Good Mail – part 2

It has been a long time since I’ve done a partner swap, but I decided to play along with the Chittery-Chattery-Swappery-Swappers group on Ravelry in the Scavenger Hunt partner swap. Isn’t that a mouthful? 🙂

The guidelines: This will be a one-on-one partner swap (you’ll know who your partner is and be able to communicate with them about likes and dislikes), with each person creating a box of goodies for their partner. In addition…there will be a list of items to try and include in your box. For every item from the scavenger hunt list that you include, you’ll earn one point (items count only once). A single item may count for more than one item on the list. If the list includes “something soft, something your favorite color and something made locally” I could include locally dyed yarn that is purple.

I was partnered with Raveler Kataish (who is beyond cool and you should go check out her etsy shop and FYI, I’ve participated in her non-club before and it’s worth it!).

My package came with directions on how to open it – so I did as instructed!
C2S2 Swap

C2S2 Swap
My own knit dachshund! (something with a tail, something that makes you feel young, fav animal, something she made, something homemade) A lovely skein of Oddish Creations Painted Toes in “Tree Fuzz” (LOVE that color) and Oxford Book Shop bag (reuseable bag from local store)

C2S2 Swap
Mini Umbrella picks (something campy, something to be used at a summer party), Eco Friendly pencils (something up-cycled, something earthy, something green), Mug Sleeve (something good for the earth, something w/ rainbow colors), A Little Bit of Happy Mix CD (something musical), Magic Wipes (Something from dollar store, something faerie like, something used in home), Apple Crumble Kuchen (recipe, something that contains first initial), Selfportraits, Heart (something bumpy, something red), Nutrigrain bar (something made locally)

C2S2 Swap
Stitchmarkers (something from a kid), feather (something from her yard, something that reminds of childhood home), Sheep bead (something smaller than a quarter, something made in the USA – by k2p2socks), Seashell (represents family, something to collect on vacation), Buttons (3 buttons), Mini Sticky notes (something yellow, something helpful), Maple candy (something sweet, something sticky, local candy), Lychee & Plum candy (something tasty, something citrusy)

C2S2 Swap
Hand carved stamps! A dachshund (so cute!!) and the caffeine molecule!!!

There is also a zombie card (to help survive a zombie apocalypse) that arrived the other day and I forgot to put it with this pile of goodies!

Kata was a great partner – and she scored all 48 points! I think she enjoyed the package I sent her as well (I scored 44 points!).

Good times, good mail – it’s been a while since such spoiling.

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Good Mail – part 1

I was very excited to see the mailman stop the truck at my mailbox this week and put two packages inside!

The first package contained yarn! On Twitter, I think, is where I first found rAchel (ontheround) – she’s got a young one at home and is a spinner and knitter. Then I checked out her etsy shop – sooooo pretty! I had noticed a while back that she had a “Lorax” colorway – of course, that jumped out to me and I got in contact with her. And voila! It’s here!!
On the Round Lorax Yarn
400 yards of sock yarn… I can’t wait to knit this up. Monkeys? I could use a new pair, since my original ones died in January. Socks in Little Bee Pattern, Honeybee Socks, or Herringbone Rib are also under consideration.

I really want something seuss-y, or truffula tree-ish… I may have to go do research with some pattern books first…

Nutmeg Knitting – My Etsy Shop

A while back I spotted a post on Ravelry by Kate of TotToppers.com – she was going to allow for knitters to purchase a cottage license, which means the knitter has permission to sell the finished product of selected patterns. I thought this was a great idea, reasonable in price, and I adore her work, so I jumped on the opportunity.

I am now an Official Licensed Seller for 4 of the Tot Toppers patterns: Cabled Tie Topper, Little Miss Muffet, Tiger Stamped, and the Checkered Square Cap.

I’ve got an etsy shop set up too.

