knitting: washcloths

Knitting up more wash cloths.

These have a sort of nautical feel, don’t they? I didn’t know that would happen. I was just combining Americana colors.


Or could be a racing-stripe feel. Maybe?


Then I thought more than Americana, they have a French flair….


I’ve got twenty-three wash cloths finished right now. Definitely a couple year’s worth!



So, since I don’t need that many wash cloths, I am going to have a give-away. Yes, you could win five all-cotton hand-knitted washcloths. Don’t like the above colors? You could choose my blue/green variegated. . . .


The blue-green don’t have a hang-loop, they are just square.

So leave a comment in this post, and I will enter your name in a hat to win 5 of my wash cloths. If you’re like me and hate the micro-fiber cloths they sell now, you’ll be pleased by how absorbent these are.

The give-away will end, let’s see, September 20th. At 5 p.m. Eastern Standard time.

The give away is now closed and the lucky winner knows who she is!

give-away lunch bags




I’ve been sewing lunch bags. I used Ayumi’s free pattern available on her blog. She kindly put up a tutorial for everyone to use, but asks that the finished goods not be sold. So since I felt like sewing a whole bunch because they are fun to make, I thought I’d give some as gifts and put up 2 (two) TWO for a giveaway.

This folklore-feeling one I have already given as a gift. I love the fabric, it’s Handmade by Bonnie and Camille. So it’s not part of the giveaway, but isn’t it lovely?


Luckily I kept on sewing.

And sewing.

And sewing.

I’m using the blue one with roses for myself, so it’s not part of the giveaway, either. But isn’t it pretty?


Everything else is up for grabs.

Like this beauty. The fabric is also Handmade by Bonnie and Camille. I love this fabric line.


And this fun cowboy themed lunch bag could be yours. Leave a comment, maybe it will happen.


Or maybe you need to carry your bento box to work? I have the perfect lunch bag for that, too….


Or come Christmas time, this one will be so perfect. (I forgot to sew the drawstring closure on this one, but it will be completed if you win it!)


I love romantic roses (I’m sure you do, too), and these are a lovely fabric designed by Tanya Whelan. I love all her fabric.



Okay, so the rules are easy. Just leave a comment in THIS blog post, and May28th at 8PM Eastern time I will put all the commenter’s names into a lunch bag (instead of a hat!) and pick two winners. Let me know which one you’d like to win. My giveaway is available to US addresses only, because shipping to foreign countries is crazy expensive. I’m sorry about that. Please make sure I have a way to contact you if you DO win.  🙂

Giveaway is now closed!

The winners are Sandy and Beverly. Thank you all for leaving a comment!  🙂



doing a happy dance

One of my customers remembered I like to embroider things, and thought of me when she spotted these embroidery patterns at a garage sale. Thank you, Beverly!


I totally looked for one of those animated gifs of snoopy doing his happy dance, because that is how I feel (I did not find the right one).

Imagine thinking of me and taking the time to do this? How awesome is that?

And because I need to share some of that love, I will give away 5 patterns to two people who comment in this post. All the patterns are suitable for tea towels, and not for bed linens. You will for sure receive one Sunbonnet Sue days-of-the-week pattern, because there are a lot of Sun Bonnet Sues in this box.


I am so moving those animated kitchen utensils to the top of my to-do list! How cute are those?



So tell me about what you like to embroider, and you’ll be put in the drawing, which closes November 30 at 5p.m. Pacific time. Now CLOSED! Only three entries? Heck, every one is a winner!

book give-away (now closed)

I won a book giveaway on a blog (yay for me!) and the publisher made a mistake when mailing me my win. Instead of the correct book, I received this one instead. I’ve been given permission to give it away in turn, so here’s your chance to win a copy of, Storyland Cross Stitch.


Isn’t that cover perfect? Magical, and inspiring, and makes you want to buy the book!

My camera shows some glare off the pages (thank you, flash bulb), so be advised the pages look a lot better in person.

The projects are straightforward and I think even the most difficult is still very do-able by a beginner. Here’s a few snapshots of my favorite projects.

The sweet fox head. Think of any number of things you could decorate with this guy….


And this pouch with the big bad wolf? Awesome!


Can you tell the projects have in mind the current aesthetic? Think of popular subjects on etsy, and sold at Anthropologie.



Daughter would love to have this cat mask. The black part is felt, only the details are cross stitched. So it is a fairly simple project!


I’ve seen owls enjoying a vogue, lately. This pillow is large, but an entirely achievable project.


If you would like a chance to win a copy of Storyland Cross Stitch, just leave a comment in this blog post, and

    I will pick a winner August 5, at 5p.m. Pacific time



I think this book would make a wonderful gift for a young adult interested in needle arts. Oh, and I forgot to mention, the book includes a starter-kit of floss and Aida cloth so someone can get to work on a little something right away!