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1  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Felt Orange Slices- tutorial link! on: April 05, 2009 10:55:39 PM
I've been making tons of felt food to give to my daughter for Easter- she's getting a fruit basket Grin  I found a lot of free patterns and tutorials on the internet but couldn't find a pattern for orange slices that I liked.  I came up with this design and put together a tutorial.  You can find the tutorial here: http://thinkingmama.wordpress.com/2009/04/05/felt-orange-slices/
2  CLOTHING / Clothing for Kids: Completed Projects / Child's Ring Sling- Link to Tutorial! on: April 05, 2009 09:19:00 PM

I made this super-simple ring sling for my daughter in only about 1/2 hour.  I wrote up a tutorial and posted pictures of my steps on my blog.  http://thinkingmama.wordpress.com/2009/04/03/baby-slingin-a-baby
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Cable Cardigan for Junuary! on: June 21, 2008 08:38:41 AM
Gorgeous sweater!  I saw Junuary in your title and knew you had to be from the PNW!  It's actually been sunny here in Portland the last few days.  Maybe summer really is coming?
4  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Coin purses/wallets made from wool sweaters on: June 09, 2008 08:48:26 AM
I felt the sweater before I cut it.  I just toss it in a zippered pillowcase and wash it on hot on the longest cycle.  After it's felted, I cut it up and sew it into whatever I want.  I love making stuff out of old sweaters!  
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Knitting needle sleeve on: June 08, 2008 09:29:42 PM
It's literally a sleeve!  lol 
I didn't knit this but it still seems it belongs in this category.  I made it from a felted, wool sweater and it's the sweater sleeve.  It makes a great knitting needle holder.  I made this one to sell but I'm making one for me next!
6  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Coin purses/wallets made from wool sweaters on: June 08, 2008 09:14:22 PM
I've been making coin purses/accessory pouches/wallets from felted wool sweaters and these are some of my most recent ones.

7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Skirty for the Babe- now with pattern! on: June 08, 2008 09:05:49 PM
I made this little wool skirty for my just-turned-one-year-old and we both love it!  It's a curly purly soaker with a skirt knitted on. 

I just winged the skirt part but it turned out really cute!  I think I wrote the pattern down somewhere.  Now she has a nice cloth diaper cover and she looks cute too.  Just in time for summer.

Edited to add pattern:
I've written up my pattern for this skirt.  I've included the direction to knit it as an addition to a diaper cover as I did or to knit it as just a skirt.  I've copied the pattern below but you can get a printable version here:  http://thinkingmama.wordpress.com/2008/06/16/eyelet-skirty-pattern/

Now for the pattern:
To knit the skirt attached to a diaper cover:

1. First knit the soaker of your choice. I used the curly purly soaker pattern.

2. Using a circular needle the size that you used for the body of the soaker, pick up a row of stitches just below the ribbing, or about 2 inches below the top of the soaker. (Note: This is much easier if you purl the row after the ribbing when youre knitting the soaker. Then use the purl bumps as your guide when picking up the stitches.)

3. Row 1: Join to knit in the round and *K1, yo* around. This doubles the number of stitches on your needle and adds fullness to your skirt.

4. Knit for 5 rounds. Next round (eyelet round): *K2tog, yo* around.

5. Repeat these 6 rounds until your skirt measures approximately the desired length.

6. Change to needles one size larger than those youve been using. This will add a little more fullness to the bottom portion of the skirt. Continue in pattern until skirt is almost the desired length. End with eyelet round.

7. Knit around

*K2tog, yo* around

Repeat these 2 rounds one more time. (Ending with eyelet rounds close together prevents the hem from rolling)

Bind off.

Note: If desired, knit stripes of a different color as often as youd like. Also, the frequency of the eyelet row is not essential.

To knit the skirt alone:

1. Knit a gauge swatch with your desired yarn and determine how many stitches per inch you have.

2. Measure around your babys waist. Multiply your stitches per inch by the number of inches your babys waist measures. Round this number to the nearest multiple of 4. This is the number of stitches you will cast on.

3. Using a needle sized 1-2 sizes smaller than you used on your swatch, cast on desired number of stitches and *K2, P2* around for approximately 2 inches.

4. Switch to main needles and knit skirt, beginning with the K1, yo round in #3 in the above directions.
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Awesome Door Organizer on: June 08, 2008 08:53:00 PM
My baby's room needed some more storage (can anyone say too many baby socks?) and I had a generic, light green pocket organizer for the door.  I liked the organizer but didn't like that it was boring and plain so after some measuring and calculating, I replicated it in this awesome fabric. 

The polka dot trim on the tops of the pockets is covering wire inserts so the openings stay square and don't flop around uselessly.  I put eyelets on it and hung it from the door hooks that were from the old organizer but it could easily be hung from other hooks.

Now the boring one is banished to a less obvious spot and this one is front and center on the door. AAhhh, much better.  Now my baby has some style and a place for all those socks. 

p.s.  I took a lot of pictures of the process so if there's interest, I could write up a tutorial. 
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Twisted Baby/toddler socks **with free pattern!** on: March 26, 2008 12:32:32 PM
I'm glad you guys like them! 

Julie, I love your avatar pic.  Your baby looks so happy!
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Twisted Baby/toddler socks **with free pattern link!** on: March 22, 2008 09:44:49 PM
I knit these socks for my baby because I have lots of little balls of leftover sock yarn that I want to use up.  These are knit toe up so that every last inch of that leftover yarn can be used up with these.  The last thing I need is to try to use up my tiny ball of yarn only to have an even tinier ball left over.   Undecided

I added some ribbing on the top of the foot to *try* to make them stay on longer but she still pulls them off in 2 seconds.  They fit nice and snug for that 2 seconds, though.  

I also did the top in a twisted rib pattern because when my baby doesn't pull her socks off, they end up all twisty around her foot so I may as well make them look that way to begin with! Wink

I wrote up the pattern and that, along with some more details, can be found here: http://thinkingmama.wordpress.com/2008/03/21/socks-cute-little-socks/.
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