|Baby Carston's vest|
'Tis the season for births. So many friends or family members have had babies in the last couple of months or are expecting this summer. I count a half dozen born since spring and at least a couple more on the way. I wish I had time and resources to give them all handmade gifts. I don't mind shopping from someone's registry if it's something they feel they truly need, but I would much rather give something homemade (or at least handed down). I simply lack the time to do so. So if you've received a handmade baby gift from me in the last few years, consider yourself lucky. :) My cousin was one of those who recently gave birth (to her second child--a boy) so I couldn't pass up the chance to make him something. I don't knit as frequently in the summer, but since the weather's been cool, I don't mind having a pile of yarn on my lap. I love knitting baby gifts because they go quickly and I can often use ends of skeins to complete them. Months ago I was poking around online trying to find free knit project patterns I could make for Vera and found an adorable pattern for a toddler vest. Many people say it's not as much fun to dress boys as it is girls. There could be some truth in that, but I think this will make any little guy look pretty darn cute. As I've knit sweaters before I've learned that I'd much rather follow a pattern with raglan versus set-in sleeves--I heard my grandmother (my knitting guru) utter this phrase once and didn't understand her preference until recently. I'm still not great at knitting seams so this was the perfect project to avoid all that. It's knit in the round without any extensive finishing to do. It was so easy and adorable that I immediately started making one for Vera, who was my model for baby Carston's version and almost wouldn't take it off. I needed a knitting confidence boost after some projects I really struggled with over the winter.
|Vera's potential toddler vest--bright yellow-orange from my stash|
On a "fashion" note, I was on the rummage trail today and scooped up a "Fashion Plates" toy that I remembered from childhood. Though we were certainly not haute couture and name brand as kids as we were clothed via hand-me-downs, rummages, and handmade outfits my sister and I certainly had an interest in fashion. We'd spend hours "designing" our own outfits with the "Fashion Plates" before I became familiar with any other meaning for that phrase. And we also experimented with a similar toy--whose name I cannot find with any internet search--similar to "Fashion Plates" only with fabric scraps, which my mom was easily able to provide via her sewing hobby. My sister and I would also--as I believe I've mentioned before--draw our own catalogs (with prices, descriptions, sizes, and all) and I'd spend hours cutting out patterns of Barbie clothes faster than my mom could sew them together. I'm still not high fashion nor do I see myself as a trendsetter, but I think this early exposure to design helped me develop my unique styles--vintage, thrift, simple, and sometimes funky.
|Favorite toy circa 1983|
|I can't wait to play!|
You can also add scents using essential oils. Not edible. Can be used over and over again. Keeps 3 months unrefrigerated.
1 c. flour
1 c. water
3 T. oil
1/2 c. salt
2 t. cream of tartar
food coloring (optional)
Mix all ingredients in a pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture pulls away from sides of pan and becomes doughy in consistency. Knead until cool.
|Before cheese was added|
The garden has busted out over the last couple of weeks with all the rain so I thought I'd give you a little tour. The last photo is taken from an upstairs window as an attempt to show the whole picture, which didn't exactly happen. Hopefully you can get a sense of our space and what's growing. This is why green is my favorite color!
|Carrots, Parsnips, Salsify, Parsley|
|Crazy Radish and Turnip Bed|
|V's path between chard and cilantro/dill|
|Rainbow Chard and Red Russian Kale|
|Nasturtiums border the tomato bed|
|Pole Bean Teepee, Winter Squash, Cukes in back in pot|
|Pole Beans and Rudbeckia|
|Kentucky Wonder Wax Pole Beans|
|Looking towards the front of the house/street|
|Looking towards the backyard|
|The big picture--with my lovely clover-infested "lawn"|
|Weakling pea shoots in the foreground with beets in between|
|Original raised bed: kohlrabi, pattypans, spinach, tatsoi, bush beans, scallions, etc., herbs along edge|
|From staircase 1 1/2 story window ("living fence" on R with grapevines)|