Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rusted Root

Here is my finished Rusted Root!!!! Red, of course...

It is a great little pattern from Zephyr Style. I have several sessions of it as a class this spring/summer. It is a two-session class for $30 dollars. You will learn how to knit in top-down construction, simple lacework, and puff sleeves. A great beginner sweater if you have gotten your tension steady. It is knitted out of Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep. I love using this yarn because you get the great parts of cotton, but the 20% wool keeps the cotton in shape. We received a shipment of various colors that are great for spring.

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


Just some cute pictures of my little Kennedy. She cracks me up.

All dressed up for spring.

A belly rub from daddy. A daily occurrence, or should I say demand?

So tired. Sleeping with the tongue and belly hanging out.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


I loved working with this yarn! When I saw this colorway, I had to have it--it matches all the colors I used in my yarn studio. I'm not a big sock knitter, but I thought I could use a pair of footies for the summer air conditioning. We sold out of the yarn when I had the sock in the store, so you know it feels fabulous. To avoid second sock syndrome, I casted on the second one right away and knitted the pair up in under a week. So pleased.

Size 6.5 ladies shoe (although I think they probably are more like a 6)
1 skein of Crystal Palace Panda Silk
(for anything over 6.5, I recommend 2 skeins)
Size 2 DPNs
Flatfeet pattern from Socks Soar on Two Needles by Cat Bordhi

Monday, April 27, 2009

Fantasy Naturale

I received a very thoughtful gift certificate from my wonderful sister-in-law. I had been coveting a colorway of some Fantasy Naturale for a few weeks. I bought a few skeins and knitted up a shrug for myself. I had a lot left, so I decided to whip up a few items for little Jack's Easter basket. These were both very fast projects if you are looking for something to knit for a baby shower gift.

A little bib (based on Easy Peasy bib pattern)

A simple double crochet washcloth

Sunday, April 26, 2009


I am spoiled. Spoiled in a lot of ways, but this is a post about creativity. I am very lucky to have creative people all around me. It make life so much more interesting. I have a poet for a husband, writers for good friends and colleagues, and knitters everywhere. This post is about a few of them. People ask me all the time what inspires me when I pick out projects, design them, select colors, etc. The answer is that what inspires is all around--in nature, in everyday life, but mostly in the creativeness that I see in others. What inspires you and how have you been creative lately?

Tonia's Creativity
In addition to Tonia's creativity in knitting and rug hooking,
she has been taking cake decorating classes. This was our Thursday night treat this past week.
So cute! I see many cakes in her future.

Nancy's Creativity
Nancy is a fantastic cook, seamstress, and knitter. She knitted up this top for her granddaughter and sewed it onto the skirt to make a dress. (Pattern can be found in one of the Mason Dixon Knitting books if you are inspired to make one of these.) Isn't it beautiful?
She did a great job. I want one!!!!

Patrick's Creativity
What can I say? The person who inspires me and supports me most in my creativity. He writes poetry and plays and brews his own beer. I'm constantly amazed at how his mind works. The following is one of Patrick's poems. To see more, visit

Portrait of a Woman Brushing Her Hair
Florence, June 30
copyright Patrick Kanouse
(to inquire about use, visit

You brush your wet hair in the breeze
Of an early evening light,
Backlit by a single, hanging bulb.

Your face shows a quiet pleasure
At the bristles running through
Your hair like today’s latest cure.

You ask me to brush it for you.
Your hair smells of aloe and ginseng,
Which I let slide through my fingers.

Your eyes close; I turn off the light.
In the mirror the curtain reflects
Back to us our room; a fang

Of light from the alley twists
Through the lace curtain and echoes
On the wall; a maze of light

I tire of tracing. My fists
Holding shadows, I wait for sleep.
Outside a truck receives commands

In Italian:“Lentamente!
Fermate!”I hear espresso
Machines and the clapping of hands.

The Italian night has just begun.
Earlier we shared gelato:
Melon, colored like cantaloupes.

I hear laughing and distant cars.
From the thin alley beneath
Our window, lined with bicycles,

Garlic and basil mingle
With the light on the breeze. The sheath
Of caffé swells and reorders

The priority of senses.
I fall asleep to foreign tunes
With strands of your hair in my hands. In Italian:“Lentamente!

Saturday, April 25, 2009

Ohio Trip

For my birthday this year Patrick is taking me to the festival in Wooster Ohio. On the way over we are going to stop at yarn stores along the way. Does anybody have any recommendations and suggestions? We'll be staying in Columbus one night and Wooster the other. I appreciate any suggestions you all have.

Friday, April 24, 2009

Wee Ones Stitch Markers

If you are looking for stitch markers, Wee Ones on has a great selection. I just got these from her when I ordered some yorkie markers for my swap partner. So cute! (Sorry for he blur.)

