Wednesday, December 24, 2008
I forgot to state a time, and since we'll be heading out for the afternoon I want to close it in time to announce the winner. :)
I hope everyone has a very Merry Christmas tomorrow! We're headed to my ILs this afternoon (weather permitting) and then tomorrow we'll be celebrating the day as a family. Enjoy your celebrations as well!!
Sunday, December 21, 2008
I will be offering this newborn slot as a lottery. To enter, please email me at email@example.com. Please put "Newborn Custom" in your email subject. I will accept emails for this until Wednesday at which time I will use a random # generator to choose the lotto winner. As soon as you are contacted, I'd love for you to have chosen your four colors from my new yarns so I can start on then as soon as possible.
As soon as the newborn pair is knit up, I'll do another lottery for the next size I want to work up. So...stay tuned!
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Here are the new colors!
Row Two : Country Lavender, Babies Breath, Spruce Blue, Hummingbird Vine
Row Three : Dahlia Red, Moss, Bluet, Thistle Pod
Row Four : Tiger Lily, Pussy Willow, Spring Pasture, Peony Pink
Black is also available, but not shown.
**NEWLY ADDED** Iron Weed (a deep purple) & Wheat (a darker natural)
Friday, December 19, 2008
These sizes are updates to my former size chart.
Longies/Skirty Pricing Using Cestari Fine Merino
Newborn ~ $55
Small ~ $65
Medium ~ $75
Large ~ $85
X-Large ~ $95
ruffle cuffs ~ +$5
extra inseam ~ +$5/inch
pricing is based on largest measurement (hip & rise)
Manpris/Capris Pricing Using Cestari Fine Merino
Newborn ~ $48
Small ~ $58
Medium ~ $68
Large ~ $78
X-Large ~ $88
ruffle cuffs ~ +5
pricing is based on largest measurement (hip & rise)
Your Silly Stripes will be knit using four colors. Two "main colors" and two "secondary colors". Winning a custom slot will entitle you to one pair of woolies. I will only knit additional pairs in one slot in the case of twins, or triplets (or higher order multiples) however, the increased # of pairs of woolies will add to my completion time. Thanks so much!
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Anyway, there are oodles of sites to read more about this...certianly more eloquently stated than I am here.
I was directed to this site this morning. http://capwiz.com/americanapparel/issues/alert/?alertid=12274476 In under one minute, you can email your state elected officials urging them to help to revise this act. It does not ask that the whole act be repealed...certainly I'd love to see stricter regulations against many MIC products. It does ask for the safety process to be ammended to allow wahp to make safe products. You also have the option to print out the letter and snail mail it to your officials' offices. It is quick and easy...you don't even need to know the name or address of your officals. The site will do it for you.
I appreciate you thinking about this....it is scary to all of us wahms....and consumers are afraid too...if it stays as currently written, it will change the way we shop for our children. :(
Sunday, November 30, 2008
So...here's the help I am requesting. What four colors would make up perfect Silly Stripes™ in your mind? I'll be limiting my offerings to probably 16 colors...but as you've seen...just adjusting the order of the same four colors can make a marked difference, so I think it will work wonderfully. But, which colors are "must haves" in your opinion? I'll be ordering this yarn this week...so please comment as soon as you can. Thanks so much!!!
Huge smiles...and I'll be trying to post more often...I'm not sure where November went...
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
My friend Christina of Bamboletta dolls is running a blog contest. You can read all about it here. Christina's dolls are amazing...we are the proud owners of two. Every boy and girl should have one - momma's too! My next purchase will be for me. :)
Also...I have been an absentee blogger recently. I've taken pictures, though of things to write...and not done any of it. We have been especially busy...but I'll be taking the time for an update soon. I'm probably going to be laying low on customs for the month of December, then have a few things in mind for January. I'll keep you all posted!
Thursday, September 25, 2008
First are two new baby sized woolies inspired by elephants-Ella and Elliot to be specific. These make me wish I were pregnant with boy~girl twins. These sweet woolies will be available at Sympatico tomorrow...though, I honestly have considered adding them to my hope chest....just in case. Don't tell my husband. ;)
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Thank you to everyone who left a comment....I really appreciate all of you!
