Friday, March 06, 2015


Not to much activity around here.  I did manage to get some head bands knit on my new Addi.  That thing is so quick.  It takes me longer to crochet the two sides together than it does to knit them up.

Simple.  I go five rounds with a waste yarn, 40 with regular yarn and another five rounds of waste.  DO NOT CUT the end of your yarn.  You'll need that to crochet the sides together.  Once off the knitter I put wrong sides together and carefully slip stitch with a size H crochet hook the two sides together.  Tie the two ends and weave then in between the layers of knitted fabric.  My crochet flowers are simple too.  Chain six with the same crochet hook, slip stitch to join into a circle.  Chain another six in the circle repeating 8 times for the large flower and five for the small.  I attach a button to the middle of the two flowers and attach to the head band.  I also have made a couple of cowls or neck warmers using the same method only knitting the whole skein of yarn.

Hopefully it will be warming up this weekend.  Imagine spring is just right around the corner.  Thank goodness!!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015


I purchased a Addi Kingsize Express Knitter.  Did I need it?  No but I've wanted one for a long time.  So I figured why not I've worked hard all my life and if I want a little something that makes me happy why not?  This hat is worked with two layers.  One assorted colors one a solid orange.   The top is sort of a top knot.

This hat is also two layers, which I like the best. You can do a single layer if you wish but this has a neater finish and much warmer.  I top this one with a  little pom pom.  I think at some point I need to go shopping and get a pom pom maker.

This is something I did off the top of my head.  I was watching one of Margaret's  YouTube videos on fingerless mitts.  This is the first time I saw how you could use waste yarn to start and finish your project and do a single crochet to finish it off and then did another single crochet to attach the two layers.  She was using a smaller knitting machine and her mitts were wonderful.  Ok, so I take her idea (thanks Margaret) and applied it to knitted head bands.  I think the results are really nice.

Another thing I had to re-learn was crocheting.  I haven't crocheted in years.  Again using YouTube I found several crocheted flower "how too".  I did a couple of guy head bands, one gray and one denim blue but didn't think they would like flowers.

Now if it would finally warm up so we could be outside.  For the first time I'm getting "cabin fever".

Saturday, January 31, 2015


I received my first Mystery Batt in the mail a couple of days ago.  Beautiful and so easy to spin.

I spun and plied it.  I can't decide if I like it but I do have a small skein of yarn to add to a project.

I finally finished my shawl.  I got the pattern from Susan B Anderson, Yowza Weigh It Shawl.

So, so easy.  You weigh your yarn and knit inceasing along as you after you've used half of the yarn you start the ruffle and then bid off. 

I've been knitting tams.  Ok, so I just have one done so far but I like it now I've got to go and buy more yarn.

Back of hat.  I do like it.

I have to tell you about a blog I've discovered this week.  Sheepishy Sharing.  The reason I found it I received my Addi Express Knitting machine.  I've been wanted to get one but finally decided what the heck and got one.  I've finished a few hats. Works quick and very easy with great results.  I'll share photos soon. Sheepishy Sharing is also listed on the side of my blog under the blogs I read.  Great You Tube video and many crochet one too.

Thursday, January 01, 2015


It's about time I post.  I can't believe its been almost a month.  Busy with Christmas and all the errands associated  with this time of the year.  I finally finished my Hayward Shawl   And I love it!!  It was designed by Susan B Anderson.  She's a wonderful knitter and has great podcasts too.  In fact if you look up an image of the shawl on Google there are much better photos of it.

Back.  So much fun to knit and not very hard.  It had a couple of different sections and has long as you paid attention to what you were knitting it was fun and went very fast.


Thursday, December 04, 2014


I've been reading (second time through the books) and watching the Outlander's and came across this afghan on Amazon.  It's so soft and just the right size to cuddle under and read a good book.

From what I understand the company that weaves these Scottish blankets has been in business for hundreds of years.   

I knit a pair of cable fingerless mitts.  Lets face it I did wear a pair to church last Saturday evening and my fingers were so darn cold.  I like mittens a whole lot better.

   This a copy of a fur cowl Claire wore.  I didn't have any mink so I had to use some fake fur.

I spinning some of the bling I got at the New York Sheep And Wool.  I think I'll knit up into a hat/

Bill finally got his deer head back a couple of weeks ago.  He shot it on a hunting trip to Ohio last fall.  Turned out very nice or so he says.  This is not in the living room.  Ya!

Thursday, October 30, 2014


I think I may have posted this before but just in case you're new to my blog I thought I would tell everyone about the idea I came up with years ago.  I bought an old wooden iron board with the idea of displaying an old iron and maybe some vintage clothing on it.  Well that never happened but I found out my drum card fit perfect on it.  Clamped onto the back with plenty of room in the from to draw out any fiber you may have.

I think I mention all the great people I meet at the New York Sheep and Wool Festival one of the many is Laura and her husband John.  She bought some yarn from me and came back with these three packages of sliny acrylic to blend when carding my roving.  I can't wait to try it!  Thanks Laura.

I just got my Hudson Bay sock yarn from Jo Dee at Fishknits Custom Dyed Yarns.  I found the idea from one of my favorite knitters and bloggers, Susan B. Anderson.  Of course now you know I'm going to have to actually knit a pair of socks something I didn't do in a long time.  Oh, well there's a long winter ahead.

I finished my second capelet.  This one of the patterns from the Outlander Series.  I found this pattern at NyanPson  Another one of my favorite bloggers.

I sold two of my looms I had listed on Facebook's Pa Fiber Artists and Farmers.  I'm so happy!!!!  They were not being used and it freed up some more space for other things.  I know for they went to a happy home to.

Thursday, October 23, 2014


I didn't  have any time so I couldn't add more pictures of the New York Sheep And Wool Festival  It took us forever to take the shop down and pack it into the pickup.  How we did that I'll never know.  We did run out of room and had to leave a lot behind. This picture is part of the display.  Our spaces are 10 X 14 so we have to fit a lot of things into that space.

Another view.  This is the only festival we do and love it! I don't think I've ever met so many wonderful people and not just because a lot buy from me.  The fairgrounds are so clean, of course the whole area is amazingly clean.  The food is so good.

Time to come home and start setting up again.  We left on Thursday and didn't come home until Monday.  We didn't even think about unpacking until Tuesday.  What a job.

Some yarn.  I guess I had better start dyeing again.

But that might wait until I get a shipment of yarn.

I finished a capelet.  I've been trying to do some patterns from the Outlander Pattern Facebook page.  I found this pattern from Jennifer L Jackson on Raverly.  I like her blog too.