Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Project Cards

I created these cards for myself as I have many "PIGS" (projects in grocery sacks)!  The pdf is for sale if you would like to  pop over to  my Etsy shop.  I have many scarves started, but forgotten. A baby blanket that needs to be completed for a shower. A shawl put away for a rainy day.  You have them too, I know you do!

I was constantly saying....what needle went with this project?

I wish I wrote down what hook I was using for this!

What pattern does this project belong to?

What pattern book was this in?

How many skeins do I need for this?

You can print these cards off on your printer, punch a hole in one corner and attach it to you project!

Easy way to keep track of your PIGS!

Great gift for any knitter or hooker! Print them off, tie them up with cute ribbon, add a skein of yummy yarn, pair of needles or crochet hook and there you go....instant gift!

There are 10 on a page with all the information you need on one side, and plenty of room on the back to write down additional notes.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Rainbow Entrelac Blanket

I love a yarn with long runs and entrelac patterns. I'm not, however, too fond of lots of color changes. This yarn was just the ticket as it changes colors on its own. It is a kit from Mary Maxim that comes with 5 balls of yarn and the pattern.

This is not a quick knit and took quite some time....about a month/120 hours. I am a fast knitter and as I make a living selling patterns and finished items, I do spend a great deal of time in "my chair" knitting or hooking away!   The yarn in the kit is DK weight and I used my Knit Picks US size 7, 32" circular needles.

I love how it turned out. The pattern calls for an I-cord edging, but I wanted a slightly larger border so a crochet hook and some single crocheted rows provided a nice edge without taking away from the lovely blanket itself.

The pattern is very well written and the color changes keep it interesting. You are actually only knitting 10 stitches at a time, so if you find you need to frog back, it is not so daunting. (you can find them on the right side of my blog under Lovely Sponsors) has some workshops/classes for you if you are new to entrelac and need to see the jist of how entrelac works. There is always YouTube for videos as well.

If any of you have entrelac projects to share, I'd love to see them.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Granny Chair

I love this chair from sanna & sania!  How much fun would that be to have a chair like this in your craft room?  I can see myself snuggling up, knitting or crocheting away the latest ripple blanket!  There are many beautiful diy things on this site as well as books they have published. Have a great week!


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Free Pattern!

 I had remembered a baby shower about two hours before I had to be there! No time for a blanket, but plenty time for some simple booties! I do mean simple! Too simple to give by themselves! 

I always have these "take out" boxes on hand at Christmas time. There you go... Instant gift! I hand wrote a little fortune...."good things come in small packages"! Not very original, but it worked! The mommy loved them and that's all that matters!
You can find this FREE pattern here in my Craftsy Pattern store.  A sheet of cute "fortunes" are included for you to print off, cut and slip into each bootie!  If you are a "hooker" and not a knitter, you can easily adapt the pattern.  Just single crochet to the size given.  I'd love to see a photo of your finished "cookie".

Have a great week!

Thursday, October 11, 2012

DIY Knit Kit

Happy Thursday to you!  I'd like to share with you today my knit kit.  I do a fair amount of traveling and take my knitting/crocheting everywhere I go.  If you're like me you probably have something like this in your bag.  It has all the essentials for the knitter or hooker on the go!
Scissors, stitch holder, cable needle, safety pins, crochet hook, sticky notes and pen, tape measure, my business cards from .  I love these cards, by the way.  They have my contact info on one side and a picture of a finished product on the other!  Also in the tin, extra reading glasses, stitch markers, ruler, row counter, bread bags ties (for intarsia...they work like bobbins), a mini tin to hold sewing/tapestry needles and the smaller items.  Oh, and hair barrettes to hold the tail on a ball of yarn!  Did I mention everything?
It all packs up nicely in this tin I found at a thrift store!  I'm going to make some of these for a couple fellow knitters/crocheters this Christmas!  One can never have enough knitting/crocheting goodies.

That's all for now!  Have a great weekend!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Christmas Hats Collection

Hello my faithful followers!  Summer is over in the USA and needles and hooks are starting to fly as the holiday seasons begin!  Fall sweaters and blankets, Halloween projects, Thanksgiving decorations and, of course, Christmas projects and gifts!  If you own a knitwear shop as I do, or not, you have a list of yarnny projects to complete!  On my list every year are these Christmas Hats that I whip up every year for gifts and for charity.

Easy pattern to fit many a holiday noggin'!  I'd love to hear about what you are knitting or crocheting for the holidays.  Send me a photo and I'll get it featured in an upcoming post!

Have a great week!


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