Monday, May 23, 2016

Free Pattern - Knitted Boot Cuffs

As warmer weather comes to the USA, we start to look for projects that are small.  I'm working on low cost items for our church youth group.  They are having a Gift Shop in the fall to raise money for themselves and fingerless mitts, crocheted dishcloths and boot cuffs are the perfect thing to work on over the summer.

I found this FREE pattern on Craftsy by Codi Hudnall.  Super simple and a very fun knit.  I'm going to be making loads of these in 2 different sizes.  

I used Lion Brand Heartland in Mammoth Cave.  The one in the photo is a size medium and used about 3/4 of the skein.  I'm rather "fluffy" and they fit me fine.  My grown, 23 year old, daughter is petite and these were far too big for her.  She'll need a small so, I'll be making those two sizes for their gift shop.

It's supposed to be raining all week in the Heartland, which also means tornado weather.  So, I guess I'll be quite happy to stay indoors and knit away!


Purls of Wisdom:
Speaking of sizes.....Need to keep track of sizes, especially if you make holiday gift giving goodies?  Use plastic bread ties! 

Monday, May 16, 2016

Some Thrift Store Finds

If you follow me on Instagram (the link button is on the right sidebar) you might have seen these already, but they are worth another look!  I don't often buy, but I like to share!

I love shopping in thrift stores and have been doing it since I was 12 years old....I'm 57 this month! My house is filled with "thrifting" treasures.

My mom and I went to a sale at a Jewish Temple, decades ago, and we were both instantly hooked.  That led us to Goodwill/Salvation Army stores and THE most amazing treasures.  Back then, thrift stores were filled with china, crystal and silverware.....shelves and shelves of it!  Lennox china sets, Waterford crystal stemware, silver pitchers and cutlery sets.  Gorgeous tablecloths, beautiful cloth napkins and china tea sets. Racks of cashmere sweaters, vintage clothing, purses, shoes...the list goes on.  We figure that children were giving away all these goodies after their parents passed away because none of it was their style.

Then in the 1970's or so, Barbara Streisand ruined it for us and fellow hunters.  She spilled the beans that she was also a Thrift Store Junkie during an interview.  Suddenly, it was all the rage.  

Well, my mom who is 86 years young and I are still going strong and still finding goodies!  We don't find so much of all the luxurious, expensive crystal and china because so many young people aren't into it and don't register for any when the get married.  They register at Target and Lowe's.

Anyhoos, here are some things I spotted this week.....
(the sheep, ceramic planter pictured above)

This interesting mug with a dribble coaster!

Someones beautiful embroidery and sweet crocheted hat!

Two needlepoint treasures.

A lovely baby pram for $50.  If only I had a grandchild.  My Scottish mother had one of this type when my 2 brothers and I were little.
Funny definition, but it works...

(pram 1 |pram|
short for perambulator .
ORIGIN late 19th cent.: contracted abbreviation of perambulator .
pram 2 |präm; pram|
a flat-bottomed sailboat.
• a small, flat-bottomed rowboat for fishing)

That's it for now.  Have a great week.


Purls of Wisdom:
I turned a small Lazy Susan and a stainless steel candlestick into an outer pull yarn buddy!

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Embroirdered Mitts, and Other Fun Stuff

Not crazy about my leaf embroidery,  but they're good enough for who they're!

Thank you Lion Brand and Craftsy for the squishy goodness!

A great find, at the grocery store no less, reversible bag for $9.00.  Perfect for projects on the go.

New sew in labels for my knitwear from

Cosmetic bag makeover. 

Adding embelishments to store bought legwarmers.  Could be arm warmers too!

LOVE my hair tie bracelet so much, I bought one for my daughter and niece!

Have a great weekend!

Purls of Wisdom:
Turn a restaurant straw holder into DPN holder!

Monday, April 25, 2016

Finish Line

Happy Monday!  Glorious weather has finally come to the Heartland, USA.  We are digging in the dirt, transplanting hosta, peony bushes and relocating the veggie garden to a sunnier spot.   

I've finished up some fingerless mitts and have them for sale in my Etsy shop.  Lion Brand Heartland and some iron on appliques from Simplicity have been a dream to work with.  Even though warm weather is coming, I get many requests for these as air conditioned offices are super cold and these are perfect for that.

The young people at my church are planning a Gift Shop for the months of November and December to raise money for their group.  So, I've set aside some mitts for them.

I found a bunch of baby pastel skeins by Cascade Yarns, so I hooked up a corner to corner blanket with a taupe trim.  I'm not terribly fond of traditional pastels and lean more to non-traditional colors for babies, but I do love how this turned out with the taupe color.

