what, you mean YOUR nieces' barbies dress "off the rack"??!
the purse is filatura di crosa superwash merino. the tiny snap closure inside was the most difficult part of the entire project!
and i see their point. i really do. but a couple of years ago i had a series yarn-craft epiphanies which went a bit like this: i really only knit or crochet whilst traveling; if my project isn't small enough and light enough to fit in my purse, i won't take it with me; i get bored if a project isn't challenging enough to hold my interest; i really reallllllllllllllly like super-premium yarn, and have quite a few leftovers that even taken all together aren't enough for a "real" project.
can't remember who makes this yarn, but it's hand-dyed and has a tiny bit of silk in it.
how i got from there to high-end designer barbie clothes is nicky epstein's fault. she wrote this awesome book a few years ago, and suddenly all of those things came together in my mind. and afterall, it's MY yarn, and my time, and i looooooooooove using both of them for this!
alpaca cardigan with patch pockets and a picked-up-short-rows shawl collar; every second of knitting this was heavenly!
the nieces love it, too! they've started to ask how one does various things yarn-related things, and how long it takes, and can i teach them?! we had some crocheting lessons over the summer and i have a special little custom scarf "kit" planned as part of their christmas present.
so if you're on an airplane, a train, or a bus and you see a contented-looking woman knitting something tiny and crazy, stop over and say hi, okay? i'll be happy to see you, darlings! ♥♥♥