% confirm GIRL]

- PP pads (kind of optional -- i'm prepared to use 'sposie pads until the flow is light enough for regular sized cloth pads, of which i have ~18+?)
- cotton flannel sleepers and gowns
- baby's christmas dress & bloomers
- more knitted hats (at least 2 -- one to match socks and another for immediate newborn use)
- crochet bonnet
- more knitted socks (maybe 2 more prs)
- recycled soakers from 2nd-hand sweaters
- more longies from grandmother's other felted cashmere sweaters
- knitted soakers eventually (just finished an XL stash for my 2yo, so a little soaker'd out for now)
- christmas stocking (i totally cheat on this and cut&glue green felt letters to a cheap red stocking, then paint wintery images on it. quick, easy, and personalized! )
- organic cotton knit blanket (not sure i'll ever get around to that one; may save the supplies for another baby's gift)
- maybe some large (45"x45") flannel blankets (double layer, TnT...like a quilt, but no batting )


...and all the while, trying to plan for a home-made christmas for my other children and hubby (money is an issue right now, but craft supplies are in abundance!). it looks like i may be getting over-ambitious...we shall see what actually gets done. but, last pregnancy i got 2.5 afghan-size crochet blankets finished, so perhaps as i get more whale-like i will be doing more crafting!
post #27 of 127
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Originally Posted by birthdancedoula View Post
I'm ridiculously excited about this pattern that is on its way to me now. I've got some really sweet knit prints to make some layette stuff with it.
have you sewn with stretch knits before? i never really have (successfully, at least), so although i have a great layette pattern (here), i am planning to stick to cotton flannel... i'm skerred of stretch knit...
post #28 of 127
WESTCOASTLADY! Thrummed booties! What an amazing fabulous idea! I love it! I am so making those for this baby and for other new fall/winter babies! I knit thrummed mittens for my gma for Christmas last year and started a pair for my sister for this year- need to start some for me too- but booties are so not as intimidating! Are you just adding thrumms or following a specific pattern?

I need to knit some more baby socks (almost have a pair done)
another pair of longies
convert onsies into tshirts.
sew some robeez type slippers (I lined DS2s with rabbit fur- they were amazing!
make a new baby quilt- I want to do rainbow tonal crazy quilt blocks.
make another T&T big flannel receiving blanket (these are amazing out of 2 layers of flannel)
2-3 pairs of wool nursing pads.
a couple of little hats- with ties on them so they actually stay on.
post #29 of 127
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Originally Posted by DirtyHippyMama View Post

- knit rainbow stripes blanket (lap size) of superwash merino and cotton/bamboo (2 strands)
I wanna see this when you're finished. I found a pattern for a rainbow blanket that was on my to-do list but at this point I am doubtful that I can get it done in time.

Inspire me, mama!!
post #30 of 127
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Originally Posted by iowaorganic View Post
WESTCOASTLADY! Thrummed booties! What an amazing fabulous idea! I love it! I am so making those for this baby and for other new fall/winter babies! I knit thrummed mittens for my gma for Christmas last year and started a pair for my sister for this year- need to start some for me too- but booties are so not as intimidating! Are you just adding thrumms or following a specific pattern?
I had a bootie pattern already but it wasn't specifically thrums. I'm just adding them in whatever way made sense to me. I actually started them for DS last fall when I had leftover roving from some thrummed mittens I made. I ran out so then I had to buy more and by the time it came (I had to mail order it) it was spring.... so I'm determined to finish them for this baby. I just have to heel/foot of the second bootie to go. They are turning out super cute... but a little girly (my roving is multicoloured but it does have quite a bit of purple in it).
post #31 of 127
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Originally Posted by Lemoncello View Post
Oh, I totally forgot about the Christmas stocking! Thanks for the reminder! In my family growing up we each had a crocheted stocking with a santa figure appliqued on the front and our names stitched on the cuff at the top. One of my great aunts made the original ones for my mom, dad and me...then we had another one made when my brother came along. The original pattern got lost over time, and the aunt who made the first ones passed away. So a couple years ago when my brother got married, I got to figure out how to make his wife a new stocking. I wrote down my pattern, so now I'll have something to work from to make one for my own little babe!
I this.
post #32 of 127
oh, oh, oh I think I want a wool rainbow blanket now!
post #33 of 127
this is the rainbow blanket pattern...only i 1) nearly doubled it to make it bigger, 2) i'm using the LB Collection Superwash Merino and Cotton Bamboo yarns instead...so it's not as thick (calls for 2 strands worsted, using 2 strands sport weight) and the colors are deeper/more earthy, and 3) added a garter stitch border to keep it from curling (that would annoy the crap out of me).

