I finished the backpack/tote bag and brought it to Purl without taking a photo! I seem to do things like that more and more frequently these days. If we get a little natural light sometime soon I'll try to take a few photos of the bag and several other things I've neglected to show you.
Instead, here is a photo of our latest toy, which probably excites me more than it does Tsia. It's a game in which you select a card and then reach into a muslin bag without looking and try to find the corresponding wooden shape by touch only. It sounds like fun for a two-year-old, but I can think of a million other ways to play with this toy, which is why I like it so much. In fact, some of the little shapes have joined me at the computer today. But I bought it for Tsia. Really.
And can you see that gorgeous linen on which our little friends are standing? It's not a good photo, but that's the REAL reason for the picture. I discovered a little shop in the garment district today. Read this carefully, now: I bought natural-colored, 100% linen handkerchief and mid-weight plainweaves for $7 a yard! Yes, you read that correctly. Last week I looked at a similar quality for which the price was $25 a yard. And, even better, the shop has a website from which you can order: Gray Line Linen Inc. The mid-weight that I bought is called the "Judy," and it's delicious. Expect a bit of embroidery soon.
Here's another bag in progress. I promise I'll take photos of this one. Maybe tomorrow, if we can rustle up a little sunshine in these parts.
P.S. Let me just add, for those of you who may not know, that $7 a yard is approximately the equivalent of a wholesale price for someone who might be buying hundreds of yards. When I was in the design business the really high-end European linens started at about $7. Gray Line is a European importer and converter, and the linen is a fantastic quality. Enjoy!