Category: All Things Knitting

Good morning everyone!

I rhought I would catch you up on what’s been happening in my world as of today, 09/23/2018.  I know it has been a long time since I have posted a blog post, and I apologize for that.  I have had a lot going on and I simply have not been able to carve out the time to write a blog post until this morning.

As most of you know, I live in North Carolina.  We were recently hit with Hurricane Florence, and it has been no picnic recovering from that.  We had a bunch of downed tree limbs, some big, some small.  We also had a BUNCH of rain and that backed our septic up, so much so that we will have to call someone to pump the tank.  Both myself and my husband, as well as my best friend are all sick with some crud, and we blame that on Florence too!  I hope that everyone else fared better than some of the other North Carolinian’s whose houses are still underwater and who lost everything for the 2nd time since 2016 with Hurricane Matthew.

As far as my work goes, I became a Pampered Chef consultant in March of 2018.  I finally love my job again. I left the medical transcription industry because I just didn’t like the direction it is headed in.  I had to get out of it.  Speaking of Pampered Chef, I will be posting some Pampered Chef blog posts.  I want to get the word out that I am a consultant.  I will be posting a few videos about some of our products, and if you are reading this and want to place an order, you can do so by going to I would welcome your business no matter how large or small your order might be.  Comment below if you would like to see a particular item demonstrated in video.  I will do my best to record same within a couple of days of receiving the request.

As for my knitting life, I have been working on the Drift cardigan, my third one, for my mom.  She wants hers in Charcoal Gray, so I have made all the pieces, and I just need to block it and sew it up before I finish it.  Oddly enough, I love the cardigan too, so I will probably be making my own Drift cardigan soon.  I think I will make mine in a purple or a denim blue color, maybe even cobalt blue since that is my favorite color.

We are going to the Netherlands in October, and I will need a project to work on while I am there.  I suspect it will be the Drift cardigan.  I have never made myself something like this.  I usually make myself socks, which I wear out because I wear them so often, even in the summer.  I need to have a LOT more pairs of socks so that I can stop wearing them out so quickly!  Does anyone else wear their socks out quickly, say within a year or 2 of making them?  I think it all depends on the yarn I am choosing because some of the pair of socks I have made have lasted 3-4 years, and they don’t even have a weak spot in them yet.  I used Opal yarn to make those socks, and I have another hank of that yarn in purple ready to go as soon as I finish this next pair for my best friend.  I am doing the Azurea pattern from one of the IW Knits Sockupied issues, and this pattern is for women who have chunky ankles and larger calves than most do.  Both of us have this issue, and I like the way that the socks fit me.  It is possible that this pattern will become my go-to pattern for the foot portion and I will change up the top of the leg portion based on what I see in my pattern books.

Well, it is time to go.  Until next time!

Please take a look at this site to see how many stitches any given cable can hold on the needles.  I can’t re-post the blog entry here because it is copyright protected.  I can, however, post the link to that page for my readers.  Here it is:

How many stitches will they hold?

I hope that the table in the above blog post will help someone when they are trying to figure out if their cable is long enough to hold those 300 stitches that you have to cast on to start that big project that you want to start!

Keep in mind though that the pattern you are thinking about may have increases in it, and if it does, then that means that your cable needs to hold more than the original cast on amount.  So be sure to read over the entire pattern and get the total stitch count before you start casting on so that you have a cable that is long enough to hold the stitches comfortably without having to crunch them up. Counting your stitches is easier when you can comfortably lay them out and count them.  When they are bunched up, you may miss a stitch or 2 and your count would then be off.

I hope you find this blog post informative and helpful.  I am happy to post the other blog post link because it has some useful information in it that my readers may find helpful on their own knitting journey.  After all, it is only sticks and string, (as my friend Connie says), but oh what beautiful things we can make with a little string and the right size needles.

Until next time,


Good morning everyone!

I hope your day is going well!  I am off today, so I am doing a blog entry first, and knitting on the 2 fronts after I finish this blog post. Here is the link to the pattern again if you are interested in making it yourself.

