Sunday, August 23, 2009

My New Sewing Machine!

My husband just bought my a new beautiful sewing machine.  I am at awe everytime I sew something.  My, have they changed over the years!  I decided I needed to organize my sewing room, so I made a mat for my machine to sit on.  Can't have it sliding around on me while I am creating a masterpiece.  I added vinyl pockets so that I would have things up close when needed.  I also added a little pocket on top of the mat to store my scizzors in.  Seems I can never find them when I need them.  The pocket opening faces me for easy grabbing in a pinch.  I also added a chair caddy to make my chair even more comfy while sewing.  I added pockets in the front so that I could easy find notions as I was ironing and etc.  Oh my, I still have plans of making a caddy for my ironing board to hold press cloths, wooden iron, small ruler and etc.  I am organizing so well, I think I need more notions! ;o)

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

My First Purse!

Well, after two days of sewing, I finally finished my first purse.  I handquilted the fabric myself.  I am not an experienced sewer and I did learn a lot from doing this project.  I used fusable polyester fleece and fused it onto the fabric. I'm glad I did.  This purse is empty and it is standing up and shaped nicely.  I added a pocket onto the front and inside I added a tab so that I could easily clip my keys on.  I didn't want to have to fumble and dig for my keys when I needed them.  I plan to use my new purse today!  I'm happy!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Quilted cell phone holder!

I decided I needed a cell-phone holder.  I went to Mom's stash of fabric and found a cute tan with brown flowers print.  I gathered up a piece of batting and my supplies and this is what I came up with.  I like the little clip that easily attaches to my purse.  It will be nice to hang in my car or on my tote.  Now I have a purse and a holder that will remind me of "MOM" everyday.  Memories never take the place of "things" but it is nice to have "things" that do remind me of "my mommy"!

I miss you, Mommy!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

venetian lace

I finally finished the doll I made. I used my MOM's fabric.  I crocheted the venetian lace edging to sew onto her skirt.  It was hard to do.  I must have "frogged" fifty times before I was able to do it.  I love it and I think it looks lovely on her dress.  What do you think?

Friday, July 3, 2009

Santa Ornament!

I decided that I wanted to make some projects using some of my MOM's fabric and some of mine.  The green and red prints are my MOM's and the other fabric is mine.  Now, I have a cute little santa ornament that's a little bit of MOM and a little bit of me. I know she is looking down on me and smiling.  I think it turned out very cute.  I am loving it!  I know she is, too!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Baked potato bag!

Well, well.  I finally finished my baked potato bag.  Wow, it makes the most wonderfully fluffy baked potatoes in the microwave. Simply wash and scrub potatoes, no need to pierce them, wrap in paper towel and place in bag.  Close bag and microwave for 3-4 minutes.  The potatoes are tender, fluffy and not all wilted and shriveled up or hard.  It also works just as amazing for corn on the cob.

Yumm! Gotta run, need to scrub up some 'taters!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Cake?!! I want that!

Oh my goodness!  Have you ever seen anything like that?  If you want to make this cake, you can too!  I don't know if I could have the heart to eat it or not.  How about you?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Pillow Cover!

I decided that I needed a comfy pillow that I could use outside.  This is my first pattern! I am excited that it came out as nice as it did.  This cover can be easily removed and washed , when needed.  I just love the little sunflower buttons!  My cover is snug and fits a 12 x 12 pillow form.  It has nice sharp corners.  I like that in a cover!

Friday, June 12, 2009

His 'n Hers!

I hate a sweaty bottle.  The hotter it gets outside, the more the bottles sweat.  Can't have that!  I decided we each needed a cozy to keep our bottles cool and sweat-free!  Gotta love pure cotton for that.  Anyway, I am a little worried here.  School has only been out for 3 days and I am knitting and crocheting like mad.  Oh, and only to think there are 90 more days until school starts.  Lucky me!


