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Mini Fiber Art

Recently we decided to get rid of our landline. We have smartphones and the only phone calls we received on our house phone were from telemarketers and collection calls for someone that know longer lived at this house.  After we took the phone off the wall there was a blank space where the phone was.  I needed a small picture to hang there.  I love coffee and coffee mugs so I decided to make my own art piece. My husband/business partner is a woodworker and frequently makes frames.  A while back he had made 6 frames that were about 7″  x 7″ and about 2″ deep. It was perfect. I drew a chart for a mug and using stash yarn I finished it in a couple of hours. A little embroidery for the saucer and steam and Voila! Mini Fiber Art. If anyone wants the chart for this, comment and I will post it in a the next couple of days. I am going to do a series of these little pictures as they are quick and fun to make. Coffee cup mini art

I love these frames because you can also display them on a shelf because
they are thick enough to stand on their own. coffeeshelf

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Free At Knits End Fingerless Mitten pattern

If you are like me you have a very large  yarn stash. I am always looking for small projects to use up my stash. These mittens are perfect. I love fingerless mittens because I can wear them at my office and still work on my computer. These mittens make a great gift for co-workers.  I like to experiment with different weight and textures of fiber. These mittens combine many different kinds of yarn.The pattern uses the Magic Loop instead of double pointed needles. This technique is easy to use and there are several You Tube videos that show you how.

atknitsendblogThe picture in my headline all the way to the left shows the different combinations I have done. If you would like to receive a free pdf of my pattern all you have to do is subscribe to my blog and one lucky winner will win an At Knits End fingerless mitten kit.

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The vest that almost wasn’t

IMG_0056A few months ago, I was in my favorite yarn shop, Webs in Northampton, MA and I saw this beautiful yarn called Madelinetosh Prairie. I had to have it. I wasn’t sure what I was going to make with it but I bought a skein anyways.At the same time, I decided I wanted to try Tunisian Crochet.  I found a pattern online to make a vest that crosses over. It’s constructed by making to rectangles, sewing them together in the back and crossting the front over and sewing it down to the side. I started crocheting away and fnished my first skein of yarn. I had no idea this kind of crochet ate up so much yarn, especially when you have to use 2 strands to get the guage. I usually knit and am used to that yardage. Off to Webs I went to purchase another skein. When I ran out of yarn again, I realized this was going to be one very expensive vest. But I loved the feel and drape of the yarn and I didn’t want to rip it out at this point. I was convinced this would be my last skein I needed and luckily it was.  Now it was time to construct it. I did it like the directions said but it just didn’t work out and it was really hard to get into.  Again I didn’t want to rip it out, so I unsewed it and was left with 2 rectangles. What could I do with these 2 rectangles? I sewed them together to form a vest and then double crocheted around the left side, neck and right side. I like it better than the original pattern and it drapes really nice.

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