Charity Knitting

On top of digging for patterns for the kids mittens and scarfs, I have thrown charity knitting in to the mix. I will take one day a week to focus on the charity stuff.

20131125_101241For one hospital I am working on a rug/afghan that is just big enough to fit into a Hume crib, they are asking for them to be 20 inches by 20 inches to just fit inside and help to cover the little one. That is proving a bit of a challenge to make sure that I can get the size just right. I have been trying it with granny squares but I think this will be the trial and error piece. I usually give things a go to make sure that I can master all elements. I may not try granny squares again or if i do go with  a smaller size.




20131125_101401The other is called a Special Body Warmer. It is a little vest with buttons at the on the shoulders to allow the nurses accessibility to lines and all as needed without disturbing the little one. I started up the trial and error vest last night and will get a pic so you can see.


Knitting on the Run – Mom , I need a scarf and quick.

20131118_105811My daughter in Vermont the other day called me on Skype and told me she needed a scarf, and how fast could I do it. It had to be warm and fuzzy. Oh, she also needed mittens and could I do them for the kids. OK, so here I go hunting high and low for a pattern for mittens that I liked and could do for the whole family. OK, now the digging begins and finding what I know will work up simple and quick but will be just what is needed. My first try at a hat the Downtown Hat will find its way to Elizabeth.

Looking for the mitten pattern I wanted one just like what my Mum use to knit for me. I loved what she use to make and I wore them out beyond repair. I love that my daughter ask me to do this and she knows the quality and love it goes into making something special.

That is what I love about knitting, creating that one of a kind piece that is going to be used and hopefully well-loved. Just watching them open the package and see the look on their face of surprise and excitement.

With Spring and Summer here in Australia, its time for those little projects that can be taken on the bus or in the car, or to events.

Lots to do and very little time, so I had better get my needles in to high gear.




Travel Project Photos

Just some catch up photos on mobile projects.

This is the 40 stitch block being used for Welcome Blankets. Cast on 40 stitches and knit until you can fold it corner to corner and make a complete triangle.


The 6 round granny squares for the blankets for the hospital for the babies in the Neonatal Unit at the local hospital.


My version of the 10 Stitch blanket. I am loving the mitered corners



About Time I Checked In

IMG_20130128_115615      Hey all, 

Lots going on and not a lot of knitting or crocheting at the moment. Been working some on the White Sox blanket learned some new stitches. The finger less gloves are going well and I have found a new pattern to try for another pair. 

On  Staci has been doing a new stitch series and I am really enjoying it. Some of the stitches are pretty easy and she explains them well, breaks them down and all. I would like to try using the new stitches in a sample afghan or lap rug. Even for a small rug for the neo-natal unit at the local hospital. 

My Grandson Gabriel’s blanket is coming really slow. I am trying to get the other writing back to one or two days a week so I can devote time to it. His first birthday is coming up soon and he and Elizabeth still do not have anything from Grandma and I need to get a move on. 

I am on a two month self-imposed ban from buying any wool(yarn) I am trying to work on the stash I have and get some of it used up on what projects I have now. 

Hope everyone is well and I can’t wait to see what new projects everyone has going on. 



Works in Progress Number THREE finished

Number Three on the list was the Potato Chip Scarf learning short rows. It was a quick work and even though it’s not a scarf I would make for myself,  but it was a good learning pattern. 

I found the pattern from

The pattern is a free download and the video is a big help if you are learning how to do short rows for the first time.

Happy knitting kids




Keeping up the Sports Theme Part THREE

Adelaide Crows Rug/Afghan

I used Carnival 8 ply wool in the colors of the team which are Dark Blue, Red and Gold, also using a variegated 8 ply from Needles also in the team colors.   Crochet hook Size 4.50mm.

The pattern is a multiple of 3 plus 2. I did a base crochet of 285 to 300. In the second from hook, one single crochet, 2 double crochet in same space. Skip 2 and repeat 1 single crochet, 2 double crochet. Repeat that until you reach the very last stitch and do 1 single crochet in the last stitch. Crochet 1 and turn your work. 

