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.      


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