Wednesday, March 20, 2013

making

thank you so much for the lovely dear words on my last post. i've felt guilty with sharing so many photos lately. this one doesn't have nearly as many, and it would be so nice to feel caught up (sort of) with things here, so, my latest woolly (and now stitching) happenings...


what i brought home





from nyc. more bags (my husband is rolling his eyes somewhere, he thinks i have a collecting problem), beautiful cashmere from habu textiles and a cone of merino, for the color alone. baggu bags can be found here.



what i made


 the desire has come to sew again, with so much inspiration everywhere! a small knitting project bag with sashiko embroidery was made, skills are a bit (very) rusty. i used scraps of vintage linen and dmc thread. gifted to a dear friend yesterday


what i found



vintage yarn at a thrift shop, five skeins of 100% wool for one dollar! the label says reynolds scotch mist, made in scotland. and the weight, 2 ounces, but no yardage was noted. i made a swatch, found a vest pattern and crossed my fingers there would be enough to complete it. searching my stash i found noro kogarashi, another bulky weight that kind of complimented the heathery scottish shade. the pattern is the grownup version of 'in threes'. i added afterthought pockets. the vest is too large, but in a comfy cozy way and am too lazy to remake   :)



what i shared
 freesia from my garden in recycled bottle with it's own knit wear, off to a friend



what else i made




another bag, it's true, i may have just a slight problem, cannot stop collecting them and now making them either! i've had an idea to make 'yarn along' project bags. i enlarged the logo, my granddaughter sadie helped me hold it up to a window while soft muslin was placed over and then traced. i used valdani hand-dyed cotton thread in the most beautiful spring like varigated green, but it didn't seem to show as well as i'd have liked. sadie also helped choose the ribbon for the tie, a vintage piece from my ribbon collection too (oh dear). we stitched together, her and i, she is a natural my grandgirl   :)
the book i'm reading is livingstone and africa by jack simmons, david livingstone, one of the greatest of all african explorers. words for dreaming...

joining with ginny and the yarnalong
xxx lori

53 comments:

  1. Oh my gasping gosh! You have been busy churning out beautiful project after beautiful project. I love your bags. I love everything actually. Your work is just incredible, including your photos.

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  2. Wow wow wow!!! Love the yarn ! Love all of your post!
    Make me happy just to look at them! I can feel the cashmere! Gorgeous! And the bags, ah!
    Realy like what you made! The last pictures, yarn along WOW!

    You made my nigth! Ha ha

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  3. I am in awe over all the lovely yarn you found Lori, it is all so pretty and I know you will turn it into something even more beautiful!

    And the bags...OMG, I think I am going to copy your idea and make a few myself.:)

    Love you my dear friend.

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  4. The bags!! They just keep getting better and better! I cannot get over that yarn along bag and the embroidery on your gifted bag is gorgeous! I think you'll inspire all sorts of bag sewing now. :)

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  5. You're like the Everyready Bunny of Knitting!! I love the vest, the bags, and your yarn selection was just amazing. Oh, how I wish we lived closer, XOXO

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  6. Oh I love your yarn along bag! Oh and yarn for a $1 what a great find. I love that you have so many collections.

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  7. I think we all have to collect something;) The yarn along bag is so cool and you'll have to measure the vest, I love it!!

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    1. Ha! I meant model it!

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  8. look what you have done! that sweater is wonderful and the bag is so cool. wow.<3

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  9. Lori you are so very talented- simply loooove the vest.
    My jaw dropped when I saw the stitched yarn along bag. Just beautiful... all!

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  10. beautiful photos. I especially like that first bag you made with the embroidery. and the vest is gorgeous! very envious of your bargain find and your ability to mix and match different yarns. it worked out perfectly!

