Friday, November 28, 2014

strawberry thief 'birthday dress'

A new 'Happy Birthday Dress' that I will have for sale at my upcoming holiday market. I think this would be so special for a 1st birthday or any day really. This print is called 'Strawberry Thief' by Liberty of London which is so apropos with my own little thief in our strawberry patch come Spring.

Hope you all had a lovely Thanksgiving and start to the holidays. We took a brisk walk through Central Park this afternoon and avoided the shopping.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

through the looking glass beret

This blue! I am in love. It's called, Through the Looking Glass as in Alice in Wonderland. If I may steer off topic I have wanted my daughter to dress as Alice for the past few years but, she's not buying it.

I used it in this project and I am happy I still have more to use it again. This time I thought it would be so pretty knit up into a beret for s special little lady. Perhaps I will get my own to model it for you. I will have it for sale at the Bizarre Bazaar in Maplewood, NJ on December 7th.

.....I took down the candy cane quilt photo because I just didn't like the picture. I have the worst time photographing quilts. I guess it's the size and trying to figure out how to set up the photo. I have two quilt tops and one finished quilt over the past month.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

green mittens for s

I knit this pair of mittens for Scarlet. I love this shade of green and there is enough to make something matching at some point. I am working on knits for the Bizarre Bazaar and I should have a few pair of women's mittens to sell - hoping the yarn arrives tomorrow. If the stars align perhaps I can make some for the kiddies too.

Friday, November 14, 2014

liberty of london - coral meadow blouse

I am adding this blouse to the shop today. It is a size 3T but it would fit a 2 or 3T perfect. It's a peasant style with elastic at the arms and neck. One of my go to styles that always looks beautiful for everyday or special days. The print is called Coral Meadow. I made this fabric into a sweet summer top for my daughter and was happy to have enough left for an item for the shop. If it does not sell it will be with me on December 7th at the Bizarre Bazaar at The Woodland. The Abominable Snowman will be there so you have to come.

Monday, November 10, 2014

knitting with warm wool for babies

Here are 2 finished knits that I dived into the past few days using wool that I purchased in Rhinebeck, NY.

The hat is made with naturally dyed wool from Fiber Craft Studio. Sorry, I don't know which dye was used but, perhaps osage orange, myrobalan or turmeric. I made up the pattern for an ear flap hat for size 6 months. I love this shade of warm yellow. I tried walking away from it but, returned to pick it up with a lovely peach. I've talked about Fiber Craft Studio here before and would love to visit someday, it's located in New York State.

The romper is size 12 months and I used 0-wool which is an organic merino wool and is a wonderful environmentally friendly and affordable yarn that I really enjoyed knitting with. The company is situated in Philadelphia, PA and they use wool from South America and Australia. If you go to their website you can learn more about this company. I do have a beautiful red from here too. I see this romper paired with tights and a pretty blouse. I finished with vintage buttons the back.

I will be selling my handmade items next month at a local event in town. More on that soon.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014


When I let time pass, things build up and then I forgot what I wanted to blog about. In the 'old' days when I blogged more often I could keep track. So, today I'll show you something I finished in the first half of October. I didn't take pictures of this at the time on my son because as I was finishing it that was the day he fell and got a big gash on his face which is still in the healing process but does not look as awful as it did the first few weeks. Since then I've also finished and destroyed a sweater I made him. This one, Lancelot, as I had an error in it I could not overlook. I am having trouble with the directions and it's not the technique since I've done short rows dozens of times. It's after joining the sleeves and working the yoke. The directions do not make sense to me. I did and still do have a fever so I'm going to wait it out and maybe rewrite the directions. It's certainly frustrating after 2 weeks of knitting to finish then unravel and cut (my goodness). It's now sitting in another room in a sad state. We are taking some space from each other till I work up the nerve to try to revive it.

This hat though, such a nice pattern, is called Puck and it was a fun knit using some fingering yarn I had in my stash. An unusual pairing of colors but, nice and autumnal. This boy gets excited about handmade knits. Here is the link to the hat. Design by Dani Sunshine