I guess it is a sign that I am getting old!  I love oatmeal and it seems like the perfect food to eat before I go to bed.  I hate shuffling the bowl between hands because it is too hot.  I decided that I needed a potholder for my cereal bowl.  Perfect fit and just love the little bow.  Now, no more hot bowls for me!  Jealous???

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Schools Out for Summer!

Yeah, schools out for summer!  Oh, this is one of the happiest days of the year!  To celebrate, I knitted a cute little cloth and put my own little stripes in it.  Cute, easy and functional!

USMC Cloth

My Marine loves it!  For those that don't know, the eagle, globe and anchor is the US Marine Corps emblem.  I scaled down a dishcloth pattern and made an oversized coaster cloth for my MAN.  I was hoping to find cotton yarn in olive drab, but no luck!  The color I used was called Jute and it is very nice as well.  It was a quick and easy knit.  Ahh, now to relax a bit.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1958 Carriage Crib Cover

While fantasizing over an old knitting magazine, I found a lovely carriage crib cover.  Since it was written the same year as my birth, I decided to try the pattern out.  I don't have any sweet little babies to knit it for, so I decided to make it into a dishcloth.  What a cute pattern!  I think I will tuck this pattern away safely so that when the occasion arises, I will be ready!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Heart Coaster!

Last night I really needed to keep my hands busy, so I knitted this adorable heart coaster.  I had a few scraps of pink cotton leftover from another project, so it was a perfect match.  I like it!  Humm, coffee or tea?  It's almost the week-end, so maybe, I'll have both!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Tulip Bud!

I am very pleased with the tulip bud cloth I just finished knitting.  I used size 5 needles and the details came out very nicely.  I will be giving it to a girlfriend, Beth, this morning.  I hope she likes it!

About two weeks before my mom passed, Beth told me her own story about being a cancer survivor and it truly touched me.  She was preparing me for what was to come with my MOM.  I knew she was "teaching" me something but it just didn't connect until now. Now, it has meaning and I am so grateful to her.  She is amazing!  

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Happy Mother's Day!

Today is a very hard day for me.  My wonderful husband reminds me that it is my day, too!  I knitted this cloth for my Mother-In-Law for Mother's Day!  My husband and I handcrafted a set of #7 needles.  We used a maple stain and also a nice semi-glossy sealer.  Oh, the yarn just slides across them like silk!  I also made charm stitch markers that spelled out M-O-M in Sterling Silver.  Of course, the picture does not do them justice.  They are lovely!

The background is a doily that my Mother-In_Law crocheted for me for Christmas!  Isn't it gorgeous!

Monday, May 4, 2009

MOM and Me Stitch Markers!

I decided to make stitch markers for my MOM and Me Shawl.  I wanted to find charms that had meaning to both of us.  I tried and tried to get a nice clear picture of the markers but couldn't.  Hopefully, you will be able to make them out anyway.

The sewing machine charm represents the love my MOM had for sewing.  She loved making quilts.  She hand sewed all of them, including the actual quilting!

The ball of yarn and two knitting needles represents the pair of booties she made me when I was an infant.  Mom never really cared for the craft so that was the end of her projects.  She knew how much I loved knitting and was thrilled to see each knitting project that I created.  The chocolate fudge cupcake was given to her for her birthday while she was in the hospital.  She smiled and chuckled!

The birdhouse charm with a bird dangling represents our love for birds.  She had lots of beautiful birds in her yard often.

The heart with the words MOM in the center represents everything!  Enough said! (smile)

Friday, May 1, 2009

"Mom and Me" Shawl

A couple of days ago, I decided that I needed a prayer shawl to help me heal.  I decided on this feather and fan pattern.  I found some beautiful soft cotton that would be perfect.  I began praying with my stitches and started knitting.  I am only a few inches into the pattern, but already I can feel my heart beginning to heal.  My shawl, my "Mom and Me" shawl, is helping me find calm.

Saturday, April 25, 2009

My heart is broken!

My mom lost her fight with cancer on Friday, April 24th.  I need to heal and find my way during the next little bit.  For now, I must pause!

Sunday, April 12, 2009

All Done!

