Knitting & Crocheting

If you have been knitting awhile you have probably heard of Elizabeth Zimmermann. If you haven’t heard of her already then you are in for a real treat, and trust me you will encounter one of her patterns at some point. She is the universal grandmother of knitting for modernRead More →

Many years ago I gave my friend some mittens for Christmas. I still remember them. I used the same yarn for both mittens, but knit different patterns into each so they were mismatched. They were whimsical and beautiful. My friend loved them. About a month later I got a teary phoneRead More →

This skirt is an easy pattern for beginning knitters to tackle. Each of the 7 petal sections are knit flat as individual pieces. When all the petal are complete they are whipped stitched together to form the skirt. Sizes: XS (19.6in), S (22.4in), M (25.2in), L (28in) Choose a sizeRead More →

Dreary, gray days. Michigan has many, many of them, especially in the winter. The haziness can start to get you down. I find that this time of year I am drawn to bright, warm colors. This amazing, squishy, melon colored yarn (Swish Tonal Yarn from Knit Picks in Queen AnneRead More →

I know I should be packing up all the Christmas stuff and knitting more practical things right now (the kids could all use more mittens) but I wanted to make something new for my sweet, little yarn tree this year and didn’t get a chance to during the holiday season.Read More →

The other day I saw the most adorable wee stockings at Little Cotton Rabbits. If you’ve never been to Little Cotton Rabbits, you are in for a real treat. Julie Williams is a gifted designer and knitter. She makes the most a.dor.able little creatures that she sells. The demand for herRead More →

I few weeks ago I stumbled upon this awesome crocheted pattern for Tooterphants Amigurumi Pattern and shared it on Facebook. I instantly fell in love with these whimsical little creatures and decided to make a couple for the Little Lady. Sometime in the next month her baby brother will be born,Read More →

If you happened to miss it, my DIL Meghan is pregnant with baby number 2. She is due August 31. So… the Little Lady will be a BIG sister to her brother, the Little Guy 🙂 Now that I've managed to make some time for myself, I've set to work making some special things for LG.  A while back, I askedRead More →

If you are a little kid growing up in a household that blogs you learn 2 things very early: First, how to ignore cameras, and second, to assess the “blog worthiness” of everything you do. It isn’t necessarily a standard you want your children to adopt, but it kinda goes with the territory. So often, they hear the adults in their life say, “ThisRead More →

The Camden Rose Knitting Tower is available from Amazon. When I was a little girl, my father made a “knitting spool” for me using a wooden spool from thread (they were all made out of wood back in the old’n days 🙂 and small finishing nails. I remember waiting for the first piece of tubing to make it’s way out of spool. It was likeRead More →

Finished the Kitty Cat. YAY! It was a detour away from all the other things I needed to get done this week, but I am very pleased with it. As a beginner crocheter, I found the pattern easy to follow, and I am every so grateful to Jules at Little Woollie for generously sharing her talents with her readers.  I putRead More →

We will be heading out to Madison, WI in another week for a long overdue visit with the Little Lady and her mommy and daddy. I saw this sweater at The Purl Bee and knew I had to knit it! (Photo from Purl Bee.)   It just looks like a wonderful go to sweater. And doesn't matter if it is worm by a dude or aRead More →

We have this little “Charlie Brown” Christmas tree in our family room. The big one, with all the bells and whistles is in the living room centered in the big front window. It is beautiful and holds all our fancy ornaments but we like all of our nooks and cranniesRead More →

To practice knitting and purling I have included 2 wash cloth patterns. These make a great gift when paired with a special bar of soap. When working in stockinette stitch (when you knit one side and purl the other) it helps if you can visualize how the knit side andRead More →

After bath time last night, my barely five year old Pixie brought me a skein of yarn and asked if I could teach her to knit. I think the kids know that the best way to delay bed time around here is with impromptu crafting. I also believe it was encouragedRead More →

You should NEVER let me set foot in a yarn shop when I have other things to do. A few days before Drew, Meghan and the Little Lady came for a visit, I stopped at the shop to pick up some yarn I needed for another project. I had actuallyRead More →

I started to answer this question in response to a comment I received yesterday but I thought that it might warrant it’s own post. I know I’ve been linking to a site called Ravelry a lot lately in conjunction with all my knitting projects. But if you are not alreadyRead More →

  I have completed my second project from More Knitting in the Sun, the Ramona Racerback Tank. Actually I finished it, with the exception of the crocheted edge around the arm holes while in Vermont and Fairy has worn it several times at this 99% done stage. I finally satRead More →

Normally I don't knit much in the summer. It's hot and my energy is usually more focused outdoors. This year has been different. I don't know if this has been because this season has been mostly cold and rainy so far or due to the fact that my Raverly QueueRead More →

  {Look at how those adorable cheeks are filling in! I’m going back for a visit next week… can barely wait!} A couple of weeks ago I shared a pattern on Facebook that I fell in love with from Never Not Knitting. Then, I did something I very seldom do… I actuallyRead More →