it's coming out very nicely so far...i'm just about halfway done. kind of boring to make, since it's all st.st. and 120 st/row (in my converted version)...good for mindless TV-time knitting. i do so look forward to the color changes, though -- that's what keeps me going! and it is sooooo soft and silky.
post #34 of 127
That rainbow blankie sounds beautiful!

I'd love to see pictures of completed projects if anyone is up for sharing! I don't have any projects completed yet... or even started. You ladies are amazing! I am queen of procrastination. I tell myself that my last day of working is in three weeks (YAY!!) and then I'll get started...

I am actually going to look at fabrics tomorrow to make baby blankets. I'm going to do a few simple receiving blankets and maybe a quilt. I still really really want to bind a baby book/journal but I am having a lot of trouble coming up with a cover. My style is to usually sew a fabric cover over stiff recycled cardboard and do a felt applique before binding. I'm totally stumped for something that isn't lame/cliche. Does anyone have any great ideas for an applique?

ETA: here is a picture of a journal I've made, for reference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34136061@N07/4405267768/
post #35 of 127
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Originally Posted by FarrenSquare View Post
That rainbow blankie sounds beautiful!
thanks

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Originally Posted by FarrenSquare View Post
I still really really want to bind a baby book/journal but I am having a lot of trouble coming up with a cover. My style is to usually sew a fabric cover over stiff recycled cardboard and do a felt applique before binding. I'm totally stumped for something that isn't lame/cliche. Does anyone have any great ideas for an applique?

ETA: here is a picture of a journal I've made, for reference: http://www.flickr.com/photos/34136061@N07/4405267768/
i am always drawn to moon/star type themes for baby stuff; it's unisex as you can tinker with the color schemes, and representative of the mystical and (hopefully) peaceful nature of bringing a new life into the world...perhaps a bit cliche, though.
post #36 of 127
Ordered my yarn! And some OBV for doublers/wipes. About to order some minky for the lining of a mei tai and a baby blanket. I was thinking some wool flannel for a swaddler or sleep dress thing?
post #37 of 127
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Originally Posted by kittywitty View Post
Ordered my yarn! And some OBV for doublers/wipes. About to order some minky for the lining of a mei tai and a baby blanket. I was thinking some wool flannel for a swaddler or sleep dress thing?
you will love the minkee for baby carrier lining. I made a pouch sling for DS2 and lined it with minkee- he loved snuggling into it so much more than my other twill carriers. But you know- he is just a minkee nut- those are the only blankets he likes.
post #38 of 127
Can't blame him! It's like butter. I don't usually like synthetics, but make exceptions for minky.

I had a babyhawk with minky 2 years ago but sold it. It was awesome.
post #39 of 127
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Originally Posted by DirtyHippyMama View Post
i am always drawn to moon/star type themes for baby stuff; it's unisex as you can tinker with the color schemes, and representative of the mystical and (hopefully) peaceful nature of bringing a new life into the world...perhaps a bit cliche, though.
No, I love it, Definitely looking for more ideas like this!! Not at all as cliche as I was coming up with! A week ago I sat down to sketch and could only think of baby rattles. Baby rattles! That is cliche.

I love the moon/stars - it got me to thinking about a sunrise. I can't wrap my head around it as an applique, though. I'm also drawn to avocado imagery right now, but I think that is because I personally identify with the shape.

I also picked up a whack of cute fabrics to make receiving blankets! Yay for gender-neutral and still cute!
post #40 of 127
I am not a knitter---by any means. I've tried, and it just takes too long to see progress, and I'm too ADD for that.

I LOVE to sew though---so that's where all my energy is focused. I've got the fabric for a ring sling and for a moby with a cute front panel. I'm sure I'll end up making at least one other sling as well.

Those sewing cloth diapers---what patterns are you using? We are new to CDing (started with our 20 month old a few months back) and I'm really getting nervous about how to do it with a newborn (maybe this should be a new thread). Right now we're using the Flip covers with prefolds and it's so easy and great we want to keep going....
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