Thursday, March 29, 2012

Baby You've Come A Long Way (or Wow! Cloth Diapering Has Changed!!)

I had been thinking a lot about cloth diapering in the last few months. I cloth diapered the oldest three, but when I was expecting Little Toddler Man I had no interest in the extra laundry or rinsing dirty diapers, so he used disposables. I started thinking about cloth diapering Baby Boy, but I felt I was a little busy to add any other household chores into my life. But, I kept thinking about it, and then the cost of diapers started going up, and Baby Boy can only use one type of diapers or he suffers terrible diaper rashes.

One day I mentioned to my Mama's group that the next baby will be cloth diapered (oh, hang on. No that wasn't an announcement. We're still waiting and hoping for that next one). Someone mentioned why wait? And then I thought about it. Why wait indeed! Baby Boy is going to be in diapers a while yet. So I made some tentative steps forward to making the switch.

Wow! Things have really changed. People were tossing around terms like AIO, AI2, PUL. Cloth diapering my oldest three meant about three dozen squares of white flannel, about a half dozen plastic pants and a couple sets of diaper pins. A diaper pail with water and vinegar to soak the diapers in between washing. Not much to think about, no choices to decide on.

Oh how diapers have changed! My friend, Melissa over at Monster Pants was super encouraging, as were my other mama friends. They educated me on what the scoop was, gave me awesome links to patterns and tutorials, explained the washing of these new style diapers.

I made two diapers. What a learning curve! The first one I made I used the Little Comet Tail's Tighty Whitey Hipsters. I made them as AIO using the monkey PUL from the Babyville Boutique line. I also used Velcro. I didn't like the fit on Baby Boy, but have since switched it to snaps and now for some reason it fits great! The second one I made was from Ottobre. I used the owls from Babyville Boutique and modified the pattern to make it an AIO as well. For whatever reason the Velcro is fine on this one.

A friend sent me a dozen and a half Bum Genius Diapers she no longer needed, so we've made the switch! I'm still putting him in disposables at night - I just can't seem to get a stay dry solution down pat yet, and he still uses them when we go on day trips to the city, but for the most part he's a cloth diapered tot now. And he likes it. If given an option he always picks cloth. Best part, so far no diaper rashes! (and rinsing isn't so bad and if I'd remember to ever use that roll of disposable liners I keep forgetting about it might be even easier!)

Monday, March 12, 2012

Time Flies

I was thinking it had been awhile since I posted last. What I didn't realize was how long that while had been. Time has a bad habit of slipping away so quickly!

I seem to recall the last time I posted, I alluded to a super, secret quilt project. So I'll start there! I have given it to the recipient so I can finally show it off! It was meant to be G's high school graduation gift. A remembrance of her Grade 12 exchange trip to France. Except life has a tendency to get away on me, I'm a queen of procrastination so she got it this winter. During her second year of university. Better late then never I suppose. I'm glad I finally finished it, and I'm glad she liked it!


Next up was a couple of Marsan Watchcaps. I'm making (BF)G, Little Toddler Man and Baby Boy identical matching ones. It's a great pattern, easy, mindless and about six thousand miles of twisted rib (or so it feels by the time you're on the third one!)

Here's LTM modeling one of them.

I also knit a quick pair of socks! Actually I think I was working on them last time I posted. They're Tiny Tulips by Cherry Flip. It's a sweet little pattern that screams spring with the little tulip design. And because they're ankle socks with an easy to remember stitch pattern they are pretty much instant gratification knitting!

"Hurry up Spring Socks"

And last but not least in knitting is my very, very favourite project!!! I've been wanting to knit these mittens forever, so when my Mama friends from my Due in October 2010 group on Ravelry sent me a very generous gift card to my LYS I decided I was going to use some of it for yarn to make my Lilac Mittens.

"Comfort Mittens"

I've had some machine time too! I've been mostly just doing small easy to finish projects!

Sewing kit and tea wallet for a swap

Mug Rug for (BF)G

New undies for LTM (from Fishsticks Designs)

My Jane With A Pop top that I started absolutely forever ago

So that's a round up of my craftiness as of late. I've so many projects I want to do but so little time to do them in! The little boys keep me busy and are full of adventure (not to mention fearless) so crafting time is very limited when they're up and by the time they're tucked into bed I often find myself knitting a few rows then dozing off in front of the TV. But as we all knows time flies, and little ones don't stay little for long. I know full well how fast a little toddler suddenly becomes an adult, all grown up and making a life of their own. It happens in a blink of an eye. It really does, so it's ok if the crafting has to wait sometimes.