Monday, December 17, 2012

More Christmas Ornaments

We're almost up to Christmas.  Hopefully your tree doesn't have any bare spots, but just in case there are a couple of branches to fill in or maybe a hand-crocheted ornament would be the very thing for your friend or neighbor's present, here are a few ideas.

Image of Crocheted Finial Ornaments

Crocheted finial ornaments by Lion Brand Yarn:

Image of Stocking and Mitten Ornaments

Little tiny knitted mittens and stockings.  How cute!

Image of Dreidel Catnip Pet Toy

This knitted dreidel is just a shade late for this year's Chanukah.

May your holiday season be the best you've ever had, and may you have some time to relax with your yarny projects.

Happy crafting,


Monday, December 10, 2012

Mitered Squares

I believe when most yarn artists hear the term "mitered squares", they think of knitting.  I remember seeing patterns for knitted mitered afghans before I saw anything like it for crocheting.

The knitted ones start with the long edge and decrease into the center point at the other end of the square.  Squares build off of previous squares so you do not need to sew anything together at the end.

Image of Mitered Knit Baby Blanket

Image of Colorful Mitered Afghan

Lion Brand Yarn patterns have the crocheted mitering work from the long edge to the middle point just like it is in the knitted version.  However, these squares are made separately and then sewn together when they are finished.

In other places such as Ravelry, I've found crocheted mitered squares made from the small point and using increases to work out to the longer edge.  These also must be sewn together at the end of the project.

Tunisian crochet, being a craft that combines knit and crochet, works the stitches in much the same way as knitted mitered squares.  Each block is built on the previous row, the long edge is done first, and the rows decrease until they come to the opposite point.  They can be done row by row or from the center out.  I don't have the permissions I need to post a picture of this type , but they can easily be found in Google images as mentioned in previous posts.

If you prefer loom knitting, I found this website with a tutorial on mitering squares on a knitting loom:

Happy crafting,


Sunday, December 9, 2012

Warm Feet for the Holidays

We've had a few cold snaps this fall - nothing that's been long-lasting - but you can tell winter is lurking in the wings.  I don't mind being cool, except when it comes to my feet.  I like warm feet.

I've found some slipper patterns that can be made by yarn workers of each type and for many sizes.

This one is crocheted for babies.

Image of Candy Color Booties

This one is crocheted for adults.
Image of Fringy Crochet Slippers

Here are two knitted booty patterns.
Image of Booties

Image of Ruby Slippers

And knitted for adults.
Image of Felted Mary Jane Scuffs

Image of Felted Slip Ons

Loom knitting makes warm slippers too.

Image of Loom-Knit Chunky Footies

Men's slippers
Image of Loom-Knit Men's Cabin Slippers

These patterns are all from Lion Brand Yarn.  For more ideas, patterns, and designs, remember to check out,,, and other yarn craft websites and blogs.  One way to find exactly what you are looking for is to go to Google Images and type in knit slippers, or crochet slippers, or loom knit slippers.  Pictures will come up on the page and you can choose which you like best.  Click on the one you like and you will be taken to the website or blog where you will (not always) most likely find the pattern you are looking for.

Happy crafting - and keep those feet warm,


Monday, November 26, 2012

Two New Knitting Books

The library recently got two new knitting books.

The Sock Knitter's Handbook: Expert Advice, Tips, & Tricks by Charlene Schurch and Beth Parrott and Knit Step by Step: More Than 150 Techniques and Stitch Patterns with 10 Easy Projects by Vikki Haffenden and Frederica Patmore.

If you are handy with a pair or needles, these might be something you want to explore.


Christmas Ornament Ideas

Happy Holiday Season!

Knitters first this time.  You seem to get more patterns for little stockings.  There are a few examples:

Image of Stocking Ornament With Tree

Image of Glam Stocking Ornament

Image of Garter Cuff Stocking Ornament

(I'll look for more ideas in the next blog post.)

Crocheters, here are a couple for you.

Image of Poinsettia Ornament

Image of Little Bird Ornament

Image of Flower Ornament

Here are a couple of patterns for those who neither knit nor crochet.  These balls are woven - wrapped with yarn and then woven with a needle across the strands.

Image of Yarn Crafted Ornaments

Image of Wrapped Star Ornaments

This one is good to try with little ones.  They can personalize the family tree with something they were able to help make.

As always, you will find more patterns in,,, and any number of other craft websites and blogs.

One good way to find exactly what you have in mind is to go to Google Images, type in the project you want to work on and look at the pictures that come up.  If you click on one of the pictures, it will link you to the website or blog which will hopefully have the pattern for you to use.

I hope these ideas get you in the mood for the uncoming holidays.

Happy crafting.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Getting Ahead for Christmas

I'll be posting small ornament and gift ideas after Thanksgiving, but I found this pretty crocheted afghan that might take a bit longer to work up.

Home for the Holidays Afghan by Lion Brand Yarn

In case you need the pattern for this granny square afghan, it is

This struck me as being very festive. 

