Friday, December 19, 2014

Craft Room Redo

Last week I mentioned to my DH that I thought my craft room could do with an update. This was made very evident to me on Wednesday evening when it took me over an hour looking through my stash in various tote containers, tote bags, cupboards, baskets and cubby holes. Well my DH being the wonderful man that he is took me out on Thursday and insisted I pick out several cubicle shelves and two bookcases to redo my craft room. Below are picturres of my refreshed craft room after five days of hard work. I trough out 4 large garbage bags full of bags a boxes. The large tote containers are being used to hold things other then the majority of my stash. This is a very picture intense post.

Cubicles housing Majority of stash and spindles

Cupboard housing spinning wheel equipment,
 knitting needles, crochet hooks and fleeces.

Wall of cubicles creating a partition between sewing area,
spinning wheels, quilt frame and workout equipment.

A moveable cart housing fabric and on top a basket of acrylic yarns

View of cupboard housing roving and the wall parttion

Two new book shelves holding magazines, crazy quilt
books and supplies as well as my dye pot and ribbons

A french knotted and embroidered purse I made
and two wooden purse handles decorate the
wall above my sewing table.
Sewing area

A wall hanging and wool felted bag I made.As
well as a Laurel Burch tote decorate the wall
opposite my sewing table.

Spinning wheels and quilts under progress in
the sewing area
Cutting table holds fabrics under the top, drum carder, ball
winder and umbrella swifts
Cubicle holding acrylic yarn. Note the cute heart garland.
My friend Deina made it from an old quilt.
Sitting area. Large basket of yarn for a project for my DD and
the 2 ottomans store more yarn

I hope you enjoy my craft room redo as much as I enjoy it.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Free Cowl and Fingerless Mittens Patterns

Made these quick and easy knit cowl and fingerless mittens for my coworker Chantal. Chantal and I are work partners. She likes cats and this yarn reminded me of a Tabby or Manx. The yarn is a chunky/weight 5 and is super light and very soft. I used yarn that my sister Deb gave me and I had set aside for that perfect project. The yarn is Sensations(Purl Essence) Angel Angel HairHair,colour#601, lot#284, black and white mix. The cowl is a super simple pattern that works up in a few hours. The fingerless mittens I did two at once on one circular needle but I'm certain that you could do them on DPNs/ a small circular needle. I used only two balls to make both projects.

DPN=double pointed needles
LHN=left hand needle


Approximately 200 yards chunky weight yarn
 24" inch 9mm (US13) circular needle or size to get gauge
yarn needle
Stich marker
Gauge:9sts X 9rows=4 inches (10cm)
Size: apx 35inches round by 20 inches tall
Cast on 50 stitches and join for knitting in the round without twisting stitches. Place stitch marker to mark beginning.
Knit every round until piece measures 20 inches or desired height.
Bind off loosely and sew in ends.

Fingerless Mittens

Approximately 50 yards chunky weight yarn
40" inch 5.5mm (US 9) circular needle or size to get gauge
yarn needle
stitch marker5.5mm (US 9)
2 pieces waste  yarn
optional 3 DPNs
Gauge: 6sts X 9.5 rnds= 4 inches (10cm)
Size: Ladies one size

Here are sites where you can learn/refresh your memory on cast ons:
*Note you commence knitting on mitten A on the top of the hand then the palm of the hand then mitten B the palm of the hand and then the top of the hand. This completes one round.
Method: Cast on 24 sts for each mitten. Join mitten A without twisting sts. Place a marker in one of the sts to let you know that this is mitten A.
Knit 2x2 ribbing on these 12 sts for the top of hand. Knit plain the next 12 sts for the palm of the hand.
Mitten B
Knit 12sts plain for the palm of hand.
Knit 2x2 ribbing for the top of hand.
End  of round.
Continue in this manner for 5.5 inches.
Create thumb opening:
Knit ribbing on A top of hand.
On A palm of the hand knit 1st stitch, with waste yarn knit the next 3 sts, slide these same 3 sts back to the LHN and with main yarn knit.
On B palm of the hand knit until last 4 sts. Knit the next 3 sts with waste yarn and slip these 3 sts back to LHN and with main yarn knit last st.
Knit ribbing on B top of hand.
Continue knitting in pattern for 2.5 inches.
Bind off.
*Thumbs are knit one at a time. I use the same circular needle as I used to knit the mittens but you may like to use 3 DPNs.
With palm of hand of mitt facing you pick up 1 st in corner then 3sts from waste yarn and another corner st. Pull cable through and repeat for other part of thumb. Remove waste yarn. Total of 10 thumb sts.
With main yarn knit plain for 5 rounds
Bind off.
Repeat for second thumb.
Weave in ends and enjoy.

