Friday, April 1, 2016

Baa-Ble Hat

Pattern:  Baa-Ble (free on Ravelry)
Yarn:  Halcyon Worsted
Needles:  Size 7

It was Easter weekend and I was looking for a fun and whimsical knitting project.  This one was perfect.

Can you visualize the sheep grazing on the green grass with a beautiful sky above?  It puts a smile on my face.

I love stranded knitting (fair isle).  It's my favorite kind of knitting.  Color A is held in the right hand and color B is held in the left hand while knitting.   If you'd like to know more on how to enhance the finished appearance of your fair isle knitting, read the following article....."The Importance of Yarn dominance"

"Never Not Knitting"The yarn for this project was purchased at Halcyon Yarn in Bath, Maine (blue not shown).  I love their yarn.  It is worsted weight, keeps its shape/drape and doesn't pill.  I think I have enough yarn leftover to knit mittens or a cowl.
I've now completed the hat and am undecided whether or not to add a pompom. 
Just a side note...........when I completed the had, it looked so small and might fit a child.  After blocking it was fine for an adult size head.
Happy Knitting!

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Zick Zack Scarf

Pattern:  Zick Zack Scarf (free at
Yarn:  Mille Colori Baby
Needles:  Size 2 - Knitters Pride Karbonz

This pattern is very suitable for a beginner knitter.  I usually like to work on a simple pattern suitable for tv watching and another project much more complicated to keep the creative juices flowing. 

The pattern is a repeat of 8 stitches and every row is the same.  Can't get any simpler.  It does take awhile to visualize any progress when knitting on size 2 needles but in the end, it is satisfying. 

Because the pattern calls for two different color way selections, and the fact that each is variegated, you will never see two knitted scarves using this pattern that are identical.  

A little expensive at $15/ball, I justify the cost by the fact that I have no other vices but purchasing nice yarn. 

I recently purchased these specialty needles for small circular projects.  The needles are shorter and the cords are 16".  They are delightful to knit with and great for hats, socks, and tubular scarves.

Here is to link to purchase them.

Happy Knitting!

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Lady Butterfly Hat and Vest

Pattern:  Lady Butterfly Hat and Vest (can be found on
Yarn:  I think it is Plymouth but I've misplaced the ball band
Size:  6 mos-6 yrs.
Needles:  Size 4
My older daughter, Amy, and I are knitting this pattern.  She's knitting the hat and I'm knitting the vest.  She lives in Rhode Island and I live in Vermont, of course, so it is nice when we get together and work on this project.  It's quality mother/daughter time together.
The pattern is a simple 4 row repeat, well-written and very easy to follow.  The bottom edge of the both pieces is picot which lends a very nice look to the pieces.  

The back is completed and the front is almost done.  The assembly and picking up stitches around the arms and neck is what will be more time-consuming.  The cable is the "body" of the butterfly and notice that the top cable is larger as that will be the "head" with the antennae later attached along with the wings.

This little gadget was purchased at WEBS.  It makes twisted cords.  You can also purchase it with three or more clips for additional cording (i.e. three colors, etc.) Here's a link to YouTube to see how it works.....

I blogged recently after a long absence.  It was so nice to hear from old friends.  The knitting/crocheting community is so wonderful.

Happy Knitting!

Friday, May 8, 2015

Heritage Print Socks

Oh, poor neglected blog.  I think of you often with promises to return soon and finally I have done so.  I periodically receive e-mails from some of my faithful followers asking me what I am up to.   I am always so pleased when that happens.
I have several knitting projects on the needles.  Starting a new project gives me an excuse to buy more, newer and better needles.   In the next week or two, I hope to gather some of those projects and complete them. 

I’ve been knitting a pair of grey socks for my daughter and because I can’t remember the pattern repeat and the color is downright boring, I decided I needed to knit something totally mindless.  I selected a “vanilla” pattern, the kind where you can just knit on and on and on while watching tv, stuck in a traffic jam or watching a softball game.
I purchased the sock yarn at Webs, “America’s Largest Yarn Store”.  Affordable at only $12 for a 100 gram skein that will knit an adult-size pair of socks fit the bill.  The twist in the yarn is nice. 

