Sunday, August 9, 2009

An Angry Little Boy

There has been a huge draw to this Michael Miller fabric entitled "Knitmare on Elm Street." It pictures skeletons knitting, dogs chewing yarn, an angry boy dressed in winter cothing and, for some reason, a carton of chinese food. It came in torquoise, green and pink. I had a couple of yards of green and 6 yards of pink. I wish I had 100 more yards. I could sell all the bags I could make out of this funky fabric. I'm including a couple of pictures. What draws people to this fabric?

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Making Whoopie - (pumpkin whoopie pies that is)

My family loves the pumpkin whoopie pies. I make them for our trips to Big Bear. Now, when I say I'm planning on making Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, everyone starts looking forward to cool weather and relaxing in the hot tub! Give 'em a try! I always double the recipe ~ cause 12 is just not enough!!

Makes: 12
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Bake Time: 10 minutes (I use insulated pans so it take 15 minutes ~ to perfection)

1-1/2 sticks unsalted butter, 1 stick melted, 1/2 stick softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
2 large eggs, at room temperature, lightly beaten
1 cup canned pure pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1-1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon plus 2 pinches salt
1-2/3 cups flour
4 ounces cream cheese, chilled
1 cup confectioners' sugar

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, whisk in the eggs, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, 1 teaspoon pure vanilla, the baking powder, the baking soda and 3/4 teaspoon salt. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the flour.
#. Using an ice cream scoop or tablespoon (I use a cookie scoop because we like them smaller ~ you can get 32 small pies out of a double batch if you do that), drop 12 generous mounds of batter, spaced evenly, onto each baking sheet. Bake until springy to the touch, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a rack to cool completely.
4. Meanwhile, using an electric mixer, cream the softened butter with the cream cheese. Add the confectioners' sugar and the remaining 2 pinches of salt and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla; mix on low speed until blended, then beat on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 2 minutes.
5. Spread the flat side of 12 cakes with the cream cheese frosting. Top each with another cake.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Father's Day

Father's Day has come and gone for another year. For the last seven years I have found Father's Day to be a two edged sword. I have a wonderful husband who is a wonderful father to our daughter, Hillary Doll, yet I no longer have my wonderful dad. It will be seven years on September 24th and it seems like only yesterday when his strong hand held mine and he told me how much he loved me.

My dad was the best father on the planet. I know that others would say there dad was great as well and that is a wonderful thing. There are so few truly wonderful fathers. My dad, Clifton Otho Pease, was a great man of God. He had such integrity. His character was implacable. He was loved by everyone. As a matter of fact, I have never met anyone who didn't like my dad. He was honest, kind and the most of all humble. I remember my dad once telling me when I was upset with someone and I probably said something to them that I would regret later, "When you feel like saying something hurtful, take a deep breath and stop to think about those words will hurt someone. If you still think it is worth saying out loud, take another deep breath and think again." I don't remember my dad ever saying a hurtful thing to anyone. I tried to remember these words, "I am the master of words unused and the slave to words that should not have been said.

He had to leave his schooling after the 8th grade to contribute to the family finances and that was always such an embarrassment to him because he thought he was not smart but my dad could do anything and build anything. He built our house and our summer house, he had his own cobbler business (although he gave away more than he sold) and I can't remember anything that my dad couldn't fix.

The lasting memory I have of my dad is of him reading and studying his Bible. He was an awesome Christian and that example is one that I want to emulate. I have often seen him on his knees praying even in the latter years of his life when kneeling was not an easy thing. I know that I will be with my dad again and that is a wonderful comfort to me. He was always my rock, my "go to guy" for all things spiritual. Now I must depend on the true rock ~ the cornerstone of my faith, my heavenly father ~ he too will hold my hand and give me spiritual guidance. All I have to do is be still and know that He is God.

If you have a dad today, hug him, kiss him, hold him and tell him you love him and I pray that he has been a Godly influence on your life. There is no greater comfort when your dad is gone then when you know he is in heaven just waiting for you.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Knitting Book Reviews

I love knitting books and I have a massive collection of books. I have been stumped about what to blog about so I thought I would review a couple of my latest books. Some I like, some I don't. If you are in the market for a new book, maybe it will help you out:

A Most Have:
Socks a' la Carte by Jonelle Raffino and Katherine Cade.

