summer knitting totes.

I am looking for a new spring tote bag, one that can comfortably fit lots of yarn… Currently, I have my eye set on two, both from Lands End.  The white canvas Route 63 Snap Tote (above), with it’s pretty, caramel-colored leather trim, or:

…the Canvas 1963 Washed Tote. It’s a bit smaller than the first one, but the classic blue and white pairing really appeals to my inner preppy.  Plus, the leather strap elevates it a bit from a standard boat-and-tote.

Let’s have a poll!

{Route 63 Snap Tote, $138/Canvas 1963 Washed Tote $49.50. Click on images to buy.}



…it’s that they like to multiply.

hello, monday.

Monday is the day when I do the grocery shopping, all of my cleaning and the laundry – basically, setting the house back to normal after the weekend. I didn’t do much of anything this weekend, except for sock knitting. The first Hermione is finished, and I am about 1/3 of the way finished with her mate. It was a nice, relaxing couple of days.My friend Dona and I have started our own personal ‘sock of the month’ club – the goal is to knit one pair of socks each month this year. The Evil Stepmother socks count as January’s, even though I just finished them, and the Hermione socks will be for February. The stitch definition looks beautiful in the wool and silk yarn, don’t you think?Dona is already on May – she knits two socks at a time using the magic loop method. You can visit her new blog here – she takes such beautiful pictures of her knitting!  Also, she is helping me with my french lessons, which is very sweet of her.

What will you be doing on this gray, cloudy Monday?


My evil stepmother socks finally came off the needles on Sunday, and I am so thrilled with how they turned out! The purple combined with the blues and reds have created a lovely, dark and sinister fabric…I started by knitting the cuff in the mulberry yarn, then started alternating mulberry between rows of evil stepmother – three rows of each.  I chose to do stripes in order to minimize the pooling that is usually associated with hand-painted yarns. You still get the effect of the hand-painted, but it is a bit more organized.                The heel and toe are also knit with mulberry to give the socks have a little contrast. They fit like a dream – I went down a needle size and cast-on 60 instead of 64.  They truly feel custom-made for my feet.

Here are the details:

  • Pattern: Super Simple Sock Pattern by Allison Sarnoff {free knitting pattern!}
  • Yarn: Knit Picks Palette in Mulberry (1 ball) and Knit Picks Imagination hand-painted yarn in Evil Stepmother (1 hank)
  • Needles: Set of size US 1 dpns.
  • Size made: US 6 1/2
  • Ravelers: Click here for project page.
  • Mods: Cast on 60 stitches and shortened cuff by half.

Have a great weekend!

{image via purl soho}

Oh…to buy or not to buy?  They have Amy Butler organic on sale, which I’ve been itching to try… and 40% off is a pretty great deal, don’t you think? Visit Purl’s Blog here for details, then head over to the shop before everything is gone!

Today I need to recharge my batteries, so I plan on spending the day with some new friends from the library, as well as my Hermione socks and my sketchbook.  Oh, and a nice full pot of italian roast coffee. 

Doesn’t that sound wonderfully dreamy?

hermione’s everyday socks.

I am finally going to use this lovely wool and silk Spud & Chloe yarn to knit up a pair of Hermione socks. One skein would not be enough to make a pair, so I’ll use the Cricket (green) to knit the body and the Popcorn (cream) to knit the cuff, heel and toe.  They are perfect spring colors, aren’t they?