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Friday morning, kids got up wayyyy too early for this mama.  Add this up with the kind of weather that even a duck woluldn’t want to go out in, and that was how my day was looking up.  So I decided that it was a good day for improvisation…on crafting.  But how do you craft with nothing?  Everything is packed up in boxes.  Well, my friends, let me tell you one thing, if I can do it, anybody can!

 

I suggested the kids that we were oing to decorate the house for Halloween.  Pea came up with the idea of making ghost.  So after searching the house for ghost material, we came up with an old window panel, some paper that we are using to pack the dishes in, and tape and thread.

Well, believe it or not, all of that, CAN make a ghost!

no, probably not the most glorious ghost you have seen in your life, I give you that, but certainly the one I even had more fun designing, (r at least the one that took less time) AND the one that cost the less!  The kids had fun doing those, and honnestly, it totally reminded me that crafting with nothing on hand, is way more fun then I could remember.

After seeing the production of ghost going a little out of hand, I had to find another plan to keep them occupy a little while longer.  I saw some black felt that was lying around, and that gave me my next idea…

BAtS.

I made a template, asked the kids to cut their bats from felt, and then decorate it with stars and golden glue.

They loved it.

we had fun creating the template on the moving paper, we loved having out work scatterred all over the table along with the ideas we threw on paper previously, and all the material that we had found.  Really, this felt like a crafting moment to us.

…and that kept them busy for me to finish the touches to my numerous (already started) halloween projects

THis one notably:

coming from a pattern I have found on ravelry, called 12:01, I knitted this amazingly huge pumpkin in abour 2 weeks.  They are a quick knit, but knitting this while trying to pack the rest of the house for a quick move, was not the best timing.  However, I still managed to finish on time, thanks to the previous bats…

they are still a little damp, I wonder if they will be ready for tomorrow.  But I have to say I am happy with the result.

I used: Cascade 220, in burned orange, and heathers in the shade of green.  Love the color combo.

 

 

I also have plaaned to make Pumpkin a pumkin hat, and THAT is not even on the needles yet, so I am looking forward to see how I am going to squeese this between 2 boxes…

I also have finishing touched to make to the costumes…so a lot of work on my already packed cratfting table.  The kitchen table is currently replacing 🙂

back to work!

 

I have been needing something to get my mind off all of these events lately, and knitting is usually a good way to just let my mind rest.

I needed something easy to do, and yet fun, you know, mindless crafting.  The kids loves the result:

and truthfully, so do I!

Once you get the taste of the rewarding feeling of handmade, you can get easily hooked.  And toymaking is no exceptions.  I can spend hours looking at the most beautiful toys made by the Europeean compagnies, and truly they are absolutely magnificent and are a joy to own.  But they are also quite spendy, and truth be told, no matter how beautiful they are, they take space, and having too much is no better then having too much of something else, it does become clutter!  (Yes, you can clutter your house with beautiful Waldorf type toys!)

Peanut is really playing with her doll lately.  It is part of every day for her.  And she has been sleeping her in the most unsual little corner of our house:  the laundry basket, a bookshelf, in the pot cupboard…so it made me think that this wonderful doll of hers had no spaces of her own to sleep.  I pondered over getting a wooden bed, but finally choose to make something for her: it would cost less, and take less space, and well, would be made with mommy love.

I tried to get the best idea for this bed, and finally came up with something amazing!  A hammock.  We love hammocks here, and try to enjoy them as much as possible when the hotter seasons are around.  But why not treat her doll for an all year round hammock bed?

And so DD’s doll’s bed was created:

I made the hammock with some cascade yarn and gigantic needles (broomstick knitting anyone?).

I hung the hammock with a tree branch that we found in our yard.  Pea and I sanded it as a surprise for Peanut.

then a little rainbow of silk is in order to keep Doll warm

and some birds to lull her into sleep;

and that was all Peanut needed for some more magical playtime.

After 2 kids, the “need list” for a baby is definetly smaller then when we first started out with children.  As a matter of fact, I was myself amazed at how I didn’t want (need) anything for this baby.  We already have the diapers, a matress, and baby carriers, what can a baby need more then that?

Aside of course of mama made things 😉

I have created something for each of my children before they were born.  And for some reason, in the midst of a really  REALLY hot summer, I decided that a blanket was in order for this baby…go figure…

I wanted something simple but also with a pattern and made with something that had not bathed in pesticide.  Since baby is due in july, it needed to be not too hot, but also usable in winter.

I choosed the “project linus security blanket” from the book  Knitting for peace and used Blue Sky Alpaca colorgrown organic cotton as yarn for this project.  Perfect project, perfect yarn.  Soft and delicious.  And since the pattern created holes in the knitting, it is perfect as a summer blanket, but the yarn also makes it perfect as a colder weather blanket.

and guess what, now that I am over with it, I am receiving orders for a redo  from the other 2.  They all want to snuggle with it, even at 30 degrees!!!

It was also on my list to do a silk pilot hat.  But the blanket took longer then anticipated, and so I decided to go ahead and get one to make sure that I wouldn’t be caught without one.

from a nice mama in Sweden.  This hat is so soft and luxurious, I absolutely love it.  But I seem to have a little time on my hand, so I might cast one on a size bigger, so that will be ready when autumn comes.

There is something in knitting while being pregnant that makes you feel just so good, but then again, for me, knitting always does 🙂

Next on the needles, something for Pea.  He has been wanting a mama made pullover forever, and he does need one for when school will start again.  Time to get working on this…well, when the heat comes down a little…

Pea and Peanut felt like they wanted to do something for baby.  They have been seeing me working on many thing for her/him, and so they thought that they too should be involved in this process of creating something for our new arrival

So here it is, their first experience of felting balls.

they were both proud of themselves, and I know they cannot wait to give this present to their new sibling.

They still have a little while to go…thank  God 🙂