What’s inside my Jordana Paige bag?

…Everything!

I got my first Jordana Paige bag just before Interweave Knitting Lab in San Mateo last year. It’s my go-to big project bag! I don’t think that this model is in the current lineup…but it’s held up well and holds a LOT!

My newest is the Jordana paige Rio bag:

It fits my 17″ MacBook, stacks of files, and anything else that I need for the office!

Want to check out more of Jordana’s designs in action? She’s doing a “what’s in your bag” series on the Jordana Paige blog!

New Craftsy Custom Colors with Lorna’s Laces

Exciting news! I’ve teamed up with Craftsy again to create a new set of custom colored yarns.  This time, we are working with the fantabulous folks at Lorna’s Laces Yarns.

Craftsy is a wonderful place to work and be a mom, and is a community largely made up of moms, grandmothers, and other people with children in their lives.  In selecting photos for this set of custom colors, I focused on my daughters, Mazie and Olive.

I wanted the colors to be warm and fun, but also wearable. The timing of this project is excellent, in that we are able to offer some fun, pick-me-up colors as the weather turns cooler.  To create the colors, I sent Amanda a series of photos that represented the moods I was hoping to convey, and she worked her magic!

Here’s my inspiration:

Photo 1: Focusing on the ballet outfits, tights, shoes.

 

Photo 2: (Focusing on the colors in their hair)
I picture this as a mix of golds, peach, rust, etc. Natural, pretty on lots of complexions.

 

Photo 3: Doll Houses
Bright cacophony of happy colors

Tune in later to see how the yarns came out!

 

Coming Soon – Hope shawlette pattern to benefit breast cancer charities

Hope Shawlette

I designed this shawlette in conjunction with Craftsy.com, using Lorna’s Laces Solemate in the Flamingo Stripe colorway.

Lorna’s Laces donates 20% of the proceeds of yarn dyed in this colorway to breast cancer charities.Lorna's Laces Flamingo Stripe!

To me, the lace pattern resembles rows of hearts. Anyone for whom you make this shawlette will know that you care.

Hope Shawlette

If you sign up for Craftsy’s “deals” email, and purchase the yarn through the email that will go out later this week, you’ll get a copy of the pattern for free with purchase of the yarn.

To sign up for the list, just become a member of craftsy, go to your profile, and add the knitting email to your “notifications.” OR, you can just check out the Craftsy Deals page, you’ll see the yarn when the deal goes live.

I’ll also make the pattern available individually, and will donate 50% of sales to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.

Sonya Philip at Fancy Tiger

This happened a few weeks ago, and somehow I’m just now posting about it!

Sonya Philip talk at Fancy Tiger

Here’s Sonya Philip at Fancy Tiger Crafts talking about her 100 dresses project, in which she’s making … 100 dresses! Some are of recycled / repurposed fabrics, and all speak to the empowerment that one feels when taking charge and making one’s own clothing. (We knitters can get behind THAT!)

Sonya Philip talk at Fancy Tiger

I met Sonya at Makerfaire SF earlier this year, and had that feeling you get when you think you know somebody, but it turns out that you don’t, but you SHOULD.  (Maybe we were close in a past life!)  Here we are in the sewing room with Sonya and Bronwyn the Awesome.

Sonya Philip talk at Fancy Tiger

Olive and The Patterns.  (The Patterns!!!!!!!!)

Sonya Philip talk at Fancy Tiger

Mazie taking Sonya’s photo with her camera.  She’s got a Vtech Kidizoom Camera
that she takes everywhere and uses to record her life.  Here’s the one that we have:

We ended the evening at El Diablo for dinner:

Sisters dancing after dinner