Or maybe you would like to deck Santa helpers in Christmas cheer.

Image of Santa Claus Hat

Santa Claus hat

Santa Claus mittens

Santa Claus scarf

Happy crafting.


Sunday, November 18, 2012

Something A Little Different

The library recently acquired three new books on weaving.  While this blog is basically for knitting and crocheting, I thought maybe there were those of you who branch out on occasion to some of the other yarn arts.

If you have a table (or larger) loom, you might want to check out these two books:

Pattern Weaving: Basics for the Handloom by Rabbit Goody
and Simple Weaves: Over 30 Classic Patterns and Fresh New Styles by Birgitta Bengtsson Bjork and Tina Ignell

If you have an interest in inkle weaving - making bands and sashes - you might want to see this book, The Weaver's Inkle Pattern Directory by Anne Dixon.  This book goes beyond the basic patterns and shows how to do pick up weaving for fancier patterns.

Happy crafting,


Thursday, November 15, 2012

More Recent Projects

Lap robe for hospice

Doll blanket

Round doll blanket
Photo: And a baby blanket for my neighbor.

Baby blanket

Photo: Green prayer shawl for hospice.

Prayer shawl for hospice

Photo: This one is knitted.

Lap robe for hospice - knitted

Photo: This is a rose trellis prayer shawl. (pun intended)

Rose trellis pattern prayer shawl

Photo: Here is a brown lap robe for hospice.

Lap robe for hospice

Please remember to share something with those who need comfort or support this holiday season.

Happy crafting.


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Cool Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is  a much-loved, but often overlooked holiday.  We don't shop for Thanksgiving gifts or sing Thanksgiving carols.  But we can decorate for the season.  Here are a few ideas.

If you have guests who will be setting their drinks down in common areas, here is a way to help them recognize their glass when they come back to it.  You can make little individual decoration to tie to each glass.  All your guests have to do is remeber which design or color was on their stem or handle.

Image of Fall Wineglass Decorations

This pattern is from Lion Brand Yarns, but there are many color options and designs to choose from even if you only knit or crochet small shapes in different colors.

Image of Pumpkin Pie Brooch

Okay, so I might not wear one of these, but there are those who would find this to be the perfect accessory for the holiday.

If you have a little more time and want to knit a lovely centerpiece for your festive table, this might tickle your fancy.

Image of Fall Wreath

Or the crocheters among you might prefer something like this.

Image of Thanksgiving Gourds

If you would like to knit or crochet a turkey or other Thanksgiving decorations, may I suggest for some fun patterns for the season.

Happy crafting,


Heading into Winter

Now that there's a bit of a bite to the air, doesn't this look cozy?  I love making useful things out of scrap yarn, and this looks like a perfect way to use it.

This one is for the crocheters (from Lion Brand Yarn).

Image of Iconic Ripple Hat And Scarf

A very fast one for knitters done on size 50 needles.

Image of Projects Made Simple Knit Scarf

Personally, as a crocheter, I would use size 50 needles to make broomstick lace. 

This is easier than it looks.  You can find tutorials on various websites and blogs or on Youtube.  If you have an interest in learning to do this particular technique, please bring yarn, a J or K crochet hook, and a size 50 knitting needle - you only need one needle - to the Knit and Crochet Night meetings on the second and fourth Thursday of the month at 6:30.  I will be happy to show you.

Happy crafting.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Crochet Bangles

Maybe you know a girl who likes to wear bangles.  I found this idea on the internet.  While I don't have permission to repost the picture, you could see it  and find the pattern by putting "Sprite bangles" in the search bar.

The way they described making the bangles is to take a 2-liter plastic bottle and cut rings 3/4 inch wide.  Make sure the edges are smooth so as not to snag the yarn or you.

Crochet narrow strips of single crochet in any color to the same size as the rings.  You make a strip for the outside and one for the inside and then whipstitch or single crochet them together. 

That's it!  I believe my grand-niece would like a couple for Christmas.

Happy crafting.


Knitting Class for Prisoners

We know how relaxing and theraputic knitting and crocheting can be on a tough day.  There's something soothing about turning yarn into something beautiful and useful.

One lady decided to try teaching men prisoners how to knit.  Here's the story about how that experiment turned out:

Makes you think there are more possibilities than we've considered before, doesn't it?

Happy crafting,


Sunday, October 7, 2012

Some Recent Crochet Projects

Here are a few shawls and laprobes that will be donated to hospice around Valentine's Day.

I hope this inspires you to make something comforting for your favorite cause.

Happy crafting,


Photo: Here's one of the shawls I'm working on for hospice.  It also happens to be my favorite so far.

Photo: Here's the latest prayer shawl going to hospice.

Photo: A lap robe for a gentleman in hospice care.

Photo: V-stitch prayer shawl.  I wanted to make one a week until Valentine's Day.  At the moment, I seem to be averaging twice that many.  We'll see if I can keep that up.