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Easy Child's Striped Summer Tank Top

Posted by Live Love Mom on July 3, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Stephanie McEndree


This is a perfect tank top for beginners to make that want to start making interesting patterns and want to start getting into more complex pieces. You must know how to knit in garter stitch, stockinette stitch, how to cast on, cast off and sew. You can use a tapestry or yarn needle to weave in ends. This tank top fits a child who wears size 5-6.




Size: Child 5-6

Materials:

  • Size 11 single-point knitting needles
  • Red Heart Comfort 100g yarn in green
  • US size 7 crochet needle
  • Scissors
  • Stitch holder or another single-point knitting needle

 



Instructions:

  1. Cast on 40 stitches. Knit in garter stitch for 12 rows.
  2. Knit in stockinette stitch for 2 rows.
  3. Knit in garter stitch for 12 rows.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece measures 13 inches, ending on garter stitch.
  5. Knit 13 stitches in garter stitch and put them on a stitch holder.
  6. Cast off 14 stitches. Knit last 13 stitches in garter stitch.
  7. Knit in garter stitch until strap measures 1 inch. Cast off. 
  8. Remove stitch holder on future strap. Cut yarn, join it to the other 13 stitches.
  9. Knit in garter stitch until the strap measures 1 inch. 
  10. Bind off, weave in ends.
  11. Repeat steps 1 to 10.
  12. Press two pieces together so the patterns are facing one another.
  13. Sew the shoulder straps together.
  14. Sew the sides, leaving 4 inches for the arm holes. 
  15. Weave in ends. Turn inside out. Your tank top is done!



This is perfect to keep your child warm while letting their arms stay cool. Perfect for light summer weather, fall and spring. You can also put it on top of a thin long-sleeved top. This piece will get better with age as it grows with your child, stretches where it needs to so it ensures the perfect fit. If you have a younger child, you can pass it off to them when they reach this size, or have them wear it as an oversized tank.

 

Reversible Striped Tank Top Knitting Pattern

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 26, 2020 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (2)

by: Stephanie McEndree


This knitting pattern can either be a size L-XL dress for a child, or a size XS-S tank top for adults. In order to do this pattern, you will need to know the garter stitch, the stockinette stitch, how to cast on, how to cast off, and how to weave in ends. You can use a tapestry or yarn needle to weave in ends, but I tend to use a crochet needle since that's what I have on hand. You can make both sides of this piece the same length so the collar is the same, or you can make one side longer to make the front or back collar more low-cut. This piece is best worn loose, so you can knit it a size up to make it nice and airy during the summer. It's also completely reversible, so you can wear a striped tank or a garter stitch tank all in one piece.


Size: Adult XS or children's L-XL

Guage: 5 stitches = 1 inch


Items needed:


Red Heart Comfort Yarn 1000g in red

Size 11 single point knitting needles

US size 7 crochet needle

Scissors

Stitch holder or another single point knitting needle


Instructions:

  1. Cast on 50 stitches. 
  2. Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows.
  3. Knit in stockinette stitch for 6 rows.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 until piece measures about 15 inches, ending on stockinette stitch.
  5. Knit in garter stitch for about 5 inches, or until piece measures 20 inches.
  6. Knit 15 stitches. Place them in a stitch holder or another knitting needle.
  7. Cast off 20 stitches. 
  8. Knit remaining 15 stitches in garter stitch.
  9. Continue knitting until strap measures 4 inches. 
  10. Cut off the yarn so it measures 5 inches. Weave it in with the crochet needle.
  11. Remove stitch holder and place it on the strap. Join yarn with the future 2nd strap.
  12. Place the knitting needle on the other 15 stitches and stitck in garter stitch for 4 inches.
  13. Knit the 15 stitches of the strap. Cast on 20 stitches.
  14. Remove the stitch holder and place your free needle through the first strap's stitches. Knit them in garter stitch.
  15. Knit in garter stitch for about 5 inches.
  16. Knit in stockinette stitch for 6 rows.
  17. Knit in garter stitch for 6 rows.
  18. Repeat steps 16 and 17 until that side of the piece measures 23 inches.
  19. Bind off. Flip inside out so the striped pattern is facing inwards.
  20. Match up the hem. Sew in the sides, leaving a 4 inch (for a child's dress) to 7 inch hole (for adult tank top) for the arms.
  21. Weave in the ends. Turn inside-out, and your piece is done.
Try on your tank top or put the dress on your child! See how they like it. It's perfect for those hot summer months, and can be worn on top of a long-sleeved cotton shirt during the spring or fall. 

