Tuesday, July 29, 2014

10 on Tuesday: Patterns I Could Knit Again and Again and Again...


  1. Baby Mittens by Mack and Mabel
  2. Fast and Easy Hooded Scarf by Wendy D. Johnson 
  3. "Katniss" Cowl, using either of these patterns as a guideline. My Katniss Cowl was the funnest project I've ever worked on so far.
  4. Also, Lion Brand's version of the Katniss Cowl (I like to use the cowl pattern and make up the rest of the wrap as I go.)
  5. Simple Baby Pullover by Red Heart (I've only knit this once but I had so much fun that I've been wanting to try another one.)
  6. Pointy little hats like Troll by Gabriela Widmer-Hanke
  7. Icon Dress by Kari-Helene Rane
  8. Lillian Top by Kari-Helene Rane (Highly versatile designs like this are my favorite!)
  9. Swish by Rowan 
  10. Dragonfly Vest by Agnese Vajevska (So whimsical!)
For the most part I prefer freestyle knitting, or making things up as I go along. But if I had to choose 10 patterns to knit again and again (or at least use as a basis for many different designs incorporating those patterns), these would be them. Since I don't usually follow patterns, the last 4 are some of my favorite that I haven't actually tried yet but can tell just by looking at them that I'd enjoy knitting them over and over again.

Linking up:
Ten on Tuesday @Carole Knits

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Catching up on Arts & Crafts...

I haven't been able to do arts & crafts for a couple weeks but I just got back into the swing of things this week. Here's what we've been up to:

The Giant's been doing a drawing a day. Here's one of them from this week:

























Yesterday the prompt I gave Bugsy and Kit was "shapes." It's part of a 2 part project I'm doing. I pulled out a bunch of my old artwork and let them look through it all for inspiration. Then I gave them some markers. Kit even brought out some block shapes to work with and Mother peeked in to offer some design ideas. Their designs will be shown after we finish with part II!




Saturday, July 26, 2014

Namespotting: 7th Grade Short Story
































Going through my old artwork today, I found this old short story I made when I was 12, for an assignment in 7th grade. The names stood out to me immediately:
Narya
Nyra (a variation of Nira)
Saylee
Seldin
Goldor
Vrella

Not that I particularly like all of these now, but it was interesting to see what was going through my brain at the time. Vrella and Goldor are pretty striking (if I may say so myself.)     

Friday, July 25, 2014

Pregnancy Day by Day, DK Publishing









Dear New Grace, 

This one's for 
down the road
When you get 
that first baby
bump.

I saw this book
in the library
a couple months ago.
I've been going through the pages 
eagerly, 
and shamelessly taking notes.

To learn, to research, 
to become acquainted 
with a favorite subject of mine.

This book is divided into 
5 main sections.
Beginning with the introduction,
followed by:
-A Healthy Pregnancy
-Pregnancy Day by Day
(broken up into sections by trimester)
-Labor and Birth
-Life With Your New Baby
-Concerns and Complications


It offers lots of advice 
on exercises, 
dietary/nutritional needs/guidelines, 
explains medical conditions, 
answers common questions and concerns, 
talks about pregnancy myths, 
and methods 
that may help with conceiving 
and with determining 
your baby's gender, 
and much, much more!

If you're reading this 
and 
1) haven't purchased a copy 
already, 
and 
2) a little seed is growing
in your belly, 
I'd do so now :)

Knowing you though,
you probably bought it
ages ago.



Six Word Fridays: Bump
Linking up @My Memory Art