Friday, June 29, 2012

My first craft project-a yarn octopus!

I was so excited when I found this vintage pattern. It was my first craft project. It started me down that road of yarn coveting. My stash has been growing ever since!

This pattern is now available in PDF format in my ETSY store.

It would be a great summer project for a girl or boy.

Simple Knitting for HOT DAYS is just hitting 90 degrees here in VA before 8 AM and no end in sight to the hot weather. Even when it is very hot, I keep knitting....just not with wool or anything itchy. Currently, I am working on deciphering some English Victorian knitting patterns. That should keep me busy for a while. 

In the mean time, I also like 'no brainer' knitting projects. Here is a very nice looking variation on the slotted scarf. 

This free pattern is from Berroco and is available here.

PS- Jane Austen Knits Summer 2012 is on sale at for 8.99

That's 40% off!

Stay safe and cool.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Up to 28 countries

I just received an order from TURKEY. That is my 28th country!

Also, here the latest treasury to feature an item from Historic Needlecrafts:


I love Pink and Roses. 

Have a happy and safe weekend!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Have you heard of chair socks?

I am ashamed of myself for not thinking of this myself! I have beautiful hardwood floors that I am always squawking about--don't drag that chair on the floor! Well check out these great ideas for chair socks. I can't wait to make some up. What a great way to use up scraps of yarn...and do I have some scraps!

Click here for a Knitted version

Click here for a Crocheted version

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

What to do with lace designs...

I love collecting various knitted lace designs but what can you do with them? Well, for easy summer knitting, how about making sampler dishcloths? Start a stash of dishcloths to give away as gifts or to sell at a fund raiser at work. 

Here is a nice pattern on Ravelry to get you started -Lace Sampler Dishcloth and another one not on Ravelry! Mountain Laurel Dishcloth.

Mountain Laurel Dishcloth
 Please share photos of your designs.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


From Classic Elite STITCH RED program to raise awareness about #1 killer in women:

What is the #1 killer each year of women in the US?
  • Breast Cancer
  • Old Age
  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
If you answered heart disease, you're right! Many people think breast cancer is the #1 killer of women in the United States. However, one in four women in the US will die of heart disease while one in 30 will die of breast cancer.
When you buy Magnolia or any other Stitch Red product, you’re joining thousands of knitters and crocheters by supporting Stitch Red, an industry-wide initiative to raise awareness and help prevent heart disease in women. To learn more about Stitch Red, visit and read about how you can get involved.

 Click here to download Classic Elite's free eBook of six items to get you started with some RED projects.


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