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1  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Theme Trees on: November 13, 2006 06:22:31 AM
kahluakiggy -- if you really want a tree in the kids' bath, maybe you could make a felt one to hang from the back of the door or on the wall.  Or you could make an advent calendar featuring the nemo stuff, and hang it.

another theme: each year friends of mine pick a tree in the woods to decorate w/edibles for the animals -- birdseed pinecones, apples, etc.  it's really lovely, and could be nice in a backyard (or a fire escape for city dwellers) if you want to attract wildlife.
2  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gifts for teachers on: November 06, 2006 11:40:43 AM
wow! what a big difference in opinion for teachers. but some teachers should remember that it is the thought that counts.

Oh, I do agree with you -- but the problem is that not many parents/students put as much thought into their gifts as you clearly do into yours.  Too many people wind up grabbing a "Best Teacher Ever" mug or chocolate sampler, when the five bucks they spent would be more useful and appreciated.  So, if parents don't have the time or inclination to get to know the teachers well, a group gift certificate is a great way to go.
3  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Baby Showers And Gifts For New Babies / Re: TUTORIAL copy of a taggie blanket on: November 06, 2006 07:13:02 AM
I might make a blanket like this but have a question: what do you put in between the two layers of fabric? I haven't read anything to that effect, but wouldn't two layers of fabric not make for a very warm blanket? Perhaps I could get some quilt batting, or just another layer of fleece.

What do you think?

You don't need to put anything in between if you're using fleece.  If you're doing a cotton or flannel version, some light batting would do.  When the babies are really little, they aren't using the blankets for warmth (or shouldn't be -- SIDS and suffocation and all those types of hazards); they're just for stimulating play.  My daughter was given a store bought taggie, about 12"x12" with five tags to a side, and she loves fiddling with and sucking on the tags.  I've seen even smaller ones -- don't feel you have to make a crib blanket (unless you really want to).

Good luck!
4  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Misc. Gift Idea Brain Blockage / Re: gifts for teachers on: November 06, 2006 06:56:51 AM
As a teachers-aide, I think what I would love most would be for a parent or two to organize 1 present from a large group, or even everyone in the class. Something that the children made together, or something that they've all signed would be a great way to remember all of them, and easier to store than 24 individual things.

Yes, one meaningful gift from everyone, instead of dozens of trinkets!  My sister is a 1st grade teacher and gets all kinds of crap and candy every holiday from most of the kids.  She would love it if, just once, the class would get together and buy her a gift certificate to Staples so she could get more supplies for them (her budget is tiny, and she winds up having to pay for things like crayons and construction paper herself).
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: seemingly easy question... calling all you moms out there! on: August 09, 2006 02:58:02 PM
Definitely make them bigger than you think necessary!  Also, try making the socks with a stretchy type of yarn.  I've found that socks with a little give are more likely to stay on.  (My kid was 6lb 4oz, and her feet were about 3 1/2" long, I think).
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Animal [hat] ears, looking for on: August 09, 2006 02:52:54 PM
If Elanora's technique doesn't work for you, I believe Zoe Mellor's Double Knits has a couple of baby hats with rounded ears; you could check your library for it.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Berroco's Plush yarn for baby dress- dry clean only on: August 09, 2006 02:50:18 PM
I'd save the yarn for another project.  I received exactly one handwash/dry clean item (blanket) for my kid this spring and it has yet to see the light of day.  I really appreciated the effort that went into making it, but I just have no energy to put into handwashing anything these days.  Of course, if the mom has lots of help, it's a different story -- anyone with a nanny or housekeeper or similar may be more inclined to appreciate this dress.  And I've heard that some people actually don't mind doing the extra work to make their baby as beautiful as possible.  Let your gift recipient's attitude toward such things be your guide.

As an alternative, there are some very nice acrylics and wool blends that can be thrown in the washing machine, and cotton's always nice for baby stuff.
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Easy baby patterns? on: August 03, 2006 10:13:31 AM
I have that Debbie Bliss book, and while it photographs beautifully, I got bored with it pretty quickly.  Best bet to check it out at the library and make copies of the patterns you like best.  Ditto with her Baby Knits Book.

That Garn Studio link is fantastic -- thanks for mentioning it, manika!
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cobweb weight lace sampler stole on: August 03, 2006 09:45:11 AM
Absolutely gorgeous -- and my hands are aching just thinking of all that size 2 knitting!

I couldn't help but think while looking at it that, even though it's much too nice, it'd also make a stunning table runner for the holidays.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / BUMP: Help - tweed yarn on a cone...in oil?? on: July 28, 2006 12:22:00 PM
I'm thinking about buying yarn from the same place and in the same condition.  So I'm curious about zzjulia's results -- did you buy the yarn?  Did you prewash?  Please share!  I'm a little intimidated by the whole spinning oil and "blooming" business and would love to hear about your experience.

thanks!
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