Drift pattern here








The above pictures aren’t the best, but you can see how far I have come with them.  I am about to start the armhole and neck edge, and that brings me to the double moss stitch portion of the pattern.  I have a friend who decided to initiate a self-proclaimed knit-a-long with me for this sweater, and she finished hers last week. The bad thing is that she started about 2 weeks after I did, and she is already done with her Drift cardigan.  I wish I could knit that fast!  She has helped me tremendously with this pattern, and even though she has been knitting far longer than I have, she said that this pattern called for an expert.  Berroco says it is in an intermediate pattern.  I don’t know about that.  It has been challenging for me to do, as it is only the third sweater that I have ever done in my years as a knitter (since Thanksgiving weekend in 2010), and I haven’t ever done one with this many different stitches in it.  I love to watch it come to life underneath my fingertips.  I have always knitted sweaters where I don’t have to finish them by sewing them together.  I have always added the fronts to the back and knit the sweater in 1 piece until I get to the part where I have to split the arms to do them separately.  That way I don’t have any seams to sew.  This one, however, has seams to knit together because I knit it all in pieces.  I will have to watch YouTube extensively to figure out how to do the mattress stitch and hope and pray it stays together. If you are reading this post, and you have any tips to share about getting the ends weaved in so that they don’t come back out, I would be most appreciative.

I was using Magic Loop to do both fronts at the same time.  I winded up having to split them off to 2 separate needles so that I could do them correctly.  Every time I put them on the same cable, they wind up getting messed up and I have to take one sweater front off of the combined needle and put it on its own separate needle.  So, I decided to keep them separate from here on out.  I will just do each row together with the other so that I don’t make one longer than the other.  I hope that they are easier to knit now.  Well, it is time for me to go now.  I have some knitting to do!  I need to get a lot done on the fronts today since I am off from work today.  Y’all have a great day and the rest of your week!

Until next time,

Good morning everybody!
Here is a picture of the sleeves for my Drift cardigan from Berroco. These sleeves seem to have taken me forever to finish! In reality, I have been working on 2 sleeves at the same time, and it has been all stockinette, which is very boring to me. I have been working on them since September 4, 2017, so let’s see.. 21 days today, 3 whole weeks!! I started the back of the cardigan on July 12, 2017, and finished that on September 04, 2017.  The back took me 7 weeks and 5 days to finish.  Once I bound that off and lovingly admired it from every angle, I immediately started on the sleeves.  I am in the home stretch with them, having only 16 more rows before I bind them off to wait patiently with the back of the sweater until I do the 2 fronts at the same time! That will challenge me for sure!  So, I have been working on this sweater now for 10 weeks which equates to 2 months and 2 weeks.  I have to have it done by Christmas, and I am using every available moment to knit on it so that I get it done in time.  My only challenge will be figuring out how to sew all of the pieces together once I am finished with the fronts.  I know that putting the ribbing around the neck and down the fronts of the cardigan will bring it together somewhat, as will sewing the shoulders, but what I cannot figure out is how to do the mattress stitch so that it stays put once I weave the ends in.  Every time I have ever sewed something together that I knitted, (i.e., a shawl that has pockets, an afghan that needed the ends woven in, etc. ) the ends have always come out and they never stay where I put them according to the schematics of everything.  I have looked at countless YouTube videos on weaving in my ends, and I have tried to follow those directions in the aforementioned projects, but alas the ends seem to wiggle themselves out and comes undone every time.  I get so frustrated with that, and I definitely do NOT want this sweater coming apart once I have sewn that pieces together.  I have thought about using a sewing machine to close the sides and arms together, but sewing machine thread doesn’t give, so I think that might be a disaster waiting to happen if I try that.  Can you imagine having to rip the sewing out with a seam ripper without cutting your project?  I shudder at the thought of that!

Maybe I will look for someone locally that can show me how to do the mattress stitch and have it stay in place for the duration.  I am a visiospatial learner, and I learn things by watching and doing what the other person is doing.  Wish me luck finding such a person please!


Berroco’s Drift pattern here

I have to get back to knitting on the sleeves now.  I have come so far that I can’t stop now.  I am sure that knitter’s who read my blog will understand my sentiment.  Please feel free to comment if you are so inclined.  I thank you for every comment.  They mean a lot to me.

