Monday, 11 February 2019

This blog has moved!

There comes a time when your stash outgrows its home.  That's happened to me, so please visit my new blog home HERE.  Thank you and see you over at our new home.  

Tuesday, 17 July 2018

Irving Pullover - NEW RELEASE

The test knit has finished and I am so please to be able to bring this lovely top knitting pattern to you.  a thing for string's DK is a luxurious yarn that is amazing to knit with.  It holds it shape too which is important with lace patterns.  

Skill Level-Intermediate

Featuring a combination of waterfall & umbrella lace patterns this standard-fitting, light-weight pullover has gentle shaping between lace panels to allow more room at the hips. With long set-in sleeves, simple Garter trim at the neckline and soft merino yarn, this is designed to be worn next to the skin or over a camisole. It is worked flat from the bottom up, is charted & written out with schematics.   

Women’s S (M, L, 1X, 2X) Shown in Size S
To fit actual bust at underarm: 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)”/81 (91, 101, 111, 122) cm to be worn with 2”/5cm of positive ease

Finished Measurements
Circumference at bust: 34 (38, 42, 46, 50)”/86 (96, 106, 116, 127) cm
Length: 23.75 (24.75, 25.25, 26.25, 26.75)”/60 (62, 63, 66, 68) cm

Materials and Equipment
A Thing for String Hand Dyed DK yarn (230yds, 100g, 100% Superwash Merino Wool), Blue Granite 5 (6, 6, 7, 7) hanks

OR 1069 (1180, 1303, 1442, 1567) yds/978 (1079, 1192, 1319, 1433) m of DK Superwash Merino Wool.

Size 5 (3.75mm) circular needles, 16”/40cm
Size 6 (4mm) needles, or size needed to obtain gauge
Scrap yarn
Stitch markers
Tapestry needle

Over Charts A & B: 22 sts & 28 rows = 4”/10cm after blocking.
The pattern PDF is available for $6.50 as in instant download.  Click to Download
Visit RAVELRY too for more info!

Monday, 9 July 2018

Tubular Bind Off - An Easier Way

To create a lovely, rounded edge at the end of k1p1 ribbing, the Tubular Bind Off method gives you the stretch and look that is just perfect.  There is an easier way than putting half of your stitches on one needle  - it can be done with all of the sts where they are.  

After clicking on the link below, scroll down until you see "One Needle Kitchener BO for Double Knitting"  You can use this even if you're not working in double knitting.  Just plain k1p1 ribbing is fine.


  Video Tutorial

Once you get into the rhythm of the bind off, it moves at a steady pace and leaves such a great bind off edge.  Thank you Sockmatician for putting this video together!

Thursday, 12 April 2018

Master Knitters in Dallas

DFWFiberFest 2018 was such an amazing event.  Anytime you have a large gathering of knitters, oodles of yarn, gadgets you didn't know existed, classes, lectures, hands on events, and a wealth of knowledge being exchanged, you KNOW it's a great place to be.  And since we were in Texas, everything was bigger, including the collection of yarn on the convention floor!  TKGA Masters Day was sold out to knitters working on their masters certification.  We managed to gather all Master Knitters together for a group photo at the end of the day.  We are tired from a long of day of teaching, learning and coordinating, but we smiling!  Yes, that's one happy group of knitters.  

For more information about becoming a Master Knitter or The Knitting Guild Association, visit 

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Wendy Cardigan - Yes Summer is Coming!

The Summer 2018 issue of Creative Knitting is in mailboxes and store shelves, and the northeast is getting snow - again.  At some point we will finish up the thick wool turtlenecks and look for a lighter, warmer-weather knit.  

Wendy Cardigan uses eyelets against a background of stockinette in diagonals for a flattering look.  The open front makes finishing a breeze and the yarn is TO DIE FOR.  If you've ever avoided linen or cotton, or if you have hand/arm pain when knitting with stiff yarns, you really should try Plymouth's Nettle Grove.  It glides through your fingers effortlessly and has a nice crunchy feel.  It's a sport weight yarn (45% cotton, 28% linen, 12% nettle, 15% silk; 218 yds/50g per skein) shown in sapphire # 42.  Cardigan uses 5 (6, 7, 7, 8) skeins.

For more information, visit Ravelry or Annie's website. 

Pattern is available in print in Creative Knitting Spring 2018's magazine, or online from Annie's. 

This issue has 15 patterns and you can see them all 

Happy Knitting!


Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Masters Day Class Schedule DFW FiberFest 2018

Here is the schedule of classes for Masters Day April 5, 2018:

If you are working on your Masters in Hand Knitting Certification or just thinking about it, but have not signed up the Master Day Courses, stop by The Knitting Guild Association’s booth to get more information, talk to the instructors, committee members, discuss swatches, and more.  The booth will be staffed with members of the review committee who will be glad to take a look at any swatches that you need a second set of eyes on, before submitting them.  

If you are attending, you have the freedom to visit any of the classes regardless of the level you are currently working on.  In addition, you will be given handouts on ALL of the classes, not just the ones you attend, so you’ll leave with a wealth of knowledge.  
  --  "Knowledge is power."  Sir Francis Bacon. 

I hope to see you there!

“The Knitting Guild Association is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to providing education and resources to knitters to advance their mastery of the craft of knitting. We support serious knitters in their efforts to perpetuate traditional techniques and keep the artisan aspects and high quality standards of the craft alive.”

For more information about the show, visit

For more information about The Knitting Guild Association, visit

Tuesday, 2 January 2018

Winter Cabled Socks

Sometimes you just want a soft, thick, squishy sock that’s fast to knit and one you’ll wear all the time.  When you want a pair to keep by the door and slip on every time you enter the house, this is the sock.  It’s great for wearing indoors on cold hard wood floors since it’s thick and spongy.  Knit with worsted weight yarn in mostly 2x2 ribbing, it keeps the cold out.  Pretty cables run down the center and are great if you’re new to cables, or just like the look of something pretty without too much work.  These socks knit up quickly, easily, and are really hard to make just one pair.  The pattern is written for mid-calf but you can easily make these knee socks by working 12-13” before beginning the heel, or ankle socks (to be worn like booties) by beginning the heel just after the ribbing is finished. 

Skill:  Intermediate

21 stitches and 24 rows = 4 inches in St st
Needles:  US 6 - 4.0 mm double pointed needles
Women's M/L 
This pattern is available for $2.99 USD

For Pattern Info - Click Here
To Start Knitting Now - Download PDF 

Pattern is written out and charted, with schematics.