Thursday, February 27, 2014

Up, Up and away

Look at this drooly, little girl. Does she remind you of anyone? Say, a young Amelia Earhart? I made this little aviator cap before she was born and it finally kind of fits, still a bit big though. I love everything about it. The chin strap is the best part though. The pattern is called Aviatrix. It was so quick to make and fun doing the short rows.
update: realized the hat is on backwards! ha!!
much better.

Friday, February 21, 2014

Spud the sheep

 I have finally gotten around to knitting something from the book Spud and Chloe at the Farm that I have had for over a year. This is a modified Spud since I had black yarn and it called for tan. The twists in his coat were quite tedious, but you kind of get into the groove of making them and they look quite adorable. My favorite put is the bow tie!

 Here's how I kind of put the whole thing together. You make all the pieces separately and then stitch them together. I put knitting needles in everything and mock it up so everything is symmetrical. Then I whipstitch them with the needles still in so things don't move and then get out of place.

After I am done making the sheep, Harriet brings this toy over to show me how similar they are. So, ummmm, fraternal twins?

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Escaping the winter

We took advantage of some frequent flyer rewards and the hospitality of our friends Matt and Amber and flew down to Tempe, Arizona last week. 70 degrees vs. 10 degrees was reason enough to try traveling with both kids for the first time. The flights there and back went surprisingly well.

Eloise settled right in with Matt and Amber's dog Katie, who seemed to enjoy having visitors.

Our first full day there happened to coincide with the grand reopening of the children's museum, called the Idea museum. They had a robot exhibition as well as lots of events going on, which we took advantage of.  

Spin art was a bit hit and they also had cookie making, robot building and a bunch of other fun stuff at activity tables.

The biggest draw was Daniel Tiger. We had to wait in a bit of a line, but Harriet was so thrilled once we finally got up there. Eloise was unimpressed. 

Day 2 we had to hang out around the house since, unfortunately, Harriet was sick. It was nice to just hang out in the warm weather in the backyard.

Amber and Matt such wonderful hosts and were so good with the girls. 

We didn't do much driing around, but we did come across this dorm designed by Frank Lloyd Wright on the ASU campus that Matt used to live in. Interesting looking building, if a bit dated. 
Day 3 we went to go visit my mom's friend Linda in Mesa, a short drive away. She had a heated pool and the sun was out! She was thrilled to have us visit her since she mostly interacts with other retirees in her little community.
A young Esther Williams.

We had a good trip, even if it was too short. Nice to just get out of the cold and not have to bundle up every time we left the house as well as see good friends! We'll be back again... someday. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

DIY Bath Bombs!

A couple months ago we were given bath bombs as presents. They were a hit and so of course rather than running out to Lush to get more we researched how to make our own. We had lots of supplies from when we made soap, so it wasn't too hard to get prepared. Like lye for soap, the big ingredient here is citric acid. We got some at the beer/wine brewing supply store (they had 1lb bags at the store for $4.50).
Harriet volunteered to help weigh and mix the ingredients. We used this recipe and general instruction
We made four rose scented pink bath bombs and let them dry for a week in the basement. Then dropped one in at bath time. 
It worked! They smelled nice and tinted the water pink.
We used all four pretty fast so we made another batch. The second time around we added Kneipp Eucalyptus Herbal Bath in lieu of any essential oil or coloring. This time we used canola oil instead of olive oil because the olive oil gave the balls a weird tinge. We also decided to double the recipe and fill a couple empty chobani containers for the molding process. That should aid in the transportation of the bath bombs for gifts.
Harriet was very helpful and proud of her new apron.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Pink Flamingo

This sweet, little guy was a quick project and I already had all the yarn. Pattern here.