Knitting Fabric Rugs by Karen Tiede

knitting fabric rugs by karen tiede

Buying supplies to feed my continual crafting addiction gets expensive at times. I'm always excited when I come across a good upcycling project -  reconstructing items that would normally be discarded into something artsy and wonderful. When I opened Knitting Fabric Rugs by Karen Tiede, I was delighted to recognize just that sort of satisfying crafting opportunity - transforming discarded clothing into pretty, scrappy colorful rag rugs. It isn't that I haven't thought of the idea before. I've seen tutorials on how to cut up a tee shirt into strips to make yarn. But certain kinds of shirts were always required - no seams on the sides. Apparently, we wear those kinds of shirts … [Read more...]

Mommy and Me Sock Set

lilsocks copy

Having my daughter-in-law as a Mom-to-be brings back so many happy memories of my own pregnancies and early Mommyhood. It reminds me of the tough times too. Labor and delivery, fighting exhaustion - early hours of the morning spent in the rocking chair, nursing and praying my little one would sleep so I could too. As I've been knitting gifts for my new grandson, I've thought of those gifts I most appreciated as a new Mom. Oh, I did love all those tiny baby things and still have some of the handmade things special people in my family created for my babies. But I especially remember those things you don't normally receive at a baby shower - things that made that time easier for me, such as … [Read more...]

Jelly Roll Knitted Washcloth Pattern

free jelly roll knitted washcloth pattern

I've been carrying a special secret close to my heart. I'll be welcoming a new grandchild into my brood this fall! It's definately time to get knitting, but I'm not too excited about breaking out wool in our current 100 degree temperature. I decided to create a soft and scrumptious, reversible little cotton washcloth for our new arrival. Made from soft sport weight cotton, this knitted washcloth pattern creates one side smoother and one more textured, perfect for cleaning the tenderest skin, (nothing but the best for my Grandkids!) Roll them into fat little rolls for gifting. These are sweet for new babies but sophisticated enough for spa face cloths as well! Jelly Roll … [Read more...]

Draw Your Own Fabric

Drawing on Fabric Tutorial

I came upon a happy crafting accident recently with my new set of Derwent Inktense pencils. I bought them to sketch with, but learned that they work quite well on fabric! They dissolve with liquid, like watercolor pencils, but these become permanent once they've been wetted. The colors are intense and vibrant and they mix and blend well, so they make beautiful drawings. When it comes to fabric, they need to be treated just a bit differently though. Using water will cause the color to bleed. I heard that wetting the pencil pigments with pure aloe vera gel, (not lotion), solves that problem so I experimented with it on my own hand drawn fabric and was impressed with the results. For my … [Read more...]

A Zig Zag Scrappy Scarf


In my estimation, the best scrappy type knitting patterns are easy to remember. I love to have them "on the go" for a long time. A project that sits by my favorite chair that I can pick up at any time without having to pull out a pattern and find my place. The Zickzack Scarf, a free zig zag scarf pattern by Christie Kamm has fit my requirements to a T! The popular chevron pattern looks so cute worked up in my leftover sock yarn bits. I made mine just a bit narrower than the pattern. Since it's a multiple of 12, you can decide on your own width. I cast on 74 stitches for 6 repeats, along with 2 extra stitches for a neat selvedge. To create the selvedge, you just slip the first stitch … [Read more...]

Doodle Art – Daily!


Although I love to draw and create - I often find myself being tight and restrictive, unable to loosen up. Not conducive to creating! I've found that warming up with doodling helps me to relax and often surprises me with new ideas. I've recently learned about the Index a Day Challenge on the Daisy Yellow Blog, in which you create a little piece of art each day on an index card! Index cards are so inexpensive and plentiful that there's less pressure to create a wonderful result - the process of creating becomes the focus.  This is a great summer art challenge for the children in your life also! Information about the kids challenge can be found here. This 61 day challenge … [Read more...]

The Almost Lost Washcloth goes Crochet!

Almost Lost Washcloth Crochet Pattern

We've had so many requests for a pattern that replicates our popular knitted Almost Lost Washcloth in crochet, that I was thrilled when Ann of the Glamour4You blog contacted me and asked if such a pattern existed. When I shared that many of our readers had requested a crochet version, she stepped up to the task and created the Circle Point Washcloth - a free pattern! I love this pattern! The construction is simple, clever and works up quickly. Although the pattern calls for a total of 8 points, I was happier with my cloths when I made 9 points total, then blocked them lightly by dampening them and pinning them out to dry. The extra point and the blocking increased the … [Read more...]

Increase, Decrease


I just received a review copy of Increase, Decrease - 99 Step by Step Methods by Judith Durant from Storey Publishing and I am absolutely floored! I answer multiple questions each and every week from readers struggling with knitting patterns and the vast majority of them are having difficulty understanding or performing the increases or decreases called for in the pattern. Even when a new knitter goes out there with their needles blazing, determined to learn the language of knitting - there's just so many possibilities for shaping a knitted item that there's often something unfamiliar in every new pattern encounter!  As a relatively new knitting pattern designer, I'm often … [Read more...]

Handmade Postcards

white pen postcards

Quality mail, you know, something besides bills,  makes me extraordinarily happy, so I've decided to start sending, (and hopefully receiving), handmade postcards. Postcards are inexpensive to send and quick to write too. Seems like a double win to me! I've learned from having pen pals when I was young, that in order to receive nice mail, you have to first be willing to send it, so I have some ideas to get started with and plenty of potential victims in my address book.  If you don't have anyone you can count on to write, there's always Postcrossing, a site where you can send, (and in turn, receive), postcards internationally. Once you set up your account, you generate a postcard … [Read more...]

Polka Dot Your Knitting!

Simple Tutorial to add polka dots to your knitting! |

What could possibly be more fun than polka dots? Needle felting is an easy way to add a touch of dottiness to your knitting. I added polka dots to my popular Tea Toters pattern, but you can do it on virtually anything. Smallish polka dots like these won't interefere with the stretchiness and add a whole bunch of fun to coffee cozies, mitts, and other smallish projects. Adding needle felted embellishments to your knitting is easy once you know the tricks. First, you must use non-superwash wool yarn to knit the item to be embellished, (like Paton's Classic Wool). Second, you'll need wool roving in your desired colors. Third, two basic felting supplies: a felting needle to felt with and … [Read more...]