Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Finishing a cross stitch bookmark

How to finish a cross stitch bookmark when not working with already prepared bookmark fabric:

no moon bookmark

Before you start stitching, be sure to cut your fabric with at least 9 extra squares on each side for finishing.

bookmark 1
blanket stitch

Stitch your bookmark pattern, then fold the sides to the back leaving 3-4 empty squares on either side of the stitching. Tack the edges down - you can use a blanket stitch like I did, or a simple running stitch, or any decorative stitch as long as it isn't too bulky.

bookmark 2

Flip the bookmark over and carefully trim the corners. Then pull out the horizontal threads to create a fringe. Be sure to leave at least three empty squares between the fringe and the stitching.

bookmark 3

bookmark 4

Wash and Iron your bookmark. Remember to keep the bookmark face down so that you do not crush the stitches.

bookmark 5

Carefully glue a piece of felt over the back of the bookmark to protect the back of your stitching.

Enjoy your new bookmark!!

no moon bookmark

(Cross stitch chart for this bookmark is available here)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Socks and other exciting things.

So It's been a while since I posted about them – my poor toe-up Bayerische have been languishing while I worked on other things. But I finally got my behind into gear and got working. Once I sat down and worked on them exclusively the knitting sped past and it didn't hurt that I was very eager to wear them. I love the pattern!

Bayerisches done 2

yarn: Knit Picks Stroll Kettle Dyed in Jay
pattern: Toe-up Bayerische (rav link)
Ravelry Page


And in other sock news I've been designing again!

First up:
Is It Spring Yet?

is it spring
yet set one 1

I had a lot of fun putting these together, I love the lacy twisted stitch and cable flowers and the lovely Lacey vine ribbing on the back give the leg lots of stretch.

is it spring
yet set one 2

from the pattern page:

Winter just seems to keep going. Everything is cold and covered in snow, and all I really want to do is get outside and see some color! These socks are all things I wish I could be seeing outside by February: bright flowers and trailing vines and leaves of spring! The front of the sock sports flowers highlighted by twist stitches and cables, while a twining cable climbs up the side and an undulating vine rib decorates the back.
This sock is 72 stitches around, please feel free to knit a a gauge that will give you the best fit.
Options for both a Short Row Heel and a more traditional style Gusset/Flap Heel are offered.

Available via Ravelry for $3.00


and even more exciting, I have a pattern for sale via Knit Picks too!

Quercus Socks

Quercus socks
model 1

I designed these with Bill in mind. I Love the oak leaf motif, and Really wanted to make a sweater with it, but didn't have the yarn for one. The oak motif would not get out of my head, so I finally gave in and started poking around a sock idea and this is what I came up with.

Quercus socks
model 3

from the pattern page:

This is an earthy toe-up sock, originally designed for my husband. The central oak leaf and acorn panel is flanked by an engaging yet simple twisted stitch braid, with a lace style ribbing on the back of the leg reminiscent of rows of little acorns. The pattern invokes feelings of hiking through an English forest.
This sock is 73 stitches around, please feel free to knit at a gauge that will give you the best fit.
options for both a short row heel and a more traditional style gusset/flap heel are included.

Quercus socks
model 2

you can purchase this pattern for $2.99 via Knit Picks

Friday, May 23, 2014

I knit bow ties now, bow ties are cool

sorry, I couldn't help myself.

knit bowtie

this was a fun little knit. Quick and cute!

pattern: Eleventh bow tie (rav link)
yarn: leftover Knipticks Stroll
needles: US 1.5 (2.5mm)
Ravelry Page

I knit the first half as written, but then the second half I just made a big rectangle ti give the bow tie a bit more body, since the ones I saw that knit both in the pattern looked a bit too thin/floppy about the middle.

blue knit

Bill Loves it! It took him about a hour of back and forth between computer with instructions and bathroom mirror to get it tied properly, but he's already planning a Halloween costume around it.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

A tale of two shawls.

