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April 2011 Blog Posts (44)

a Studio of My Own, a Dream Come True

I am in the process of moving my craft stuff to its OWN ROOM! My son will be moving his stuff out the last of May through the first week of June and I will relocate my stash, machines, scrapping and sewing stuff in the room he has occupied for the last 21 years. I am so excited that I will have a space where I can set up, and leave a project in place without having to take it down or stuff it in a drawer. WooHoo! The room in question has a… Continue

Added by Ramona on April 30, 2011 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Le Sigh! the saga of stitchingmama's Lenten Mystery KAL continues....

     Le SIGH! Sunday I am sitting and knitting trying to finish this, when suddenly I noticed the last skein of my chosen yarn dwindling away to almost nothing! And I still had 20+ rows to go, with lots of BOBBLES! And Fringe!  Arggg!   Since this yarn is 25+ years old, chances are pretty good that I will be unable to find anything close to a match.

      So, off I go to the closest LYS and get 2 100g skeins each of two different yarns and take them home to choose at my leisure.…


Added by Ramona on April 26, 2011 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

What do you want to learn?

Okay, this is going to be short and sweet. I haven't blogged in a very long time. I do have things to blog about but just haven't gotten back into the blogging mode after being swamped at work. So I need to organize myself and start blogging again.

I thought what better way to get back into blogging than to ask everyone what knitting or spinning hints they would like to know about. I got this idea from Wendy when she mentioned tonight that she was going to check out one of my old…


Added by cherylbwaters on April 25, 2011 at 9:00pm — 32 Comments

January Wedding – Crochet Stole

Waaaaaay back in January (which seems like ages ago at this point) I blogged about making a fingering weight crochet stole in a week to wear to a friend's… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 25, 2011 at 5:22pm — 18 Comments

High Fiber—Tulip Time!

But not for us! (Sigh!)

The leaves are starting to peek through, but we won't have the flowers for another month. Still, we have beauties to enjoy, so we can't complain!

I finished the latest mitts for Mitts of Steal. If anyone wants to help, please contact me. I'm currently collecting fingerless mitts for another dialysis clinic in Beaverton. I'll deliver them when I'm there in July. The cuffs need to be no longer than 3" and…


Added by Peggy Stuart on April 25, 2011 at 8:30am — 43 Comments

Happy Easter

A Very Happy Easter to you all, check out these couple of YouTube videos the first is a beautiful song On My Father's Side the 2nd one is The Power of Words will make you think.

I been working…


Added by Janice Aitkens on April 23, 2011 at 3:00am — 13 Comments

A Stitch in Time

I wanted to share a discovered technique for cross-culture friendships, the latest in a string of many such encounters since I have lived in China.  I travel a lot here, which as we all know inevitably involves a lot of waiting.  

Having learned the technique of toe-up two at a time sock knitting, I have made many 'fast' friends in this country simply by knitting while waiting for trains, planes and automobiles.  

I knit using the continental method which in China is 'foreign' in…


Added by Robin Bourgeous on April 22, 2011 at 6:36pm — 7 Comments

At Break's End

The last few days of spring break are here. I am not looking forward to going back to early mornings and all.  I know that given any more break and I would have to prove more productive on the actual work front and if I wasn't the guilt would get to me.  I am waiting for my daughter to nap so that I can watch a little TV and work on mini funky monkey number 2.  I got some excellent advice on joining stiches  (as in on a mitten thumb) on after thought rounds that I plan to put into practice…


Added by Julie Prerost on April 22, 2011 at 2:39pm — 1 Comment

How I hand-paint using Kool-Aid or food coloring dyes

Hello KP Community! I have Good Friday off today which I haven't had off in years, but my new company allows for it - so yay!  Since it's my day off, I'm going to push off some home chores for a bit and have some fun.