How To Celebrate Your Anniversary During The Pandemic

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 19, 2020 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (5)
by: Stephanie McEndree




Here are ways to celebrate your wedding or relationship anniversary during the pandemic.

Turn up the music. Turn on the song to your first wedding dance and dance your wedding dance together. See if you can remember the steps off the top of your head, no practicing and no cheating! If you make some mistakes you can laugh about it together.

Cake time. If you saved the top of your wedding cake at the wedding, bust it out and eat it together. If not, ask the bakery to make one like your old wedding cake but in a smaller portion for two. 

Reminisce. Look through your wedding album and flip through your wedding photos. Pick out your favorite moments and memories and chat about them together. Watch your wedding video and honeymoon video if you have them, cuddle up under some blankets and hold hands. 

Break out the bubbly. Have a private toast together and drink champagne. Treat yourselves to mimosas in the morning. Pair your favorite wine with some savory dinner. Light some candles and eat by candle light, and play some soft music if you'd like. 

Order memories. Order some food from the caterer you used at your wedding, bonus if you choose the meal you had on your wedding day. You can have a picnic in your backyard, eat on your patio furniture or even indoors on the living room floor with a blanket. 

Make it fancy. Go out to dinner at your favorite fancy restaurant and order your favorite meal. Bonus if they have dim lighting. 

Write it out. Write a letter about your favorite moments of your first year of marriage. Trade each other's letters and read them.

Renew your vows. Have a small self-officiated ceremony in your backyard, or even in your home. Recite your wedding vows together and add in some new ones. You can even throw in some humorous vows in there such as, you promise to help him look for things that are right in front of him. Have a good laugh together and make it your own.

Make love. Bust out some massage oil, sprinkle rose petals on the bed and in the bath, have a bubble bath together, play some sensual music, light scented candles and make sweet love.

Stay the night at a hotel. Often, brides and grooms stay at a hotel the night of the wedding, or the night before. Go back to that hotel and stay there again to reminisce. If you didn't like that hotel, choose one in town and make it a staycation. Relax, let the staff clean your room for you, and order in some room service and have some spa services if they're available. If you have the cash to spend, splurge for a 5 star hotel with a jaccuzi, hot tub, pool, sauna, gym, fancy restaurant and massage therapy.

Got more ideas? Post them below!

Celebrate Your Birthday During Coronavirus

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 12, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Stephanie McEndree


Wondering how you can celebrate your birthday during a lockdown complete with social distancing? Are these times with the coronavirus making you wonder how you can still have a nice birthday? Are you wanting to celebrate your birthday without putting your health or anyone else's health at risk? You've come to the right place! Here we explore different ways you can still have a great time while also keeping everyone healthy and safe. If you are someone planning a birthday for your loved one during the pandemic, here are some good ideas for you as well.


Have a video call conference. Call all your friends and family into one place, or one at a time. They are sure to sing you happy birthday, wish you happy birthday and want to celebrate. Reminisce over the old times and walk down memory lane. Talk about your favorite moments together.


Get some balloons. If you want, have some balloons you can blow up or get some already filled up. It will give your place some ambiance and help you get into the headspace that this is a celebration. Turn on your favorite music if you like.


Bake a cake. Get some ingredients together or even just a cake mix, and bake a birthday cake of your choice. Don't feel like baking? Get one at the grocery store that's already pre-made. Get your favorite flavor, and make it festive with sprinkles and candles. Blow them out and make a wish!


Spend time with your housemates. Whether you live with family or friends, now is the time to take advantage of their presence. Cuddle with your significant other, play with your kids, enjoy time with your friends. Play board games, watch tv, go for a walk. 


Go to a drive-through. Get some takeout or go to a drive-through so you can get some hot food. Eat your favorites! Some places even offer free dessert if it's your birthday. Just show them your ID! Be sure to wear gloves and a mask when you go out just to be safe.


Go to a drive-in movie. You can go to a drive-in movie if they are open where you live. Stay cozy in your vehicle and watch a good movie outside. You can also put camping chairs outside and bring some popcorn and soda and some blankets.


