Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Knitting Nest

In Wisconsin, if you are heading east on Hwy 10 toward Appleton, just past Waupaca, you will see a sign for the Knitting Nest.  Recently, I have been seeing these signs travelling back and forth from the Fox Valley area, thinking,  I need to stop and check it out.  So last week while heading to Appleton, we stopped.   It is a cute little shop packed full of yarn goodies.  They have all sorts of yarns, from Paton's to Dream in Color and Interlacements. They also have Hand-dyed Wisconsin Yarns like this one....

from Hearthside Fibers.  The Knitting Nest has all the necessities any knitter or crocheter would need and more.  After reading Catherine and Patrick's story, I can appreciate their little backyard shop all the more.  I will be stopping in again and again.  


Wednesday, October 22, 2014


Blocking seems to be an art form just like Crochet.  It is a process that can be done a number of ways, like crochet.  The more you do it the easier it becomes like crochet.
 Though it is tedious just as weaving in ends, the outcome makes your crochet look so good!


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Splurge, New Hooks

These beauties arrived the mail today ...
Of course, I have always wished for a set of Knitter's Pride hooks and could not resist the temptation any longer.   I have a set of  Denise interchangeables and do enjoy them but wish the cords were more flexible and not so stiff.  They look and feel absolutely luscious.  The cords feel like very smooth too.   

I am going to really enjoy my new hooks and have the perfect project in mind.   


Friday, October 10, 2014

Moroccan Tote and Left Hand CSDC Tutorial

The  Moroccan Market tote from the Crochet Kim CAL facebook group is finished.  I love this pattern it is straight forward, fun with all the color changes and easy to do.  Since the yarn is half wool, I wonder how it would look felted?  The pattern is from Mooglyhttp://www.mooglyblog.com and Tamara has video tutorials for all the variety of stitches you use, like the Foundation Double Crochet and Standing Double Crochet. Another stitch is  a Chainless Double Crochet (CSDC) which I would like to show you left handed....

First pull up a lp ...

wrap loop around hook and yo... 

pull the wrap through creating 2 loops,

yo and pull through the 2 loops.

Creating a Chainless Double Crochet (CSDC).  

By the way, I did felt my tote, here it is ...


Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Hair Clips and Hairpin Lace

Yesterday I got a message from  one of my favorite customers.  She asked me if I could make her some clips and of course I said, "Sure!"  So last night I made these for her...

and listed tbem in my shop this morning, how is that for quick turn around.

Now over the weekend, I decided to play with hairpin lace.  I am enrolled in Ellen Gormley's class,  Learn to Crochet Lace:  Hairpin, Broomstick and Bruges from Annies  What I like about this class is that you make things right away, learn how to follow a pattern as you are learning a new technique.  And since I am left-handed I appreciate how Ellen takes the time to show a left handed version as well.  The wonderful thing about the online class platform whether it is Annies or Craftsy, the classes are very affordable (especially when they are on sale), informative, you can work at your own pace,  ask questions and show off your work too.

The bonus is you make beautiful items as you are learning new things about the craft you love!!

So here is the start of what looks like spines ...
 and here is the finished piece....

 and now for more fun...


Thursday, October 2, 2014

Moroccan Market Tote

It is CAL time with Kim Guzman in her Facebook group Crochet Kim.  We are crocheting Tamara Kelly's (Moogly), Moroccan Market tote.  
For this project, I am using the wonderfully luscious yarn, Willow Yarns, Everest.  It is a dk weight (1.75oz/ 50g) yarn of 50% Merino and 50% Microfiber (Acrylic) with 126 yds. My color characters are Granite, Steel, Periwinkle, Honeydew, Patina, Clematis and Dusk.  

This is a lovely fun pattern.  It is well written and Tamara provides video tutorials for techniques used in the pattern.  Come along and join the fun!