knitting: a shawl in Lion brand cotton

I figured out how to make the shape of shawl I was going for after last month’s fail. This one is exactly what I wanted. The triangle drifts off to the side, and the pattern is simple garter stitch, no frills, so the colors do all the talking. I used Lion brand cotton yarn, andContinue reading “knitting: a shawl in Lion brand cotton”

mspt: knitted wash cloths

I am trying to fit in a little knitting every day as my zen time. I don’t have anything I particularly need to knit, I have enough scarves (can one ever have too many scarves?) so I am knitting simple washcloths. Quick, easy, and something you always need. This is Peaches & Cream cotton. ItContinue reading “mspt: knitted wash cloths”

mspt: lavender wreath

For those who haven’t been reading forever, “mspt” is “make something pretty today.” I used a wreath frame from the floral section in the dollar store, and ribbon and fresh lavender. You have to gather the lavender on just the right day–too soon, and it’s not fragrant, too late and it’s gone to seed. IContinue reading “mspt: lavender wreath”

MSPT: a Japanese knot bag

I’ve wanted to make one of these since the first time I saw one. And then several years passed, and finally there are loads of tutorials on youtube. Boy, is this a simple bag. First, I wanted to test my hexi skills, so gave those a go. All hand-sewing and a lot of ironing, butContinue reading “MSPT: a Japanese knot bag”

mspt: embroidered fox

Remember I used to write “make something pretty today” posts? Yeah, I really ran out of time for making pretty things. Looking forward to retiring, and having endless days for projects. One day…. I spent several evenings working on this little embroidery. I haven’t embroidered in a long time, or at least not tried toContinue reading “mspt: embroidered fox”

make something pretty: in the works

I have been in love with Tilda fabrics for several years, and so disappointed it’s not for sale in the U.S. So my lovely sister in Japan bought this charm pack for me, and even though I’m afraid to use it (because what if my project doesn’t work?), I’m going to jump in and justContinue reading “make something pretty: in the works”

make something pretty today: knit shawl (08/17/17)

I am happy with craftsy.com, I can pick out a knitting pattern AND find the right yarn to use and know I’m not buying too much or too little yarn for the project. Because I always buy too much, just in case, and I hate that. This pattern is called Over the Sea to Sky,Continue reading “make something pretty today: knit shawl (08/17/17)”

making something pretty today x3

I’ve been doing a little sewing in the background, because it’s hard not to think about making pretty things–and then make those things happen. I bought several charm packs of Moda’s Poetry fabric, and made some zakka style curtains for the living room. They sadly don’t photograph well because of all the light behind them,Continue reading “making something pretty today x3”