However, as I knitted along, the center-pull skein started to fall onto itself and I had quite the mess.  It took at least a couple of hours to untangle it all.  If you have been knitting for awhile, I’m sure you can relate.   I had such a mess and I now wish I had taken a picture so you could give me a little sympathy, I contemplated just throwing out the project.  I was so desperate that I even invited the cat to lend a little help.  Fortunately, my daughter who is also a knitter, came to my rescue.

I used the “Knitter’s Pride” Karbonze knitting needles.  They took a little getting used to but I do like them a lot.  At first, I felt like I was knitting with plastic needles from days gone by.   They have proven to be quite sturdy.   The stitches glide easily and the points are just right for fingering-weight yarn.  The only disadvantage is that the black needles are not friendly when it comes to knitting with darker yarns.  On the positive side, it is just an excuse to buy other needles.  Buying needles is like having lots of crayons as a child.  You agree?

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Vintage Smocked Baby Sweater

Pattern:  Vintage Smocked Sweater
Needles:  Size 4 & 6
Yarn:  Berroco Comfort DK - 4 balls 

Selecting yarn in a solid color way definitely show up pattern a little more.  The sweater can also be knitted with a shawl color for a much warmer effect.

This pattern is easy to follow and a quick knit.  It has a twisted ribbing which allows the design to really "pop".  It can be worn comfortably on a baby/toddler wearing a diaper.

Pattern calls for 3 buttons.  I selected 3/4" elephants but that is subject to change as the pattern did not state the size.

This yarn is acrylic and machine washable keeping in mind a mom's busy schedule.

The sweater is being knitted with love for my wonderful granddaughter, Abigail.  She is inquisitive and good-natured.  Now that she is one year old, she has become a serious shopper as you can see in the pictures below.

Happy Knitting!

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Alpha Chi Cowl

Pattern:  Alpha Chi Cowl
Designer:  Meridith Shephard
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Rialto
Needles:  Size 3 Cicular

I purchased the Alpha Chi and Infusion Cowl patterns from Meridith on Ravelry.  Reasonably priced at $5/each or both for $8, they are a delight to work with.  These patterns are extremely well-written.  Meridith has "tips" in her patterns and it is easy to follow even for beginning chart readers.

I've been knitting for over 50 years.  Admitting this is not easy as I don't feel my age.  I will say that this pattern is probably in my top ten favorites.

When I purchase yarn, I want the total experience.  I want the colorway I have in mind.  If the need arises, I want it to be superwash wool.  But most of all, I want it to be soft as it glides through my fingers when I am knitting.  Don't tell me that soaking it in hair conditioner after the project is knitted will make it soft.  I just want the whole experience from the beginning.

Oh........totally addictive knitting.  I was up at 2:00 a.m. a few days repeating to myself like I was in a drunken stupor........"just one more row".

Stranded knitting (Fair Isle) is my favorite type of knitting.  The fact that this cowl is reversible makes for a very "neat" look.  Two rows of garter stitch makes for a nice, sharp fold to the cowl.  The first part of the chart requires a little more attention but is certainly not difficult.  The second part of the chart is intuitive and you can move right along.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Color Infusion Cowl

Pattern:  Color Infusion Cowl by Meridith Shephard (purchase at for $5)
Yarn:  Debbie Bliss Rialto superwash merino
Needles:  Size 3 24" circular

I love my new cowl.  It't just right for March weather in Vermont.  I love that it is reversible and it looks so nice with my boiled wool jacket. started with this chart.  

This stranded color pattern was so much fun to knit.  I almost hated to see it completed if it had not been for the fact that I was looking forward to wearing it. 

The pattern is extremely well-written.  This designer is one that I will be watching for additional patterns.  I knitted one of her other cowls that I will blog about in a few days.

Side 1

Side 2

Happy Knittitng!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Let's Talk Socks

I confess.  My name is Joan and I am addicted to knitting socks like a diva is addicted to chocolate.