Wow, that was a fast knit!  I like it!  The main question is, does he???

Double Delight!

I'm knitting my newest cloth named "Double Delight".  I like the fact that it is knitting a lighter weight cloth.  I (I, mean my husband) really likes using a thinner cloth for dishes.  They seem to dry faster and that is a plus in my kitchen.  Of course, I am always concerned and consider what type cloth my husband needs to clean those dirty little dishes! (smile)

Friday, April 10, 2009

Chocolate Fudge Cupcake!

I can't stop making these.  Each one gets a bit cuter than the next. I am going to make oreos, choc chippers and sugar cookies next.  I have a beautiful antique scalloped plate dish that would look terrific with all these irresistable yarn goodies arranged on it. One thing for sure, they have a lot less calories than their yummy counterpart!

Thursday, April 9, 2009

Poof! It's Gone!

Being the perfectionalist that I am, the oopsie started to bug me and so...poof, it's gone!

So far, so good!

As you already know, I am dying to learn how to knit socks.  I decided I needed some practise using dpns first, so, I am knitting a pair of mitts with a thumb gusset.  I am just about 1/3 through the ribbing.  So far, so good! Oh, I did make one small oopsie but, hey nobody's perfect and it's not too noticable.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I'm A Lucky Girl!

Thank you, Karen for being my coffee swap partner.  The cover photo is all the nice goodies Karen sent me.  Her cloth is gorgeous.  Definately a keeper for sure.  I am thrilled with the cotton cascade yarn she sent.  I've never used it but have heard that it is wonderful to work with.  And, pink, my favorite color, how did you know?!  I'm waiting now for the coffee to brew so I can have a cup and enjoy my thoughts of my wonderful swap partner.  Thanks again, Karen.  You are the best!

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

IPod Touch Sleeve

Wow, I just love the colors of my new IPod Touch Sleeve.  The colors are bright and cheery.  The pattern was easy.  I did my own thing.  I knitted it with my own handcrafted double-pointed needles!  I'm happy and my IPod is, too!

Monday, March 30, 2009

Coffee Hugger!

This is my first cabled project.  I wanted something small and easy and this pattern was perfect.  Since there was only one row of cabling, the pattern was very easy, I was able to complete it in a couple of hours.  I will definately make more of these.  Maybe next time, I will try it in a solid color so that the cables will be in all their glory!

Yippee! The Knitting Circle!

Ok, it's in the works.  I am organizing a knitting circle!  I am so excited.  I have the meeting place set up, our local library will host this event for me.  They will have a sign-up sheet set up and will post it in our local newspaper.  Now, I need to think about a time and day for the knitting circle to meet.  Any ideas that you can share would be so appreciated!  Yippee!

If you don't have a local knitting group either, I encourage you to start one up, too!  I know there are plenty of people who would enjoy knitting together and making new friendships!  I love knitting!

Sunday, March 29, 2009


My new cloth reminds of a whirlygig! I can just see it in pretty spring colors. I used my handcrafted size 5 needles, to make this beauty.  It measures 8 x 8-1/2.  Since I used smaller needles and being the tight knitter that I am, it makes a very dense cloth.  The pattern was so easy that I was able to complete it in a couple of evenings while watching t.v.  Now that, is my kinda knitting!  Gotta run, more knitting to do.  The big question, what's next???

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Watch out here I come!

Ok!  I've finished handcrafting my new #3 double pointed needles.  I've given them a try and the yarn glides effortlessly on my beautiful new needles.  Socks, socks, socks, watch out, here I come!

Saturday, March 21, 2009

He Likes It!

My Joe likes it!  The black felt really helps block the light.   I must say, nice knitting, girl!  I'm proud that this turned out so well.  I'm double proud of  "my" Marine!  Gotta run, more knitting to do!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Naps Rule!