Until next time,


Good morning!

First, let me start this post with the link to this pattern for those interested in maybe doing it either with me now or later by yourself!

Drift pattern here

Now, let me say that this pattern requires all of your attention but it does become repetitive so you can get in a groove and keep going. I memorized the pattern stitch by the 4th time I went through all 4 rows of it and after that it was a breeze to keep knitting without having to look at the instructions. The good thing about memorization is that you know when you make a mistake. Your hands can tell because you get out of that groove you were in just a few minutes ago! The bad thing is that you will make mistakes and either wind up tinking back, ripping out, or fixing a dropped stitch. Ask me how I know!! I am using lifelines religiously, running them every time the pattern changes dramatically.

This morning I am starting the top part of the back of the cardigan where the sleeves and armholes will eventually be.

While I was working on the bottom part, I realized that I was going to make it longer than 15 inches from the beginning because I hadn’t finished all of the increases to get back up to 106 stitches. So I kept going until I increased back up to 106 stitches and added 2 inches without blocking it to see exactly how long it will be. I imagine when I finish the back, I will be washing it and putting it on my blocking mat and pinning it to follow the schematics, and letting it air dry for a few days. Here’s the link to my blocking mat if you are interested.

Blocking mat here

That’s when I will know the true length of it. I am guessing that it may turn out to be 17-1/2 to 18 inches long. She’s going to be tall so that length will work as she grows up into a beautiful young lady. If she continues with her gymnastics this cardigan may fit her well into her adult hood, which would be really cool!

This is Katie showing her ending pose after she does whatever routine she is going to do. Isn’t she just the cutest gymnast? I will admit that I am biased, just a wee bit! I just love my niece and nephew! I’m so proud of both of them that I could just burst!

Anyway, back to this cardigan. I am doing a double moss stitch right between decreases every right side row 7 times. The thing is the moss stitch pattern tells me that it should be a purl 2 stitches then *k2, p2* across. Well when you k1, K2tog, you throw the stitch pattern off by one stitch. Is it supposed to do that? I am very worried that I’ve done something wrong but if I have I can’t figure out what it is right now. I have ran a lifeline before I started the decreases just in case I have to rip it back to the start of the decreases again. It won’t go further than that because I have another lifeline ran at the beginning of the garter stitch rows that separates the top from the bottom. Everything below that lifeline is perfect without any mistakes, and I intend for the top to be that way too.

Here’s a picture of where I am at right now.

The cardigan has gotten so long that I can’t seem to take a good picture of my project so far. I just took these pictures of the double moss stitch pattern as I have done it.

Does it look right to you? This is my first experience with a sweater with so many different stitches in it. I haven’t ever done the moss stitch before so I don’t know if I am doing it correctly! Please give your feedback below if you managed to get this far in my blog post. I thank you in advance for your help! Well, it’s time for me to go. It’s 6 a.m. on the East Coast, and my darling man will be up soon. Y’all have a wonderful day!

Until next time,

I have cast on to start this cardigan. The Dewberry colorway is beautiful, and it got 5 stars by Katie, my niece. She loved the colorway, and she doesn’t know the colorway will be what her sweater will be knit in. I love surprising her at Christmas!

I am having trouble figuring out the instructions though. I don’t understand what “work even in pattern stitch” means.  I should know what it means, but I am confused with the instructions. If you are reading this blog post, and you know what it means, please comment below. Please help a girl out!

You can find the pattern here:

Click to access Berroco_FreePattern_Drift_v2.pdf

There are several sizes available. I cast on 106 stitches, which is a size small. This sweater will be big on Katie, but it will last her until her mid teens at which time I can either make her another just like it in a larger size or I can make her something else. She can decide at the time it doesn’t fit her any longer.

The pattern stitch is 38 stitches long, and 38 doesn’t evenly go into 106 stitches. I think I need to do the extra stitches and follow the pattern stitch as described continuing with row 3 of the pattern stitch. At least I hope that is what I am supposed to do. I don’t want to have to tink or frog it to start over. Your help is greatly appreciated. Thank you!

