Wednesday, December 2, 2009
To start, I'm going to keep my progress bars from Ravelry on my page to remind my self to finish things!!! Also, I'm going to make a list of all the projects I have in mind and dedicate yarn to them. Then I am going to set deadlines (reasonable ones) for completing projects and aside from purchases already in progress (as in ordered but not received) I am going to limit myself to buying only yarn necessary for completing projects primarily composed of stash yarn or to that which will be cast on within 24 hours. We'll see how that goes!
The list will be compiled shortly and posted but project #1 is already started. I am making my adorable daughter a sweet pink cardigan with some Cestari Fine Merino in Peony Pink that I have had in my possession for well over a year. It was originally intended for longies (knit pants) for her but I never got around to making them and we are nearing potty training so she's getting a cardigan. This is a really adorable pattern from Lion Brand and so far, it is very quick knitting. I've done the back panel and will start the front panels tonight! Pictures of the progress will also be forthcoming.
Friday, June 5, 2009
But anyways, about our cloth diapering experience: we started out with a diaper service. That's right, they still exist. It was great. They'd drop off clean diapers and pick up dirty diapers once a week. It was pretty affordable and ultra easy. After a couple of months though, the cost started to add up and I realized that for the price of about 2 months of service, I could buy all the cloth diapers I would ever need. By using the service for the first 4 or 5 months, I had bypassed the need for buying newborn size diapers (since she was born at 6 pounds, and was a teeny little thing, we definitely would have needed them). So now, I do my own diaper laundry. It is really and truly not a big deal. My husband's main objection to cd'ing was "having poop in the clothes washer". Well, while there maybe residue left after we dump the majority of the solid stuff in the toilet, with all the rinsing, I can guarantee that there is no poopy residue in our clothes washer. And I'm happy to report that he is no longer worried about his clothes being poopy :) So all in all, its a great experience. Just for a quick summary, my main reasons and "pros" for cloth diapering: more green (not adding human waste to landfills and not using oil to produce the diapers), not putting lots of chemicals and synthetics up against my daughter's body, cheaper (in the long run), and, very superficially, cuter. The downsides: more laundry to do (although its only about an extra two loads a week and diapers are much easier to fold than clothes); makes her tush a bit bulky which can make fitting clothes tougher (onsies don't always work). I think that's it.
Now to my dilemma...we are going on vacation next week to St. John, USVI. I can't decide if we should bring disposables or cloth (and yes, we'd bring disposables because everything on the island is at least 30% more expensive). Why is this a dilemma? We'll have laundry facilities at the house we are renting but water resources on the island are extremely limited and I'd feel a little guilty doing the extra rinsing that is involved in getting diapers clean. On the other hand, land resources are extremely valuable and limited and the idea of dumping a weeks worth of disposable diapers and adding to the trash that the island has to deal with makes me feel icky. Also, due to the lovely fees the airlines have instilled for checking luggage, suitcase space is precious and having a bunch of cloth diapers in there makes it all the more difficult to pack sparingly. Also, since we'll definitely buy stuff while we're there, bringing disposables is like forced planning to leave room for bringing home souvenirs. However, I actually hate putting disposables on that sweet little tush. She's so used to nice soft fabric against her bum that the idea of putting plastic there is icky to me. Plus, with it being all hot and humid down there, I worry that she'll get heat rash in disposables (which has happened before and is not a problem with cloth since its more breathable). Hmmm...well, what to do?
UPDATE: I guess it is the day of contests...there is another one at Cloth Diaper Blog
Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Here are my poor hole-y socks with the first step for darning completed. It took me ages to do both since they were such huge holes but I finally did finish and since, I'm not taking any chances with these wonderful socks, I went back and duplicate stitched over the majority of the heels to reinforce them. Its barely noticeable now! I also pledge to be more gentle with shoe removal and to diligently inspect these each time I am done wearing them.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
And after...I think it looks so pretty! I can't wait to see how it knits up.
Friday, February 13, 2009
So on to a new frontier of personal expression. We'll see how it goes...