Last month I hand-carded and spun up some Huacaya alpaca into a single ply yarn and had it undyed for a while. Until one day after work, I decided I missed painting so much I took out the Kool-aid and food coloring and had at it! Here are photos of my…


Added by christina | AlohaBlu on April 22, 2011 at 11:42am — 12 Comments

Blue Lake Knitting – The Montavilla Market Tote Revisited, et al

If you are like me, you are always looking for something new to knit.  I search Ravelry on a regular basis looking for new and interesting patterns.  I keep my eye on Knit Picks, too.  They also have a wide range of new designer patterns, and have a fantastic…


Added by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on April 22, 2011 at 10:01am — 56 Comments

Earth Day Crochet

Updated Market Bag
Happy Earth Day!… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 22, 2011 at 6:41am — 2 Comments

Springtime Scarf

Hello All,

This is the first knit pattern of my own devising, I call it Springtime Scarf... My wife Megan says it looks more like tire tracks. I guess in a way it does. Well, here's the pattern, give it a go and see what you think. Seeing as I'm kind of new at all of this I tried to keep it as simple as possible. I hope you like it.


Cast on 30 St (15 St increments)

Row 1: k Repeat to end of row.

Row 2: *(k1, k2tog, k3, yo-k1, k1, yo-k1, k3,…


Added by Thomas A. Mays on April 21, 2011 at 7:38am — 5 Comments

Holy Week and the Lenten KAL

Last night and today I made significant progress on the Lenten Mystery KAL.  My DH had cataract surgery and while waiting, I of course had my knitting with me.  I knit several rows as the early morning crowd of surgerees and  their companions drifted in to wait their turn. DH called them "The Bracelet Club" as those with bracelets were wearing them on the corresponding limb for their eye surgery and those without were bright eyed and bushy tailed, and could sip the fresh coffee the surgery…


Added by Ramona on April 20, 2011 at 1:03pm — No Comments

Peek a boo Elf



Welp this little guy was knited from Knitpicks yarn and I loved making him from the sport weight heathers and solids. A really great project to show off all the great colorways and the designers talent.



Added by Tessa on April 20, 2011 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

Hi, remember me?

:) No, I'm not going to chastize me for not having written a blog for a while. It's been very busy at work, and finding the balance with life (i.e. home and church life) can sometimes be a challenge. So I let life go first. You all know you're in my thoughts each day.


So what have I been up to lately? Well, simply put weekdays were spent going to work early, coming home, having dinner, spending an hour or two with DH and going to bed. Saturdays for me at the moment are down…


Added by Mrs. K on April 20, 2011 at 4:44am — 13 Comments

Making More of my Own

The whole reason I learned how to knit and crochet was so that I could make more of my own clothes. I always liked having unique stuff. I have always been notorious for altering my store-bought clothes to suit my own style. Pretty much the only things I don't change in some way are absolutely plain tees and tanks. I need those to layer under my sweaters, so they're useful as is.

Recently I realized that I wasn't living up to my expectations for making my own wardrobe. Sure, I knit… Continue

Added by Erica Jackofsky on April 19, 2011 at 4:40pm — 2 Comments


"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow-creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."Stephen Grellet,1772-1855

Added by CamillaInTheDesert on April 19, 2011 at 12:42pm — 4 Comments


Our family loves to travel and this map illustrates the states we have visited over the years.  To get a map of your travels, follow the link.

visited 31 states (62%)

Create your own visited map of The United… Continue

Added by Terry on April 19, 2011 at 9:47am — 11 Comments

animal attacks and knitting

I have no idea of why, but I love to watch a good horror or animal attack movie while knitting.  This is probably due to the fact that many of my friends are not keen on horror flicks and it is something I can really only indulge when they are not around.  Though my daughter likes zombie and animal attack movies. She picked JAWS to day.  We shared the end of Ghost In the Darkness yesterday.  I even told her how I had seen a statue of the lions at the Field Museum of Natural History.  I am not… Continue

Added by Julie Prerost on April 19, 2011 at 9:08am — 5 Comments


Terry’s Very Easy Toe-Up Socks for Beginners


ETA: I am updating my patterns and will re-post the beginner’s and advanced versions on my blog at KnitPicks as soon as they are ready. Please check back.


If you are an advanced knitter and would like a simpler version of the Very Easy Toe-Up Sock Pattern without…


Added by Terry on April 18, 2011 at 10:50pm — No Comments

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