One day while my parents were down visiting, Mom mentioned that Grandma was always complaining of being cold, so I decided to knit her a shawl.

I knew I wanted it to be warm so I decided to go with fingering weight over lace, and I had the perfect yarn already in my stash. It took me a while to finally pick a pattern but I eventually settled on Zilver.

gmas purple
zilver done

Yarn: Knit Picks Memories in Rocky Mountain Dusk
Pattern: Zilver (rav link)
Ravelry page

The knitting went pretty quickly, and while I was working on it TW was fascinated, and asked several times for me to knit a green shawl for him.

I had a random skein of Knit Picks Bare so I took some Wiltons cake dyes and dyed it up in shades of green.

I wanted to be sure to get the most out of the yarn, since I couldn't get any more, and I knew that TW would get more use out of a shallow obtuse angled scarf shaped 'shawl' than a deep right triangle type shawl, so I went with the Baktus construction and weighed my skein frequently and saved just enough yarn to make some cute tassels for the ends.

TW was so happy when it was time to block it and I laid it out that night. Then he got up extra early to check if it was dry yet the next morning. I think it's pretty safe to say he loves it, and it will be a perfect scarf come wintertime!

llamas green
shawl onllamas green
shawl tied

Pattern: Baktus (rav link), with a few modifications to make it longer and narrower.
Ravelry page

Sunday, March 23, 2014

A moment of silence for a faithful blanket, gone too soon.

Ok, maybe that was a bit melodramatic.

Soon after TW was born my pi lap blanket got soiled, but we were new parents and we were not up to washing and blocking delicate woolens. It got put aside, and a while ago while cleaning I found it balled up on the floor, shoved in a back corner behind the dirty laundry bins.

I pulled it out and threw it in a wool wash bath without really inspecting it.

When I laid it out to block it this is what I found:

chewed up

so sad.

Oh well, gueas that just means I need to knit a new one.

Friday, February 28, 2014

More knitting for yarn

After TW's Wallaby I didn't really have any big projects so decided to pick up a few more knitting jobs just to have something to do (and hey, more yarn!)

first up was a really nifty colorwork tam:

pansy garden
tam blocking 01-22-14 top

Pansy Garden Tam (rav pattern link, web link here)

the pattern came in a kit with pre-wound balls of jaggerspun wool. It was very clearly written, and while a few of the colors came a bit close to running out, it turned out great. I love color work, and this was such a pretty design!

pansy garden
tam blocking 01-22-14 side

Rav project page here


After the Tam there was a nice trip Through the Woods!

through the
woods finished

The Through the Woods hood (rav link) was great fun to knit. And I think I want one for myself too!

I was almost done when I ran out of yarn, so the great lady I was knitting for sent more, with the request for a pair of matching mitts:

through the
woods mitts 02-18-14

Thorough the Woods Fingerless Mitts. (rav link) by the same designer.

Both of these projects were a lot of fun, the cables were simple, but very classic looking, and I just love how the hood turned out.

Project links: hood, mitts.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

A Wallaby for TW

after knitting the last three projects I had earned enough yarn for a Wallaby! (rav link, purchase online here or here)

I had purchased the pattern even before TW was born, and I’m so glad I did.

Nice and warm
for a lunch picnic

The pattern is written in a very chatty manner, but after a few read-throughs it was really easy and everything went together very nicely!

I knit with a slightly thicker yarn than called for (Manos Del Uraguay Wool Clasica – which is Aran weight), and about a size and half bigger than TW's current size, so it is nice and warm and should fit him for a couple of seasons.

first wallaby 1-14-14 3

He loves it, but says that it 'tickles' (itches) so he has to wear a long sleeved shirt underneath.

This was my first 'big' sweater and I had a ton of fun with it and it went by so quickly! I can't wait to knit more sweaters!
Ravelry project page full of more detailed notes, here

first wallaby 1-14-14 back

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Knit for hire

So, I've wanted to knit a new swater for TW for a while, but money is tight and we don't have the spare cash to buy any new yarn. What is a knitter to do?

