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!

Monday, July 11, 2011

Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ) Parade

This is my 5th Baby Surprise Jacket (BSJ). Scroll down to see pictures of the other four.
I taught this class about three months ago. I thought it would be a fun project to teach. It backfired. After all, the sweater is garter stitch with increases and decreases and an eyelet buttonhole (s)which is quite easy. Because it is a piece of knitted origami, it can present a small challenge as the knitter is not aware of which part of the sweater they are knitting in the early stages.
Visit the BSJ group on for instructions on which rows will give you the stripes you are looking for.

I included an I-cord bind-off to achieve a nicer finish and allow my students to learn an additional skill.

As it turned out, my students either loved or hated this project. Those who completed the sweater were anxious to start another on their own. Some struggled to the point of total frustration. They did not like all the stitch counting. Some felt competitive to keep up with others in the class and were not able to.

Except for my "Sock Class" and my "Bring Me Your Kniting Problems", I seldom repeat a class. I love having former students return for additional classes and watch their knitting skills increase. This is one class that I will DEFINITELY not repeat.
My first BSJ was the dark blue/brick color one. That one was gifted to my grandchild, Jakob. The next one was the yellow/aqua sweater with the fish buttons that was gifted to my boss. The other two are still in my gift box waiting for a matching hat.

Happy Knitting!

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Using IPad with Blogger

I am testing this app for Blogger. I sure hope this works. It is called Blogger Plus and is an independent app and the reason I couldn't figure it out with Google.

The following are random pictures to see how they appear on my post.

This would make my day!

Well, I now know that I can post more than one picture.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Iceling Baby Sweater

Pattern:  Iceling Baby Sweater  (purchase on
Yarn:  Plymouth Encore (2 balls)
Needles:  Size 8
Size:  3 months (sweater) 6 months (hat)

What a fun and quick knit!!  Knitted from the neck down, there is no seaming and only a few ends to weave in.   This pattern is very well-written.

I knitted the hat a size larger than the sweater as I was concerned it might be too small.  The garter stitch edge is folded up and can be made larger by removing the button and unfolding the edge.

This picture shows the true color of the sweater.  A very suitable color for either a little baby boy or baby girl.

This sweater has I-cord buttonholes.  If you've never knitted this type of buttonhole, it is really quite nice.

Of course, I always sew clear buttons on the inside as reinforcement.

and I also add my personalized label.  Someone asked where I purchased these labels and I can't remember what the website name is.  Sorry!!!

My daughter, Amy, knitted the same pattern in blue for a family baby shower a week ago.

Cute little tractor buttons!  Great job, Amy. 

As you can imagine, I am delighted to have a daughter who enjoys knitting as much as I do.

I'm on vacation this week and it feels wonderful, refreshing and energizing. The weather has been a mix of sunshine, thunderstorms and cloudiness.  It's ok......I'm happy knitting indoors or outdoors.  There will be other fun things as the week progresses depending on what my inner joyful person tells me to do.

Happy Knitting!