This book is so much fun. It brings you back to the flip books of your childhood..only the authors refer to them as split pages. The first part of the book explans how it works, gives you yarn choices and needle choices as well as some great techniques. Then the fun part: Cuffs, Bodies and Feet ~ thousands of possibilities and a lot of fun choosing the patterns. Here are a couple of pictures.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Below is an article my mom wrote for a magazine awhile back. It is a very sweet story and I included a picture of my bear that I keep in my china cabinet. I love it!

Warmth Over The Years

As a young mother with a family of five to care for, I had very few clothes in my wardrobe. My cousin Berla was much better off financially than I and had a beautiful black seal coat.
One day, in the mid-1960’s, Berla came to visit and gave me the seal coat. It stayed in the closet for several years until I began teaching again, at the age of 48.
Winter recesses in Maine are windy, snowy and cold, and each teacher had to take a turn watching the children as they played outside. Each time I wore the old fur coat, many children, including my son, came up to me for a hug. I knew their motive—to get warm under that coat. It soon became the desire of all the teachers to borrow the old coat when it was their turn on the playground.
After I retired, my niece, Faye, gave me the idea of making teddy bears out of the old coat. I presented a bear to each of my five children with a note telling the story of the old fur coat.
The bears, put in special places in their homes, now provide a pleasing connection among the siblings.
~~Maxine Pease, Pittsfield, Maine (Published in the March 2008 issue of Reminisce Magazine)

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bags, Bags and More Bags

Wow, I'm loading up my shop with bags in new fabrics and some new styles. I have a lot more in the pipeline but finding the time to sew them all is the issue. I'm anxious to get my two other shops up and running and but I just can't seem to get the time to sew for those yet. I have some great plans and patterns ready to go as soon as I get the opportunity.

I'm heading off to Sedona, AZ with the hubs for a week on Tuesday, April 28, but my daughter, Hillary, is on the job mailing out bags on a daily basis. I'm hoping to get a chance to do some knitting for a change and put some of the pictures up on my blog. With all the sewing in recent months, knitting has taken a back seat but is the reason I got started making the bags. I just couldn't find the right bag.

I'm going to put on a few more knitting patterns as well. Stay tuned for lots of new things on this blog as I fumble around trying to figure out what I'm doing!!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Back In The Saddle Again

After a long and difficult three months, I'm back in California for a few weeks and throwing myself into my Etsy Shops (;; and I'm using the next few weeks to load up all three shops with goodies and, hopefully, there will be sales to mail out.

I've received a great shipment of fabric and I'm ready to start creating. Now, if I can just adjust to West Coast time, I'll be all set.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Farewell to my Mommy

On March 9, 2009 at 8:45 pm, my mom passed away peacefully. It had been a long road, although not painful for her, it was a long five years alone without my dad. She was never the same after he passed away. She longed to be with him and I can't blame her. They were married 58 years.

I will miss her so much. She was my best friend and mentor. She taught me so many things. I'm so glad that I had been with her since January. I had been coming home from California every two months and staying at least three weeks at a time. We had great shopping trips, great talks, lots of hugs and kisses. Memories that will get me through the coming days, months and years. I know that she is in heaven with my dad and that I will be there someday as well. That is what keeps me going. She was full of life and lots of fun.

Good-night, Mommy. See you soon. Love, your baby girl

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Child's Coat Pattern from 1920's

