Monday, March 28, 2016

Yarny Goodness

For those who celebrate, I hope you all had a nice Easter.  As I am Greek Orthodox, our celebration is not until next month.  Orthodox Christians have Pascha (Easter) after Passover.

I want to show you some things in the works.....a crocheted bud scarf pattern using Lion Brands Landscapes....

a simple cowl.  US size 8 16" circular needle.  Cast on 96.  Knit a 2x2 rib for one inch, knit until you like the size, do a 2x2 rib for one inch and bind off.  I purchased this Cascade Yarns Pinwheel on Craftsy.  Huge skein of 440 yards in Hearts and Spades!  You can get quite a few cowls out of that much yardage.

I bought two, because at $5.97 a skein is just too good to pass up!

I have a spring garden scarf pattern in the works using the gorgeous Cloudborn Fibers yarn, also from Craftsy.

I'm adding an orange and yellow to the mix, instead of the magenta and purple in the above photo above.  I'll design something else with those.  Maybe a knitted scarf for fall.

Here's the orange and yellow, plus, I picked up a 3 color gradient in gray which I think I'll add some color to when I decide on a pattern.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
Kinky circs?  Just run the cable under hot water until it straightens out!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Knitting With Picture Yarn

So, I'm knitting with picture yarn for the first time.  For those of you who do not know what that is, let me explain.  It is dyed in a particular way, with "pictures" on it, so when you knit, the picture magically appears.  I have no idea of how she does this!
This is the brilliance of Abi Grasso!

I'm knitting a pair of fingerless gloves, ere go the hole.
You can see my first shot is a mess.  Good thing I added a lifeline.  I can see that those little white zig zags, in the brown section,  should be lining up.  That is key with this yarn.  Your image needs to line up for the picture to appear.  I ripped out to the lifeline and went down one needle size from US 2 to US 1.

My second attempt is much better.  This is not a good pattern for the beginner.  You have to do quite a bit of tugging along each row for everything to line up properly. 
All three skeins and a paper pattern come with your purchase.  I think it also had a stitch marker in it.

This is Abi's photo and you can see her mushroom tops are not spread out like mine.  For me, I think a US size 0 might make things easier.  I might even rip out the whole thing and start over.  Yikes!

Here is a shot of her Etsy shop.  If you want the toadstool yarn, (I don't see it in her shop) just send her a note and she'll get back to you.

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
I like to use these point protectors for sock or glove knitting.  I got these for free with a knitting magazine....not sure which one.  They are meant to keep a set of dpns together, but they work great for keeping a project from unraveling in your bag.

Monday, March 14, 2016

Knitting Garland Scarves Pattern is Here!

All three patterns for $5.00.
Cherry Blossoms
An easy project for the intermediate knitter.

After the huge support of my Crocheted Garland Scarves, I’ve designed these lovelies for the knitter.

Cherry Blossom, Roses Are Red and Blue Clematis. You get all the information to knit all three scarves.

Knit one or all three. Very affordable for gift giving to a teacher, babysitter, secret santa or coworker.

You can also use these scarves as garland in your home…curtain tie back, draped on a shower curtain or window valance.

***Selling the finished product is permitted***

Blue Clematis

Roses Are Red

I used Lion Brand Heartland yarn and US size 7 dpns (only two, no knitting in the round) as well as US size 10 straight needles.  Each scarf is over 2 yards (1.8m) long.

Icord stem and little branches and 3 different leaf options.

I get so many compliments on the Cherry Blossom Scarf, even from men!

Make longer or shorter. Make more or less branches, flowers and buds as you like.

These are the Crochet Garland Scarves, which is an advanced beginner pattern.  As with all my patterns, I'm always available to help you along the way.

Find all my pattern links at the top of this post or


Oh, by the way, there are coupons for multiple pattern purchases in my Etsy and Ravelry shops!

Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
A ring holder works great for your stitch markers!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Getting Closer

I'm getting closer to finishing my Knitted Garland Scarves pattern!  You can find the Crocheted Garland Scarves pattern....

or the links at the top of this page.
Have a great week,

Purls of Wisdom:
For some reason when I gift arm warmers/fingerless mitts, people think they are boot cuffs.  I popped over to Hobby Lobby and picked up these sturdy, paper hands in the kids craft section.  Thirty of them for $2.47.  There should be no mistaken identity now!

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