Knit for it!

There are a few "Will Work For Yarn" and bartering type groups on Ravely and I've been putting my self out offering my services in hopes of earning enough yarn for a sweater.

And I did! More on that later though. First, here is what I've been making:

Denver Cowl

denver cowl
done 10-07-13

yarn: Miss Babs Yowza! What a Skein in Copper City
needles: US 8 (5mm)
Rav project link

Lovely yarn and easy fun little pattern.


Herringbone Poncho

poncho done 1

yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Worsted
needles: US 17 (12.75mm)
Rav project page

this one was hard,the big needles were really hard on my wrists. And I've hard so many good things about the yarn, but it took 7 skeins, and 4 of them had knots! And it was spun in such a way that there was very little spring to it.


Lovely Ribbed Cowl

lovely ribbed
cowl 11-26-13

yarn: Blue Sky Alpaca Suri Merino
needles: US 7 (4.5mm)
Rav project page

Super easy knit, and OMG amazing soft yarn, I looked forward to knitting this it felt to nice in my hands!

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Rhinebeck 2013

NY sheep and
wool 2013 1

What to say about New York Sheep and wool 2013? Fun!
TW had a grand time checking out all the animals, he kept us going so much that I didn't get many pictures, but believe me, there was a lot going on. I wore my Arachne's Veil shawl, but didn't get any pictures.

NY sheep and
wool 2013 2

NY sheep and
wool 2013 3

I was able to take a break and go check out the Ravelry meet up while TW and Bill went to look at the traveling zoo animals. And then they wandered off to make volcanoes in the sand.

Making a sand

before we met back up to have lunch


TW was particularly interested in watching sheep being groomed and sheared.

NY sheep and
wool 2013 4

and of course got to meet some Llamas!

llamas are

and here's a gratuitous shot of my favorite sheep, the Jacob:


Monday, November 11, 2013

a smattering of small(ish) things

Hey there!

I've got a few FOs for you today!

Let's see...

I finished the Gentleman’s Socks with Lozenge Pattern for Bill:

he loves them, it just makes me so happy to make socks for him, he really appreciates them, I need to make more socks for me, but I keep picking out yarns for him, because it is so fun to see how happy they make him.

bills losenge
sox done

Pattern: Gentleman’s Sock with Lozenge pattern by Nancy bush (found in Knitting Vintage Socks)
yarn: Knitpicks Stroll in Wine
needles: US 1 (2.25mm)
I modified the pattern a bit to be able to knit them toe up, two at once, and good thing, too, because I ran out of yarn! You can see the ravelry page here


then I knit a little blue sweater for Bill's brother and Sister in law, because they are having a little boy and we are all very excited!

pale blue
sunnyside finished

this was a great little pattern, I really loved the cable detail. I continued the cables down under the arms, and mirrored them, because I'm like that.

Pattern: Sunnyside by Tanis Lavallee
yarn: Bernat Softee Baby Solids & Marls held double
needles: US 5 (3.75mm)
ravelry page here


after the sweater it started to get a bit chilly here, and I had promised TW that I would make him a new hat since he grew out of his pixie

so I knit him an owl:

tommys blue
owl hat 10-22-13

this was a fun little hat, but since my yarn wasn't to gauge, I needed to make a lot of adjustments, I cast on for the adult size and then added extra rows to the owl body and head.

such a

Pattern: Chouette by Ekaterina Blanchard
yarn: Schafer Lola, held double
needles: US 9 (5.5mm)
ravelry page

ready for a
chilly adventure

Thursday, August 29, 2013

now in print!

Hey everyone!

I'm just stopping in to let you know that I've been published*!

That's right! Come the new year, if you are looking for a new calendar, pick up the 2014 Knitting Pattern a Day calendar, and you will find my Felted Fish Cat Toy pattern on May 5th!