A sample of what’s there in the shop:
Nutmeg Knitting Sample

Custom work is accepted happily! I’m knitting as fast as I can on my own ideas of color combos and such and I am loving getting to try out some new-to-me yarns. I have made a sale to a local friend, so yay on that! Feedback is welcome too – and of course, if you happen to be in need of a baby / toddler hat, orders are welcome as well! 🙂 Everything listed right now is ready to ship. I think this afternoon or tomorrow I’ll make the “Tot Toppers” category be the “custom order requests” or something along those lines. I’ve signed up with the EtsyFAST and EtsyKnitters teams. I hope to be able to join the EtsyBaby team as well – need a few more sales first! Wish me luck!

Sew.

A few weeks back I broke out my sewing machine again, with this box bag tutorial by my side. I got such a thrill out of this little project – similar to when you are knitting a sock and you get to the weird part at the heel and then before you know it, POOF!, it’s a sock! It’s a bag! With a zipper that works!
Box Bags

I decided to make Theatreknitter one as well. The character of Little Red Riding Hood is quite special to Betsy so I went online and started searching. SewDeerlyLoved had just the right fabric (Japanese, but the shop is in the US) and I must say, I would love to shop there again. The fabric came in such a pretty little bundle!
Box Bags
It came out really cute, if I do say so myself!

In my fabric lusting searching, I also came across these great sites to share:
*Quick Piece Tiny Squares – I’m not a quilter (though I dream of it) and I don’t think I’m going to cut up teeny tiny squares, but you never know. Cute!
*5-minute Hair-kercheif – so adorable. And the Lorax is sort-of into headbands… I’ve been avoiding getting my hair cut for a while now, so I am in need of a hair-taming strategy daily.
*Kiddie Present (doll & doll quilt) – Lorax isn’t too into the baby dolls, she sticks with her puppy, but this is adorable.
*Make a quilted pendant – maybe starting small is the way to go.
*Fabricworm – fabric love.
*PicClick.com for etsy – love searching etsy this way.

Oh, and I can’t believe I forgot to post in the last post about how the Peep-Tini tasted – like candy! High sugar, sunny, sweet. All the things I love!

Big Bad Baby Blanket

I finished this blanket last week or just before. I bought the yarn back in May when Betsy and I went to Webs. I started it, but stopped because I got superstitious… I picked it up and put it down many times, more so towards the end of my pregnancy, but didn’t finish it before Lorelai arrived! I love it – I used blue sky organic cotton. Didn’t bother to block it. Great for tv knitting, I would make this again or even make it larger for an adult.

Big Bad Baby Blanket

No more photos mom, really!
Blanket CloseUp

Here’s a cuter picture of her:
Diape(RED) 1
See the little thing in her hair? It’s a little flower clip from etsy shop PrettyinPaper (she’s changing her shop name to PrettyInPosies) – The clips stay in her hair pretty well and they are very cute!

Monday Fun


Happy Left Hander’s Day!
A bit from mental floss
Highlighting cool facts:
4 of the 5 original designers of the Macintosh computer were left-handed
1 in 4 Apollo astronauts were left-handed – 250% more than the normal level.
Most left-handers draw figures facing to the right.
There is a high tendency in twins for one to be left-handed
Stuttering and dyslexia occur more often in left-handers (particularly if they are forced to change their writing hand as a child, like King of England George VI).
Left-handers adjust more readily to seeing underwater.
Left-handers excel particularly in tennis, baseball, swimming and fencing
Left-handers usually reach puberty 4 to 5 months after right-handers

My dad’s a lefty, I’m a lefty and luckily I’ve adapted to living in a right-handed world. I like being left-handed. It’s one of those “good” different things.

I found this really cute site on etsy: IttyBittiesForYou – I’m most likely going to get this weiner dog ornament and I’m in conversations now about getting a dachshund superhero So very cute!!

I’m hooked into the LimeNViolet KnitWars – last night I went to see Shakespeare on the town Green – I brought my knitting and on my way back home all I could think of was “I can get points for knitting in public and knitting for an hour!! Excellent!”