She Sews, Too!

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.


Cute, huh? Here’s a modeled shot.


I’ve got several sizes made, and they are each one different. I think I might try to sell them on Etsy to pay for the snap press that I bought to make them… (a tool which I totally love, by the way)

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The Stash Dwindleth, Yet Hope Remains

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?

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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).

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Handmaiden Fine Yarn Casbah Sock *Ebony*
Also cashmere.

Then, I broke a few rules in my yarn diet. I got these, also.

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Cherry Tree Hill SuperSock Select *Dusk*

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Sanguine Gryphon Traveler *Gaudi House* (already cast on, but we will leave that story for another day)

Hey, you know I had to get the free shipping!

Ahem.

And now back to your regularly scheduled Stash-a-thon.

Another Quick Knit

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.

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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!

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