Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Flags!

Just put this cool flag counter widget on the blog, neat!  It's going to live in the right hand column...

free counters


To get yours, just go here, it's free!

http://flagcounter.com/index.html

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Free Knitting Pattern: Tweedy Eyelet Scarf!





Tweedy Eyelet Scarf
By Jennifer Dickerson

This is a great beginner project to learn simple knitting techniques like YO increases and K2tog decreases. The result is a quickly knit and simple eyelet scarf. The variegated yarn adds interest and makes for an easy yet engaging project.

Materials:
  • 1-2 skeins Lion Brand Tweed Stripes (one skein for a shorter scarf, two for a longer scarf) 
  • US 11 Straight Needles 
  • Tapestry Needle


Abbreviations:
  • CO: Cast on 
  • BO: Bind Off 
  • YO: Yarn Over 
  • K2tog: Knit two stitches together 
Instructions:

CO 20 sts
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Knit
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Knit
Row 5: K2, *yo, K2tog; rpt from * to last 2 sts; K2
Rpt rows 1-5 until desired length, ending on row 4.
BO
Break yarn, weave in ends and block as desired.

© Jennifer Dickerson 2013
Please note: Patterns are for personal and charity use only. In addition, if you enjoy the pattern, please link to it, but do not copy the pattern to your own website or blog (including other languages). Thank you!

 

Stashbusting gifts...

A couple of months ago, I published a pattern for "Luggage Blossoms."  I whipped up several of the flowers (excluding leaf and loop from pattern) and put a pin to the back to make a super simple flower brooch...

...then mounted four to a piece of heavy watercolor paper to make a set.  Looks pretty on a blazer or winter wool coat, or stitched to a purse or hat.  I always save my scraps for tiny projects or stuffing...try even tying a few pieces of yarn colors together for an interesting variegated effect!
Luggage Blossoms Pattern Link

All hail the dishcloth!

I love this pattern...the simplest pattern but it is the most sturdy and scrubbiest dishcloth, I have even put them in the dishwasher!  Whip up a couple of these for a housewarming, washcloths for baby shower, holidays, etc.

Here is the Ravelry Link

Monday, August 8, 2011

The humble darning egg (with a personal history)

For about a year now I've been looking for a darning egg in antique stores.  I initially was going to just buy a new one, but I decided I wanted one with a bit of history. I  have found plastic ones,wooden ones, and even one was hand painted.  But alas, I just couldn't find one that I wanted to go ahead and get...scratch that...the hand painted one was awesome, but it must have been used by some famous sock darner because they wanted an insane amount for it.

So the search continued...last spring I found the perfect egg and walked out of the store after absent mindedly setting it down to thumb through some vintage patterns, oh well.

To my surprise, I was gifted the other day by the women in my family (they had no idea I was looking) my very own darning egg!!  What a cool coincidence!  The knitting gods were smiling down on me that day!  The best part is that it was used by my grandmother and upon closer inspection I found it has nicks and dings all over it from when she would darn my grandfather's socks...very, very cool.

So after looking for the perfect darning egg, it found me...and with came it's own history and is a part of my history too.
My grandmother's darning egg
PS Here is an excellent video tutorial on how to repair a sock using the tool (the person in the video used a darning mushroom, but according to Wikipedia they are interchangeable.

How to Darn A Sock

Wikipeda link on Darning

(From Wikipedia)

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