Friday, April 27, 2012

Sheepish Grins Creamy Lanolin Spray Video Tutorial!!

So here it is!!  I'm officially on YouTube - or LittleBrownOwlTube as our channel is called ;)  While I know how easy it is to use the Sheepish Grins Creamy Lanolin Spray, I realised that just saying, "Massage it in" might sound really too easy and you might not believe me!   So I braved the camera and I'm here to show you it is that easy.

I used to use solid lanolin (with no yummy scent), but this needs to be melted in hot water and the woollies soaked in it and I often found than I got inconsistent coverage and even sometimes blobby bits of lanolin on the wool!  Once I discovered this spray lanolin way back about 6 years ago (when owlet #1 was still a wee bub) I never went back! 

Enjoy watching, and I hope this shows you just how quick and easy it is to use:

Lori xo

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Happy 2nd Birthday Little Brown Owl!!

Wow!  My baby is 2 years old today!!  About this time (well, perhaps a little earlier in the evening) back on 26th April 2010 a facebook page was launched for the first time - Little Brown Owl.  We had a different logo back then, but after a couple of months of not being happy with the little owl I had before (I don't think I even dare show its face again!) I was so happy to meet the gorgeous little owlet you see knitting away up there in the branches!  (Thanks again Amanda from Amanda Riley Invitations for bringing to life the idea in my head and creating a character that bizarrely appeared to be an owl-version of my youngest human child!)

My first custom knitting was for some friends ordering knitted washcloths for gifts (thanks Michelle & Kerryn!!).  This continued with two years of frenetic (yet joyful) knitting to create handmade joy in the form of vests, dresses, skirts, cardigans, beanies and cloth nappy woollies, and the frustration of never seeming to have the time to sew - with the irony that sewing is so much less time-consuming so glaringly obvious

It's been a crazy-busy 2 years, and I'd like to thank you all for your support and hope to continue spreading the woolly love for many more years :D

Stay tuned - our facebook page is about to hit 1000 likers (perfect timing!) - and I have an awesome Giveaway currently being planned to thank you!!   The boyish option (yes - there will be two options!) is currently on the needles and a sneak preview will hit your screens tomorrow.  Meanwhile, here's another sneak peek of the girly option.  :P

Lori xo

Friday, April 20, 2012

Yarn Tragics Anonymous

Have you noticed that little widget over there to the right?  That little box that boldly boasts, "I've knit XX meters this year"?  Okay, so for my non-US readers, please just ignore the fact that it spells "metre" in US English (I try to ignore that myself - I can't seem to change it).

My yarn stash - everything sorted nicely!  :)
So, what does this mean?  It means that so far this year I'm averaging about 1km of yarn knitting per month!  This sounds like a lot, right? (Well, I know of others who can knit 1km in 3 days!)  So I'll knit about 12km by the end of the year, right?  So, that means I'll have no yarn left and have to buy more, right?  Um, no.  So, so far from the truth! :P

Ravelry is the most awesome online knitting/crochet website (but it is so much more than just a website - it's like a virtual city built of yarn and needles and crazy people like me who sniff wool!), and it has a scary tool that allows you to see how much yarn you have stashed.  I just used this tool.  Why oh why did I do that?! 

However, it wasn't quite as bad as I expected!  As long as I'm going to be alive and able to knit at this same rate or even faster for another 5 years, I will be able to use up all that yarn!!  Oh, and in that 5 years I have to buy no more yarn...  Anyway, this means my fears can now be allayed that I may have been suffering the terrible syndrome known as SABLE: Stash Acquisition Beyond Life Expectancy. 

I can hear your brain now ticking over, calculators coming out, etc as you work out how much yarn I actually do have! lol   First one to figure it out and post it in a comment wins a hug!! :D  

Who's brave enough to add their own stash measurement?

Lori xo

Thursday, April 5, 2012

'A' is for....April...and Alphabet!

I know you wouldn't think it from these two photos, but my two girls are so dissimilar!  I know our family is not alone in this respect - pretty much every parent I speak to says the same thing.  So, it should have come as no surprise to me that along with different personalities, interests, sleep habits and medication reactions, we'd also see different learning styles.  

Our firstborn asks a million questions - this started a few days after she turned 1yo with, "What's that?".  Now at 6yo she tells me how she wants to know everything about everything (in recent years I've resigned myself to the fact that I'll never know everything about everything)!!  She asks, practices, gets frustrated, practices some more and then she gets it.  Pretty simple, really - a joy to teach as you know what she knows and what she wants to know; and it's pretty clear she's ready to learn.  She also has a "leader" personality - so she's also constantly "teaching" her little sister how to do things (no, I didn't just call her bossy...).

Teaching her sister how to write
The second owlet in the nest is a surprise package.  She's sneaky.  So very sneaky.  She'll watch, observe (this may be considered stalking...?), assimilating all that she sees, then.....BAM!  Just when you least expect it she'll write some letters, complete a tricky puzzle, unlock the front door, or cut out a picture she's drawn with the precision of a laser cutter.  She's sneaky!  I do think she knows a whole lot more than she's letting on!!  Not that she plays dumb, but I think she's just more relaxed about it all and realises she has a lifetime to learn things and doesn't have to know it all right NOW!

Problem is, that while I'm constantly busy teaching #1 everything about everything because she's asking about everything, #2 doesn't we kind of forget to teach her things!!  Oops!  Good thing she's on the ball!!  It really makes me feel quite remiss as a parent, although I know underneath it all she's doing that sneaky, sneaky thing and she'll just keep surprising us.  However, in an effort to at least feel like I'm doing something useful, my plan is this month to sew an alphabet with her.  I got this great idea from the Chez Beeper Bebe blog and found Holly's tutorial here.  Don't they look like fun!!

Photo credit: Holly Keller.
It's such a multi-faceted project - I teach my children how to sew, I get to use up my fabric scraps (well, some of them), my youngest child gets to learn about letters and I get to feel like a worthy parent again.  I'll show our progress along the way and hopefully get her spelling out something other than 'poo', 'bum' or 'pop' at the end of it all. 

Lori xo