I just spent precious knitting time doing gusset decreases on two socks. Sounds great right? These socks have a short row heel.  I guess its been too long since I’ve done a short row heel. I just had to share my giant fail.

Shhh It’s A Secret

I made this for my mom to go along with her gift card for Christmas.

IMG_6248My mother loves gift cards and thinks the notion that they are impersonal is hogwash. Even so I wanted to include something from the heart.  Ice cream is the great love of her life other than her children. So she will know how much she means to me. I hope she likes it.


A Repeat Was Sewn

I’ve been on a quest to sew a good wallet lately. They have all had their little flaws and that has made me even more determined to get a good one made. I’ve probably spent about 40 dollars on patterns when all along the perfect wallet has been sitting quietly on the hard drive waiting for a second chance.

I made another Necessary Clutch Wallet. This time with the facebook group devoted to this wallet and the mistakes I made on the last one I was able to make a wallet that I’m happy with.


There were problems along the way and a few broken needles, but this version is vastly improved over my first try.


I’m done buying wallet patterns. I’ve got a nice little library now and the NCW is a pretty darn good little wallet.

I bought a few zipper pulls on etsy (they call them charms). IMG_6201I haven’t been knitting much lately due to the sewing frenzy. Now that the parade of wallets is over I might get in a few stitches.


Accessories Were Created

When I decided I wanted to really learn how to sew the main thing I wanted to make were bags.  I like bags what can I say. The idea of being able to provide myself with a new bag whenever I wanted that was 50 dollars or less was exciting. As a new sewist I never created anything I wanted to actually carry out in the world. I was disappointed. I’ve had a few self declared successes in my bag making attempts and more than a few failures. The following is a failure. Wonk wonk.



Sewing the zipper gusset onto this thing was HARD. The rounded corners made it near impossible. After ripping it apart a few times I was ready to settle for just good enough for the thing to stay together. IMG_6151I really like the interior of the wallet and that it has two exterior zippered pockets. I’m going to use it despite the fact that it looks like a three year old made it.  It really is quite functional if you can get the darn thing sewn together. It fits my giant iphone 6 plus quite nicely. I truly believe this wallet did not come together right due to my lack of precision in making of the individual parts.  There were a lot of firsts in this project for me. I think I will try it again in the future. The above pattern came from an etsy shop. Her version is much cuter than mine.  My Necessary Clutch Wallet had to be replaced. The hardware kept popping open and credit cards went a’flyin several times. Can’t have that.

I also made a bag. My fabric selection might be too cutesy for me. You would think when you are picking fabric for yourself you could avoid making that mistake. Guess not!

IMG_6148 IMG_6149_2This one is the Bonnie Bag from Emmaline Bags.  My first proper zippered bag. That in itself excites me. The making of this bag went very smoothly and I’m pleased with it.  The question is can a grey loving person such as myself pull off so much pink?…

My sweet puppy is turning one this week. Happy Birthday Basil mommy loves you.  (Wait dogs can’t read).