Category Archives: loom knitting

Devo Scarf, woven scarf and aluminum pull-tab purse


The Devo Scarf is a manly scarf!

I love this FREE pattern, and the yarn (Filatura Di Crosa Zarone) is just wonderful to work with!

I plan to make several more of these for the men in my life! This one is for hubby.

Son #2 is the handsome model. He is off to Colorado and college next week. So, Mom will be taking lots of pictures. He’ll just have to deal.

The scarf used 3.5 balls of Zarone, color 726 and I knit it on my favorite regular gauge Wonderloom.

Regular Gauge Wonderloom

Here is a woven scarf I recently completed!

Check out this bag!

mahsa purse

Eco-friendly materials. Designers are finding innovative ways to incorporate reclaimed, recycled, and sustainable materials into stylish bags.

Escama – conversation-evoking handme bags made from aluminum can pull-tabs, in four sizes (Supple and lightweight, it’s hand crocheted with over 1,600 recycled aluminum pull-tabs.

Comes with nylon fabric liner, YKK zipper closure, one inside zipped pocket, shoulder strap with hand crocheted padding.

How cool is that? Massively cool!

Weaving with Bargain Bin Yarn

Remember that tangled, ugly, totally messed up warp I had on my Beka loom awhile back? Well, I finally got the warp on properly. Thanks to Beka, I now have instructions for the loom. I had the loom totally put together incorrectly! It sure works a lot better when set up properly!

Score! Kirkwood Knittery, a LYS here in my area had an unbelievable sale…they had an entire bookcase of yarn discounted to one dollar a skein, YES!!!! $1.00!! !! I am using Brown Sheep Nature Spun, Mountain Purple for the warp. The weft has two yarns, Brown Sheep Nature Spun, Beet Red and Prisma mohar. These are three of the yarns that were in the dollar bin! I was good, I only purchased 15 skeins of yarn….but as I drove away, I could hear a voice telling me “Woman, you should have at LEAST bought 30 skeins at that price!”My fingers are pretty much raw after a week of working on Absorba, the great bathmat, from Mason Dixon Knitting. I am using Sugar n Cream cotton yarn, potpourri ombre. The bathmat is knit log cabin style with 3 strands held together, which means 6 strands total are on each peg on the loom. I am making the bathmat larger than the pattern dimensions called for.

 

 

 

Hubby and I are off to Eureka Springs, AK for a 5 day vacation this week! We’ve never been there, but I’ve been told I will love it! It is a little Victorian town, with lots of shops located in the beautiful Ozark mountains.

 

Awesome freebie pattern find of the week:

Best Friend

  Cover Art   Awesome music! Colbie has such a beautiful voice!She reminds me of Jack Johnson. She is touring with the Goo Goo Dolls. It is rare that I love every single song on a cd. I love this cd!Coco
Colbie Caillat

It is the FREE Song of the week on iTUNES! Go get it now!

 

Grand Scarf FO & Crochet Purse

 

The Grand Scarf is complete! I love how it turned out! I can’t wait to purchase more yarn from the three irish girls! Son #1 is my handsome model!

 

I was looking through my stash last night, and found 3 balls of Southwest Trading Company Karaoke 50% soysilk 50% wool yarn. I just loved the feel of the yarn. I picked up a H crochet hook and was just going to make a little swatch to see how the yarn looked worked up. Well, I enjoyed working with the yarn so much that I just kept crocheting! I’ll have a cute little purse by tomorrow!

 

Mind you, I haven’t really crocheted since I was 12, other than an edge here or there. So I really have no idea how I will finish this little purse. But, I’m resourceful, I’ll figure something out!

Here is the finished purse! Crochet is really fast, compared to knitting! This purse was using only the single crochet, so nothing complicated.

