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Handmade Christmas: Baby Doll

I found this tiny baby and a pattern book for it in Ogden Utah this summer on the road trip.  Then I found this little pink bed with red bedding at the local Slovak gift store in my neighborhood for $20- Together I was inspired to make a postage stamp quilt and afghan and little bloomers for the baby.

I need to make baby more than just that, but I ran out of time.  Pickle’s Handmade Christmas:





Sheep and Wool Festival

sw3Ariel and I went to the Sheep and Wool Festival in Rhinebeck this weekend. The drive up was SO BEAUTIFUL.  Every time I visit the Hudson Valley my desire to have a house there exponentially grows.

The animals were SO CUTE. I want an Alpaca, stat.

sw 1I am always fascinated by these people who raise animals! What is there life like? Where did they come from? We met a boy whose family has “36 or 37” sheep on their property because they just love them–it’s not there job, they don’t make money, they just have them.

sw 2Believe it or not, I did not buy ONE skein of yarn.  I am trying to get through all the uncompleted projects I have first. I REALLY REALLY wanted this green Ombre Gradient Set 2 from Cephalopod (which was only $92 at the festival doh!)…but I passed.

I saw a few vendors from the sleep away camp Phoebe is attending this week.  It was great for me to touch base with them and feel it out. Her experience is going to be amazing.  Here are some of the offerings from the farm where she is going to be adventuring:

sw4Wool– I love you.




Fiber Arts: Parent Volunteering

I have been volunteering at my kids’ schools for years now, and I have finally found MY KIND OF PARENT VOLUNTEERING.


Will you please make felted dolls and knit face towels?

Yes, yes I will.  Here is my first face towel.  I love that they provide AWESOME wool/linen and needles too—they are my kind of people!


I love Phoebe’s new school, and I will happily make whatever they want!

I think my felting needs work, but I tried REALLY hard.


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I designed their clothes too.  My first time.

I hope they sell at the fall fair. I might have to buy them.

Iceland: Wool

IMG_2530Icelanders love their wool.  I knew I needed to go on a yarn crawl, and I was not disappointed! This is my yarn crawl in Iceland outfit!

We visited the Handknitting Association of Iceland to try on some sweaters.  The girls and I knitted on to their piece at the front of the store. Knitters from all over signed the log after knitting a few rows!

handknittingThere was a great selection of sweaters and yarn there but I didn’t buy anything.  They had a few DAM trolls wearing their sweaters. I used to collect DAM brand trolls as a kid and seeing these brought me WAY back…..I saved a few, but they are lost somewhere in my parents house…I may need to get one.

handknitting2Our next stop was Storkurinn.

stork yarnThis store was the most like stores in the USA.  I felt like I was in the USA when I was here.  It was organized and clean and beautiful.  I loved the wall hangings above the register: various sized tiny balls of yarn in similar colorways all organized in a circle.  I bought a skein here that reminded me of the colors I was seeing in Iceland–a lot of mustard yellow and purple.

little knitting shopNext we headed to THE LITTLE KNITTING SHOP.  I fell in love with the display of buttons and bought 5000 krona worth.  I loved the green dress in the window and the beautiful red velvet couch.  There was also a basket of toys for the wee ones to play with–brilliant! If I lived in Reykjavik, this might be my store.

On our way to the final stop, we headed to A4 to see some fabric that I had seen on a blog.  The price seemed too high for me (though I might have been wrong as I was still learning the krona to dollars ratios and wasn’t sure if it was just for a yard or whatever), so I just focused on the selection of lopi they had. This is where I got my 50g balls because it seemed like the best price I had seen so far.  I was surprised to see a whole crafting section in this office supply store.

Finally we stopped by Alafoss.  This store mostly had lopi, the Icelandic wool yarn.  Though I’m not a huge 100% wool fan for my fiber arts, I had to get the authentic wool from Iceland and knit something with it! I had already gotten several balls at A4, but Lolly spotted some NEON in 100 gram balls, so I went for it.

A1 allafossShe and Phoebe designed some items for themselves based on items they saw for sale in this store, and it ended up being the perfect souvenir! Yarn!

IMG_2672Thanks to my cousin Jana who sent me over to this blog with all the yarn store recommendations.  And thanks to my family for supporting my passion.  Here is the stash I brought home…could you die over those sweet wooden buttons?






East Meets West: Yarn Bombing

We had such a fun time Yarn Bombing Across America.  We tried to leave our mark wherever we could, and we found some really fun places to leave a swatch or two.

yarn bombTHANK YOU to everybody who contributed swatches!  It was so fun to spread our yarny love.

tree ybThe most thrilling for me was to happen upon other Yarn Bombing.  I couldn’t believe Cheyenne had a fence around the corner from our hotel that was crochet flower bombed!  It was TOTALLY meant to be that my friend Kelly happened to see this granny-square-bombed museum a few weeks before I arrived…and I think my cousin told me about Pittsburgh bombing their bridge… AMAZING!

ybVisiting these places and local yarn stores was a true highlight for this fiber artist.  I didn’t get NEARLY the knitting/crocheting done on this trip that I wanted to, but that is A-OK.

Purlbee: Inside Out Bag

Last week Angela and I had a sewing night. We whipped up these inside out bags from the Purlbee blog.  I bought materials for the exact bag they had online, but then found some skull and knitting needles fabric.  We both agreed that was way cooler than polka dots.


This will make a great project bag this summer right?


Fiber Arts Lately

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Lately I have been working on projects I can finish in one or two settings.  Above left is a hankie I embroidered at the most recent NYPL Crafternoon. The girls from Creativebug came and were very inspiring!  Check out this awesome video!  Rebecca had on the cutest little cat dress and necklace and librarian Jessica made that dress!

The Gnome I knit after I was gifted Mochi Mochi from Lolly’s flute teacher.  I wanted to knit it for her as a thank you.

My little buddy requested a purple hat from me, so I whipped this up just in time for her 5th birthday!  And finally the scarf was a combo of two yarns I picked up at the Yarn Sale back at Christmas.

On the side I am working on the cross stitch for Pickle’s Christmas Stocking and I really need to buckle down and focus on preparing everything for Lolly’s upcoming Baptism!  Focus….Focus. Put the needles down.