Sunday, December 30, 2012

Great Idea for a yarn bowl

When I see a great idea, I always wonder why I didn't think of that! Still, here it is... make your own yarn bowl and stop chasing your balls of yarn!

All the best, Debby

Saturday, December 29, 2012

Snowflakes..for you and Sandy Hook Winter Wonderland

Well, it doesn't happen very often but it is snowing in Virginia!. Even my cats are looking out the window with surprise.

The temperature will rise to the 40's this afternoon and the snow will all be gone but you can crochet some very cute snowflakes to celebrate winter. 

Lion Brand has some easy to crochet snowflakes in their FREE PATTERNS section. You will need to log-in to download but it is free to join this site.

Here another great use of crocheted snowflakes...I found this blog that is part of the project to make snowflakes to create a Winter Wonderland at school in Sandy Hook, CT. They have a few more pretty patterns you can use.

From the PTA site:

When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. Please make and send snowflakes by January 12, 2013 to the Connecticut PTSA address at the bottom of this page. 

Thanks for thinking of others, Debby

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

What is a Nøstepinde? Historic knitting tool....

Check out this great article on Knitting Daily about this tool for winding center pull balls.This is something I need to try out!

All the best, Debby

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Heirloom knitting patterns

Check out these fabulous patterns for round knitted doilies. These can be used to make more than about a lacy washcloth or even a round shawl with some alteration. I love this style of doily since it is knit on two needles then grafted at the end to the first row.

There is more to see at this site which is a resource for Judith McLeod-Odel's book, Heirloom Knits. 

There is a notice that Judith has passed away but the site will remain for an undisclosed period of time. Check it out now and save the information that you want before it is shut down.

Happy Knitting, Debby

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Video: How to wear a lace shawl

I loved this video from KnitPicks. I am inspired to knit and wear more shawls!

Wearing Lace Shawls

All the best, Debby

Friday, December 21, 2012

Free pattern: lacy knitted snowflake or star

Light and airy, this knitted snowflake is a perfect decoration for your home or holiday gifts.   From


All the best, Debby

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Free from candy cane mat/dishcloth and wrist warmers

I just saw this on Pinterest from Looks fun and EASY!

Link to wrist warmer pattern..remember all the ladies on Cranford wore wrist warmers in the cold weather... I need to get that out and watch it again. I love Cranford and Return to Cranford. I really want a knitting pattern for the shawl Miss Matty wears!

All the best, Debby

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Weldon's Practical Knitter on sale

Interweave Press offers reproductions of Weldon's Practical Knitter as single issues or in sets. They are currently on sale and are delivered electronically!

It's a great opportunity to add to your collection of historic patterns.

Happy knitting.

Monday, December 10, 2012

Green Monday: Coupon code for ETSY and more last minute gifts

Do you need some cute last minute gifts? Here are four ideas; 2 knitted, 2 crocheted. All of these patterns are in PDF format and will be delivered to you via email in under 12 hours, usually within 1 hour! Today is Green Monday and PDF patterns are VERY GREEN. No wasted paper!

Don't forget to use this coupon code for 15% off:


Vintage dishcloth and Potholder knitting pattern from 1954

Knitted Fluted Tea Cosy Vintage English knitting pattern from 1946

Swirl Design Potholder Hot Pad Vintage Crochet pattern from 1948

Vintage Crochet Covered Clothes Hanger Unique Non Slip design from 1950

All the best, Debby

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Very unusual knitted doily...have you seen this pattern?

I found this lovely doily on EBAY.

I have never seen this pattern. I wish I could afford to purchase this piece.

Has anyone ever seen this pattern or know what it is called?

Just lovely....

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Gypsy Lace Shawl featured on Craftsy!

I am so thrilled. I opened my email this morning and saw that my Gypsy Lace Shawl pattern was featured on the Craftsy Class pick of the week email. You can read the post here.

Gypsy Lace Shawl
This shawl is easier to knit than it looks. Variegated worsted wt. yarn really cranks up the looks of this simple shawl.

Have a safe weekend if you are traveling!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

$50 ETSY Gift Card Giveaway from Martha Stewart

$50 ETSY Gift Card Giveaway from Martha Stewart

You can enter and get a subscription to Martha Stewart Living or look for the link at the end of this paragraph:

No purchase is necessary to enter. If you'd prefer to enter 
the giveaway without starting a trial subscription or if you are
already a subscriber, click here.

Sweepstakes ends November 30, 2012. See Official Rules.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Get your 25% off coupon now!

Get your coupon code below for savings at Historic Needlecrafts on ETSY. You can save 25% on anything in my store. Stock up now on patterns for yourself or gifts for friends! Remember, you will receive a free pattern with every pattern purchased.

Just enter this coupon code during the checkout process on ETSY: 25PERCENTOFFNOV2012

Happy shopping, Debby

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Great free shawl pattern

Sorry that I have been MIA. I do consulting work in the fall and have been out of town quite a bit. Though busy, I always have my knitting with me! 

Here is a very cute shawl pattern that I came across. I love the shape! It is not round nor a triangle. It is called Good Mood Shawl. I am thinking of doing one to use up ends of skeins with one unifying color such as white or black...what do you think?

Enjoy and happy knitting,

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Free knitting pattern for child's sweater

I love to see lace and cable patterns redesigned into fresh patterns. Her is one...Don't you love this child's sweater? 

Look at those leaves. They are a simple twist stitch with a lacy interior! Very pretty yoke. 

This pattern is free at Lion Brand's site. You may need to set up a free account to download this precious sweater pattern.

Enjoy and have a good weekend.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Sale on EBAY-Vintage booklets for sale

I am having a big sale on EBAY. We are clearing out all our duplicate booklets so come and have a look! 

Today I posted about 40 vintage issues of Workbasket with dates ranging from 1946 to 1952. Check it out here!

Happy Friday and Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Unusual lace shrug to knit

NaturallyCaron has a free pattern for a pretty lace shrug. This pattern features a simple yarn over lace design with major design impact.

Check out the back of this...

I think this would be pretty for a winter wedding. 

A PDF version of this pattern is available HERE

All the best, Debby

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Great adaptation of child's sweater from 1916

The latest issue of KNITTY.Com has another great article from Franklin Habit.

This time it is a discussion about the history of Lion Brand and how Frank adapted a vintage pattern to modern materials.

Child's Middy Jumper 1916

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Flea Market Style Magazine winter issue 2012

I was walking by the magazines in Walmart today and saw the new issue of Flea Market Style. YEAH! I love this magazine. Click here for the blog for the magazine.

I need to make a cup of tea and have a read. Enjoy!

Monday, September 3, 2012

LABOR DAY SALE 15% off with this coupon code..and tatting patterns

Use this coupon code to receive 15% off on all the items in my ETSY store.


I just purchased a huge lot of tatting booklets. I will be posting some patterns soon. Is there something you are looking for?

Have a safe Labor Day.

All the best, Debby 

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Gypsy Lace shawl

Check out my latest shawl pattern! Gypsy lace.

It is a worsted weight version of the Dripping with Lace shawl pattern.

Easy to follow instructions are provided with the pattern and as always, you can email me with any questions.

Available in my new shop on CRAFTSY, Ravelry or ETSY.

A finished shawl is also ready on ETSY.

All the best, Debby


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