Yarn Along | Just Some Grapes


Another week has gone by without my finding time to head into my LYS to pick up the yarn for Silas' Halloween costume. The shop is literally just down the street from me, so my excuses are wearing thin. Needing something to keep my hands busy, I decided to cast on some grapes using some wool in my stash (left over from one of Silas' soakers). Yes, grapes. Because, why not.

I just started Clean Energy Nation. I haven't read anything this heady in awhile. We'll see if this mommy-brain can handle it.

We've decided (or, I decided, rather, and Steve is along for the ride) to cancel our diaper service, invest in a stash of diapers, and wash them ourselves. On Thursday, I'm on my own. I have to admit that I'm nervous. I get all in my head about such things and even though the stakes are pretty low here (I could really just tie a dishtowel around his bottom and call it a day), I'm all worried that I'll screw it up somehow. But, as my good friend reassured me, in these next few days I'll "think" about it and by next week it will be old habit. I am excited about all the possibilities that are now open to me. Favorite diapering systems, anyone? GroVia? FuzziBunz? Flip? BumGenius?

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20 comments:

  1. I have a feeling that you will be at the LYS by next week :) Looking forward to seeing your grapes!

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  2. We did BumGenius. It really isn't to bad. You'll just have another load in your daily routine. Good luck!

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  3. I always heard such great things about Fuzzibunz, but when I had to invest in diapers we were only able to invest in some second hand ones. I bought what other moms in my mom's group were getting rid of (I can't really give an accurate opinion on which were the BEST... because most of them are so worn the elastic is going and they're no longer all that leak free)... When my son started getting picky about what went on his behind he refused the Fuzzibunz (he'd kick and scream bloody murder and then remove his pants and diaper the moment I wasn't keeping both eyes on him) and would only wear the wonderworks. I think he liked the soft inside. To be honest it was nice to not have to worry about stuffing the diapers in preparation for the next change. Diapers with velcro are easier to put on when they go through the super squirmer phase (and easier for baby to remove, even when you don't want them to), but they're annoying and stick to things if you don't fold them over and put pulls in things like wipes in the same load. Velcro also loses it's sticky-ness, but in my opinion is easier to replace than a snap if you lose break a snap. Hope this helps a little!

    Good luck!

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  4. When I was pregnant, I wanted to cloth diaper (not so usual here). A lot of people tried to talk me out of it, with succes. But now, after one year, I'm making the shift anyway. We're just still doubting about washing ourselves (which is: me) or getting a diaper service. So please tell about your experiences with the washing..
    We would go for this huge towels you have to 'origami' yourself. We have some at home to practice, and it's not difficult (but very cheap). Also, I'm busy knitting a first soaker..

    Good luch!

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  5. Do you mean actual grapes? That will be interesting to see.

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  6. Courtney, when my children were babies [my oldest is almost 28] I used cloth diapers. They didn't have a name, just cloth. I would wash them every other day and sit at night folding them. There were not and still aren't any diaper services where I live. Please be kind to yourself and know that you can do this. Really! xx

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  7. I agree...diapering systems are overwhelming. So many, many choices. After all my agonizing over just diaper covers (we used a service until 18 months - bless the souls who did the washing for us!!), I can imagine how you're feeling. I don't even remember what we used now...there were snaps instead of velcro (I didn't like the velcro ones). Happy diaper review reading and good luck tomorrow...Tracey is so right.

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  8. I will be praying for you..it is always hard not knowing what is best until you try something first....

    ~~Renee

    A Knitters Notebook

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  9. HI first time reader and commenter here, but also cloth diaperer of 2 at the same time. My 2cents... you have the option to use the same stuff as the diaper service that you have been using. So if its working well you might choose to stick with it. If you want to branch out & dont have friends that you can borrow from to try new styles... and I HIGHLY suggest going to Jillians drawers or Kellys closet (2 prominent online retailers) and ordering a Trail kit. There is no real way to know what you (or your hubby or kiddo or washing machine) will like or enjoy or tolerate LOL without just trying it out. This gives you the options to try more and then you arent stuck with diapers that dont work that you "make work" or stare at with aggravation over the $ lost when you go to change a diaper.

    Good Luck (and please ignore spelling typos - I am nursing and blog surfing)

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  10. Cloth diapers yay--one of my favorite subjects(: Really, it is not too hard to wash them yourself--you can do it! We use plain prefold diapers and Bummis covers. After changing the diaper, we spray off any solids, (you can buy a spray attachment that connects to the toilet which is helpful but not necessary) toss diapers in an old kitty litter bucket, secure the lid, and wash them in hot water with Charlie's Soap every other day. Hanging them in the sun helps with any stains. Good luck, and give yourself a little while to adjust--soon it will be just another part of your routine.

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  11. We did Fuzzy buns and it got kind of expensive in that you had to buy all the different sizes and inserts. We had a lot of leaking especially with our girl. I've seen improved cloth diapers since we purchased ours (6 years ago) where they are adjustable in size. It was overwhelming at first trying to figure it all out, and also expensive but I used them for both of our kids and we saved a lot of money in the long run. The washing just became part of our routine.

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  12. no diaper recommendations, we are disposable users here. The yarn looks yummy!

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  13. like tracy, I used cloth on my five, although the first year was diaper service, a gift from the inlaws. After that I was on my own too, with 2 in diapers at the same time. I guess I didn't really think about it, which was probably a good thing! I did love the sight of freshly washed diapers hanging on the line though!

    I hope you get to your yarn store soon!

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  14. Looking forward to seeing the grapes!

    You'll do fine without the diapering service. Lots of luck!

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  15. of course. knit grapes! cause truly, WHY NOT? ;) i have no advice on the cloth diapers. it was the one area in my mothering journey i didn't want to battle extra work, thinking when i was away from home, extra washing etc. of all the non-green things to do, this was the one i couldn't bring myself to do. i tried for one week and my son got diaper rash so bad he was screaming. i heard that is rare, i got my diapers used, but i didn't want to deal after that! good luck, i am sure whatever you choose will be fine!

    :)
    jen

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  16. I think my friend, Jenn, used BumGenius with her daughter, Samantha.

    And if I can knit a huge hat for my KitchenAid Stand Mixer, why not grapes? :-)

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  17. I agree--of course knit grapes!! I knit lemons on our last vacation. Lemons and strawberries and peaches. It was so much fun!

    I have tried so many different diapering systems and finally settled on plain old cloth prefolds with a cover and I never went back.

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  18. I believe you are going to be just fine. Don't be so hard on yourself :) And grapes??? Can't wait to see that!

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  19. I used a mix of fuzzi bunz and wraps (thirsties mainly) with prefolds with finn and they all worked well, but for Phoebe and her chubby legs, the fuzzi bunz leaked all over, and I ended up selling our fuzzis and switching over entirely to wraps with prefolds. My advice would be to try and few systems out before jumping headfirst and investing in one that may not be your fav....

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  20. There are so many options with cloth now. When we started I just had cloth but I've tried AppleCheeks, Fuzzibunz, Bum Genius, TotsBots and Kushies. I like our BumGenius the best for the solid food crowd. Mira wears the AppleCheeks and TotsBots without a problem.
    Sun bleaching is the best tip I have for keeping them fresh and unstained.
    Good luck!

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