Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Little Things

Well, the soaker with legs/baby pants are finished. Before I show you mine though, I'm going to show you what the recipient has used in the past, and what I used as my model.

Even my sister who is using these now too admitted 'they look weird, they don't look like pants.' But they are meant to be roomy in the diaper area, and then fitted in the legs to catch leaks and apparently that's why this shape works.

Ok, I know mine looks even weirder. Tracy made the keen comparison to the knitted uterus from Knitty. Or I keep thinking it looks like a new muppet soon to be appearing next to Elmo and Grover. But, I think it is along the same logic as the original model and I happen to think it will work. I really adhered to the measurements of my sister's friends toddler who everyone says is very long and skinny. I made legs fitted enough to catch leaks, yet long enough to reach her ankles. It looks silly, but I think is will fit and wear well.

The navy blue yarn is the soaker I'm starting for my niece, she is a medium (the pink is a small). I plan to finish both and then mail them together, that way maybe they can try different sizes if they need me to make them different next time.

In non-wool-butt covering news I also finished the last 2 dishcloths from the Peaches and Creme yarn.

Ok, I have a few random little leftover end balls floating around the bottom of the stash baskets that may eventually come together as one crazy, scrappy cloth, but for now I'm pretending they're not there. Besides, something tells me I'll be placing another order for more Peaches and Creme before I know it. I love this yarn so much, and I feel like I've only touched on the knitting and gifting possibilities.

Here's a look at another project I was really into this past weekend, I made a big batch of stuffed shells with my mom.

Kind of retro right? I don't know why I think that, were these a big deal in the 70's? Or maybe they're just something my mom made a lot when I was a kid? I'm not really sure why I think this but it was just so much fun! Boiling the pasta and making the filling was super easy! And it's easy to get it in the shells too, but it's the impressive kind of thing that might look super difficult to people who have never tried it. They came out delicious, and I'm totally inspired by all the pasta filling possibilities I can explore now that I know how to do this. Shells with meat filling, spinach, seafood.... mmm. How about seafood and cheese and some kind of alfredo/cream sauce??? Yum!! And yeah, making them with my mom was really fun too. I always like cooking with my mom. It's such a great bonding time, we have fun and good food is always the outcome. I feel bad for some kids growing up today who never learn to cook or who never get to cook with their parents. Or only ever get to eat in restaurants and eat stuff that comes out of a box. I always treasure the fun times I have cooking with my mom, it's those little things that count.


Rachel said...

Your soakers look great and I think I will make a couple for JBean. They are amazing soakers and are you going to treat them with lanolin?

I do love the washcloths, they make the BEST dishcloths ever and I plan on making even more soon.

When can I come over for dinner?

Tracy said...

I can't wait to see the soakers in action, I have no dougbt they'll fit perfectly. And the shells look yummmmmy! I do love all things stuff with cheese, how ca nyou go wrong with cheese?

Jodi said...

Mmm... stuffed shells. I'm putting that on the fall to-cook list!

I want to see a modeled shot of the soakers (maybe not an "action shot" though, if you know what I mean)! They look so cute.

EK said...

The blue dishcloth looks pretty. I would order the pre-pack of Peaches n Cream, but I don't knit as fast as you! I'd have it forever. Speaking of retro food, remember how souffles used to be so big? Fondue has come back, now I'm waiting for souffles ;)

lobstah said...

Hee hee, the soakers do look funny but I bet they'll work great.
Stuffed mom used to make those all the time when I was a kid. I haven't made them in ages though.

sunneshine said...

I love the way the soakers look!I hope at some point we can see them on the wee one! And the colors are great!

KnitXcorE said...

lol. it totally looks like a uterus.... ummmmm. could you mail me some stuffed shells??? :-)