2013-04-03 12.57.10As you know I would normally just change colors when I felt like it but on this one I decided to create a pattern. I had forgotten the variegated wool and have now started working that into the pattern.  I will use it along with the solid color and keep the pattern intact. 











Keeping up the Sports Theme Part TWO

I promised you that I would talk more about the design of both Rugs/Afghans in this series.

The chicago White Sox Rug I started on size Seven USA needles. If I remember right I casted on roughly 200 stitches. The first 6 rows I did with Carnival 8 ply with Black 8 ply by Thorobred. I didn’t have much of that brand and will have to change to Carnival 8 ply black. I changed to white only and Straight knit I knitted 12 to 15 stitches on each beginning and end of row, just depending on the stitch I was using and how i felt, and started with the Stockinette Stitch. I went back to garter stitch for a few rows before adding the black for they variegated look. I don’t really have a set number of rows, just change when I feel like it. Another few rows of black garter before changing to the seed stitch,( knit one purl one, next row purl on the knit , knit on the purl). Keeping the seed stitch going in the white for a small amount of rows. I tried a block of cable and was actually pretty happy with it. I changed to circular needles and started the variegated again.











I made the move to the larger needles because things seem to work a little faster. If it was for anyone else I would’ve stuck to the needles I started with. Since this is staying with it, I am a little more flexible and try things a little more.  Sorry that the above pics are not as clear as I wanted.

In Keeping up the Sports Theme part THREE I will take you through the Adelaide Crows Crocheted Rug

Any time you have a question please feel free to leave me a comment and I will get back to you as soon as I can

Happy Knitting







Photographing Projects in the Works

I like taking pictures of projects along the way for many reasons.

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The about pictures is from a current project I found on the website called

I had no clue what a short row was or how to do one, so this is the best pattern I have found to learn. Staci is amazing and takes you through each step slowly, you can pause the video and rewind as much as you need to get the hang of things. I will show you once I have it done. Notice in the picture I also made sure to get the brand of wool used.


At the beginning to see that the chosen colors work well together. What might look good to the naked eye can be completely different in a photograph. I take pictures along the way as I work to help me document the progression of the work. Especially if it’s a gift, a one of a kind. I don’t think that I have ever created the same project. I love that what I do is a one of a kind gift. Whether it’s for a wedding gift or the arrival of a new baby. It also helps to build a portfolio as such, to show those friends and family who might be looking for that something special to give. I had friends who wanted to give a gift and couldn’t knit or crochet to save themselves. By having my little portfolio I could show off to them what I could do, give them the idea that if they wanted to buy the wool for the gift, I would give them mates rates at the construction of the gift and the photographs as a keep sake for the gift.

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As you can see in the picture to the left, I have three different textures of wool for a scarf I am planning. The Carnival on top is a plain pale blue,looking to match it with the other wool in the photo, which  the blue on the left is heavier which should knit or crochet up fine on its own. The wool on the right is more light weight and needs an anchor for it to knit up, I read somewhere that at times if using wool on the right is not as sturdy in knitting or crocheting, where using a regular color could give it the stability it needs.



My parents were always working together on projects and loving the process. I can remember Dad always taking pics as the gifts were opened and the excitement but also how people would understand that how much love went into creating the gift. That a part of my Mum or Dad or both of them was woven into the gift.

I do that today with what I create. I take the photos to keep as a record but also to help myself stay on track to meet the deadline.

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This is a scarf I am knitting for myself out of some Scottish wool a mate of mine picked up for me. is the pattern I am using. It is a simple lace pattern, good for beginners like me. It took a little bit of just watching the video before I gave it a try. Its working well and keeping in my challenge of learning new stitches during this year.







Don’t be afraid to create a keepsake of  what you are giving. It gives you a sense of accomplishment, a record for reference but it’s also a piece of you that you are leaving behind. Creating a memory that will last.