Thursday, March 31, 2016


I admit, I don't have crochet skills (beyond basics).   GF, Denise, made this beautiful blue doily for an Easter Hello Kitty toy (gift).

 And, she made this lovely hummingbird - which is currently on my wall.  (other snowflakes are packed away in the cedar chest)  I wish she had a blog, FB page, or photo album ... she tats, she knits, and she crochets beautiful pieces!   When I open up her e-mails, I'm gobsmacked by her current projects - either in the works, or finished.   Beautiful, delicate pieces.

Recently, while doing some sorting, spring cleaning, I pulled out a few doilies that I have (given to me).
 Above - looks so much like the one photographed on the cover of this magazine (notice how crochet magazines have tatting, too?)

 Here are a few photos of the pineapple / patterened ones I have:

... and others, with thicker fiber:

Do you enjoy vintage patterns, magazines?  I think they are charming ...

If you are in the "doily free zone" ... this post is not for you!!!

Friday, March 25, 2016


The Eyelet Mock Cable Stitch - used Size 8 needles, Yarn Bee - oriental blue - Hint of Silk.   practice yarn.  85% bamboo + 15% silk.    Pattern link - HERE.   New Stitch a Day.

the back side / view

 My GF gave me oodles of vintage Workbasket magazines.  This is Vol. 21, No. 5, February 1956.    The pattern I tried called Rose and Shell edge, p.34-35.

 used size 7 needles with some practice yarn (mistakes and all) ...
 This is smaller, used size 4 needles.   Jamieson & Smith 2 Ply Jumper Weight
 this the the photo - maybe I need more repeats.

The Ostrich Plume Stitch - pattern link HERE.
New Stitch a Day.

Monday, March 14, 2016

... knitting (wip) update

measures 17.5" --  Yarn:  Lydia Delight, color Radiant Orchid.
Pattern:   Angela's Dream Scarf by Jeanette Estee Famulari

Swiffer Duster Cover - using pattern:   Zoom by Erica Brembos
AND, the Little Ladder Stitch - Link HERE.
Yarn:  Sugar'n Cream Scents - Aloe Vera.

Needs a bit of 'finishing' ... blocking, sewing in the ends.  Yarn:  Sugar'n Cream, color Red Bud.
Pattern:  Wedding Day Dishcloth Dress by Debbie Trainor.


And don't forget about March 15th:
at Dairy Queen ....

Wednesday, March 02, 2016


The main reason for the knitting patterns / stitches, was to do this dishcloth.   It is Lily Sugar'n Cream yarn - Red Bud (color), size 8 needles.    The dishcloth pattern is free on the Yarnspirations site.   Or, Ravelry - link here.

The Basketweave Stitch - needle size 7.  
This is a sweet stitch, quick to knit w/purl + knit sts.   from New Stitch a Day - facebook page.   Link here.   

awful yarn - size 9 needles.   This is The Openwork Stitch -- described  "lace pattern that creates a lattice-like mesh ....... makes great market bags and wraps".     I would have to try a different yarn to get a better idea.     This is from New Stitch a Day, Facebook page --- link here.      

Saturday, February 27, 2016


The Slipped Double Chain Cable.
Used acrylic yarn and size 9 knitting needles + cable needle.
Pattern, instructions (etc) found on New Stitch a Day facebook page.   Link Here.

The Little Ladder Stitch.
Used size 3 needles w/sock yarn.
from New Stitch a Day facebook page - link HERE

Wednesday, February 24, 2016


From New Stitch a Day (facebook page or web site):    This is the Brick Stitch.  
Pattern and video can be found HERE.
I used size 9 ChiaoGoo needles & some practice yarn.

From The Weekly Stitch-- Easy Lace
link here.    Size 4 needles.

Size 9 Laurel Hill needles.

Monday, February 22, 2016

patterns ...

© Kathleeen Brundige June 20, 2009:    From My Heart to Yours - pattern link HERE.   Pattern is on the blog, Aunt Kathy's Place, My Original Patterns.    The dishcloth is Lily Sugar'N Cream, color: Rose Bud.  

 front and back.    This is the Little Crown Stitch, pattern and video at the New Stitch a Day site -- link HERE. 

Friday, February 19, 2016


Valentine Lace - from The Weekly Stitch.   Link HERE.

Italian Chain Ribbing --- two-ply wool yarn on size 7 needles (Indian Lake Artisan hexagonal needles).   Pattern link HERE.   

Diamond Brocade Stitch Pattern.
Link HERE -- from Learn How to Knit website -- link HERE.

This is the Raspberry Stitch. (Which may or may not be knitted correctly).  I found it on-line and gave it a try.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

trying new needles & new knit pattern ....

This is a sample.   From Blog post:   " How to knit the Triangle Stitch Pattern".   
Blog: We are Knitters.   The Blog.   Link Here

I used Cascade yarn with US 8 ZEN needle.  

 This is a sample from blog post:  "How to Knit Flowered Columns".   Blog:  We are Knitters The Blog.   link HERE.  

Plus, a little progress on Spiral Rib Hat.   (red / Crimson).     I am a project bag lady.   Seems I have an assortment of bag shapes and sizes, and seem to use them ALL.   [the 'cat' is a tape measure from 10,000 Villages.]

 Jasper and Honey sharing the top shelf - Jasper, the larger cat in back has tail and back leg hanging down.

 This is the tulip tree in our yard - with snow packed inside the buds.   The snow hanging on today - when it warms up this week, the snow will melt!


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