Tuesday, May 27, 2008

SewBendy and Morgan Mary

Hi Knitters,
I got this little bag in the mail today. Boy, did that arrive quickly, I just ordered it on Saturday. It is beautifully handmade by Melissa Kinney of SewBendy. She is in Austin. I fell in love with the Amy Butler fabric and the sweet small size of the bag. I've always got a thing for that bigger loop that fits through the small loop. It's clever every time. Zip on over and pick one up quick, there are only a few left.

I am aching to learn how to machine sew. I know very little about sewing on a machine but I have done a lot of hand-sewing. I enjoy sewing by hand tremendously but sometimes I think how much faster it would be to use a sewing machine. Seeing this bag has nearly pushed me over into signing up for a class and getting a sewing machine in my house. I think it must be done and soon. Forget all of that other stuff I should be doing, sometimes a girl's gotta sew!

The late afternoon sun was streaming through my studio window and it highlighted the new pedi sock I just started. It feels good to be back to stripes after my pooling woes. I will definitely add the pom-pom on this pair. The yarn is Trekking XXL #134 and it is the most delicious summery blend of colors, perfect for Memorial Day weekend.

The SewBendy bag is the perfect size for a small project like a sock (don't forget the cozy for your yarn). The pocket is a good thing, too. Thanks Melissa for this treat of a bag. I'll use it all summer I am sure.

We went to my sister's house on Memorial Day to celebrate my niece's high school graduation. To say time flies puts it mildly. What a glorious day for a party. This was my son's fourth sandwich, he had a total of five. That makes my stomach hurt. My sister rented a soft-serve ice cream machine along with a keg of ice cold rootbeer for top of the line rootbeer floats. This was by far the hit of the party for the kids and adults. I need to file this idea away for future use.

My sister lives in a hundred year old house on the lake here in Madison. It is the best house for a party I have ever seen. There is space to spread out, loads to do, places for the kids to hide, room to eat, everything you could ever want. The hostess is really what makes a party and my sister is definitely the hostess with the mostest in my book. She does an excellent job. Brava.

My daughters bounced the day away on the lakeside trampoline.

This is the view from the third floor balcony into her yard. Those are star balloons in the high school colors. I just about died when I saw those because my sister called me from her car and said she might pick up a few balloons for the party. When I saw the two-story high string of balloons I thought she had lost her mind but they were from the graduation ceremony. They were going to be thrown out so my sister snagged them for her party.

Congratulations to Morgan. I am proud to be her aunt. She is a fun, kind, giving, hard-working young woman with many talents. That is the best kind.

I hope you all had a good long weekend. Now it's back to business, the business of knitting.
best, susie


peaknits said...

What a great site for a party indeed! Perfect! And don't you live in the backyard of Stitcher's Crossing? Go over and look lost, those ladies will hook you up with some sewing:)

Annie said...

I am curious to see what kind of machine you get! I'm still looking but hope to buy one by this fall. Looked like a fun weekend.

Michelle said...

I've been itching to learn to sew as well. I told myself this year was *all* about knitting, but then I spied some super cute apron patterns and I just can't get them out of my head. That and the fact you can whip up super simple little girl clothes in no time flat. eh, what's one more thing for the fun crafty list?!

Anonymous said...

Check out prettyinpink.etsy.com! Some great totes & purses made with Amy Butler fabric!

Anonymous said...

Check out prettyinpink.etsy.com! Some great totes & purses made with Amy Butler fabric!

Wool Winder said...

Five sandwiches! It must be a challenge to keep him filled up.

Hilary said...

I have a Juki sewing machine I bought last year and I LOVE it. Not as expensive as a Babylock but just as good if not better, especially for basic sewing. My mom (quilter extraordinaire) uses a Janome and loves it also.

All my life I sewed on my mom's antique Baby Singer, until I finally had to retire it... the new Singers are not great imo though, (they sound grindy!) which is why I went with the Juki.

Good luck with the sewing venture!


Melissa said...

Wow, Susan, thanks so much for promoting our store - what a fun surprise!

I want to be sure it's clear, though, that it's not only my shop - I run it with my good friend, Jenn, who lives in Columbus. So our bags come from two sides of the country! We're having a blast with this so far and are thrilled that you love your tote.

Thanks for supporting our craft habits!

Elise said...

I love the whole blog where do I begin. I am a sewer and I would encourage you to take a class to make that bag. After seeing that bag I know have to go and get that pattern. It would be a good beginner project.

I love the keg of root beer idea. I will have to save that for my son's graduation party next year. Where would you get a keg of root beer??

rohanknitter said...

I love your new little bag!! You should learn to sew- I never make anything difficult but it's neat to be able to make myself a bag or a simple skirt. There are so many great fabrics out there!!
I had to laugh at the picture of your son and what you wrote - I have 3 boys, 2 of them teenagers. The amount they eat makes my stomach hurt just to think about it!! (not to mention my wallet -i'm sure you know what i mean!)

Betz White said...

lucky lucky sister living on that lake! talk about primo real estate.

Wish I was closer to help you with your sewing :)

Betz White said...

P.S. you can get rootbeer in a keg?

picperfic said...

I love that bag and the stripey sock yarn, in fact i was gifted that very yarn in a swap and I love it. I didn't realise how beautifully it knitted up either!

Sara in WI said...

Great Madison lakefront property! I am so jealous! Nice party! Nice bag! Nice socks! Nice post! What else can I say? (Oh, Betz....A & W for rootbeer in a keg....anyway, that's where we got it for my ds's party in Platteville.)

Emily said...

Sew! Sew! Sew! I will be your sewing cheerleader! I can't wait to see what you whip up. (That new Amy Butler bag is on my list too.)

On another subject, I live outside Chicago and last summer we started taking day trips up to explore Madison. It is such a wonderful city! That yard looks like a fabulous place for a party--right on the water, you can't get better than that.

Dianne said...

Teenage boys are the definition of "bottomless pit"!