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It’s been a while. I honestly haven’t been knitting as much as usual.  When I have, it’s been on a buttoned-up version of my “Stripe the Squares, Baby!” pattern.  I’m excited to offer this for sale in the future.  My knitting skills have improved greatly over the last four years.  I can’t wait to share the new version.

Books, well, haven’t been read too much lately.  Do you count organic body care books?  Beekeeping books?  Elementary school books on space?  Oh, well then.  I guess I’ve been reading quite a bit.  I did get Little Men from the library.  I hope to start that tonight.  My babies have been so sick lately, it’s been hard to do anything leisurely.

What’s on your needles/hook?  What are you reading?  I do love a great book list.

simple pleasures

Last night we were given this quilt by someone I don’t know.  She made it just for Josie.

She heard about Josie from my mother-in-law, and she felt the need to bless her with a beautiful handmade quilt she named “Simple Pleasures”.

Bubbles, air balloons, kites, fish, tea cups, fireworks, and carousals are among the pleasures this quilt features.  Josie is thrilled to have a possession to guard, and Nick and I are touched by the sweet gesture.

I apologize about the focus.  I’m trying to figure out a camera more complicated than humans.

Over-sized recieving blanket tutorial


june 09 103With my first baby I realized how handy receiving blankets are.  The bad thing is that they are only good for small babies.  I saw someone with a handmade larger blanket, and decided to make some of my own.  These are great for any aged baby, kids, and nursing on-the-go.  They are so fast and simple too. 


1 yard of 45 inch wide flannel

thread to match

ribbon or iron-on transfers for embellishment (optional)

Step 1

Trim edges and make sure that the cuts are straight.  You will use the whole yard to make this blanket.

Step 2

Press one edge towards the wrong side of the fabric 1/2 inch.  Press same edge 1/2 again.

Step 3

Sew the pressed edge in place.  Sew as close to the top of the pressed seam as you can. 

*repeat steps 2 and 3 until all sides are finished.

Step 4

Embellish with ribbons, iron-on transfers if you want.

Your done!