Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Keep your doggie warm in a new sweater!

Keep your doggie warm in a new sweater! Try my latest pattern Celtic Braid available on ETSY or Ravelry.

It's easier than it looks and your doggie will thank you!

All the best, Debby

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Red Heart site 12 weeks of Christmas

Red Heart is repeating the 12 weeks of Christmas feature again this year. I am a bit behind...they are on week 5 already!

Here is a lovely example of the great free patterns that they are featuring.

Crochet cables and texture pillows and throw

Check out their web site HERE!


Thursday, September 18, 2014

Physical therapy and general whining!

I haven't been very vigilant with my posts lately, which I apologize for. I fell in May and have had some terrible issues with my back. I am doing physical therapy now and on the road to recovery but wow....it has been a painful summer. And now summer is almost over!

Cooler weather means more knitting and crocheting. It is my favorite time of year! I love fall colors and luscious yarns.

I just finished a shawl in a lovely caramel color yarn with sequins...just in time for autumn. I will post a photo next week.

Time for some fall creations...

Here is a pretty knitted cowl. The free pattern is here.

I love this crocheted one. The pearls are a fabulous addition!


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Friday, August 8, 2014

New vintage pattern-dainty crochet baby bonnet

I got the first two patterns completed from the vintage magazines that my sisters found for me.

Dainty Crochet Baby Bonnet pattern from 1928

It is a pretty style with a medallion on the crown and flower medallions across the brim.

Dainty Crochet Baby Bonnet in Irish Crochet from 1928

This bonnet has a center crown of a rose surrounded by six leaves, one attached to each petal.

I will next work on a few done in luscious tatting!

Enjoy, Debby

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Irish crochet edging - free pattern

To get ready for the Irish crochet bonnet, you may want to practice a bit on some less complicated edging.

Here is a pretty design from FreeVintageCrochet.com

For Irish Crochet Edgings, use J. & P. Coats Tatting-Crochet, Size 70, with Milwards Steel Crochet Hook No. 13; or J. & P. Coats Best Six Cord Mercerized Crochet, Size 100, with a No. 15 or 16 hook.

Looks nice!

Enjoy, Debby

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Magazines from 1920's....and some upcoming patterns

My sisters found some great magazines from the 1920's for me. They each are full of great articles, advertisements and patterns.

I will be working on some new patterns from them this week. I love baby bonnets so I will start with them.

There are some in lovely irish crochet work and others in tatting.


Saturday, June 14, 2014

Using lace stitches in fresh ways

Here is a pretty knitted summer top pattern from Lion Brand. I really love the fresh use of basic lace stitches with fresh and modern colors. Log on to Lion Brand with a free account to get your pattern.

Happy knitting,

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Another pattern to use up yarn...cotton yarn

I am always on the lookout for patterns that will use up bits of yarn but still make something useful. A fast project is even better.

Here is a unique dishcloth pattern that you can knit up in no time. Use up your bits of cotton yarn and have some extra cloths for hostess gifts!

Do you have some favorite patterns to use up odd bits of yarn?

Happy knitting, Debby

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Victorian treasures from England

I have posted some Victorian treasures for sale on ETSY.

The Shilling guide is a precious primary source for many lost arts such as lace making. 

A few examples of the instructions included are for carrickmacross lace, honiton lace, irish crochet lace, limerick lace, point lace, tatting, teneriffe lace and torchon lace. There are projects in smocking, knitting and crochet as well. 

There are some single issues of Weldon's Practical guides and Fancy Needlework Illustrated too.

Enjoy, Debby

Monday, April 14, 2014

Some new patterns just published!

I just published two new patterns.

The first is a take off on the Celtic Doggie Stepping Stones Dog sweater pattern. I have gotten so may compliments on this design but not everyone needs a dog sweater. A dishcloth is an easy to complete project and a fun way to practice knitting an Aran cable design.

