Little purse

Last year, I went on a business trip for two weeks–to Los Angeles, in February. I have to confess it was pretty fantastic, but I missed Valentine’s Day, my wedding anniversary, and two major snowstorms. I left this little purse and some felt barrettes behind as a present to make up for missing Valentine’s Day (to one of my loved ones, at least). There wasn’t much I could do about the snowstorms, except not gloat about the sunshine.

The idea for the purse came from a linen basket in the wonderfully cute book Zakka Sewing. I changed the square shape to the old-lady-purse shape, but the pattern was very helpful in figuring out how to attach the straps neatly.

The felt barrettes were adapted from the purl bee pattern for rose barrettes.

You might want to try making one of these projects for your own sweetheart!

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.

Washi tape

I put this sherbet-y assortment of washi tape on my Christmas list, and I’m sorry to say that despite a vigorous campaign of hinting, no one got the message. So, I will just mention it here.

I don’t know what I’ll do with it. I may just build a tape tower on my desk and look at it for a while. I first spotted it in the MOMA store (for a roll of ten, $30, $24 for MOMA members), but it’s also available at happy tape in polka dots & plaids. Not that you have to get it for me, but you could. . .