Confessions of an Etsy Junkie
I have the Etsy link located a little too conveniently in my Firefox taskbar. I spend more time than I care to admit roaming around that little world of temptation. A month or so back I found Blue Thimble. When I saw her Bird's Nest Tote I instantly fell in love. I mean, wouldn't you? Haven't you? Just look at it!
Unfortunately, the tote was in the "sold items" section. But that's nothing a quick note to the seller couldn't fix. Allison responded very quickly and said she'd custom make the tote for me. She was so friendly and kind to work with, not to mention a perfectionist. When her new shipment of canvas bags didn't take the dye in the same way as those she'd had in the past, she began experimenting. All the while she kept me informed, until she was able to print in a way that met her strict standards. The result is my wondeful new tote.
is was to keep my spinning in it. The only problem? After the photo shoot, DD#2 asked if she may use it for her book bag for the rest of the school year. Sigh. She looks so darn cute carrying it - and she is always such a cooperative model. What's a mother to do?
Did you notice the just-off-the-needles Fetchings? Yes, I jumped on that band wagon. I was one of the few who hadn't knit this pattern yet. When I found a single skein of Koigu Kersti in the sale bin at Purl last week I knew my time had come. Everything you've heard about this pattern is true. It is so very quick.
Yarn: Koigu Kersti, Color K521
Needles: Addi Lace US #6, magic looped - those pointy tips work great for cabling without a cable needle
Etc: I was able to get stitch gauge with the Kersti, but my row gauge was a little off. Since I wasn't sure if I'd run out of yarn, (I only had the one skein from the sale bin) I knit per the pattern instructions. In the end I had extra yarn. Next time I'd probably knit an extra row between each cable and two to three extra rows before binding off. They are a little skimpy, but not enough to rip out and make the adjustments. I'm on to other projects and DD#2 is happy with them just as they are.