12.30.2007

Aran Shrug almost done!!

This is my Aran Shrug!!!!


Back!!











Front!!!

Almost done, just have to cast off and finish the ends.

I will say I was very disappointed in the Rowan Big Wool Ice Blue.
Color and feel of the yarn very nice, but in EVERY ball there was at least one piece that was cut half way through, definitely cut! Some balls had more than one, and also every ball had a knot in it.
Just a warning.

Also..I always loved to shop on ETSY now I am selling.
But I am going to have Etsy Wed., every Wed I will feature a seller that I love. Of course I will confess I do love yarn and all things yarnish.
Check it out!!

I have a stash of yarn of various colors frogged from a pyramid sweater gone bad. I am checking out various things to knit with it. I keep coming back to this pattern, pinwheel sweater, but combining the colors in a more random pattern, I seem to be drawn to shrug patterns. Love to wear them. But I am still looking, so I guess that means I am not totally sold on this, I have been picking up more misc. yarn to go with the frogged colors LOL.

Oh I like the idea of this, but maybe in something besides a shawl. (A shrug?)

12.29.2007

Free Knitting pattern directories, My Favorites...

As you all can tell by now, I love a free pattern. I am a nut when buying knitting books and magazines. But nothing gives me the thrill of finding a great free pattern. With that in mind, here are a few of my favorite places online to search for that perfect pattern.
1. Knitting pattern central
2. The Daily Knitter
3. Crystal Palace Yarns
4. Knitty this should have been #1, I love this online mag!!
5. Knitpicks
6. Lion brand yarn does have alot of free knitting patterns, the ones I have picked out have had mistakes in them, and it is irritating to have to keep signing in. But maybe I have just had bad luck with my picks.
7. Chicknits
8. Woolworks
9. Craftbits
10. Helloyarn
These are just a few. There are so many out there.
I will pay any amount of money on yarn, but for some reason, if I have a free pattern, I'm a happy girl.
Keep on knitting....

12.27.2007

Gift of Fire....

For Christmas I received the gift of fire, a magnesium fire starter.

Remember how important fire is to mankind....before fire, we were cold, ate raw food, probably grumpy, due to being skinny and cold.

Logically, of course, we may assume there was once a time when man had no fire, but very early he must have become acquainted with fire derived from natural sources, and made use of it; for no remains of man's art show him without fire as his companion.

Many of the legends or myths relating to the origin of fire are vivid and dramatic, and while they vary in detail there appears to be a similarity in many of the episodes that form the fire-origin story in all countries of the world.



Stealing fire from the Gods seems to be a popular theory, so when this is taken into account. This was a grand gift indeed. Of course water ranks right up there with fire, but I already had water......







(We are avid hikers and primitive campers, my husband more primitive than I, LOL, but nothing is less enjoyable than camping wet with no fire)

On a knitting note, I am rapidly finishing the Aran shrug, yes I finally picked it up again, I am adding to the collar to allow it to roll over more. Pictures to follow soon.

12.25.2007

Happy Holidays

Happy Holidays!!

Christmas Eve Moon.

Penguin Done!!

Merry Christmas!!


The Elf got the Penguin done!!
Although he looks like he may have gotten a bunion on one of his feet from the long trek from the north pole.
Remember I've got needles and I'm not afraid to use them!

12.24.2007

The Night of the Penguin...


