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In My Shopping Cart: Julep Maven, Toil & Trouble, and Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen

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Julep Maven!

Julep Maven!

This week's haul is about what I actually purchased this week, instead of what's in my wish list =) 

Just a few days ago, I was listening to the While She Naps podcast, and caught up with the Episode 17 where Stefanie and Stacey talked about their favorites. 

I have shopped at other membership-based collection websites before, such as IntiMint and really like the idea of getting shopping suggestions every month. And I do take care of my nails very carefully, as I work with my hands a lot.

So I thought about it for few days, but finally signed up for Julep Maven! I am so excited about it and can't wait to get my first shipment in the mail which was FREE. 

 


Toil & Trouble Etsy Shop, Superwash Merino / Nylon - 463 yards - Maleficent in Purple and Yellow

When I was visiting Ewe + You few weeks ago, I picked up a skein of a beautiful yarn by an indie dyer, Toil & Trouble. When I got home, I got to check out their website and etsy shop, and fell in love with all the collections. 

So I just ordered another skein from their Etsy shop -- this one is dyed to order and is called Maleficent in Purple and Yellow. It does remind me a little bit of Exploding Tardis-inspired colorway to those Doctor Who fans.  


Timey Wimey sock pattern by Ana Campos

I also purchased a pattern designed by the dyer, Ana Campos, called Timey Wimey toe-up socks. I really like the interesting cable stitch pattern and the fact that the stitch pattern goes all the way to the toes. 


Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen (aka Tiny Owl Knits)

Finally, the Green Monday deals few days ago got me to buy this book I have been oagling for a while: Woodland Knits by Stephanie Dosen, better known as Tiny Owl Knits

Although several, if not all, of the patterns in the book are available for individual Ravelry download, the book deal was totally worth it. I wanted to knit or at least have the pattern for many of the designs in the book, and to buy them separately would have been more expensive than the book. 

This post was both more fun and scarier than my regular "wishlist posts." It reminded me of all the things I purchased for myself for the holidays, and the fact that I haven't bought anything for my lovely husband. But I can't deny it was more fun than talking about what I have in my wishlist. =) 

Review: Itty-Bitty Toys by Susan B. Anderson

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Itty-Bitty Toys   : How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids   by Susan B. Anderson . Published by Artisan, New York. 

Itty-Bitty Toys: How to Knit Animals, Dolls, and Other Playthings for Kids by Susan B. Anderson. Published by Artisan, New York. 

Lately, I have been OBSESSED with wanting to knit toys.

Notice I said "Wanting," and not yet "knitting" toys. I have not knitted any toys yet--was never interested, never understood the point, etc.

The only thing I made was a teddy bear based on Baby Bobbi Bear by Bobbi Intveld for my sister 3 years ago. 

Then I saw this Instagram post by EweandMe earlier this week. How cute is that? It got me thinking, when Logan is born next March, I'll probably need to take a break from big projects or design work for a couple of months. What am I going to knit besides socks? 

I might have mentioned that I am not planning to do a lot of knitting for the baby. I already knitted a couple of things but I know babies grow very quickly, and I don't want to spend a ton of time on something that my baby will only wear once or twice. I'll probably do more knitting and sewing for him as he grows older, but I am using this last bit of free, childless time for me and my husband's handmade things.

I'm thinking, instead of clothes or booties for my baby, TOYS will make really fun projects. It's small, somewhat portable, I can take breaks in between, and the FOs will stay with him for a lot longer than a tiny cardigan

So I started combing over all the thumbnail size photos on my phone one night, when I searched under Toys on Ravelry. Many of my favorites were designed by Susan B. Anderson, some were free patterns, some were not. But there were so many, I decided to just buy this book by her.

What did you do with Jean? Who is this person? Jean NEVER makes toys!!! 

But these are so cuuuuute. I might even make some now and keep them for myself, AWAYYYY from the messy baby. =P

Some of my favorites are (click on the images to go to their Ravelry pattern pages):

Every knitter needs a lamb (or ewe, or sheep) toy doll.

Every knitter needs a lamb (or ewe, or sheep) toy doll.

Maybe it's the baby model, maybe it's the color of the doll, but this purple/pink hippo is just right for me.

Maybe it's the baby model, maybe it's the color of the doll, but this purple/pink hippo is just right for me.

And how can you do a review on a knitted toy book without showing a teddy bear?

And how can you do a review on a knitted toy book without showing a teddy bear?

I have a ton of leftover handspun and sock yarns from all my sock knitting craze these days so once the baby arrives, I can just get to these projects. Or I might even start now to contribute to my destashchallenge

There are even patterns in here that are REVERSIBLE. TWO toys in ONE. 

I just can't get over the cuteness of these patterns. This book was published in 2009, so it's not even new. After almost 5 years since the first publication of this book, I'm just beginning to find out the joys of knitting toys. Babies DO change you, don't they. :)

On a sidenote: Voolenvine of Yarngasm Podcast is hosting the Ornament-a-long KAL!

I think the projects from this book will be perfect for Voolenvine's Ornament-a-long and it will actually encourage/enable me to start now, before the baby arrive ;)

 

Disclaimer: I personally purchased this book myself. I was not paid, compensated, contracted, or otherwise obligated to write this review.