(Unfortunately, there isn't any mention of what size this is~whichis strange).
A very smart sppearance is given to this coat by the introduction of Cable pattern into the plain knitted fabric. It is Raglan shape and has a nicely fitting roll collar. The length of the original was 19 inches.
Materials: 10 ozs. 4-ply Beehive Scotch Fingering. Two No. 8 Celluloid Knitting Needles and a short one of the same size for the cable pattern. Four buttons. Work at a tension to produce about 6-1/2 stitches and 14 rows to the inch, measured over the plain knitting.
Commencing with the Cable Edging for the first front cast on 20 stitches. Work 18 rows in plain knitting. Then commence the pattern as follows:-
1st row.-K.4,P.2,K.8,P.2,K.4
2nd row.-K.6,P.8,K.6.
Repeat the last 2 rows once.
5th row.-K.4,P.2, slip the next 4 stitches, knit the 4 slipped stitches. P.2, K.4.
6th row.-Like the 2nd row.
Repeat the first 2 rows once.
These eight rows complete one full pattern and are to be repeated until the work measures 12 inches. Then cast off and, without breaking off the wool, knit up one stitch to each ridge (with the right side facing you) down one of the long sides and make a stitch after every third, this making 87 stitches on the needle.
Continue in plain knitting, keeping the lower edge straight and, at the neck edge (i.e., the one where the stitches were cast off), increasing once in every row until 126 stitches are on the needle. Always slip the first stitch at the lower edge, and knit it at the neck edge in each row while the shaping is being done, this giving more elasticity. Still keeping the lower edge straight, decrease once in each row at the neck edge until only 80 stitches remain.
Work one inch without shaping, then finishing at the lower edge, making a guesset, as follows, to give fulness to the skirt:-K.5,turn, K.5, turn, K.10, turn, K.10, turn. K.15,turn K.15, turn K.20, turn, K.20. Continue in this manner knitting five more stitches every 2nd row, until all are again in the one row. Keeping the lower edge straight, as before, shape the armhole by increasing once in each row until there are again 126 stitches. Work 3 inches without shaping. Then decrease once, at the shaped edge in every row until only 80 stitches remain. Finish at the lower edge, then make a gusset as follows:-K.75, turn, K.75, turn, K.70, turn, K.70,turn, K.65, turn, K.65, turn, K.60, turn, K.60, turn. Continue in this manner, knitting five stitches less in every 2nd. row until only five stitches in the last short row. Knit all the stitches on the one row again. Knit one inch without shaping.
Increase once at the shaped edge in every row (for the second front) until 126 stitches are again on the needle. Then decrease once at the shaped edge in every row until only 87 stitches remain. Cast off.
Work a second band on the Cable Edging and sew it to the cast-off edge of the 2nd front.
THE SLEEVES:-Cast on 60 stitches. Knit one row plain. Then shape for the seam as follows:-K.10 turn, K.10; K.20, turn, K.20; K.30, turn, K.30; K.40, turn, K.40; K.50; turn, K.50; K.60, turn, K.60. Continue in plain knitting, keeping the narrow edge straight for the cuff and increasing once in every row at the wide edge, until 106 stitches are on the needle. Work 10 rows without shaping. Then decrease once at the shaped edge in every row until only 70 stitches remain. Finish at the top edge, then shape for the seam as follows:-
*Decrease as before, knit to the last 10 stitches of the previous row, turn. Knit the next row plain decreasing once at the end of the row. Repeat from *knitting 10 stitches less each time until only 11 stitches remain in the last short row. Knit all the stitches on the one row again. Cast off. Work the second sleeve exactly like the first and fold them in opposite directions when sewing up the seams.
THE COLLAR.-Cast on 20 stitches.
Repeat the 8 rows of the cable pattern, as given for the back, but increase once on the 2nd stitch in every 2nd row (in the plain knitting) until there are 36 stitches on the needle. Then increase once (at the same edge) in every 4th row until there are 40 stitches. Continue without shaping for about 9 inches. Then work the shaping to correspond with the first side fo the collar, but decreasing instead of increasing until only 20 stitches remain. Cast off.
THE CUFFS.-Cast on 20 stitches.
Repeat the 8 rows on the cable pattern, as given for the back, until 6 inches are worked. Cast off. Work the second cuff like the first.
TO MAKE UP THE COAT.-With a hot iron press carefully all the cable pattern. Sew the cuffs to the sleeves. Sew in the sleeves, placing the seam towards the back. Fix in the collar, sewing the end of the dcable to the cable on the front The wrong side of the pattern on the collar will join the right side of the pattern on the fronts. Make button-hole loops down the right front and sew buttons to correspond on the left front. If the seams at the shaped edge of the sleeves are inclined to pucker they should be damped, then pressed carefully with a hot iron.

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Prototype Knitting Bag

As you can see at the left, I recently took a poll on what knitters are looking for in a knitting bag. I learned a lot from those who participated and I made up a bag which I think includes what most are looking for. Introducing: The Etsy Knitters Knitting Bag. It is made from great fabrics and has tons of pockets. I plan on making other versions of the bag with a new twist here and there.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Taking Care of Mom in a Winter Wonderland

My daughter, Hillary, and I are staying with my mom in Maine for a few months while she recovers from radiation treatment. We are enjoying spending time with her and watching the snow fall. It is wonderful to be with the two most beautiful women in the world. We love just talking, playing card games and my mom and I love to give Hillary dating advice (and I have to say that she graciously takes it silently). Here are a few pictures from last week.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Free Crochet Bunny Pattern From Lion Brand Yarn

