Cute little FO

A few weeks ago (?) I started sewing a Japanese knot bag out of some cute fabric a friend gave me. I couldn’t get far at that time, due to kids and confusion with the pattern. But today I finished it!

I meant for it to be a project bag, but as soon as it was done, I was heading to the library and stuck my wallet, phone, and keys inside, instead of taking my big (and unnecessary) backpack. It was perfect! Here’s an awkward selfie to document the simultaneous use of handknit sweater, handknit socks, and handmade bag.

Also! Yesterday we went to the beach and the kids decided to wear their recently tie dyed shirts, so here they are in action.

And! My indigo-dyed yarn is finally dry- here’s what they look like.

I’m pleased! Hope you had a good weekend!

Frogging and other loose ends

Today I found myself home alone for a few solid hours, so I worked on some knitting-related things that usually get ignored.

First I frogged three things- a pair of mittens, half a sweater, and a shawl.  

I photographed handspun and (finally) put it on Ravelry. 

my most recent handspun


my very FIRST handspun!!! so bright!!


spinning project from some time this year.

I was also able to photograph the Wee Girl’s new socks with her feet in them.

I even had time for organizing and rearranging of my craft closet, but no photos of that. I’m trying to downsize my stashes, because I don’t like how much space my things take up, or how I feel about having more lovely supplies than I actually need.

It feels good to get to things that had been neglected, doesn’t it??

Finish, start, zoo

The kids and I joined a friend for his birthday party at the zoo today!

Here are some of the cool things we saw: Editing and I don’t think I ew  

 Back at home, I was too exhausted to jump into my planned sewing, so I wasted time online and then wound my Sincere Sheep spinning that I’d finished just before we left for Wisconsin in June.
After a wash, it should relax…

Now I’m about to start a new spinning project with this!  

Good night!

Loose ends

The kids are I are leaving for a long trip soon, so I wanted to finish up a couple of big WIPs that are too big for travel and that I didn’t want haunting me while we’re gone, and I did it!

First, my POP blanket squares!

I finished two nights ago, but they photograph so much better after blocking.

Secondly, last night I was able to finish plying my current spinning project.

I have two very full bobbins- looks like pretty generous yardage. I’ll get a better idea of how much I have when I skein it. 

Tomorrow’s post: travel knitting!!!

4 bobbins full!

This pound of fiber was surprisingly fast to spin! I think it only took 4 evenings.

I’m pleased with the evenness of the singles. Some of my spinning has been lumpy lately, so it’s nice to see that I haven’t completely gone thick/thin!

Tomorrow, plying!!

Second wind

Tonight I realized why I have been feeling so tired and not up to crafting much the past few nights– I’d forgotten about my second wind! If I’m up and interested, I get a good, crafty second wind around 9pm. I count on it for my mental health at the end of long days caring for kids.

Not waiting for the second wind wasn’t really the only issue, though. I’ve been taking the Wee Girl around places to sell chocolate bars for her school fundraiser, and that a) has us out all afternoon and b) has us farther from home, so I’m really tired by the time we get home.

So here I am, tired, but not too tired, ready to ply this silky, soft loveliness.

In knitting news, I’ve yet to take good photos of the Giant Cowl I knitted, but I’ve started the second one.

We are all supposed to contribute $100 of goods or services for the Wee Boy’s preschool fundraising auction. Between the yarn cost and the knitting time, these cowls will be a good deal!