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  11. What a great thrift store find! And that Habu yarn is delicious - can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  12. One beautiful project after another, I am drooling over here :)

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  13. Your roomy vest sweater is a dream, Lori,
    all the treasures from NY look right at home at Chuck and Lori's Seahouse
    xx
    julie

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  14. I love the vest....amazing. So many great things you got going on. Inspiring!!!!

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  15. My goodness you have been busy! How nice to have a little grand-daughter to do projects with....and to have freesia in your garden, it is one of my favorite flowers. We got more snow here today...on the first day of Spring no less.

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  16. I too am a bag junkie- have way too many but JUST CAN"T STOP!! and I too have vintage ribbon that I adore. oh my...imagine if we did a trade some day

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  17. Ooo I love all your little purchases. You can never have too many bags!! I could do with some nice ones like these instead of the plastic bags I'm using for all my bits and pieces. Are you thinking of making more to sell in your shop? You can see the variegations beautifully in the logo. I love it. Your thrifted wool and vest - amazing! x

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  18. Oh, can we start a club? I love little bags, embroidery floss, vintage linens, old lace, ribbons, buttons...the list goes on and on. I love your little bags, the vest, and the sweet gifts you made! xox

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  19. Everything is wonderful, and I can't believe you stitched that yarn along bag! It looks so good in stitches!

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  20. I can only say : wow wow wow and wow!!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  21. I REALLY like the embroidered Yarn Along bag--what a great idea! And that thrift store yarn--what an amazing find!

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  22. The yarn you have looks scrumptious. I really want to touch it and see what it feels like. The bags are awesome! Thank you for taking the time to visit and comment today!

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  23. Eeeeek! Your bags are so cool (and the Yarn Along one? How adorable.) The colour of your vintage vest is really beautiful too, and in combination with Mr Livingston, well, it makes me proud to be Scottish! :-D

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  24. You always blow me away with your work!
    And hey you were in my home state! Although I lived in upstate NY and only visited the city once in my 19 years there.

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  25. Love Love Love your little baggies!! And what a brilliant yarn score at the thrift store! Beautiful colour combo for the cardi!
    Inspiring as always.

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  26. Did you just whip that cardi up??? Incredible! LOVE the bags too, and the embroidery makes them so special.

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  27. I am so glad you are sewing ....;)
    The wee cardigan is beautiful - love the colours. It was Livingstone's 200th birth anniversary on Monday. My 5 year old grandson is obsessed with him at the moment. He went, with his parents, to Livingstone's birthplace last week and he has not stopped talking about him since - writing with a quill pen and all :) a good role model!
    xx

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  28. Hi Lori! Great shopping! I love your new vest, just what I want to knit, too! and you have made so beautiful bags with stithing! x Teje

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  29. So much making goodness! I love it all and can't wait to see what you will make next! A handmade Lori dress sounds heavenly!

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  30. Your sewing is so lovely, that yarn along bag is wonderful.
    What a great deal on the pink wool, it goes so well with the Noro. Are those 'after thought pockets' like the ones you did on something last year - an annabelle -? I'm still not brave enough to try.
    The little bottle of flowers with it's knit wear is so sweet.

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  31. What a beautiful blog you have ~ and I love all your photos! I'm not sure which is inspiring me more ~ your knitting, stitching or all those beautiful bags!

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  32. Oh my, the wonderful yarn and the beautiful bags - not sure what I like best. I really do love the bags you made, one can never have to many of those! :-)

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  33. love the bag! I especially love how you stitched the logo, beautiful. You know I am always looking for thrifted yarn and I haven't found anything as lovely as you did! You are lucky and I'm glad there was enough :)

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  34. Lori, you've made so many beautiful things since your return to California. I have always been intrigued by Sashiko stitching, although I have yet to try it myself. Thank you so much for your inspiration.