I read somewhere that for heart health, a daily nap can be the answer.  So, being the loving wife that I am, I asked my hubby to start taking a daily nap.  He drives a school bus, so it fits perfectly into his day.   The only problem is that our house is so bright and full of big beautiful windows.   It makes for a wonderful cheery house but not too good when it comes to that beloved daily nap.  So...I decided to make him sleep shades.  Being a United States Marine, I decided that my leftover cami yarn would fit the bill.  I decided to line the mask with black felt to give it that extra darkening effect.  As soon as I finish, I'll post a completed photo.  Humm....I can see a cute little pink number in my future!

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Afghan Cloth

While browsing through an old knitting book, circa 1930, I found this stitch pattern.  I liked the look of the stitches, so I decided to make it into a cloth.  It feels thick and cushy.  I am thinking of combining a series of stitches to make an afghan.  There are five different pattern stitches, so I think I will make each into a cloth first.  

Pots o' gold!

Cute little pots o' gold I crocheted for my two guys.  They loved them.  Of course, who wouldn't love chocolate coins.  Hope they bring lots of luck.

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Irish Lace Cloth

I've never been able to complete any lace project.  I've looked at lace patterns that are gorgeous and way too intricate for this "little girl".   Irish Lace is definately the most elegant of all laces, in my humble opinion.   I decided to give this cloth a try.  It was so easy to do, I actually copied the instructions on an index card and knitted away.  I didn't find any row confusing or hard to understand.  Definately a plus in my knitting repertoire! I can imagine a beautiful scarf made from this pattern.  Humm!  Gotta run, I need to find other lace patterns that I can create a Pièce de résistance for my happy little home!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Fantazia Cloth

Oh, my! What a beautiful cloth.  I knitted this cloth in about three hours with size 7 needles.  I cast-on 39 stitches. The print is called "Painted Desert".  This cloth  is about 7-1/2 x 7-1/2.  Perfect size for washing dishes. Not!  I've already told my two boys, I had better not see a lick of grease on this cloth, anywhere!  It was a totally fun and satifying knit.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Happy Hour Cloth

Wow, there is an optical illusion going on here.  This pattern was quick and easy.  I actually completed the entire cloth while watching "Desperate Housewives".  Boy, those girls sure are naughty!  This is one show that makes "hubby" happy, happy, happy!

I cast-on 41 stitches for this cloth and found that it was a little too big for my needles.  I decided to rip them out and cast-on 25.  I used my size 7 hand-crafted wooden needles.  It's too small for washing dishes, but would make a cute "mug rug" or a square doily.  Oooh, maybe I will do one in needleloft yarn and use it as a scrubber!  Gotta run, the yarn is calling me again!

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Butterfly Cloth

I've  been wanting to try the butterfly cloth  for a while now. I finally did and was blown away at how lovely it is.  When I first looked at the pattern instructions, I thought it might be hard, purling 6 stitches together. But, it was easy! I made a tribble as a match set.  This will go to my dishcloth exchange partner.  I hope she likes it.  Humm...Gotta run, more knitting to do!

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Tribble Fever!

Finally, I finished my first tribble.  I created a cute little flower shape in the top.  I found that it you manipulate the tribble with your fingers, it will flatten and smooth out.  I can't wait to try it out.  I will be making a cloth for an exchange this month and I just might include a tribble with it.  A little extra is always a bonus, right?  Now, I fear I have tribble fever.  That might not be such a bad thing!

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Dishcloth Dress!

I just love this pattern.  It is so cute.  This is one of those scrap projects you can make with 1/2 an ounce of cotton yarn.  The pattern is very easy to follow and only takes a couple of hours of knitting.  It's a great project to work on while watching t.v.  Why not make one for a friend or better yet, yourself! You can find the pattern here.

Who can resist a chocolate cupcake?

Not me.  I knitted this yummy cupcake in about 2 hours.  I just love the fleece yarn that I chose for the icing.  Nice and fluffy, like a cupcake should be.  There is an incredible amount of joy that knitting food gives you.  As you can see, my handcrafted double-pointed needles are in their glory!  Maybe I will knit a vanilla cupcake next with a birthday candle on it.