Take the Handmade Pledge

I Took The Handmade Pledge! BuyHandmade.org

Take the Handmade Pledge this holiday season. I just did, and this will be going on about five years we’ll be giving only handmade gifts for Christmas.

Here’s a blurb from the Buy Handmade website:

Buying handmade is better for people, better for the environment, and better for giving truly special and well-crafted gifts. The ascendancy of chain store culture and global manufacturing has left us all dressing, furnishing, and decorating alike. The connection between producer and consumer has been lost. Buying handmade helps them reconnect.

We encourage all consumers to be aware of the social and environmental implications of their purchases.


Skirt Lust

So I’m wanting to branch out in my skirt making. I tend to use the same basic patterns – either store-bought or home-made – over and over and over. And I make very plain skirts. I don’t embellish, I don’t decorate. I sew the skirt together, and I’m done. But here are some skirts I like:

wet season skirtavalon silk skirt hope chest skirt beanstalk skirtstencil garden skirt

1. I like the border at the bottom of the green skirt. 2) I like the two pieces of the floral skirt. 3 and 4) are just cute. 5) looks comfortale – picture a jersey knit waistband with silk or cotton skirt. All pictures from Anthropologie.

I have Yarn. Could I be more insane?


So I own yarn.

Plain Yarn for Dying Wool scarf Sockweight Yarn Yarn in bag for bag

The Village Knit Wit, my local yarn store, is closing. I’ve been in there a few times to get yarn with my mom. I’ve drooled, I’ve lusted, but I’ve ultimately refrained from buying yarn because I really don’t need a new hobby. But alas, nice textiles are my weakness!

So now that everything is 40% off, well, I caved and bought a few skeins. Or 10. Enough for a scarf, hat, and mittens for me. A pair or two of leggings or socks for Wally (or me). Some for a felted bag. But that’s it, I promise.

I should note: I made a scarf for Randy when I was in college. That’s the extent of my knitting experience. Like I said. I’m insane.