    Somehow as I scrolled through this post and saw so many creations, I had a sense of a relaxed atmosphere and calm spirit that was part of each item. Something very special there, Lori.

    xo

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  35. Lori, So wonderful! I love all the colors and that vest is beautiful. I never get tired of your photos! xoxo

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  36. beautiful habu yarns!!! and the bags...we love our baggus! we have several styles and use them for everything :)

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  37. Oh Lori...so much to love and admire here! I'm happy your NYC trip was wonderful. And your In Threes is very sweet and cozy looking...just right when I look out our windows at all this snow, though I imagine in your nook of the world, it is sunny and mild. But those bags...those bags!!! And your yarn-along logo is perfect! What fun to create these gems with your Sadie girl. Love love love!
    Sending you the warmest of hugs with a side order of heaping happiness!
    xo Jules

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  38. You inspire me every time I read your posts. What an absolute treat that you bought some Habu! I couldn't stop petting those when I was in Purl Soho but didn't manage to bring any home with me ... this time. : )

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  39. This is a beautiful crafty post, and I love your sweet sewing as well as your new knitting!! The little bag with the sashiko embroidery is gorgeous, and very you, what a lovely thing to make. I love the yarn along bag too, with its embroidered words and ball of wool motif. Seeing your knitting always inspires me too, and I have today ordered the extra yarn I need for a leaf edged striped scarf I have been knitting for ages but which ground to a halt when the main yarn shade ran out....now I am inspired to finish it! Wishing you a wonderful weekend, dear Lori!
    Helen x

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  40. you are so talented, truly...your knitting, your embroidery Wow!!!
    xoxo

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  41. Wow, the yarn along bag,beautiful! and fun idea.
    And these new yarn and vintage yarn, I love the colours, soft and spring looking
    I would love to have a granddaughter to share my crafts with one day. I ceartinly learned a lot from my grandmas!!
    Have a lovely WE, mine starts tomorrow as I never work on fridays!
    It will be celebrated with my two knitting friends over a brunch and of course knitting!!

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  42. Love, love, love every single thing. And I used to live down the street from Purl SoHo - it was my local shop when I first learned to knit! Am I a lucky girl or what? And you can never have too many bags.

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  43. Your yarn along bag is a must have! The idea is too great to miss :)
    I love your other bags too. Husbands just doesn't understand that we really need for lot of bags and knitting needles and buttons and YARNs and .... My husband stopped asking me what will I do with the new supplies :)

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  44. Oh my goodness!! So much goodness from you lately. I have been getting settled back into life in Arizona, so I haven't had a chance to say hello. I loved the photos from NY. Such beauty, love and fun. And all your sewing - such a talented woman you are. hugs, my friend!

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  45. I don't think you should apologise for posting such lovely photos :D

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  46. love it all lori, including your homegrown freesia. i used your little coffee mug holder today for my matcha green tea from starbucks and thought of you. i love the grown up in threes. i've also been thinking a lot of you as i've been knitting up an in threes myself for little stella who lives in carp. : ) you're often on my mind. hope to see you soon love. xo

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  47. I love how a trip stirs up inspiration & you return home filled with ideas ♥
    Gorgeous yarn & vest & the idea for yarn bags is adorable! Making one with your grand daughter makes it even more special xo Have a wonderful weekend Lori.

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  48. Wow, your creations are wonderful, I love, love, love them all.
    Love that vintage yarn....
    Much love to you.X

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  49. I love your stitching, Lori! The bags are lovely and very useful. Your knitted projects are very pretty, too. Have a great weekend. Tammy

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  50. Just breathing it all in, so much lovelyness, dear...

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  51. so glad I've finally wandered back through posts I missed.....oh, Lori---just my colors from habu!!!! and most definitely, all that bag inspiration will solve my insane need to start a bunch of projects (my version of spring fever, I think!) I've wanted to try sashiko since I got Jane Brocket's Gentle Art of Stitching last year!!! (Adore the yarnalong bags, too!!!) How very clever you are!!!! And----Purl Soho!!!!! sigh. i'm definitely in yarn-shop-envy!!!! (I know, you say---how dare I!!! but, I am!!!)

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xoxo lori