Excellent Etsy Shops

In this post I briefly discussed what I would do I if were a billionaire. Well, after reading  many responses to this meme on other blogs, my list expanded greatly. One more thing that I can add for certain, lots and lots of shopping on Etsy! I would sit and order absolutely everything from every shop in my favorites.

It would be brilliant :0)

I’ve shown you buttons I’ve purchased from etsy before, which ironically are the only new buttons I’ve gotten around to using. So when I found myself in need of new blue buttons I headed straight there. So, I was lurking around, trying to find something suitable for Lush and Lacy, the Super Girl blue edition when I stumbled across these

 Hello lovelies :)

Photo and buttons from Kallie Design

Never mind the fact that these are not really a match for that particular shade of blue. I had to have them.

These however, are a much more suitable choice and equally beautiful to boot*.

 

Photo and buttons from Button Farm

Later that evening while knitting, and feeling really pleased with my purchases, I became annoyed with my split stitch markers. The working yarn kept getting caught in them. Given that I was working with a very splitty yarn this was particularly annoying. I headed back to etsy and found exactly what I was looking for (how often does that happen?)! After a funny little exchange with the shop owner I received these beauties in my mailbox. I may never use another type of stitch marker again. 

 

Photo and buttons from Suann Stitches

* I can’t use common phrases around Missy. She needs solid definitions for what things mean. So answering her questions with things like “I guess so” only leads to a lengthy discussion of exactly what I mean by that. 

Good Influences

As an adult I have spent a lot of time learning and doing things that I should have in school (insert a long monologue about the shortcomings of public school, oblivious parents, and youthful arrogance here). Many previously ignored topics were now fascinating and interesting in ways that they never were before. I attribute some to maturing but much to reading blogs.

When I discovered blogs I was fascinated. The knitting was the initial draw, but the lives and interests of the people were powerful in themselves. It was a chance to “hang out” with people who would have intimidated me in real life. People who are super smart, cultured, worldly. People who love learning and yoga, people who make classic literature sound relatable and readable. I’ve learned about being green and gardening, and making small changes. My definition of beauty has changed, my acceptance of me enhanced. I have been cheered on when happy and cheered up when sad. I am inspired to set and achieve goals based on my own criteria for greatness. I am inspired me to be a better writer, a better knitter, a better me I think. Thanks guys!  

 Good Influences

1. Newest Books, 2. Succulents, 3. Yoga!, 4. KNIT. Tote 

How does your summer grow

Ours has been sown with actual plants and seeds.

Succulents

African Violet

Herb Garden

 

Library openings and summer reading lists.

 

Photo from the Bed-Stuy Blog (forgot my camera)

Great mini swap packages that foster new (quiet!) hobbies for Missy.

Missy's first embroidery

 

E-bay purchases for mom’s newest hobby. Weaving!


Yarn for first weaving project

 

Old hobbies, favorite summer snacks and rare indulgences.

 

On the agenda for tonight

 

Cooperative babies :)

 

Littlest ones

Mini sweaters can take forever to finish too

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1. Mini Sweater, Stockinette side, 2. Mini Sweater, Stockinette side, 3. Mini Sweater, Reverse stockinette side, 4. Mini Sweater, Reverse stockinette side

Pattern: Glampyre’s Boobholder/Mini Sweater

Yarn: Cotton Fleece, color Cavern

Needles: Size 6 & 3 (garter stitch bottom and sleeve edging)

If you weave in your ends carefully it’s reversible!

This should have been finished in one or two  days but it dragged on for a week. I had to rip back about two inches to get this fit. I carefully wove in the ends and attached the buttons this morning.  It’s reversible! I may even prefer the reverse stockinette side.

I wore it all afternoon and evening while running around buying the kids summer clothes. With the boiling temps here, I couldn’t put it off any longer. It’s hard work shopping for four little people. I’m ordering my things online, I don’t think I could take another day of this.

Some stranger's feet

 

Some stranger’s feet, originally uploaded by Lulu C..

I have used the same shade of polish on my toenails for the last … I don’t know how long.

Every time I look down at my feet with this new shade painted on my toes I can’t help but think they no longer belong to me.

They belong to some stranger who doesn’t realize grown ass women can’t pull off pink toes.

Purple Crochet Cozies

Purple Crochet Cozies

Purple Crochet Cozies

Yarn: Rowan Cotton Tape, about 1 skein total for both projects.

Crochet Hook: Size J

The iPod Cozy is crocheted in single crochet through the back loop only.

Chain 12 

Join with a slip stitch 

Single crochet in the back loop only until it’s big enough.

 

The Blackberry cozy is crocheted in regular single crochet.

Chain 20 

Join with a slip stitch 

Single crochet until it’s big enough

 

Simple and quick project. Beautiful and useful results. Stash busting and favorite color.

Oh yeah. Good times :)

WTF!!!

I think I’m one of those people destined to struggle with simple things. Take this for example:

You will have to pretend you’re looking at a photo of me in an ill fitting Boobholder knit in black Cotton Fleece. You would be looking at the actual photo if my camera hadn’t eaten it. Sorry to force you to use your imagination in such an unimaginative way. Looks like the WTF in the post title is even more appropriate now. 

When I first got interested in knitting this was the first pattern I tried. I did not understand the concept of the raglan construction then. It is clear that I get raglans now. My latest FO exhibits that. So maybe one of you can explain why this mini sweater fits like a sack. The image of what I wanted this to look like is so clear in my head that I was smug as I pulled it on. Well my smug smile was slapped clear off my face when I had to overlap the fronts for it to fit remotely as snug as I wished it to. 

I stewed on whether or not to leave it as is or rip it. Then I remembered a promise I made myself to always fix what could be fixed. So…I will rip back and remove several (all?) of the center front increases and start the bottom section earlier. I may change it to ribbing though. We’ll see. 

I need to be diligent in finishing this, which was supposed to be a quick knit. I have several other ideas vying for attention right now, one of which I want to wear to the WWKIP event on the Brooklyn Museum steps. Are any of the Brooklynites reading this planning to attend?

The reluctant model

Lauri Dress Finished and Modeled

1. Lauri Dress, Front, 2. Lauri Dress,Swirl, 3. Back, 4. Pocket, 5. Sleeve with picot BO, 6. Buttons

Created with fd’s Flickr Toys.

 

It was like pulling teeth to get photos that did not involve elaborate posing and matching shoes :)

Test knitting finished on time, well written pattern, clearly explained finishing directions, new skills learned, successful knit, and a happy child. All in all a great FO. Now if I could get it away from her long enough to block out the area where I knit with an unraveled skein I would love it even more. She will be wearing this tomorrow rain or shine or un-blocked.

 

Pattern: The Lauri Dress from Lily Go

Needles: Size 3 circs and double points

Buttons: covered buttons from one of those button kits

Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Blush and Cherry from the stash!! Because it’s stash yarn I have to estimate the total yarn used. I think it was nearly 5 of pink and maybe 1 1/2 of red. I didn’t have enough of one color to make it solid, so when I was at the proper skirt length I knit a few rows with Cherry and bound off. Then I went back and did the sleeves and pockets in red as well. I also did the crochet  buttonholes in red to tie it all together. We like it :)