Sunday, December 10, 2006

Crafting of Various Sorts... and Chocolate

I went to Bust's Craftacular this weekend in Brooklyn. I bought a few things including this bag by It's By Erin:



The fabric inside is so cute:



Another surprise at the craft show was that someone recognized my bag! It is such a small world. I bought my clutch from LalaLand at Etsy. She lives in NC but the girl who recognized the bag was LalaLand's best friend and had seen the bag before it was sold to me! This is a one-of-a-kind bag and I can't believe someone knew exactly where I got it! Usually people are always asking me where I got it and I always send them to LalaLand's shop on Etsy. I have been carrying it ever since I bought it back in April.


Sweet Spring Clutch by LalaLand (picture from listing on Etsy)

Afterwards, I visited Downtown Yarns in the East Village for the first time. I thought this store was really cute and was much better than I expected with lots of good yarn and some unique things I hadn't seen before. They had lots of things knitted up and hanging from the walls, including some things I had been seeing in some books recently that I really liked. I walked out of there and didn't even buy anything after browsing for about a half hour.

Then I went to Purl Soho where I got some more Manos del Uruguay for a 3rd pair of Felted House Slippers. This time they're for me! I also stopped into Purl Patchwork where I bought a couple fat quarters to make a small pillow, and some scrap fabric.



I have always wanted to learn to sew (more than I did in 8th grade home economics) and have been thinking a lot about taking a class at Make Workshop. I have a little craft sewing machine that is for extremely light-duty work, but I thought I would try a couple things with this pillow and scrap fabric... just to see if I could do it. I don't want to start a whole new hobby, but I want to supplement knitting. I feel the same way about crochet- I don't want to become an expert because I feel like I need to concentrate on one thing (knitting) to become really good at it, but I want to be able to crochet and sew in order to do more with knitting (edges, finishing, etc).

I also bought some fabric from Ikea yesterday from the "as-is" section. I bought two curtain panels in a bright fuschia color for only $3 each! It is so soft and gauzy that I thought it would make a great wrap. One idea I had was to use it for the inner fabric in the Multilayered Tube Shawl from AlterKnits.



I wanted to post a picture of the seam of my snowflake stocking. I mentioned I was proud of my first decent looking mattress stitch seam for it's almost-invisibility, but then never posted a picture, so here it is:



In other knitting news, I began a new "travel" project with Lorna's Laces Shepherd Sock wool, hand-dyed especially for Purl Soho. I love this yarn now that I have started using it. It is knitting up so stretchy and soft. I am using Martha's Stewart's basic sock pattern from an old issue of Living. I like this pattern because it is clear and easy and is how I first learned to knit socks.



Also, for you chocolate lover's out there, I wanted to mention some new stuff I tried. Bissinger's sent me a catalog and I have no idea how they got my address, but I am glad they did. I ordered their Salted Margarita Caramels, and they were heavenly. A citrusy flavored caramel covered in chocolate and sprinkled with salt crystals. They are expensive ($11 for about 7 small caramels), but sooo worth it.

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