Until next time, take care!


I wrapped up my swatching today for the pattern that I am going to make for Katie’s Christmas present. For those that want to know the particulars, here they are:

The pattern is called “Drift” by Nora Gaughan through the Berroco website. I included the download in a previous post I believe. Here is the link to the post on KP:

The yarn suggested was Berroco Vintage in a Dewberry colorway. I found the yarn called for at Little Knits for $6.80 a hank. It retails for $8.50 per hank at Webs. I need 6 hanks. I bought those the other day, and I think they will be delivered this week. 🙂 I am chomping at the bit to get started on this sweater and I hope it goes smoothly throughout the process.

I got gauge with the Vintage in a dark charcoal gray colorway. Someone suggested that I do another 3 swatches in the Dewberry colorway. I can’t say that I will. I will measure WPI and compare to make sure I get the same wraps per inch with both colorways.

For those who are interested in Drift, here are the pictures of same.















Until next time!


Good morning everyone!

I am thinking of making this sweater for my niece, Katie.  She is 8 years old, and even though I know this is for an adult woman, I think I could make it for her in an Extra Small and it would fit her for several years to come.  She is growing up so fast!  She is tall for her age, all legs, LOL.. I decided to take my tape measure with me yesterday, May 30, 2017, and measure her chest to see what size would be the best one for her.  I was thinking between an extra small and a small size.  Well, when I got home and plugged her measurements into the pattern, I decided on an extra small size.  Her chest is 22 inches, her hips are 23 inches, and the length from the back of her neck down to her thighs is 22 inches as well. The Extra Small size covers from 28 to 30 inches in the bust.  She doesn’t have a bust yet, but she will, and I want this sweater/poncho to work for her for several years.  I think the extra small will carry her into her early teen years before I need to come up with another pattern to fit her into adult hood.

This is a pattern, #182, and it is called the Noe Valley Sweater, but it looks like a poncho to me.  The sides are open and it is closed with one button on each side.  The premise is that you can put a long sleeve t-shirt on and slip this over your head and wear it on chilly mornings to keep warm.  It is made using Berocco Ultra Alpaca yarn, but I will be substituting another worsted weight acrylic yarn so that her mom can throw this in the washer and dryer without any problem.  If she was older, I would probably use the Alpaca called for, but as she is still a child I think acrylic yarn is a better choice for this sweater.  I will make it with a bright fuchsia pink because that is her favorite color.  The yardage calls for 990 yards for the extra small size, and I have 2 skeins with 876 yards in each skein, so I have plenty of yarn to complete this with.  I just have to get gauge, and I think I can do that with the size 8 needles that the pattern calls for.  This acrylic yarn is a worsted weight yarn, as is the Alpaca, so it should come out right.

I plan to use my Signature fixed circular needles, size 8, to complete this project.  If I have to go down a size, I can use my size 7 or size 9 needles.  I have had several people advise me on how to change the pattern, but I am getting confused with all of the information.  I am not a master knitter, yet..  and I don’t know how to make a project based on stitch and row gauge.  This pattern calls for a stitch gauge of 18 stitches per 4 inches and 24 rows per 4 inches..  That comes out to 4.5 stitches for 1 inch and 6 rows per inch.  It also gives a cable panel gauge in 2 of the cable charts that I have to do in order to meet the gauge called for. Did I mention I don’t like doing swatches?  However, I will do one for this sweater because I want it to work for her and not swallow her whole.  I realize that it will be big on her for at least a year before she starts to grow into it, but her mom wants me to make her items that are bigger rather than that fit her now because she is growing so fast.  Given the open sides, it might even fit her mom!

I am excited to get started on this project, but I will finish my socks first.  Once they are done, I will start the swatching for this pattern.  I have turned the heels on my socks, so it shouldn’t take me too much longer to finish my socks. I don’t make socks that are full length.  I make them about 2-3 inches above where the heel sits and then I bind them off.  I don’t like socks that are too long for me.  My ankles and calves are larger than most, and the socks that fit my foot length don’t fit me in the legs if I make a typical long sock.  For this pair, I will make them longer than I usually do because of the lace pattern being so pretty.  See one of my previous posts about the socks that I am working on.

