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


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