Thursday, February 19, 2015

It's all about the baby!


 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.






I'm attempting to make a pair of frog booties using 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!!


2 comments:

  1. You amaze me with your output
    Love the socks, the blankies and the balls!
    You are so ready for grandmotherhood!
    You will love it, I know.

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  2. I like to read your blog, Martha, and looking at all of the things you make! Stay warm!

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