Monday, January 31, 2011


I do not need any new yarn.
But I got some anyways.
Blue sky alpaca yarn, found at the new Yarn Store at Nob Hill, here on Facebook, I'm using a merino alpaca blend combined with brushed suri alpaca and it is every little bit as soft as it sounds.
I am making something similar to this (which I just finished for my little great grand niece in Florida), but a bit more like a ballet wrap that is tied in the back and with longer sleeves.

Finished wrap pictures and a class for slightly advanced knitters at the Yarn Store at Nob Hill will be coming soon!

Sunday, January 30, 2011

not easy to please

While all things girlie are quickly demanded and the wishes easily fulfilled, the boy is another story.
He is more picky and selective and I am usually really pleased, when he wants something handmade and even more when he uses it!
And boy stuff has indeed been coming out of the bouncing sheep's studio in the past weeks!

There has been the first ever pair of boy socks, that has been worn except when it had to see the washing machine, can you tell?

In the garage there are two small bins holding my stash of sock yarn, however, for his second pair I had to get one of these:

Zauberball (yes, this is indeed what the name is!)! How can anyone resist?
I so enjoy working with this yarn, it is very soft and the color variations are really fun, however, I am a bit disappointed at slight differences in the thickness. We'll see if this will develop into a problem.
As usual Ike was very interested in what I was doing and decided to hang with the fluff.
Don't you think he looks sad?
Just like the whole family he must be grieving the loss of our sweet cat Lucky just a while ago.


I had been looking for a purpose for these japanese cotton linen blends with Lego/robot pattern for a while.

A bag for the ipad!

Note the glow-in-the-dark Fimo button...
...and the first time use of my new labels.

It holds the camera and ipod in the front under a flap and there is an inside compartment for some other accessories. The hardware came from a cheaply thrifted bag and the strap can be removed.
Fabrics bought locally at Hip Stitch.

Lewis loves it and uses it all the time. Perfect. Happy boy, happy mama.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The twisted arm

I could have titled this post just as well "when boredom leads to creativity" or something in that sense. To make a long story short, I had a very bored child, who bugged me to make doll clothes.
A long refusal on my side finally led to surrender, because... well, I love making doll clothes and I was in the right mood!
The decision to do it right made me come up with a dress pattern for the Corolle doll Lilly.

A pretty dress does NOT get velcro losures, but little vintage snaps.

Turned out he pattern fits!

The girlie ended up making a little matching tote bag and ribbons for the hair.
A good day!