My sewing machine has been seeing more of me since I found the Prudent Baby website. I was especially inspired by the snappy toddler dress pattern and I went a little crazy sewing up a bunch of variations on the idea.
Despite my itchings and cravings and yearnings for new yarn, I have been very good about not buying new yarns. It has not been easy, my friends. The stash is shrinking alarmingly and my knitting has changed because of it. I no longer browse patterns for inspiration and then go stash diving to find a suitable yarn. No, my Dearies, I have to first go stash diving to see what is there and then look for a pattern that inspires. Granted, there is still a little of everything. I have sock weight and lace. I have bulky and worsted. The sport weight and DK are all used up except a few cottons, but that is okay. I have wool and alpaca. I have superwash and cotton blends. It is just that they are all old news, uninspiring, boring if you will.
And that is why when I was given a $25.00 gift certificate to eatsleepknit, I went a little crazy.
Okay. A lot crazy.
Can you say cashmere?
Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Midnight*
And, while I was there, I got some sock yarn for a gift of socks for The Man (gift yarn=still legal).
Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.
Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*
Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!
And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.
I can’t buy yarn according to my New Year’s Resolution (to which I have stuck most resolutely), but I can buy wool. So, when the dwindling stash leaves me uninspired, I turn to needle felting and promptly place a knitpicks order for wool roving.
And then, I create.
Oh, yeah, these are going on Etsy for sure.
I went a little crazy with the whole concept of quick knitting when I got on the bulky yarn hats kick. But that was nothing compared to the week I knitted up these cuties…..
I guess I have a lot of my Christmas knitting done.
My recent splurge led to this next knitting project. I got a new toy this month. I got an iPad.
And, as everyone knows, every iPad needs a cozy.
And, as every *knitter* knows, all good things are made better when swathed on wool.
So, I harnessed some of my creativity and whipped up a little purple merino bag to keep my new gadget warm on the cold nights ahead.
I used Judy’s Magic Cast On (which is really cool and if you haven’t tried it yet, you should) and worked stockinette stitch in the round to a good depth then worked some cables across the top edge, leaving gaps for the handles and button strap. I am really quite pleased with how it turned out. Of course, how could I go wrong? That Malabrigo Merino Worsted is to die for!