Have a picnic. Go in your front or backyard or even in the living room. Place a blanket on the ground and have a nice picnic. You can have some grapes, cheese and crackers with some deli meats or have some sandwiches, salad, whatever you like.


Look at the stars. Lay on a blanket or in a sleeping bag and watch the stars. In August, there are even shooting stars and if you live up north you can admire the northern lights. You can look up constellations first, then try to find them in the sky. There are even some apps that help you identify and locate them. 


Got any more ideas? Comment below!

Two Rectangle Stockinette Stitch Oversized Kids Dress

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 5, 2020 at 9:15 AM Comments comments (5)

by: Stephanie McEndree




This piece is perfect for beginners wanting to make their first dress. It's not as large as it would be for an adult, so it's a perfect way to start and it's not too much work to where you get discouraged. You need to know how to cast on, bind off, the garter stitch, the stockinette stitch and how to sew. This piece is knit flat, which is also ideal for beginners. Stockinette stitch gives this piece a thinner feel and look, and without sleeves makes it suitible for summer wear. With how loose it is and oversized, it allows the dress to be airy and doesn't let the kids be too hot in it. 




Size: 6-7 years, oversized

Items needed:

-Size 11 single point knitting needles
-Red Heart Comfort 1000g yarn in red, 1 skein
-US size 7 crochet needle
-Scissors




Kntting pattern:

 

  1. Cast on 50 stitches
  2. Knit rows 1-10 in garter stitch
  3. Knit in stockinette stitch until piece measures about 18 inches
  4. Knit next 10 rows in garter stitch. Piece should measure about 20 inches.
  5. Bind off, cut the yarn with the scissors 5 inches from the piece. The piece will be used to sew in shoulder strap.
  6. Repeat steps 1-5 with 2nd piece.
  7. Turn piece so that the garter stitch sides are facing outwards, and the pattern inwards.
  8. Sew the seams together at the shoulders, at least 4 inches from each side.
  9. Leaving a 4 inch hold from the shoulders for the arms, sew the sides together with a crochet needle. Tie off.
  10. Cut the end of the string about 5 inches from the piece. Sew in ends with a crochet needle.
  11. Turn the piece inside-out, and you have your finished piece.


If you try this pattern, be sure to show us a photo in the comments and how you like the pattern! Personally, this was my first dress! I knew I was good with the garter stitch as I made the sweater, and I wanted to try a different pattern. My husband said he likes the edges on the dress so it gives it a nice pattern and is different from using just the garter stitch. I also like that it's sewn together at the top, since dresses with straps like a tank-top seem to fall off the shoulders of my girls all too often! This way it stays nice and secure so my girls can play hard and still have their dress in place! It fits well below their knees so they will be able to wear it for a long time.

 

I Stand With You

Posted by Live Love Mom on June 1, 2020 at 8:05 AM Comments comments (4)

by: Stephanie McEndree




I can't imagine what mothers of children of color are feeling right now. Can you imagine being afraid every day for your child to die? Can you fathom a world where unarmed people of color are shot and killed in their own homes? Can you imagine that the very people you call to help you, those who are supposed to serve and protect you from harm, end up killing you, a family member, a friend? Can you imagine hundreds of years of racism, and even during these times where people are realizing they were wrong in different aspects of prejudice, people of color are still facing racism so bad it's deadly? Can you imagine seeing the police as judge, jury and executioner as they gun down innocent black chilldren, men and women? Can you imagine these people being put on paid leave and temporary suspension, if any? This is the world we live in.


The only way I can possibly relate is to try to imagine what mothers of color are going through. But the fact of the matter is, I will never understand. No white person ever will, because we are born with a privilege. It's not right, and it's not fair. However, we need to use this privilege to stand up for and protect for our black brothers and sisters. We need to speak up because their voices aren't being listened to. We need to make sure their voices are heard. We need to do absolutely everything we can to protect them. 


Here is what you can do to help. Please add to this list in the comments if I have forgotten anything.


Join the protests. Peacefully join protests. Carry signs, join chants, walk. Stand in protest. Show you support the black community. Show that you are not okay with the deaths of innocent black children and adults. Show you are against police brutality.


Assist them. Form a human chain around them with others. Protect people of color. Especially during the protests, stand between them and the police. Do not let any harm come to them. The police will not use accessive force against you, especially if you are unarmed. 


