2.4.16 From where I stand…

From where I stand…
I’m almost done with my hubby’s mitts. They are long over due, like most of my knitting <3 They are also a tester for some mitts for some really awesome teens!

I’m thinking about making some book buddies. Anyone local want to do a book trade with Indigo? I want it to be local to cut down on mailing/packaging costs.

I’m also thinking about preschool/pre-K curriculum and all the art I want to make this year.



Gratitude*Sunday is a wonderful way to be intentional with the blessings life brings you and the ones that you are creating. Thank you Wooly Moss Roots for sharing this tradition with us.

I’m grateful for so many things, here are a few of them:
*Our oldest (Treetrunk) returning from a month long vacation with his bio-dad and step family. I missed him deeply. Now we are trying to get back to some sort of normal before the school year starts up again.

*Good friends returning “home” after being away for almost three years, hurray! I foresee dinners and long conversations shared in the near future.

*Our amazing, thoughtful, generous community. We do so well raising up these incredible little people together.

*Our tiniest (Indigo) is sitting up, mostly on his own, rolling over and EC is going really well. He is so incredible and intelligent. He is reminding us of all that magic and wonder of childhood.


*I’m regularly meditating and sending positive energy to our middle boy (Oboster) so far away and entering the 7th grade this year. This will be the year of great changes for him.

*I’m grateful for the opportunity to consider full time homeschooling. Yes, we are here once again. As the months draw closer to high school we must think seriously about this. Thanks to Hubby we can actually make it happen if it turns out to be the right thing.

*I’m grateful for simple things like knitting needles and yarn and the skills to create something sweet and special.

We love you family and friends.

Things We Do

As per our family usual, we are doing things at our own pace. With many different needs of our three very different kiddos this way of living suites us best and allows for optimal parenting choices. Needless to say, I was not on time for Yarn Along with Small Things once again but no matter (use link to find out more about this weekly online event). I figure better late than never. This lifestyle choice has released me from a lot of my stress. Stress that goes back to my childhood. There is less family arguments and more enjoyment in our outings, as it should be.
Love to you and yours,
P.S. Enjoy the pictures below. Summer is almost gone, bring on the Autumnal joy.

"Raising Nuestros Ninos: Bringing up Latino children in a bicultural world." by Gloria B. Rodriquez, Ph.D. Whit's Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee for baby Indigo.

“Raising Nuestros Ninos: Bringing up Latino children in a bicultural world.” by Gloria B. Rodriquez, Ph.D.
Whit’s Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee for baby Indigo.

Whit’s Knits: Baby Bonnet -The Purl Bee


Bunny fur moccasin slippers from a dear friend. Vintage.

Bunny fur moccasin slippers from a dear friend. Vintage.


Yarn Along

Another Yarn Along with Small Things and more booties.

Babies, babies, babies! Everywhere there’s babies so I’m making booties like a mad woman.

I hope my peeps who are breeding beautiful little people don’t mind something snugly for babe’s feet.

One pair for a friend and another I’m hoping to trade for something special.

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Yarn Along

After the arduous journey of moving (luckily in the same town) and the seemingly never ending chore of unpacking (still in progress). I’ve settled into kind of recognizable routine. Well, at least I’m back to knitting.

Raspberry Brown bebe booties and “I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla” by Marguerite A. Wright for this weeks Yarn Along!

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“I’m Chocolate, You’re Vanilla” by Marguerite A. Wright.

I just started the first chapter of this book. It opens by looking at the preschooler: untainted by adult realities, free thinking, curious. The writer leads us through a series of questions that support her theory that the preschooler doesn’t really have a clue about race and the complexities that come along with racial identity.
Well, yes! I agree but I’ve also seen children of this age burdened by their parents hate for other races. I know that this is not an understanding of race or even racial differences in the most complex sense but rather these are families teaching hate. I can say, not in our home!
I’m excited to dive in more with this book. I’m curious about my own stereotypes and my willingness to allow my children to explore this “reality” naturally.

Ok, Raspberry Brown bebe booties! What can I say? I started making them with my most coveted yarns for a very special little person growing inside of me (23 weeks along).

Made with hand spun Alpaca and recycled silk sari yarns.

The name Raspberry Brown came about after I had finished the booties and wishing that I could drink one of my favourite microbrews, Raspberry Brown from Lost Coast Brewery. Just a sip please and maybe a gulp.

Cozy knits for little feets.

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Lily’s Dolly Poncho & Yarn Along

Well, it’s been a month since I last posted. Our family has been supremely busy with our Summer. Sometimes all the “busy” has really been cuddling up and sharing stories but none-the-less still a busy time for us.

I hope you’ve been enjoying your Summer 2012!

I have a belated Yarn Along to share this week:

Lily’s Dolly Poncho. (Mind the glue on this dolly’s face. My oldest made this doll in preschool)

I made a special ordered poncho for some dear friends and there beautiful Daughter. You can view it here on my Ravelry account. The baby doll poncho idea came about from the bits of yarn that were leftover. I also added a locally handspun llama yarn to the mix.  I couldn’t get an exact match on the striping (as I did a natural striping with Lily’s person sized poncho) but it definitely goes along well with it.

This dolly poncho worked out so well that I may be making more.

It’ll be her first birthday gift from our  family. Enjoy, beautiful Mrdalj family!

My book for Yarn Along is The Natural Pregnancy Book by Aviva Jill Romm. Nothing exciting here folks but I am really enjoying her insight and honesty and also her mysticism that comes along with pregnancy. Her book is really speaking to me, and gently. I really need this in my life right now.

Peace, love, and Babies with Baby Doll Ponchos!

Yarn Along

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This week my Mother received the hat and booties that I made for her friend expecting a baby boy (and I received my first payment via SwansNest on etsy).

One more go:
This week I feel like giving up on the baby legs for awhile. This is not like me. I usually don’t give up on projects. I usually find a way to push through and make things happen but (errr) it’s just not happening. I need some inspiration. So I’m going to go on a hike after our Treetrunk boy (brother older) lets out of school and hope to find some inspiration in nature.

And how could I not in the Pacific Northwest on the cusp of Spring?

This week I checked out some graphic novels from the public library (our second home).

I love Sara Varon! I fell in love with her work many years ago with how easily I can relate to her humor and how she gives objects and other things human like lives is so interesting to me.

Sara Varon's Bake Sale

I read her most current book Bake Sale. I love it! I don’t want to give away too much but it’s about an Aubergine and a Cupcake and their daily to-dos. The story follows their blossoming friendship. There’s some loss and a lot of learning about nurturing a friendship and treatment of others. Simple humanity.

Have a great Yarn Along everyone!


A term I thought was only referenced socially when intoxicated.
After joining ravelry.com I found out that this is the social term used when you just have to rip out the stitches of a project and (if you so choose, as I usually do) try again.

I “ripped” Sea Foam Progressions Inspired yesterday…again!
It was going so well too but then I suddenly felt like it didn’t represent my inspiration and it was turning out to be NOT my best knitting.

So I’m trying it again (again, again).

Better luck next time chap!

Peace, love and Ripped!

Yarn Along

A space to share your current yarn crafts and what you’ve been reading.

I’m currently reading Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child, The Heart of Parenting and The Seven Principle For Making Marriage Work, both are by John Gottman, Ph.D.

Work In Progress: a pair of baby leg warmers named Sea Foam Progression Inspired.
I’ve been inspired by the Northwest coastal range my entire life and fell in love with sea foam as a toddler. The leg warmers are an artists interpretation of the progression of colours from the sea to the land with the magical delight that sea foam has taken in my life.

Free Ravelry pattern here 🙂