Anyway, I am going to knit this sweater by the charts, even though this will be a first for me.  The cable panels are very intricate and challenging so I shouldn’t get bored with the pattern because it has so many different cable panels.  At least I hope I don’t get bored!  The front and the back are made exactly the same.  I wish I could do both sides at 1 time like I knit my socks, 2@AT. I don’t think I could pull that off, so I will stick to making the front and the back separate from each other and join the shoulders with a 3-needle bind off. I think that will be a sturdy join and that it will withstand the test of time.  I seem to have trouble with keeping my seams together when I knit something.  I bind off and then hide the tails, but the tails eventually work themselves out again.  I don’t know what I am doing wrong.  I will keep trying until I get it right.  I am determined!  See picture below of the sweater that I am making for her.


Until next time, take care and have a great week!





Hello everyone!

I am currently working on a pair of socks done toe up and 2 at a time.  I am using Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock yarn, and I think it is a pretty color.  It is taking me a LONG time to finish these socks because I am only working on them catch as catch can, usually for about an hour every other night while I am watching TV. The pattern is called Butterfly Socks and it has a really pretty lace pattern on the instep and stockinette on the bottom of the foot.  I am 4 rows from finishing the heel, and then I have to turn the heel. I am using Fleegle’s Heel on these socks because it is the easiest heel that I have tried to date, and I don’t have to keep looking at the pattern to see where I go from here.  I have 4 more rows to do before I turn the heel, and then it will go pretty fast after that.  The butterfly lace pattern is worked all the way around on the leg part of the pattern, so it will go pretty fast as I have it memorized now.  I never make my socks as long as they are made in the pattern because I don’t like to wear long socks.  I like my socks to fit my foot well and maybe another inch to 2 inches up the leg before I start the ribbing and eventually bind off the socks.  For those who are interested, here is the link to Fleegle’s Heel:

Here is the link to the Ravelry page that has the socks (paid pattern) that I am doing on the page:

Here is a picture of a pair of them in a fuchsia colorway.









They are really going to be beautiful when I am done with them, IF I ever get done with them!  It seems to be taking me forever to get this pair done! Here are the pictures of the socks where I am at right now.  As you can see, I have the foot almost completely done, and once I am done there it won’t take me that long to reach the finish line.  I don’t want to start another pattern before I get these done.  So, back to the knitting I suppose!  I am getting bored with these socks so I need to hurry up and get them off of my needles!  Boredom will get me every time!












Until next time,


My next project will be the Central Park Hoodie pattern from the Knitscene magazine, Fall 2006, and updated for larger sizes in the Winter of 2007.  I love hoodies and I have been wanting to make this pattern for a long time now.  I have some Cascade 220 in purple tweed that I am going to use to make the hoodie.  It is a gorgeous colorway with little neps of color all through it.  I will post pictures of my work once I get started and also pictures of the yarn that I will be using as well. See how beautiful this hoodie pattern will be?  The cables are nicely spaced apart, not right on top of each other, and I like that stockinette is between the cable rows instead of reverse stockinette.  I don’t care for that between the cables.  It makes it look like the sweater is on wrong side outwards, to me anyway.










I plan to do the pattern in pieces as the pattern suggests, although I was thinking about doing it all in one piece up to the arms.  The hoodie is picked up from the neck and the sleeves are done from the bottom ribbed cuff to the top.  I know that I will do those 2@AT using the Magic Loop technique so that they both turn out the same.  I just have to figure out what size to make for me as I am losing weight at a fast pace right now and I have put off making this sweater because of that.  I fear that when I decide what size to make it will not fit me when I get done with the sweater.  It will be too big then.  However, I want to have it made by the winter 2017, so I have to get hopping on it.  I am a very slow knitter and it will take me months to complete this sweater.  I am excited to get started though.  It will be the first sweater that I have made for me, and I am pumped about getting it started and then done. 🙂 Maybe it won’t take me months like it did when I first started knitting and I made a sweater for my SIL that didn’t fit her because it was too small. It will fit my niece, Katie, in a couple of years though.  I have thought about remaking the sweater to fit Stefanie, but I just can’t bring myself to pick up the needles and finish the sweater that I started several years ago, but that is another story for another blog post. 🙂

