Thursday, July 2, 2015

Seaside Summer Shawl Knitting Pattern


My Seaside Shawl knitting pattern is ready!  I really enjoyed designing this shawl for the warmer months.  Super easy and only requires 2 skeins.  

I’m often chilly in the summertime when at the office, a restaurant, the shops, movie theatre, doctor office or even someones house. I designed this shawl for just such an occasion.
Gorgeous colors of the sea really pop using gradient yarn and the easy pattern makes for a very satisfying project.
If you have 580 yards/530m of DK weight (3) yarn in your stash you can make this for yourself or as a gift. I’ve added store bought beads to add some interest and a little weight to both ends. You can certainly use pony beads or ready made trim that have beads already on it. Tassels with the leftover yarn would be nice as well.
This is basic knitting, back and forth on straight needles, not a purl in sight! If you can knit, yarn over and slip one, you can make this.
Measurements: 17 “ W x 60” L (43cm W x 152cm L)
Skill level: easy: basic stitches, minimal shaping, simple finishing. I'm always available to help you along the way!
****Selling the finished product is permitted******





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Have a great weekend,
Sheila

Purls of Wisdom:
When choosing beads or charms for a project, keep in mind the weight of the yarn AND the weight of the beads.  Too heavy a bead or too many beads will distort the stitches.  Plastic beads are relatively light compared to glass or metal.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Summer Shawl and Thrift Store Findings


I'm working on a summer shawl pattern.  Gorgeous colors of the sea and very easy to knit up.  



It's in the blocking stage at the moment.  I block most of my shawls "dry" then give them a heavy spray of water with a few drops of Soak in the bottle.  I find it much easier this way as sometimes a soaked shawl or scarf is a bit unruly. 

I'll be adding some beading to the short ends for interest and a little weight.  Still working out the details on that.


One lonely, yarny blanket in a thrift store last week.  Usually you can find 5-10 on a rack.
But....


I did spy these vintage flower loom project books.  So retro and lovely.  Really takes me back to my childhood as I grew up in the 60's and 70's.


Last, but not least, my pal Joan is riding her bike across Scotland.  She's my age, mid 50's and I just can't imagine doing that myself.  I'm so very grateful that she took the time to hunt down a shop, send me photos of fiber, worked it all out with the shop owner and get it in the mail to me.  I'm going to get two shawls out of this yardage, one for myself and one for Joan, of course.  She lives in Denver, Colorado USA, so it will be perfect!

Anyhoo, she sent me this lovely spool of sapphire worsted weight goodness from the Isle of Iona with two labels.  The shop is Iona Craft Shop if you happen to be up that way.

The sheep graze every corner of the island and when summer comes they are sheared to enjoy the sun.  They sort through the fleeces one by one then they are spun together to become Iona Wool.

The postcard on the right shows the beautiful sunrise over the sound of Iona.

Thanks for stopping by,
Sheila

Purls of Wisdom,
I purchase my blocking boards from any store that carries giant foam puzzles for children, in the toy department.  So much cheaper than traditional blocking boards. Don't have blocking boards?  Lay out your project on the carpet or bed mattress. 

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Winning Some Craftsy Love


Look what arrived the other day.  I won the May Craftsy Yarn Giveaway!  Whoo hoo!  I see some grey fingerless mitts, a denim cowl and some dishcloths in my future.


I found these lovely mechanical pencils at Michael's for $1.50.  Love them! 

The scarf behind them was made from my Easy Triangle Scarf pattern and some Artiste Crochet Thread in Sandstone that you can find at Hobby Lobby.

Find the pattern in my 




Have a great Wednesday,
Sheila
xo

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

New Scarf Pattern in Progress and Other Yarnigans


As the summer rolls in, here is the midwest USA, it's time for me to think about winter!  I do my "winter line" of scarves, blankets, hats and such during the warm weather months for my pattern shops.

I get several requests from knitters and crocheters to do more designing using super bulky weight yarn and fat needles and hooks.  I totally get that!  Super quick projects that don't cost a ton of money.

My first scarf pattern is the Urban Infinity.  You'll get instructions for 5 or 6 scarves using the same pattern but with different brands/kinds of yarn.  Some you can find in your local craft store and some using "yummy" yarn that comes from a local yarn shop or on line.

I've got three to show you today.





Here's some yummy Knit Picks Stroll Fingering yarn I picked up on clearance.  The three on the right are on my needles now doing a Profusion Cowl by Karen MaCall.  

That turquoise one is called Frozen and screams "little girl slouchy hat" to me!


I love this yarn bowl I purchased from Back Creek Pottery in Montana.  Reminds me a little of The Hunchback From Notre Dame.  I just love it!  You won't see these on her site, but if you contact here through the website, she will get right back to you.


Oh, and just LOOK at what Hobby Lobby is stocking on its shelves.....dyeable yarn and dye!


This is worsted weight (4) acrylic yarn for $3.49, 4oz, 205 yards.  The Rit dye is $4.99 a bottle.  As the yarn is acrylic, you cannot use the regular Rit dye.  This dye is especially for acrylic yarn.  If you have some white or cream acrylic yarn in your stash, you could use that.  Just be sure to pick up some of this special dye.  

