Oh, happy day!

A three-day weekend, and a sale at my local, friendly yarn and fabric store, Brooklyn General–what could be better? Brooklyn General is a cozy store with a great selection of natural fibers, a helpful staff, and a doll’s house in case you have a small person in tow. Another great thing–a few times a year everything in the store is 25 percent off, which is such a treat. Here are the things I bought–the black fabric with the sporty cars is for a sewing machine cover, the yarn is for a keyhole scarf for my niece, and the plain cotton (Kona) is for just about anything.

Gloves galore

It all started when this gorgeous Mori yarn went on sale at purl soho, which is dangerously close to my office. Yay, I thought, I’ll make fingerless gloves for everyone! I bought five skeins in lovely colors. More than a month later, I’ve completed one pair, and started a second. It turns out I need to knit on size 1 double-pointed needles; they are barely bigger than toothpicks. The gloves were meant for Christmas presents, then New Year’s, but soon I will be handing out gifts for unlikely holidays. Look a Martin Luther King’s Day pair of gloves just for you! But maybe an unexpected gift in January, OK possibly February, is just what’s needed in the heart of winter.

The pattern is also from the good people at purl. Like all the patterns on the purl bee, this one for striped fingerless handwarmers, is well written and turns out as expected.

Bunny’s wardrobe

I have to confess that I adore my daughter’s bunny rabbit. So when she asked me to make Bunny a new dress, I was only too happy to oblige. The dress is made with Mary Flanagan wool felt, which is more flexible and cozy than other felts. Bunny looked so cute in her new attire, who could blame me for suggesting that she might need a cardigan for the chilly days ahead? Pretty soon Bunny had a sweet little cardi made from koigu premium merino. Most of the supplies came from my favorite store–purl soho (www.purlsoho.com/purl). Oh, and Bunny is sitting on a doll’s quilt I made using a left over block from my very first quilt.