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Friday, September 12, 2008
So, as I began my knitting work yesterday, my heart just was not in it. I wanted to do something for my children...something lasting for them. I have had a gorgeous single ply from Selah in my stash for a long time. Prayer Flags just seemed like the right thing to knit...so I went off to Ravelry to find the right quick knit.
Because I enjoyed this knit so much, and because I believe that we could all use a little hug, I'd like to knit one up as a gift to one of you. It won't be in this colorway, and may be a solid color of my choice, but it will be this pretty little lace cowl. I can do a child size as pictured, or an adult size. All you need to do it leave a comment with a positive thought about anything at all. What a lovely day you have today, how plentiful your garden is, or just how nice it is to be loved....any little positive thought at all. I will use a random number generator to select the winner on September 20th. Please make sure I have a way to contact you. :)
Monday, September 8, 2008
I have the priveledge of raising my two children. I am with them when they are happy and engaged in play and learning. I am with them when they test their boundaries and try all sorts of new things. I am their teacher - their nurse - their cook - and best of all their mommy.
I enjoy working for other moms and dads. I have the pleasure of getting to know lots of these parents fairly well. Some have gone on to become friends with whom I stay in very frequent contact. Getting to know about the little one that I am knitting for is joyful. Seeing their pictures in the woolies I hand knit is even better!
I love being a part of a larger community of wahms. I've shared ideas and "best practices" with these other work at home moms. I've shared struggles such as organization and time management. I also shop from many of these other wahms...and therefore provide for my children while helping another mom be home with her children...it is an *awesome* circle.
Being a part of this larger community has provided me with two friends who have shared with me some little "tricks of the trade" that I've not used before. So, I'd like to say thank you to Lindsey of Cake. for sharing her idea to do both legs of my woolies at one time using two 12" circular needles. Why didn't I think of this? I love having both legs work up at one time without magic looping. This is just such a fun trick. :) I also want to thank Kim of Western Sky Knits for suggesting I try a crochet bind off. Another simple tweak to my process and I love it! It is so much quicker than using a traditional bind off for stockinette work.
Two simple tweaks...two members of a larger community who are willing to share. What a lovely way to work. :)
Friday, September 5, 2008
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
I took a quick shot of this pair to share with a customer, so I thought I'd share here too...I won't tell you all about them yet, but this pair will be part of a special collaboration later this month! :)
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
I'm gathering my yarns, and I'll be working on customs. If you are trying to reach me....I will not have access to the internet...or it will be extremely limited. My laptop is staying home. I'll return all emails and PMs on Monday!
Have a great weekend!
When this momma requested that *I* choose purple and green colors that worked well together, I was so excited to play in my yarn stash. I originally was thinking a different darker green to compliment the sage, but when the bottle green rolled over, it was serendipity. I loved it from the very first moment...even as just single strands of colored yarn.
Would you like to hear the sad fate of the little hat for this set? It was nearly complete, when Bear decided to put it on his enormous noggin. Oops. Stitches were coming apart everywhere. The ends had not yet been woven in, and I was not pleased with how they were tightening up after such a big stretch. So....that hat will become a felted ball at some point, and a new one will be cast on this weekend. ;) Bet that never happened in a factory! I love being a WAHM....not everyone could say production was halted by a 19 month old curious boy.
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
I've been working on these longies for Bear each time I go. They have a 23" hip and a 20" rise...and the leg will be around 13", so they are no small task. I work on them just a few hours a week...but I just had to share the progress I've made because I'm thrilled with this yarn.
I have about 6 inches left to go on this first leg...so this wip will be ongoing for a while...lol...I'll show updates from time to time! Hopefully they'll be complete by spring! HA!
Sunday, August 17, 2008
With two red bearded uncles (one on each side) it will be no real surprise if Bear eventually grows a red beard...but at only 19 months old, he is already trying to look like Uncle Matt and Uncle Guy.
Friday, August 15, 2008
In honor of that stocking I just wrapped up one of *hopefully* two pair of very special Silly Stripe™ Woolies. This pair is a traditional rainbow with red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. They are *bright* and I think they are oodles of fun!!
You'll notice that these Silly Stripes™ are a bit different in that they have six colors, not the ordinary four. I have no plans to repeat them anytime soon....they are kind of a special edition. ;)
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
The silly stripes are complete, they need to be washed and blocked tonight...then I'll get good pictures. ;) The Tiny TB need completing before the bottom they are for outgrows them! Eep!
