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November 2008 Blog Posts (62)

Thanksgiving Knitting and decorating

Here it is the end of the Thanksgiving weekend. I had a nice time with family and friends. I have been working on the Christmas stockings I am doing for my friend who raises the alpacas. Here are three more. Just a couple more to do. The next one is amost done. I am very happy with the ones I have done so far. You can view the others in the photo section of this journal.…


Added by Domestic Arts on November 30, 2008 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment

Snowing in NE Illinois

Well, it is snowing tonight. About 1-3 inches is expected. Wish I could stay home tomorrow snuggled up in a blanket and knit the day away... Oh well, back to work after a long weekend. Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Added by KnitterGirl39 on November 30, 2008 at 8:09pm — No Comments

Starting a knitting club at a Jr High!

I am hoping for a few suggestions on the best way to start the Knitting Club at the JR High,(I have permission to start it from the principal) What I need is help with is wether or not I should have the kids get a book(any suggestions?). I was actually thinking about starting the kids on Weaving, moving into Crochet and then Knitting, but should I have the kids bring in money to purchase items at one time, or have them go get it, or??? Has anyone worked with a group of kids to continue their… Continue

Added by dinasmiles2 on November 30, 2008 at 7:46pm — 2 Comments

I'm a newbie

Not really to knitting, but here to this site.

Ive knitted tons of plain hats & scarfs, mittens when the kids were smaller & a bunch of blankets. What I really wanted to learn how to knit was socks. When Michaels fianlly started to carry the yarn, I used my coupons and quickly ended up with a bag of sock yarn.

I tried the pattern that came from one of the peal off patterns for Kroy socks. I realised that it was a pattern that went in circles around the leg. All I wanted was… Continue

Added by alg35536 on November 30, 2008 at 5:04pm — No Comments

Happy Late Thanksgiving!

WoW time just seems to be in warp drive lately. I am beginning to think that is just 'normal' for the age I am at. The older I get the faster time seems to fly by.

I finally got the last tatting exchange I join caught up. I won't tell you which one, as I am so embarrassed I got so behind. It is in the mail. I have been also doing a little tatting, crocheting, and knitting. This blog posting will be rather long,, I hope I don't bore ya all to death. AND if I repeat any of it, I do…


Added by Connie aka RainbowRose on November 29, 2008 at 5:54pm — 13 Comments

Yay for vintage things!

I was overjoyed and then quickly saddened today. After over a week of waiting I received my order from ebay, of two sweater wheels! Yes, sweater wheels. My momma used to have them (they got ruined in a flood) and I still have a pink sweater she made me using them. One is for set in sleeves and the other one is for raglan sleeves. Well they both came in the original plastic cover and are in pretty good condition, except for the raglan sleeve one. I turned it to the children's size side and low… Continue

Added by EmilyVictoria on November 28, 2008 at 7:51pm — 2 Comments

slip stitching a neckline

I am completing a sweater by Sue Mink for knitpicks. Unfortunately, it calls for the neck band to be folded over to the inside and sl st loosely in place>>.Help...I haven't the foggiest idea as what to do. My research speaks of a crochet hook, yet the pattern doesn't mention one. Any helpful hints out there??? lindy

Added by bimmy on November 28, 2008 at 12:15pm — 8 Comments

What's on My Needles?

Here's what I have going right now:

1) A pair of 2X2 rib socks for my DH (Shhh! It's a secret) in Swish DK garnet heather with maple leaf and wooly nylon for the heels and toes

2) My EZ's Stonington Shawl (worked on last night after Thanksgiving dinner at a friend's) in Alpaca Cloud smoke

3) Nicky Epstein's Yei Figures bag in Jamieson's DK

4) An afghan in Aran-weight merino wool purchased in New Zealand

5) A hat for daughter's boyfriend using hand-spun alpaca purchased… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on November 28, 2008 at 9:59am — 6 Comments

The Urge to Nest and Spin

The urge to nest and spin is great today. I want to sit in my room and knit and spin while the snow fall outside.
But I can't! My dad has torn apart my room to put in heating for the upstairs floor and into my floor. I am grateful for the future heat, but I want my room back!

Added by metalheadknitter on November 27, 2008 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Happy Thanksgiving!

After all of the pies were done baking and the dinner dishes done, I was able to finally put my feet up and finish my snow family, a Christmas gift for my mom. She lives in an apartment in a retirement village. Each doorway has a little shelf for personalized decor. I know she has a lot of Christmas stuff, but thought something that she could put up and enjoy after the Christmas things got old would be nice. I originally thought I'd make about 4 sets… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on November 27, 2008 at 4:33am — 2 Comments

sizing needles

I love my harmony needles, but I would love it if KP would put te size somewhere on the tip.

