Archives for Knitting

“Boo”tiful Projects

Categories: Hallowe'en, Knitting, Plastic Canvas, and Sewing.

~ Hallowe’en is a fun time for little children.  It’s a time for witches, ghosts, goblins and jack o’lanterns.  It is a great time of year to make some quick and easy projects.  So why not make some cute Hallowe’en projects for the kids or grandkids. In our family it is an extra special day as our little pumpkin was born on that day in 2009.  She wore her little knitted pumpkin hat I had made on the way home from the hospital.  She still has the hat and one of her dolls wears it now.  Big brother is now
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What row am I on?

Categories: Crochet, Knitting, and Organization.

~ We all face this challenge when knitting or doing a crochet project – keeping track of how many rows have been completed. There are many gadgets that you can purchase if you look around. The pen and paper method, and a old method my mother used that was poking a knitting needle through the row number didn’t work for me.  I have too many old patterns with numbers crossed off and holes in certain places.  It was time for a change.    I could purchase a row counter, but being the thrifty  crafty sort of person that I am
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Kids Fingerless Mitts

Categories: Knitting.

I recently knit 2 pair of fingerless mitts for the grandkids out west.  They saw Granny wearing hers each day we were there and wanted some for themselves.  I wrote up a pattern that was scaled down from the adult size mitts.  I had also knitted leg warmers for our granddaughter and made the fingerless mitts similar in pattern that part was done in stocking stitch and the remainder in ribbing. The Grape Fizz purple yarn was used for the leg warmers and mitts and a Blue Rainbow was used for the other. Both used 3.25 or 3.5 mm needles
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Knitting Fingerless Mitts

Categories: Knitting.

~ My favourite fingerless mitt pattern works up quickly and easily.  It is a 2 needle pattern by Knit Picks and is done in a rib pattern of 3 k and 2 purl.  I’ve had this pattern for ages and it was free when I got it but now it is a paid pattern. The latest pair was made with yarn from The Grey Heron. It’s a lovely soft Opal yarn from Germany knit on 3.25 mm needles.  I probably only used 50 grams of the 100 gram ball.  When complete the mitts are seamed up the side.  They fit
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Cozy Feet

Categories: Knitting.

~ Awhile ago I knitted some slippers from a vintage 1960’s pattern which I’ve had for a long time.  I have seen it for sale on some etsy stores, not sure how you can sell something that was originally free but once they put vintage in the title I guess it is worth a try. At one time I knit lots of these for family members.  The instructions come in 3 sizes.   I use double yarn of a worsted weight for extra thickness.  The pair that I have are starting to wear through on the soles, and they have
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Summer Flies Shawl

Categories: Knitting.

How summer flies?  It just seems like the season started and now we are into Fall, and the beginning of October.  This summer was hot, humid and extremely dry.  The gardens didn’t do as well and the grass dried up very early in the season.  The afternoons were sometimes unbearable to be outside, even in the shade. I started this green shawl last year after returning from our trip to British Columbia but I never got around to showing the finished item. The pattern is called Summer Flies and is a quick pattern to knit up on a 5 mm circular needles, the longer
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Five Completions

Categories: Crochet, Knitting, and Plastic Canvas.

It sure feels good completing projects.  I always have a few on the go at once and sometimes it seems they all finish at the same time too. For Five on Friday this week here are five projects that are all finished.   I’ve just started a latch hook project, an embroidery project, and I’ve gone back to knitting some dishcloths. First is the blue bag that I started awhile ago, well actually it got started twice as I wasn’t happy with the first way it started.  The crochet has all been finished, the strap added and the bag has been
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Knitting and Crochet Stitch Markers

Categories: Crochet and Knitting.

Everyone loves some jewelry to brighten up the day, so why not have some jewelry for your knitting and crochet. Stitch markers can be an important little tool when following along in a pattern. They are used to mark a place on your knitting row where something different is about to happen … maybe an increase, maybe a decrease, maybe the start of a different stitch or the start of a pattern repeat. Knitting stitch markers slip onto your needle while crochet stitch markers hook onto a stitch.  For the above stitch markers I used 26 gauge wire and some split
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How to Fold a Mobius Scarf

Categories: Knitting.

A mobius scarf is a cowl with a twist. I’m calling my latest scarf … the majority scarf.  It was a lovely easy pattern to knit and I could watch tv and knit and even chat with my husband all at the same time.  I knitted the majority of it last Monday night while watching the election coverage when one majority government was ousted and one majority government was elected.  It was time for change Canada and it happened. Here is the progress at the start of the evening.  The pattern starts with 110 stitches and then each row is worked
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