Oh...and the Rainbows...I'm going to work up the legs on those next. :) I can't wait! I have another pair of really special rainbows in my noggin'...I need to commit to knitting them up for our Rainbow stocking just around the corner. :)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Now, how does that affect Little Bear Knitwear? Well...I'm behind. I will catch up...but naps and nighttime have been a bit of a "growl", so I am about a week off my schedule. I don't do well knitting with a child clinging to me...and I'm reluctant to share our germs anyway. So please bear with me and accept my apologies for not stocking two slots on Friday. I didn't want to over commit September if August runs behind. Thanks for understanding!
Yesterday I washed and blocked this pair. I love the way they turned out, and hope their new family does too! ;)
My August yarns have been delayed by UPS...why, oh why, UPS, must you toy with me? I sure hope you show up today! 10 days on order is too long. I'll update when they arrive! :)
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Also, I wanted to let everyone know that I'll be traveling the whole month of October...most of it without my husband...poor guy must work. So, I'm not sure if I'll be taking any slots for October. It will depend on how settled my kiddos are while we're traveling. I will resume filling slots for November though! :)
Also, I should note, I've changed the slots at the request of quite a few to be longies only. However, a hat can still be added on. This way, you get just exactly what you want. Yay!
Thanks so, so much for all of your support!
I love these colors together and hope to see them in action when they arrive at their new home. (hint, hint-lol)
Friday, August 1, 2008
Which brings me to my point. I don't get much knitting when my babe's are awake. But, here's an update...the orange/blue/yellow pair below have one leg left, then the matching hat. Yahoo! The rainbows have one leg started, but they're on the back burner right now. And Bears TB? lol...maybe I'll take the time to finish it today. It's just **so** close!
Thursday, July 31, 2008
So, I'll try again tomorrow. Maybe it will be my lucky day! I mean really...how long can one try without success? Want to know the fairly pathetic thing? I want sock monkeys. We had some when Bear was quite small. He outgrew them with great speed. Now I know...I could get him a Peruvian pair. But, he's very tall for his age, and they're too small. So...I'm trying for a pair directly from Amy. If I actually get a slot...I may be tempted for monsters...or a bear...but I really want another pair of sock monkeys.
So...guess who I'll be emailing tomorow? ;)
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here are my current WIPs.
What we have here are a custom I began two days ago, a Turtle Butt soaker for my own ds, and a rainbow pair of Silly Stripes I started last night.
The Turtle Butt only has a cuff left ~not a lot of work, but my kids always come last...cobbler's son effect...and so it's on the back burner. ;)
The custom will be resumed very shortly...like when I'm done typing. ;) And the rainbow? Well, there is time for that one...but I was excited to put the colors together. This snapshot doesn't do them justice. They're going to be adorable I think.
Also, true to her promise, my poetry momma is still serenading me with poetry! :)
Here are the latest two.
dry and happy boy
colorful stripes on his bum
warm all winter long
And this morning while I sipped my coffee, I enjoyed this one.
longing for longies
bright, bold, fun and fabulous
perfect pair of pants
:) How fun are these? What my poetry momma doesn't know, is I used to be a school teacher, and each day I check her Haiku for proper structure. They're correct! lol...I really like getting her emails...I bet they'll stop when she scores a slot! ROFL!!
Well...off to knit. Have a great Wednesday!!
Wait! Stop the presses...I forgot to post this hat when I took pictures of it. Love this picture. It just makes me smile...though, you really can't see the longies at all.
Now...off to knit! :)
Monday, July 28, 2008
Here's the other part...I still want to stock my store, and I also would love to knit up some of the amazing HC yarn that I have in my stash! :)
So~dear reader...are you out there? I'm asking for your opinion...what would you like to see happen? Oh, and I must share this with you. lol...I have a momma who's threatened (promised? ) to email me a poem everyday until she has a slot. With her permission....
I was going to write you a large and heartfelt piece of poetry proclaiming my love for your knitting and describing my unending quest to own one of these beauties. However, we're both busy women - I'm sure you don't have anymore time to read that then I do to write it. And so, I've decided that I will have to do the next-best, time saving, condensed version.
That's right. Haikus.
I was thinking maybe one each day until your next stocking. And if I'm too annoying, well, I'm sure you know where the block sender button is on your email. (I'd help you out with that, but I use hotmail, so mine is probably in a different place than yours.)
