Tuesday, August 30, 2011

New treasury on ETSY- knitting theme

I just wanted to share this fabulous Knitting Treasury with you.

The tea cosy pattern on the bottom right is from my shop.


Last day for sale coupon

Tomorrow is August 31 and is the last day to take advantage of this 10% off coupon. Put all your purchases from my shop in one cart and apply the coupon code to save! 

Remember, most of my items for sale can be emailed to you so there are NO SHIPPING charges for most items.

SALE COUPON for 10% off any item... AugSale10PCoff

Here are some of my latest listings:

Knit Scarf Aran Twist PDF knitting pattern

Victorian Hair accessory Pearl Diadem and Hair Comb

Knitted Counterpane Bedspread Victorian


Friday, August 26, 2011

Happy Friday: Yarn and Thread selection for Vintage patterns and a Freebie

The hardest thing for me when working with vintage or antique patterns is figuring out which yarn or thread to use. I know that it is all part of the creative process but it would be nice to have some background on mentioned materials.

I found this interesting article that gives some explanations of typical materials that we see mentioned in older patterns. Here is an example:

  • Andalusian: In between fingering and sport weight (try a four-ply Shetland wool, also
    called “jumper weight” by Jamieson and Smith, a modern firm that produces
    wool for retail sale.)
This article also explains archaic terms and needle sizes. 

So check out this site...there are lots of interesting things here for reenactment fans as well.

Have a safe weekend...Irene is coming.

Freebie: Make a silk lamp shade-Ruth Wyeth Spears pattern from 1937

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Great Creme Brulee recipe

I love to follow the Remodelaholic blog...not just for the great remodeling and repurposing ideas and projects but for the great recipes. Here is one for creme brulee that I will have to try. I don't like messing with a TORCH to make the crunchy top so this one looks like a winner! Have a look and let me know if you try it out.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011


Magnitude 5.9 - VIRGINIA

2011 August 23 17:51:03 UTC 

Now I have seen it all. I have been in earthquakes in CA but not VA! This really shook up our house but nothing is broken and we are okay. Hope all of you are okay as well. Just when you think everything is nice and quite....bang.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Happy Friday-Lace Lamp Idea

Wow....how did we get to another Friday so fast? Well, on Thursdays I get the TIPNUT digest and here is a great idea for using old doilies that you just don't know what to do with....make a lamp!

Here is a link to the instructions

If you haven't seen it before, check out TIPNUT. I have gotten TONS of great ideas and info from this site.

Have a safe weekend.

New on ETSY-Crochet and Hairpin lace shawl 1902

New on ETSY

Beautiful crochet and hairpin lace shawl pattern from 1902

Wheels are lengths of hairpin lace joined together then worked into the crochet work.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

New on ETSY-Aran knitting pattern

I just posted a new pattern on ETSY. It is an original Aran pattern that can be used to make a scarf. I have included a chart as well as written directions. The texture of this pattern is GREAT. You can make it up in three different yarns: fingering wt, sport or worsted weight.

I have been studying different Aran stitches and designed this pattern that reminds me of the stepping stones down through my grandfathers garden in England with the rows of flowers on either side.

Enjoy, Debby

New treasury on ETSY- blast from the past

I was featured in very pretty treasury today that I thought you would enjoy...

I love to see girls all dresses up!


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sale on ETSY-- Aug Sale Coupon Here


SALE COUPON for 10% off any item... AugSale10PCoff

Copy and paste this coupon during the checkout process.

(ETSY instructions on how to redeem a coupon code:

Fill your cart...

Then paste in your coupon code where it says "APPLY" to receive your discount...

Email me if you make a purchase and you are not successful with the coupon. I can give you the discount through PAYPAL.

Friday, August 5, 2011

New on ETSY-Pineapple Butterfly motif from 1954

New item on ETSY-Vintage Pineapple Crochet Butterfly motif from 1954

Depending on the weight of the thread or yarn used, this butterfly motif can be used to trim so many items. It will look very nice on a guest hand towel.

Enjoy, Debby

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Historic Knitting Resource-Free patterns from Victoria and Albert Museum

In a previous post, I showed some links to vintage patterns at the V&A museum in London, England. Today I have three dolly patterns from 'The Little Girl's knitting and Crochet Book', 1915.edited by Flora Klickmann.

1. A Baby Doll's Coat and Bonnet Click on image for web page.

2. Dolly at the Seaside a pattern for a doll's jersey. Click on image for web page.

3. Dolly's Bedspread  Click on image for web page.

Hope you are staying cool and safe this summer.
Happy Knitting,


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