Saturday, March 23, 2013

A Little Something for Cold Shoulders

Friendship Shawl

Red Heart Yarn has some interesting patterns. This one caught my eye considering that we have snow on the way - AGAIN! It might be nice to have something warm to throw over my shoulders when the weather turns. This design is pretty enough to wear to a family gathering or for an evening out.

The pattern is simple and works up quickly.

Happy crafting,


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Cozy Throw

Image of Cozy Checkerboard Throw

This last stretch of cold air this winter makes this throw look pretty toasty. It's made in five strips so there is a minimum of sewing at the end.

The pattern calls for crocheting in half doubles with a P hook. I can see using the same idea in knit or single crochet or double crochet. The trick is to count the rows accurately so the blocks come out the same.

The size of the yarn and hook can be adjusted for whatever you wish to use, as can the size of the blocks or the number of blocks and strips. Be your own designer.

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

No-Knit Scarf

Do you drool over knitting patterns but just can't seem to get the hang of working with needles or hooks?  Well, this post is for you.

Lion Brand Yarn has out a new product. I will not call it yarn, because it isn't. You can buy a skein of "Imagine" in various colors. It is a tube.

1. You stick your hand in one end and slide the tube up your arm until you come to the end of the skein.
2. Pull the end nearest your hand over the tube on your arm until the ends are together.
3. Now the tube is double thick.
4. Knot the ends and wear it as a scarf.

No muss, no fuss. You look like a pro.

Image of Imagine Scarf

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Loom Knitting for Babies and Toddlers by Isela Phelps

Isela Phelps has done it again. Our library has her newest book Loom Knitting for Babies and Toddlers which has 30 patterns for all sorts of baby and toddler wear.

Please check it out (or put it on hold).

Happy crafting.

Kathi Linz

Monday, March 11, 2013

An Afghan Even I Can Knit

This intriguing afghan is knitted in garter stitch. You start in the center and knit your way out.

Image of Square In The Center Afghan

Thanks, Lion Brand Yarn, for your excellent patterns.

Happy crafting,

Kathi Linz

Knitting Fruit

Okay, here's the big question - Why do people knit or crochet food?
Bernat Fruit Cozies
Keep your fruits safe in this cozy with a tie-off top! Shown in Bernat Handicrafter.

Bernat Pineapple Dishcloth
Crocheted in a tasty medley of Bernat Handicrafter Cotton and Bernat Handicrafter Cotton Twists, the popcorns on this tropical dishcloth will make cleaning up a cinch!
Happy crafting,