I knit this cutie on the fly. I didn’t have a pattern but I knew 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. 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.
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.
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 cre ated heirloom keepsake.
This is my third bracelet and I am keeping it for myself.
If you have a chance, check out all of Yoola’s designs at https://www.etsy.com/shop/Yoola?ref=pr_shop_more
I 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/
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
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
What are your New Year’s resolutions?
March 2, 2016
It’s hard to believe it’s March and that means the end of Winter and beginning of Spring. I am not sad that we got less than a foot of snow all winter and that it was warmer. Less snow and warmer weather meant less (just a little tho) knitting than I usually get done during the cold winter months.
I finished my afghan for the family room. It was so much fun to make but I couldn’t really take it with me as it got bigger and bigger. It’s crocheted using bulky Click yarn from Sirdar. It’s so soft. The pattern is called Make it Quick Afghan. I modified it slightly. I didn’t put a contrasting border on it and I added cream color stripes to make it more unique. It’s made with single and half double crochets all done in the back loops. It creates great texture.
The second project was a pair of gloves for my husband. These took forever as they were done on size 1 needles. I used llama yarn in a dark charcoal grey. I even have enough left over to knit a pair for me. I purchased the pattern on Ravelry, His and Hers gloves.
Also in progress: designing a new tiny sweater each week for our Tiny Sweater KAL. If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late. These sweaters only take a few hours each to knit and you only have to knit 11 sweaters to catch up. Sign up today, all patterns are free: http://mountainstreetarts.com/tiny-sweater-ornament-kal-2016/.
Have any of you heard of the monthly yarn subscription at Yarnbox? It’s a great idea. Who wouldn’t love to get a surprise box of yarn every month? And, each quarter they have a special Luxe Box, which includes 2 skeins of luxurious hand dyed yarn as well as a couple of patterns and some goodies. I was so excited when they contacted me about adding a sample of our care labels to their Yarn Box Luxe this quarter. For those of you who are members of Ravelry check it out here: http://www.ravelry.com/discuss/yarnbox/3386852/1-25
Our 2nd sweater pattern has just been released. Ring in the New Year with some bling!
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December 27, 2015
I love to collect knitting needles. I have my grandmother’s and mother’s collection of knitting needles as well as several sets that I have inherited and then there’s the needles I have bought just because they were a new design or unusual. I have about 100 pairs of straight knitting needles. Over the years I have tried to keep them organized but could never keep them all in one place. I tried grouping them by size and bundling them with rubber bands. Then I tried putting them in boxes by size, then I put them in mugs by size but none of these options really worked. I wanted something that didn’t take up much room and had several drawers long enough to fit all of my needles. I finally found the perfect organizer for straight knitting needles and it’s not even meant for knitting needles. It’s a jewelry organizer.
I put it on my Christmas list and my husband got it for me. It’s perfect. He bought it through a company called Fetpak. It has 10 drawers that are 8.5″ wide x 14 1/2″ long x 1″ deep. Even my longest needles fit in the drawers.
It also has a plastic pocket on each drawer so you can insert labels with the sizes.
I always think of the New Year as a perfect time to organize areas of my life, especially my knitting area since I spend 8-10 hours a day in my studio. This one organizer has made such an impact. It feels so good not to have needles scattered everywhere.
I would love to hear how you store your knitting needles and supplies.
look a lot like Christmas.
I love this time of year when I can decorate for Christmas. I put the tree up and decorated the house this past weekend which is about 2 weeks earlier than normal. All of the ornaments on our tree in the family room are handmade which makes it really special. Next year I am going to put a smaller tree in the dining room and I am planning to fill it with tiny knit sweater ornaments. I designed my own cardigan sweater pattern which I will share on my blog sometime in January. I am hoping to release a new design every week and have a KAL. So watch for the announcement sometime in late December.
The stockings are hung…just waiting for Santa. All of our stockings are hand knit. My mother made mine over 50 years ago (second stocking from the left) and she made my son’s 21 years ago (3rd stocking from the left) and although this will be my first Christmas without her every time I look at our stockings I have happy memories. I hand knit my husband’s, stepson’s and our dog Bailey’s. Yes, even Bailey has a hand knit stocking. His is the one with the fire hydrants.
And here’s part of my snowmen collection. I think last count was upwards of 70 snowmen throughout the house.
With only 3 weeks left until Christmas everyone is rushing to get their hand knit gifts done in time. Don’t forget to add the perfect finishing touch to your gifts-A personalized label and gift tag. We have several styles in our Etsy store, even some holiday themed ones. What gifts are you knitting this season? I would love to hear about them. Please share them in the comments. Happy knitting and Happy Holidays!
October 15, 2015
Happy Fall! It’s hard to believe the summer is over and it’s well into the fall season. The colorful trees are at their peak here in New England and I am enjoying the last of my flowers blooming in the garden.
I finally finished the wall hanging I was knitting most of the summer. I purchased a wooden rod at a store called 10,000 Villages. It’s a fair trade store in Northampton, MA . Everything in the store is hand crafted by artisans in developing countries.
August 19, 2015
July slowed down a little for our custom label business. We were able to take a little breather and it was nice to enjoy some of the summer because it goes by so quickly. Usually we work 7 days a week but we were able to take the weekends off and even managed to go to Cape Cod for 3 days.
I taught myself how to crochet with wire. It is not easy! I tried several gauges and several different types of wire. After much trial and error I discovered artistic wire was the easiest. I found using silver plated 20 gauge gave me the best results. I am usually not a fan of silver plated jewelry but I really like the way it came out and it’s not tarnishing so far. I used an I-cord method of crocheting but since I don’t own a draw plate, I ended up hammering it after I finished it. I like how the bracelet and earrings came out but I am going to purchase a draw plate so that after I make the I-cord I can pull it through the draw plate to make it more uniform.
Has anyone crocheted or knit with wire and if so what type of wire did you use and what did you make? Do you have pictures to share? I would love to share them in a future blog. Here are my results:
The last few days it has been hot, humid and in the 90’s so it’s been hard to be motivated to knit a Christmas stocking for a client. There’s nothing like knitting with wool in the heat of summer…but it has to get done before our fall holiday rush begins. At least it’s a portable project. Here is my progress so far:
I am also working on a wall hanging. It’s a pattern called Olympic Baby Blanket which features a textured tree pattern and I am going to frame it. I am knitting it in purple variegated cotton from my yarn stash and will post pictures in my next post.
Happy knitting and crocheting and enjoy these last couple of weeks of summer!