In My Spare Time…

Ok, so I don’t have a lot of spare time. But when I do have a few hours to kill, I like to sew. I like to quilt, make clothes, design costumes, whip up gifts (toys, baby accessories, notebook covers, etc.), and create bespoke bags. Bags for all kinds of occasions, like nappy bags, shopping totes, book bags, backpacks, and, of course, project bags. I’m obsessed with project bags. Of all sizes and shapes.

Lately, I’ve been making small project bags perfect for those smaller, on-the-go projects. The projects you want to pop in your purse, carry with you on the bus, sneak in a few rows before that meeting starts, and bring to social events where you might be at risk of DOING NOTHING. The horror. Seriously.

Anyway, these bags are great for socks, hats, shawls, mitts, cowls, scarves, baby knits, toys, wristwarmers, leg warmers, and anything else you can think of.

There are bags with cats, and bags with flowers. Bags with prints and bags with patterns. And more bags with cats. You can’t have too many bags with cats.

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Each bag has a handle for easy carrying, a drawstring and toggle closure, and are lined. Some have a little clip to attach notions, your keys, or other small items. These are currently for sale wherever Secret Stash is sold, or you can request a custom jobbie or check out more of my stuff through my Facebook page, A Million Paper Stars.

I’m especially fond of these new ones featuring The Walking Dead. I mean come ON. They’ve got ZOMBIES on them!

So, who wants to knit for the zombie apocalypse with a matching bag featuring said apocalypse?! I think I’ve hit my nerd-vana. ❤

#neverenoughshawls. Is there though??

I have to question this hashtag. I thought I completely concurred… Shawl knitting is the perfect way to use up those gorgeous single skeins.. The ones that tempt and whisper, the ones you don’t need but you can’t live without, the ones that are way to pretty to hide in your shoes! for example…


Though as I mentally prepare/knit/pack/write a shopping list for EYF2017, I find myself wondering… Is there really never enough?


I know right?! Its a modest enough horde! I mean.. Stephen and ysolda have over 200 shawls! (storage?!? Washing/blocking?!? Terrifying.) But I feel I have a broad spectrum of styles and colours.. I also have 3 on the needles (2 big lacey beaded boo’s and another westknits MKAL) and I find myself always wearing the same 2 shawls! 
There’s another hashtag that resonates more with me these days.. But I’m not qualified to use it yet.. #handmadewardrobe.

I have (thanks to my dublin stash aquisition!) 4 sweater/jumper quantities in my stash (albiet short sleeved ones.. Or vests!)


(There is another skein of the A fine fish yarns Siren (my spirit colourway!) in a project bag with the needles and pattern to become a spritz stripes by Carol Feller)

I know, I know. That yellow is going to do me no favours.. But €12 for 10 balls of merino?! And I was thinking a colourwork mini skirt! (Get me!)

 So yeah.. I think I’m taking a shawl knitting haitus. Lets see how many garments I can knit before March.. I’d be happy with one! 😉

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

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It’s almost Halloween, one of my favourite times of the year. I love the autumn, I love crisp fall days with multi-coloured leaves and a nip in the air. I love all things pumpkin, even the colour, and I especially love all the crafting opportunities!

First there’s the pumpkin carving. I mean, what’s not to like about sculpturing squash into something spooky? Of course it’s messy, and sticky, and it’s a fair amount of work, but the end result is worth it, amirite?

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Then there are the costumes!! If you sew, then they can be as elaborate as you want to make them, like this princess dress I made for my daughter, or the Jack Skellington tux and tie I made for my son:

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Or you can cheat a little and buy something that you can adapt easily. I did this one year and used sweatshirts. I turned them into a dragon and a purple minion costume. Comfy and easy!

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And for the wee folk, a simple hat will often suffice….

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And then obviously you can cheat a lot and just buy a costume and tell everyone you made it….

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Aren’t they cute?

And let’s not forget to include the whole family….

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Wishing you all a safe and happy All Hallow’s Eve!

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