I'm planning on giving this a go sometime this summer!  I'll keep you posted.


This crochet thread is also from Hobby Lobby and I just love it!  The softest crochet thread I have ever used and comes in loads of yummy colors, solid and variegated.  I'm working on some cotton scarves using my Easy Triangle Scarf pattern.  Even in the heat of summer, I like to wear these as stores, offices and restaurants are so chilly with the air conditioning set to "freeze".


Aren't these blank journals cute?  Michael's has them on sale for $.50 a piece!


And now for something completely different.....Lego peeps!  I spotted these in a sort of junk shop in The Old Market here in Omaha, Ne.  

Find my Easy Triangle Scarf and all my patterns on 




Best,
Sheila

Purls of Wisdom:
This is the time of year when you can find great deals on yarn.  Take advantage to the sales and stock up.  When I purchase yarn I often have an idea of what I'll use it for at a later date.  I jot down the information on a post it note and include the pattern name.  When my order arrives, I place the post it note on the bag or skein so I don't forget why I bought it!

Monday, May 25, 2015

New Pattern - Jam on Toast Blanket


 
My new blanket pattern is ready for purchase!  Whoo hoo!
Don't let the leafy border fool you, this is perfect for the beginner.



Colors of jam spread on toast is the inspiration for this squishy blanket! Super simple garter stitch and worsted weight yarn make for cozy knitting, sipping tea and eating jam on toast.


Gorgeous colors of plums, grays and neutral creams make the sage green border really stand out.


Great beginner project and equally fun for the more experienced one. Easy, leafy border can be memorized in no time. 



Lovely even without the border.


Super simple border, I promise!


Measurements: 40” W by 84” L (101cm W x 213cm L) This is a large blanket and would easily fit a twin (single) sized bed.

You need:
Needle:
US 8 (5mm) 32” circular or longer. Circular needles are used to accommodate the weight of the blanket. You will be knitting back and forth as you would on straight needles.

Yarn:
I Love This Yarn by Hobby Lobby; 7 oz (199gms); 355 yds(325m), or any worsted weight (4) yarn will work. For my overseas knitters, this is Aran weight for you. I used 10 colors.

Find the pattern in my


Have a great week,
Sheila

Purl of Wisdom:
Knitting or crocheting a border you like on a blanket?  Think of adding it to the edge of your next scarf or shawl!  Just follow the same pattern instructions using the yarn weight of your scarf or shawl.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

New Blanket Pattern Progress


I'm making good progress on my latest blanket pattern.  Knitting in squishy, garter stitch stripes.  The blanket portion is complete using nine colors of greys, purples and creams.  I know that garter stitch can be a bit boring, but the stripes are on the thin side making for quick color changes.

 
The leafy border is next using this lovely green.  Still working out the pattern for the edge.  When I started knitting the blanket, I just got in my head that the border needed to be in green leaves of some sort.



Here's my color inspiration.  Gorgeous edencottageyarns.  I saw this pic on instagram and fell in love. Aren't they just scrumptious?  I did not use her yarns, but rather used the photo to pick worsted weight yarn from Hobby Lobby.

This color combo would make a lovely shawl, don't you think?

Have a great week,
Sheila

Purls of Wisdom:

In a case like this, when my blanket was finished and I need a border color, I take the blanket with me to the store.  I want the border color to coordinate and the only way to pick the best color is to have the finished item in the yarn shop.  I picked out 5 greens and placed them all on the blanket, making it super easy to see the best one!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

New Blanket Pattern In Progress


I'm working on a new blanket pattern.  Squishy, garter stitch goodness!  Nine colors (only worked seven at the moment) of worsted weight yarn.  I'm using Hobby Lobby I Love This Yarn as they have THE most wonderful colors!

Shades of purples, grays and neutrals are coordinating very nicely.  Three or four repeats in the nine colors should do it and I think I'll do a leafy green border.  We'll see after the blanket is complete.  

Happy Hump Day,
Sheila

Yarn tip:
When I'm choosing colors at the yarn store, I lay them all out on the floor, moving them around, switching out colors until I see what I have in my head.

I did a blog post here if you'd like to read about a little lesson in color.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Sockhead Hats


 
I LOVE making Sockhead Hats!  Super easy and a great way to use your sock yarn skeins.

Here are some I finished up last month.

I used needle size US 2.5 (3.00mm) for all of them.

The one above uses:
James C Brett Moonlight Sonata DK

 
This is one skein of
KnitPicks Hawthorne Fingering in Ladd's Addition





 Knit Picks Hawthorne Fingering in St. Johns




Knit Picks Stroll Fingering in Mocha Tonal

You can find more information and the free pattern link on my Ravelry project page.

If you are using Patons Sock Yarn, I would suggest using a US 3.0 or 3.25.  I found that using the needle recommended in the pattern made for a too tight hat.

Best,
Sheila

Yarn tip:
Don't have a complete skein for a Sockhead Hat?  Gather all your leftover sock yarn and make stripes instead.


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