Saturday, December 19, 2009

My Son's Moose.........

I love, love his moose. Just LOOK at him!
My son was 3 [he's 20 now] when he made this creature.......with the help of a very wonderful caretaker.
I had to share this with you all before leaving to visit with my son for a week.....but I'll be back!
What's that under the moose, you ask? Why it's some knitting I did for Glenda Hunt! I love, love this, too! ;)

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Snowflake Earrings

This very handsome snowflake is crocheted with DMC Metallic Silver Floss, crochet hook US sz 5/1.7MM and sz 6 Clear Crystal Silver-Lined Beads. I buy most of my seed beads from Beadwrangler.
It turned out so beautiful. The designer is Mindy Albright and the Free pattern is on HMG.
Okay, so I have one more to make...:O)

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Raspberry Rabbits

Oh, oh, oh!!!! Just look what I got in the mail!!!
I ordered 3 items and got 5! Michelle packaged it so beautifully and gave me some chocolate and a 100-page journal!! What a wonderful and pleasant surprise! Thank you, Michelle!
I will be stitching the 12 days of Christmas Ornaments with these items. I selected the same variegated blue floss, as she did, and for almost the same sister Doris' eyes were a bright blue [8/58-11/97].
I need to also order the linen Michelle has on her website.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

It's a little cold..... Chehalis, WA!!! Just look at the Timberland Library's lovely fountain! It's in freeze mode....
This is very unusual for this area.
When I walk outside, the grass crunches under my footsteps, my breath can be seen and my nose gets cold......I also feel alive..
I would love to hear how it is in your part of the country....and please include a link!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

My tatted flutterby.....

I actually don't set aside enough time to do this. Since teaching myself, with a video from the library, how to shuttle tat - I've developed a real love for the old craft.
This is tatted with sz 10 crochet thread.
Once, on an airplane sitting between two men, I took my tatting out and began working. They both leaned forward and asked me what I was doing......we talked the whole trip about tatting!
Who would have thunk!

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Christmas Ball and Christmas Calendar

This wonderful Christmas Ball is found in the 'Christmas Workshop' section of the Garnstudio website. I knit it with some left over sock yarn and US sz 1 needles.
If you like to have a little treat every day until Christmas, check out The Christmas Calendar which starts today!!! A surprise a day........until Christmas!
Happy knitting and crafting! I am so blessed and thankful to each and every one of you who visit and read my blog. Thank you!!!!!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

A sad day today..... the TV goes on all day about 4 Lakewood, WA Police Officers murdered this morning.
As a police widow, many years ago, it breaks my heart for the families left behind.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Pattern can be doubled!

..and I mean, doubled like in - as a dish cloth OR an afghan square! How cool is THAT?

I knit this out of Cotton Classic, Color #3443 - Pink.
It finished up [for me] as a 6 inch square.

This pattern can be found here.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Undyed Opal turned into this!

My friend, Kimberly, dyed this sock yarn. I love, love the colors and the yarn bloomed just the right amount.
This pair was knit on my CSM with a 1x1 rib for 1 1/2", 1x3 rib all the way down the leg and the top of the foot.......and it knit up like a dream.
To find out what else can knit up on the sock machine, visit Jenny's website.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Jenny Deters and CSM's are good friends....

....CSM's have been around for a very long time. I barely learned about them in 2004 and own two now.

I've gone to a few retreats to learn more about what else can be 'cranked' on the machine.....and that's when I met Julie. Julie is a friend of Jenny's and was demonstrating how to do fair isle on the CSM! OMG!

Jenny has compiled her lace sock patterns into the first book. In her second book, you get socks and much more than socks! You've just GOT to check it out!

If you want to read more about this fantastic designer, it's here! While you are there, check out the FREE pattern.

If you want to check out her two books, you go here. I have these two books and [with no affiliation] am very impressed with her work. The patterns are super easy to understand.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Yarn Grove

When The Yarn Grove says they strive to ship your order quickly......they mean it!
I ordered on Sunday night, it was sent out Monday, and my mother called to say the package arrived!
Great company and very good prices!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Knitting socks with worsted weight yarn

I'm knitting socks for Ed with this yarn because he loves the color. It's Cascade 220 [Color 5011; Lot 5258] and, since I want to get 6 sts/1", I have to use US sz 2 wooden dpn's.
I am a loose knitter, therefore I knit with smaller needles. {sigh}
There is no pattern. I figured (10" circumference x 6 sts/1")-10%, for fit, +2 sts. Why 2 sts? So I can knit a 2x2 rib.
Do you knit socks without a pattern?

