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Summer Breeze cover up

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I knit this cutie on the fly. I didn’t have a pattern but I know I wanted a mesh like pattern. It was definitely free form knitting. I cast on what I thought would be wide enough and just knit away. IMG_4662  The yarn is a lace weight Pima Cotton/Silk blend from Wildwood Yarns. It has a wonderful drape and isn’t too heavy. It’s perfect to throw on over my bathing suit to go to the beach or pool.

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Summer Knitting and Crocheting

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June and July are my favorite months. Our label business slows down a bit and I have time to breathe and be creative. Here are a few of the projects I have been working on.

I have had my eye on some crocheted wire jewelry kits from  Yoola design for a while. I finally purchased one and  I am addicted. She uses a technique called ISK (Invisible Spool Knitting). It reminds me of the spool knitting I did when I was a kid except you use a crochet hook and the technique is brilliant. It does take some practice but by the 3rd bracelet my stitches were coming out even.  It’s very relaxing and portable so I can take it anywhere and work on it. It’s a great summertime hobby.

This is the first bracelet which I made for a graduation gift.
It’s made from silver filled wire and I purchased the charm from Amazon.

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This necklace is also made from silver filled wire. After my mother passed away,  I was going through her jewelry and found my favorite earrings except one was missing. I looked everywhere but never found it.  I added the single earring as a charm to this necklace and creIMG_4665 IMG_4666ated  heirloom keepsake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is my third bracelet and I am keeping it for myself.

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If you have a chance, check out all of Yoola’s designs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Yoola?ref=pr_shop_more

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Our new Knit Pillow Cover Patterns

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image-03-03-17-03-51I love pillows and they are a quick way to update your home decor without spending a lot of money.
My new pillow cover line incorporates simple lines with natural colors.  In the past when I made hand knit pillows, I never liked the way a knit back looked. The pillow never held it’s shape. My new pillows use a piece of fabric for the back which holds the shape of the pillow much better. The pillow covers are removable. The front has a  rib at the bottom with 3 button holes. They are easy to knit and use the intarsia method of colorwork.  We have 6 designs so far with more on the way.

I love using organic yarn and my samples are made using Knit Pick’s simply organic and Blue Sky Fibers Organic worsted weight.

Order your pattern today from our website: http://mountainstreetarts.com/

 

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2016 review and 2017 preview

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January 3 2017

Happy New Year! I can’t believe we have closed out another year and are already in the midst of 2017. I did more knitting in 2016 than I have since I was on bed rest during my pregnancy 22 years ago.  This was mostly because I spent a lot of time in hospital emergency and surgery waiting rooms while my father was being treated. There was also lots of  waiting time at the skilled nursing rehab.

Thank you to everyone who joined our Tiny Sweater KAL. Hopefully you were able to make a few of the 52 patterns and used them in your holiday decorating.

2016 was a very successful year for our label business. We grew by 12%! Not too shabby considering I had to turn away business to care for my father.

2017 will be another great year. We have added a line of knit pillow pattern covers  to our Etsy store. They feature simple lines, and use 2-4 colors per pillow. I like using a neutral color palette to keep in line with our labels. The pillows button on the bottom so that you can switch them easily. It’s an easy way to change your home decor when the need arises.  Check them out in our Etsy storehttps://www.etsy.com/listing/483296086/new-knit-pillow-pattern-home?ref=shop_home_active_11

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I like to use organic cotton when ever possible. These pillows were knit in Blue Skye Fibers organic cotton, worsted weight.

Some of my New Year Resolutions:

Update this blog on a regular basis

Find a little more “me” time

Exercise more

Eat Healthier

What are your New Year’s resolutions?