Free pattern at:
This picture did not capture the truly beautiful colors of this yarn.

This mock cable stitch is a repeat of 5 rows and so very easy to knit.

I've not had good luck with Plymouth yarn.  I had speckles of dye in places it should not have been.  However, this yarn began to pill in the process of knitting.  It has some elasticity to it so if you drop a stitch it's like it goes "boing" like a "Slinky" going down a flight of stairs.

Have I convinced you that I am addicted to sock knitting?  It's an easily potable project.  It's a great stress-reliever to knit while waiting for an appointment.  An added bonus is opens up a conversation with strangers when their curiosity wants to know what you are knitting.

Happy Knitting!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Kumihimo Bracelet

I know, I know, my post today is not connected to my blog name.  Since I originally started blogging, my crafting interests have evolved to add other crafts.  I’m the “Jack Joan of all trades, master of none”. 

I love the clasp and end posts which look like tulips.

Kumihimo is a Japanese form of braid-making. Cords and ribbons are made by interlacing strands.  This is a craft that I have long wanted to learn.

The foam kumihimo disk is lightweight, portable, and affordable.  It is a craft that can be easily made by all confidence and age levels.  The disk is flexible but sturdy enough to keep an even tension.  Traditionally, satin cords or “rattails” are used as well as ribbon.   There are round disks as well as square disks for different effects.    The cost of each disk is about $18.  
Kumihimo Setup
I started out with a simple project.  The braid itself took me less than an hour to complete for two bracelets.  My local bead store was kind enough to show me how to add end caps and a clasp to finish off the bracelet. 

Close-up of Kumihimo Braid

This book was extremely helpful with many wonderful  jewelry projects.

Later this month, I will be taking a class on Kumihimo and beads. 

In the meantime………………

Happy Knitting!  (I have lots to show you from the knitting front in future posts.)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Drop Stitch Scarf

(Free Pattern Included)

Yarn:  1 skein Stacy Charles Luna Yarn (kid mohair and silk)
           1 skein Stacy Charles Stella Yarn (silk)

Needles:  Size 10  US (original pattern called for Size 11 but I didn't like the look)
Scarf Size:  6 1/2"x 56"


Cast on 22 stitches using Stella (I cast on 24 just because....)

Row 1:  Knit
Row 2: Change to Luna.  Knit wrapping yarn around needle twice for each stitch
Row 3:  Knit dropping the extra wrap
Row 4:  Change to Stella - knit 

Repeat these 4 rows until desired length ending after row 4.  Bind off with Stella and hide your tails. 

Free pattern is compliments of my LYS (local yarn shop) and is not copyrighted.

This was an extremely easy project.  It is very delicate knitting and I would recommend using lotion on your hands that does not stain just before you start knitting.    It does not show in the pictures but there are very small gold specs throughout the yarn that gives the scarf just the right amount of shimmer.  

The scarf is extremely lightweight.  The color selection for this yarn will have you salivating.  I knitted till I ran out of Stella which has 70 yards per skein.  A little pricey for both, however, I think I could knit a 2nd scarf with the purchase of just Stella.  I will use my little scale to weigh what is left of Charles to make that determination.  I think the total cost for the yarn was in the $22 range.

After blogging for many years, I had difficulty making the transition from Windows to a Mac.  So, needless to say, I am happy to have resolved those issued and have returned and hope to hear from many of you who used to read by blog.   

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Knitting Friends...I've Missed You!

It’s been almost a year since I have blogged. I hope I haven’t lost my readership. My laptop died and I just was not finding an app for my IPad that I liked for Blogger and I did not want to switch to WordPress. I have now purchased a new IMac Air laptop.

I was hospitalized on August 29th for a double knee replacement. Being on pain meds plays tricks with your brain. It’s not easy to focus on a pattern so I started these self-striping socks that is just your basic sock pattern.

While in rehab, a co-worker who bikes to work would then bike 10 miles out of her way to visit with me. On one of her visits, she had her husband with her and grabbed these socks, and commented how beautiful they were. I knew these socks had to be hers.  