Feel free to make and share but remember to give credit where credit is due. Thank you.
@Cindy Greenslade

I hope you enjoy the  patterns .

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Fair Isle Fingerless Mitts

I developed an urge to knit some Fair Isle fingerless mitts. I searched my magazines, books and, the Net. I found a suitable pattern on the DROPS website. The pattern is "Fjord Rose". I used Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light. I wanted shorter mitts so I didn't knit rounds 16 to 21. I also added thumbs. On round 37 on one mitten I cast off 7 stitches, casted on 7 stitches with waste yarn and knit those cast on stitches, return those 7 stitches back to the left hand needle and continue to knit as per pattern. On the next mitten repeat the above but on the last 7 stitches of the first 28 stitches. *Note that I knit my mitts separately on a circular needle. To knit up the thumb pick up 1 stitch in each corner and knit 9 rounds then cast off. Quite an easy to knit pattern with lovely results.

Sunday, November 30, 2014


The sweet hat below was made by Doris. The pattern gives the yarn texture. Very nice.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Felted Cloche

This is a great pattern by Josie Mercier. Very easy to knit up. I added a button at the back.

Yes I Do Still Knit

Despite rumours , most of which I've started, I do indeed still knit. Admittedly it's a little more difficult at present with my thyroid out of whack but I manage a little at a time. Please find below a hat that I handspun the wool for and crocheted last year. Next to the hat are the wrist warmers I dyed and spun the wool for and then I knit them.

See told you I still knit.

Nathalie's Socks

Here are Nathalie's completed Rock, Paper, Scissors, Lizard, Spock- Striped Turtle Toes socks. I know that's a mouthful but for lovers of the TV series The Big Bang Theory it has meaning. Obviously the owner of Turtlepurl Yarns
is a fan as is Nathalie. Very nice job Nathalie.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Crazy Stitched Cardigan

In 1992 Pam Allen had a cropped, kimono, knitted cardigan pattern published in the 10th anniversary issue of Vogue Knitting magazine. It was a pattern always admired and swore I would some day knit. This spring I started on a long adventure of not only knitting the cardigan but spinning the wool for it as well. I collected together enough wool fibre of each of the five required colors; blue, black, red, gold and a brown- grey. The pattern called for almost 2000 yards in total of yarn so it took me a while to gather that amount in fibre. I spun for hours on my Ashford traveller wheel and plied the singles together for many more hours. I must say those hours were all very enjoyable. When it came time to knit the cardigan my gauge swatch was exact. I know now that not all wool that is handspun knits to the same gauge. I almost called it quits this summer when my thyroid acted up and my concentration became so poor that I wa tinking more rows then I was knitting. I persevered and got it all knitted. I then embroidered the seams and a few motifs and some embellishments. I completed the cardigan on the 21st of October a mere 3 days before the Annual Maritime Handspnners Retreat and I  love it. I would like to thank everyone who encouraged me and offered advice; Heidi Wulfraat, my hubby Nelson and my family. Thanks so much and I hope you enjoy the photos.


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Milling Frolic

Great demonstration of a Milling Frolic that was demonstrated at this year's annual maritime handspinners retreat that took place at the Gaelic College on Cape Breton.

Bazaar Items

Doris' items made for her church's bazaar next Wednesday.
Good job Doris

Monday, September 22, 2014

Baby Outfits and Illness

I am positive that you have noted my lack of posts of late. I have been battling toxic nodule hyperthyroidism. It has left me exhausted with a general lack of concentration. I continue to knit on a limited basis for now. Actually I continue to tink more than I knit. I received good news early in September that my nodules were benign. I opted to be treated by radiation instead of  by surgical intervention. So if my blogging is spotty that is why.

 I did manage to complete a couple of baby outfits at the end of August for Tracey's baby shower on Sept 4rh. The light pink outfit was knit in Cascade 220 Superwash, colour#902. Pattern"5 hour Baby Sweater"  found at Bev's Country Cottage with a link to the matching bonnet by The Fiber Gypsy. The newborn crochet outfit is comprised of Carrie A. Piper's "Mermaid Flapper" hat, MADuNaier's "2 1/2 Hour Nap" cardigan and Lolly's Crafty Crochet's "Crocodile Stitch Booties". The entire ensemble made with a skein of Red Heart Boutique Unforgettable, colour Candied.