Lion Brand® Vanna's Choice
Amigurumi Heartfelt Bunny
Pattern Number: 80018AD
SIZE: One Size
11 1/2 in. (29.5 cm) tall
• 860-101 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: Pink
1 Ball (A)
Free Crochet Pattern: Vanna's Choice Amigurumi Heartfelt Bunny
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• 860-100 Lion Brand Vanna's Choice Yarn: White
1 Ball (B)
• Lion Brand Crochet Hook - Size G-6
• Lion Brand Stitch Markers
• Large-Eye Blunt Needles (Set of 6)
• Additional Materials
2 plastic safety eyes, 6 mm diameter
Fiberfill stuffing
sc2tog (sc decrease) Insert hook into st and draw up a loop. Insert hook into next st and draw up a
loop. Yarn over, draw through all 3 loops on hook.
Work in continuous rnds; do not join or turn unless otherwise instructed.
Beg at top of Head, with A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 6 sc in first ch.
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around - 12 sts.
Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around - 30 sts.
Rnds 6-12: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 13: *Sc2tog, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnd 14: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Beg stuffing Head and Body.
Rnd 15: *Sc2tog, sc in next st; rep from * around - 12 sts.
Rnd 16: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 17: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * around - 18 sc.
Rnd 18: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 24 sts.
Rnds 19-30: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 31: *Sc2tog, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * around - 18 sts.
Finish stuffing Head and Body.
Rnd 32: *Sc2tog, sc in next st; rep from * around - 12 sts.
Rnd 33: (Sc2tog) around - 6 sts.
Fasten off.
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1-5: Work Rnds 1-5 of Head - 30 sts.
Fasten off.
LEGS (make 2)
With B, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in first ch.
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: 2 sc in each st around - 8 sts.
Rnds 3-15: Sc in each st around.
Fasten off.
ARMS (make 2)
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1-12: Work Rnds 1-12 of Legs.
Fasten off.
EARS (make 2)
With A, ch 2.
Rnd 1: Work 4 sc in first ch.
Place marker in first st for beg of rnd; move marker up as each rnd is completed.
Rnd 2: *2 sc in next st, sc in next st; rep from * once more - 6 sts.
Free Crochet Pattern: Vanna's Choice Amigurumi Heartfelt Bunny
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Rnd 3: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 2 sts; rep from * once more - 8 sts.
Rnd 4: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 3 sts; rep from * once more - 10 sts.
Rnd 5: *2 sc in next st, sc in next 4 sts; rep from * once more - 12 sts.
Rnds 6-11: Sc in each st around.
Rnd 12: (Sc2tog) around - 6 sts.
Fasten off.
With B, ch 2.
Rnds 1 and 2: Work Rnds 1 and 2 of Head - 12 sts.
Rnds 3 and 4: Sc in each st around.
Stuff lightly.
Rnd 5: (Sc2tog) around - 6 sts.
Fasten off.
With B, ch 4.
Rnd 1: 2 dc in 2nd ch from hook, hdc in next ch, 3 sc in last ch; working along opposite side of beg ch, hdc in next
ch, (2 dc, slip st) in last ch.
Fasten off.
Following package directions, attach safety eyes to Face. Sew Face to Head, and Ears to top of Head. Stuff Arms
and Legs lightly and sew to Body. Sew Tail to Body. Sew Heart onto Bunny. With A, embroider a straight st nose.
Weave in ends.
Click for explanation and illustration
beg = begin(s)(ning) ch(s) = chain(s)
dc = double crochet hdc = half double crochet
rep = repeat(s)(ing) rnd(s) = round(s)
sc = single crochet st(s) = stitch(es)
Learn to crochet instructions:
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*Vanna's Choice® (Article #860) is a 4-ply worsted-weight 100% acrylic yarn. • Solids in 3.5
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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Wow, now that's tiny

This is a great video of miniture knitting. I have never seen anything like this. She woman is knitting appeal for tiny characters for an upcoming movie. Check it out!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Some Basic Knitting Guides

Yarn Weights
Yarn is divided into weights. Heavy, worsted weight, sport weight etc…this is how you’ll find them categorized in a yarn shop. But, what does it mean?
It simply means how thin or thick they are. In other words, their correct gauge. Gauge is: How many stitches per inch. Here’s the breakdown from thin to thick:

Fingering: (aka baby yarn) 7-9 stitches per inch.

Sport: 6 stitches per inch

Double Knitting: (aka DK - not as common, but needs to be mentioned.) 5.5 stitches per inch.

