It Was a Sewing Kind of Day

As much as I am loving my chicken purse, and I am LOVING it, it was so difficult to find anything within its vast inner cavern. So, I picked up some coordinating fabrics at Joann’s and dug out my sewing machine. First I made a wallet, riffing (as I tend to do) on this tutorial… Continue reading It Was a Sewing Kind of Day


Sewing’s Last Hurrah

After dragging out all my sewing stuff last week to sort through and get rid of, I realized I had a little sewing wanted to get out of the way before I put the sewing machine into cold storage. Thank goodness I did this because it cemented in my mind the reasons I am giving… Continue reading Sewing’s Last Hurrah

holiday cheer · Knitting

2011: My Knitting Year (As Is Tradition)

[ravelry] What a productive year 2011 was! So many hats! I did quite a lot of sewing, too, evidently. Next year I hope to make several pairs of socks, to replace the 3 pairs I have lost so far this year to wear, and I’ve also promised E more than a few tiny toys from Mochimochi… Continue reading 2011: My Knitting Year (As Is Tradition)

Crafty · life · PSA · random · sewing

Some Things: An Update

1. When we finally ventured out after TS Irene blew through, we discovered a tree down on our street: Thankfully, it was considerate enough to fall away from the wires. We would have certainly lost power if it had fallen the other way. 2. Today, I made one of these: What is it, you ask?… Continue reading Some Things: An Update

Knitting · life

A Plan

Thing the first: I need to have some travel knitting, something small and mindless for knitting abroad. Right now, that’s a dishcloth. Thing the second: I need to actually work on my sister’s Blue Blossom Shawl so I can finally finish it already. It’s my evening knitting from now until it’s done. Thing the third:… Continue reading A Plan


Instead of knitting

Yesterday, while I was pouting about the Facebook Kills!! socks, I dragged out my sewing machine and started a pair of summer pants for me and then quickly moved on to drawstring project bags. Aren’t they cute? These little bags are great. I bet you can’t make just one. Why yes, I am an enabler,… Continue reading Instead of knitting

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How I made a Batman Costume

E3 decided at the last possible minute that he would really prefer to be Batman instead Darth Vader for Halloween this year. I searched the local costume shops for a little boy sized Batman costume to no avail, and eventually decided to haul out the ol’ Kenmore. Three years or so ago, I made a… Continue reading How I made a Batman Costume

Knitting · random

5 New Things

1. I now have two asthma inhalers. One is for maintenance, one is for acute attacks–a rescue. I use a spacer because I am inhaler-challenged. Here’s to better breathing in the weeks to come. 2. I have a new phone. Isn’t it nifty? 3.I finished the Feather and Fan Cardigan. I’m not sure what to… Continue reading 5 New Things


I Knit, Therefore I Tink

I gave up sewing partly because I am just not good at following sewing patterns. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve sewn a seam, thinking I’ve done it correctly, only to refer to the pattern for the next step and discover that I’ve done it completely WRONG! I swear, 90% of my sewing… Continue reading I Knit, Therefore I Tink


Meditation on a Yarn Stash

It’s official. My yarn stash has out-grown its assigned container. And here is the yarn I have stuffed into my knitting basket: I know many of you super-stashers out there are saying “you call that a stash?” In my defense, I offer the following: 1. That yarn is packed–I mean packed–into that 18 gal container… Continue reading Meditation on a Yarn Stash