Yes it is Christmas Eve and here is our sorry Penguin, I have to crochet a foot, two flippers, and possibly a tail (a cheat on my part to make him stand by himself).
My supposed 12 inch tall Penguin is 20 inches tall. I had to enlarge the white spot on the front and the bow tie, feet look OK.
I'm pretty sure I will have to make the flippers larger.
I keep crocheting and crocheting...... And still....
I am reminded of the classic cult film, Night of the Living Dead....
They move slow, but they are dead and they are all messed up. (great quote) LOL
Reporter: Chief, if I were surrounded by eight or ten of these things, would I stand a chance with them?
Sheriff: Well, there's no problem. If you have a gun, shoot 'em in the head. That's a sure way to kill 'em. If you don't, get yourself a club or a torch. Beat 'em or burn 'em. They go up pretty easy.
Johnny: They're coming to get you, Barbara, there's one of them now! Ditch your tuna sandwich!
Johnny: They're coming for you! [points to the cemetery penguin]
Johnny: Look, there comes one of them now! Do I smell sardines?
Barbara: He'll hear you!
Johnny: Here he comes now! I'm getting out of here!
Ben: Now get the hell down in the cellar. Is there any shrimp down there?
Newscaster: It has been established that penguins who have recently died have been returning to life and committing acts of murder. A widespread investigation of grocery stores, fishing boats, Seafood restaurants, and even sporting goods stores that sell fishing rods, has concluded that the unburied dead penguins have been returning to life and seeking human victims. It's hard for us here to be reporting this to you, but it does seem to be a fact. They are becoming extinct and they are pissed off!!!!
Hopefully I'll survive, armed only with my crochet hook and yarn.....

12.21.2007

Free Crochet Penguin Pattern











I started making a pair of penguins for my great niece and nephew.
So far it has been really fun. Of course they live about 5 hours away from me and I am planning on mailing them.
Well I always say, "if it is a handmade gift, you have a grace period to get it done and deliver it" now sometimes this "grace period" is quite a bit longer than other times. I have invoked it for up to a year once. Hopefully this time will be only several days. After all it is fun to get gifts after Christmas also. Right?
I did alter the beak sightly, I made 2 rows of sc after the initial increases, I thought the picture looked a little "Mr. Magooish"
I am hoping to get the pair of these done fairly quickly and am shopping for a penguin book to go with it, for them, after all if I'm late after all.....
Pattern follows.....
Since I am not an expert crocheter at all, and usually knit, I did loosly interpret these directions, I like the knitting way of increase 7 stiches over the course of the next 2 rows.
LOL you get the picture..Good luck and if anyone makes it, I would love to see your results.


Keep on knitting....





Click on pattern to enlarge and print ;)

12.11.2007

Solomon's Knot Shawl done




Finished this up today. (I was off) I would recommend this pattern, it is easy, quick, and looks very nice when done. You could even start this and finish before Christmas. I am planning on doing one in a ribbon yarn. This one turned out large, I can wrap it as a scarf around my neck with a coat, and even put it up over my head, (bunch it up and it is warm and cool looking also).
Keep on Knitting.....


I really do knit

I really do knit!!

Here is what's on my needles.

Simple scarf All knit

Cast on 13 on #13 needles

I am using Sensations Angle Hair Yarn. This is a nice yarn, especially for the price.







Still working on my Black berry shrug from Knitty. Almost Done!!







Here are a couple of my Christmas pickles, Knitted and crocheted. I added some "leaves" on the top of them.




And my shawl from the pattern on the "joyfulabode" blog.
For my girlfriend that loves purple.








Until later.....Keep on knitting....

12.09.2007

Free Knit and Crochet pickle pattern




Everyone needs a pickle on their Christmas tree!!




And of course the knitted pickle pattern from a great blog,Mummble-Jummble2. Check out the pattern and the blog and a super cute picture of it. I am searching through my stash for green yarn asap.



If you are not familiar with the pickle story, check it out here. It is a fun tradition to start. And if you already are familiar with it, then you definitely need to make one, either for yourself or it would be a fun gift.
Good luck, send me a pic if you make one!!
Keep on knitting....


12.06.2007

Which comes first? The Yarn or the pattern?


The Winter Knitty is up!!

I love the scarf on the front!!

This has begun me to ponder....am I inspired mostly by yarn I find? Or a pattern?

It seems lately that I have spent a lot of time searching for the right pattern. I recently frogged a sweater (pattern inspired) and am searching for what to do with that yarn. I have gone through my stash and am on a mission to try to pick out something, or maybe a lot of somethings to do with it. Guess I am on a destash kick.

