how to: start knitting.

Now that the holidays are over and life is slowing down, it is time to sit and relax and learn something new. First let me introduce myself. I’m Lori Van Wagoner. I’ve been asked to share a few basic knitting techniques and patterns with you Petit Elefant readers and I am very excited to do so. I’ve been knitting for about four years. I am by no means an expert, but I know enough to teach you the basics and provide some patterns for quick projects that will knock the socks off your friends and family.

If you have never knit before, here are a list of links to videos that will help you get started. There are thousands of online knitting tutorials available. If you need more instruction just browse YouTube for awhile.

Casting on (getting the yarn on your needles):
Long-tail Cast on Demo 1
Long-tail Cast on Method Demo 2
Long-tail Cast on Method Demo 3

The Basic Knit Stitch:
Knit Stitch Demo 1
Knit Stitch Demo 2

The Purl Stitch:
Purling Demo

Binding Off (Getting your stitches off of the needles):
Binding Off Demo

All Four Steps in One:
Basic Knitting Demo

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Calendars

As I prepared to organize my life today, I realized in a panic I don’t have a 2009 calendar. Nothing, save post-it-notes, on which to record all the myriad obligations, appointments, special dates, and menu plans for the coming weeks, months and year.  So I did a little window shopping for a pretty new calendar. 

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

happy new year!


Happy New Year everyone! Hope your celebrations last night left you satisfied, happy, entertained, and safely home in bed. Here’s to a wonderful, new, and exciting 2009!

{fantastic image found here}.

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best blogs of 2008.


Just to toot my own horn a little, I had to share with all of you that Petit Elefant was nominated as one of the best blogs of 2008 on Today’s Mama! I’m pretty excited. Thanks for all the love and support last year, and here’s to a great 2009!

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Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Let’s talk more baby stuff…

Really, who doesn’t love to gush and coo over baby things? Because, when it comes to baby things, they can never be too soft or too cute, like those found at West Coast Baby. Based in Vancouver, B.C., and founded by mommies (naturally), their designs are simple, darling, comfy, cozy, sweet. Loving everything in their collection, particularly their layette. You’ll be so happy to get your next baby shower invitation, because you’ll be dying to give something from West Coast Baby. My favorite: infant kimono wraps, a stylish take on the oh-so-functional infant gown. Modern, very soft, a wee bit stretchy, and ideal for those first newborn weeks when diapering is a very frequent occurrence and quick access is critical. (Alma, take note!) It’s just right. 

Blue Lagoon Kimono Wrap, $24.95
Another pick? The Kimono PJs. The hip kimono styling is ultra functional, and the prints in this collection are irresistible. Betcha can’t pick a favorite from these soft, custom made cuties. Wouldn’t you love to see these in your own size? I know I would. 
 

Ginger Kimono PJs, $54.95

West Coast Baby is currently offering 20% off all purchases for a limited time. 

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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.

holiday entertainment.

I’m still here. Barely. There was so much to-do-ing about Christmas this year that I’m taking a little bit of time to just relax and enjoy the holiday. My kids are still out of school, and my husband {miracle of miracles!} is still off work, so we are just hanging out doing puzzles, sledding, drinking hot cocoa, sledding, eating leftover sweets, skiing, sledding, and watching a lot of good movies.


Speaking of which, P went to see Bedtime Stories {love, love, loved it!}, while Viktor and I have been hanging out at home watching DVD’s we got for Christmas. I can’t get enough of the awesomeness that is Flight of the Conchords {thanks Burr!}


and Mad Men {it took a bit, what with the blatant sexism and all, but it’s growing on me}.


Also, I’ve been watching dvd’s of Masterpiece Theater classics {think: Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility} like it’s going out of style. Which reminds me that this is about the time of year I want to hole up with some hot cocoa and a knitting project in front of Masterpiece Theater. Round the clock. That isn’t totally realistic, so I’ll settle for once a week >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

Still Waiting

It’s me here—Alma—and I’m still waiting for the baby to come. I’m at 39 weeks and for some reason I really thought that he’d come before now. Probably I felt that Murphy’s Law would have him come on Christmas. He didn’t! And I even went on a walk through a foot of snow on Christmas night to see if I could put myself into early labor (or really to bring down my blood sugars after Christmas dinner because I have gestational diabetes) and he still hasn’t come!

At least I feel prepared on the home front. After last writing about baby preparation, I went out immediately and bought all (most) of the items on the lists that I linked to, plus all (most) of the items that you recommended, too! Thanks so much for your help!

I thought today I’d show you my nursery progress. It’s funny that I’ve put so much effort and emphasis on getting this room all ready when really, he’ll be sleeping in our room for a while in a bassinet. Oh well. This room will at least be ready for feedings and diaper changes and for accommodating my mom who will be staying with us … >> find out more...

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recipes for christmas eve.

We have a myriad of traditions on for Christmas, the majority of which take place on Christmas Eve. My husband is from Warsaw, Poland {for those of you who haven’t heard me mention that 18 times already} and we like to follow his Polish traditions for Christmas Eve {Wigilia} and my American ones on Christmas Day.

The biggest thing about Christmas Eve, for the kids anyway, is that we open all the gifts that night. That’s the grand culmination of the day though, and not the most important part by a long shot. Food is the central theme; we basically eat from sunup to sundown, and beyond. Christmas Eve dinner is a big deal in Poland. It’s a really big meal, something like 11 courses. We have yet to attempt all the courses ourselves {my mother-in-law does it} but we just make a sampling of what we like.

We start the day with just a nice breakfast, which Viktor makes. Today it was oven-baked French Toast, {yum!} but it doesn’t really matter just as long as we’re eating. We eat before we start cooking, and eat while we’re cooking, and cook while we’re eating. You get the >> find out more...

Allison

Well, hello there! I'm Allison Czarnecki, founder + editor of Petit Elefant, a blog all about style on a budget for every part of your life: style / home / travel / family. We do a lot of how-to beauty + style tutorials, travel posts, easy recipes, crazy home remodel projects, and cool (yes, cool) DIY crafts you'll totally want to try. I'm super happily married (to a hot Polish immigrant) and am the mother of two kids, a daughter and son, all of whom are featured here on the regular. We live in the country but we're a little bit rock + roll. Welcome!

On this Christmas Eve

enjoy hot cocoa while watching a beloved Christmas movie. cozy up with little ones and a beloved Christmas story. sing favorite Christmas songs.  wrap packages in pretty ribbon.  eat and enjoy and think naught of calories. hang your stocking with care. love & laugh & reminisce. celebrate. travel safely. listen for sleigh bells. remember what matters.
Merry Christmas!
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Kimberly

...by day, making a home where the buffalo roam. By night, pretty much the same thing, punctuated by the occasional fantasies of sunny beaches, italian movies and sparkling lemonade.