Tuesday, July 21, 2015

knitting update ....

I seem to be drawn to knitting patterns with lace techniques.   So far, I've knitted with size 7 or 8 -- so, my MIL gave us some needles - pink ones are size 3.   I visited the LYS and bought a small amount of narrow [fine] yarn to try.   If I can manage - would enjoy making the Japanese Feather Scarf from LAST year's lace issue.   I also picked up this year's lace issue - enjoy it so much.  Purchased the One-skein wonders book --- oodles of patterns.   

Since last post - I've made a couple of dish cloth dresses - to put on dish soap bottles:
 Both are Debbie Trainor patterns --- can find at craft stores & on-line Ravelry, Craftsy.  Made with Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarns.   [above for MIL, below for SIL]

 Washcloth patterns in seed stitch and moss stitch - from Ravelry, designed by Mindy Hudson.  Made with Sugar 'n Cream cotton yarns.
 Below, fir cone stitch - from Pauline Knits blog.

And the scarf - the Beginner Scarf from Knitting class --- now 28", almost finished the first skein of yarn - will soon add the 2nd skein of yarn.   

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I have new bags!

Is this the prettiest pair of snap bags?   I was fortunate to win them at Indiana Lace Day (Saturday 4/11).    Delighted the weather cooperated.   Aside from a cheerful greeting from Sally, these were  gifts to attendees on entering:

I bought some charming bobbins for my knitting.   (from Vendor at Lace Day)
3/pkg -- now I won't be knitting the new scarf with a cast on tail.    I have a practice piece & continue to knit a few rows to catch on to the pattern.    I have 2 skeins of yarn, match the hat [pictured below].  Do you think they will be completed before Winter???

I've used almost a skein of yarn on the maroon color scarf - seed stitch.   I planned to use 2 skeins and some kind of simple fringe on the ends.   

btw, if you get the chance .... check out the Ireland exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago (thru June 7th).   A GF + I went 3/17 and enjoyed the displays.   On way out, bought some yarn - pretty +  expensive souvenier!!!
 Oh well ... I just need to find a pattern to make something out of it.

The knitted finishes over the past month - yes, the "F" word ... are a hat & dishcloth [MIL gift].

I found this book at JoAnn Fabrics - looks like fun:
I also bought a pattern of Debbie Trainor on-line.  She has a lot of patterns available on line.   Link HERE.    Too cute.
  I would enjoy having this on my dish soap in the kitchen.

Monday, March 16, 2015


My sister sent these lovely books to me.  And I set them near my desk - keeping them close to pick up and read a few more pages ... guess who thought they were perfect stools?  Yep, Mr Katt.    I had the window open and he decided the books made perfect chair for peering out.   What a hoot.   (this time he didn't topple over DD's bear).
 Meanwhile, while Jasper (above) and Honey (below) were sitting near the other windows, they fell sound asleep once the sun set.  What a lovely day - nice to see sunshine and keep fingers crossed for Spring.

Wondering how the class is going?

Knitting for beginners:  Feather and Fan Lace
  Increase, decrease, slip, yarn over, make one:
Knitting for beginners:  a simple cable

I never imagined being able to get consistent rows!  
After some practice ... it is easier.

This is some fantastic yarn I purchased in Philadelphia at Rosie's Yarn Cellar.
 O -- O-Wool facebook --or-- web site
 there is a lovely scarf pattern on their blog.

This is the next knitting lesson:  
 creating a hat on circular needle and double pointed needles.    Followed by a scarf with cable, open areas, and a little bit of everything we have learned!

Thursday, February 26, 2015


   I like this wool yarn.   I have been practicing the double moss knitting stitch.    

Photo above is lesson two - knitting- ribbing, adding stripes of color and double moss.  DD has a nice looking sample, too.     Practice practice practice.

Photo below - first knitting lesson.  
Wobbly and uneven and twisted - gotta start someplace1

Thursday, February 19, 2015

knitting lesson one, pin loom

After spending a day at the AIC last week, got together with GFs and made a couple squares on my pin loom - zoom loom.  Weaving a perfect thing to do at the end of the day!  Found the pretty pastel yarn fun to weave.

Look at this little Hallmark dish.   Marjolein Bastin products are so pretty.   My MIL was cleaning out a closet and thought I might like it and find use for it.    It actually holds a ball of crochet cotton well.  Guessing it is for rings and bracelets - but, kind of pretty on the desk with all my crafty items out.

Interesting to pick up knitting needles and fumbling with them to create the stitches.   DD & I have signed up for lessons.   Our instructor, Heidi, said she has been knitting since age 8 - and the sweater she wore was awesome!!!!    Gave it a good try.
After a couple hours, they seemed more comfortable in hand - tension pretty awful and there are those twisted stitches.   

We have some homework to complete before the next lesson.   DD had pink yarn and had a nice sample tonight,    and,     really -- is it cold enough???   Could use a break from winter right about now.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Beautiful craft books

I have been delighted with recent publications.  First, Crochet w/Beads - which includes a DVD - is by GF Candice Sexton.  How much fun!

This book, Floral Blocks to Crochet was a giveaway via Goodreads by SMP Craft.   
 Look at the fun blocks!    oodles of ideas - colors, shapes.    Fun crochet.   I find their web site and facebook page full of ideas!

This lovely book, from the Japanese Book store combines crochet AND tatting ....

and, this publication embellishes dolls +doll clothing.   this volume with tatting, needlework, etc.   Such a fun publication.

inspiration for a winter night.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Autumn Row

OK - a finish.
Bent Creek:  Autumn Row
Book #BC1078

c. 2000 Bent Creek
Designed by Marsha Worley & Elizabeth Newlin
32 ct Amber Linen
275 x 24

Fibers I used:  GAST Burnt Orange, WDW Lancaster Red, WDW Schneckley, WDW Chestnut, GAST Nutmeg, WDW Onyx


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