Make sure all your friends are keeping warm during the polar vortex. Baby, it’s cold outside!
Over the years I’ve occasionally added felting articles to Dances with Wools, but except for mittens, not very many actual patterns. Several years back, I subscribed to another fiber arts blog, Crafts n Coffee, and while I enjoyed my explorations over there, the site appears to be no longer active. This adorable needle felted snowman made its appearance, and it looked like so much fun to make that I saved the photo for future crafting. It’s simple enough to make without a pattern, and if you’re not into needle felting, the two balls that make up this little guy could be made by wet felting some fleece (rolling it around between the hands like making dryer balls or cat toys.) My granddaughter wants to call him, what else, Frosty!
Though I’ve been a fan of Catherine Zeta-Jones since seeing her amazing performance in Chicago, I never knew she’s Welsh until today while reading about her knitting in one of my email sites. In this photo, CZJ was captured knitting behind the scenes on the movie set of Mask of Zorro. Further, she’s rumored to have taught costar Antonio Banderas to knit . And apparently, in 2004 she knitted ponchos for her entire family! Hmm… Michael Douglas in a poncho?
The most adorable hat pattern I’ve seen all year! Requires only one skein of Bernat’s Pipsqueak yarn, which is light and soft as a cloud. And it knits up fast on size 10 (US) needles. I’ve made several of these charmers and they’re always a hit. What a cool gift for any little person living where it gets cold in winter.
Find the free pattern at:
Not just for Christmas, but for any occasion. Today I found this pretty pattern for mitts on garnstudio.com’s collection of Halloween items to knit. What attracted me to them is the simple yet elegant pattern, knitted in garter stitch with a pretty picot edge. The pair in the photo is made in fingering weight on size 2.5 mm/1.5 US straight needles. This is a great site with lots of helpful features. There is, for example, a conversion chart for changing between mm and inches, another for adapting the pattern for different weight yarns, and there are nine tutorials for this pattern alone. Drops Delight is the yarn used, and as the mitts require only one 50 gram skein, they can be made for less than $5.00!
I’m going to whip up several pairs to have on hand for last minute gifts. Starting tonight while watching the World Series. Go, Red Sox!
Link to the pattern:
Oh no! That beautiful cabled sweater you worked so hard on has a hole in it!
No worries. It is possible to make repairs using this article from Interweave Knits . Appears to be a technique similar to closing the toe of a sock using Kitchener stitch. The article also includes helpful suggestions for finding the right yarn for the repair if you no longer have any that the item was made with.
Interesting article with a poem about the knitting a sweater for your boyfriend jinx!
Shakespeare in Song – that is a misleading title for this blog. Last night we went to a concert and Shakespeare in Song was indeed the title but the songs were interspersed with poetry. The concert and the readings of the poems were performed by the Gaudete Singers. A very enjoyable experience. Much to my surprise, one of the poems was about knitting. It was called Thoughts of a Late-Night Knitter by Pam Ayres. “I had a lovely boyfriend, Knit one, purl one. Had him for a long time, Cast on for the back. Had him all the summer, Loved him, cuddled him. Push it up the knitting pin, And gather up the slack. Well, he knew how much I liked him, Knit one, purl one. I made him seven jerseys, Never did him any wrong. And he told me that he loved me, Knit one, purl one. …
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