Category Archives: Crafts:Projects and Reviews

Another Free Knitting Book! Bags and Purses :-)

 

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I noted this new FREE knitting collection of bags and purses, in my inbox today from Knitting Daily.

I just ♥ that basketweave one! 🙂

(last one at the end of the top row)

Free to download and they don’t send a lot of junk mail afterwards!  

What are you knitting right now? 

Happy Knitting and Weekend! 

PS: Mr. Cheddar will have a very special announcement to make, in the next few days. 🙂 Stay tuned!!!

He’s soooo excited and so am I! 😉

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10 Under $20: Holiday Gift Suggestion List 2015 :-)

The
first of
December
brought thoughts
of Christmas magic.
The Day, so soon to arrive.
Our expectations ran high.
Through snow days and blizzards.
Making a list and checking it twice.
Santa’s letter printed and ready to mail.
Christmas baking: heady, wonderful aromas.
Pageants at school, with costumes of many colors.
The tall lush evergreen, centerpiece of the season.
We decorated so carefully; each bough lovingly adorned.
With some old, some new, every one used and none forgotten.
The long days of dark December. Finally, homework complete.
Sitting in the darkened living room; time alone to drift away.
Marvelling at the masterpiece of lights and shining ornaments.
Gazing far beyond to the bliss to follow. Hurry, hurry, hurry!
Christmas eve: midnight mass and carolling.Treats aplenty!
Then the long awaited, special treasures.
The secrets of shining boxes and ribbons.
Finally revealed and always worth the wait.
Off to sleep, to dream of a perfect snowy Christmas Day.
Now content, to still remember these childhood memories.
On
this
November day.

*** 

This is a Christmas-themed poem that I wrote, several years ago.
These lines still conjure up some wonderful holiday memories for me, from long ago. I hope you enjoy it too. 😉

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My Holiday Gift Suggestion List for 2015 (all under $20) including links to my reviews.

                TCM Greatest Classic Films Collection: Hitchcock Thrillers (Suspicion / Strangers on a Train / The Wrong Man / I Confess)

TCM: Hitchcock Thrillers DVD

A must-have DVD collection for the “Hitch” fan on your list!

reiki

The Power of Reiki

One of the best books on Reiki I’ve ever read! 

Down & Dirty (gardening book)

My all-time fav gardening book.

Fun and Easy Gardening for even the “green thumb challenged“! 😉

Crafting with Cat Hair  >^^<

A Mr. Cheddar Approved Title! 

Never Too Late to Go Vegan

Enlightening and Informative. Recipes Too! 

Seven Year Pen - Bee Happy

The Seven Year Pen

Wonderful Pens! Mine Are Still Going Strong, Years Later! 🙂

Check out our Green Gifts Guide for tons of eco-friendly seed paper gift ideas for the season.

Botanical Paperworks

Beautiful Eco-Friendly Stationary, with a Difference!

Larry Payne's Prime of Life Yoga- Immune Booster and General Conditioning - Level One

Larry Payne’s Prime of Life Yoga DVDs

Yoga CAN Be For Almost Everyone! 

Badger Sleep Balm 2 oz Tin - Lavender and Bergamot

Badger Sleep Balm

Sooooo relaxing!!! ZZZZZzzzzz…. 😉

Suncoat Peelable Nail Polish Kit

My Go-To Tootsie Polish! It’s Great.

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♥Happy Shopping and Holidays♥ 

Sharing A Few Free Goodies Today

Some free knit goodies to share, this time courtesy of:

Peacefully Knitting & More,

one of my new, regular blog stops via my WP Reader.

I ♥ GOOD freebies. 😉

Some excellent designer patterns available for fall and winter! Gift ideas too.

Another Free Knit Kit Contest But Enter SOON!!! ;-)

There’s nothing like a pair of toasty slippers to warm up with at the end of cool,fall day! 😉

I just noted this new knit kit contest for these slippers today. Aren’t they cute? 

Enter now though, the contest closes in 4 days. You can enter here.

Good Luck and Happy Knitting! 😉

What Is The BEST/EASIEST Way to Add a Button Band to a Cardigan?

If you’re an expert knitter, I’m all ears!!! 😉

Walk in the Park Cardi

I’ve been knitting for a lot of years and at this point, still consider myself to be an advanced beginner. That’s OK with me though, I have no interest in tackling really complicated projects. I like to relax when I knit and unwind. 🙂 I don’t want it to be stressful. 😦Yes, I like a bit of challenge but not for the whole project.

And when it comes to finishing sweaters, I sometimes struggle with what works best for those important finishing techniques. And they really CAN “make or break” a project, can’t they?

I am now getting to the end of knitting my first: Walk in the Park Cardie (click to read more about the pattern) which is pictured above and it is looking good.

But now comes the part I haven’t been looking forward to: adding the button/buttonhole band.

As you can see from the pattern, it is a very narrow band on this one and it has a color change too. It is suggested in the pattern to: sew it on as you knit. 

I’m wondering what would be the best way to proceed, to make the neatest finish possible?

I have been looking at YouTube videos and blog posts about this subject, a lot of different ideas out there to consider, re: button/buttonhole bands.

If you have experience with knitting a sweater with a band (especially a narrow one like this sweater has) DO let me know what worked best for you.

Thanks if you can help! 😉

Happy Knitting! 

Another Free Sweater Kit Contest From Rowan! :-)

Rowan has another sweater kit up for grabs!

And again, I think this would be an ideal project for beginner and intermediate knitters.

The contest is open to US and Canadian residents, you can enter here. 

Contest closes on Oct. 22nd so enter SOON! 

I love the color and stitch pattern in this one!

What are you working on right now?

