Saturday, March 30, 2013

Hopping to another project on Easter Weekend!

I'm dragging today literally, worn out from the busy week. I decided to repurpose/ or purpose some leftover yarn I had from the light pink lacy keyhole scarf. I had a little bit left and it is a a cotton/silk blend and so soft, I simply knew it would be used for something. Somewhere. One day.

Staring me in the face in my my knitting basket was this small, little ball of soft pink left and I decided to freelance a small coin purse. I call it Mama's Pretty Penny-Pinching Petite Purse. I remember the days of when I was a little girl and my mama could make a penny go a mile and would keep a little one with her. She worked in a bank for nearly 20 years and taught me everything I know about money and I'll say it has been useful information my whole life as there are some tight penny pinching times like now.

While most of us now use electronic banking and such, I still think that penny purses are so cute and remind me to pinch my pennies. :)

About a month ago at Joanne's Crafts, I found this really nice little top for a coin purse. They came in all sizes. This one is the smallest. I think it was only 1.99 but it's actually very nice weight and quality.

So on this Saturday, my simple mind went to seeing if I could stretch (no pun intended) the little bit of precious yarn I had left into at least the front of a penny purse.

I gathered my materials, and using no pattern, winging it.

Going to bind off here and make another side to join.

Using # 5 wooden needles of which splintered on the end.....ouch!  These are going bye bye after this project.

My stash liner fabbie.

Hoping I can figure this out with sewing in the little holes. I have never done this before.

Keeps my mind busy for sure.


and crossing my fingers I have enough to do the back. if not, I will wing something else. :O

So what's up on your Easter weekend? Are you project-hopping too?

Purl of Wisdom today:

For those who have followed my blog for a while, you know how close to my heart the book The Velveteen Rabbit is and has been since a little girl. A few years ago, I purchased some books by an author who actually wrote several others using the velveteen principle for women.

Sometimes and often, I have to remind myself of the Velveteen Rabbit story. Especially at Easter time I think of it when I see all the little bunnies.

Of course the rabbit in the story wanted to know how to "become real". I've drawn many lessons from that simple story. It's truly a story of authenicity and from that we can draw that as the Old Skin Horse said patiently "Real isn't how you are made. It's a thing that happens to you. When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you then you become real". It doesn't happen overnight and we get quite ragged and loose in the joints but these things don't matter because "once you are Real, you can't be ugly except to people who don't understand".

That's a powerful storybook for children and adults. 

What matters what is real, is the contentment of our souls. Let's use our creativity to enjoy the ups and downs of life.


  1. Love the idea of the purse, I am sure it will turn out oh so cute, I love to see what you are up to very interesting things.
    Happy Easter

  2. Hi Jennifer. For some reason, I haven't been getting the email notifications when you add a new post. I'm going to make sure that you're on my Bloglovin list. You should be all ready but I need to double check.

    I love your little coin purse all ready. What a great job you've been doing with your newly learned needlework. Way to go.

    LindaLee from
    CrossN' My Stitches

  3. I love this ~ it is going to be so sweet!

  4. Looks great, Jennifer!... you are a natural born knitter :-) I have yet to "make up" something without having a pattern for it.


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