I bought some Colinette Point five recently in the cardinal colorway, picked that out because I ran across the pattern in the yarn store and then started shopping for yarn to knit it in. (this was when I had just gone into the store to buy a pair of needles) Oops..

Looking at my knitting book library and magazines, I have come to the conclusion that most of the time I am inspired by the pattern and then go looking for the yarn to knit it out of. Which ends up to be something other than the pattern was written for (of course) and involves a series of tweaking the sleeves longer/shorter, bigger/smaller etc.....

I think I try to stay out of the yarn store, because it does lead to that $300 pair of needles. But will allow myself to buy knitting books with abandonment.

I do have my share of bought yarn, it is so easy to enter the yarn store, smell the yarn, visit, wander around, see some people you haven't seen forever, look at what they are knitting, buying, frogging. And before I know it I'm all relaxed and happy and have yarn in my hands, and going for a basket, and then ooooo look, that's on sale. What could I do with a little of that??

Yes and that's why we have stash, and I never did answer my question, which comes first.

12.04.2007

Etsy :: Dragonfly Magnets

Etsy :: Dragonfly Magnets These are so cool!!! I think I found something for my wish list!!

Gotta Knit....Or crochet...


I soooooo need to start knitting!!! I had started knitting a plain knit scarf at the craft show, but ripped it out. I had bought the yarn before, it was Patons Devine in Amethyst, But this yarn is totally different, I don't have the original label from the first batch I had. But this is scratchy and it really irritates me to knit with it. I found a shawl pattern http://www.joyfulabode.com/?p=39 to crochet (at a great blog Joyful Abode) It looks easy and really cute. Although I don't have a ribbon yarn, mine is (acrylic, wool and mohair blend) I thought it might be interesting to try. (which will probably involve me going to the yarn store and buying some tape like yarn to use LOL) instead of yarn from my stash.
I had to laugh, how many of you out there wear hats? I love hats, but you know they squash the hair. So I wear them to walk the dogs and rake leaves etc...things I really need a hat for.
So at the craft fair I took only scarves, I will wrap a scarf around my head and preserve my hair, (not a poofy style, but fine and prone to go flat) rather than wear a hat when going out or to work.
I cannot count the number of people that picked a scarf up and said, "you have a hat to go with this?"
No, no hats......
I am excited, I now have two people that have contacted me to make them "custom" rag quilts. (3 quilts in all) all larger than baby size.
I can't wait to get back to my Aryan shrug, I am so close to being done I can't stand it. I put everything on hold and my house is screaming "clean me up!!". But I think I will finish the shrug first. Picture to follow soon.
Don't forget..I have needles (knitting and sewing) and I'm not afraid to use them.....
Take care..


12.03.2007

The day after....


It's Mon. am after the craft show weekend. I was ecstatic Sun. when I sold three quilts and got an order to make a quilt for a throw to match a sofa. I was very surprised. The weather was bad, it rained like crazy, we must have gotten the after church crowd, Bless them!! My jewelry girlfriend did very well.

Things I learned....

1. The people that were selling there were great, so ready to help, give advice and tips.

2. I already have my inventory for the next show. LOL, this was pointed out to me when I was mood swinging between panic and tears.

3. It is worth it to discover what else is going on that weekend. We had two other, larger craft/antique shows to compete with.

4. Bring water, you will need it to wash the aspirin down.

5. Dress in layers, it was absolutely freezing on sat. and hot on sun. And socks, I was surprised at how cold my feet got, standing all day on a cement floor.

6. Take time to go around and meet all of your fellow sellers, they are likely to send people your way, and it is wise to do the same. Even and maybe especially the ones selling like products.

7. I found out most people went with the idea that a success was making your booth rental and gas money back.

8. Next show I go to as a buyer, I will be a lot most respectful of the sellers. It is hard work.

9. Don't put all of your eggs in one basket, make a few of a lot of different things. And try to buy everything on sale.

And best of all, now I get to take a break and do some knitting!!!

