I'll write about my adventures in sewing, pattern design, fabrics, notions, sewing books, magazines and the lessons I've learned from my Mother along the way. I'll be adding Knitting as well now that I have my own knitting buisness.
A few months ago I received a beautiful prayer shawl from the CWL (Catholic Women’s League) as a present for all the fabric and yarn I passed on to these very talented ladies. Since I started to pack for my up coming move I raided my stash of fabric and yarn and have put it to good use through the CWL.
I know loving and prayerful hands worked on this shawl. I even highly suspect that Father Jonathan blessed it for me. For me it is a beautiful work of craftsmanship and my first crochet shawl.
I shall put this prayer shawl to good use.
Question: Have you made someone a prayer, blessing or meditation shawl?
This Christmas I decided to start the task of finishing up projects that I’d started far too long ago to remember dates. There are many projects and I’m sure this will turn into a New Years Resolution, and unlike many people who avoid NYR at all costs. I don’t because whether I finish them or not I still make a dent in any resolution I embark on. This years resolution will be enjoyable and of course I received more yarn for a Christmas present. I don’t think of resolution as a unpleasant task. Instead of writing a list of tasks that have to be done this year, I write a list of things I have done. Do you see the difference. I learned this little trick from a friend of mine at a mothers group I have attended for many year now, and I’ve used it ever since. In fact these women helped me with my little Café Knitting business.
Early start on Handmade Christmas Projects
Because I’ve been a crafty person from a young age and have spent many a long night finishing up presents before Christmas morning. I decided that these little fellas would be great gifts to all the avid readers in my family, now the only problem will be keeping it a secret.
The Linen Stitch
This is a wonderful stitch to learn and incorporate into any project. About 5 years ago I started a project called the Mania scarf/wrap. Basically I cast on 600 stitches and you can go as many rows as you’d like, I suspect about 4 feet wide. I used fingering weight yarn and 3.5 mm circular needles and as you can imagine it was an epic project. Well I got bogged down with a mistake right in the middle at st. 300 and I’d gone a couple of rows before I saw my blunder. Well as you can imagine being a perfectionist can be a good thing or just plain bothersome. That being said I wasn’t going to unravel my work or go back at least 1000+ stitches so I did the most sensible thing and I shoved it to the bottom of my knitting basket for later consideration. Now coming back to this year, I’ve made the NYR of finishing or making a dent in knitting projects. Knitting these linen bookmarks have encouraged me to dig out the mania scarf and once again start knitting. I will not be bothering with fixing my blunder and instead will just start the next row off correctly because in the long haul of life this little mistake will not affect the course of my journey and I’ll just have get over my perfectionist self and knit on.
Here is how I knitted these Bookmarks up: 2 Row Repeat
C/O 11 stitches and I used the cable cast.
Row 1 (RS): K1, *wyif slip stitch purl-wise, K1; repeat from (*) and making sure your last stitch is a knit.
Row 2 (WS): K1, P1, *wyib slip stitch purl-wise, P1; repeat from (*) and knit last stitch.
Work these 2 rows for desired length, or about 7 inches.
Break yarn, tie off, weave in ends, block and start reading.
Needles & Yarn: 3.75 mm DP needles, and fingering weight yarn.
Gauge: Not really important.
The linen Look
This stitch is basically a stockinette stitch with wraps on the front of your work creating the illusion of linen. The wrap is always on the right side as you can see all the little bars going across the rows.
NOTE: what is WYIF (with yarn in front) & WYIB (with yarn in back).
Working the (wyif) on RS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you bring the yarn towards you (wyif) then slip the stitch, then you’ll put the yarn back to knit next st.
Working the (wyib) on WS – before you slip the stitch purl-wise you will put yarn to the back – away from you (wyib), slip stitch, then bring yarn to back to the front to purl next stitch. Because you start the (wyif & wyib) at different spots on RS and WS it off sets the bars on the RS of your work creating a linen look. I hope this explanation will help you whether you’re a beginner or a seasoned knitter.
Question: What stitch has been the most difficult for you to get your head wrapped around? Mine has been the linen stitch, and knitting these bookmarks have helped a lot.
Most Recent Bookmark finished
These little guys are a bit addictive, and don’t they just brighten up a book. I’m even looking at unfinished projects wondering would I have enough left over yarn to whip a bookmark.
Keep Calm and Knit On
Thank you, I always enjoy sharing my knitting with all of you, until the next project.
Like most people who knit and watch period pieces on Jane Eyre, Elisabeth Gaskell and anything Jane Austen. You’re sure to find something to do with sewing or knitting you can’t help falling in love with.
Eyre of Romance a Jane Shawl
This is what happened to me when I watched the 2011 Jane Eyre movie. I fell in love with Miss Eyre’s shawl. And much to my delight someone created a pattern called Eyre of Romance by: Kay Meadors/Natural State Knits.