Record it. If you see a person of color being mistreated, pull out your phone and start recording. Yell at the police officer or whoever is attacking them, to stop. Call attention to this mistreatment. Don't let them get away with it. File a complaint. Even if the cops tell you to stop recording and are being forceful, keep recording. You can pretend to stop recording and put your camera down, but have it still pointing to the abuse if you can. If not, at least keep it going so sound is still recorded.


Protests have been the peaceful way for centuries to show opposition against unfair policies. One of the most famous ones are the Boston Tea Party, and also Martin Luther King Jr's marches, and Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat for a white man. 


To every person of color out there, I am with you. I support you. None of you deserve to die. What happened was wrong. I stand with you.

Oversized Easy Garter Stitch Kids Sweater

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 29, 2020 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (1)

by: Stephanie McEndree



This knitting pattern is made for beginners and is very easy. It's done entirely in garter stitch. Garter stitch is the stitch knitters first learn when they start out knitting. There is no fancy stitch, so it's less time-consuming, and you don't have to worry about what stitch you did last on your row if you get distracted. This oversized sweater is perfect for those chilly autumn or early spring days where your kiddos could use a bit more warmth. It's roomy enough to wear over another shirt, but can also be worn by itself on warm days. Since it's oversized, it's breathable and your child won't overheat.


This is my own take on the https://gina-michele.com/2016/07/super-easy-3-square-childs-sweater-knitting-pattern-2.html" target="_blank">3 Square Child's Sweater by Gina Michele. I wanted to make my first sweater in garder stitch but with sleeves and no turtle neck, so I adapted her pattern to make it my own. I made a larger one than she had listed (since my daughter is a size 6 years), I didn't do the turtleneck and I measured, made and sewed the sleeves all on my own. Shoutout to her for inspiring me to make it my own!


Needed:

Size US 11 straight knitting needles

Crochet needle

Red Heart Comfort Yarn 1000 yards in red, 1 skein


Knitting pattern

Gauge: 3sts = 1 inch

Size 6-7 years, 7-8 years, 8-9 years


For the front and back square:

Cast on 56 (58, 60) sts. Knit in Garter Stitch until piece measures 17 (18, 19) inches. Bind off. Cut off the yarn leaving a string several inches long.

Sew the pieces together at the top 4 inches on each side. Fold over and sew the side seams together, leaving a 7 inch opening for arm holes. Cut off the strings several inches long. Weave in ends with a crochet needle as you would with a yarn needle. 





For the sleeves:

 

Cast on 45 (47, 49) sts. Work in Garter Stitch until the piece measures 14 (16, 18 ) inches. Bind off. Cut off the yarn leaving a string about 24 inches long.

Sew a sleeve's left and right side together with the 24 inch long yarn string. Then, align the sleeve with the arm hole and sew together. Tie off Weave in the end.

Repeat instructions for second sleeve. Turn the sweater inside out and you're done!




Tips To Get The Kids To An Appointment

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 22, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Stephanie McEndree




Children don't always want to leave the house. However, if they have a doctor's appointment or a dentist appointment, they need to leave the house. Some kids have an introverted personality, and that's okay. However, to be able to care for them medically they need to go to appointments. Here are some last-resort tips to get the kids out of the house. 


If they are doing an activity, wait til they are done. If it's something that can be done soon and you are good with time, let them finish their puzzle, eat their breakfast or watch their tv show episode. Kids are less likely to protest, or at least not as much, if they're finished with whatever activity they were doing.

Start getting ready. You need to get ready ahead of time so it doesn't take a long time to get to your destination. Make sure you have your hair combed, teeth brushed, you're fed and hydrated and fully dressed before you move on to your kids. This avoids kids throwing their clothes off while you are getting ready and you have to start over again.

Do as much prep work as you can. Load the vehicles with the items you need such as the diaper bag, snacks, drinks, etc. That way you don't have to go back in the house once the kids are in the car and ready to go. If you're going somewhere up to an hour away or further, you will need milk for young babies and probably some water and a snack for school-aged kids. If your vehicle takes a bit to warm up during the winter, you can throw some blankets in there too to put on the kids' legs to keep them warm.

Get the kids ready. Get them dressed, hair brushed, teeth brushed, and have them go to the bathroom before you leave. If you have a baby, change their diaper and feed them before taking off. Make sure they ate their latest meal and/or snack. Put on their coats and boots if it's winter, a windbreaker if it's spring or autumn. 

