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With the time I’ve had, I’ve been picking up new crafts. When I saw that this round’s challenge over at Sew? I knit! was quilting, I figured I’d give it a go. I’ve been seeing some really neat quilt stuff and I’ve wanted to learn for a long time. No better time than the present, right? ;o)

I saw a little tote on the cover of Quilts and More magazine and decided then and there that’s what I wanted to make. It’s called the Lazy Days Tote and the pattern is from Cindy Taylor Oates. I decided to go with fall themed fabric since fall is right around the corner. Here’s the fabric that I’ve chosen:

I’ve already got everything cut to specifications and pressed. I’ll probably start work on it Monday and it should be done fairly quickly (that is, of course, if I don’t run into any problems). I’m actually quite excited to get going on it!


In knitting news, I’m not far from completing the Kristina Bag. I started it on Thursday and I’ve got the handles left to knit. I love how it’s coming out. I’ve successfully learned Fair Isle AND how to knit with holding yarn in both my left and right hands (normally I only hold yarn in my right hand). I’m pretty pleased with it :o)

As for crocheting… it’s progressing. I found a book I’d really like to get for crochet, but I’m going to go to the library first and see if they have it there. I got a few already, but I’m a little confused on how to read a crochet pattern still.

Okay… that’s all I’ve got for now. Happy crafting!


I’m a thirty-something who lives in Cincinnati, OH. Crafting, for me, started young - I can’t even recall a time I wasn’t crafty in some way. My first foray into yarn was doing plastic canvas embroidery and making Barbie doll furniture. Not long after that I learned to crochet from a book my grandmother gave me after asking to learn what she was doing (she crochets, afghans mostly these days). After that, I took up counted cross stitch and then came sewing when I took two fashion design classes in high school. My mom had a sewing machine from my great grandmother and I taught myself to sew from patterns on it. I still use this same sewing machine today! I started knitting in 2004 when a co-worker was pregnant with her first child and I wanted to make something for her. I bought a “learn to knit kit” from Lion Brand for a baby hat and booties set. I did make the baby hat and booties (with very few problems) and ended up gifting them to the co-worker. I wanted to make a blanket, but I wasn’t quite able to get that done in time since it took a lot longer then I’d imagined! It wasn’t until the end of 2004/early 2005 that knitting really took a hold of me. Now I love knitting and almost always have a project with me, even if it’s just something small when I’m out and about. I like a wide range of projects depending on my mood. Sometimes I like a good challenge knit and other times I enjoy a lot of stockinette or garter stitch. I love Ravelry for keeping track of my projects and for finding new things to knit - I feel like I’m always spending time on there! It’s also a great place for getting to know other knitters, crocheters, and various fiber enthusiasts. In the fall of 2008, I purchased a spinning wheel from someone on Craigslist. It’s a Babe Fiber Starter, single treadle wheel and after a bit of trouble getting used to it, I’ve managed to spin up some fiber. In January of 2012, I found someone local that was selling their Lendrum DT and it came to live with me! The Babe now lives with Jen (aka piddleloop) and she’s learning to spin. I’m still trying to find time to spin along with knitting, crocheting (occasionally), and whatever else is going on, but I work it in here and there. I’m sure there’s something I might have left out here, so if there’s anything else you want to know about me, just ask :o)

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