I started this bedspread a year and a half ago. It’s a pattern from Lion Brand. All the squares are a slip stitch pattern. I love doing colorwork in slip stitch because you don’t have to carry the second color. You only work with one color on each row. It was a pattern for a throw and I doubled it to make it the size of our bed. When I was sewing the 12 squares together this summer I couldn’t imagine it being cold enough to use. But, last night brought snow showers and 20 degree weather in Massachusetts and the 100 percent wool bedspread kept us so toasty warm. It was really hard to get out of that warm bed this morning. The yarn I used was Valley Yarns – Northampton. Since I grew up in Northampton, I thought it was an appropriate yarn and hopefully this will become an heirloom.
Here is the newest yarn bowl in our collection made from reclaimed wood. Last week we completely sold out of them in our Etsy store. We have just added 3 to our shelves and if you want one for Christmas, don’t delay.
Next post: More holiday ornaments from my new addiction!
Here’s my latest Christmas ornaments. I think I am addicted to making these. I like them because they only take a couple of nights to make. I decided I like using knitting worsted weight with size 3 needles and the wool roving stuffing holds the round shape. It’s hard to believe Christmas is only a month away. I am hoping to fill a large basket with these to put on my coffee table
I finally finished the bedspread I was working on. It’s pattern from Lion Brand and uses 9 different colors. I knit it in Valley Yarns – Northampton. I am pleased with the way it came out and it is sooooooo warm. I will include a picture of it in my next post.
Our new yarn bowls made from reclaimed wood are selling faster than we can make them. Here is our latest one. They make a great gift for a knitter or crocheter. Visit our Etsy store: mountainstreetarts.etsy.com
Every year I like to make a couple of ornaments for our tree. Most of the ornaments I have on the tree are handmade. Last year my son gave me Arne and Carlos book called 55 knit ornaments. The ornaments are knit in the round using double pointed needles. I don’t like to knit with 4 needles on small projects. So the first one I did I used a long circular needle and converted it to a magic loop pattern. I used knitting worsted weight wool, size 2 needles and I am pleased with the way it came out.
The second ornament I made, I decided to convert the pattern to 2 needles, draw my own design and used sport weight yarn and size 3 needles. I love the 2 needle design but I think I am going to stick to knitting worsted weight. On this ornament I attached one of my personalized labels with my name and the year. I stuffed both ornaments with wool roving. This is a much better filling than polyfil and it holds it’s shape. I discovered using this for filling when I made a couple of teddy bears for shower gifts. I loved the way the finished Item felt and was much denser than something stuffed with polyfil. Watch for more of my knitted balls over the next couple of weeks. In addition to making some for the tree, I am going to fill one of my baskets with them. What kind of Christmas decorations do you make?
October was an exciting month for us. Interweave Crochet featured our labels on their Holiday Gift List page in the Accessories Issue. It hit newsstands on October 25th. They contacted us in the summer and asked us to send them some samples of our labels. I was so excited as Interweave Knits and Interweave Crochet are my favorite fiber magazines. And then it got even better when they emailed me to tell me we would be in the Accessories Issue which happens to be my favorite issue. Our business is growing so fast! This really helped drive traffic to our website as did all the tips I learned at a Social Media for small businesses class.