Category Archives: Knitting & Crochet


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Packing

I know it seems like I should be done by now and I’m close … today I finished all the shredding and Keith took 5 trash bags of shredded paper to the North Gate trash facility. Yeah! I’m done and it’s all out of here.

I did finish knitting a scarf last night and even cast off. It will need a light blocking because it’s been scrunched in my knitting bag for a few months! It will go into a pile for donation.

Tomorrow I just have to set out the glassware from the kitchen that we’re taking with us. Some bowls, coffee cups, and special wine glasses. I’m having them pack the breakables…. and I’ll finally be ready for the movers on Thursday!

A pompom tip

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Why didn’t I read this two days ago when I was finishing up this hat? This yarn came with a pompom but I admit I have the hardest time adding a pompom to a hat and not having it look really wonky. I had an email from The Loopy Ewe and they have a tip for sewing pompoms on hats. I’m definitely going to try this the next time. 

Pompon Overload

Did you catch our Instagram post about the 500 pompons that arrived? We built a wall of them. And then we knocked it down on our Instagram post. (No pompons were harmed in the building or destroying of the wall.) We have 21 colors of pompons for you (done in faux fur). Get yours here.
Pompon tip: these pompons have short strings to tie them to the top of your hat. OR, you can sew a button on the bottom of the pompon and button it right into the top of your hat (where you drew the final stitches together at the end.) 

This time, I removed it after an attempt that looked really wonky.  Next time I’ll try the button tip. It’s still a cute hat isn’t it although it would look much better on my hat head than laying flat on the table!


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Done!

Finally, Mo’s striped blanket is done! I think it took me as long to do the knit on border as it did to knit the center of the blanket — never again! If I knit this pattern again, I’ll crochet a border. Much easier and faster!

This is before I washed and dried it but it’s been washed now and it’s packed to go with us tomorrow. Finn and I are also packed and I’m going to start a knit hat while I wait for Keith to get home so we can pack the car. I feel like I’m forgetting something but I’m not going to worry about it!


Published / by Mary / 8 Comments on Ugh!!

After all the work to get ready for the carpet installers they call this morning to delay starting until tomorrow. I am SO not happy especially since I was up early to finish stripping our bedroom of everything on the surfaces and the linens from our bed! I never did fall asleep last night because I was going over everything I need to get done in the next few weeks in my mind and I knew I had to get up early too … the two together are guaranteed to make for a sleepless night!

At least I did finish my red scarf. 

Pattern – Be Simple Variation – a free pattern on Ravelry

Yarn – Wollmeise Twin – fingering weight

Needles – US size 6

It’s a little hard to tell from the photo but the dark color in the scarf is a deep purple. 

This is the 4th time I’ve made this scarf – it uses one skein of my favorite variegated yarn and always looks great. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a knitting finish but I’m also making good progress on the striped blanket for the baby so I should have another finish by the end of the month. 

Now it’s time for a nap!


Published / by Mary / 4 Comments on Knitting

Having made knit blankets for Rae and Bree I knew I’d be making one for the new baby too and the other day Chris asked me to make a blanket like I did for the Rae – he said same pattern, any color yarn I wanted. They used Rae’s blanket all the time – a while back I pulled all the photos of her that I had with her using it into a collage – and I love making things for people who use them!

I really didn’t want to make the same pattern and I knew Becky would want some input in the colors so after a few texts back and forth we had a plan and I’ve made a start. It’s an easy knit although picking up the edge stitches for the border will be a little challenge. I’ve done it before but not for a long time. 

I used TouchDraw, the same app I use for drafting quilts to come up with my stripe sequence. 

Does it surprise you to see me using inexpensive acrylic yarn? Caron Simply Soft is definitely soft, it’s easy care, and it holds up well to frequent washing. It was my first choice for the blanket and I found the colors I needed at Joann’s the other day…it was even on sale!

I miss knitting

Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on I miss knitting

I almost ordered some yarn last night but manage to resist the temptation since my knitting this year has been almost nonexistent mostly due to Finn. Instead, this morning I decided I’d try to knit a while and see how he did. It took about 15 minutes of me telling him no and convincing him that he didn’t want to chew on the yarn or the scarf and he finally settled down on the ottoman and watched the wildlife out the window while I knit for about an hour. 

This pattern is the Be Simple scarf I’ve done 3 other times, yarn is Wollmeise Pure – my favorite and somewhat difficult to come by which is why it was so hard to resist buying some from the Loopy Ewe last night but I’ll admit I’ve got a great big bin full of it even though I’ve given Mom several skeins too. I’m going to try again tonight and see if he’ll let me knit some more! 

I use the Knit  Companion app on the iPad to keep my place in my pattern although I don’t use the more involved parts of the program. I import my PDF pattern and use the row markers and counters but I don’t type patterns into the program – that’s too much work for me! I know some patterns can also be ordered in a format that works in the app but again, PDF works best for me. 

I also loaded Mom’s queen size log cabin quilt and have made a good start on the quilting. I’m a little more than halfway but with Adam and the kids coming tomorrow and staying until after dinner on Thursday I don’t expect to finish the quilting until Friday. 

Time with Finn

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Finn’s still getting used to being back home so I spent a good amount of time with him today. I love our little park and he’s starting to like romping there although always on the leash. 

I also worked on the washcloths – the crochet ones go way, way faster than the knit ones but I admit I like the knit one best – that’s the blue one that’s just half way done. I’ll make some of both to send off with the scarves I’m going to donate. 

I’m working these from a couple books I have but KnitPicks has a bunch of free patterns and I’ll try some of those too


Published / by Mary / 5 Comments on Yarn

I haven’t done much knitting since Finn joined the family – yarn is something he’d love to get his paws on. I thought maybe some knitted washcloths would be a quick easy project and the place I found to donate scarves to also requests washcloths so it would be easy to send them along. 

I’d tried to talk my sister into learning to crochet and bought her some yarn, a hook, and a book to make dishcloths but she never got into it so I asked for it back the last time I was there if she wasn’t going to use it. 

I’m planning to find some ones to knit but the book and the hook were right in with the yarn so I decided I’d crochet a couple today. It’s a worsted weight cotton yarn and a size I hook.


And I did finish the 2nd one and the ends are already woven in. 

Weaving ends

Published / by Mary / 6 Comments on Weaving ends

I’ve shared before about how bad I am about weaving ends in and blocking my knitting. I had a goal of finishing two projects by the end of February that have been waiting … both of these only needed the ends woven in, no blocking, and still I waited until the last day of February. 

 Be Simple Variation – it’s a free pattern on Ravelry. I’ve made 3 of these now – it’s simple knitting and variegated yarns work well and sometimes it can be hard to find a pattern that does work well with them! The knitting on this one was finished in November. LOVE the colors in this one – yarn is Wollmeise pure – a fingering weight yarn. 

This one is the TGV shawl although it’s more of a scarf. Believe it or not it’s been finished since early 2013 except for weaving the ends in. There were 3 knots in the single skein and the yarn wasn’t the softest so after finishing the knitting I stuffed it in a bin.  Now it’s done and in the bin with a pile of other scarves and shawls that need to be donated! I really need to find a place to send them! Yarn is Zauberball®Crazy and I haven’t bought any more of it. Not a fan of the knots or the texture although I loved the striping effect.