My needlework blog

I’m back!

I’ve been away from this blog for awhile. I have had other priorities and much upheaval in my life. I think it is time to begin again.

I have been knitting and crocheting little things for my soon to be born granddaughter. I finally get to make all the pretty little dresses and hats I’ve wanted to make but didn’t have a girl to make them for. Now we do!

I have been using the yarn left over from some of these things to make what I call my practical practice pieces. They are basically swatches, a practice piece to play with a pattern just to see what it looks like or to test out before committing to a whole big project. I’ve got a little stack of these practice pieces. I would like to share one of these pieces with you today.

I am calling this piece Wishy Washy because now that it is done I will be using it as a dishcloth. It is a fairly easy pattern. You only need to know how to knit and purl. Gauge doesn’t really matter. I used Knit Picks Comfy, a 75% Pima cotton and 25% acrylic sport weight yarn. I have also used the fingering weight Comfy and liked the way they feel and the way they work. I also made a sleeveless shell out of this yarn in sport weight and loved the results.

You might also need two stitch markers and a small safety pin or piece of different colored yarn to mark the right side of the piece. These will help you keep track of where you are in the pattern. So here goes.



I have finished my Summer Blooms cardigan and the leg warmers for Ashely. I had to tear out the toe of my Basic socks because I made them too long even for my big feet. So I redid the toe and now I have to make the second sock. I have made this pattern many times but I always used fingering weight yarn. The pattern calls for sport weight yarn. So this time I am making it with sport weight yarn Knit Picks Stroll and they are soft and cushy. I am going to love these socks. Since I am a diabetic and have some nerve damage in my feet I need cushy socks.

This morning I read The Cat Manual by Michael Ray Taylor, a fun and quick read. I got it free from Amazon by going to for daily deals. Now I am reading Warrior Women An Archaeologist’s search for history’s hidden heroines by Jeannine Davis-Kimball, PhD with Mona Behan.

I want to start Anne’s Cardigan designed by Kathy Broughton. Downloaded from Knit Picks for $ 5.99. I am going to make it out of Knit Picks Stroll fingering weight yarn in Blue Yonder, a lovely blue color that is so soft and cuddly.

I am still working (slowly) on my Clarus from  Mastering lace shawls Craftsy class by  Laura Nelkin.

Busy, busy, busy….

New look.

I’ve changed the look of my blog. I think it’s pretty.

What I have been doing…

I am 90% done with my Summer blooms cardigan, a crew neck cardigan in Knit Picks stroll tonal fingering in Summer Blooms colorway, a tonal of warm pinks.  It is a super-wash so easy to take care of. Since I’ve lost 65 pounds in the last 10 years, none of my cardigans fit me anymore, so I have to make new ones. Not really a chore since I love to knit for myself.

I have finished Ashely’s leg warmers. She wanted some with buttons up the sides in natural so I chose Knit picks Swish worsted weight in bare. It is a super-wash for easy care. Now we need to decide on the 18 buttons they require. It’s the first time she has asked me to knit for her so I want them to be beautiful.

I have started the second of the two shawls in my video class Mastering Lace shawls with Laura Nelkin from Craftsy I am making it in Knit Picks Shadow in Pink Posy (it’s actually a soft lavender color).

I just joined Good Reads recently and have been enjoying that. I have entered some giveaway’s but haven’t won anything yet. I love to read and I am really enjoying my Kindle Fire.

Aedyn is to the point of walking. He has taken a few tentative steps on his own. Sometimes he stands without assistance without even knowing it. He figured out that he can lean against the couch or the ottoman so both hands are free to play with his toys and sometimes he’s just standing playing and not leaning. He is very curious and into everything. What a joy in our lives.

Well, that’s what I’m doing. How about you?


Aedyn is ten months old tomorrow. It’s amazing watching him grow and explore the world. We are taking him to the fair on Thursday so he can see the animals.


I can hardly believe he is seven months old already. Time keeps on slipping, slipping, slipping into the future…

The Ten Commandments

Turned on the Ten Commandments just in time to see Moses talking to Zipporah. She is “spinning” wool. Being a total fiber geek all I can think is she’s holding her spindle upside down.


I am too busy enjoying my grandson to post anything.

New pdf

After much work and knitting through the pattern again I have finally got the Luthien Shawl pdf corrected and ready for knitting. I apologize for this inconvenience. This is my first attempt to publish a pattern and I have learned a lot from this experience.

Number one is do not rush to publish.

Number two type carefully and proofread multiple times.

Number three test knit the pattern repeatedly. Then test it again. (Or better yet, get some help testing.)

Hopefully I will do better next time. I thank everyone for their patience with this new designer.


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