E____ G_____ is visiting from Boston, and we've been touristing and crafting up a storm. You want evidence? You've got it. Above, the two toes we've knit in Kaffe Fassett Regia Sock Yarn. The pattern is a simple toe-up, afterthought heel sock from Renaissance Yarns. Before I tell you who knit which color, E____ wants me to ask which one looks prettier. I think they both look good!
Last night, I gave E___ a sewing lesson. She already knows how to sew a little, but she's very detail oriented and wants to learn the right way to do things. Which means that my mom should teach her instead of me, because my sewing can be a little sloppy. Anyway, we each made an Artsy Clutch from Amy Karol's "Bend the Rules Sewing". Very simple, cute project, and I had all of the materials on hand (except the elastic, which I have but couldn't find). E___'s is on the right in the photos below--she picked great fabrics & I only made her cry a couple of times during the lesson. These are pretty small, but they hold the single Stripey Sock just fine.
I can definitely see making more of these, possibly with pieced fabrics or embellished fabrics. Rhinestone unicorn, anyone? Maybe a little larger, too, and maybe I'll try a little harder to center the elastic loop. In any case, I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out.
In other sewing news, I did a little sewing before E___'s arrival. My Mom's church bazaar was the day after E__ arrived, and I didn't make anything at all in advance. Stupid! Stupid! Stupid! It turned out fine, though--before going to the airport, I whipped out some fabric tissue holders using this pattern. It's a good use for small fabric leftovers, and they are very quick to put together. I only sold 5 of them this year (vs. 12 or 14 last year), so I have plenty left for Christmas gifts. Next year, maybe I'll make some with matching eyeglass cases or little tote bag things. I'll try not to just save the tissues that are in these for a year, and then resell them when they get musty. That's bad crafting!