Pick them up and put them in the vehicle. Of course if they're too big to be picked up, hold their hand and let them know you're going to the car. They may start to protest, but it's what's best for them to go to their medical appointment, so they need to be in the vehicle. They will probably start figuring out that they're going somewhere they don't want to be. Buckle them in their car seats, then sit yourself down, and you can start driving. I find that often once you start driving, after a few minutes they calm down.

If they don't, once you have arrived at your destination, take the time to open the door of the car and talk to them softly. Give them kisses and hugs and explain that going to the doctor or dentist is necessary. Encourage them to speak calmly to express why they are upset. Validate their feelings and praise them for vocalizing their needs. If they say it's because they were cold, offer them a blanket. If they were hungry, offer them the snack, and some water if they are thirsty. 

Show them the play area. Once you arrive, there is often a play area in the waiting room of every dentist or doctor. Show them the play area and encourage them to play while they wait. There are often toys, books and a coloring station to keep your kids happy and entertained. If it's winter, be sure to remove their coats and boots first. Then, you can take a seat in the waiting room and wait within view of the kids. You did it mama!


What tips do you have to ge the kids out of the house for an appointment? Comment below!

Make Homemade Chalk Paint

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 15, 2020 at 9:30 AM Comments comments (0)

by: Rebecca Norris



Posted this for my kids but this is a fun, easy activity that I just had to share!


 

How to make Homemade Chalk paint


Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Food coloring of your choice
  • Cups
  • Measuring cup
  • Bowl
  • Paint brush


Instructions:

  1. Measure 1/2 cup of corn starch in a measuring cup.
  2. Empty the corn starch into the bowl.
  3. Measure 1/2 cup of water in a measuring cup.
  4. Pour the water into the bowl.
  5. Mix the corn starch and the water together in the bowl.
  6. Pour the mixture into the different cups
  7. Take the food coloring and add a few drops in a cup.
  8. Choose another color of food coloring and add a few drops in another cup.
  9. Repeat until you have all the cups with different food coloring.
  10. Mix the cups individually to form the chalk paint.
  11. Grab a paint brush and get painting on the driveway, sidewalk or cement paths!

Here is the result! My daughter painted a beautiful unicorn! Try it out with your kids and let their imagination run wild. What will they paint? A jungle safari? An ocean with whales, sharks and dolphins? The desert with camels? Sit back, drink some coffee and enjoy watching the masterpieces unfold!



How To Celebrate Your Kid's Birthday During Coronavirus

Posted by Live Love Mom on May 5, 2020 at 9:00 AM Comments comments (5)

by: Stephanie McEndree




Having a birthday during the pandemic can really throw things off for planning. You might have had a birthday party already planned, but you had to cancle due to the virus. Or, your child may have one coming up and you want to make it special. Here are some ideas on how you can have a great birthday party for your child without breaking quarantine.


Your backyard. It's safe and weather-permitting, you can do lots of fun stuff outdoors with your child. If you have more than one, you can set up some games they can play together outdoors. If not, join in on the fun and play with them. You can have a picnic outside, hit a homemade pinata filled with candy you bought at the grocery store. You can open presents outside too, and play with whatever you already have for them outside; trampoline, swingset or sandbox.


Indoors. This is a great choice for all weather. You can spend time together in many different ways! You can make paper decorations, bake a cake and decorate it together, and much more! You can also play some fun games such as pin the tail on the donkey, twister, board games and more. You can also video-call friends and family so your child gets to talk to them and spend some time with them. You can have a family movie marathon with your child's favorite tv shows and movies and cook some popcorn. Read them their favorite story at bedtime, use a bath bomb at bath time. Any way you can think to make the day special, do it. Your child may remember this birthday as the most fun yet!


Not sure what to do or how to keep your child happy or busy on their special day? Here is a list of activities you can plan and do during your child's birthday.


Pinata
Pin the tail on the donkey
Bake a cake
Decorate a cake
Movie night
Board games
Picnic
Puzzles
Scavenger hunt
Treasure hunt
Talent show
Twister
Card games
Costume play
Pretend play
Story time
Painting
Drawing
Arts & Crafts
Making paper decorations


Got any more ideas for kids' birthday activities? Comment below!


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