While my sewing machine takes charge and merrily stitches along, I simply need to be present to change thread colors when it tells me to and try to intercept any problems that might arise. So, of course, I need something to keep my hands busy. This is one of the wool applique projects that I brought along--
It is a pattern by Buttermilk Basin, By Thy Hands September, and will become part of the block-of-the-month series that I am starting at Bear Patch. This wool portion is sewn by hand and then joined with a traditional quilt block that is sewn by machine. The best of both worlds!
Barb, one of the ladies attending the retreat with us is sporting this lovely bracelet, a gift from her lovely husband!
It comes from an Etsy shop for Blackberry Designs. They can make them for all sorts of interests and people and hobbies and occupations.
I am loving this new project bag that my kids gave me for Christmas.
It actually is a knitting bag, and that is how I have been using it until I packed up for this trip and realized that it would be great for toting my handwork projects. It comes from the Tom Bihn company. Made in Seattle and co-designed with the people at Knitty Magazine, a great source for wonderful knitting designs. There are pockets and stuff sacks and pouches and leashes to coordinate in wonderful saturated colors. This is the Little Swift. I thoroughly love this tote bag and all of its features.
Oh, and by the way, Tom Binh makes lots of other neat stuff, like backpacks and messenger bags and briefcases. Check it out!
I think Ian is developing his own creative side, now using his pajamas for a hat! Such a style icon!