Knitting & Crocheting (Page 2)

  The next two weeks are non stop busy. Time to put away the crafts and focus on what’s important, right? Well, for me, crafting is important. And the busier I am with life, the more important crafting becomes. It’s how I find balance. It gives me serenity. That isRead More →

Several months ago we received an email from Michelle at Will Knit For Food. She asked for permission to use our Basic Knit Doll Pattern to create dolls to send to a village in Africa were her sister Hallie was volunteering this summer. Our answer… a resounding YES! We did ask her, however,Read More →

I have a confession to make… I am an infant swaddler! Give me a crying infant that has been feed and changed and still is fussing, I swaddle. In my experience, most infants enjoy the security of being swaddled and almost instantly relax. I highly recomment you do a quick Google search on the benefits of swaddling an infant.Read More →

We just found out last week that my son Drew, and his wife Meghan, are having a baby girl! We are all very excited… well ALMOST everyone is excited. Poor Bug is surrounded by girls and was hoping that his new cousin would be a boy. Pixie and Fairy couldn’tRead More →

I have always been fascinated by unique collective nouns. For instance, did you know a group of mice is called a “mischief”? Sounds about right, doesn’t it?  Or that dolphins travel in pods? Other names are band, horde, tribe, and coalition. (For a bunch of animal collective nouns, check out this list.) When IRead More →

I finally finished Part 4 of the hairpin lace tutorial. If you would like to try this technique, I hope you find this tutorial helpful. Although there are tons of pics and instructions, I tried to break each individual step down. In a perfect world, I would be able to haveRead More →

The basic premise behind hairpin lace is that you make a series of individual strips, the width and length is dependent on the project you make. After the strips are made, they are joined together to make your final project. After you learn the basics, have fun experimenting with differentRead More →

Just about everyone I know knits. If they didn’t know how to before meeting me, chances are I’ll be teaching them. Although I am a multi-crafter, knitting is often my "go to" craft I use for television watching, chatting with friends, or waiting in doctors’ offices. It’s neat, easy toRead More →

Believe it or not, there is still time to knit a scarf for a Christmas gift… or, be self indulgent like me  😉 and knit one for yourself to help keep you toasty warm over the winter months. This scarf is an easy pattern to knit, suitable for beginners that know how to knitRead More →

These mittens are easy to knit, suitable for advanced beginners. It is a basic checkerboard pattern, with blocks made up of 4 stitches and rows. It matches our Checkerboard Scarf pattern. They would look lovely made up in soft wools. I, unfortunately, am allergic to wool, so I made mine out ofRead More →

I found myself humming Christmas songs yesterday while it was literally 90 degrees in the shade. I was camped out on the picnic table, watching the kids playing on the swings, until a sudden downpour sent up scrambling into the house. While I am not really ready for the fallRead More →

Easy to make, and the "bumpiness" of the rope stitch makes them very effective when wiping down counters. Make one for yourself and make several to give away as gifts. Materials: 1 skein Lily “Sugar ‘n Cream" 100% cotton yarn (4 ply – 2 oz.) Knitting needles US 7 (4.50 mm)Read More →

This Sweater was designed to fit our 12 inch Waldorf style dolls. Size 6 Needles 1 Skein DK Weight Yarn Gauge 7 stitches per inch 3 – ¾” buttons CO – Cast On SSK – Slip two stitches as if to knit, return to left needle, knit them both togetherRead More →

Easy to make, a dream to use, and wonderly quick to give as gifts. Materials: 1 skein Lily “Sugar ‘n Cream" 100% cotton yarn (4 ply – 2 oz.) Knitting needles US 7 (4.50 mm) Yarn needle Directions: Cast on 44 stitches. Bottom border: Rows 1 – 6: k row.Read More →

  Anyone else feel like it is now a race to the finish line for Christmas gifts? This is the Airy Fairy from Knitted Toys: 25 Fresh and Fabulous Designs. Isn’t she adorable? She is for my Fairy Girl… a specific request on her part. Now to finish up theRead More →

    I’ve learned 2 very important things in the past 24 hours. First, I’m as allergic to alpaca as I am to wool, and second, apparently my pictures turn out just as good when I’m blindly flailing the camera around as when I painstakingly try to control focus and lighting! Yesterday,Read More →

The mitered bowl is knitted in a square shape, but after felting and blocking, it will be round. Each bowl will be unique since color changing is random. Embellish with recycled buttons to make a truly one-of-a-kind bowl!   Caution: This pattern is in Beta Testing. Although we think theRead More →