* Ok, it's kinda cheesy since I wasn't paid for the pattern. I entered it in their contest to win money, but didn't win, and all runners up were put in the calendar. But still... published!

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Introducing Camembert, our new Doorstop Mouse

08-20-13 1

we like to keep the windows open as much as possible, but on breezier days that almost always means doors getting blown shut.

We've had Marmalade at our bedroom door for ages, but TW's door has been kept open by random object for far too long, so I finally decided to make Marmalade a companion.

Isn't he adorable?

08-20-13 2

Yarn: Bernat Baby Softee, held double
hook: G (4mm)
pattern: Amigurumi mouse doorstop

I stuffed him with a nice heavy rock I found while out on a hike and lots of polyfill.
He seems to be settling in nicely, and TW love him, every night before going to bed he has to stop and say 'hi' to his mousy.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Hey! long time no see!

So I've been super busy living life and enjoying my time with TW, but I have a ton of stuff to share with you!

Still no progress on the shawl, I really should get myself an audiobook and buckle down, but until then, I’ve finally finished the big blanket!

craft dump
8-14-13 blanket

For size reference, that's our queen sized bed.
(yes, I had to stand on a chair to take that picture, it was scary.)
It's nice and soft and cozy and warm, and I finished it just in time for a summer heat wave, so it hasn't gotten much use yet, but I foresee lots of cuddles come winter time.

And just because, here is TW modeling it for you:

cutie new
blanket 06-27-13

Yarn: my hand dyed hand-spun
Needles: size 10.5 (6.5mm) knitpicks options
Pattern: a bastardized Shetland Shawl construction: I cast on three stitches and knit the middle panel, increasing every row until it was big enough, and decreasing back down. (a la Grannie's Favorite Washcloth). Then I picked up stitches all along the edge and knit in the round increasing at the corners until I ran out of blue yarn, then I did a sideways knit on edging in white, ending it back at the beginning with Kitchener stitch.

It's meand to be big and warm, and not need any blocking if it needs to be washed.  I can simply squeeze out the water and pat it out in a rough square shape and let it dry.
(My poor pi blanket got dirty soon after TW was born and it still hasn't been blocked since we don't have the room for it here.)


Bill's socks are coming along nicely, I have one more pattern repeat and then I start the ribbing.

craft dump
8-14-13 socks


And as the weather has finally started to cool off a bit we can start turning off the AC and opening the windows, which means pleasant breezes... and slamming doors. So I’ve had to get back to the little mousy doorstop. I picked up a nice heavy stone for his base today while out on a hike so I can stuff him and finish up the rest of his head. Then its just a quick nose and a couple of ears!

craft dump
8-14-13 mouse

(although I do have to admit that he looks a bit creepy right now.)


craft dump
8-14-13 green bag 1

In other crafty news, my poor juggling balls have been sitting on my bedroom bookshelf for ages, ever since the old bag fell apart in the wash, so I decided (with the inspiration from my new friends on the FB Project Project group (hi guys!)) that it was time to make them a new bag.

craft dump
8-14-13 green bag 3

It was super simple, just the leg off of an old pair of PJ bottoms, and a kumihimo cord made from cotton yarn. But now my juggling stuff has a happy new home, and I have more room for books on my self!

craft dump
8-14-13 green bag 2


Before I made the juggling bag I decided to try my idea out on a pair of jeans first. Then I got the nifty idea to make it a set, so I whipped up a few denim bean bags to go with it. (the aren't filled yet, since I need to pick up some of those little plastic pellets first, but I have a craft store trip planned for the near future for some other crafty projects, so I'll pick some up then.)

craft dump
8-14-13 denim

I have a friend who juggles also, and since I certainly don't need any more balls, I may give them to him.


I have a few more crafty ideas in the works, and I'm trying to keep up knitting regularly, (even with the lack of a weekly get together) so hopefully I'll be back soon with more updates!

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