Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Vintage Pot Holders

I love vintage pot holders.  They are smaller than ones we currently use so they are not very practical.  I like to use them for decor and for coasters.  It is amazing how many people do not use coasters under his or her drinks. The excuse I hear is that the table is not wood, or the table top has a finish to prevent water stain rings.  I still use coasters because I don't like the dirty spills or the wet ring.  I found a couple of unusual pot holders recently. 

I loved the rick rack woven into the pot holder.  My first prototype came out pretty big and had a few too many stitches in it making it ripple.  This prototype is in the background of the 2nd picture.  I made it pink and maroon.  I followed the example below with the exception of the size of yarn, hook, and rick rack.  If there is interest in this pattern, I can provide it for you.  No cost.

The pansies are reversible.  One side purple and one side yellow.  

What do you think about the pansy pot holders?

Have a great week!   Dawn

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


I think it is funny when someone says a word or phrase incorrectly.  My granddaughter said she has a footdad.  She meant stepdad.  Foot, step; so similar. LOL  The other day a lady was in our office and talked about a neighbor child who was autistic.  She kept saying that the child was artistic.  

Isn't spring beautiful?  It has taken about 25 years to get the wisteria to bloom so well.  The fragrance permeates the air on the strong, Kansas winds.

 In the back of the house, I have a lilac bush.  I had to bring some lilac beauty and fragrance in the house.  I had to place one of my socks from a current project onto the table.

Grandbaby 1 and I planted herbs together last week.  We had a pretty good success rate.  The packages were kits so it would have been hard to mess up.

I started making fireplace mantle covers, dresser scarves, buffet covers, or whatever they can be used for covers.  One edge has hand dyed wool locks which can go to the front edge, or hang over the front edge.  This one is reversible and totally different.  

See the new chicks.  They are growing!  I may have eggs this time next year.  Last week we lost one of our adult chickens to a neighborhood dog attack.  A second chicken lost her tail feathers.  She may have a bite on the top of her back, but she is holding on well.  The third one was not injured and gives moral support to the injured one.  We have a variety of colors and breeds with the new chicks.  

What projects are you working on?  I have some project bags ready to sew.  I hope to start a knitted pillow, another pair of socks, and a large rug.  

Have a great week!!!  Dawnie

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

2 Pair of Socks

I forgot to share with you my sock pictures.  The first one is cherry chip colorway from SMAK Super Fibers.  The toes are hand dyed and have sparkle. The manufacturer is unknown.  The bottom socks are made with yarn from Hue Loco.  The colorway is no longer available.  The toes have an added lace thread of Tussock yarn in the pink joy colorway from Purl Soho.  This yarn is made with 60% kid mohair and 40% silk.

The socks above were experiments on size of needles and number of stitches.  The body is plain.  I used an afterthought heel on both.  The heels are made differently on both pair.

Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Birthday cupcakes and socks

I had a birthday this week and a  co-worker made adorable cupcakes.   See the spool of thread?

Above is a baby picture of me.   How old do you think I am?
Hint, the picture is in black and white.

I am still making socks.  I have made a few changes to the original basic plain socks.  I had to change to a size 0 needle, instead of using size 2.  The 0 needle is close to the size of a toothpick!  I also decreased the number of stitches from 64 to 60.  This was still not enough to hug my foot correctly.  I decreased the stitches by 4 again, after the heel and instep area.  I also made changes to the heel.  The above sock was made using an afterthought heel.  I experimented with my method and I am still tweaking it.  

I am making another pair of socks and they seem to be much better, but I am still thinking about the heel.  The corners of the heel tend to have larger holes in the stitches and it is not attractive.  Even the best knitters have issues with this.  This problem arises with the traditional method of making socks and with an afterthought heel.  An afterthought heel is when a sock is made without adding a heel until after the sock is made.  Then stitches are picked up where the heel would go and it is knitted in.  
One sock finished!




How have you been?  Are you working on any projects?  I would love to hear from you.

Have a great week!  Dawnie

Friday, March 22, 2019

Spinning, Dying, Knitting.....

I purchased a Sandra Spinning Wheel.  This spinning wheel is battery operated, stained the color I wanted, bourdeau, and it will spin thicker yarns!  I have been spinning odds and ends of fiber trying to use it all up.  (Fat chance of using it all since I have a storage shed full of it.  LOL)  I have a large tub full of wool to spin for a rug I want to make on my large peg loom. So far, I have already spun up 3 bobbins of odd and ends wool for the new rug.

This fiber came from Jenny Fields Fiber.  I bought 4 ounces and this skein is a little over 3 ounces.  I am not sure what I will make with it.  Probably another hat.....I am out of my hat making rut and I am onto making socks, but I think there is enough of this wool to make a child-sized hat.

This is very bright colored yarn.  I love it!  The colors I used to dye the yarn is fuchsia, pink, sky blue, and periwinkle.  The naked superwash Merino was raised and milled in Pensylvania.  I purchased the wool from Walnut Farm Designs.  

I knitted a sample with the yarn and made the sample into a doll skirt for one of the grand-daughters.

I hope you have a great weekend with a lot of creativity!


Sunday, February 24, 2019

I made a complete pair of socks!

I made a pair of socks.  I really finished making the second sock!!!  I used Vesper Sock Yarn "Singing Softly."  100% Merino superwash wool/428 yards of self-striping yarn.

My favorite project bags.  I like to match my project to the bag I use or at least change bags.

New haul.  Sock book, project bag, pompoms, and yarn.

More of that haul.


My favorite items to use for knitting.  Sock ruler, needle size guide, circular needles for socks, stitch markers. pink tulip crochet hooks for picking up dropped stitches.

What are your favorite craft items???

Have a great week!  Dawn

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Hand Made

Hi!  Happy New Year!  

Recently someone has mentioned a few things that bothered me.  I thought I would address them and vent.  

One comment was about one of my hats.  The person thought I should sell my hats.  They said that I could probably sell them for 8 to 10 dollars.  This should be a lot of money for me since I only spend  3 dollars on yarn.  This was not intended to be an insult, but it was!  First of all, most of the hats I  made were made from hand dyed yarn.  The yarn I like to use is 100% Merino wool.  This yarn sells for $19.00 to 30.00 per skein.  I usually have half of the skein left over, depending on the hat.  I did make 3 hats from one skein, but 2 of the hats were smaller and made for children.  At times, I add a mohair/silk strand of yarn along with the wool strand.  Obviously, this adds to the cost of making the hats.  Almost all of the hats I have made were made with thin yarn and on smaller knitting needles.  There is a lot of time invested in making the hats, even if the pattern is plain.  I could not make any money at all unless I asked for more money than most people would be willing to pay.  This is why I made the majority of the hats for my family and friends.  I also purchased pom poms for most of the hats I made.  Most pom poms range in price from 2.00 to 25.00. 

The other thing I wanted to address was when a lady told me how disappointed she was about a Secret Santa making a knitted gift instead of purchasing it like everyone else in the group.  I believe it was a dishcloth and scrubber.  The person continued to complain that it only took about 5 minutes to make and it was probably made with leftover yarn.   Obviously, this person complaining does not knit or she would have known that the gift was more meaningful, better made, and took longer than 5 minutes to make.  

I would much rather have a hand made gift than a store bought gift any day.  What about you?

Thank you for viewing!  Dawnie