I’m still working on my: Walk in the Park Cardie and I am finally making some actual progress. 😉

♥ Happy Knitting! ♥

Thinking About Christmas Gifts to Knit….

IT’S NOT TOO EARLY TO START! 😉

Discover all nine of these patterns for knitting gifts when you download this free eBook.

Get your free copy for all these lovely patterns: here

I just ♥ that white chevron bag and the ruffled wine-colored scarf.

Happy Knitting and Week!

It Starts With A Ball of Yarn…

These are just some of the many yarn projects I have completed, in the past few years.

Crafting from yarn is always a joy for me. 🙂

Crocheting and knitting are two of the most rewarding and relaxing hobbies I have ever pursued.

 The interest in yarn crafts is at an all-time high right now and there’s no sign of that declining. And for good reason. Crocheting/knitting can be a very meditative experience.Many beautiful and quality items can be made for a reasonable price.

A hand knit or crochet gift is so special. It could even become a treasured family heirloom. Until you’ve experienced the process of taking yarn, working with it, following a pattern (or one you make yourself)and then seeing the finished project, you will only then understand the satisfaction of this  wonderful, creative experience. The popularity of yarn crafts for people of all ages is proof of that too!

If you need help getting started there are oodles of free online patterns, instructional videos, classes and knit/crochet groups are gathering in homes and classrooms, all over the world. And a great way to connect with new friends, wherever you live. Lion Brand is just one of many,online resource with hundreds of free patterns, instructional videos, a good selection of yarns, tools and much more.It’s easier than you might think to get started.

 When I tried crochet for the first time many years ago, I ended up learning just from practicing and following photos in a crochet book. I didn’t know any other “south-paws” who were “hookers” LOL at the time. When I’d watch a right-handed person crochet, it always looked so awkward and confusing. So with determination and hook in hand, I stayed up most of one night and finally “got it” myself.

The crochet granny square throw (first photo in  the collage above) was my first real attempt at crochet. I still have and use this lovely blanket.

Here’s to the Joy of Creating With Yarn!!!
                            

PS: This is a revised version of a previous post I shared at one of my former blogs: Take a Happy Break. I hope you enjoy it for the first time, or as an encore read! 😉

Enter to Win This Beautiful Sweater Kit :-)

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ISN’T THIS A BEAUTIFUL SWEATER?

Rowan is giving away two of these sweater kits in the lovely teal blue shade that’s shown in photo.

Looks like an ideal beginner project too. 🙂

Contest closes on October 8th, so enter soon! Open to US AND Canadian residents.

Easy to enter and to share this contest too (if you want to share!) 😉 at Google Plus etc…

Good Luck and Happy Knitting!

PS: I’m back to working on my Walk in the Park Cardie this weekend.

What are you making right now? 

Walk in the Park Cardie (Knitting) Conundrum :-(

Some of you may remember this cardie pattern that I blogged about several weeks ago:

Walk in the Park Cardi

I liked the pattern SO much and decided to make it in two different yarns.

The first cardie I started is in the yarn actually shown in this photo above, but in these colors:

Hawaiian Sky

Hawaiian Sky for the main color (actually a vivid teal blue, not dark as shown in this photo)

Bubble Gum

Bubble Gum pink for the contrast

I wanted it to be reminiscent of a sunset sky! 😉

So far, I have knit both sleeves. But even that was not without its problems.

I contacted the customer service dept. at Yarnspirations when I noted that there were errors in the pattern. Even though I am definitely NOT an expert knitter, I could tell that there were errors as soon as I started knitting. VERY frustrating and a lot of wasted time for me. How I hate to “frog” (knit-speak for pull out) stitches, but that’s what I ended up having to do. 😦

After I got word back from Yarnspirations with the assurance that all errors for all sizes had been rectified, I went ahead and knit both sleeves. They worked out fine and the chart for the sleeves was fine too, for the Size M, which is the one I’m making.

Here’s where the conundrum comes in…

I am now working on the body of the sweater, which is knit in one long row across, on circular needles. A lot of stitches, over 200, but no side seams required, when it’s made this way.

I got the ribbing and the plain stockinette area at the bottom of the sweater knit without any problems.

But when I started on the chart, things started to go downhill from there. 😦

I got to Row 3 for Size M, and the pattern didn’t seem to line up as it should. The stitches don’t line up to form the same shape as the sleeve chart design (hopefully that makes sense!)

I contacted the company AGAIN and apparently they looked into it again and found no further errors. But given how many errors there were initially in this pattern, I’m not so sure. 😉

Now, I don’t know what to do. as I said above, I’m NO expert when it comes to knitting. I can follow a pattern just fine but I expect that pattern to be correct and not one I have to figure out along the way, when errors come along. Aren’t these patterns made (IN ALL SIZES) before they are posted, on major sites like Yarnspirations?

Based on this and other experiences with other major pattern websites, that is sadly not always true.

If there are any knitters out there reading this who like a challenge and have a bit of time, I’d REALLY appreciate your opinion if this body pattern chart is actually correct in the Size M?

You can download the (updated/corrected??) pattern here.

I don’t want to start this pattern again without being sure that it is correct, this time. Frogging small stitches like this, on a circular needle and over 200 stitches is NOT MY IDEA OF FUN KNITTING!!!

I hope your own knitting and craft projects are proceeding faster and more smoothly than this one has been for me.

I still ♥ to knit but I could do without errors in patterns!!!

Happy Day and Knitting 

and

A Big THANK YOU in Advance to Any Knitters Who Have the Time/Inclination to Check Out this Chart and Give Their Opinion If/Of What’s Wrong.

You can leave a comment below or email me (see contact page).