Been a busy bee!
FINALLY finished this for Dan. Not my best work.
Made another one of these. This one is for Abby. About five minutes after I finished it someone got blueberry on it. I’m afraid to wash it.
This is the one I finished for Brighton:
And here is the prayer shawl, all finished and HUGE. Misread the pattern. Oops.
After the prayer shawl that seemed to take forever, it’s been nice working on something that comes together so much more quickly. This is an Easter gift for my 5 month old niece. Now that the girls have seen it, however, they each want one, too. Luckily they go quick.
Okay, so I suck at keeping blogs updated. Sorry. Though I’ve slacked on my entries, I haven’t slacked on my crocheting–I will likely finish the body of the shawl tonight and start the edging, meaning I will almost certainly reach my goal of completing this project by the end of the month.
A closeup so you can see the weave and color a little better:
I don’t know what happened to my brain after I started working on this project, but I have made SO many mistakes. Thank heavens for such an open-weave pattern–unless one was really looking for them I don’t think they’ll be obvious. I still feel badly, though, that the quality isn’t better. Oh well. Live and learn.
Life here in the Novelmama home has been pretty sucky as of late. Since the middle of week 3 we’ve been sick. Yes, basically an entire month has been spent with either horrific headaches, pink eye, laryngitis, congestion, a sore throat…the list goes on. Needless to say, not a lot of crafting has been going on here. Just tonight I finally got back into it, working some more on the friendship bracelet for the hubs. I made it too large, so I’m pulling out over an inch of stitches–the second time I’ve done something like this. Oh well, live and learn. I have the jump rings and clasp ready to go, and one of them already attached. Another night in front of mindless TV should be enough for me to get it done.
In other creative news, I’ve got my novel back to do edits on, and those are due back the 28th. I’d post a pic of the cover but I don’t have one yet.
So the shawl has been set aside for now so I can make, of all things, a friendship bracelet. Remember those, back in the 80′s? Hubby wants one as a memory-jogging device, so I’m obliging, although it turns out my 20+ year hiatus hasn’t improved my skills any. I actually ended up going online to try to find some help because the dumb thing keeps pulling to the right. Turns out my knots are too tight. I frogged three stripes’ worth of rows (think about that–three stripes’ worth of those tiny little knots. Had to use a straight pin to pick them out!) and loosened how I knot and you can already see a difference!
Worked on two different projects this week:
First, I started this prayer shawl for a friend. Haven’t gotten real far, as you can see, but it’s a start.
I was going to post a picture of the galleys but that’s not particularly interesting. The cover is much prettier. Anyway, I finished those last night at 10:30 and mailed ‘em off this morning. Yeehaw! Back to crocheting!
Almost done with my second glove:
I was working on it this morning with the intent of finishing it today so I can move on to my ever-growing list of projects, but somehow when I moved it from Dan’s office to the living room the hook disappeared. I’ve looked everywhere. This is the third time this has happened since I started crocheting–I always end up finding them, but it’s typically MONTHS later. I don’t want to go buy *another* hook. It’s got to be around here somewhere! Grrrr….
PJ started dance class on Thursday, so I had to make her a dance bag so she could be cool like her sister:
I’d forgotten I had those fabrics, and when AJ saw them she got jealous. I wouldn’t be surprised if I was asked to make another bag soon…
Alright. Off to find this stupid crochet hook.
ETA: Went out to the living room and Dan said, “So I hear you lost your hook! Where did you last see it?” I pointed to the couch, he literally just LOOKED at the crack between the cushions (which are not removable) and lo and behold, there was the hook. In the place where I looked TWICE. And yes, this has happened before. “This couch is like the wardrobe of Narnia,” he said. “Only I can go through!”
At the encouragement of some of my GentleChristianMothers.com friends, I’m joining in this year’s Project 52. (Honestly I don’t know if this is an official thing or just something some people have made up. Either way, it sounds cool to me.) It’s a challenge meant to keep us crafting all year–as though I need any more motivation. Each week we’ll post a picture of the crafting we did that past week. It’s also a great way to see the progression of projects throughout the year.