12.01.2007

Craft show blues

Sat at the craft show was dismal. We finally decided that the silver lining was that we have inventory for the next one.
I had many good comments and people saying they liked the quilts and scarves. Even a lady in the same building selling scarves for 6$ and they we very nice and long, and she didn't do good. Everyone I talked to that had a booth was very nice, and I would say overall a positive experience. But disappointed that we didn't sell more.
My girlfriend with the jewelry did better. I told her I was there to boost her moral. Anytime she complained about how much she had made, I reminded her what my total was.
On the positive side, I was amazed at the people that did buy from me. All friends and co-workers. I really appreciate their support.
And anyone out there that supports themselves with their craft I have new found respect for.
Keep it up!!!

11.29.2007

Craft show finally here!! Teaching knitting


It is the 29 th and this is the last night I will have time off before the Christmas Craft Show! I think I have everything that is on my many lists packed. I am trying to remind myself to just relax now and have fun.

I decided to give any money that I make from the knitted items to DAV. I will be happy if I break even on my quilts, and pleased if I make a little money.

The weather forecast is suppose to be partly sunny and 51 on sat and 90% chance of rain on sun and about 60.

So I'm hoping a lot of people come to shop on sat. That is the day they have breakfast with Santa and the Christmas parade.


I am teaching people to knit at work during lunch. It has been fun for me and funny. As a long time knitter it is easy to forget to tell people the little things. How we automatically hold the needles and yarn. Trying to find a comfortable way with each person has been a challenge for me. I knit continental, or pick method, my grandmother taught me that way. I do know how to throw or English knit. This seems to be easier to teach the beginners with the exception of people who crochet. They seem to find the continental method easier. (Of the very few I have taught)

So I have started them on medium bulky wt. yarn scarves. Wow some are already done, on to another and board and ready for something else. I am having trouble trying to decide what to suggest. Maybe an easy shrug? Hat? I can't remember what I started with. I found a pattern for a cardi wrap that is all stockingnet stitch that I thought would be good, although, too big of a project?

I guess I will just take a bunch of knitting books in and let them browse and see what happens. Then off to the yarn store!!

Remember to keep knitting.

11.25.2007

Knitting in public....Politically correct??? When??


When it is OK to knit in public? Certainly on the bus, subway, at lunch and break. But what about meetings? Church?

I was preparing to go to a wedding yesterday. I was hot into knitting something. And had a fleeting thought, "I would really like to knit on this at the reception".

Would this be regarded as rude? Would I seem unsociable? I have had people comment to me before that they thought I was being rude. Well it never occurred to me, people go out for a smoke break, (although that is getting less acceptable, even though I live in the tobacco belt, where almost everyone smokes)

So in the end I didn't take my knitting and we were off to the wedding.

Imagine my absolute delight when after being at the reception for awhile a young women with a man with dreadlocks, pulled some needles from her bag and started knitting. I was most pleased, I excused myself from my table and beat it over to hers. After all, if we are knitters we are not strangers. I sat and we immediately bonded and talked.

So in the end I wished I had taken my knitting, but was even more pleased to find someone else who had......

Happy knitting....
picture from the blog at http://needled.wordpress.com/2007/06/
A charming blog!! Check it out!!

11.24.2007

Full Moon....

Full moon here..

Great knitting gift ideas....




I always like to carry a pair of socks in progress, never know when I will have a few minutes to knit. But I always have problems with my stitches coming off of the needles, if you have the same problem or need a good gift for a sock knitter, check these out!!! DPW WIP tubes.


In addition to that I love this set of needles, not all people would like these, but my grandmother taught me to knit and we used very old needles, so I have a odd collection of the steel needles, I like this set of nickel plates DP needles. My stitches zip along on these, so if you love the Addi Turbo needles, I think you would like these.


Yes, by now you have figured out that in addition to yarn I love buying needles and knitting accessories.


Happy shopping, may you always have good shopping Karma...

