On The Crafting Table: I have always wanted to learn how to crochet or knit. I tried it when I was younger (about 3rd grade), but I couldn't keep my stitches loose enough. I haven't tried again. Do you remember finger-knitting? You wrap yarn around your fingers, making two layers, then taking the bottom layer and pulling it off your finger, over the top layer? www.youtube.com/watch?v=t3LKAlDz9ig I used to do this all the time as a kid! Loved it ! No tools required. I've been playing around with it - the scarf created isn't very wide, so I made 4 of them and am now connecting them together.
Also, I found this great knitting set called a Knifty Knitter. It is a set of 4 plastic circles with pegs which you use to create scarves, hats, etc - essentially the same concept as finger-knitting, but you can make much larger items. It is SO easy! I made a baby hat last night in about an hour (including time to figure out what the heck I was doing!)
This was my first attempt, so it wasn't all that great, but hey, it worked! I'm really excited to try something different - maybe a scarf for myself, or a larger hat to fit my baby girl - or maybe even myself!
Designs by Deborah (downtown Brady) sells these kits, as well as the hugest selection of fun yarns. I spent quite a bit of time there today - I love that place! They also sell quilting fabric, which I use to make Baby Girl outfits. I can hardly wait until summer so I can make her more fun outfits!
I will be using the Knifty Knitter at our next Melvin Extension Educators meeting (Melvin Ladies Group), of which I am President. I'm interested to see what the ladies can create!
On The Stove: Leftover chicken and dumplings from Christmas (no, I froze them!) Perfect for such a cold, blustery day!
In The Nursery: Baby Girl is crawling - well sort of anyway. She can get anywhere she wants - including behind the recliner - which is where she is right now, as I type this, sitting in the same recliner. It's amazing how, of all her fun toys, she wants to pull on the lamp wire and plug. I did finally get a baby gate for her nursery door - no more finding her in the hallway... Now I just have to learn to keep everything off the floor and out of her reach!
Last night when I was giving her a bath, she grabbed the side of the tub and pulled herself to a standing position! I was so proud! The tub has built-in bumps on the bottom to keep from slipping, but Baby Girl's balance isn't so great - and she stood for about 3 seconds before she started to fall over. I grabbed her of course. But that, my friends, is why you should NEVER leave a baby in a bathtub alone!