Summers and Cotton

Summers and Cotton

Cotton Hats

It has been a busy summer without much knitting going on! I look forward to the coming fall weather and getting back to some serious knitting! 😊

But I did make time for a little charity knitting. I like to make a lot of chemo hats for a charity our Knitting Club supports. I have gobs (and I mean gobs) of acrylic yarn in my stash with very little cotton, so I usually make them in acrylic. But, recently I did a swap with a friend from Knit Club. She needed an accessory I had, that I was not using, and I needed some cotton yarn. 😊 Since summer is a good time for cotton, I got busy with my new yarn. It is a nice, soft cotton but very thin – a 16/2. It takes 4 strands together to make a good-sized yarn for the standard gauge. She even graciously wound a couple balls for me, combining some lovely colors together. And she shared her pattern! Lovely friend, indeed! 😊 Since they are a cotton yarn, they are made a little over-sized, then washed and dried to come out the perfect size. May they bless someone going through a rough time in their life!

Giving Generously

Giving Generously


We are part of a wonderful church – with loving folks. They have become a family to us. And as in any church, or, as a matter of fact, in any organization we are a part of, there are always plenty of ways to offer our services. Any time things are worth doing, it requires people with willing hearts to make things work well and efficiently. And so, at some time in our attendance of a church or organization we are usually called upon to serve. That might sound like a degrading thing to do – to serve others. Sounds a lot like being a servant – which does not have a good connotation. But it really is a privilege and an honor to serve others. I am reminded of our Machine Knitting Club Seminar that we had last month. That seminar takes lots of willing hands to pull off well. So many details and jobs that need filled and I was so blessed to see so many unselfishly and willingly volunteer for the many jobs. You know… as our mothers used to say…many hands make light work… 🙂

Now, as my husband and I are being asked to serve in our local church we might think we are too busy, getting too old or a bunch of other excuses. We love to have lots of time for ourselves – and I admit there comes a time when circumstances keep folks from being involved. But we want to recall the Lord’s reminder of what serving is truly all about. It is purely and simply serving Jesus Christ. As much as we love our fellow church attenders and do not mind serving them, it is really about serving our gracious, loving and merciful Savior who gave His very life for us and set the perfect example of being a servant. It is a debt we could never repay, but we show our gratitude, obedience and love to Him by serving where we are asked, as we are capable. We all have ways we can help in our own sphere of life and may we all give generously of our gifts, time and talents. 🙂

Some Pink and Blue

Some Pink and Blue


I am a big fan of the Img2track software for the Brother electronic machine. I think it makes a unique baby blanket to give to our knit club charity. The bunny friends on the one just had to be blue. 🙂 Both blankets are about 500 rows, using the whole machine bed, knit in full needle rib and double bed jacquard with a 2-row striped back. I used 2 strands of 2/24 yarn on tension 2. They measure approximately 30 X 33” – a nice baby size. The pink one is Stitch World pattern #31 in DBJ. It is supposed to be a tumbling block pattern, but the dark side of the block is in the wrong place – meaning I should have used the pink as color number 1 and white for the second color. So…it does not really look like tumbling blocks, but it is pink and it will keep a baby girl warm! 🙂 Now to make some cardi’s and hats to match!

An Enchanting Yarn Gift

An Enchanting Yarn Gift

I had some beautiful yarn that was given to me by a friend that I have looked at periodically and wondered what to make with it. She gave it to be because when she saw it she knew I would love it. I mean…it’s pink.  🙂 I was looking for a project and after considering several ideas I decided on a scarf. I had 400 grams, but feared it was not enough for a sweater since it is pretty thick yarn and I knew it would only knit on the bulky machine. It is 60% baby suri and 40% merino by Blue Sky Alpacas. Did I say this was luscious yarn? It is a silky, itch-free combination of baby suri alpaca and the softest merino wool. It is made in Peru and I love that it has found me. Since a scarf was in order, I needed a pattern and as I perused one of my favorite blogs that I follow, cckittenknits, I saw this pattern and thought I’d try it. I knit it on tension 5 and the cables knit up quickly. It is half on the ribber so that it lays flat off the machine. I knit 281 rows and it is 60” X 5”. It is incredibly warm, so it is definitely a winter wear – although it is blizzarding in April at my Colorado home right now! 🙂 I have another 200 grams of it and I think it will make a lovely gift for someone. This is the link to the pattern. https://cckittenknits.wordpress.com/2014/12/03/cabled-scarf-made-on-the-brother-bulky/
Thank you, Melanie, for this enchanting yarn gift. ❤

Spring Shrug Cocoon

Spring Shrug Cocoon

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I saw these really cute photos of the front and back of a hand knit cardigan and thought I would see if I could figure out how to make it by the photos.  This has no shaping as I knit the pieces, but is just 2 rectangles with a band sewn on the front and around the neck.  So simple and so much fun because the shaping is all done in how it is folded and sewn! I made this on the standard gauge machine because I wanted it to be as lightweight and Spring-like as possible, since it is short sleeved. Well…the sleeves come to the elbow, which is hard to see by the photo. I did a thread lace stitch pattern and used 2 ends of cone serger thread for the second yarn that was an identical match in color to the Tamm Estillo main yarn. I wrote the pattern from small to 2X, and since it is a loose-fitting shrug I only needed 3 sizes. The pattern is above in the drop-down menus. You can make this on any machine, using any yarn and any stitch pattern. How easy is that! But, it does require a carefully measured tension swatch, but you all are experts at that! 🙂  And if not, there is a tutorial for each gauge of machine in the drop down menu. I home-school my grandson for a history class and I need to write an end of year review. So…no more knitting until that is written! 🙂

