Tuesday, May 12, 2009

In Record Time

..at least for me. Maybe there are knitters out there that routinely finish sweaters in just 6 days but this amazed me. I decided, on a whim, that I wanted to make my mom a mother's day gift and that it would be a sweater. I found the pattern on May 1st, bought the yarn and dug in for a weekend of knitting. I finished on May 7th just in time for her arrival (my parents came for graduation). She's seems to like it. I love it and want one of my own.

The yarn is hand painted which made for some variation in the color. Of course I forgot to get a picture of my mom in the sweater, but it looks really nice on her.

Also, I finished up my Hey Teach! but need some buttons and a shower before I model it. This is the first sweater I made for myself that I actually like. I must mention I've only made 2 other items for myself: both vests (both too big and bulky). I now have hope that I can make clothes for myself and others.

Its a great feeling!

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Not about Knitting at all...

I found this blog while looking for a home made deodorant recipe. It seems really awesome and I thought you (two who read my blog) would find it intriguing as well...

here it is: Passionate Homemaking...you'll like it, I promise.

And if your wondering, I want home made deodorant for a couple of reasons. I've always kind of (fleetingly) wondered about the effects of putting all those chemicals straight into your armpit could do to you body and now it seems that it can do a lot...breast cancer, Alzheimer's etc. Also, Dan has super sensitive skin and has tried many an alternative to the highly chemicalized deodorants with no luck. I bought him a natural deodorant at Whole Earth that works for stink but not for sweat. The recipe in the blog above has really good reviews so I'm excited to start.

Also interested in her simplifying the bathroom section. Think about how expensive bathroom products are...I know I can spend $12 on a bottle of shampoo which is ridiculous...She seems to have a lot of ideas for homemade everything! Shampoo, lotion, toothpaste, aftershave. All of this equals less waste, less money and NO harmful chemicals.

As you can see, I'm excited about this. Anyway, check out her blog...