Tuesday, May 28, 2013

eHarmony.com of 1880!

I was doing some research on the Library of Congress website and I came across this unusual booklet from 1880. It is called: How to get a husband! : Leap Year manual. 

  • Leap Year manual for young ladies, spinsters and widows. 
  • "A veritable list of some of the best looking, wealthiest, and most reliable single and marriageable men of the country, with their post office address."--P. 3.

It is the eHarmony.com of the 1880's!

You can find it here. Enjoy it with a nice cup of tea.

Check out these new classes at Craftsy!
Sandra Betzina - Sewing on the Bias (Sewing) 
Janet Pray - Sew Better, Sew Faster: Garment Industry Secrets (Sewing) 
Frieda Anderson - Machine Quilting the Home Sweet Home Quilt (Quilting) 
Maggie Austin - Sugar Berries, Leaves, and Blossoms (Cake Decorating) 

Monday, May 27, 2013

More fun with Victorian catalogs

Here is another fun catalog from 1891. What a great variety of items! Love those combination suits! Enjoy.

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Victorian needlework catalogs

I really enjoy looking through needlework and yarn catalogs. For even more fun, how about looking through historic catalogs? 

Here is one from 1887. Enjoy and have a safe weekend!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

New Diamond Path Lace scarf, cowl, mobius loop and shawl & COUPON

My most popular knitting pattern to date has been the Garter Stitch Diamond Lace shawl pattern. Many knitters have asked for a scarf version and now it is ready.

Here is the latest addition to my knitting collection, the Diamond Path Lace Scarf!

Now you can knit this easy lace pattern and make a 6 inch wide flat scarf, cowl or mobius loop. With more repeats, you can make a shawl the desired width and length you need.

For the sample shown, I used No. 5 (US) needles with Red Heart Fashion Crochet thread (100% cotton) Size 3, 125 yards. Using the entire ball, this produced a strip approximately 26 inches long and 6 inches wide. This length is suitable for a mobius or cowl. 3 balls would make a scarf just over 6 feet long.

Gauge: Not too important! Use the yarn and needle combo that not only works with how loose or tight you knit but also results in good looking lace. Yardage of yarn/thread depends on how long and wide you decide to make your garment.

You can make this easy to knit garment in any weight yarn.

Use this coupon code on ETSY to get 15% off this pattern or your entire order:


Hurry, this coupon will expire May 31, 2013.

Thank you and happy knitting! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

Free Craftsy Classes

Have you tried any of the great classes on Craftsy? I love their video format, PDF class materials and class interaction. I have signed up for a few knitting classes but I LOVE the free mini-courses.

The next 2 'Non Knitting' and FREE Craftsy mini-courses I'm working on are: 

1. Pictures to Pixels

2. Perfect Pizza at Home

Check out all of the other free Craftsy mini-courses by clicking here. You will find knitting and other subjects to interest you. There is something for everyone!

Happy learning!


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