In looking through my bins of finished things, I came across all these beauties I am saving for a "someday grandchild".  Knitted toys designed by Susan B. Anderson, Yarn Miracle Monkey (I don't see her patterns listed in her shop any longer, not sure why), and some I can't even remember where the pattern is from.  It was so much fun finding these as I haven't looked in the bin for about 5 years!  I really must go through the other 3.

 Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
Turn some CD sleeves and holder into a knitter/hooker friend.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Random Fun

Sheepish socks on clearance at Shopko!

Knitting little girl fingerless mitts and coordinating hat.  The iron on applique is from JoAnn Fabrics and the yarn is Lion Brand Heartland.

New yarn from Fiesta Yarns!

New mini business cards from!

Happy Monday,

Purls of Wisdom:
When ordering yarn online, if you have an idea of a project in mind, write it down on a post it note.  When the order arrives, place the post it note on the bag so you don't forget later.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Organizing a Knitters Closet

Happy Monday!  What is it about spring that makes you want to clear things out?  A burst of energy after a long, cold winter?  For me, it's just that.  So, I tackled the closet in my knitting studio that was my daughters room.  The above photo is the after.  I don't know why I didn't take a before photo....ah well.

Amish baskets filled with needles and various tools like pom pom makers, purse handles, beaded fringe, plastic eyes and noses for knitted/crocheted toys, etc.
Blocking board puzzle pieces, totes bags filled with WIPS, piles of arm warmers and hats ready for gift giving, bags of yarn and.....

plastic bins filled with finished scarves and hats.  
I bought two, six section laminated cube cases from Shopko, on sale for $40 each.  Super easy to put together and in a yummy chocolate color.

My table was so full of stuff I couldn't actually use it to block a scarf, lay out fabric for cutting or set up my swift and winder to cake any yarn!

I have quite a bit of photo props.  Fabric for background use, Styrofoam heads, sock blockers, mannequins, dress forms and oh, magazines I keep for a long time.  I love looking through them for inspiration!

I hate that bit of space on the sides that are so hard to get to, however, it works out great for holding clear bags filled with completed fingerless mitts, cowls and hats.  I try to use clear "vessels" every chance I get.  I like to see where everything is.  You can buy fabric cubes that fit perfectly in the cubes and keep things neat and tidy, but then you can't see what's in them.

I love these plastic baskets, by Curver, that look knitted.  Found them at Target.

 A place for everything.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
I'm a sucker for a cute tin!  I found this one at the Dollar Tree that held a fifty piece puzzle.  It's perfect for a "knit kit".  The little rectangular thingy on the right is a pill box, also from the Dollar Tree.  I put some of my business stickers (from on them to cover up the days of the week.

Monday, April 4, 2016

Fingerless Mitt Knitting

Happy Monday!  I think spring has finally come to the Midwest.  The sun is out, the birds are singing and rabbits are multiplying!

I've been working on knitting fingerless mitts and loving it!  This is my absolute go-to pattern for gift giving and charity knitting and one of my favs when traveling.  I'm using Lion Brand Heartland and iron-on appliques from Simplicity.  All was purchased at my local Joann Fabric Store.

I adore this little bird.  So chubby and sweet on its own, but I think it still needs something.  Maybe a little branch to sit on.  I'll add one using my limited embroidery skills.
You will notice that I put the embellishments on one mitt only.  One on each hand is a bit overkill in my mind if the appliques are each the same.

Look at the detail!  I could never do this kind of embroidery work on my own.  If you can, that's great.  For those of you that find it a bit daunting, these are perfect.

I like how this one stands out against the black mitt.  After I picked out all the iron-ons I liked, I went to the yarn section, took them out of the package and off the card they are lightly glued to, and held them against the yarn to see how it looked.

I've only finished these two sets, but will keep you posted on the progress.  The appliques cost anywhere from $2.49 to $5.49 a package.  Not cheap I know, but some have three per package and some have one.  They are super easy to iron on to your knitwear and don't interfere with the sizing of the mitt.  A hot iron, no steam and only using the tip of the iron, just hold it down for several seconds them move on the another part and do the same.

Some of you might remember my Heirloom Mitts pattern.  These are iron on appliques also and I put them on both mitts. If you purchase this pattern, you get all three mitt patterns and the headband pattern for $5.00.

The paper hands I use for photos came from Hobby Lobby for $2.47 in the kids craft section.  You get 30 in three different color hands. 

Here are my pattern shops if you are interested in the Heirloom Mitts pattern:

or at the top of this page in the heading sections.

Ok, that's it.....I HAVE to get out of my robe as it's 9 a.m.!  
Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
Turn a garden tools bag into a project bag.  Turn it inside out so the pockets are on the inside, which keeps all your yarny bits and bobs on the inside of the bag.

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