Interesting Ravelry Feature

Hello, friends.

Today’s post will mainly be of interest to those of us who use Ravelry on a regular basis. If you’re not familiar with it, Ravelry is a website and database for knitters, crocheters, spinners, and weavers. You can keep track of your in-process and finished projects; yarn, fiber and needle/hook stash; and library of knitting books and patterns. You can also queue patterns to work on next (and after that and after that…); add patterns, projects, yarns, designers, etc. to your favorites; add fiber friends and see what they’re working on; and chat with other fiber crafters all over the world.

I love a good RSS feed and Ravelry has had the RSS feed icon on a few pages for a while. I recently discovered it on my friends page.

Ravelry Friends Page

When you click on the orange icon, you get a menu of options.

Ravelry Friends RSS Options

I chose to subscribe to all my friends activities. (The steps for subscribing to the feed will depend on what you use to read RSS feeds. I just copied the link to my friend activity and subscribed within my reader.) This means whenever someone in my Ravelry friends list does an activity, such as comment on or favorite a pattern or project, add a pattern to their queue, add pictures to a project or magic link something in a forum post, I get a notification in my RSS feed.

Let’s say you only wanted to get notifications when someone adds pictures to a project or adds a pattern to their queue. You would make the selections in the Activity Types dropdown. Then to get the RSS feed for that option, you would click the orange RSS button and choose friend activity (current filter).

Ravelry Friends Filter Selections

I love to keep up with what my friends are doing on Ravelry. It’s such an inspiration to see someone else’s color choices, pattern preferences, and project modifications. I always find lots of new ideas when I’m looking through my friends’ activity, but I often forget to go browse this section when I have a few moments of free time. By having it automatically download in my RSS Reader, I never miss out on what my Ravelry friends are doing. I have also been commenting on my friends’ projects more often, too. When I see something that is really grand, I make sure to let them know!

By the way, if you’re on Ravelry and we’re not friends yet, go ahead and add me!

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Robot Fever

Since we just had a last first birthday, we just had a last first birthday party. Since it is the last one, I wanted to make it good. It wasn’t a big party, just our family and close friends, but of course I had fun with it anyway.

The theme was Robots!

I must say a huge thank you to Pinterest for all  my ideas. I did this party pretty easily and cheaply, and still made it adorable. I recycled a bunch of stuff to made cardboard robots and the supplies I did buy were inexpensive. I got a lot of practice with spray paint and a hot glue gun!

One thing I splurged on, though, was a set of printables from SimoneMadeIt. I felt the price was reasonable, considering the absolutely adorable robots. I didn’t have to design it, I just had to put my text on it and print it out. She has tons of other cute ideas for party printables, too. I will be keeping her website on hand for the future.

robot parade

Robots ready for the invasion!

First, when our guests came in, there was the GreeterBot. He stood next to the front door and showed everyone the way in. He would have been holding balloons, but it was a very windy day and he was quite unstable already. I didn’t want him to fly away!

Our guests were welcomed to wear some robot antennae from the idea below. I hot glued the silver sparkly pipe cleaners to the headbands, and I folded half of them ahead of the party. I invited our guests to fold their own, and some were very creative!

Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good pictures of our guests’ antennae, but they were a hit. Lollypop sure enjoyed wearing them. And a week later, both boys are still playing with the leftovers.

We had a fun banner hanging over the table.

robot birthday banner

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Big brother even drew a robot for his little brother to hang with the decorations.

robot party big brother

Big Brother’s Robot. This is SO going into Lollypop’s baby book!

We even had robot themed food. Since it was an afternoon party, we had only light snacks:

Nuts and Bolts –¬†Homemade Chex Mix
A Robot utensil holder
Anti-Freeze – Juice Boxes
The whole spread
Cyborg Cakes – mini brownies
Microchips – Crackers
Treat Bags for all the guests, which included a kazoo, a glow stick, Robot Energy Cells (Hershey bars) and a lollypop (of course!)

These are not pictured, but we also had Mega Bytes – hummus with pita bread and naan, Robot Oil (for robot adults) – Decaf Coffee, and of course we clearly marked the disposal unit (the trashcan)

Lollypop was spoiled with gifts from all our friends and family. I mentioned to several people who asked for ideas that he had a really pitiful amount of stuffed animals (three, to be exact) compared to his brother who had tons. So among the clothes, books and other toys, he got stuffed animals galore. Mimi got him his first teddy bear, he got a three-toed sloth (Awesome!), a lion, a tiger, and three dinosaurs. Well, and this wouldn’t be a knitting blog if I didn’t tell you about my stuffed gift to him. You guessed it, a stuffed robot!

remy robot

I think I really like making stuffed toys. The pattern is Remy Robot by Rae Blackledge. I used leftover Knit Picks Brava yarn from my stash. He’s cute and was a lot of fun to make, even though I put him together completely different than the pattern specified, and his left foot/leg is on backwards. (I can fix that later.)

We all had a really good time visiting with friends and Lollypop thoroughly enjoyed all the attention.

Our first year with two kiddos is in the books, and I am looking forward to the rest.

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Mini Update

Hello, blog. I miss you and I do love you, I’ve just been very busy the last few weeks and, well, you’ve fallen to the wayside.

I’m back to my routine, now, so I’ll be back next week with an update for you, ok?

Take care and have a great week.

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One

So, around this time last year, there was a little baby born.

Baby Lollypop

He had a rough start, with feeding and allergy issues, but we’ve found workarounds for those issues and he’s thriving.

His birthday, this past Sunday, came and went without too much fanfare. We had plans to visit family and we took some brownies to celebrate with, but the real party is next week.Baby Rawr Hat

I’ve so enjoyed watching him grow up this last year, but it does come with a touch of sadness. He’s our last baby, so his life will be the last of the firsts. This is the last first birthday. He’s had the last first tooth, the last first step, and so on. There aren’t as many photos of his every milestone, like there was with Jellybean, but so it goes with second babies.

lollypop in leaves

First time discovering leaves aren’t very tasty.

He’s at a stage right now where he’s into everything, learning and exploring, and while it is absolutely exhausting, it is so much fun to watch. He can say “Uh Oh”, “Ow”, and just recently learned “No.”

He has a word for “this” and “Daisy” and he makes his barking sound when we get home and get out of the car, as he’s looking around for Daisy. When he gets done eating, he calls for her to come clean up the food on the floor, too!

He adores his big brother and they play together more and more frequently these days.

Lollypop and Jellybean

One day, we’ll have coordinating furniture that isn’t cat-clawed. Maybe in about 20 years.

He loves his mama, almost to the point of being clingy, but can’t quite resist a little adventure. He’s timid around strangers, much more so than his brother was at this age. I’m ok with that.

He’s a happy child, but not without his little moments, of course. He’s fun, funny, smart and mischievous. He’s my baby boy.

Mama and Lollypop

Working at the garden. (if you can count eating dirt as working!)

Happy birthday, Lollypop.

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