So without further delay -
Little Bear Knit Wear
longies dance across my dreams
like crabs in the sand
Fantastic! Don't you think? It sure made my day!! I know how she thinks I should fill my customs. lol...but what do you think? Please comment to let me know your opinion and suggestion. :)
Now, to share a wip! (Work In Progress)
I love these colors together. Again...a pair I'd love to keep for Bear. ;) They'll be off to their new home in a week or so.
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Honestly, we use a great deal of prefolds too...but good fitteds are such a joy. When I was about 6 months into diapering two children, I underwent a *huge* diaper sell off and streamlined my stash to prefolds, flats, and my favoirte workhorse fitteds. This included GMARs (now called Prefitteds), Fireflies and Clovers. They work. They fit well. They're simple to use when diapering two requires a quick laundry turn around.
Now that Emma has PLed, I'm on the great diaper search again. Bear is my last baby, so I've decided to get him some new diapers (who am I kidding, they're for me) to finish out his days in cloth. So...what am I loving?
Clothmopolitans. What is not to love? I used them when my babies were in smalls and mediums, then overlooked them when I did my great streamlining. Here's Bear in his new carrots diaper. There is a peas to match. I also treated him (me) to a bear one as well...but we can't show that one off just yet.
I've found another new *favorite* for night time. I'm not sure how I did night time diapering before these diapers!!! Bonnie at Holden's Landing makes an amazing diaper called the Bed Bug. When she makes them all pretty with dye and embroidery, they then become a Dreamscape. These diapers are *amazing*. I can let Bear sleep in one with a day weight layer of wool, and our sheets are dry and he's totally comfortable. Here's Bear with his bear getting ready for bed.
Nice looking diaper, huh?
So...I'll continue on this quest for new and wonderful fitteds until Bear PLs. Hopefully when he does, it will be easy for us both...but secretly, I'm wishing it won't be for a while. ;)
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
When Bear was born, he was a snuggle bug...like a teddy bear that you had clutched to when you were small. He also growled a little bit. He wasn't a grunter...he was a growler. He grew quite quickly, and when he began to crawl, he looked like a small cub. So big, with huge hands, lumbering along. He still growled quite a bit. Now Bear is 18 months old. He fits his name for different reasons each day. He's still my cuddly teddy bear. He still growls-though often now a defensive growl at his big sis'. ;) When he's teething, or especially tired, he's an angry bear...watch out. Today, he's been my teddy bear, and my angry bear. Right now he's sleeping and I should be knitting. My little Bear's hibernation only lasts just over an hour.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
I started this one immediatly, then had to put it down to work on customs. I really need to pick it up and finish it. I think that I have less than about two hours work left now. This picture is not current, but it's the only one I have at the moment.
So....what do you think? Are you feeling a little turtle in your future? ;)
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thank you Amy for such a nice rave about Till's Silly Stripes set. She's adorable and I hope you all really enjoy her set come fall. I look forward to seeing pics come fall...hint hint. ;)
Now...I'm off to read up on how to do all this blogging...I need to make this site prettier and also should have a place to update customs, huh?
Thanks for everyone's support!
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
And, here's the best part. A little bag! It's so cute and just the right size for a child to carry. My almost 3 yo dd loves hers and feels a part of the action carrying her bag. It fits a bunch of banannas and a half dozen apples easily.
Here's the lacy weave...pretty, huh?
Tuesday, April 1, 2008
...it looked like this! I am really in love with this bowl. It's a fabulous large bowl which is nice and sturdy and ready to collect all sorts of goodies!
If it were going to live here with me, I know this one would hold my yarn and needles for whichever project I'm working on. Or maybe it would gather fruit up...or, maybe it would hold our keys at the front door....
What ever task it winds up doing, I'm a bit sad it won't be doing it here. Boxing it up was difficult. ;)
Oh, Marcie...I think I need more yarn! ;)
Friday, March 28, 2008
I just love the texture of felted wool. Kind of gives the texture of bark and leaves. Do you see how the bark runs vertically and the leaves run horizontally? Planned! ;)
While I've got oodles of pictures...just want to point out how much I love this britches pattern. Melanie's Adorabubble Britches pattern gives such a nice bootie area. Love the fit!