Basic Bag - Better Bag Maker

Better Bags Are Hand Sewn

I have been working at improving my bag making skills. This is the basic bag from The Better Bag Maker by Nicole Mallalieu. She suggests you start here to learn the fundamentals.  I found her directions a little hard to follow. The mastery of the bag was figuring out how to coordinate between the bag body, lining, interfacing and facings. Sorting the pattern […]

Sonoma County Fibertrails

Sonoma County Fibertrails Spinners Day

Spinning and knitting are somewhat  amalgamous you can’t have one without the other. Spinners seem to be another breed from knitters. Most spinners I have met tell me they love spinning more than knitting and that it is somewhat Zen like. Most spinners also knit, obviously they knit what they spin. I have always found spinning […]


Chalk Paint – Painting Furniture

This is my first adventure painting furniture. I used chalk paint, two coats, sanding to add the distressed worn look and then waxing at the very end. Now I want to paint everything. The chair on the left is the original. (more…)

Lily Linen Dress

Cut and Sew Linen Like Prototype Dress

This is the first garment with my new Bernina Sewing Machine. I purchased discounted fabric to make a sample of the pattern first. The fabric is ok, I think it is a polyester but I am pretty happy with the pattern. It is a bit tent like but has a nice drape, with detailing on […]


Be Sweet – Sweetie Pie Baby Knit Hat

I made this sweet little baby knit hat for my nephew and his wife. The baby is due next month August 2014. It takes one skein of Bambino Taffy, 100 yards. 70% organically grown Cotton / 30% Bamboo The yarn is handmade in South Africa. Sadly the skein is not one continuos piece of yarn. The colors […]

Men Knitting Behind Bars

Men and Knitting – Out Of The Closet

Some of my favorite knitters (and friends) are men. There is an up tick of men knitters today as noted in this UK article in The Telegraph:  Men’s knitting: is it ‘the new yoga’? Brandon Mably, a British knitwear designer who runs knitting classes has also noticed a boom in male interest over the past […]