Etsy Update, Off My Crochet Hook

1, 2, 3, 4, 5….Market Bags

It’s Been the Summer of Market Bags

It started with my SIL. She asked me if I could make a blue bag from a pattern she liked on Pinterest, the Sakura Market Bag pattern. I thought, “Sure. I’ll give it a try.” It turned out beautiful. I would highly recommend the pattern. Then she wanted a second one. So I made another one, just like the first.

Next, my daughter asked for one. I decided it would be fun to try to create my own design.

So….I had to make a couple, three for myself.

And a friend asked for one.

Well…I couldn’t leave my other daughters out.

You can see where this headed, right?

Market Bags are now available at my Etsy shop, GreenGableStudio.

Travels, Uncategorized

10 Great Things to See in Washington DC

1. Where all the action happens.

2. Your Senators and Representatives

Senator Todd Young

Senator Mike Braun

3. Flowers growing out of a cracks in the pavement.

Fame flower

4. Rooftop gardens. (Eat your veggies, people.)

The vegetable garden above the AFBF office

A green rooftop garden

5. The view from the POV Rooftop Bar at the W Washington DC Hotel

The Treasury Building with the White House behind it.

6. The basement tunnels of the Capital and congressional buildings.

The basement ceiling in the cafeteria of the Rayburn House Office building.

7. The Monuments and the mall. (They served free ice cream one afternoon. Yum!)

The Washington Monument

8. George Washington’s mansion at Mount Vernon

9. The Potomac. (Sorry about the head in the way.)

10. The flowers at Mount Vernon

The purple Hollyhock bushes

A fragrant Magnolia tree

A Lilac chaste bush or Sage tree

Hydrangea bush

I owe Indiana Farm Bureau a huge thank you for sponsoring and leading this trip.

Off My Crochet Hook, Off My Needles

6 New Projects

I’ve been a busy bee This past week. Beside working on TWO new books, I’ve knit and crocheted several items for others (and a couple for me.)

  1. Microwave bowl cozy (Etsy order)
  2. Dish scrubby (Etsy order)
  3. Yellow market bag for Jo
  4. Teal market bag for me
  5. Green socks for me.
  6. Socks for a birthday girl. Shh!

All items are available at: GreenGableStudio Etsy Shop

Off My Needles

Slow Fashion Socks

Why I Knit Socks

People look at me like I’m a crazy old lady when I tell them I only wear hand knit socks. (I do have store bought athletic socks for working our and a couple pair of sturdy SmartWool socks for gardening. But other than for those special purposes, I wear socks I’ve knit myself exclusively.


  • They fit my feet perfectly.
  • I get to decide exactly what my socks look like.
  • No one else has socks exactly like mine.
  • The wool absorbs sweat better than store bought socks.
  • There’s a sense of accomplishment whenever I get dressed.
  • Sock knitting is easy, mindless knitting that I can do while reading, listening to a friend talk, watching a movie, or riding in a car.
  • Sock knitting satisfies my need to keep my hands moving.
  • I know who made my socks and what material went into them. (Although the worker did get paid $0/per hour for their work.) Ha!
Handknits, Yarn Haul

Summer Sweater Knit

I’ve been making tons of market bags for others. As soon as I finish one, I start another. They are such fun to crochet.

But my hands were itching to knit a summer cardigan just for me. When I found this yarn at my favorite local yarn shop, The Farmer’s Wife/The Yarn Studio, in Casey, Illinois, I knew it was the yarn for me. It matches perfectly my odd colored, yet beloved pants. (Don’t tell my husband I bought more yarn!)

Then I went on a Ravelry search for a pattern and found the Solana Cardigan by Irina Anikeeva. The cardi is going to be so lovely…and soft. Watch for progress updates.