Friday, November 29, 2013

Grandma's Tatted Cross

I started this cross
two years ago,
but put it down 
when the knitting needles took over.
A couple of days ago
I found myself, shuttle in hand.
Just like riding a bike,
it came back to me.

I made it using
one of my grandmother's
tatted crosses for a pattern.
I've seen many cross patterns online,
but none quite like Grandma's.

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

"Work" Socks

I made these
"Work" Socks
for my husband.

He's very happy with them
and that makes me happy
let's just say that 
if he mows the lawn in them
or something like that,
I will probably cry.

Yarn by Madelinetosh

Friday, November 8, 2013

I don't usually...

I don't usually
have much use for the cold,
but since the little nip in the air
this morning 
gave me a reason
to pull on my new
I won't complain...
as much.

Friday, October 18, 2013

Christmas in July

I know it's October,
but I made this stocking in July.
Our knitting group's
fearless leader
got us to take the plunge
into colorwork.
It was SO fun and much easier than expected!
The pattern is
Marji LaFreniere

Monday, September 16, 2013

How do they DO that?

It's still a mystery.
Have you ever made a mobius strip?
Well I knitted one for the first time.
I can see why people say it's addictive.
"Round and round she goes
and where she stops,
nobody knows."
That was certainly true for me,
but then I cast off my stitches
and I had my first mobeus cowl!
I suppose I could think about it,
and figure out all the twists and turns,
but I prefer to leave it a mystery.
The pattern is Bulky Mobius Cowl
by Haley Waxberg
and is free on ravelry.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fuzzy Wuzzy

It's fuzzy.
It's green.
It's a fuzzy, green, bandana cowl.
I think that says it all.
Oh! and it's soft.
Very soft.
Which just goes to show,
there is always more to say...

The pattern is the Bandana Cowl,
and is free from Purl Soho.

This cowl is for the knitting group's charity sale.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Beanie Baby

You could say that I enjoyed
making these men's beanies
since I made three of them

I like their shape,
the pattern was simple,
and for the first time,
I could knit away
without constantly looking down.
I could even read sub-titles!

The pattern is Chunky Men's Beanie
by Jolly Nogin Knits
and is free on Ravelry.

These beanies are for
the knitting group's charity sale.

Sunday, July 21, 2013

It Takes a Village of Knitters make some projects successful.
 The pattern is well written
and rewarding.

I was a bit headstrong
in my choice of yarn, though.
It HAD to be Patons Grace
because I liked the color and the sheen,
and it was in my stash...
and it was in my stash...
and it was in my stash...
The weight of the yarn was fine
but the fiber content is cotton 
and the finished cowl was way too stretchy.
I was kind of bummed...
but then I remembered reading a blog post
recently about a project which
had similar problems
and had been salvaged using crochet stitches
on the inside edge.

I gave it a whirl and was very happy with the results!

It now has enough body to hold its shape when worn.

This cowl will go into my knitting group's charity sale -
I'll have to make another for myself...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Mohair, Ma Soeur

Just a touch of mohair in this yarn
gives it a nice halo
and the sequins really sparkle.
This scarf is for 
the knitting group's charity sale.
Yarn: Rozetti Penelope Sequin
Pattern:  Florence, a free pattern by Karina Westermann on Ravelry

Saturday, June 22, 2013

It's Not the Day...

for hand warmers.
The temperature will have to drop 
about 50 to 60 degrees
 for them to come into vogue.

But they are ready for when the time comes...

Friday, May 24, 2013

Grab Bag

It's been a while since
I got the urge to sew.
That urge struck today 
and shortly thereafter
I had a new bag
to tote my knitting in.

My pattern came from
a 2008 copy of
Fast and Fabulous Quilting Ideas
by Better Homes and Gardens.
The instructions are here.

I plan to make another, but think 
I will shrink the size of the bag
and shorten the longer strap just a touch.
Yepper, that's the plan...

Thursday, May 16, 2013

On the Fence

I'm not sure if it is dorkier
that I just had to take a picture
of my knitting when I laid 
down my needles and saw
my initial...
or that I took the time to
finish writing my name
and post it.

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Why the Ruche?

I never would have guessed
that I could knit faster
than I sew,
but here's the proof:
Baby Doll's sweater, knit in two months
Boy's quilt, in its 13th year of incompletion.

Pattern:  Ruched Yoke Tee from
Interweave Knits Spring 2011
Yarn:  Blue Sky Alpacas Skinny Cotton

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Knitting Gifts

What do you do when a
wonderful friend
gives you lovely bowls
for your knitting?
Fill. Them. Up.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Bandana Cowl

This is the
a free pattern
from Purl Soho.

Can NOT believe
how quickly this knit up
or how much I like it.

The yarn is
LOVE the way it drapes!

Sweet Memories Cowl

This is the
a free pattern
Embracing it all.

It's made from donated yarn
(probably acrylic)
which I could FEEL squeak
as I knitted,
BUT is actually VERY soft
and I really wish
I knew what brand it is
because I like the way it knitted up.

It's for my knitting group's charity sale.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013


Soft as a kitten,
light as a feather,
I hope this scarf
will be of use
to my girl
with the 
strawberry-blonde hair.

Pattern from Knit Wear Spring 2012,
the Expanding Ripples Scarf

Thursday, January 17, 2013

No Rush

This super-soft pullover
is still a little big
for my narrow-shouldered
Baby Doll,
but it will keep until
next year.
I'm in no hurry...

Pattern:  Fern from More Knitting in The Sun

Monday, January 7, 2013

Lark Rise

I did a little bit of knitting
over the Christmas break
and ended up
with a little heart warmer
for my cousin's 
little heart warmer.
Pattern:  Lark Rise
Yarn:  Sublime,
Baby Cashmere Merino Silk dk 50g

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Gray Cap

It's a fine boy who puts on the cap
his mom knit 
(even though it's a little big
because it started out as a cap for his dad)
and weathers the cold
to clean out her car
just because he feels like it...
Pattern:  Scraptastic Hat
Yarn:  Woolie Wonka, Ceridwen Sock, 
   100% Merino Wool, Pewter