Baby Wipes – Tutorial

We try to be reasonably green around here… and I like to keep the chemicals touching my baby to a minimum. We cloth diaper as much as possible and I wanted a way to use plain water to wipe the little baby bottom. Although we ended up with several baby washcloths from a variety of sources, I didn’t really like them for wiping. Most were just not squishy and absorbent enough to do the job.

I grabbed some 100% cotton WASHABLE worsted weight yarn and went to work.

This is the easiest knitting pattern. Ever. I mean, seriously, if you can’t knit a scarf but want to knit your friend a baby gift? THESE ARE PERFECT. And if you can knit decently, they’ll just go really fast.

I used size US 9 needles… I happened to grab my trusty dps, but straights work just as well.

Cast on 16… or 18, or 20. Your wipe will just be slightly larger.

Knit back and forth in garter stitch until the wipe measures 2 inches or your desired width. This is about 16 rows. No purling, just knit. See how easy?

The finished product! These wipes are also great for facial cleansers… not the same ones as the baby wipes of course… perhaps color code?

So they look pretty freshly made, but you may wonder how they hold up. The following is a picture of some wipes after heavy use and many trips through the washer (Hot water!!) and dryer (Hot air!). They actually become MORE absorbent the more they are washed… just like cotton cloth diapers.

Happy Wiping!

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Tempting Tuesdy – Green!

We’re trying a new thing today – Tuesday Temptations! I’ll find some lovely items from our Etsy friends to share with the blogosphere and we can all be tempted together. Just click on the photo to go to the item’s page.

This Tuesday’s theme will be green for gardening, St. Patrick’s Day, spring… did I mention that our daffodils are coming up? And today was partially spent tending to the blueberries… but that is for another post. On to the temptations!

1. Since we are mostly in the planning stages of gardening here in New England, how about an Eco-Friendly Garden Tools Journal from disconsolator in which to keep your musings, sketches and plans? Best of all, this journal is made from materials produced with wind power – how cool is that?

2. Farmer’s Markets are starting soon as well so you’ll need a nifty bag to carry home all that produce. The TomaTote from EarthCadets fits this bill perfectly with a great sassy tomato style. This tote is also made from recycled materials, including soda bottles!

3. Once we get around to actually planting, we’ll need labels for those tiny seedlings. These Herb Signs from sierrametaldesign are adorable, functional, and just the right amount of funky. Use them indoors, outdoors, and year after year!

4. So let’s actually plant something! How about Mammoth Long Island – a heirloom dill seed from myvictorygarden. Dill can be used in many ways – salads, veggie dishes, dips, and my favorite – with new potatoes! Use the seed heads to make delicious pickles as well!

5. Need something to put your plant in? Are you more of an indoor gardener? Then this adorable Love Bird heart shaped planter from DariellesClayArt is for you. A beautiful glaze job, drainage holes and precious details… I’m thinking this is a perfect Mother’s Day gift!

6. Last but not least, we in the Northeast will be watching the clock a little longer before we can get into the garden full time. Why not watch an amazing clock? This handmade Flower Garden Ceramic Wall Clock from lurearts is just the thing.

Feel inspired? Me too! I’ll prove it – see the colors I’ve been working with lately?
Stay tuned for a useful post about your feline friends – until then, happy St. Patty’s Day!

Greening the Post Office – Sewn Parcels!

Lovely snowy day here- greened the (nearly daily) trip to the post office in two ways.

1. Walked. I love the days I get enough time to make the 2 mile round trip on foot (or bike in the summer). Today was especially great due to the fresh snowfall.2. Sewn packages! I have to admit that this was not all my idea. I have been trying to use recycled materials in my packaging as much as possible… I hate all of the waste that usually goes with mailing.

Because I wasn’t sure if it could go in paper recycling or not, we have a huge stack of brown paper padded wrapping that was around all of our artwork during our recent move. The sheets are huge but can be cut into manageable chunks easily enough. If folded and taped this wrapping made a perfect envelope for my cozies to sail through the mail…. but the amount of tape necessary was ridiculous, expensive, and certainly not green.

Enter my AMAZINGLY brilliant mother! “Why don’t you just sew them?” she asks…. Brilliant! A few little zig zags later we really had something. Cute, tough, and ready for the post. Now all I had to do was add the item and tape the edges closed (or sew if I felt really industrious and had left enough of an edge.) Let’s recap:

1. Cut wrapping material (brown paper etc) into sizes appropriate for what is being mailed.
2. Fold sides and sew down 2 seams with a zig zag or other strong stitch
3. Add item to mail- if it is a little more fragile, like a CD in a jewel case, you can wrap it in some left over bubble wrap first.
4. Sew top or tape closed.
5. Walk to the PO and ship!

I sewed a whole bunch of packages at one time since I know the size I’ll need most – this saved some time.

I hope this was helpful – everyone is welcome to share their own green ideas!