Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Bumblebee Beanie with Earflaps and Braids for Toddler

I took a break from the doily I'm making for my mom to make this beanie I saw online.  It's the very first hat I've made that has earflaps and braids.  It's actually a very simple and fast pattern.

You can find the item for sale in my shop here.

Monday, April 21, 2014

New Item! Crochet Puff Stitch Pixie Hat

Yesterday, I took a break from crocheting my pastel ombre doily onto its macrame ring, and tried my hands at CrochetLatte's "PomPoms and Puffs" hat pattern.  I made one in 3-6 month size for our August baby.  After, I decided to use super bulky yarn with a 8.00mm hook and made one to fit my toddler (though it definitely looks like it'll work better on a girl).

I put it up in my shop if you're interested.

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Summary of Optimal Fetal Positioning Class

When I went into labor with my son, he was OP (posterior; presenting sunnyside up). In this position, his skull pressed on my spine with every contraction. I pushed for ten hours through this horrendous back labor. I won't do that again. I signed up to take this fetal positioning class so that I can avoid this happening with our second child due in August.
If I could give only one advice from what I've learned (and I feel so naive that no one told me this when I was pregnant before), is that you need to use gravity to your advantage while pregnant to make sure your baby ends up in the "right" position for birth. This position is head down (obviously), and facing toward the right. To achieve this, relax/recline only on your left side and as often as possible. The baby's heaviest part is it's head and backside, so gravity will pull his/her back toward your left and make the body face toward the right.

We went over several maneuvers that aid in opening up the pelvis to allow the baby to get in the right position if they are "stuck".

Here are just a few:

  • Breech: (1) knees on the bed, elbows on the floor. This allows the baby to come out of the pelvis so they can move if needed. This can be used for any malposition, really. (2) do underwater flips in the pool's deep end. I do not feel comfortable about this one bc it makes me think of the cord getting tangled.
  • Lunges: place foot on chair, face forward (away from chair) and do a few slow lunges opening the pelvis. This position can help if the baby's shoulder gets stuck.
  • Cat/cow (yoga) poses: on hands/knees, push back upwards, hang head, all while breathing out; then, relax the back and bring head parallel to body as you breathe in.
  • Rebozo: with a woven wrap or fabric, lie on the floor, pillow behind head, pillow under knees, wrap under your hips. Have partner take the ends, standing above you, and lift you barely off the ground (you should not be able to fit your hand under your butt). Partner lifts the wrap (alternating shoulder movements) to twist your hips slightly back and forth. This actually feels really good especially if you're experiencing back pain.
  • Pelvic floor release: lie on your side on the edge of the bed. With your lower leg straight, lean your upper leg over your body and let it hang/relax to the floor. Your partner will put counter pressure on your hip to keep it perpendicular to the floor and you keep your shoulder aligned straight without it leaning forward or back.
  • Birth ball: sit up straight, legs apart, rotate hips in a circular pattern; reverse. Try a figure 8. Doing this move actually directly on the floor has helped with my lower back pain this pregnancy.
  • Doorframe hang: with your woven wrap/fabric, tie a knot at one end, put it over the top of a door, close the door (lock it to prevent it from being opened by someone else). Put a knot at the other end at an appropriate spot that will work for your height doing this move: grab above the knot and squat while holding tightly, allowing your arms to take the weight and your pelvis relaxing.

All of these techniques can be super helpful simply to relieve pain during pregnancy; I sure felt wonderful after doing them!

These positions help give the baby just enough space to allow for extra movement to put them in the right position. This is important to me because my first baby would not turn, and though we changed position frequently, we didn't do anything to open up my pelvis; we just tried to lessen the back pain.

Obviously, you should consult your OB/midwife before trying anything new. But I wanted to write up a concise summary of what I found to be helpful.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Product Review: Miss Uni Cloth Diapers - OS Pocket

Normally, I do not buy cloth diapers to simply try because they cost too much.  However, when I first saw Miss Uni Cloth Diapers on Instagram, her prints were adorable, and her work looked incredible.  In addition, the cost wasn't in the normal WAHM range (over $20).  Her one size pocket diapers are very reasonably priced at $15/diaper (without insert).

