WIP Wednesday – July 23

I’ve cast on the yarn I dyed & spun earlier this year. I’m kind of just winging it for now to see what happens. I’ve got an idea in my head but I’m not quite sure it’s going to work out.


This is not quite a WIP just yet, but I’m going to spin this roving from Miss Babs as my next spinning project. It’s called Shoot and is 100% BFL. I’ve had this roving in my stash for at least 4 years, maybe more. I’m planning to spin it up fingering weight(ish) and knit a shawl with it since it is a monochrome color.


No quilt update this week; I was feverishly knitting all week. You’ll see why on Friday!

WIP Wednesday – July 16

Well…. I went a little quilt crazy this week.

A new row on this section and 27 sets of two stitched together.


What is not in this picture is the 30+ octagons I basted, the big stack of squares I cut, or the 4-5 dozen templates I cut out. I also bought six more fabrics to go with this quilt.

Quilt crazy indeed!

I’m also up to 32 points on the Hitchhiker – Only 10 more to go!


How To’s-Day – Adding Beads to Knitting

If you’ve been following the WIP Wednesday posts, you know that I’m working on the Hitchhiker shawl. I’m following the pattern as written except for at the beginning of each row 8, I’m adding a bead to the first stitch. Here’s one way of how to add beads to knitting:

I use a size US 14 (0.75 mm) steel crochet hook for beading. I find this size is suitable for both size 6 and size 8 seed beads.


Start by slipping a bead onto your hook.


Next, slip the crochet hook purl wise into the stitch.


Slip the stitch over to the crochet hook. This is the first stitch in this row and it has stretched the loop. Don’t worry, it will all go back in place in just a moment.


Hold the yarn in place with the hook then slip the bead off the hook and onto the stitch.


Slip the stitch back onto the left hand needle making sure not to twist the stitch.


Work the stitch as instructed. For this pattern, this stitch is purled.


The bead is now secured. Continue your pattern as written.


I hope you’ve enjoyed this edition of How To’s-Day!!


WIP Wednesday….. It’s been a long time.

You may have noticed a sudden influx of blog posts after being dormant for so long and that the blog has had a bit of a makeover. I’ve recently changed jobs. I now work much closer to home and have more time to focus on my own work again. I hope to get back into the swing of things and back to posting on a more regular basis.

Now on to the WIP’s!

I’m knitting a second Hitchhiker shawl. I’m finally getting to use one of the skeins of Wollmeise that I’ve been hording for a couple of years. I’m modifying the pattern again by adding beads to each point. I’m up to 15 of 42 points.

Wollmeise Hitchhiker wip

I’ve also been on a spinning kick lately. It could be because my spinning wheel is sitting nearly directly in front of the air conditioner. I’m spinning a merino roving called Midnight that I got for my birthday 2.5 years ago from Spun Right Round. It’s amazingly soft.

Purple spinning project

Fibonacci Shawlette Now Available!

Fibonacci Shawlette

The Fibonacci Shawlette was previously exclusively available in a kit but it is now available for purchase online! You can purchase the pattern through my Ravelry store or through the Etsy store.

What can I say, I’m a math nerd. The Fibonacci Sequence is a set of numbers where the next number in the sequence is created by adding the two preceding it. (0, 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13….) The color changes in this shawl represent the 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, & 13 of the Fibonacci Sequence.

I hope you enjoy knitting this shawl, even if you aren’t a big fan of math and numbers.

This shawl is made using two 100 gram skeins of worsted weight yarn. One solid and one hand-dyed or variegated. Suggested needle size US 11 (8 mm). I made the one pictured using a skein from Unplanned Peacock and a cotton cashmere blend from Plymouth.

Great pattern for a first time shawl!

Fibonacci Shawlette 2

Dew On the Vine Cowl

Dew on the vine cowl

Cables and Lace and Beads; Oh My!

When I received this skein of Mink yarn from Red Barn Yarns, I just knew it needed to be around my neck and I wanted a pattern that was just as special as the yarn itself. That’s where the Dew On the Vine Cowl was born.

Dew on the vine cowl

Dew on the vine cowl

Dew on the vine cowl

Pattern is available in my Ravelry Store.


On a side note, today is just perfect. I love autumn.

Sunny September Day

I hope you’re doing something you enjoy today!

Chalet Cowl

I whipped up this cowl for the shop on Friday. It is made with Classic Elite Yarns Chalet and is dreamy to have around your neck. It’s so soft! If you’d like to make one of your own, the Chalet Cowl pattern is available in my Ravlery shop.

chalet cowl 2

Chalet Cowl

Get ya patterns here!

I’ve decided to put some of the patterns that I’ve designed over the years on Ravelry. Some of them are still only available at the yarn shop I work for, but some are available for purchase.

This is a two piece set I created for teaching the beginning crochet and crochet around classes that I teach.

crochet beginner hat and scarf set


crochet beginner scarf

You can get the ebook version with both patterns here, or you can get the Scarf here or the Hat here separately.

All of my designs can be found here. Not all of them are up yet, but as I have time there will be more patterns. I have two more crochet patterns that will be up very soon.