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Blanket Design

I have a cousin getting married in September. I wanted to make her a wedding gift and settled on a blanket. I didn't want to use any of the designs I already had and I wanted to mix and match different yarns. I pulled everything out of stash and casted on. I'm changing yarn as I want and I use whatever pattern stitch I want. It is turning out really well and I plan to write up the pattern for sale. I hope all of you will be curious about it and like it.

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Horseshoe Hat

At the recent Greencastle Fiber Event I found a cute little hat pattern. I had a skein of Manos silk in my stash and knitted this up in a morning. I'm still debating on who will receive it for Christmas and whether or not that means I need to make it deeper. Still undecided...but it is so nice to touch and see.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Greencastle Fiber Finds

Tonia, Margo, and I ventured to the Greencastle Fiber Event this year. (After staying the night at Tonia's and going to sleep at 3 am and getting up at 7 am!) It was predicted to be a horrible weather day of wind and rain. We REALLY lucked out and although it was chilly and the wind picked up in the afternoon, we didn't get rained on. It seemed like there were fewer vendors this year, but maybe that was just my memory. Nevertheless, I found plenty to buy, of course. I was on a mission to get needle felting items. The good thing about that is that you can get a lot for a little $ at these events. Here are the goods...

The Yarn

Briar Rose--oh the colors!!!
This was a VERY popular booth.
I purchased 1600 yards of Grandma's Blessing.
It is a sport weight yarn for which I was told there is a
cardigan pattern in development from KnitSpot.

1 skein of sock yarn in variegated red
I have a beautiful skein in matching colors. I'm thinking shawl...

The FiberA needle felting form for making a bowl/hat.
Riley is VERY curious about this new item.

Lots of fiber to make needle felted bowls and other items.
I don't think I spend more than $15 total on these!
I also purchased a kit to make a needle felted tape measure.

The Rug Hooking
I bought a kit (above) and a pattern on linen (below).
The below pattern is from Hollyhook Hill Designs
( Beautiful!
Now to get the wool to hook it.

Monday, April 20, 2009


We've had several swaps in the Stitches & Sconers group on Ravelry. We had one in February for Valentine's Day. I received these great stitch markers as one of my many goodies.

For the Easter swap I received some tea stitch markers, a skein of lace yarn from knit picks, and lots of other goodies. What fun to see what you get and then the fun of figuring out what to make!

Sunday, April 19, 2009


Several months ago I purchased the PDF of the Thermis pattern (available in Ravelry). I thought it was so different and it looked like fun. I also thought it would be a great way to use up stash yarn and knit up Christmas gifts. Well, so much for knitting from stash yarn. I ended up buying three skeins of Dream in Color to knit up (of course thinking that I would have leftover Dream in Color to use in baby hats). I knitted up one in Cinnamon and one in green. This is one of the fastest patterns I've ever knit. I knitted both of them in two days each. The largest bulk of the green one was knitted up in a short afternoon. You also get to shop for fun buttons. Hmmmm...who should get these two for Christmas?

1 skein of Dream in Color
2 buttons
Size US 7 circ needle
1 stitch marker
I did do a YO K2tog buttonhole because I used smaller buttons

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Myrna Update

I've made a lot of progress on the Myrna sweater. I really liked how the sleeves were done. The increases are in the purl sections and it creates a stitch that I haven't seen used before. I need to finish this one up--probably only a good afternoon of knitting and then a finishing session. Some quick pictures...

Friday, April 17, 2009

Shark Steam Mop

I woke up one morning recently to an infomercial. Why Tivo was taping that, I don't know. It was for the Shark steam mop. I had been fretting over how dirty my downstairs floors always seem to be. I picked one up at Bed, Bath, & Beyond on my way to the doc and then spent the afternoon cleaning the floors. I agree with some of the other online comments that the handle is a little flimsy, but it functions fine. I like the idea of the steam because things always seem cleaner with some heat. My floors dried right away, which I loved. In general, well worth the money. (A one-time fee of $100 with no additional fee versus continuing to buy the silly swifter refills.) My floors are no longer sticky either, which they were after swiftering.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Sideways Grande Hat

One of my goals for the year is to knit all the lovely hat patterns I've been collecting. I finished up my first one...the Sideways Grande Hat from Boutique Knits. A VERY fast knit indeed. Two skeins of Plymouth Alpaca Grande. This one is going into the Christmas 2009 basket of gifts.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009


I'm a little addicted to the Zephyr Style patterns right now and I noticed how many of my finished sweaters have a lace component. After knitting the Rusted Root, I went straight into knitting this little jewel. Knitted out of stash yarn (Cotton Fleece by Brown Sheep held doubled).

The button shopping for this one was a little interesting. I'm much more conservative when it comes to buttons than my other knitting friends. I never really paid much attention to this style before. I tend to like a clean line in a button and I am very insistent about using shank buttons so that I can knit them into my garment. These little sunflower buttons are on the wild side for me, but I love them and they do a good job of picking up the blue color of the sweater.