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Friday, October 26, 2007

etsy friday

This holiday season, I'll be going handmade.

I Took The Handmade Pledge!

It's probably not a surprise, given my weak spot for etsy and how much I like to put myself under pressure for the holidays, but my resolve has been strengthened after reading about the Handmade Consortium calling for pledges to "buy handmade this season, and request that others do the same for me." Now, I won't be asking anyone to do the same for me (too weird!), but I've already got some holiday knitting underway (more on Monday) and will no doubt supplement my pledge with etsy purchases for my loved ones.

Speaking of.

Limited edition Etsy bandanna from

I love etsylabs for my etsyswag fix... though I'm not really a bandanna girl (my head? SO big!) there has to be someone who'll dig this. Right? :) If I were more crafty I'd sew this up into a little bag of love, but as is my only touch to it has been the wrinkles :)

Colonial Rosewood US 35 (!!!) 10" straight knitting needles from

I'm not a big gauge knitta, either... but this was too good of a deal to pass up! Inspinknity has a shop full of commercial knitting supplies (yarn, books, needles and even crochet hooks)... and you can bet that if my curve were smaller, I'd have already snatched up this lot of Berocco Suede for a Snapping Turtle Skirt (from Knitting Nature). As it stands though, I'd need much more yarn than that ;) (It'd work for Coachella though, for up to the largest size!!)

Now, to figure how big a yarn I'd need to actually use these needles. I don't even think my wheel's orifice is large enough to handle handspun at that gauge!

I certainly have enough fiber to, though...

Handpainted merino roving from

You're probably like me thinking that Greenwood Fiberworks' name sounds familiar-- they're the dyer of the cotton/lycra sock yarn that Grumperina sings her praises of. Par for the course I was trolling for roving and found her lovely shop that way-- it's full of rovings, sock yarns, handspun yarns, as well as a tempting "studio sale" section full of lots of yarns (handspun and handdyed) and handwoven textiles. Again, if I were more crafty many would already have a new home here, but for now this gigantor 8oz pillow of merino is enough :)

Off to work on that holiday knitting and listen for the mailman-- the second favorite man in my life. Miss you!


Mouse said...

Awesome.. I fully intend to buy handmade this holiday season after becoming part of Etsy. I always used to make some of my own gifts but I already know that my favorite soap vendors are going to be a big help in stocking stuffers. I'm also planning on stocking up on handmade lip balms and packets of pretty scented laundry detergent at Etsy as well.

Meghann said...

Awesome! I love bandana!

hillary said...

You always find the best stuff. I'm going to do a bit of holiday knitting this year and I always favor handmade stuff so I'm sure that I'll get a lot of handmade stuff. Not everything though. No handmade Wii's to be found anywhere. :)

lexa said...

I need to get cracking on my Christmas knitting seeing how there's less than two months left!! So far I only have one scarf and one-and-a-half dishcloths finished. (I had vowed last Christmas to get it all done by the end of October this year. Yeah, right.)

~rachel said...

Hi! Thanks for blogging about me, and for being a super customer! I can't wait to see what you do with those needles, you did get them just in time for hallowe'en, you know, vampires, etc...

Sheepish Annie said...

Etsy is my weakness! And now I have an excuse to shop there! I'm supporting the folks who make the handmade stuff...this is noble, right?


Unknown said...

Oh my, you could stake a vampire with those needles... Maybe we should all have them... Do they make knitting accessories to ward off zombies?

Sally Comes Unraveled said...

To take the buy handmade challenge, do you have to buy all your gifts handmade? I plan to make a bunch myself, then buy a few handmade and buy a few more commercial gifts.

Last year I bought no gifts from Walmart. I consider that an accomplishment.

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