Worsted: 5 stitches per inch

Heavy: 4 stitches per inch

Bulky: 3 stitches per inch

Super Bulky: 2-2.5 stitches per inch.

What all this means is…these gauges are where these specific yarns will look their best. Example: If you knit a bulky weight yarn on tiny needles (well, first, your fingers would cramp terribly!) but the end result would be rather bulletproof. On the other extreme…knitting a fingering weight yarn on big huge needles would result in something rather net like. All knitters knit differently…some tight, some loose. So needle size to obtain the proper gauge will vary from knitter to knitter. All patterns give you the specific gauge for that particular pattern. This needs to be accurate to achieve the proper size. A pattern will also give you a suggested needle size. Play around with it until it’s right. By doing this you’ll save lots of time and heartache. We all have our horror stories….

Gauge = number of stitches per inch. If a pattern tells you to cast on 100 stitches for the back of a sweater, and it calls for a gauge of 5 sts per inch. Then: 100 ÷ 5 = 20. 20 inches. If your gauge was off…even by half an inch…then: 100 ÷ 5.5 = 18.8 inches or if the gauge was off the other way, 100 ÷ 4.5 = 22 inches. Remember this measurement is just for the back, so the entire sweater size would be off by up to 4 inches! In other words…gauge is important.

Ply is how many strands are twisted together to create yarn. There are 1 ply bulky weights, and 4 ply sport weights. Generally, the more ply…the stronger the yarn.

There are so many different types of knitting needles today. Work with what you like…but here are a few suggestions.
Wooden needles are nice, but tend to be slow. So wood works well with slick yarns. Slow yarns, such as cotton and thick synthetics, work best with fast needles, such as Teflon coated aluminum. Play around with them, and you’ll find your favorite combinations.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Back in the Day

As I mentioned before, I found a great knitting book from 1920 in my Grandmother's attic and I am adding a lot of the patterns one at a time to my blog. As I type them in, I notice that they are written as if EVERYONE knew how to knit. I talked to my mom (88 years old) about this and she said, "Well, everyone did know how to knit..and sew and cook and embroider and set a proper table." They were taught from an early age to be wonderful wives and mothers. I just wonder what the world (and our children) wouuld be like today if those things didn't change. If women were content with staying at home raising their children and creating a 1920 home. Something to think about.

Men's Fingerless Gloves 1920 Pattern

Knitted plain (except for the ribbing, to give elasticity at the wrist) these mittens are simple to make ad very comfortable to wear, especially where the fingers require to be free.
Materials: 2-1/2 oz 3-ply double knitting wool. Four #11 knitting needles.
Cast on 52 stitches, 18 on each of two needles and 16 on a third. Work, in rib of K2 and P2 for 36 rounds. Work 10 rounds in plain knitting.
47th round - commencing the thumb, P1, increase once in the next stitch (by knitting through the loop just underneath the next stitch, then knitting the next stitch). K2, increase once in teh next stitch, P1, knit to the end of the round. The 2 purled stitches mark the outside of the thumb. *Knit 2 rounds plain, but purling the stitches that were purled in the previous round.
50th round - Increase once on the inside of each of the purled stitches, then knit plain to the end of the round. Repeat from * until there are 18 stitches between the 2 purled stitches. Knit 2 more rounds without increasing: then in the next round, K1 (the purled stitch), leave them for the thumb, cast 4 stitches after the K1 follow on and finish the round. Work 10 rounds, in rib of K2 and P2 and cast off loosely. For the thumb, take up the 18 stitches that were left on the thread and divide them onto two needles; with the third needle knit up 6 stitches along the space between the two needles. Knit 6 rounds in plain knitting. Then work 6rounds in rib of K2 and P2 and cast off loosely.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Kid's Sock Pattern

