Hyacinth for Sophie

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Can you tell what Sophie’s favourite colour is? You guessed it! Sophie is our purple girl. Well, purple and turquoise, to be exact. Way back in the fall, Sophie requested that I knit her a cardigan, and I’m sheepish to say that I just sewed the buttons on to it this week. Yes, I am working on my procrastinating ways!

The Hyacinth Cardigan  is a fairly mindless knit. Top down knitting is always a prerequisite for knitting projects for our kids. Sew up side seams? Um, no thanks. Give me a pair of circular needles, and I’m a happy camper. The yarn is….Knit Picks Wool of the Andes worsted weight. Because I always buy Knit Picks WOTA. Okay, not always, but 99.9% of the time, my yarn shelves are stocked with the stuff. Thank you Big Sale!

I made the smallest ladies size for Sophie, because she is in that in-between stage where girls sizes are too small, and ladies sizes are too big. Excuse me while a take a moment to morn my little Sophie growing up. Oh my heart! How does it happen so fast? I knit her the smallest size (33), but really, I should have sized up. Yes, it’s a fitted little number, with 3/4 sleeves, but it could do with a tad more ease to allow for growth. Oh well. This truly is the nature of knitted garments. You don’t really know how it is going to fit until it’s done. I suppose that the smart ladies who take time to knit a swatch likely have a better idea of fit, but I’ll never claim to be in the same league as them.

August Slow

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I’m holding on to every last ounce of summer slow! Good Girl Moonshine (A Trim Healthy Mama Sipper drink), a new British Country Living mag, a Tea Leaves cardi for Pippa, and new (clearance) Joe Fresh flip flops for me. Happy days indeed.

My China Cabinet Makeover

We have some happy news. We’ve bought a house and are moving very soon! I should really be packing, but instead I am finding every excuse to avoid it. That includes finishing up projects that have long been in need of finishing. Take for example my china cabinet and hutch. I painted it and changed the hardware to wood knobs last fall, but only just added the fabric and rehung the cabinet doors yesterday!

Please excuse the quality of the photos. I took them on my phone in the late afternoon, so the light is not that great. The before photo is not mine, but it is an example of what the cabinet looked like before it got it’s makeover. I neglected to take a before photo of mine! You can find these kinds of hutches and cabinets for so cheap on kijiji. Ours came from my husbands grandparents, and my MIL assures me that they would be pleased with what I’ve done to it.

I painted the cabinet with some mis-tinted primer/paint combo paint from our local paint store. Cheap wood knobs were finished with a homemade beeswax polish, and the Cath fabric was tacked into place with furniture tacks. I missed a few times, and ow, my fingers are not happy today! I am however very happy with my new shabby chic cabinet. I can’t wait to find a spot for it in our new house.

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china cabinet after
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china cabinet after

cath kidston fabric
china cabinet after

Innes and Swan Tote Bags

My Innes and Swan shop is finally stocked with some products! I have been busy sewing up a storm creating these tote bags. The roomy shopping totes are made from upcycled jute coffee bags with repurposed belt handles. Each tote is lined with heavy canvas lining. Cheery fabric and brass details complete the look.
The totes are approximately 21″ wide at the top and 17″ high.

I also have totes of the same size made from vintage fabric, lined with canvas, and outfitted with belt handles. I am working on some smaller bags and hope to have them listed soon.

Please visit my shop to view my bags!

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