I know this theme could be getting old, but I can't help it...I have stockpiles of pictures I haven't shared yet.
Several months ago I found a beautifully soft gray cashmere sweater set at a thrift store. I think it was $1.00 or $2.00. It had a few holes in it and was the smallest large I've ever seen, but I knew someday I'd make something with it.
I was kind of stuck on what to make my two-year old nephew and had finally decided to make him a soft bunny or bear with the cashmere, but when I pulled it out, a new idea came to me. I saw the ribbing at the waistband and imagined a pair of tiny soft mittens! I figured if I cut and pinned along the seams on the side, my hand sewing would be cut in half and the ribbing (or whatever it's called) would provide a finished look for the wrists.
So, I got to pinning, cutting and hand sewing (the machine and I are not friends-in spite of lessons, I never got the hang). I can't do justice to their cuteness and softness here...even Mark had to hold them and smiled the way you do when something is unbearably cute. I love that little Kyle will be wearing cashmere courtesy of his Tita (Auntie) Laura. My friend's baby boy is due in the Spring...I think Cashmere booties (with ribbed ankles) will be the next project.
I was off the plan for the holidays...and indulged in treats, but am getting back in action...a little more slowly than I wanted to. By the way, I DON'T suggest following Martha's instructions to wet the top of the marshmallows before you rub in the powdered sugar...it results in a shell-like cap which some family members (and friends) might mistake for eggshells on first bite! Though, it all melts away instantly in hot drinks.
I love this paper, but the images are too big for a wallet. I'm going to save it until the perfect idea comes to me.
By the way, Los Angelista is having a give-away sponsored by Nintendo for a Wii console and Wii Fit! Stop over and leave a comment.
Leigh is also having a give-away!
I've been enjoying listening to this courtesy of Mr. Mark and his uncannily good memory at the holidays for things I've mentioned I like over the course of the year. I'm loving it even if Amazon reviewers aren't.
I've been working on some projects for for Arti-Gras. I can't wait to show you my hand-cut (no template) envelopes. I've also got a thrift post coming up!
Enjoy your Sunday!