Try again…

Dear Readers,

My blogging journey has been a frustrating one. I have made many efforts to share here but due to one thing or another, I have failed. Never one to take the hint-here I am trying again!

This post is a test to see if everything works now. Hang on to your hats! Here we go…



(Birthday Roses)

Deep in the needles,

Maria

Summer Sweater KAL

I think this is just about the cutest shrug I’ve seen in a loooong time! Of course, the PINK yarn she is using is perfection 😉

Sticks and Spoons

I’m participating in my first ever knit-a-long ya’ll. It’s very exciting 🙂

At first I was a bit perplexed at the title- Summer Sweater KAL…who wears sweaters in the summer? (Actually I do all the time lol. I get cold at night and have a dozen light weight cardigans. My husband teases me for going to an event carrying a sweater when it’s 100 out.) but there were a lot of tees and tops and cardigans in the suggestions, and I found a pattern that I am so excited to wear.

It’s called Twist Shrug, and it has sizes starting at 2T, which I love.

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The Charm of Vintage Pinafores

Long ago I came across this Angel Wing Pinafore  pattern and knew I wanted to make it. I saved it to my bookmarks. Then I came across it again and saved it to Evernote. Later, I saw it on Ravelry and yes, I saved it in my library! I really liked the straight forward-ness (is that even a word?) of the pattern and it’s vintage design. I mean, how many of us even know what a pinafore is?

Pinafores were a daily part if life in days of yore. They were worn over your dress much like an apron, protecting your clothing from the grit and grime of daily life. Pinafores were typically made of muslin or calico fabric, easily laundered and durable. They fastened in the back, usually just at the top. They often incorporated ruffles or embroidery as decorative touches.

I adore all things vintage. I am 54 years old so that excludes so called vintage things from the 70’s and newer! Anyway, I digress 😉
I have 2 darling little girls next door who’s mother’s tastes run similar to mine in this area and it is a blast to needle and hook my way into cute pinafores for them!

I started by making one following the pattern as written in Cascade Ultra Pima Cotton from Alpaca Direct.

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The pattern is written for newborn to 3 months. The eldest, Emma, is 5 so obviously I was going to have to make this pinafore bigger.

Now, I am not a designer. Changing pattern sizes, for me, is limited to the most rudimentary skills. I.e. changing yarn weight and hook or needle size! Any nimbleness of brain to add or subtract stitches here or there has gone by the wayside to make room for Omar (see my bio) 🙂
Even tho I know this about myself, I made 4, yes 4 attempts to rewrite this simple pattern to suit my needs. Each one was a disaster failed. Finally, I used a worsted weight cotton, Berroco Weekend, and a size K hook, following the pattern exactly except for adding one extra row to the yoke. This was the result:

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Perfection! Yay! It fit Emma like I had carefully measured every inch! Ha!

Since then, I have made one for Ellie, Emma’s 18 month old sister. And am working on one for another special little girl named Avery 🙂 wow, do I ever LOVE this pattern!

I think you will too. Enjoy!

Maria

My Review

Authentic Rock Buttons!

By KnitWhit with a pen from Post Falls, ID on 9/24/2013

 

5out of 5

Pros: Light Weight, Smooth, real rock

Best Uses: Sweaters, Gloves, Cowls, Accessorize, Embellishment, Paintable

Was this a gift?: No

I purchased these natural stone buttons to use on a cowl I knitted. I needed something to enhance the beautiful chunky yarn I used in my cowl and these smooth, river rock-like buttons fit the bill perfectly! They are really awesome and I am going to paint a few of them with my own design to make them even more personal! Love love love this product!

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grazing sheep

We all know how I love sheep & England so I had to share these pictures from this fellow blogger. Enjoy!

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Look at what I came across a few days ago: an enclosure full of woolly creatures ♡

I took the pictures while precariously standing on a stone wall with a very uneven surface… For a while I even contemplated the option of getting inside the enclosure; in the end I discarded the idea because of the unpredictable reaction that the creatures may have had and the wall and my outfit would have not been suitable for a quick retreat.

I was even shooting some short videos, but my free WordPress site won’t let me post videos!

Can you guess where this was taken? It’s in England and is a former Roman town…

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