Mother’s Day hat

I keep calling this hat my “Mother’s day hat” since I used roving I bought at the Maryland Sheep & Wool fest on Mother’s day to spin the yarn for it. The pattern is a free pattern called The Voilet Beanie which you can download on Ravelry. Since my yarn is so very busy it’s hard to see the pattern, but it’s been such a easy project to work on, and knits up quick. I liked it so much that I plan to cast on another in some pretty mustard yarn I have that will show off the hat’s pattern much better.

Sketchbook Cozy

I have a favorite kind of sketchbook (paperchase’s A5 plain paper spiral bound $8 notebook) so I have several blank ones on hand, and decided to sew myself a cozy to keep my current sketchbook and pencil in. Since I knew I would be using the same size sketchbook for as long as possible, it was easy to measure the one I had, add 1 inch around (.25 seam allowance and .25 around each side for wiggle room) I used my current favorite method of finishing the edges with bias tape. I made a quilted front using my Technicolor Halloween fabrics, and Kona cotton. I had so much fun making it that I have been trying to think what else in my life I need to sew a cozy for. It’s been very handy to as I used to set down my pencil and then have to search around the house every time I wanted to draw. Now with the zipper, my pencil gets closed up inside the cozy.