The Yarn for my Jane Eyre of Romance shawl
The LYS in Prince Rupert
I picked up two skeins in Prince Rupert from a lady who had never knitted before and decided to leave the B&B she had been running for 10+ years to open a yarn shop. If you ever find yourself in Prince Rupert look for the yarn store formally known as (Costal Fibers LYS) this is still the website name. Its new name is ( e’Kletik trading Crafts & Workshop) FB page. Where many other crafts and classes can be found; yarn, knitting, crocheting, felting, furniture, artistic sign painting, aromatherapy and kids crafts. As you can see this was a fantastic store to walk into. Owner and operator is Christy Allen. Everyone in Prince Rupert was very happy to have a yarn store come to town, and Christy has done a beautiful job filling the store with a wide variety of yarn from Canada and internationally.
Website: is Coastal Fibers and Facebook PG: is e’Kletik
The yarn I chose for this project is a lighter weight then what was called for in the Eyre of Romance shawl. I used a 3.75 mm needle for fingering weight yarn. This changes the gauge so my shawl will be a tad bit smaller. Yarn: Fino Délicate + Resplendissante. Colour: Coraline, 75% Merino, 15% Cashmere, 10% soie/silk. Yarn amount: 115g/4oz & 370m/400yds. By Julie Asselin Fino and she is based in Quebec, Canada. This yarn is the colour of strawberries and is so soft.
The Eyre of Romance Jane Shawl: by Key Meadors/Natural State Knits. The yarn she suggests is DK weight with a 5mm needle.
How do you find your projects? Yarn first or pattern first or a bit of both?
A couple of months ago on FB I ran across an ad for painting a yarn bowl at Crock a Doodle a paint and pottery studio. Well, I immediately posted how much I wanted to do this & much to my surprise so did a few others. So a group of us got together last week and had a great time painting yarn bowls and Christmas ornaments, then we went out for dinner.
Can make you scream “why me”! And they always require attention at the most inconvenient times, like most jobs you don’t fancy doing. Well this little job had to be done this morning and before it ended up on the mending basket, where it would never to be seen again.
The zipper I ripped out was an invisibleone and nice as it is on a dress, it is also not the most practical one to use for a cushion. Luckily like most seamstresses I have a little stash of valuable items in a drawer. This new zipper is much more serviceable and less likely to break. The closed end trouser type, in my estimation a very practical type of zipper.
Luckily this was a half hour job and I was able to get back to more pressing jobs that require my time, like sewing my wrap dress that is almost finished. I just have the side seams left to do. Cross my fingers, this week I’ll wrap up my wrap dress.
Not too bad, good enough for my bed.
Next Job the wrap up Wrap Dress!
Yes, the wrap dress is under all this mess. Tomorrow I’ll dig it out.
Question: Which zipper is your favorite? And do you believe practice makes perfect, or at least more confident!
This Remembrance Day I started my search for a knitting project and this is what I found. This is a special year because it’s the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI. So I started to dig in my scrap yarn basket and found a beautiful deep red yarn, a dark blue yarn and a variegated green yarn that complimented each other beautifully then I started to knit.
As I started knitting other thoughts came into my mind and realized I don’t want to forget the freedom I have today was won at a great cost of life.Funny! That knitting a poppy for this Remembrance Day got me thinking about what this little flower should mean to me and maybe with all the turmoil that is happening in the world right now we should pay extra attention to what this poppy means.
This was a wonderful knitting project for me to knit up and I wanted to share it with you all.
Here is the link for the Woman’s Weekly knit & crochet poppy for Remembrance Day (Poppy Appeal). I hope you all enjoy knitting or crocheting this poppy as much as I did.
Questions: What are you Knitting or crocheting today, and does it have a special meaning for you? You don’t have to answer, just whisper it to yourself.
Note: I have to say that I crocheted the middle piece of the poppy because I didn’t like the knit instructions and it just didn’t work out right. I just did a magic circle of six chains and increased as I went about three to four rows.
Whether you call it a messy bun hat, scrunchy hole hat or as I call it the two-hole toque doesn’t seem to matter. This fabulous hat is very popular with women young and old. I haven’t seen a guy with one yet but I’m sure they’re out there. They were first brought to my attention when one of my friends in a CK class suggested them for a project.
Toque: A very French-Canadian word.
Growing up in Ontario just outside of Ottawa, I never heard the word winter hat, ever! All I ever heard was “get your toque on, it’s cold out today”. As a child/teen I watched the hilariously popular group (Bob and Doug Mckenzie) make this word a Canadian house hold name.
A bit of History
The Canadian-English term toque was taken from the Canadian-French word tuque. There hats were also called the French Voyageur cap. In 1870 the word toque started showing in up writing in Canada. Many French fur traders who came to the New World seeking adventure brought with them their own unique culture and mixed with the First Nations. Many of these young men would never make it back to France and they married the women from the First Nations, creating a brand new cultural group called the Métis. These French fur traders had warm woollen nightcaps to keep them warm on cold winter days. Other Nationalities call these hats by different names; such as, beanie, stocking cap and watch cap;but, to me these voyageurs caps look like the original slouchy.
If your interested in knitting a traditional voyageurs cap. Here is a pattern I found on-line called the Voyageur Cap (Pattern 2).