Wednesday, August 18, 2010

New Stuff of Mine

I've been busy knitting.  Some for myself, some for my grandbabies, and maybe one or two new items for my Etsy shop:   I go in phases with the things I  make because I tend to get tired of doing the same thing for too long.  So more quilts, miniature quilts, and pincushions will be coming when I get in the mood.  In fact, I'm starting to feel a mini quilt urge coming on as soon as I have the time. 
Knitting works well for me when I'm busier because it's so portable.  I can pick it up easily and knit a few rows or take it with me in the car if someone else is driving, of course.  And it's great to take to a hair appointment or to sit and wait in a dentist or doctor's office.

I just listed this cable knit purse for my Etsy shop.
It's lined with a cotton fabric and then I crocheted and felted the flower on the front.  The yarn is Baby Alpaca.  I know my things are maybe a little more expensive than others you may find on Etsy, but I use very expensive luxury quality yarn.  You can really tell the difference once you start working with the better yarn.

I made this little baby set a while back for my granddaughter, Riley.  I'm now almost finished with another set just like it that my dog groomer ordered from me for her granddaughter.  She ordered a size 3 mos., but it looks awfully small to me.  If I have to make her a larger size that's fine because I'll give the one I'm making to my newest granddaughter, Leanna. 

 I made this little hat and bootie set for Leanna
 This set I just finished for my newest grandson that's due on September 6. 
Side note:  I leave for Spokane next Thursday to be there for the new baby.  I'll be staying three weeks.

This set I made for a girlfriend of my DIL's as she had a baby girl 3 weeks ago.  She saw the set I made for Leanna and asked if I could make a set for her baby.  She loved it and actually had professional newborn pictures taken of her baby wearing this. 

I finished this sweater for myself a few months ago and I love it.  It's perfect to throw over a tank top if it cools down at night or to go into a freezing grocery store or restaurant. 

Oh, and this is my new "natural" hair color and my new pink and purple glasses.  I'm embracing  a much more Bohemian look ever since I retired from the insurance business and don't have to look conservative anymore. 

And since I finally figured out how to set the self timer on my camera I thought I'd show the necklace my kids got me on Mother's Day.  It has become one of my favorite things.  It's Brighton, and the two charms on the left are the birthstones of my two sons next to a charm that says "mother" and the four birthstones on the right are my grandchildren with a "grandmother" charm.  One more will be added very soon.  It's actually becoming quite heavy, but isn't it beautiful!  I just love it!

As you've probably noticed, my blog background and header is also new, but I don't know if I'm satisfied with it.  It may change a few more times in the near future before I find something to stick with for a while.  I enjoy making the changes when I have the time to fool with it.  I've also updated  "My Charming Creations" page (click on the tab at the top).  I've sort of neglected that page for a while, so take a look if you'd like.

That's it for now.  More to come.


DJan said...

I absolutely LOVE that necklace on you. And the hair is great, and the sweater is to die for. I'm running out of superlatives, but you deserve them all and I'll see if I can find some others... :-)

Connie said...

I like the new look, sugar! LOL Isn't it wonderful to be able to stay home and do what you want to do? I've loved it for the last 17 years. Just LOOOOVE it.

Darling little outfits for your grandbaby...


The Polka Dot Closet said...

Thank you for stopping by! You sure don't look like a grandma! I don't knit so I am so in awe of people with that skill! Romantic Homes was quite a kick, as you read it was a lot of luck too. My local paper the Orlando Sentinel picked up the story and did a half page in the style section. I got more business from the local paper than the national magazine. Ah, it's over, my 15 minutes of fame LOL!! I saw you have a baby boy coming, I am having a drawing on September first for a vintage famed paper boy doll, I don't know if you entered or not? have fun with that new baby when it comes.


Theresa said...

Beautiful creations Nina, love the purse and your stylish new look! The sweater and glasses along with that gorgeous hair... too cute!

Love all of the baby booties and hats! Precious!

Enjoy your evening my friend! HUGS!

Denise said...

Love the goodies that you make, I have tried several time to learn to crochet and the first/last afaghan(sp?)I made was crooked, must have dropped a few?? You look great, enjoy your "new look".

Valerie said...

I like the sweater and the baby outfits are adorable. You make me wish I could return to knitting, shop bought stuff isn't half as comfortable or lasting. Oh and the new blog look is lovely.

healy said...

Im just new here. I saw your site in blog catalog and it captures me. I really like the little outfits and the color?so sweet. Oh! I miss my grandma

StitchinByTheLake said...

I love it all but that necklace is wonderful! blessings, marlene


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