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.