It can be knit on size 8 or 9 US knitting needles (5 or 5.5 mm) with worsted wt cotton yarn.

The pattern is available on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.

The second pattern is a new doggie sweater in the Celtic Doggie collection. This time I have combined cables and lace for this easy to knit design.

It can be knit on size 8 or 9 US knitting needles (5 or 5.5 mm) with worsted wt yarn.

The pattern is available on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy.

Happy knitting, Debby

Saturday, April 12, 2014

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

What do I make for a boy's baby shower?

All the lovely historic, lacy patterns that I have for bonnets, booties etc are great but I don't think all modern mothers are really looking for that sort of thing for their boys. They don't seem to be as sentimental as me! Oh well,  but I just found this little knitting pattern for a football at KnitPicks. With a bib, I think it would fill the bill for a shower gift. Do you have any favorites for a baby boy's shower?

Send over a picture if you make one!
Happy knitting, Debby

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

$1 Sale-Vintage hat patterns are now $1 each

Check out this sale! $1 for immediately downloadable patterns. Be ready for the next wedding or spring party. There are more $1 patterns in the DOLLAR Store section of my ETSY shop.

Enjoy, Debby

Monday, March 17, 2014

Easy pattern that will use up left over yarn and antique booklets on EBAY.

This is not a historic pattern but it is a cutey. I am always on the lookout for projects that will use up little bits of yarn and will provide small gifts that I can give away.

Free Knitting pattern for funny bunnies. Click here for free pattern.

Suggested Yarn: You pick!
Needles: You Pick! You will need DPNs and one circular needle (any length) in your chosen size.
Gauge: The pattern is written to be knit with any yarn and needle combination: simply knit your yarn with needles 2-3 sizes smaller than those recommended to create a tight knit fabric the stuffing doesn't show through.
Yardage: 30-50 yards MC and 5-10 yards white yarn for tail

PS. I have started listing some of my finds from England on eBAY

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Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Still not spring time...

I live in Virginia and wow...we have had a nasty winter. Even though it is March, it is not spring time yet. Though it warms up in the afternoon, it is really cold in the morning. I love these fingerless gloves for this type of weather. Makes driving with a cold steering wheel a bit more bearable!

This pattern is free on KnitPicks.com

The Gansey inspired stitch pattern is really a nice touch and shouldn't be too hard to knit up.

Enjoy, Debby

Monday, March 3, 2014

Back from England...

Well, I returned from England at the end of last week but it has taken quite a few days for the jet lag brain fog to clear. Am I getting older? No, no, no!

The weather in Kent was beautiful and sunny; almost 60 F every day. Today in Virginia we have freezing rain and snow. Hey, it is March. No more snow.

In the mean time, I have been unpacking and going through my goodies that I brought back. Over the next couple of days I will be posting patterns and antique/vintage items on EBAY and ETSY.

Here is one to get you started:

I love this simple to knit pattern from Weldon's. You can purchase it now on ETSY and download it immediately. Send over any photos from your projects.

All the best, Debby

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Add ruffles to a project

Here is a great tutorial on how to add ruffles to a knit project.

Row and Rows of Ruffles Tutorial

Send over a photo of your project if you give this a try!

Enjoy, Debby

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Knit for a friend or stranger

Do something nice for a friend and knit them a shawl from this nice list of 13 prayer shawls. You can make one and donate it to your local nursing home or hospice.

I am off to England to visit family and do some vintage pattern shopping!

Enjoy, Debby

Sunday, January 26, 2014

A customer shares a completed project

I love to hear from my customers...especially when they complete a project and send me a photo.

The project was a filet crochet purse made from a 1915 pattern.

Here is the completed project!

It is a thrill to have such talented customers.

Thank you, Debby

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Free lace leaf doily pattern

Check out this free pattern for this lovely lace leaf doily. You need to subscribe to free-knitpatterns.com to be able to download this PDF but it is a free membership.
Enjoy, Debby

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