Here is what Cascade Yarns has to say about the yarn:

The classic Cascade 220® is the perfect combination of affordability, quality and versatility that can be used for a wide range of projects. Each hank of this worsted weight 95% pure wool,  5% Donegal Tweed comes with a generous 220 yards. With a nearly unlimited color palette to choose from, you are sure to find the perfect color(s) for your next project!


  • 95% Peruvian Highland Wool, 5% Donegal Tweed
  • Weight: 100 g / 3.5 oz
  • Approx. Yardage: 220 yds / 200 m
  • Knitting Needle Size: US 7 – 8 / 4.5 – 5.0 mm
  • Knitting Gauge: 18 – 20 = 4″ (10 cm)
  • Crochet Hook Size: H / 5.00 mm (I / 5.50 mm, J / 6.00 mm)
  • Crochet Gauge: 14 sc = 4″ (10 cm) (13 sc = 4″ (10 cm), 13 sc = 4″ (10 cm)

Anyway, here is the picture of the yarn:

Don’t you think that the sweater will be beautiful?  I just LOVE the Donegal tweed bits in this yarn.  It just adds something to the yarn that regular yarn doesn’t have.  The only downfall to this yarn is that I will have to handwash it and lay it flat to dry instead of being able to throw it in the washer and dryer.  I may change yarns because of that fact, although I don’t think I will. I bought 14 hanks of this yarn to do this sweater when I was at my largest size, so I need to use the yarn for the purpose I bought it for.  Right?

Until next time, take care!  I will talk to you soon!





Okay, so I decided that I wanted to knit a pair of socks 2@AT on one 47 inch size 0 needles. I remembered that I had some Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock that looked like this:




I had no idea that the yarn would be self-striping like this. The 1st picture is the back of the sock. The 3rd picture is the instep with the lace pattern started. It just wasn’t speaking to me. I thought they were vying for attention (meaning the yarn and the pattern together). So I decided to do a reactive lifeline and I put a size 000 needle under the right leg all the way across my work. Then I pulled my needles out and started frogging. When it got down to the needles that I put in there I was SO excited because the reactive lifeline worked! See the first picture above. My excitement quickly turned to frustration because the yarn ends were on the opposite end of each other and there wasn’t anything I could do to get the yarn flowing in the same direction. Just so you know, I was doing 2@AT Magic Loop, and I couldn’t get the socks to line up with the yarn coming off the front needle!

So, I frogged it all and I have since put the yarn in time-out. I will have to wait until I want to do a totally boring pair of stockinette socks that are self-striping. This morning I went to my stash and found another Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock in a solid color this time. See the 2nd picture above for a picture of the yarn that I chose for the butterfly socks above. It is the first picture. The pattern was written by Wendy Johnson of the Wendy Knits blog. I think my new yarn will make the pattern pop. What do you think?

Lastly, my niece, Katie, helped me pick this pattern out. She is 8 years old, and she loves pink in any shade! She also loves to watch the butterflies. As a nod to her, I will name these socks my Katie’s butterfly socks! I think it is a very fitting name!

Until next time,


Good morning everyone!

I have recently fell in love with the tubular cast on. I love the edge that it creates and this is for a 1×1 tubular cast on. This video by Very Pink Knits shows us how to do a 2×2 tubular cast on. I hope it helps someone!

Good Morning everyone!

What are your goals in terms of knitting for 2017? I want to learn Fair Isle and Double Knitting. I also want to make more socks as I am wearing the pairs that I made for about a year before I walk a hole in them, so I need new pairs of socks! I want to try my hand at stranded knitting at the very least if not Fair Isle. I have a kit for a hat done with Fair Isle, and I plan to knit that this year. I want to get my stash better organized so that I know what I have in it. So what are your goals in terms of knitting this year?

