Showing posts from December, 2011

Knitted Dish cloth with no purls

How many of you knitters like purling? Not me! :-) I've been told that the Portuguese style of knitting makes purling so easy! In fact, it makes the knitting part seem hard. That is something I will have to check into sometime as the local knitting store sells the pin and DVD. Andrea Wong teaches how. You can google it on YouTube.

I was thinking today about knitting dish cloths that didn't require any purling and there are so many ways to do this and still have a nice dish cloth.

There is the "Grandma's Favorite" of course.

Then, there is the way where you just knit every row. I like the way it looks especially when I use a variegated yarn. It's kind of hard to see, but the two cloths in the back are just plain knitted.

While purling isn't my favorite thing to do, I don't mind it too much. My favorite knit dish cloth to make is found here. The nice waffle weave texture scrubs dishes nice.

Only, when I make it I like to cast on 36 instead. I don't …

How to sew a crochet towel topper

Today I ripped out a crochet hat that I started a couple days ago. Instead of looking like a hat, it looked more like a triangle! It still fit like a hat but I wasn't happy with it.

Feeling very frustrated with myself since I also had to rip out the prayer shawl I started, (twice) I decided to work on a project that I knew I could do. I finished crocheting two granny squares today and took out the sewing machine to make these:

This way does require a sewing machine but it eliminates having to make a double flap to cover your stitches and uses a whole towel rather than one cut in half.

It took less than 30 minutes to sew both of them up. Almost twelve years ago, a dear friend of mine taught me how to crochet a granny square and sew these fun, fast and easy towel toppers. I've seen some made with just a crochet hook and no sewing machine required, but I always come back to making these.

To make them, you need some basic sewing skills, a kitchen towel and a granny square. If you …

Soap Saver and Soap Giveaway

This contest is open to U.S. only.

Simply Cleansing recently had a giveaway for 8 free bars of soap! The contest was here.

I said that if I won, that I would have a giveaway for a free soap saver and bar of soap, and guess what! I won!! Yay!!!

If you win, you will have a choice to pick between:
1. crocheted hemp soap saver
2. crocheted organic cotton (naturally pigmented) soap saver

For those of you that don't know what my soap savers look like, scroll down to see my Etsy store to see pictures and colors. Yours will be similar to them.

Also, you will be able to choose one of the following scents:
1. lemon
2. spearmint
3. patchouli

Leave a comment below and tell me which one you'd like to win and also be sure to leave me a way to contact you. I will have the drawing sometime on January 1st and ship item out shortly after. The exact date depends on when I go into town for that week. I will contact the winner and let them know when package ships.

If you have trouble commenting bel…

Sewmor and Brother Machines

Well, thanks to a friend's tip I found a manual to order for the Sewmor machine. However, my aunt emailed me to today to tell me that the friend that had it before me ordered herself the manual and now I have to give the machine back. :-(  It's such a beautiful machine.

So, I went and bought myself a Brother LX2500 from Walmart. I put it all together today and did some test sewing on it. And it sews wonderfully. No tension troubles at all! Just straight out of the box and I'm ready to sew!

I'm so excited!! For the next two weeks, I've got a lot of neat ideas to sew. I'll post up some pictures tomorrow of my machine, but if you can't wait, here's one to see now from the Walmart site.

Now, I'll be able to post up finished projects of my sewing as well as knitting.

I'm off to go knit some baby booties now. I've been promising the lady from the quilt store some Mary Jane booties with matching hats for a long time now and thought it would be nice…


I found a picture of the Singer I used to have.

And good news, is that I found a thread guide for the SewMor. I'm not sure yet if it's for the exact model that I have but I think it will give me a good guideline to go by!

The link for that is here. I can't wait now to see if I can't get this one running. Maybe I won't need to buy a new one if this one works.

Picture taking and sewing machines

I always seem to forget to take a picture of something before I give the item away. My "aunt" came over yesterday and I gave her the baby bootie/hat set I made for her friend. I meant to take a picture of it, but completely forgot!

Well, the pattern I used was the same as the ones I made for the bazaar this year, but still, I meant to snap a photo. When and if this camera ever goes bad, I think I want one of those tiny cameras that I can keep in my pocket or at least on a belt strap, and then I never have to worry about being without my camera!

I did not get the socks done this weekend. But I plan to work on it every day until it's done and then give it to my friend for a late present. I'm beginning to already make my "New Year's Resolutions" which I joked to myself that number 1 on the list is to actually follow them. (since I always make them but never ever ever follow them!) ha! ha! I'm quite the list maker though. Always having to make a list be…

Simply Cleansing Soap Giveaway

Who doesn't love a freebie! One of our friends here in Missouri is having a soap giveaway. Click here for more details. No purchase necessary!

I love to use their soap in my soap savers and to give as gifts. One of the reasons I love their soap is that they don't use any chemicals or fragrance oils in it. Only pure 100% essential oils. No dyes to irritate my skin.

They have 8 wonderful scents to choose from. Click here for their soap website.

If I win, I'll have a giveaway on my blog for one of my hemp or organic cotton soap savers and a bar of their soap.

until next time!

Knitted facial scrubber

I was thinking of face scrubbies the other day and realized I posted a pattern for a crochet one but not a knitted one. So, I grabbed some yarn and a pair of knitting needles and had some fun!

I wanted to make it square with a nubby texture, so I decided to do a seed stitch pattern. It took me several tries to get it right because it kept turning out like a rib stitch instead.

I used size 6 needles and casted on 23 stitches. Must be an odd number but can be any number.

The rows- Knit 1, Purl 1, (repeat across.)

**You'll end with a knit stitch (which is important for the seed stitch to look right. If you end with a P1 then it will be a ribbed stitch. Not what you want.

Then do it again. And keep repeating it until it's square or the size you want.

I'm not done with it yet, but will post up a picture when I'm done. I love the way it's turning out so far. And the nubby texture is just perfect! Soft, yet scrubby!

Knitted dish cloth with ridges

I was bored today and instead of working one of my projects that has to be completed this month, I decided to tackle a completely new project. (which is what I usually do, when I'm stressed out!)

So, I grabbed a ball of dish cloth yarn and some size 7 needles and just had fun. I casted on 30 stitches and after either knitting or purling, wrote down what I did. Once I found out it made a pattern, I just repeated it over and over again until it was the size I wanted.

The back looks like garter stitch.

Here's the pattern:

Size 7 needles
Cast on 30 stitches (or however many you want)
Used sugar and cream 100% cotton yarn.

For every first stitch, I slipped it. (if the row was knit, I slipped it knitwise. If the row was purl, I slipped it purlwise.)

1- Knit across
2- Purl across
3- Knit across
4- Purl across
5-7 Knit across
8-Purl across
9-Knit across
10-Purl across
11-13-Knit across
14-Purl across
15-Knit across
16-Purl across
17-19 Knit across
20-Purl across
21-Knit across