Yarn: One skein sock yarn (yarn that makes its own design is great)
Needles: Size 1US/2.25 mm set of five double point needles
Tapestry Needle
Stitch Holder
Gauge: 8 stitches= 1"/2.3 cm
Finished Dimensions:
To fit a small child.
How I made my sock. I cat on 50 stitches, then placed them on four needles in this manner:
Needle 1: 10 stitches
Needle 2: 10 stitches
Needle 3: 15 stitches
Needle 4: 15 stitches
I joined the yarn being careful not to twist, and then knit all the stitches around in 4 rounds.
On the next round, I began my cuff ribbing.
Ribbing: I did a K3, P2 ribbing until the cuff/leg area measured 2-3/4" from the cast-on edge to the heel beginning.
Heel: I worked my heel on 20 stitches only, using the last 10 stitches from Needle 1 and the first 10 stitches from Needle 4. I placed the remaining 30 unused stitches (instep stitches on a stitch holder).
Row 1: slip 1, K 1 across, turn
Row 2: slip 1, Purl all stitches across
I repeated these 2 rows for 1-1/2"
Heel turning: I gave it my usual box-like heel in this manner:
Row 1: K10, place marker, K3, slip1, K1, psso, K1, turn.
Row 2: Purl to marker, P3, P2together, P1, turn.
I repeated these 2 rows until all stitches were worked.
Gussets: With Needle 1, pick up and knit stitches along the left heel flap.
With Needles 2 and 3, knit the 30 instep stitches from the stitch holder.
With Needle 4, pick up and knit the same number of stitches along the right heel flap as left heel flap.
Next round, I knit all stitches around.
Gussets Decrease: Round 1: Needle 1, knit to last 3 sts, K2tog., K1.
Needles 2 and 3: continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern.
Needle 4: K1, slip 1, K1, passo, knit to end.
Round 2: On Needles 1 and 4, knit all stitches.
On Needles 2 and 3, continue in K3, P2 ribbing pattern. Repeat these 2 rounds until you have original 50 cast-on stitches.
Foot: I continued in knit round 2 for 3". Knit the foot to desired length. On the last round before starting toe, decrease 2 stitches evenly. You will now have 48 stitches.
Toe: I decided to give my sock a Round Toe because I thought it would work well for this very small sock. Here's how I did mine:
Round 1: K4, K2tog. around.
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Round 3: K3, K2tog. around.
Round 4: Knit all stitches.
Round 5: K2, K2tog. around.
Round 6: Knit all stitches.
Round 7: K1, K2tog. around.
Round 8: Knit all stitches.
Round 9: K2tog. around
Cut yarn, leaving an ample tail.
Finishing: Thread yarn into tapestry needle, then into remaining stitches. Pull tightly and tie off. Weave in loose ends.

Thursday, January 8, 2009

Getting To Know Me ~ Getting To Know More About Me!

I love that song from The King and I. I thought I would post a few family pics to livin up my blog.

Me and the Hubs

My Mom ~ My hero!

Knitting in Grandmother's Attic

When my grandmother passed away many years ago, each of the grandchildren were allowed to pick one item we wanted to from her possessions. I chose "A Practical Guide to Knitting and Crochet with Beehive & white Heather Knittings Wools" book. I was only 12 years old but already a knitter. This book is filled with old patterns from a company in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada (where my grandmother was from). I'm going to post some of the patterns from this book. I can't imagine anyone would care if I shared them; I mean the book is aboutt 100 years old. I don't know the exact year it was published because the cover was off when I got it. I hope you enjoy these great old patterns. I'll post one every so often. There are some really fund ones and others that are quite strange! Enjoy

Infant Bonnet Pattern from the 1920's

Materials: 1 oz. white and 1/2 oz colored 4-ply fingering yarn. #8 knitting needles. 1-1/2 yds. ribbon.
Work at a tension to produce about 6-3/5 stitches and 13 rows to the inch.
Using the colored wool, cast on 80 stitches.
Work 12 rows in plain knitting.
Fastening off the colored wool, join up the white and work five inches in plain knitting. Then shape for the crown as follows:~
Knit together every 9th and 10th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 8th and 9th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 7th and 8th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 6th and 7th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 5th and 6th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 4th and 5th stitch.
Knit 3 rows without shaping.
In the next row knit together every 3rd and 4th stitch.
Fasten off and run a thread through the remaining stitches, drawing them up and darning in the end very securely. Sew together the two shaped edges of the crown. Taking the colored wool, knit up one stitch to each ridge at the neck of the bonnet, but missing 9 ridges at each edge for the fold over at the front.
Work 6 rows in plain knitting. Cast off.
Add rosettes made from the ribbon to each side of the bonnet.

Monday, January 5, 2009

A New Beginning

I've decided to make the plunge and change my Etsy username. I've had 81 sales and 67 positive feedbacks but my old name, Bagladybags, never really described what type of bags I make. People thought I made purses instead of needlework bags. So, I decided to switch over and start all over again. All over again means my blog, flickr, myspace, twitter, plumdrop, indiepublic, we love etsy, and on and on but I think it will be worth it. Stay tuned to watch my shop grow and my blog grow as well. I have some fun things planned for all your knitters out there!