5 hour Baby Sweater and bonnet

Newborn Ensemble


Monday, September 15, 2014

Owl Hat

Made by JoAnne for her grandson. I'll have to get the link from her as it fits size newborn to adult large and is very cute. FYI she will be making more to sell at her church's fall bazaar.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Crochet Baby Blanket

I admit it has been a while since I posted. You know how it is in the summer.
Below is the crocheted baby blanket I made for a co-worker. This is her first child and they have opted not to know the sex. This is a very easy pattern by Olga called Lacy Shells Baby Blanket . I used three skeins of Red Hearts Sparkle in Ivory, worsted weight. I didn't have any more for the edging so I used Paton's Astra Baby Variegated, two and three quarter balls. I made half of the edging from Baby Drops 19-6

Close Up
I have knitted another cardigan and hat for another friend at work because I haven't given them to her I will post photos later. I am currently knitting a pair of socks for Spunky Eclectic Spin Along/Knit Along and they are lovely. A pair of socks for my sister are almost complete and I am knitting away at the handspun cardigan I am trying to finish for Retreat in October.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Noro Tank Dress

So here is a little Noro Tank Dress I completed on July, 21. I used 3 skeins Noro Taiyo Sock Yarn in colour S44, lot A. The pattern is in the Spring/Summer 2013 issue of Noro knitting magazine. I made the size medium and I find it a little large despite my gauge being correct. I must say that I quite like it.


Saturday, June 28, 2014

Friends Projects Completed

Three friends brought completed projects in and are they sweet.

There brought in this sweet cardigan that she made for her granddaughter. Therese knit it using Berrocco Pure Cotton Pima. The patter is  "Girl's Lacy Cardigan" found in Sirdar Book#332. Therese added the sweet label.

Therese's cardigan
Doris completed a striking feather and fan stole for a summer wedding she will be attending. Good job Doris. Doris also brought in this wool bag she has from Cottage Crafts located in St Andrews, New Brunswick. She thinks it is over 25 years old. Very cute.
Doris' stole

Cottage Craft wool bag

Nancy from work completed this hoodie for her granddaughter.The pattern is "Two Button Hoodie" a free pattern from Caron Yarn. Designed by Melissa Matthay and the yarn is Caron Simply Soft Paints. Great job Nancy.

What wonderful projects you all have completed and thank you for sharing.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Clowning Around Socks

Completed my handspun socks. Made from 130 grams SW BFL fibre. Purchased in May on Etsy from the FibreImp. The colorway is Clowning Around. Spun Z on my  Schacht Ladybug DT, high speed whorl in DD and then Navajo plied. Gauge is 9sts by 13sts. Knit toe up on 2mm, 40 inch circular needle, two at the same time.

Clowning Around Socks


Friday, June 6, 2014

Progressive Dye

Given the events going on in Moncton yesterday I elected not to go spinning in the afternoon. Instead I stayed at home and dyed four ounces of Superwash BFL in a progression from dark pink to white. I used food color and call the finished colorway "Mixed Berry Pie". The fibre was purchased from
It was a calming way to get through the day.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Projects Completed

Last week Deina showed off her completed felted Fiber Trend clogs. Gorgeous gold and brown for her and funky blue multi for her granddaughter. Nathalie showed off her finished shrug.
Good job ladies.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Fabulous Shawlette

Nathalie out did herself knitting this gorgeous shawlette. Pattern "Akimbo" by Stephen West and the yarn Dream in Color Smooshy. Main color "Sunflower" and contrast "Aquajet". A truly lovely article.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Fibre for Mother's Day

Look at the beautiful superwash fibre I got for Mother's Day. Purchased from The Fibre Imp aka Julia Teerling A Canadian designer from Lethbridge, Alberta. The bright mix is SW BFL called Clowning Around and the whiter mix is SW Merino called Tulip Patch. The only trouble is which to spin first.

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Yarnbombed Garden Chair

How did I spend my Mother's Day?
   Well beside all the usual household chores and grocery shopping I spent my day making a yarnbomb for a garden chair my sister Deb gave me a few years ago. I might add that this is my first yarnbomb and I enjoyed it very much.