I found these goodies on a recent thrift store trip. I spent all of $4, and I came away with some minor treasures.
I got a bag of the tiniest white buttons, some fine crewel embroidery wool, and this ceramic hand.
The hand rides that fine line between creepy and cool. I keep thinking one day I'll find one of those hands that are meant to display and store jewelery, but so far no luck, but this one isn't a bad substitute.
I'll use this hand, which is life size (hence the creepy element) to hold beads and buttons. Remember Thing, that hand in a box on The Addam's Family? Like Thing, it can be my crafty helper.
As long as it doesn't move around the house on its own like Thing.
I also finished this Deirdre shawl, a free pattern by Linden Heflin on Ravelry. It's a fairly plain knit, in that androgynous style so popular these days.
It has a very simple lace edging, which I'm not sure I did right, but I think it looks fine nonetheless. I had to knit the lace section twice when I dropped a bunch of stitches in the last row and couldn't pick them up properly, so I ripped that part out and re-knit.
It was that or toss the whole thing in the back of the closet, and I've run out of room back there.
The yarn is two skeins of Deborah Norville Serenity sock weight in "Teal Tease." It's a great bargain for a wool, bamboo and nylon blend, and it comes in some nice self-stripping colors. I'll put this one aside until the fall, or perhaps save it for a gift.