No, not that kind of house cleaning, though I’m in desperate need of that too….my house is a wreck! I’m talking about the blog kind. Projects I’ve forgotten to show, wonderful things I’ve received, etc.
Leslie from A Friend to Knit With had some extra yarn after finishing a project. I know I would have been stingy and kept it all to myself. But being much less selfish than I, she sent a skein my way. It is so pretty and I can’t wait to use it. The fact that all I can knit right now is a scarf is sort of holding me back. 🙂 Note….I am going to try and stop apologizing for my horrid pictures. I will NOT apologize that this picture was taken at 4am and doesn’t do this yarn any justice.
I love books….my husband teases me that books are the other man in my life. I have a hard time not reading….even the cereal box at breakfast. So new books are a real treasure. I got several for Christmas, plus one more that I picked out myself with a Joanns gift card, also from Christmas. I’m very excited to try some new projects. I’m a little worried about Printing by Hand though. Do I really need to start a whole new catagory of craft items to purchase?!
I finished this bag a while back in a trade with an artist friend. She made my new Etsy banner and business cards and I made her a diaper bag (she’s expecting her first in May!). I have a love/hate relationship with this bag. Most of it I LOVE, but there are a few things than annoy me. It doesn’t stand up as nicely as I would like and I wasn’t able to do a nice padded pocket for her laptop. The color in the above photo is way off….it is a really pretty shade of green. The other pics are closer, but still not quite right.
My Bernina is a real trooper and I love her, but she just hasn’t got enough muscle sometimes and I think if I had interfaced the bag like I would have liked, there would have been no way she could have sewn through all those layers of canvas. And she really got angry when I tried topstitching the laptop pocket! I think I will have to bite the bullet someday and get an older machine to handle the tougher projects. I love the color my friend chose for the outside of that bag and I love, love, love the japanese fabric on the inside. It’s the first real project I’ve done with japanese fabric (other than a crayon roll) and it was so fun using such a beautiful fabric.
The nitty-gritty…self drafted, canvas outer, japanese import guaze lining, one zipped inner pocket, two elastic bottle pockets, large divider, random pleats.