Mixing Textiles in a Modern Design

Mixing Textiles in a Modern Design

There are so many unusual styles and mix of textiles for garments in the stores and online. They are cute with modern styling and just something out of the ordinary. I experimented by writing this pattern and this is the resulting garment. It has an asymmetrical hemline made with a 3 row hung hem, A-line shaping to give it the folds of fabric so common in today’s styles and has the raglan, lace sleeves. I did a cut and sew neckline and after thinking through how to finish it, I wished I had purchased enough lace to make a bias lace edge. But, I made a narrow band on the knitting machine. I sewed the whole project together on the sewing machine, but knit the body on the standard machine. I was not fond of the yarn – it is Tamm Spirit. When I ordered it, I did not realize it had all the bits of color in the yarn – my mistake for not being more observant. It was pink yarn – I mean…what more does one need to know?? 😊 It is knit in 4 pieces and the center front and back are joined in a sew-as-you-go method – meaning as I knit the first piece, I made eyelets along the center side. Then as I knit the second piece, I hung those eyelets on the left most needle every other row. The 2 pieces for the front (and later for the back) were finished when the second side was knit. The join gives an open, lacy-looking design feature and avoided the usual mattress stitch join. Now, onto a new technique I want to try. 😊

Never Be The Same

Never Be The Same

We all love Spring and Easter. It is so much fun to dress our families up in new clothes, have egg hunts and enjoy a fabulous spread of food at a meal to celebrate. And there is nothing wrong with any of those – they all make special family fun and give our kids great memories. But if that is our only focus, then we have sadly missed why we even have Easter. We must remember the cross – it is the very reason we have the holiday at all. Jesus was born to this earth and we celebrate that at Christmas, but at this season, we remember He was born to die on a cruel cross to pay for the sins of mankind – a debt we cannot pay ourselves no matter how good a life we live. What gives validity to this payment is the fact that Jesus did not stay dead but rose from the grave – victorious over death and that is the sweet celebration of Easter. Newness of life. If He lives, so shall we live forever with Him – when we put our trust in that work.

It seems like there are endless choices in life concerning religions or denominations or the choice of no religion at all. But there are really only 2 choices in life – what we will do…or not do… about Jesus. My prayer for you at this Easter season is that you will put your trust in the death and resurrection of Jesus – and then celebrate in all the fun, special ways with your families. Easter will never be the same for you, I promise. 😊

Some Spring Charity Knits

Some Spring Charity Knits

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I had a large skein of Loops and Threads Snuggly Wuggly brand baby yarn and decided to make up a set for charity giving. I really like that yarn – it is a #3 yarn and is relatively inexpensive Michael’s brand. The blanket is from Diana Sullivan’s Best Baby Blankets book. It utilizes the Long Stitch for the ribbing and the sides of the blanket so that the sides do not roll – but the middle is plain stockinet. It knits up so quickly – a plus for charity work. The bit of patterning in the blanket is just from the speckled yarn. I wrote patterns for the Quick Bulky Baby Cardigan and the Bulky Baby Hat and they are in the patterns above. I wanted a really fast sweater so it has the least amount of shaping possible – and it is a quick knit. If you are looking for a speedy baby gift or charity knit, I hope you will try them. 😊

Aquamarine Waterfall Cardigan

Aquamarine Waterfall Cardigan

 

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I have been working on a waterfall front cardigan and decided to write the pattern up in several sizes. It is knit on the standard gauge with a one row tuck pattern in a light yarn. I like the one row tuck because it makes a lighter fabric than 2 row tuck and a lighter fabric is much better for draping on the waterfall. The hem is faux garter stitch and I edged the fronts and neck with a row of single crochet, but a very narrow knitted edge would work, as well. The pattern is above in the drop down menus. 🙂

The Pain in Learning and Growing

The Pain in Learning and Growing

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Most of us have a desire to do things that others appreciate. There is nothing like some “kudos” in life. But what if it falls under a category that is not healthy? What if we strive to please and get others approval – and then when we don’t, it sends us into a tailspin? I must admit I have had this happen to me recently. Not that I am proud of it. But I have a feeling I am not alone in this malady. I have a healthy outlook on life for the most part. But because of a crushing experience about 16 years ago, when someone I trusted turned on me, I now have a tender spot in this area. Understandably so. So, when I encountered what felt like a blow of disapproval from someone of similar standing in my life, I must say, I did not handle it well. But what I have come to realize is that I should never strive to gain others approval in an unhealthy way. We can never live up to everyone’s expectations of us. I am loved and accepted by God just as I am – I do not need to strive to win His approval. I am His child because of my trust in Him and I can be settled in that. And, I am also blessed by friends and family around me that love me as I am – so I need to hold very lightly the need for people, that do not really know me, to give me their approval of things they do not understand. Interesting that we never stop learning and growing in this life, isn’t it? 🙂