A Groovy Dishcloth Crochet Pattern

A Groovy Dishcloth Free Crochet Pattern | SimplyNotable.com

I love how fast crochet can be - especially with worsted weight yarn. This groovy crochet dishcloth pattern sports a fun wavy pattern that looks difficult, but isn't at all! Materials: Worsted Weight Cotton in at least two colors: outline color and inner groove color(s) Crochet Hook, 5.0 mm (size H) Abbreviations: ch = chain sc = single crochet hdc = half double crochet dc = double crochet sl st = slip stitch Elongated stitch: for next stitch, insert hook into skipped stitch 2 rows below and pull up loop even with top of work, then pull yarn through both loops on hook. Instructions: row 1: using outline color, chain 30 stitches. sc in 2nd ch from hook and each … [Read more...]

Simply Basics: Wind a Center Pull Ball

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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 simple and serviceable as a sanded dowel, or collectors items fashioned from beautifully turned exotic woods. Start by securing yarn by wrapping several times around the center of the nostepinne, then wrap up toward the top in a counter clockwise direction. Wrap about 5 or 6 times, each … [Read more...]

Be Fearless

Spinning Yarn Fearlessly | SimplyNotable.com

When it comes to spinning  - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I've been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I've had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire - Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little spinning heart soaring with ideas and plans. Reading the articles and experimenting with the described techniques has provided me with more than one satisfying "aha" moment. I've also enjoyed the wisdom of several spinning podcasters who deliver plenty of well known fibery  facts that I was clueless about  in dozens … [Read more...]

Magic Knitting

Knitting Using a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

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 the joined scraps. I wanted to pay homage to the super scrappiness of the magic ball, you might say. I finally settled on Diving In by Mam'zelle Flo, which actually is a recipe for knitting a shallow shawl on the bias rather than a full fledged pattern. It doesn't get any easier than this. I was lulled into a sort of knitting nirvana by … [Read more...]

Wind Up a Magic Ball!

How to Wind Up a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

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 little prizes inside that fall out as you knit. But this is a different idea - joining scraps of the same weight but differing colors all together and winding it up into one continuous ball of yarn to knit a scrappy project with! So fun! Yarns are pieced together with a Russian Join, which is quite easy to do. You simply thread your yarn … [Read more...]

Stitches West Finds

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Mom Sr and I had such a great time at Stitches West! We loved communing with our fellow knitters and crocheters, learning new tricks in our classes and most especially loved the opportunity to see new indie dyers up close and personal. We found some real winners at the show that we'll be shopping with this year: Dizzy Blonde Studios' gorgeous rack of amazing colorways was the first thing to catch our eye: Phydeaux Designs sure wowed us with amazingly lovely, subtle color shifting combinations: Western Sky Knits colorways were so bright and fun - they all wanted to come home with me! Huckleberry Knits offered both vibrant yarn and deeply saturated fiber. I couldn't … [Read more...]

Road Cotton

Spin Cotton From the Roadside - so neat!

Since I returned to my home in Arizona from Greece, I've really come to appreciate my home state. True, it's too hot much of the year, and there's only a small window of time in which I can enjoy wool hand knits, but the desert is beautiful. I find ways to indulge my passion for knitting and fiber - even in warm country. This is cotton farming country - especially just south of my Phoenix area home. Fields stretch for miles in these areas and large mountains of cotton sit at the cotton gin, waiting for processing. Driving by that area, I noticed that seed cotton, fresh from the fields had blown from the trucks delivering it to the gin and mounded in fluffy little lumps on the side of the … [Read more...]

Magic Corkshrooms

Another great free knitting pattern from Simply Notable - Magic Corkshrooms!

Transform your leftover fingering and sport weight yarn bits into whimsical little Toadstools to decorate your world. Knit in the round on double pointed needles, they come to life quickly, just like those that spring up in the wild! ♥ Materials: Small Amounts of Fingering to Sport Weight Yarn Size 2.25 mm needles (double points or circular needle for magic loop) Stitches: C4f - put next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit next 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle. C4b - put next 2 stitches on cable needle and hold to back of work. Knit next 2 stitches, then knit 2 stitches from cable needle. Instructions: co 15 stitches, join to knit in … [Read more...]

The Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern

Almost Lost Washcloth Knitting Pattern - Gorgeous!

On my last visit, my Mom in law gave me a most welcome gift: a generous stack of hand-knit washcloths! Not only were they plentiful, they were lofty and thirsty, in a perfect size, round and scalloped. When I asked which pattern she used, she said it was one a former neighbor had given her. She wasn't sure she even still had it.  I offered to help look for it, maybe a trifle bit too desperately. "Where did you have it last? When did you last see it?", I interrogated her. "Hmmmm....it's around here somewhere", she said mildly, and when it wasn't close at hand she asked, "Do you really need it?" "YES!", I exclaimed, going quickly into spoiled brat mode. "I adore these. … [Read more...]

A Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl

Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl Knitting Pattern

The Feather and Fan Comfort Shawl is a popular free pattern that's been waiting for my attention for a few years now. I love the feminine, homey stitch pattern that lends itself so well to stripes of coordinating colors and I've dreamed it into existence with so many different combinations! This large shawl came to be using a skein of handspun polworth wool that I blogged about here, along with 4 skeins of light green and one skein of a turquoise  llama/silk blend. They actually played together surprisingly well - combining into a medley of warm glowing tones - just waiting to wrap up a faraway friend in a … [Read more...]