Added by Anita Grey on November 26, 2008 at 11:45pm — No Comments

Wristlets and hat--a Thanksgiving present

My family has decided not to exchange Christmas gifts this year, it lowers stress and credit card bills and instead we'll all go for a hike and have a great meal together on Christmas day.

Well, that doesn't stop me from knitting. Since my Mom taught me, I think she deserves a little something from time to time so I'm going to give this set to her this weekend.

The yarn is… Continue

Added by MarciH on November 26, 2008 at 2:08pm — 9 Comments

Knit/Spin/Quilt--that is the question!

Friends presented me with a Kromski Sonata spinning wheel at our last knitting meeting. I had been struggling with the drop spindle without much luck, and had been planning on buying the wheel with my next Social Security check. What a surprise, and Christine at the fiber shop where they bought it--and where I had planned to buy it--kept the secret when I was asking her how long it would take to get it. I have finally managed to produce a bit of shoddy yarn with the drop spindle, thanks to the… Continue

Added by Peggy Stuart on November 26, 2008 at 7:06am — No Comments

log cabin

Thank you for post on the log cabin baby blanket. I have been trying to do one for my son for a year.

I have tried crocheting and knitting, but have yet to manage. I have a pillow! that's it. You gave

me inspiration to try again. I want to blame in on being left-handed but that's not it. Something

about turning it. I don't know, but I know I will keep on trying. My colors are red (MC), white,

dk gray, gray, black. We live in Florida, Tampa Bay area and those are Bucs colors.… Continue

Added by yarnyogini on November 25, 2008 at 11:48pm — No Comments

OOPS! Went off my knitting diet!

The eBay auction I was watching went higher than I could buy online, so I bought it online...sorry LYS. I can't trust myself to walk out with just one book!

I don't know when I will start this, I don't know if I can even afford to start this. One lady said it took about 26 skeins of Cascade 220. That's about $126.00 of Bare Superwash. Right? I guess I could go on the installment plan. :) Would the yarn match if I bought skeins of Bare… Continue

Added by PurlGirl on November 25, 2008 at 9:54am — 1 Comment

It's almost Turkey Day!

Well, only 4 days until we are all stuffed to the gills with too much food once again! But that's what this time of the year is all about. Getting together with family and friends, eating good food, and talking about past get togethers and the ones yet to come. It will be a bit more than that this year. My husband's neice is having a baby in the Spring and since she lives in Florida (away from family), we are going to have a baby shower for her Thanksgiving afternoon. Makes sense to me since… Continue

Added by newknitter on November 23, 2008 at 6:13pm — No Comments

I'm a new knitter- need info or help

Hi All,

I get mixed up doing the purl stitch and I'm sick of making everyone scarves.

I live in New England and would like to make some mittens and/or socks.

My DVD player is broken so I was wondering if anyone could recomend a book with some good, close up pictures.

Thanks so much.

God bless and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Added by kathyduason on November 23, 2008 at 12:26pm — 4 Comments

Vacation Knitting

My upcoming two-week cruise will not provide the opportunity to shop for yarn. I must take everything with me that I could possibly need. At this point I don't even know what projects to take. If anyone would like to help me prepare I welcome your suggestions!

Regarding projects: (1) a lace shawl that will challenge me, but not frustrate me; (I can't afford to take too many reference books or to want to toss the project overboard); (2) 'mindless' knitting which I can easily work on… Continue

Added by AliceMc on November 22, 2008 at 8:40pm — 4 Comments


Hi Lady -

Okay I could NOT wait to meet for lunch to get my treat! Can you see me doing the happy dance! I LOVE IT! I knew you would put it up here and I way dying to see it! You are right I have no clue of what you are talking about, but I CAN'T wait to curl up in it and stay nice and warm. It will be perfect for the plane. Those little blankets they have just don't cut it. I love being your one "non-Knitting friend" - Kiss Kiss darling and give Xena a big hug and kiss from Mommy Lora.… Continue

Added by Lora Heil-Frone on November 22, 2008 at 4:12pm — No Comments

Shawl for Xena's "Mommy Lora"

Xena's breeder, Lora, has been waiting for her Suri Dream shawl much longer than I care to admit. The greatest obstacle to my getting started was finding a pattern that would work well for Lora. The pattern I choose for another friend's Prayer Shawl turned out to be my answer. As soon as I finished Elizabeth's shawl, I cast on the Black Forest version.

Lora travels a lot and prefers to wear black, grey and white for simplicity's sake.… Continue

Added by Kelley Petkun on November 22, 2008 at 4:00pm — 3 Comments

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