Who can resist a plump cabled pumpkin this time of year? Cables look way more impressive than warranted because they're actually quite simple! If you're new to cables, this free knit pumpkin pattern makes nice chunky ones, excellent for beginners.
Knit in the round and shaped with basic knitting increases and decreases, your knit pumpkin is ready ...read more
My ongoing affection for scrappy projects was recently rekindled when I spied these fabulous Scrappy Happy socks from Andrea of the A Sunny Day for Bluej blog. She shared her project in our Ravelry group and sent me down the best kind of scrappy sock wormhole, searching for more information and how-to's.
Andrea used a basic sock pattern and ...read more
I've discovered a very resourceful knitter who modified the Almost Lost Washcloth pattern into the most clever little makeup removal cloths. If you make washcloths or dishcloths, I'll bet you have plenty of cotton yarn leftovers that are just waiting to be transformed into these.
I also think her modifications are written in such a way as to ...read more
Here's those socks I promised to match the Vintage Pique Rib Hat pattern I last posted! These are designed to fit a newborn but are stretchy enough that they'll grow with baby for awhile. Knit toe up, you can use every last bit of sock weight leftovers by making a taller or shorter cuff. Knit using your favorite method.
size: newborn gauge: 9 ...read more
It seems I'm always looking for a new baby hat knitting pattern. This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique' rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color. Happily, the nubby ...read more
Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess. I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne - a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap.
Nostepinne's can be as ...read more
Sometimes I find that spinning an entire braid of fiber becomes a chore and my bobbins fill up with unfinished singles that I'm tired of spinning. At times like these, it's refreshing to break out my spindles and spin up a small project. A fast little color fix fits my mood this week and I took the opportunity to spin up some yarn for small projects ...read more
Here's another popular idea that's been burning through the knitting blogosphere for some time....it's been around awhile, and I've taken note each time I heard about it. I guess I just had to hear about it a hundred times before I finally decided to try it myself. :-)
This heel was developed by Patty-Joy White, Sox Therapist on Ravelry. This is ...read more
I received a beautiful magic ball when our Simply Notable Ravelry group had a magic ball swap last January. My partner had made up a wondrous magic ball of superwash sock weight leftovers in gorgeous hues.
I searched patterns for awhile with a certain amount of indecision because I wanted to show off the interesting and colorful interplay of ...read more
There's been some buzz about magic balls on some of the pod casts I watch and listen to lately. Our Simply Notable Ravelry Group even got excited enough about this to create a "Ball of Wonder" Swap where members made up magic balls from their own stash and sent them to one another!
I've always thought of magic balls as balls of yarn wound up with ...read more