Knitting & Crocheting

Photo Source :: DROPS DESIGNS Every once and a while I share something on Facebook that people go crazy over. This combo of knit slippers from DROPS Design went viral on Facebook, I have gotten so many requests for the links that I decided to do an actual blog post soRead More →

  A few years ago I wrote a post called The Song of a Scarf in which I showed how I spun, dyed, and knit a scarf from beginning to end. It included a pattern for a simple bias scarf. That Christmas, I made a variation of that scarf asRead 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 →

Here is our latest applique block. I love doing hand sewing, so all these lines were right up my alley! As always, they were designed to fit a 6″ x 6″ block, but you can enlarge or reduce the pattern to meet your needs. I’m often asked what to doRead More →

January 2. The house is unbelievably quite. The children are all gone, the hubby is back to work, and after a VERY quick glimpse at CNN, I find myself back at the computer, after a 2 week hiatus. I scan Pinterest, looking for my daily dose of inspiration, and findRead 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 →

Photo from Ravelry's Harpa Jónsdóttir We have dogs… and usually lots of dogs. For that reason alone, we do not have carpeting anywhere in our house. (We have a few area rugs that can be taken outside and hosed down.) Fortunately, I love wood floors, but that's just a bonus.Read More →

In case you haven’t read the news on Facebook yet. We had a false alarm… no baby to report yet. Baby and mom are doing fine… baby is just content to stay put for the moment, so we wait. Gammy (aka Kimara) packed up and headed out of state earlierRead 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 đź™‚ 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 →

I’m not any good at keeping secrets… it would be safe to say I suck at it, although I should elaborate. I’m not good at keeping “good news” secrets. You know, pregnancies, marriages, promotions… I’m just so excited for people that I’ll burst if I can’t share the good news. On the other hand, if youRead More →

We’ve been home a few days, and I am finally starting to catch up. Before I move on to some new projects, I wanted to share some highlights of our visit. Not surprisingly, most of my photos were of the Little Lady. Here’s some highlights. First… concerning the gifts I made: The pants were too big in the waist, so I had to pop open aRead More →

A couple of weeks ago I shared a sweater and hat I knitted for the Little Lady. (Leaving Thursday for a week long visit 🙂 I wanted a little embellishment for the hat, and I made a flower using the material that I will be using to make her 2 pairs of reversible pants. Although I sewed the flower directly on her hat, you couldRead 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 →

Saturday, I saw an adorable crocheted Kitty Cat at Little Woollie. (Adorable blog, BTW.) I thought the Little Lady would love it. Now, I’m not saying I’ve never held a crochet hook before, I even made Crocheted Ball Ornaments for Michelle this past Christmas: but I’m certainly a crocheting noob. When I read over the directions, there were many terms I didn’t understand. So, I linked to the pattern onRead More →

EDIT: Okay… this is probably going to tell you more about my personality than anything else I've ever done before… I couldn't live with the dark photos and I re-shot them! (If you didn't see the post earlier, here is the note I included. You can see one of the nasty photos down below: NOTE: Yes… the photos are rather dark. TookRead More →

Last day of January already… yikes! It's been a busy week, but I have made time to work on the new sweater for the Little Lady. I shared a link to the pattern last week… a lovely sweater knit in 1 piece. I've finished the back, one sleeve, and half of another. Cruisin' 🙂 I was going toRead More →