Wednesday, January 14, 2015

life lately {according to Milo}

My baby is two today! Usually on their birthdays, I get all nostalgic and look back at their baby photos remember all the adorable moments from their life so far. But today, I just can't bring myself to do it. I seriously do not want this kid to grow up any more! So, there's no need to look back at his baby pictures just yet because I'm pretending that he's still my baby.

Instead, we'll just go through some of the things he's doing lately and loving lately.

Here's life lately according to Milo...

playing... with anything helicopter or airplane related

riding... on his Scuttlebug (which he's almost too big for!)

reading...Giraffes Can't Dance , a favorite from our Christmas present book haul.

learning... to go potty...crazy kid pretty much taught himself and we've been diaper free for at least a week now (my thoughts on potty training).

speaking... in full sentences all. the. time. His favorite phrase at the moment is, "What's that noise!?"

terrified... of the humidifier, which is #1 cause for his favorite phrase ^ it's a frog. how scary is that?

loving... sharing a room with his brothers now and talking to them even after they are fast asleep.

giving... hugs and snuggles and sitting in my lap as often as possible. Thank you baby.

Happy birthday to my goofy, loving, playful, energetic Milo!

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Wednesday, January 7, 2015

saw it, loved it, made it {long and chunky knit scarf pattern}

When it's absolutely freezing outside, there's nothing I like better than a giant, chunky, warm scarf! Wouldn't you agree?

Cozy cowl scarves are always abundant, but this year I keep seeing extra long and chunky scarves. I pinned some of my favorite images of these extra long knit and crochet scarves on my Style board on Pinterest. I love how stylish they look while also being ridiculously warm since you can wrap them around your neck as many times as you want!

So, I saw something I liked and then I went out and made one for myself. 

Here's how I made it:

- size 11 knitting needles (size 15 would've been better, but 11 is what I had on hand!)
- Lion Brand Hometown USA yarn in Santa Fe Tweed (5 skeins, at least)

Cast on 30 sts (or any multiple of 2)

Row 1: K1, P1
Row 2: P1, K1

Continue in this pattern until you have reached your desired length! When my scarf hangs around my neck, the ends dangle just above my knees. This is a great length for me because it gives me a lot of room to wrap it around my neck. The fun part about this is that you can design it however you want!

A couple notes about seed stitch:

- As you work (aside from row 1), you should be knitting the purl stitches and purling the knit stitches.

- When working in seed stitch, you will always (k1,p1) the odd rows and (p1,k1) the even rows.

- Here is a great tutorial: How to knit the seed stitch by Studio Knit

Once your done try adding on a fun addition like pockets or fringe!

(Thanks to my friend Courtney, who writes really thoughtful poetry, for obliging me and taking these pictures!)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014...our year in review

I was reading through my new year's resolutions post from last year and it kind of shocked me. I had totally forgotten what I wrote and it pretty much summed up my exact feelings about this year. I felt like the year had been kind of crummy and I felt tired and grumpy. Nothing has changed. I didn't do so well at accomplishing my goals for the year and I'm still feeling like things just didn't go as planned.

Luckily, I started going through each of my blog posts from this past year to do a little recap and there were so many fun, wonderful, amazing things that had slipped my mind. The year wasn't such a huge bust after all.

There are still a lot of things that I need to change about myself, things our family could be better at, and things that I really want for our family that just aren't happening right now, but looking through these words, photos, and videos from the year make me smile so much. The boys said and did so many hilarious things. I accomplished so much with my knitting, crochet, and my Etsy shop. And I made some amazing new friends that probably don't even realize how much they have helped me and how much they mean to me.

I don't know what it's going to take to give myself the kick in the pants that I need, but as long as there are memories like these along the way, I think I'll be okay.

Here are some of my favorite posts from 2014:

January: It snowed a ton and Milo turned one!

February: We made a fun video of Milo walking around and I crocheted two fun new patterns (wrap sweater and lacy bell capelet).

March: Ande learned to ride a two wheeler bike and I wrote about finding creative inspiration.

April: Our perfectly imperfect family photo shoot, Ande turned five, and I wrote about my nursing story.

May: We ventured to Florida for a family reunion (part 1, part 2), I wrote about my favorite cloth diapers, and a small miracle that happened in the car one day.

June: I wrote about motherhood and magical summer afternoons, and I created the Dahlia Doily crochet pattern.

July: Owen said some funny things and I wrote about potty training him. I made a fun cloud and raindrops mobile for Milo.

August: We went to the beach (part 1, part 2, part 3), I wrote about the trouble with toddlers, and made a pretty doily garland.

September: We went to the zoo with some very best friends, and I knitted a turban headband pattern.

October: Our Halloween costumes, and a brand new necklace for my shop!

November: I wrote about our love story and feeling grateful in motherhood.

December: I made a pretty Christmas Wreath, and wrote about our family's Christmas.

Monday, December 29, 2014

a very Haynie Christmas

Christmas came and went this year before I could even blink. We traveled a bit and when we came home, I was so focused on all the errands I had to run and the people I needed to buy for that by Christmas day, I was totally wiped out. I was so busy and time flew by so fast that I didn't get that chance to sit back and enjoy like I really wanted to. I've been kinda bummed because that's not what I want our Christmas to be about. We tried our best to keep things focused on the birth of Christ and the spirit of "giving" rather than receiving, but with all the hustle and bustle it can be hard, you know? The boys were so happy though. I think they really did feel the magic that Christmas brings and that's what's really important! We were also able to spend some much needed time with family both near and far.

So amid the chaos that I was feeling, I think we were still able to feel joy, gratitude, and love this Christmas.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

crochet love {rustic crochet Christmas wreath}

I may have gone a little overboard with the Christmas tree trimmings this year. 

I made a garland for our mantel, put some in a vase, and then added them to this wreath for a little pizzaz.

The pine branches smell delicious, so how could I not put them everywhere!? With this wreath on our front door, we now get a big whiff of Christmas every time we walk up to the door, and I love that.

To make this rustic Christmas wreath, I made one sorta like the wreath that I made in this post. The only thing I did different was to work a row of shells around the outer edge rather than the (dc, ch 4, dc) that I did in that post. I used a Size K crochet hook and the Lion's Pride Woolspun yarn in Mahogany. Man, this yarn is squishy, soft, and luxurious! I loved working with it.

For the pine branches, I clipped them to the size that I wanted and started sliding them into the yarn on the back side of the wreath. I didn't use wire or string or anything else to attach them. I simply tucked them underneath the strands of yarn that wrap around the Styrofoam wreath form. I didn't hot glue them down so that I can take them out as they brown and dry up. That way it will be easy to recycle the wreath to use again later!

I love the handmade craftiness mixed with a little bit of nature. Don't you? It's unique, and inexpensive, and special. 

How will you use your Christmas tree trimmings this year?