So, for the very first time, I bought a cloth diaper that wasn't already one of my preferred favorites just to try it out.  Because she lives only about 30 minutes away from me, shipping was fast.
She has such adorable prints that I'm tempted to get more.  Here are just a few! (The pictures of the prints below are taken directly from her shop.)
The print that I chose is pictured at the top of this post with the business card that she included in the package.  I was so excited it had arrived that I had to snap a picture and send it to my husband.  Here are some close-ups of the print (two different prints; one for the front and one for the back):
The most important thing about finding the right cloth diapers is the fit.  All children are built differently and not all cloth diapers are created equal.  I'm particularly interested in cloth diapers that are trimmer around the thighs so that there are less leaks, especially at night.  Below are some pictures of the pirate diaper on my 22-month old.
The materials used for the diaper include an outer layer of cotton knit, a hidden layer of PUL, and an inner layer of stay dry wicking jersey.  I'm most impressed by the inner lining.  The wicking jersey is such high quality it reminds me of sports wear wicking material.
The pocket opening for the diaper is at the front/top of the diaper, which I'm not used to.  However, I've been told that this is actually advantageous because it makes it easier to remove the diaper without getting your fingers into the potential mess.
Because these are handmade, I'm sure it's no surprise that you can tell.  Below are some pictures where you can see how the stitching isn't quite perfect, but it's only aesthetic.  The stitching itself does the job it's intended to do.
After washing the diaper and having my son wear it a few times, I'm very satisfied with this purchase.  I would definitely recommend her diapers to anyone.  The quality of the materials used, the quality of the work, and then the price all work together fabulously.  I did not purchase the optional insert because I already have so many.  I would suggest, however, that you use a trimmer insert than the normal microfiber ones, as her diapers are very trim.  The microfiber inserts that I have do fit, but they bunch a little because of the narrow middle.

Miss Uni Cloth Diapers is on Facebook, Instagram, and her shop is located on SquareUp.  Most of her OS pockets are priced at $15/each, with some exclusive prints priced a little higher.  Adding an insert will cost you $3, and she charges only $3 for shipping for your entire order.  I believe she only ships to U.S. at the moment.

Take a moment to pop on over to her shop and see for yourself all the prints she offers.  She is very active on Instagram, so you can comment or communicate with her there if you have any additional questions.

*Disclaimer: I received no compensation or communication from Miss Uni Cloth Diapers for this review.  All opinions are entirely my own.

You can see the other cloth diaper reviews I have written by following the links below:

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Super Oval Crochet Diagram

I tried pinning this diagram on the site I found it on, but it wouldn't work, so I'm going to upload it here for the sole purpose of sharing.



Friday, April 11, 2014

Second Doily Complete!

On Reddit /r/crochet, there is an April crochet contest named "Aloha" for Spring currently happening.  When I spotted this pastel ombre crochet thread at Joann's I knew I had to use it for the contest.  I found a wonderful pattern online for a doily that I wanted to try.  I don't read spanish, but the title for the doily seems to be Tapete "Resplandor."  I started it knowing I'd use at least 1 entire skein of the ombre, but it turned into almost three entire skeins.  The contest requires all material be under 200g, and three entire skeins would put me just under the limit, so I'm pretty happy.

Here are the Instagram pictures of my progress.  Again, I'm sorry for the crappy photos.

6 rows completed.

15 rows completed.

19 rows completed.

27 rows completed.

36 rows completed.

39 rows completed.

44 rows completed.

 21-inches wide!  All 48 rows finished.

Close up of the detail and color.

22.5-inches after blocking with an iron.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Adventures into Crocheting Doilies

I recently tried my hands at crocheting a doily.  About a year ago, I got about 10 rows into one before giving up.  It's tedious work, but it really pays off if you stick with it.  This time around, I stuck with one and after only four days, completed my very first crochet doily.  My camera right now is unavailable because the SD card is damaged, so here are the instagram phone pictures (I know, lame) for you to view.

Pattern is here. Item is listed here in my Etsy shop.

 Pre-Blocked

 
 After Blocking

After Framing in Double-Paned Glass

Now on the wall!

Detail of the doily.