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Bagatelle fulled/felted!!!

Here is the cutest and quickest little bag, to knit up, ever! It finished up 8 1/4" wide by 6 1/4" tall (not including the handles).

My previous post, of this bag, got some interesting comments. I loved reading each one and learned so much more about how the word, Bagatelle, originated......depending on location, too.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Balloon Bag fulled..

The beginning dimensions were 12 1/2" wide by 8" tall.
It is now 11 1/4" wide by 6 3/4" tall. Looking for the perfect button.
The pattern was introduced at Bag-A-Holics and is FREE.
I have made so many of the beautiful bags from that group.
If I was feeling better, I'd be knitting another one. I've got a cold and I feel crummy....

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Bagatelle Finished!

Oh, what fun! This is going to be a cute little fulled bag!
I need to find my zippered pillow protector to put it in and toss it in the washer.
This quick little knit can be found on Terry's yahoo group.
Now to crochet up some cute little coasters from the same group site!

Monday, November 2, 2009


...beginnings. Using the FREE pattern supplied by HMG, some Cascade 220 wool [I just LOVE the color!] and needles, I am creating this fun little wonder.
It's still not too late to join this group that offers so much in such a short time!
Well, I have to leave you and go knit on it. Won't be long before I'll be finished.

Shawl KAL done....

...well...except for blocking. This was a very rewarding knit-a-long with a little crochet.
I'll get it blocked and mailed off to my mother.
No special is too short to hold off giving something made from your own two hands.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

School House Press KAL

And here is the finished Shawl from SHP KAL, posing against my loom.
I still need to block it before gifting it to my mother.

This was a very rewarding knit and it's light as a feather because I used Unspun Icelandic Wool.
An update: My mother received it and loves it! She is my biggest fan......I love you, mom.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

CSM Socks

I took a class from Amelia, to learn to dye sock yarn, at one of the CSM (Circular Sock Machine) Lacey Retreats in WA.
She had all kinds of dye colors, tools, microwave.....everything you would need.
I finally cranked out a pair of socks from my Verdun 47 - 72 cylinder.
I did a 1x1 rib for 1 1/4", switched to a 1x3 rib for 4" where I continued that rib down the front/top of the sock.
I love the way these look and feel. :)

Friday, October 23, 2009

Icelandic Sweater update...

...well, it's coming along nicely. The hardest {or most unloved} part is when I was knitting with 3 colors. I put it off and put it off and finally gave in.
I already knit in a couple of short rows, for the back, to prevent the dreaded frontal droop! Thank you, Meg Swansen, it makes so much sense and I always incorporate them in for my son.
I will work hard on it today after I do a workout, upstairs, to get me blood moving!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Knitted Hearts

I started with the right heart and got much better as I went along. These are so easy and very beautiful!
The knitted version can also be found on the same yahoo group as I mentioned for the crocheted ones.
Do you see my other crocheted heart for my other ear? :)
Off to find some ear wires and straight pins.

Crocheted Heart

This cute and quick little pattern has decided it wants to be an earring! All right then, I will have to make one more since I have two ears....
[I used Patons Brilliant in Radiant Red]
I can't wait to see what patterns appear on Saturday!'s like an early Christmas for FOUR MONTHS!

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Wavy Riblets is FREE

I know this picture is a bit dark but I was trying to capture the real deep red color.......
I used Reynold's Saucy with US sz 6 needle and started it late last night, finishing it this morning.
Where did I get this quick and satisfying FREE pattern by Noreen Hunter-Talbot? Why, right here!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

My mug rug

Well, would you look at that! It's a mug rug that I was inspired to crochet, today, with the rest of Terry's group. I was done in no time. I used Rowan Ribbon Twist and a US sz K crochet hook.
There are two other patterns posted today, too. One is a Shooting Star!!
Oh!....and you should see the cute elves with their little hats....adorable!!
It's a great group with no bad manners and I'm happy to be there. :)

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Shawl progress...

