Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fun Summer Day

I was going through old cell phone pictures and found these pictures. I remember what an awesome day that was last year, and I wanted to share.

It was a bright sunny day. Not a cloud in the sky, but not too hot. After the jet boat tour I hopped on my scooter and rode around Milwaukee and Sellwood area for the afternoon.




Friday, February 16, 2018

Happy Ball Winder

I can't believe I've been knitting so long and this is my first ball winder. I like the name too. What else can you call it really. Yarn winder maybe?

The first day I got it I wound all the lose yarn in my entire place. Now everything is neatly organized and ready to go.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Cable Scarf

I've made a version of this scarf, but this one is a bit bigger. Also, the ribbing is KK and PP.

Friday, February 9, 2018


This hat is easy and quick to make. 

  1. Cast on 80 stitches on a 7 USA circular needle. 
  2. Knit with desired color to form band, then alternate colors of your choice until the hat measures 9". 
  3. Decrease every other row every 20 stitches 5 times. 
  4. Gather remaining stitches and cinch hat top. 
  5. Hem hat band by tacking every other stitch to inside of the hat. 

Tips: In order to avoid jogging, (that's when a color change looks obvious because it doesn't appear to start on the same row) at the end of the first round of new color, slip knit wise the first stitch of the new color, and then knit the rest of the new color normally. 

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Lincoln Memorial Park and Funeral Home

This place is interesting in that it's a funeral home, cemetery, and a park. I am not sure what that means, but it's a wonderful place really. Very quiet as you can imagine and landscaped very well. I can't wait to go back this summer.

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Easy Clothing Labels

I've been thinking about making fabric care labels using iron-on transfer paper for a while, but it's just the other day that I happened across some Avery (8938) Iron-On Transfer paper in my closet.

I created the labels in Word using a standard return address template, than I used the mirror option in my printer settings to reverse the print.

Finally I printed them out on an ink jet printer, then I ironed them onto muslin. I chose muslin because I wanted the labels to be relaxed and sort of handmade looking.

After I washed them, the iron-on material softened to be like the surrounding fabric.

I love them!

You can iron them on directly which would be nice for shirts and casual lounge clothes, but of course that wouldn't work with knits.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

A Day at the Beach

Every now and then I like to get up early and drive to the beach. No traffic, no people. Heaven. 

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Wool Cable Hat

I created this pattern and knitted the hat in about 3 days. It's made from soft Merino wool and is machine washable.

Monday, December 4, 2017

Red and Black Striped Sweater

I have been working on this sweater between projects for quite a while. Recently I finally finished it and put it all together. I like the sweater, and I love the construction. Honestly, I think I will stop using this yarn which is 20% wool, 80% acrylic, because although most garments knit up well, once it's washed they tend to turn into jelly - stretching, not holding their shape. By the end of the day the bottom of the sweater is down to my knees.
There were minimal mistakes, and the fit is just right. Instead of seaming the sweater I sewed it together with my sewing machine which saves a lot of time, and I think gives it a flatter seam, and makes it look a little more professional.

Fun Summer Day

I was going through old cell phone pictures and found these pictures. I remember what an awesome day that was last year, and I wanted to sha...