Some finished things + custom order information!

by tolmema on November 11, 2013

I haven’t been around much recently, and I apologize. October wasn’t a very good month here and November hasn’t really been much better. My husband was let go from his job in early October and his unemployment still hasn’t come through, so it’s just been my income for the last six weeks. As a result, I’ve been working a lot more and overall have been way too stressed to blog.

I’ve also been super busy trying to get my new website, Handcrafter’s Toolkit, off the ground. It’s a website designed to help crafters improve their small businesses online using inbound marketing best practices. It’s a bit bare right now, but the site is finished and I’m working on lots of e-book content in the background.

However, despite the busy-ness and stress, I’ve still managed to finish off a few projects, and so I come bearing pics of some recent FOs.

Little Sister’s birthday is coming up soon, so I made a few gifts for her. The first is a little knit dolly with a stocking cap and sleeping gown.


The dolly is made from Mirasol Yarn Miski, an amazingly soft baby llama  yarn. The stocking cap is from one of my yarn hauls at the farmers market this summer. I’m pretty sure it’s Jacob sheep’s wool. The nightgown is made from some knit fabric I found at Joann a couple of years ago.

I made some little leggings to match the nightgown:


They’re size 2T to accommodate Little Sister’s cloth diaper bum and also allow for a bit of growing room. I used the same jersey knit as the dolly’s nightgown, and some random white ribbing fabric I had lying around that I think I bought at a thrift store awhile back.


I didn’t use any patterns for these items, but am working on a little pattern for the dolly/hat/gown. I’m quite happy with the way she turned out, and I like her waldorf face.

In addition to gifts for Little Sister, I also made some little leggings for a friend who recently had a baby boy.



They were supposed to be a 3-6 month size, but I tried them on Little Sister for confirmation and they’re actually closer to a 12m size. However, the waistband is very stretchy so they should fit from about 6 months to maybe 18 months.

I also had tried to make a little henley shirt to match, but something went wrong in the process and I may or may not have Hulk smashed the shirt into the garbage can. Something was just off about it, I’m not sure what, and I don’t like to give obviously imperfect things as gifts.

Next up is a little stretchy thing made from a scrap of fabric. It looks like a little kitty-eared beanie.


It’s quite literally a rectangle folded in half and sewn up on the sides. But it’s super cute, despite its simplicity! I don’t have a recipient in mind for this item yet…I think for now I’ll add it to the gift stash.

The last item isn’t a finished item, but I was so in love with the photo that I decided to share it anyway.


Believe it or not, this photo was taken on my patio quite literally just outside my front door. The wind had blown a bunch of leaves into the patio area and were trapped by Little Foot’s mini-trampoline, offering a beautiful backdrop for some WIP mittens. I’ve since finished the second hand and am now working on adding after-thought thumbs.

So there’s my pile of FOs for now. I’ve been working on a couple of quilts for the girls for xmas and also my first knit sweater (which is nearly finished – yay!).

My final thought here is that I am taking custom orders for the holidays until the end of November/early December for both knit and sewn items. A few of the items that I can (prefer, more like) to make include:

  • Knit mittens – $25-30/pair
  • Knit beanies – $25-30
  • Knit mug cozies – $5
  • Crochet or knit house slippers – $25-30
  • Reversible flannel baby blankies – $25
  • Flannel carseat blankies – $25
  • Baby circle skirts and leggings – $10-20

All prices are dependent on size required and cost of materials and include S+H.

You can check out my Facebook page for photos of things that I’ve made, or my Flickr photostream (it hasn’t been updated in awhile, I’ll work on getting more photos in there).

Or, if you have something specific in mind, you can email me at and we can work something out.


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