Court cases are awful. Almost as uncomfortable as attending court is waiting to attend court. While waiting for the next step I try to boost morality with minor accomplishments to keep up my esteem. Lately I have been knitting up products for the Ladies’ Etsy shop, which lately is full of my products because I can whip stuff up relatively quickly, compared to Bailey’s products which are an investment in time and treasures. Just like writers don’t feel authorized to call themselves authors because they’re not published or famous, it can be hard to brag about a store that has made no sales, but it is a carefully maintained shop nonetheless, and so I will continue to pride in our little store.

In addition to stocking digital ‘display cases’ with arm warmers and such, I made a pair for each of the Girls for when they come home to visit.


Vancouver Fog


In the meantime, I research patterns by making products for myself that I’m not afraid of frogging so I can learn the investment in certain patterns, which birthed my Mermaid Gloves I’ve been wanting for literally years. So far I think this will be the only pair I make in this pattern, but maybe I’ll swoon once it’s actually finished.

Mermaid Gloves


I’ve made several pairs in Vancouver Fog because it’s a versatile pattern that works for many materials in a common weight, and I have memorized the pattern and haven’t tired of it quite yet.

I also adore the Traveling Cable Gloves, though because of the lighter weight they take longer to make compared to Vancouver Fog. They are more elaborate, and the yarn I have in sport weight is also higher quality, which makes up for the effort that goes into them and truly make them shine. I like this Swedish yarn that was purchased for me, made with a bamboo blend and in the color of classic bubble gum.

Traveling Cable Hand Warmers


I’ve been very blessed in that I pray for quality yarn and then will have large quantities given to me, which would make other yarnivores jealous. I’ve also found a set of knitting needles and DPNs for Gary, since he had asked me to teach him. I have also saved some acrylic yarn for him so I can teach him how to make a cable scarf or Seamus.


The (Little) Enterpreneur

baby toys

Gary wants to learn how to knit. I think he has this admiration of being able to make something when he watches me struggling with a teething toy I’m working on for Guinevere. Maybe instead it’s that copy-cat thing kids have. “She’s doing it, so I want to do it, too.” Either ways he’s asked if I could teach him how to knit. He’s a nine year old boy, so I’m not sure he has the patience to hold still and carefully insert a needle through a small loop of yarn that already has another needle in it over and over again, especially not if it requires him to count and hold still. But I’m not going to discount his ability, and I bet if I got him off on the right track (chunky yarn and big needles with small projects he’s going to love) he may stick with it. Still, I finally have $14 skeins of yarn and I’m not going to let him touch it. So, under the condition that he has his own materials, I agreed to teach him.

“How much are knitting needles?”

“It depends on what kind you get and from where. You can get them pretty cheap at Walmart. There’s DPNs, which are these, and then you have the regular needles.”

“How much is yarn.”

“It depends. What kind of yarn?”

“Like the one you are using.”

“I got this on sale for four dollars, but it’s usually closer to ten. But if you get a yarn ball this big of acrylic yarn (it’s called a skein) it’s like two, three, maybe four dollars.” He got excited and pulled out a pizza box and colored pencils and drew up a sign so he could sell handmade portraits in the front yard. He usually makes money off his cute face more than anything, but being artistic women the Ladies all pitch in what skills he could use to improve his art.

“I’m going to offer portraits in color or black and white.”

“Do you know how to shade?”

“Not really.”

“Then I would recommend sticking with color, you can’t really sell just an outline.”

“Well, I kinda know how to do shading; Ma’am showed me a little bit.” Ma’am is Alice, that’s a story for another time.

Apparently he wants to make a T-shirt and shorts for the dog. I recommended a smaller project first and explained that the satisfaction of having made something will help him to get through a bigger project. He asked if Seamus was easy to make. I believe that Seamus is easy enough for a boy his age.

If you would like to see the pattern, you should check out my Ravelry account I just started. You can also see the pattern for the toys that are pictured.

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