So here’s my first post. I’m working on a pair of fingerless gloves that I can wear while typing. This is my fifth crochet project, and as always I’ve learned something that was just one small step up from where I was skill-wise: back post double crochet (bpdc) and foundationless single crochet (fsc). Here is the first glove:
What’s funny is that I finished this two days ago–and today I received a birthday gift in the mail from a dear friend: USB-powered warming fingerless gloves. (I complain a lot on FB about my frigid office. my need of this type of item is well-known and well-documented.)
It’s far from perfect–it’s way longer than I expected and I ended up with this weird hole by the thumb. But overall it’s not bad, and I kind of like that they’re long enough to go up under my sleeve; I hate it when there’s a gap between the end of a sleeve and the bottom of a glove. I haven’t tried typing with it yet; I want to wait until I have the full set before I give them a whirl. But this first one only took a few days to do, so hopefully I’ll have them done by next week.
We’re not the most careful of people, and sadly our DVD collection has born more than its share of rough handling. When the girls’ favorite DVD developed some skips and wouldn’t even play anymore in our car’s DVD player, we decided it was time to find a solution. Staples only carried one such product, and it wasn’t the one we’d seen in other places, so we were a little dubious. But we decided to give it a shot and see what happened.
The product has a handle and a buffer that you assemble once out of the box. The disc attaches to the buffer. Then you affix the bottle of spray to the handle, give a squirt, and turn the crank to make the disc rotate. It only requires two rotations, and then you’re done. Super quick, super easy, no mess, no fuss.
The disc still looks a little scratched, but when we put it in the player there were no issues whatsoever. Product win!
We got our Skip Dr. Classic at Staples for under $20. The system is supposedly good for 50 DVDs, but you can buy replacements for the part that wears out while buffing, and you can buy more spray as well. Definitely worth it, and far better than shelling out the cash for a new copy of your well-worn DVD or CD collection.
This post is written for inclusion in the Carnival of Gentle Discipline hosted by Paige @ Baby Dust Diaries. All week, April 26-30, we will be featuring essays about non-punitive discipline. See the bottom of this post for more information.
Regardless of their religious views, there are few who would disagree with Jesus’ words recorded in the Bible in Matthew 7:12–”So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you” (New International Version)–a.k.a. the Golden Rule. And yet it is astounding to me how many people–and, ironically, especially Christians–do not think this wisdom should not be applied to children. Consider the following scenarios:
Please join us all week, April 26-30, as we explore alternatives to punitive discipline. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month in the USA and April 30th is Spank Out Day USA. In honor of this we have collected a wonderful array of articles and essays about the negative effects of punitive discipline methods, like spanking, and a myriad of effective alternatives.
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Links will become available on the specified day of the Carnival.
Day 1 – What Is Gentle Discipline
- Gentle Discipline 101 at The Parent Vortex
- The Power of Praise (hint: it’s not what you think) at Mighty Marce
- Golden Rule Parenting at Novel Mama
Day 2 – False Expectations, Positive Intentions, and Choosing Joy (coming Tuesday, April 27)
- Choosing Joy at Raising My Boychick
- Making It Fun – The Power of Play at Schmoopy Baby
- Assuming the Best Intentions at Hobo Mama
Day 3 – Choosing Not To Spank (coming Wednesday, April 28)
- 50′s Childhood – Guest Poster, Connie at Baby Dust Diaries
- I Have The Urge To Spank But I Choose Not To at Breastfeeding Moms Unite
- Mistakes at Breastfeeding Momma
- Undermining General Beliefs about Corporal Punishment at Authentic Parenting
- Choosing Gentle Discipline at Hybrid Life
Day 4 – Creating a “Yes” Environment (coming Thursday, April 29)
- A Tiny Word With a Powerful Impact at Little Green Blog
- Parenting a Toddler With Loving Guidance at Little Snowflakes
Day 5 – Terrific Toddlers; Tantrums and All (coming Friday, April 30)
- A Positive View on Tantrums at Edenwild
- The Terrible Two (and Two Parenting Strategies to Replace Them) a guest post by Code Name: Mama on Good Goog
- Gentle Parenting During Toddler Tantrums at Typical Ramblings, Atypical Nonsense
- Gentle Parenting Ideas from a Toddler’s Perspective at Code Name: Mama