11.23.2007

Dominiknitrix, gauge swatch


The Dominiknitrix. I bought this book after hearing someone (sorry I forgot who) on a podcast recommend it. It does empower you to knit. It actually changed my view on knitting/quilting (or anything really). Yes I CAN knit this. Jump in and learn and master. She has many good tips on simple things also. Gauge swatches, who loves them? I had been gauge swatching for years, and using the (I believe Elizabeth Zimmerman) technique of knotting the tail of my yarn with the number of knots to correspond the size of my needle that I used, Dominiknitrix suggests that we knit several rows, then purl (or use your pattern stitch) then knit the corresponding number of stitches of the needles that was used. I like this technique better and it gives a lot of info on the gauge of various kinds of stitches, after washing, you get a wide variety of ideas of what is going on with your yarn. From oops...it runs, looks crappy in this pattern, is a general pain, oooo I love it!!, this is it!!!

This is just a short example of ideas that come from the book, I expected a funny/quirky book, but actually got one full of great information, this woman is a yarn Lewis and Clark. Great ideas and it will make you think about your knitting, and empower you. I think the title is great, but misleading also.

Check the book out!!

Remember I have needles and I'm not afraid to use them....

Eat, Knit, Eat, Knit, Eat, walkt the dogs, Knit, Eat...


On Thanksgiving, we both ate until we were bursting, and of course I got a lot of knitting in.

I had to work days, so when I arrived home my hubby had been working in the kitchen making a puff pastry, veggie dish. It was very good. And weighed about 25 lbs.

In between eating, snoozing and a lot of knitting, I did a little dog walking, so I could eat some pumpkin pie, (my favorite)!!!

I am totally off of the quilting until after the craft show, but am on a scarf knitting marathon...Gonna switch to bigger needles.

If you have not seen my list of "things to buy for your knitters" check it out! May it give you some ideas to add to your own wish list, or help a non knitter buy a gift.

Enjoy your shopping if you are brave enough to venture out today, and of course, take out some time to knit....

Remember I've got needles and I'm not afraid to use them...

11.20.2007

rag quilts and quilts.....
















Here are some of the rag quilts, now I think I need to make some table runners or how about some tree skirts....OOOOO....

11.18.2007

scarves, scarves, scarves.....











Well in my spare time I have been knitting scarves, hopefully I will be able to sell these at the craft show.
Yes, I know a few of these have the leftover "funfur" in them. eek.... If I can't sell them, it's off to Goodwill, or maybe some homeless people will want them....

Quilted table runners for Christmas...


Now I just had a marathon quilting/sewing/washing session on sat. Officially told myself "I am done with the quilts for the craft show" Now just 12 hours later, I am thinking, Ohhhh...I don't actually have anything that is Christmas inspired. Maybe some simple quilted table runners. Have to put on my thinking cap. Who use to say that? Tom Terrific? Woo I am dating myself now...LOL


Captain Kangaroo10/3/1955 - 12/8/1984 CBS1955-1969 Black and White1969-1984 Color
Tom Terrific1957

11.16.2007

Oops,,back to the yarn store...







I did make a rather big yarn purchase....
Found this pattern and then had to find some yarn to go with it.
I needed something, I am still madly knitting and quilting for the craft show. After it is done, I am going to start working on this.....
In the directions it says to work from two skein at a time, using one for one row and the second for the next row, to keep the pattern random. I have never heard of this, it sounds like rather a pain, but possibly a good idea.

11.13.2007

Easy Scarf



I found some yarn on sale at Joann's, Sensations Marvel yarn. It is 100% wool in a thick/thin twist. It says it was made in Turkey, normally I don't buy yarn there, but I had a coupon and was buying quilting material and ended up looking at sale yarn. I don't know how much it was regularly but I got it for 1.50 each. So I bought 4 blue colorway, 4 red/orange colorway. It is knitting up pretty. I just am using #13 needles and cast on 15 stitches, I am going to see how long one skein gets me, at only 98 yd I think I will need more than one per scarf. Going to try to sell them at the Christmas craft show.


Check it out!!

And of course more quilts....