...with US sz 9 circular needles and Unspun Icelandic I bought with Annie. We are both following Marilyn VanKeppel in this KAL.
I would probably be finished if I wasn't knitting on a couple of sweaters, too. :)
This is the first time I've knitted with the Unspun Icelandic (from SchoolHousePress). I hesitated trying it, until now, because I heard too many stories in the Con category versus the Pro category.........Here is MY thought on knitting with's very easy to knit with as a continental knitter. I really like this wool and it's going to be so nice and warm for my dear, sweet mother who appreciates all things wool. [The first thing I noticed is how wonderful it smells!]

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

3rd day of knitting...

Not bad work for 3 days! It is really a very nice knit.
In order for me to make sure it will fit my super tall son, I have a tracing of him on a roll of craft paper. Once I know the sleeves and body are long enough, they will be joined together [minus the 10 stitches under the arms for the body and the 10 for the sleeves] and I'll knit the handsome yoke.
Yup, I must admit......this is really nice.
{materials used: Icelandic wool, US sz 9 and 10.5 circular needles and my flying fingers}

Sunday, October 11, 2009

The sweater is getting there....

This is knitting up nicer, and quicker, than I first anticipated.
I'm getting 3.25 stitches/inch using US sz 10.5 needles and Reynold's Lopi.
I started knitting it last night, worked on it tonight and am this far along.
It's getting cold and this mom needs to keep her son warm.
I bet he is REALLY going to love this sweater. :)

Thursday, October 8, 2009

Wool and more wool!

Just look what the post lady brought to our door.....unspun Icelandic wool!! [Thank you, Annie!!!]
Annie and I shared the cost to do some serious knitting with Marilyn VanKeppel. She is posting the KAL {3 of them!} on the SchoolHousePress website.
Come join the fun and knit along!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A bow tie for my son

I quickly knit this up with sport-weight wool and US sz 1 dpn's. It was from a library book.....and I didn't write it down so I could remember to tell you where to find it for yourself. [I'm sorry..]
It was an extra piece on a sweater but when I saw it, I pictured my son wearing it as a bow tie.
I attached a curved safety pin on the back and mailed it off.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Yarn for my stash!!!

Judy from DoubleDiamondKnits always comes through with a great order! I've ordered more than once and am happy when I do! The best thing?....FREE shipping on orders over $50.00.

Just LOOK at what I received!!! The Bamboo yarn feels SO soft and I plan on knitting socks using the FREE pattern on her website.........the one using a solid color and self-stripping yarn.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Weave-it weaving..

..with cotton that I normally knit/crochet dish cloths, pot holders, and even handy candy dishes!!
I'm looking forward to weaving with 100% wool in different shades/colors, sewing them together and fulling them. If I start now, I could weave a blanket! [There's looking at the BIG picture!]

First, I need to get this little coaster in the mail to my mother along with all her other goodies......Her birthday is coming up and I always spoil her with fancy chocolates and cookies. This time, I'm including a pair of fulled slippers to keep her feet warm.
I used Brown Sheep Lamb's Pride in a worsted weight.

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Over the knee baby stockings...

...for Nana's Sweet Boy.
Nana is my dear friend, Agnes. Sweet Boy? Her grandson. :)
I used, machine washable, wool sock yarn and US sz 2 needles. The pattern can be found in "Homespun Handknit: Caps, Socks, Mittens & Gloves
by Linda Ligon, ed."
I've made this pattern several times and they are the cutest, warmest (if using wool) and they stay up!
They go in the mail on Monday.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Barn Hat for mom..

Yup, it's officially called a Barn Hat by Jacqueline Fee. The pattern can be found in her book, The Sweater Workshop.
The book, in case you didn't know, is along the same lines as Elizabeth Zimmermann's books.........teaching you to think outside the box when it comes to knitting.
This will go along nicely with the Moccasin Socks I sent her a while back.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Look what I won!

Ever since I got to try out a set, from my friend Penney, I just HAD to have my own! She had one I absolutely loved in a 4x6 size.
I found a listing, on E-bay, for these two [2x2 and 4x4].......and, well, I won.
I have lots of plans for these two Weave-it's!!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Icelandic wool hat....

