I’ve been gone sew long

Shortly before Christmas (I said it’s been a while!), I came across a cool project bag tutorial online and thought, “I could do that.” So, um, I did. That was 13 bags ago and counting. Dang you, Pinterest! After I made a test bag (for myself, of course, there has to be quality control!), I…

Totes Adorbs – not.

I have found, as a general rule, that knitting makes me a better person – within the knitting community for sure, and outside of it at least some of the time. ๐Ÿ™‚ I try to be kinder and more forgiving of other fiber folk, when in doubt assuming the best of them, as I would hope they do for me. It also gives me greater patience than I would otherwise have.

Thatโ€™s why I have waited so long to post about this, as I tried to keep my frustration and irritation in check, hoping for the best with a company that was falling short of their promises.

It’s my bag, baby

There’s always something bittersweet about finishing a project. There’s the great feeling of a job well done (it hopefully turned out as expected), but like a visit with a good friend, there’s a little bit of sadness that your time with this piece has ended (assuming you didn’t spend the whole time cursing and threatening…

Another beary good gift

This one was knit with the results of our first Kool-aid dyeing experiment with my nephew last year. (We dyed a new batch last week; I’ll post more on that later.) He dyed the green and purple skeins, so he got to choose the pattern I made with it. This is The Teddy Bear that…

Testing 1…2…3

  I noticed on Instagram that a pattern designer/indie dyer that I follow was developing a new pattern and wanted some folks to test it and see how it worked up. I had heard that pattern testers existed, but I had no idea it was so easy to become one. I messaged her that I…

Hit and Miss

  I love getting mail. It’s not just that it’s rare to get it in this digital world. I’ve always loved it, even as a kid. I think it’s the surprise of opening the box, even if you ordered it. So it’s really no wonder that I was attracted to the online subscription services like…

Christmas Cowl

When I travel, I like to have a few different projects to keep me busy. In the airport, I need something interesting enough to amuse me, but not so complex that if I have to drop it when they change my gate I won’t forget where I’m at in the pattern. If I want to…

My Little Minions

Now that they’ve all been given, I can finally reveal my Christmas craft gifts. Gift #1: Minion Mittens Made for my nephew Sam. Used stash yarn (yay!) and this pattern.ย  He didn’t need the thumb holes, which was a relief since I’m all thumbs when it comes to knitting that part of a mitten! ๐Ÿ˜€…

Santa’s little helpers have big hearts

The knitter’s season of giving isn’t just the holidays, although that is an exceptionally busy time for most of us. Nope, that season lasts 365 days a year. Knitters and crocheters are some of the most giving and generous people I know. I am privileged to be surrounded by them every time I attend my…

Have her cake and eat it, too.

One of my best friends had a milestone birthday recently, and I wanted to make her something, but when that person is also super crafty, the choice can be more difficult. What knitter can’t use more stitch markers, right? I thought, why not cake markers, since it’s a memento of her milestone. This also gave…

Monster Boo-ty Pants

One of my friends is having a monster-themed baby shower for her sister, since it’s near Halloween, and it’s a baby boy, and well, it’s just a fun idea. I was invited to the party but couldn’t attend, so I decided to make the new little one a bit of something anyway, in the spirit…

And this one was juuuust right

So, it’s taken me a year to post about my Halloween costume (there’s no judging in knitting!), but here it is. In case anyone else needs inspiration for their costume, you’ll have just about enough time to finish it before this year’s trick-or-treating. It’s Dolly, by Mary Scott Huff, knit with leftover yellow acrylic (probably…