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Ribby Slipper Socks, Completed! :-)

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I shared the FREE Interweave ebook that included these easy to make slipper-socks/booties, a while back.

Since then, I’ve made two pairs, these blue ones for me and an orange and brown pair for Joe.

What a fun pattern and definitely easy enough for a beginner to follow. And of- so- toasty warm too. 😉

I like the design of these, with the sock-style cuff. They stay up a lot better than some other booties I’ve made in the past.

If you’ve got cold tootsies  and   booties like I do, or are looking for a pattern for someone who does, check this one out.

Children to men’s sizes in this pattern and some other very nice accessories included in this ebook too.

I made mine in Lion Brand Da Vinci yarn (foot) and some “stash” worsted weight yarn( for the cuffs). I only needed one skein of the Da Vinci yarn and I wear size 8 1/2-9 shoes.

As knit booties/slippers have a tendency to stretch, better a bit snug fit to begin with than too loose. 

Let me know if you give them a try! 

Happy Knitting. 🙂

Goodies in the Mail: Fall Knitting Projects! ;<)

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Received this yarn order from Knitting Warehouse a couple of weeks ago and once again, the knitting needles are clicking here!

I feel lost without at least a couple of yarn projects on the go (can you relate?) 😉

When all this yarn is used up, I will have:

A beret, pair of gloves, neck-warmer for me and two pairs of socks for Joe.

I’ll post photos and pattern links, as they are completed. 🙂

I’m really happy with the patterns I’ve chosen this time; hope they all turn out as well as expected.

What are you working on right now? I love to hear about projects in progress and those completed.

Happy Crafting!

PS: If you aren’t familiar with Knitting Warehouse, click through to read my review about this company.

They have great prices and an extensive product line for all kinds of yarn projects. I’ve been happy with all my orders from them.

Another Pair of Knit Handwarmers Complete!

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I recently finished another pair of handwarmers, this time in a nice bright gold yarn.

I love wearing these over thin black gloves for outside wear. Kind of snazzy, don’t ya think? 😉

These are the same pattern as the ones featured here (includes link to pattern).

This time I was a lot happier with the results, due to the different type of yarn I used.

I used some stash yarn I had in Wool Ease in Gold from Lion Brand for this pair.

The pattern stitches  show up so much better than in the ones shown below, which look kind of fuzzy (and not in a good way) LOL :

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If you’re looking for an easy pair of handwarmers to knit (and on regular straight needles, not DPN’s) you might want to give these a try.

Happy Crafting! 🙂

Portable and Oh So Easy Summer Craft Projects: Dishcloths and Washcloths!


I started making my own dishcloths (all) and washcloths (some)  a few years ago (knit and crochet) after I got tired of buying and throwing out the store bought cloths that just don’t hold up to repeated uses and washing.

For only a small amount of time and money invested, anyone can make beautiful dishcloths/washcloths that work out to being a lot cheaper in the long run as they never seem to wear out!

Here’s a couple of the dishcloths that I’ve made again and again, featuring the crochet Sedge Stitch. It looks hard but it’s actually easy-peasy!

 I like rectangular dishcloths. They stay on the kitchen tap better, between uses.🙂



I recently noted this selection of 7 new dishcloth/washcloth  patterns over at Lion Brand, you might enjoy. Oh so pretty!  If you don’t already have an account to access their 1000’s of free patterns and newsletters, it’s definitely worth signing up for. It’s free and easy.

If you already make your own washcloths and/or dishcloths and have a wonderful free pattern link to share, please do.

And if you are just starting out with knitting or crochet, this is a very good way to start and costs so little too. Great for summer crafting, so portable!  

Happy Crafting!

Some Knitting/Blogging/Diet News!

Knitting News first:

 Here’s one of my latest finished yarn projects, Easy Lace Shrug: pattern available here.











I made this in KnitPicks Serrano Shine Worsted and it really came out beautifully. I’m rather amazed that I knitted something that looks this complicated. It wasn’t really that hard to do, just had to keep focused (and Mr. Cheddar away!) on the pattern rows. I don’t know if I’ll ever make another shrug (thought it would be a bit more “coverage” in the front) but I do like how this one turned out. I think it will be very nice in the summer too, over lighter clothing. For now, I’m living in my “winter uniform” of black turtlenecks and jeans! LOL

Close-up of the pattern:


On to Blogging News:

I’m continuing to add/ build my review archives over at My Real Life Reviews. I have a lot of ideas for posts in the works, for a wide variety of products that I’ve personally used. I am really enjoying this new blog and I hope it will be a valuable resource for readers looking for all types of product reviews. Slowly but surely, the stats are going up! It takes a while, doesn’t it? In the meantime, what a great learning experience it continues to be. I am pumped about blogging once again. And it’s great having 3 blogs on the go!  

Two new reviews  posted today at My Real Life Reviews. Actually one for me and one for Mr. Cheddar. Hope you’ll stop by again soon.

And for  Thursday…. some diet news:

 Just posted another diet update, this time over at My Real Life Reviews. Wooo-hooo 22 pounds GONE!

Wishing you all a wonderful and productive week.🙂 I know mine’s off to a good start!

Oh So Warm, Easy Knit Vest



Another finished yarn project yipeee…. This one for a warm winter vest, see pattern here: Lion Brand.

This was a very easy and quick knit. It would be an excellent beginner’s pattern too.

 I made it in a Lopi Bulky 100% wool yarn in a beautiful wine color (the photo does not do the color justice). I made a couple of changes, added 3 toggles not 2 as in pattern. I also did a 2″ border along the fronts, not the 2 stitches as in pattern. It really came out nice.

Then, lo and behold I found a brand new pair of cord-jeans in this exact plum color, that I had never worn. They will be perfect when I’m down another 10 lbs. and weight loss continues, slow and steady.

If you are looking for a fun, easy and attractive knit vest, you might want to give this one a try. I’m glad I did.

What are you working on right now? Do share, love to read about your projects!