just simple longies for wintery weather

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IMG_1487 IMG_1490Busy, busy, busy is our norm.  None of us really is any good at just sitting by.  If there is time we will find a project to fill it.  It is just the way we are really.  Even the little ones but this winter is doing strange things to my children.   I think having to be inside is making them stir crazy.  Yesterday I found them cleaning out the refrigerator for fun or mopping with “I don’t know why” for an answer as to why they chose that activity.  We are used to be outside everyday you see and  they don’t know where to put their energies.

Late afternoon I figured that we would just go out for a break from the room decorating and quilt making yesterday but then I started getting emails and messages on Facebook from friends and people who know we are here.  Winter weather advisorys and before I knew it, we were heading into our first severe winter storm with snow, rain and ice heading our way.  We got out flashlights and brought in enough wood to heat should we lose power.  All that was left to do was something to do for all of us.

For the kids we pulled out all the paper, markers, board games, you have it and for me, well I remembered those poor longies which have been waiting for far too long and so we sat, looking out of windows as winter flew by in flurries and sheets of snow, pellets of ice and rain.

They played and I knit, needing to give my hands a break from the pressing action of the rotary cutter.  I think in short order, Matthew may be wearing these longies.  They are perfect for these cold days and the hand dyed yarn makes me think of that warm spring day when the girls and I hand dyed the wool.  These longies have no pattern, I just casted on enough stitches to make a ribbed waist and then worked the body until the it as long as one of his diaper covers.  I divided the stitches evenly for the legs and once the legs are done, I will add a cuff in the same yarn as the waist.  All that there will be to do for the crotch will be to sew 4 little stitches.  No kitchener or anything fancy like that just a simple pair of longies for my little one.

Besides quilting and knitting, all this winter has me dreaming and planning for spring.  There will be so much to do but for now I plan.  I am reading Paradise Lot which as I have mentioned here before I think, is wonderful.  He and his farming partner are raising their two families, in a duplex the purchased when they were both single and being permaculturists have made an edible eden in the city on 1/10th of an acre.  I have my perennial books to look up plants they mention as well as my seed catalogs to add new plants to my wishlist for spring.  So exciting but also a bit sad knowing that my plants at our farm in Florida will be without me or anyone this year.

Please don’t forget to enter for the Valentines Embroidery hoop art!   Enter here. It is the perfect Valentine and made by me.  I will see you here on Friday for Real Food on a Real Budget with the line-up of all the blogging mommas who will be guest blogging here in the next few weeks and some money saving ideas.

Yarning along with Ginny, whom I hope is staying as warm as we are in the winter of winters.

17 Responses to just simple longies for wintery weather

  1. Rose February 8, 2014 at 2:11 am #

    Tricia, I found you through Ginny's blog. Those little baby pants are so adorable! Good job!

    • farmishmomma February 8, 2014 at 2:27 am #

      Thank you Rose and welcome!! I hope to see you around here again real soon 🙂

  2. tabitha February 7, 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    My husband was just encouraging me to knit some longies for the new baby due soon. He remembers them fondly from other babies. The book Paradise Lot looks fun! We live in a very urban area but have a nice yard and garden in it. A book like that sounds lie just the thing!

    • farmishmomma February 8, 2014 at 12:16 am #

      Tabitha, If you would like my no pattern no kitchener stitch longies pattern, let me know 😉

  3. valerie February 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm #

    These are so cute. My little one is about to turn 5 so unfortunately my days of little tiny knits are over (until I am a grandmother lol).
    I am starting a new feature on my own little blog, and I wanted to invite you to join in, I would really love it if you could 🙂 http://valeriebt.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/home-movi

    • farmishmomma February 7, 2014 at 4:52 pm #

      Ha! Valerie, this is very timely. I am sitting here laughing after just having posted my own very first Youtube video ever. I am sitting here with baited breath hoping you all don't think it totally sucks 🙂 If I don't make any new videos, I will linkup next Friday with this one. 🙂 Thanks so much for thinking of me. I need to go knit a sweater now to get these dumb nerves to go away.

  4. Christy February 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm #

    I grew up in the far north-east of the US, near Canada. We would play for hours and hours outside, until we couldn't feel our fingers and toes. Once we came back, or when it was really too frigid to go out safely (think -40 degrees), we would get stir-crazy. Mom kept plenty of puzzles for us to work on- anywhere from 500 to 1000 pieces. (invest or create a puzzle board, where you can pick up the whole thing and put it out of the way when you need the space back.) We were over the moon when they came out with 3D puzzles! We also got into making beaded jewelry, cross-stitching, and legos. My dad also brewed his own beer, root beer, and cream soda, so we were always in the cellar helping out with that too.

    • farmishmomma February 6, 2014 at 4:47 pm #

      Christy, I love the idea on the puzzles!!!! Thank you so much. Yes, legos where everywhere here yesterday, Erica even made a stop motion animated lego movie haha. I wonder what kind of board I could come up with for the puzzles since that is the reason we dont do them more. Babies always come by and destroy the work you have done when you have to get up and do something else 😉

      • Christy February 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm #

        You could dedicate a taller table (with stools) to puzzling, or check out Pinterest- I'm sure your budding carpenter would be willing to tackle a simple project. 🙂 I saw one that was a simple sheet of lumber, with duct tape wrapped around the edge. Or you could be fancy and make one with a raised edge! 🙂 I look forward to seeing the results!!

  5. Debbie in London February 6, 2014 at 2:05 pm #

    So cute! I didn't knit when my son (now 22) was small. I'll have to wait for grandchildren to knit some of these, they are gorgeous.

  6. emumother February 5, 2014 at 9:08 pm #

    aw happy longies 🙂 I used to sell them, goodness knows how many I've knitted. My children are too big for them now 🙁

    Love the yarn you're using

  7. Christina February 5, 2014 at 6:20 pm #

    Love the longies! I keep thinking I should really knit a pair for this little one but keep being reminded of the soaker felting incident, lol

  8. wifemomknitter February 5, 2014 at 4:35 pm #

    So cute and I love the rainbow colors.

  9. Becky February 5, 2014 at 3:16 pm #

    Everytime I see a pair of these, I am always so sorry i didn't learn to knit while my children were that little.
    They are adorable!

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