Tag Archive | craft

Addicted to podcasts –

First, I have to admit I am addicted to those “fun-to-watch” knitting podcasts.   I can’t help but be inspired with great ideas for what to cast on the needles for holiday gifting.   Like all knitters, we put much love into our stitches for that special item that will be presented to its new owner.   But, not all receivers appreciate them nor do they desire a hand knit lovely.   So, I make sure that I have a receptive receiver.

As luck would have it socks are high on the list of requests.  I am given free reign for the pattern and that is so freeing.  I can choose a design that I have been wanting to knit.  There are so many unique patterns to choose from on Ravelry.  My favorite part of the podcast is seeing their WIPs and FOs that are shared each time.  All my knitting for Christmas this year has been the result of my watching the “Knitting Podcasts”!  There are KAL’s going on and that is so encouraging,  along with threads for all to share FO pictures and ask questions if help is needed.

One of the socks knit for Christmas gifting is in the Skyp pattern which turned out so nice!   I found this ribbed pattern to have a lot of stretch in it and snugs the leg nicely!  Steve and Callie from Dramatic Knits  podcast are hosting a KAL for any ribbed socks running from November thru December 31st..You may still have time to get a pair knit and shared in that thread on Ravelry. (You do have to be a member of most groups to participate.)   Below is the picture of my entry into this knit-a-long.   And …… Steve is the owner, along with partner Andrew, of Leading Man Fiber Arts hand dyed artisan yarns.

Skyp Sock

Knit Picks fingering tonal – Kindling colorway

The other sock inspired by a podcaster is for daughter and was knit during an October 2013 KAL. I had that finished and put away so I was ahead of the game with these! The sock yarn was so colorful and vibrant that I had to find just the right pattern that would showcase this lovely yarn! Jenna who podcasts at Retro Lemon and is a designer of cute stuffed animals also had a KAL for the entralac technique in the fall.

Entrelac Sock in Mustash Yarn & Fiber Perfect Sock - Tarts & Vicars

Mustash Yarn & Fiber Perfect Sock” –
Tarts & Vicars

Completed for my holiday knitting:

Miss Winkle – a shawlette was knit in September
Windschief – a knit cap for son – knit in November
Two pairs of socks which I shared above

All’s well that ends well!   Christmas knitting finished. What a good feeling that is!
Happy Holidays to you and yours with Blessings for the New Year to come!

Knittingly,
Carole

I have a yarn to tell –

Like all knitters I get e-mails from different sources to feed my knitting addiction! Then, of course, one click leads to another and another. Even though I have been knitting for 40+ years it still amazes me that I am never bored as there is new designers, books or podcasts to enjoy. There is so much to explore and learn with this art! Don’t tell anyone please but I am very addicted to podcasts! I will take the risk of sharing these wonderful venues off and on while I blog.

This past Sunday was the SAFONA’s 6th Annual Fiber Arts Festival, New Holland, PA., Lancaster County in Amish area of Pennsylvania. SAFONA stands for “Small Alpaca Farms of The Northeast Association”. This being their 6th year for this affair it was actually my first. I should have taken pictures as there were several who were spinning and it was fun to see! I arrived home and was sad I had no pictures to share of roving being spun into yarn! They were so informative and had a lot to share with me about their art! I did post a picture of some cute alpacas for those of you who are not familiar with them.
http://www.safona.org/

alpacas

And, I had lunch there too as I could not resist the infamous chicken corn soup!
1.cornsoup

It was so windy and terribly cold so the hot soup really was warmth right to the soul!

I did make a purchase of very pretty fingering weight hand dyed yarn in grape colorway and I want to knit with it first before I review this yarn and share the studio which is only fair! It’s intended use is a knit slouchy hat for daughter.

Stay safe and have the very best Thanksgiving Holiday !

Knittingly,
Carole

A Cloth Cover and a Flower Design –

This flower is so adorable!  I wanted to share this with everyone!   A cute crochet design over at Simply Notable    blog that I would love to crochet!  Measuring tape  covers are popular now and I have seen a cute sheep covered measuring tape too on a vlog I had watched!  Knitting and crochet blogs are such fun to read and you can get great ideas and patterns from reading them!   They are my new addiction!  (Along with watching vlogs.)  If you crochet you would whip this little flowered tape measure cover up to make as a gift to yourself or friend, maybe even a swap gift!  Great idea for using up left over yarn from a sock or any FO!

This pattern is called Ups-A-Daisy Measuring Tape pattern.  Click on the link for the free Daisy pattern!

A cute picture to share of the crocheted cover !  I think this is so clever!!

The reason that I check back often to read this blog is because they are mother and daughter postings.   Mom is in Greece currently and daughter here in the states.  They keep in touch through this blog!  I just relate and enjoy reading their posts so much!

My daughter is my youngest and now in her 20s.   Albeit she does not live far – just across town.  But, it is maybe once a week we see each other or talk.  She is the mother of a one year old and is quite busy.  She also has her own little cloth diaper business.   Hey Dude Diapers

Daughter and I enjoy the sewing and I have to say that is another reason why I enjoy Carli and her mom’s blog!    Just thought I would share the facebook page of my daughter who sews.    Daughters are precious!

Nothing to share today in the knitting category but will soon.  I am working on my second sock for my son Dennis, Jr.

Off to get something done today and Happy Knitting!

Carole