Sunday, September 27, 2009

Feelin' Craf-tay!

See? I've been busy! I did these all this week. Man, it's really addictive, dying wool! I'm thinking my addictive personality + yarn + diapers + embroidered wool is going to = a trip to the poor house. ;)

But for now, all I can say is- gimme some more yarn, I've got a jonesing to dye! :)

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Embarking on.... WOOL!

I guess it's just part of the whole cloth-diapering obsession. If you post on the diapering boards, you are exposed to pictures of babies wearing wool, people talking about wool, and links to all the gorgeous wool. I'm talking about knitted wool- from beautiful, hand-dyed yarn.

I tried to avoid it for a long time, because it's an expensive addiction- even more than diapers. But I guess you can only be a martyr for so long... ;)

So instead of buying the $40-60 yarn and paying someone $60-80 to knit a pair of pants, I bought undyed yarn and am dying it myself. And I bought some needles and am teaching myself to knit.

So far, I have discovered that I am inept at working the needles, and that painting wool is not as easy as painting on paper. But hey! I may have the ugliest woolies on the block, but at least they'll be homemade and the babies wearing them will be too young to be embarrassed about wearing them! ;)

Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Stinkiest House on the Block

That's what you have when you cloth-diaper 2 babies and............. your washer poops out on you! My 3.5-year-old front load washer won't spin the water out of the clothes/diapers, so we've been dealing with having to go days without washing... And yes, my house is starting to smell like I have cows sleeping in my laundry room...

Okay, no, it's not that bad... I haven't had U-Hauls showing up at the neighbors' houses so they can move away from me. Haven't had any air freshener cans thrown at my house... I was able to trick my machine into spinning the water out, but the diapers didn't get CLEAN, and it's really gag-o-riffic in my laundry room at the moment.

So yeah- learning a valuable lesson right now: When you cloth diaper, you must, MUST, *MUST* have a workable, reliable washer!!!

I know, who woulda thunk it? ;)

Monday, September 7, 2009

Poor Weather = Stains!

I've been spoiled by my laundry line! My diapers spent the summer blowing in the breeze outside, and the sun worked wonders on the would-be stains. But the poor weather has hit the Northwest where I live... and my diapers are definitely the worse for wear! I am still hanging them to dry- on my indoor rack- but when there's no sun, there are blackberry and blueberry lovelies left behind!

Ho hum... I guess my diapers will be looking a bit ragged for 9 months out of the year. Guess I'll appreciate summer all the more now! ;)

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Pocket Pick-Me-Ups!

Seriously... these things just make me happy. I love the prints and they are just so cute!!!

Rainshine Designs made these for me... Never thought I'd love pocket diapers again, but I do! So great for customizing absorbency! Stuff them with prefolds, hemp, bamboo... I just love them....

I had mine made with athletic wicking material inside- it means no wetness against the baby's skin! Way cool... They make me happy. :)