handmade for baby.

a friend of mine and her husband recently had a little girl. so to welcome their new bundle of joy, i was determined to give them something handmade. now if i wasn't swamped with grad school work and a million other life things, i would have made her one of my baby knits.

instead i decided to reach out to one of my absolute favorite online spots...a place where i can get lost for hours looking at the most beautifully handcrafted homemade items....etsy! as much as i love to craft my own handmade items, i equally love supporting those who share this similar passion of mine.

it definitely was a tough choice choosing from the hundreds of thousands of items on etsy. i saw so many adorable things! but i stumbled upon stitches-n-smiles, who makes the most adorable custom monogrammed baby bloomers, and i was immediately sold!

 :: photo from stitches-n-smiles ::

this is a sample image of the bloomers that i ordered for my friend's baby (tutu not included!). i chose the same font that is pictured, but went with black embroidering as it matched the dress i was also giving her.

when the bloomers arrived the other day, i felt like a little kid at christmas time opening the package. they turned out exactly how i had imagined them. i was so pleased!!

as i was wrapping them up along with the dress, i stood there and thought there's no way i can give this to her without a card. so, alas, i did end up making something handmade...with a little help from my photoshop friend.

a little note card for baby nora. :-) i love fonts. and probably spent too much time trying to find the right one. but i settled on the one below. can you guess the font that i used? think cartoons...



wooly pulley - part II.

knitting in the round! i'm knitting in the round folks!

or shall i say, i was knitting in the round. i finished the wooly pulley

many thanks to the very talented women that i work with who guided me throughout this knitting project. tomorrow i will add it to the collection of helmet liners that will be shipped off to the troops!

beyond acquiring new knitting skills through this project, i've also been able to donate my time and energy to a good cause, which at the end of the day truly feels so wonderful.

knitting this hat (if you want to call it that) has made me think even more about the "travels" of all of our knitting projects. dedicated knitters (and i know of a few of you out there that knit while they are in line at the bank :-) - eh em D.I.!!) know what it's like to take your knitting with you everywhere! this wooly pulley has been on trains, in cars, with me on my couch, at work, and next to my kitty izzy to name just a few places...

so i'm very delighted that it will one day soon be worn with lots of pride and joy...and appreciation for our country!

my schedule is jam packed over these next several weeks with work, school, yoga, family, friends, and, of course, the million other little projects i have committed to. but i'm excited for all that this next season (and semester!) holds.

so with that said, i will need to put down my knitting needles for a little while...so i can focus on finishing my master's program (five months and counting!). i will, however, have more yoga girl updates and designs that i will be posting soon. so check back often!