My friend and co-worker Jane was moving into her new house when I called her the first week I was home from the hospital and unable to drive. I needed her to take me to the doctor’s office. It was urgent. She dropped everything and came to my aid. These socks are hardly enough to thank her for everything she has done for me.

You may wonder how one decides on a double-knee replacement. After being in much pain on a regular basis for so long, the decision was easy. It was not as brutal as some led me to believe.
So, here I am at the hospital about 3 days after surgery. I look like a “mess” but the meds let me think I'm beautiful and my attitude tells me I’m doing ok and I’m giving a thumbs up.

Here I am about five weeks later and my first day home and finally able to do my hair and apply makeup. I’m a happy camper. My doctor lied to me.  He told me I would be in rehab 8-10 days.  People, I was there five weeks.  He and I are still friends.

During my recovery I was so blessed with so many people stepping forward and sincerely offering to help me. I received get-well cards from people that I barely knew. My good friend, Marie ran errands for me. My daughter came for several days and was dynamite helping clean, cook and take care of me. I am truly blessed.

I have many more finished knitting projects to share with you. I am back on a regular basis to the world of knitting blogs and other things that interests me such as my photography.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

A Different Kind Of Holiday Tree!

 I saw a couple standing in front of what I thought was a Christmas tree.  However, as I approached it I realized that it is a solar-powered car charging station.  It's the first time I've seen one and not sure that it really is real but it does look pretty authentic.

Holiday lights show that it is indeed providing power from the sun.  Most likely it was power held in reserve as the weather in Vermont today was totally cloudy.  Burlington is second to Seattle for the highest number of cloudy days per year.

This charging station is located at my local health food store.  Likely location as Vermont is known for its health food stores and proud to be very "green".

Yes, I've been knitting and have quite a bit to show you but still have to take pictures.  So, in the interim...............

Happy Knitting!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Blogging Friends Are The Best!!!

Amy and I have been blogging friends for at least 5 years.  I am proud to know her and admire all her talents one of which is card stamping.  I always hoped that Amy might want to send me one of her creations and was delighted when she asked me for my address.  This card is gorgeous.

I collect bookmarks, magnets, etc. with a "dream" message so, this fact unbeknownst to Amy, she had a "dream" message for me.  Well, thoughtful as Amy is, also included in the package was a pair of hand-knit knee warmers for my arthritic knees. 

The package arrived on a day that had proved to be quite challenging so Amy's thoughtfulness really perked up my day.

Check out Amy's blog.  She is a wonderful, mom, wife, daughter, friend and much more.  Her creations are fantastic and she is currently knitting for a charity in each of the 50 United States and she has a map on her blog listing the states that have benefited from her thoughtfulness.  Amy is originally from the U.S. and now lives in Israel.

Sadly, about two months before we met online, Amy was in my town and shopped at my LYS.  How I wish I had had the opportunity to meet her in person.

Hugs to you, Amy.  I'm proud to be your friend.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Cat Bordhi's Sock E-Book

Cat Bordhi's E-Book Cover!

Note:    Had a problem posting earlier regarding this topic and hopefully this time Blogger will be friendly. 

I purchased Cat Bordhi's new E-book that was just released this past week and it is wonderful!  The book contains several patterns with more to be released as part of the purchase.  Check out the link to the video for a new style heel. 

Sweet Tomato Heel You Tube Video

I've joined Cat Bordhi's Ravelry Group.

I had the opportunity to take a wonderful workshop with Cat on moebius knitting a couple of years ago.  The workshop was to help raise money for breast cancer research at the University of Vermont.  What fun!!! 

Here I am on the Cat who is on the right.

Here's Cat checking out a knitter's work.

I was flattered when I was asked for permission to use my picture for Cat's pattern "Swinging Mikado" (moebius cowl) on Ravelry.

So go ahead and purchase the e-book.  You can find the link on her blog (see above) or directly on  It is downloadable for Windows, Mac and IPad.

Happy Knitting!