Sunday, May 12, 2013

Happy Mothers Day!

Happy Mothers Day to all you fabulous hard working ladies out there!
please enjoy 25% off anyhting in my etsy store until tomorrow night with code mothers2013
and don't forget to enter the flats giveaway... it ends tonight

Thursday, May 9, 2013

are you taking the flats challenge? and giveaway

Are you doing the Flats Challenge this year?
if you do not know what it is check it out over at Dirty Diaper Laundry

i did the challenge 2 years ago. i have not participated since the first year since my little one has been using the potty. so this year i would love to help someone else try the challenge.

prior to taking the challenge i had never used a flat or hand washed diapers. i started cloth diapering with prefolds and pins. when i took the challenge i was using prefolds and covers, so it wasn't a huge change.. but it did take some adjusting. my first few tries at folding and putting them on were not so great...

but i got better quickly

while the challenge gave my arms quite a workout after making it through the week i had such a feeling of accomplishment and pride. i felt prepared if we ever faced a state of emergency that required us to hand wash. i did use a few prefolds which i found we needed for night time (because i tried to make flats work but they were not enough alone) and with hand washing i couldn't believe how clean they were. i also had a renewed sense of the impact that cloth diapering can have for families that cannot afford diapers, that even someone without steady access to laundry facilities.

i used 5 covers, 4 PUL and 1 wool and flats. i made a makeshift campstyle washer out of my diaper pail and a new plunger that i drilled several holes in to decrease the water resistance. i used my regular laundry soap, Purex free and clear (local for easy accessibility) and tea tree oil in the rinse

so now for the fun.  when i did the challenge i did not have any flats so i picked up a few packs of flour sack towels at our local target (i wanted to stay local to prove the accessibility of flats and to keep costs down) i thought they worked great. they are currently $3.99 for a 4 pack and you can find diaper pins st Kmart $2.50 for a pack of eight. i also picked up some gerber flats to try but only used those as back up because they did not seem to work as well. 

if you do not have any covers you can start with the cheapest option of Gerber pull on covers, w they may not be the best choice in covers they are incredibly affordable at $6 for a pack of 4. i used these when i first started cloth diapering and they did work just fine

i am giving away 2 sets of the same flour sack towels. they are no longer carrying the colored ones so i hand dyed half of each set. each set will be 8 flour sacks, not enough for a full set but enough to you started.

one set includes 2 baby blue and 2 gray and 4 white undyed and 2 diaper pins
the other includes 2 pink 2 gray and 4 white undyed and 2 diaper pins
* i will let the first winner pick and the second winner picked will get the other color

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Earth Day Giveaway!

I am dusting off the blog with an Earth Day giveaway!
I am offering up 2 prizes to celebrate:
1- wool diaper cover, pull on (your choice of size) OR One Size snapping Wool Cover from items in my etsy shop (alpaca, interlock, and longies are NOT included)
crochet cotton dish/washcloths - set of 2, from items in etsy shop

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Spring/Summer 2013 colors - round 1

i have finished the first round of dyeing
this round includes solids and some single color colorways
these are all listed in my etsy shop
and can either be purchased by the 3 oz skein or be made into a wool cover - either one size snapping or sized pull on
i hope you enjoy the results!



Friday, March 8, 2013

celebrating you!

Women today we celebrate you!
loving, beautiful, strong and amazing!
hold each other up, together there is not a thing we connot do 
 today only enjoy 25% off anything in our
GotEmCovered etsy store
use code women13
good through tomorrow 3/9 at 12 pm EST

Friday, March 1, 2013

time to DYE!

One of my favorite parts of the process.... Dyeing!
did you know that almost all of my colored wool at GotEmCovered is hand dyed exclusively by me?

i am careful to keep the process as clean and professional while creating unique and fun items for you and your family. and i use only professional acid dyes from Dharma Trading Company
And i do love this part. It combines some of my favorite things..... Art and Science (and a dash of creative madness)
I am currently working on my spring line of colors and colorways so check back soon for the results

~ emilie


Saturday, December 15, 2012

scarf pattern

worsted weight yarn, medium, like a 4

larger hook: size N and I-9 or appropriate hook needed for you yarn

you can get 1 scarf - 5" wide x 47" long from one skein of lion brand wool ease doing a starting chain 140 st and 14 rows

these are the kind of scarves i make. they are pretty simple and quick to sew up

a long chain about 120-150 depending on how long you want it in a bigger hook size. (i use a N) if you do not have a big hook, just make sure your starting chain is loose

then switch to a smaller hook (i use I-9 hook) and HDC into the 2nd chain from hook in the back loop only, continue all the way accross in each chain, ch1 turn

and repeat for 13-14 rows (or until it is as wide as you want) making sure to go into the back loop ONLY and you will get this look, if it's flat then it is probably not into the back loop only

my son is 6, his scarf is 60" which is pretty long- long enough to wrap twice, but i think a 40"-60" will be more than enough length (in my opinion)

this photo is pf my 3 yo son and how the scarf looks on him, his scarf is about 56" long