As of today, it is T minus 90 days and counting to the due date for my grandson.
Most of my recent creations are with him in mind. First I decided to try and use up some sock yarn by making tiny socks. The pattern for the blue ones did not specify a size, but they look a bit big for a newborn.
this pattern. I am a visual person, and the pattern does not have anywhere near enough pictures for me. So I am having trouble getting them to look like froggies. I don't think I like worsted yarn anymore, being so accustomed to sock yarn! Stay tuned....
While searching for something in the sewing room a couple of weeks ago, I ran across Jinny Beyer's book, Patchwork Puzzle Balls. I had made quite a few of these when I first got the book, and decided to make one for the baby. But one is never enough- and they are fun to make!
Here you can see the stars on the one made with scraps of Star Wars fabric.
I know he won't be able to hold them, but he can have them on the floor to look at when he has tummy time.
I found a tutorial for "self mitered receiving blankets", so got some sweet boy baby flannel to try those out. Easy and a nice size!
I don't want big sister, Kiara, to feel left out, so I have been picking up gifts for her as well. I bought this fabric last year to make her a dress, and finally got it finished! I hope she will like it.
Next week is the annual retreat with my buddies from the Museum Quilt Guild. Four days this year, instead of three! I am taking supplies to make- you guessed it- baby quilts!!!
I recently read an article about a young woman who made NO TRASH for 2 years!!! You can also read her story on her blog. I was amazed at her willingness to give up all packaged products. Think about that- she made her own toothpaste, for goodness sake! (And I have to admit to curiosity about how she buys the raw materials without any packaging)
I don't think we all need to go this far- although we could all be better off if we did without some of the conveniences. And we can all do SOME of these things- like it never occurs to me to ask them not to bring me a straw with my drink when I eat out. Preventing waste is the best way to reduce it. So think about where you can make a small change- like getting an e-receipt only when that option is offered. (the advantage there is you also don't get all the stupid coupons and special offers!)
I am grateful for:
My husband who takes such good care of me!
The cold weather giving me an excuse to stay inside and sew.
A rising tide of voices demanding we take better care of this planet.
The dvr on our newly upgraded Directv
Only a few more days to one of my favorite times of the year!!