Handmade Postcards

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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! |SimplyNotable.com

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...]

Journal Like an Artist

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When I talk about keeping a sketchbook, I often get the response, "No - I can't draw!" But keeping a sketchbook isn't only about drawing skills, (which incidentally are known to improve the more you do it.), it's a way to be mindful of the minutiae of your daily life.  I consider my sketchbook an illustrated journal, because it doesn't only hold my drawings, it also has pasted in ticket stubs, take out menus, magazine clippings, recipes, great things my Grandkids said and memories of all kinds. If you start an illustrated journal now, as the years go by, your art talent will grow, but your oldest pages will be all the more precious because of the memories they hold. What seems … [Read more...]

Knitting Abbreviations

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Based on the questions I've been getting, it seems there's loads of new knitters out there, puzzling through the learning process of pattern reading. I can so relate to the frustration a new knitter faces, because although I'd learned the basics from my Grandmother, I taught myself all the advanced techniques from internet resources and books. I was determined to learn to knit many of the wonderful patterns I found on Ravelry. In case you haven't found it yet, Ravelry is a wonderful social media site just for knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists. Do join! We welcome you and hope this post of knitting abbreviations, with explanations and links to video resources that we often use … [Read more...]

Three ways to learn to weave

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Just in case I don't quite have enough hobbies yet, I've begun to learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom. That's the thing about the fiber arts - there's so many interesting directions to go in that it's difficult to settle on one and make it stick. So weaving is my most recent challenge. I fit it in between knitting, spinning, crocheting, embroidery, sewing and pattern design.  For learning purposes, I've been using worsted weight cotton from Peaches & Creme and Sugar 'n Cream to put together some dishcloths. Easy - and instructive. I'm absolutely loving the results I get by mixing compatible colorways on the loom! This first photo shows the Mod Ombre and Poppy … [Read more...]

Sock Architecture Book & Giveaway!

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Lucky me! I asked Cooperative Press to provide me with a copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel to investigate for review. Lucky you! Not only did they promptly do so, they also offered to provide a second e-book for giveaway to our readers! If you're a sock knitter, (or have contemplated becoming one), you know that there's loads of gorgeous sock patterns available. I've knitted many of them and have pattern books filled with more awaiting my attention. When I first started knitting socks, I collected them by the dozen. As I've gotten more pairs under my belt, I've learned that what's more empowering than access to unlimited patterns is the knowledge of how those patterns are created … [Read more...]

Jellyfish Bath Scrubbies

Jelly Fish Bath Scrubby Crochet Pattern | SimplyNotable.com

Get out your hook and create some fun tub time for the little surfers in your life! Jellyfish crochet bath scrubbies are as fun to make as they are to gift. U.S. crochet terms used materials: worsted weight cotton in two colors size I crochet hook 6 mm safety eyes or black embroidery thread tapestry needle how to do the bobble stitch: (yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and draw through stitch. yo and draw through first 2 loops on hook) repeat in same stitch until you have 6 loops on hook. yo and draw yarn through all 6 loops on hook. head: leaving a 12” tail, ch2. 9 sc in 2nd st from hook. Join with sl st. round 1: bobble in same stitch. sl st in next st, 1 sc in next stitch, … [Read more...]

An Almost Lost Washcloth Tutorial

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The Almost Lost Washcloth pattern posted on our site was a casually shared, handwritten pattern that my Mom in law received from a friend. While many loved it, all you have to do is look at the comments to see that there were a large number of knitters who were confused and frustrated by the unusual, old-time terminology used in the pattern. To help, I decided it would be a good idea to create an Almost Lost Washcloth tutorial to clarify the confusing bits. Although I loved the charming shorthand of the original pattern, (made it so easy for me to remember! Leave 2, knit back, Leave 4, knit back, etc),  if I were to rewrite the pattern in modern knitting terms, I'd write it this … [Read more...]

Sweet Somethings

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A squishy little garter stitch heart pattern that you can use in a number of ways. Are they tawashi’s? Why, yes they are! Coasters? Indeed! Mini washcloths? Most certainly! materials: worsted weight cotton size US 8 needles tapestry needle instructions: cast on 26 stitches Rows 1-10: slip 1, (k5, ssk, k4, kfb) twice, k1 Row 11: slip 1, ssk, k3, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k2, k2tog, kfb, k1 Row 12: slip 1, k4, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k3, kfb, k1 Row 13: slip 1, ssk, k2, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k1, k2tog, kfb, k1 Row 14: slip 1, k3, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k2, kfb, k1 Row 15: slip 1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog twice, kfb, k1 Row 16: slip 1, … [Read more...]

A Fresh Fibery Start

A Fresh Fibery Start | SimplyNotable.com

This is a good time for knitters - this quiet period between Christmas and the new year.  I've had time to reflect on what I've accomplished this year and time to look to the future. Every year I tend to focus on the same three areas: Organization, Project Planning and New Techniques. After doing an informal poll in our Ravelry group, I've come to believe that crafters of all kinds do this.  We begin to think of the mess we've left in the wake of all that last minute gift knitting. Those tangled leftover balls piled in a basket that need sorted by color, or maybe weight. Those bags full of WIPs (works in progress) begin to haunt us. We begin to ask ourselves the hard … [Read more...]