 

Peaceful Lake

We are lucky to live on a private lake. The lake was so peaceful today, even though it was in the 90’s! I have really enjoyed looking out at the lake these past few months that I haven’t been working. When I was working, I guess I just never took the time, I suppose because my days were so busy. I’m going to miss these lazy days when I go back to work!

vermontbag_1.jpg

Guess what is finished? Yup! I am so happy with my Vermont felted bag! I ran out of yarn, so as a crafty person would do, I searched for a way to make a different handle. Can you guess what this handle was meant to be used for? Leave a comment with your guess!

 

What a Grand Scarf

Yummy yarn cakes

Yarn Cakes 1

I have been just LOVING this pattern and yarn. The yarn is Lindon Merino in the Siofra colorway from three Irish girls. I have purchased several of the girls yarns, and they are all just to die for! Their store has become my favorite place to buy yarn online. Check them out!!! I am so excited that my wait on their waiting list for their yarn of the month club is over! I can’t wait to get my first club shipment!

grandscarf#1

The pattern is named “Baby, What a Grand Alpaca Scarf”, it is a free knitting pattern I found here. It is a very simple, easy to follow pattern. If you can knit, purl and slip a stitch, you can loom (or needle knit) this awesome pattern! I love how this pattern is working out….the checkerboard little boxes created really highlight this awesome yarn! I am using a regular gauge Wonderloom made by Decor Accents Inc.. It has fast become my favorite loom to knit with. Check it out here.

I just love making yarn cakes, still no luck on finding a job as a yarn cake maker…I won’t give up hope that I’ll find a job I love as much as I love making yarn cakes!

Yarn Cakes

My best friend Shelly even enjoyed making a yarn cake with my swift yesterday! I also gave her a short lesson on how to weave on my Ashford Knitters Loom! She did a great job, and I’m hoping it spiked her interest in the yarn loving world!

Vermont Felted Bag

I started knitting the Vermont felted bag (its a free pattern!) today with some beautiful hand spun merino/corriedale blended yarn I purchased from Maine Woods Yarn and Fibers. This yarn is just luscious! It is hand painted with a combination of pinks, roses, lavenders, purples and turquoise. I can’t wait to complete the bag!

Vermont Felted Bag

Oranges, Fair St Louis, Debbie Macomber and L&V socks!

Oranges

My next woven scarf will be Oranges! I can’t wait to get this warp threaded and start weaving! My Beka loom arrived, but I will be weaving this scarf on my Ashford Knitters Loom.

I have a really hard time getting the length of the warp correct. I suppose with more experience, this will get easier. I sure hope so anyway. I wish I had my own personal weaving mentor.

 

MyKniftySwift

Exciting news alert! I finally purchased a swift! I really am glad I took my time and researched all the swifts out there. This one is nice because you don’t have to clamp it to a table, it has it’s own base. You can find this Nifty Swift here. No more tangled yarn! Yahoooooooooooo!

 

SmallWoolPurse

 

Here is a little purse I knitted up yesterday. I love small purses that you can hang around your neck. Just enough room for cell phone, drivers license, cash, mints, keys.

I knitted it with three different wool yarns, 2 shades of Bartlett Yarns, and 1 shade of Noro. It could be felted, but I like it as is. (Click on picture to see full sized view.) I’ll add an i-cord string and make good use of it at Fair St Louis this 4th of July!

Fair St LouisSpeaking of Fair St Louis, I can’t even put into words how awesome it is to sit under the Arch and watch the amazing fireworks presentation. The City of St Louis goes all out, the fireworks seem to be never ending. Just when you think “Wow, those were great”, and think they are over, to your surprise, another 10 minutes of fireworks arrive!

 

A Good YarnShop on Blossom Street I absolutely loved The Shop on Blossom Street and A Good Yarn by Debbie Macomber!

 

Audible has a great interview with Debbie and the interview is free!

L&VSocksI have been working on the Tulip Socks by Isela since the cruise. I am using Lime and Violet Sasquatch Fairhaven sock yarn. It is lovely! Socks take forever to knit, I’ve discovered. I don’t think I’ll get on the sock bandwagon! It will be a miracle if I finish this one sock!!!!