It has been a long time since I posted on my blog, I know; however, I have been busy trying to get all of my Christmas hand knits done, blocked, washed, wrapped, etc. I finally finished them late last week, with the exception of my aunt’s hat and I am currently working on that. She loves vintage clothing and I found a vintage looking hat that I can knit for her. It is called the Women’s Rosette Cloche. Here is the link to it:  What do you think? Does it look vintage to you? I am a little worried that it might not fit her head. I casted on 96 stitches as the pattern called for, and I did the 2 inches of 1×1 ribbing before starting the hat in Stockinette. The only difference that I have done is I decided to do it in the round on a 16 inch circular, size 6, because it was originally intended to be knitted flat and then seamed up the back. Seaming would take up even more room and it surely wouldn’t fit  her then. This way it is in the round, I can knit and knit and knit and the outside always matches. The tension looks great, and I am satisfied with the hat. She does have a smaller head than I do so hopefully it will fit her head. Here is the stock photo of the hat. I am using Brown Sheep’s Nature Spun in a stone colorway for her hat because it matches most of the coats that she has. I decided to add a pop of color for the rosette, and I will take a picture of it when I get it to lay right. I think I am going to have to block it and let it dry to be able to make it look like the picture.

Women's Rosette Hat

Women’s Rosette Hat

Here are some of the completed projects that I worked on in these last months. I have been a busy girl making hats for my friends and family.

The colorways that I used for Katie’s scarf and hat were pink and white. I am very pleased with the way both items came out. (See picture.)  The gray and red hat was made for my bestie’s son, Josh. His coat has these colors in it, and the hat matches it perfectly! He was quite pleased with the hat and wore it most of the day when he got it. 🙂 He is a huge NC State Wolfpack fan, and this works with that obsession!

I have the scarf wrapped already, and I will have to take a picture of it when she unwraps it on next Sunday. Snow has preempted our Sunday this week. That is when we are going over to my brother’s house to celebrate Christmas. I can’t wait for them to see what I got them for Christmas. I just can’t wait! I hope that they like it. John, my nephew, is 16 and I am giving him cash for his Christmas present because he has a lot to buy for his old but new to him Chevy Tahoe that he is fixing up to drive. Now, look at how big Katie is getting! She is only 8 years old in this picture, and it was taken a couple of weeks ago. Her mom is wearing the same boots that Katie is and this would have been taken on Christmas Eve I believe.


Until next time, take care and I hope everyone has a very prosperous 2017!


The footie length socks that I made recently are just not working for me. They come off of my foot when I am walking down the hall! I can’t have that, so I am going to take out the bind off row and put them back on the needles to put more ribbing and hopefully tighten them up a little bit. I think I could do a K2tog or an SSK several times to bring the socks in a little bit to make them fit better. The foot itself is great. It fits my foot wonderfully. My problem is only with the leg. I should have knitted at least an inch above the foot before I started the leg and I didn’t do that. So this time when it goes on my needles, I will make it long enough to accommodate all of this. I am going to run an afterthought lifeline before I try to take out the bind off row. I think that will make it easier for me to pick up stitches and get it back on my needles. I will keep ya’ll posted about how they come along. Here is the sock that I am talking about. Can you see how loose the top is? I think I will be able to reduce the amount of stitches up there by 3 or 4 stitches and they will fit more snugly. I welcome anyone’s ideas to do this!











Until next time, have a great week everyone!


Afterthought Lifeline

The Daily Skein

Having ripped back on a number of projects recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about mistakes. Some mistakes are easy to fix, involving just a single stitch or maybe three or four. Or there are the mistakes that require you to rip back rows and rows of knitting. In detailed lace knitting, knitters will thread a lifeline every few rows or every pattern repeat. A lifeline goes through a specific row of stitches so that when you have to rip back, you know which row you’re on and it’s easy to put the stitches back on the needles.

Well, most of us usually don’t put in lifelines as we’re knitting. I sometimes think about it and then am too lazy to do it. So what I end up using is what I call the afterthought lifeline. Like an afterthought heel, it’s put in after the fact to save you from…

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