Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Have you tried Domino knitting? (free pattern)

I love domino knitting. Here is an interesting article from Knitting Daily that also contains a pattern for a potholder...which is a great way to get started with this technique. Happy knitting.

Monday, March 26, 2012

Spring cleaning.....ugh

It is that time of year. I need to get myself going and do some spring cleaning. Though I do keep things pretty clean and tidy, there are some projects that I put windows, sorting out closets.

Here is a great article from DIYNatural. There is a recipe for a natural cleaner as well.

Free shawl pattern

I love small shawls that just cover your shoulders. Isn't this a pretty pattern? It is a freebie from Patons.
Link to their PDF of the pattern.


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Great recycling idea!

Even though we can recycle our plastic milk jugs, I have often wondered what else I could do with all that plastic besides start seeds in the spring. Well, check this great idea out. I can't wait to finish up our milk!

Now why couldn't I have thought of that?

Free vintage crochet pattern

Back in the days when milk was stored in a real jug and not a plastic container in the frig, creative house keepers found a way to keep the flies out of the milk jug....a Milk Jug Cover or Doily. I have many of these lovely little pieces of needlework history from my grandmother. They are pretty, round crocheted "doilies" with beads or buttons attached around the edges. The beads or buttons gave weight to the doily so it didn't fall or blow off the top of the jug. 

Here is a crochet pattern I found in an Australian newspaper from 1937. Now you can make your own milk jug doily.


Thursday, March 15, 2012

Found Flea Market mag

I found the Flea Market Style magazine at Kroger...a local grocery store. Yay! It has some great ideas.

New Knitting Traditions mag

A new edition of Knitting Traditions will soon be available- Spring 2012

Some articles that look interesting are:

  • A 17th Century undershirt
  • My Swiss flea market counterpane
  • Three paneled bead knitted bags of 19th C New England
  • and lots more
You can preorder on Interweave's site.

Happy Knitting

Friday, March 9, 2012

The famous Pine Apple Bag by Jane Gaugain

I love The patterns and articles on this site are always top notch AND I learn something every time I visit. 

In the latest issue, there is a fabulous article from Franklin Habit about the famous Pine Apple Bag by Jane Gaugain circa 1840. Here is a photo of his finished article.

Check out his comments on this famous (or infamous) pattern. I am inspired to finally try this pattern for myself!

Saturday, March 3, 2012

From for Fav Yarn Company

Vote for your favorite yarn company

From About. com Knitting:
The Readers' Choice Awards for 2012 highlight the best in knitting yarn, needles, favorite books, bloggers and websites. Learn more about the finalists in the Favorite Yarn Company Category and vote for your favorite!

You may vote for one selection in each category and may vote once a day between Feb. 22 and March 21. A valid e-mail address or Facebook login is required.

There are links to the various yarn company web sites and many free patterns as well.


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