....per my son's request.
It's getting there. What's getting there? Me getting the sweater knit that my son saw and asked me to knit up for him.
I charted the design and decided to knit a hat, for practice. So far, so good. I think he's going to like it.
I used Reynold's Lopi from Halcyon, US sz 10 1/2 needles to get 3.25 stitches to 1". I've been wondering whether to use a lighter yarn for the medium help the dark brown stand out more.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Little Penny Sweater for Reba

With the book, Doggie Knits by Corinne Niessner, Cascade 220 Superwash in a violet color and US sz 6 & 7 circular needles, I was able to knit this for Reba.
It's size small and fits her pretty good, but she still did not want to model it for the camera. I understood after I saw the temperature was 76.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reba, today

Here is Miss Reba, in her raised car seat, waiting to go. She has sure come a long way and has been living with us a little over a year now.
If you'd like to catch up on her life, you can read about Reba's beginnings here.
In this picture, the wild silver hairs are a sign of her "poodle" side.
I'm going to brag a bit here........when Reba announces the arrival of visitors, I thank her, ask her to be quiet and have her sit/stay as I open the door. She does so and will not go to the visitors unless I say. Amazing.
Even in a full run outside, she will stop mid stride when I command her to. Amazing, again.
I still love Reba.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The "Cindy" doily

With Gloria Penning's book open to "Cindy", sz 10 crochet cotton and US sz 0 needles, I knit this handsome doily. It was for a friend of mine whose name is just that.....Cindy.
After knitting on it for a few days, I blocked it lightly and presented it to her.
She liked it so much she couldn't make up her mind how to display it! Sweet.
Gloria has a FREE pattern on her website to try out and it is stupendous! PS: I have all her books.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Addison growing up.....

Here is Addison at 2. I believe she's outgrown the red sweater I knit it's time for another one.
I'll have to think about a design especially for her.
Anyone have an idea for a horse loving little girl?

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Deby Lake, talented knitter

Here is a second bag, of the same pattern knit earlier, by Deby Lake. My mother saw the first one I knit and fulled, and wanted one of her own.
I used Paton's Wool and large needles. It's lined with a light colored fabric, a contrasting fabric for a zippered inside pocket and hand sewn to the inside. The fulled tails, from the handles, serve as zipper pulls.
My mother loves it and told me she always wonders what I'm knitting now. :)

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Set It Up Coaster's that time again for Holiday Mystery Gift Along to start!!!This is their 3rd year and mine, too.
They gave us a little something to do as we "hurry up and wait" for Saturday, September 19th, to begin the mystery knitting/crocheting.
I just KNOW you'd like it! There are many quick and useful gifts just waiting for your needles/hooks and your overflowing stash.....ahem....something that I don't have........yeah, right.

Hope to see you there!!!!

Friday, September 11, 2009

A BSJ for Emma..

Emma is my sister-in-laws great grandchild and I wanted to knit her something to keep her warm.
There is nothing nicer than a BSJ in Superwash Cascade 220 to do the job.
I made up the baby socks to go with the sweater and hat.
Isn't Elizabeth Zimmermann a genius?

One of the things I tried..........

You see.....I took this class called, Intro to Watercolor, at the local community college.
We had to draw something first and the teacher wanted us to draw cats.
She even made it easy for us with a sheet filled with little black and white photos of cats.
This is my interpretation of a 'live' cat.
So, I did the class and found I did NOT like to watercolor.......I'd rather knit.

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What takes more brain cells to do than knit?

You've got it! Genealogy!
I've been away from my beloved blog learning to weave, spin better, and figure out new knitting techniques.
There's been the many, many Power Surges I've been having and it does not make me happy that I am unable to wear my hand knit sweaters! I looked forward to winter just for that.
Is there anyone else out there that wears T-shirts all year round?
I'll be away at the semi-annual CSM retreat in Lacey, WA starting Sept. 11-13. It's the sort of retreat where you play all day until someone yells that it's time to eat.......Oh my, I thought.....this must be what it feels like to be a man. :)

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

What my son knit in 3 weeks

He actually knit 4 scarves and, that fourth one is already packed away. Don't you just love the way the multi-directional one looks?

Knitting in WA on winter break

{Kevin, Shea and Frank}

It was like a whirlwind while the "college" friends, of my son's, were visiting. I taught three of them how to knit since my son already knew how.
Two (Kevin and Shea) finished knitting a pot-holder, fulled it and gave it to their mothers. Mike got about 7 rows done.
It was nice to see they wanted to learn something out of the ordinary. Made me smile, too. :)