Monthly Archives: August 2012

Fun in the Midst of Parenting

Today has been a little rough but instead of getting bogged down in the tough parenting stuff I’m dealing with right now I decided to give Dieter and myself a much needed distraction.  By simply mixing one cup cornstarch and one cup water you get sidewalk paint.  Add some food coloring and you’re set up for some serious fun.  I divided the paint into a muffin pan and then added the food coloring.  For brushes we used some regular paintbrushes and also a couple “brushes” I found in the kitchen. Dieter also used sticks and leaves to paint.  This was a great way for us to practice his colors as well.  We both had a lot of fun and I even got my nails painted!  I wish I would have taken a picture of that!





A dirty kid is proof that a lot of fun was just had.

Stash Busters!

I know it’s been five weeks since I last posted. I also know that I haven’t posted not because of a lack of ideas but out of pure laziness. Sorry.

So I made two things that I really like. One was knit and the other was crocheted and I made them both to use up the huge amount of scrap yarn I have. You know, those little balls of yarn that aren’t big enough for a project in themselves but you can’t bear to part with them.

Granny square baby blanket

I used yarns that were similar in weight but this is by no means a perfect blanket. It’s a little wavy and ripply but I really love it. I did a simple scalloped edge around the border.

Scrap buster scarf


This was a total surprise. I did not expect to like this scarf as much as I do. Last summer I went to an art fair in Rochester and there were some ladies selling skeins of yarn that were made up of pieces of scrap yarn tied together. Totally easy to do myself! So that is what you see in the to picture…my ball of scrap yarn. This is the pattern for the scarf:
Cast on 250 stitches on a size 11 circular needle (mine was 29”). Work in garter stitch for 4 rows and then stockinette until desired width is reached (I think I did about 4 inches). Work in garter stitch as in beginning. Bind off.

Note: when tying the pieces of yarn together for your scrap ball you can leave tails so that they can be knit into your project. My tails weren’t long enough so, going against what you really should do, I tightened the knots and trimmed the ends.