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.
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/
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!
Sign up for our Tiny Sweater ornament knit along. http://mountainstreetarts.com/?p=1458
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.
June 21, 2015
Summer Knitting Projects
I am about 3/4 of the way done with the sweater I am making. It’s a pattern from the Rowan Cotton Lustre collection called “RAN”. I am using a yarn from Schachenmayr called “Journey”
it’s a cotton jersey material. While I like the feel of the yarn, it’s kind of stuffed with cotton and every so often the cotton stuffing appears to come out. I love the color I chose though, it reminds me of the beach. Below the shoulder it has some short rows for shaping. I think I need to practice doing those as I am not 100% happy with the way they came out.
I finished the knit version of my family art piece. I like the knit version better than the crochet version. I stretched this over a piece of canvas and glued it with craft glue. If I do it again, I am going to knit the word “Family” using the intarsia method rather than carrying the black yarn across the row. I think it will have a smoother effect.
June 10, 2015
I found this really cute pattern to knit a wooly-soap
-on-a-rope sheep on Ravelry. Rather than make
a soap holder I turned them into Christmas ornaments to give as gifts. It’s never too early to start knitting for Christmas. It’s only 6 months away. I still have to knit a Christmas stocking for a customer so I thought I would get a jump on my holiday knitting. The pattern calls for cotton yarn but I used baby apalca and they are soooo soft. I also embroidered eyes and added mouths. The pattern is available for purchase on Ravelry.
Here’s a great idea for a housewarming gift for realtors to give to their clients after they purchase a home. I love pillows and they make such a cozy gift. One of our customer’s has a website where realtors can purchase a pillow and have their logo and a message put on a label that is attached to the pillow. How cool is that? There are several homey designs to choose from. The pillows are made from organic canvas and the labels are printed onto organic cotton.
It’s a great eco-friendly gift. Be sure to visit her website: http://www.newnestpillows.com/
May 1, 2015
Many years ago, I bought a hand painted vase, filled it with flowers and gave it to my mother for Mother’s day. I loved that vase and it was hard to part with it. I admired it every time I went to my parents’ house. After a while I didn’t see it any more and kind of forgot about it. 10 years ago my mother was diagnosed dementia and passed away this past January. It was one of the hardest journeys I have been on. I have spent the last few months going through all of her things with my father deciding what to keep and what to give to charity. Imagine my surprise one week, when my father pulled my special vase out of the cabinet and asked me if I wanted it. I couldn’t believe it. There it was after all these years. I brought it home and put it on my table and have been waiting for the daffodils in my garden to bloom so that I could fill it. I haven’t been feeling well the last few weeks and haven’t had the energy to go out to the garden . The other night my husband went out to the backyard, cut some daffodils and filled the vase with them and surprised me. What a keeper he is! This will be my first Mother’s Day without my mother but every time I look at my special vase I will think of all the memories my mother and I shared together.
Also this week, I finished my latest Knitted Art piece for the bedroom and framed it.
April 16, 2015
Spring has finally arrived here in Massachusetts. As recently as last weekend we were still getting sleet and cold weather. But this week it has been in the 50s and 60s and sunny. I love this time of year when I can open all the windows and air the house out.
In the morning I wake up to the birds tweeting and they have already started building nests in our birdhouses.
I noticed the first daffodils popping up in the garden today. A sure sign of Spring!
And, I sat out on the deck and knit this afternoon. My current project is a mat for a shelf in our family room. I found the pattern on Pinterest. It’s kind of tedious and slow going as every 4 stitches is a cable. Row 1 is front cables all the way across. Row 2 is Purled all the way across, Row 3 is back cables all the way across and Row 4 is purled all the way across. I love the woven fabric it produces. I am making it out of a linen cotton blend which is perfect for wam weather knitting. The yarn comes on a cone and it’s Valley Yarns Cotton 10/2 and I have doubled it up to make it thicker.
Speaking of cotton, we just introduced our new Organic cotton labels. It’s a fabulous lightweight cotton that is so soft, yet durable for all of your handmade garments. I love the natural look of these labels. They are the perfect finishing touch. They have really taken off and we have received a lot of positive feedback on them. Here are some of this week’s custom orders we’ve done.
March 18, 2015
I have been knitting for 40+ years so as you can imagine I have accumulated quite the yarn stash. When I first started knitting I used Ugh! Acrylic! And back then the acrylic was kind of like plastic…Acrylic has come a long way. The only other option was scratchy wool. I didn’t start knitting seriously until I was in my 20s and that’s about the time all the “fun” yarns became available. With that said, I have a collection of 30 years of leftover yarn. I organized all of my yarn into colors and put them in different baskets. My first stash project was a sweater. I took all of my shades of blue and just started knitting. I mixed, weights, textures and colors. I used a basic cardigan pattern to gauge how many stitches I should cast on and for measurements. It was a fun project because I had no idea how it would come out. I bought the glass buttons at a craft fair. Here is the final sweater.
My second de-stash project is a crocheted afghan. I did have to purchase the main color yarn but then I used up several small balls of leftover yarn, again using different weights and textures. What kind of projects have you made using your stash? I would love to hear about them and see pictures