Monday, June 20, 2016

Super Easy Toy Knitting

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Happy Monday all!  It's scorching hot in the middle of the USA, just the way I like it.  The painter finished up with a fresh coat of paint on the house and it looks marvelous.  Simple white house with black shutters, like before, but looks fresh and new.  

We found some hail damage on the roof, flashing and gutters while all this was going on.  So, that might mean some $$ coming our way!  Yippee!  

I've been working on some knitting toy pattern sets.  One set called "Knitting Zoo"  another called "Petting Zoo" and another, "Baby Zoo".  

("Petting Zoo" dog and cat,  minus the bunny I'm still working on)

Here's the goal:
*knit in one piece
*all must be the same body
*advanced beginner or better
*worsted weight scrap yarn, 7grams
*knit one in about an hour
*sets of 3

Every one has the same head and body.  Different faces and ears.  The ears and tails on the animals are knit separately and sewn on. The "paws" are just long stitches and I think it really adds that little something.  I'm really loving how they all have turned out. 

I added a collar to both the dog and cat.  A rhinestone button is cute, but would have to be removed if giving to a baby.

("Baby Zoo" minus the face and hair on the non-Caucasian baby)

I'd love some feedback on what color yarn to use on that one.  Black for the hair would be fine, but what color to use on the face?  Black yarn won't show up too well.  Would beige do it?  I really want to get it right and I surely don't want to offend. 

I love these little ears, which are knit on the side of the head as you go along, and not added on later.  

 Good size.

I found this little Mercury scale on Amazon for about $12 I think.  So handy.  The felted Polar Bear pin cushion was hand felted and gifted to me from my bestie!

Ok, so I need to get back to finishing up, write up the pattern, take more photos and so on.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
Need some short, straight needles?  Get out your double point needles and put a point protector on the end of each one.  Voila!

Monday, June 13, 2016

It's All About Presentation

I hope your June is going well.  We have many things on our summer list....
get house painted, new driveway is needed, hubby needs a new car, Sheila (that's me) needs to clear off the dining room table of 3 patterns she's designing, which have no business being on that table in the first place....I do have a studio for that!  Painter comes today, new car was purchased on Saturday, driveway will have to wait until August, so that leaves the dining room table!!
So, on to more fun things! I gift many a knitted or crocheted project, especially for babies.  I love making blankets, but it's far too hot in the summer months to have my lap filled with yarny goodness.  Hats are perfect!  Great project, but rather dull for gifting, unless....
you have great packaging.

If you follow me on Instagram, you know I visit many thrift stores.  I'm always on the lookout for great boxes to gift baby hats.  This is one of my finds, a little "tree box" and I think very gender neutral.  Even if you do know the sex of the baby, it still works.

I think I paid $2.00 for it.  Perfect size, quite realistic looking and great for storing bits and bobs in a nursery.

Sometimes, hats are a bit dull.  I like adding pom poms, flowers or feathers, but not everyone is into that.  I saw these sweet owl iron on appliques at JoAnn Fabrics.  It's difficult to see, but each owl is a little bit different.  Cute, gender neutral, three hats in graduated sizes.  Newborn, 0-6 months, 6-12 months.  I used one skein of Lion Brand Heartland and US size 7 16" circs.

Pop them in (I think I'll add some tissue paper), there you go!

Ok, the painter is due any time now.  Have a great week and thanks for stopping by!


Purls of Wisdom:
Can't quite get your cast on stitches to the tips to knit in the round?  Just knit back and forth, like you would on straight needles, for about 5 rows, and like magic, the two ends will meet!  Sew up those 5 rows with your cast on tail when you've finished.  The plastic thingy is a bread bag tie.  I wind my cast on tail on to it to keep the tail out of my way as I knit.

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.
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