Let’s Play Pretend

Let’s pretend that I haven’t lost my camera battery charger and I have lots of pictures to share… shall we? (Squinch your eyes up really hard.. that always works right?)

Here’s our back deck. We cleaned it up a bit about 2 months ago and I got some herbs and a fern and a flowering plant, and two bird feeders, and then we got a nice little table and two chairs to go with it. And it’s lovely for spinning…. except the two bird feeders… attract a lot of birds, and their eating mess. But still I’ve never been a bird watching type before, so it’s new and different to try and identify the things that come to visit.

And this? This is my recent spinning. I plied the green-blue stuff. I plied the heathery green stuff. And I plied some naturally died red stuff, done by Stephania that I got at MSW last year. Come to think of it, the heathery green was from MSW last year too… and look how lovely and old fashioned Christmasy they look together!

And here’s my green monkey sock, only the one, as I had to stop and work on this baby hat here…. I should be done with it by next week though, which is good as it needs to be mailed across the pond and the baby is due in about 2 months as it is. But it’s a lovely cute hat no?

I also cheated and cast on for some lace. I am using a nice green silk and my US 1 needles, which makes it rather tiny but I think fabric would be too airy if I went any larger, though perhaps I should, I am not so far along I cannot stop and swatch I suppose….

Oh! and I sewed myself a skirt! Ok, not quite. I just refashioned one. I took my most favorite pair of jeans that had finally had an inner thigh blowout they just couldn’t recover from, and made it into an a-line style skirt using a tutorial I found online. It was about 2 or so hours worth of work, and I love it! It’s still super comfortable like my jeans were, and just as casual, but lemme tell you, if you just throw on a Tshirt and flip-flops and head to Home Depot in this skirt instead of the jeans they used to be… well… I can only say the Gardening section fellas were very attentive for some reason. A skirt! Who knew?


I made a new summer themed project bag last Wednesday.


And I finally made the checkbook cover I had in progress for ages. The Back/Outer shell is crocheted in single stitch with Berroco Suede in a nice green color. I love it! Shmoo even complimented me on how well the lining matched! :)


Skyscraper Socks.

My sock pal’s socks are complete. I have named them Skyscraper Socks, and am very pleased over all with how they came out. There are a few things I will be tweaking for the next pair and the pattern I am writing, but the over all look has made me really happy.




And this is what will be in the package for my sockpal when I mail them off on Thursday.


Most likely I will add a bar of soap from the last batch I made, and I will be adding the remaining yarn I used for these socks as well. That way, should they need a repair, she’ll have the yarn to do it.

Most of all I hope that my sock pal will love the socks as much as I do and that she is happy with her package.

LM knockoff bag, part duex

I’ve done a second bag and I am so much happier with how it has come out.

I still think the first one looks amazing but that’s mostly because of the fabric combo. This bag has a good fabric combo, AND its construction was a lot cleaner. I changed the way I did a couple of things, and ended up with the outer bag and the liner better matching in size. I did a two-tone strap, which is great, but then had a few problems with my machine while doing them and so one of them is a bit messier in the stitching than I would like.
On the bright side, I can make one with just two fat quarters, which I LURVE buying, and I use the cardboard from the quarters to reinforce the bag’s bottom.
Anyway, here’s the bag.

And a fabric beauty shot.

Finally, Wendy my dear, if you like this bag, it’s yours. :)

What’s Lantern Moon got….

That I don’t got?


Well, better seams for one. But I have a liner!
This is my knockoff of their small project bag. Admittedly I didn’t use the silk they do, nor is my bag as refined, but it’s pretty, serves the same purpose, and I am proud of it.


It holds the same amount of stuff, and I think the liner works well with the outer fabric.


And what it’s currently holding? The prototype of my toe up on two circs Skyscraper Socks pattern.
Here’s the top and bottom of what I have so far.



I still need to finish my sockpal’s sock mind you. (It’s in the red LM bag.) And then I need to get a nice picture of my sewn LM copy bag, with the socks in it, and the trial sock cuff that became a beer cozy, because after that I won’t be seeing any of them anymore without a trip overseas. The pair of original colorwork socks, the matching drink cozy, and the small project bag are all going to my sock pal!

Hopefully this excitement about the project bag will give me the spur I need to finish the last 4th of her sock, as we are closing in on the deadline in just two weeks, and I’d like to be ready to mail out first thing the morning of Aug. 2nd.