tiny rucksack

I finally made my way through a Raspberry Rucksack, I’m making the mini & omitting the backpack straps :) I picked fabrics & notions I didn’t mind messing up on, I thought I was going to regret using that linen, because it was fraying like mad, but I absolutely love it paired up with that shell pink. 💕

The pop up pocket is both tragic and magical, a few things..

a) It’s fully lined and totally satisfying to not know what you’re doing, but just follow the directions word for word and in the end, poof, lined pocket. I didn’t appreciate that satisfaction until it was finished, during construction I was losing my mind.

b) I cannot get iron on interfacing to be my friend, always with the fricken creases and wrinkles.

c) Take it SLOW when sewing this beast down, it’s purely attached using top stitching and when you try to do it in one swooop (starting at one corner and sewing your way around), it can quickly migrate and drift out of place. The trick I learned after having to rip it off several times and start over, was to just sew down the top (visually this is the place where you’ll really noticed if it’s crooked, so take your time), then sew down the bottom, then one side, then the other, catching the rounded corners as you sew each side mushing them into place as you go.

d) Using a friXion pen to mark cut/sew lines is just too cool, a quick press with a hot iron and it disappears!

e) Not sure why I LOVE in process project shots, they just make me so happy! 💕

Honestly after the pocket, and several times telling myself to chill the f out, it was a total breeze. 💕

Warm afternoon in the studio, the mood, kiki. 💕

Oh, I added an iconic strap snap too. 💕

It’s tiny and crooked and has inside pockets for the good stuff. 💕

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Pattern: Raspberry Rucksack by Sarah Kristen (Sarah also has some great tutorials on her blog to help with the tricky bits!)

small starts

It’s been kind of chilly here lately, we’ve had an occasional muggy day, but it’s mostly been rain and semi sunlit gloom. I don’t mind, I’ll take a cozy knitting day with a shawl in my lap over wilting heat. I’m still slowly working through my stash yarn, still slowly working through the way it sometimes feels daunting and discouraging to do so. Trying to understand why it feels limiting, or like nothing is the right choice or that somethings are too precious/rare to use ..I’m so over feeling guilty for things that make me happy, do it, use them. I sorted out a mellow strawberry fade with some stash favorites (heehawed overed winding them, because once you break skein you’re f’ing committed) and started a Powder and Dust shawl ..and I love it.

We made rhubarb cream cake, laughed at how cute little Lex was, and how tiny me was/is just a small girl version of my dad. I turned candy garbage into a candy badge just because I could, spent some time in the studio doing chalklegs stuff, including sculpting up a few more chubby gummy bear & tag along heart stitch markers for a small shop restock. Mostly enjoying making small starts on the bigger things ..Oh, and I ate a muffin bottom, I don’t ever eat bread butts, or edge pieces on anything, I am strictly a middle person ..progress 💕

Rhubarb Cream Cake
1 box yellow cake mix
3-4 cups rhubarb chopped
1cup heavy whipping cream
1cup sugar

Make yellow cake as directed on box, pour into a greased 9″x13″ pan, top with rhubarb, sprinkle 1 cup sugar over top fruit, drizzle 1 cup cream over entire top (DO NOT MIX) bake at 350° 40-45 min. Let cool, then store in the fridge. All the fruit and cream sink to the bottom during the bake and create this amazing custard cream layer, this is best served chilled.

You can use fresh or frozen rhubarb (pictured was leftover from last year’s harvest) if using frozen, let defrost and drain off excess liquid, but do not squeeze fruit, you want some juice!