Sunday, January 27, 2019

Scandinavian Sweater Style

As a knitter, I recognize great style and quality when I see it in ready-to-wear.  This comes in handy when I don't have time to hand knit something wonderful. Take this excellent example of Scandinavian style color motifs from Stylish Portal:

This heavyweight 100% cotton sweater costs a mere $46.99 and is available in sizes M through XL. (XXL is already sold out.) You can get all the technical specs and purchase this great casual cardigan through this link.

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Favorite Projects from 2018

Here, in no particular order, are my favorite projects from this past year, organized by craft.


Thirteenth Doctor-Inspired Scarf


Dirndl Blouse from a Burda Pattern

Kindle Cover 

Loom Knitting
 Adult and Toddler Hats in e-Wrap Knit Stitch

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Creative Book Cover Resource

If you are like me, you would rather spend time knitting or sewing than designing covers for your ebooks.  Here is a business acquaintance who trades book cover designs for the social media work he does not enjoy.  Check it out:

What do you enjoy and do well? Can you trade it with someone who is equally gifted in a different area?  Make a deal!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Margaret Beaufort Sweater--Sewn Together!

Check out this update on my Margaret Beaufort sweater on Steemit's NeedleWorkMonday.  I have finished the collar (which I made smaller than the pattern) and have just picked up stitches for the button band.

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Loom Knitting--What's the Big Deal?

Knitting looms are multiplying in the needlework section of all the craft stores.  I always considered them a children's toy (having done my share of spool knitting with my children) and know a loom slows me down compared to my continental knitting on needles.  However, I can see some possible advantages as a knitting teacher:

  1. It might be easier to teach loom knitting, as students are less likely to drop stitches off pegs than needles.  
  2. I think students might have fewer tension problems in the beginning--though I could be wrong.
  3. Looms should eliminate the common beginner knitting problem of adding accidental stitches because the old loop was not dropped after making a new stitch.
I will be testing my hypotheses this fall, as I am committed to teaching beginning loom knitting to homeschooled students in grades 6-12 at two cooperatives.  I might be completely mistaken, but I also might be wildly successful--a risk worth taking!

So I am slowing down a bit and looming samples this summer.  I'll keep you posted.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Check this out! The Crafty Flutist: Llama / Alpaca hat

Sometimes you find the sweetest things on Ravelry! So glad I can knit AND crochet.  I think my grandchildren might need these next winter:

The Crafty Flutist: Llama / Alpaca hat- Free Crochet Pattern:   One of my friends decided to dress up her baby girl as a llama for her first Halloween.  I was given the task of making her daughter a lla...

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Too Busy Knitting to Write!

Having finished Christmas gifts, I started a bunch of projects for the new year, including some of my go-to winter hats.  I can't wait to show you all pictures of another man's sweater (Love Bites from Vampire Knits) and my almost completed Margaret Beaufort (from Tudor Roses) as well as some pattern test garments I'm making for several designers.  Hats, socks, sweaters...I love variety!

I hope you are enjoying your own projects as well. We got an unusual 8 inches of snow here in central NC, so it's a good day for knitting.