Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Just as I thought. So carry on.

In an article on CNN today by Jacque Wilson, "This is your brain on knitting"

  • Crafting can help those who suffer from anxiety, depression or chronic pain, experts say
  • It may also ease stress, increase happiness by releasing neurotransmitter called dopamine
  • Leisure activities such as reading and crafting may protect brain from aging, study finds

Tuesday, February 18, 2014


Someone is sitting pretty today.
Last night, I cast on while watching "Tudor Monastery Farm" (thank you youtube!) and two episodes later, this pair of shoes was finished for Miss Allietta.
A gray merino wool with a yellow ribbon tie.

I was so please that they turned out and fit her so well.
And I think she is, too.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Hello Dolly

 Meet Allietta.  I made this little girl as a friend for my little girl.  I made her several years ago.
 She was my first attempt at a "Waldorf" doll.  She is made of cotton tricot and stuffed with wool.
 I'm studying her, because I am feeling the desire to make some more little tikes like her.  I'm looking at her to see the areas I want to improve on. 
She's so adorable. But let's face it. She has some issues.  Her hands splay out to the side and her feet are just little squishy pads.  I think I can improve on that.
Some of the thread shaping her cheeks must have snapped as you can see a little bump of thread under the "skin" on her face.  It looks like a little nose, although I did not give her a nose originally.
 And her hair has always been a little unkempt.  Mohair is like that, but after several years sleeping in the bed of a real living girl, she's looking a bit messy.
 But she's just still so sweet.  Since I've had her out studying her, I decided to knit her a sweater.
She sat so sweetly next to me on the sofa as I knitted it.  I think she likes it.

I'm looking forward to making some friends for her this spring.  In other news, I sold the piggy in my etsy shop.  He's going to be living down south.  He'll like that.  It's been so frigid cold and snowy here.

I have two more pigs waiting for finishing touches that may be listed soon.  Or they may want to stick around and play with Allietta.  We'll see.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A New Endeavor - Etsy

In the past I had mild success listing and selling my handmade items on Etsy.com.  I sold 3 pigs last week to friends on Facebook.  I have more piglets in the works, so I thought I would try listing them on Etsy.

My Etsy Shop

Sunday, November 17, 2013


Curly tails. Perky snouts. Hefty torsos. Floppy ears. 

Stuffed pigs with knitted curly tails and bodies made from felted wool sweaters. This is the sort of creature little arms can snuggle, carry in a football hold, and use for a nap time pillow.  They look lovely tossed onto sofas, or guarding the hearth.  

I made these for a country craft fair that I was in with my friend Sue of My Checkered Past.  Sue creates a new life for old furniture and architectural elements by transforming them with paint and ingenuity.  It was Sue's first show with her furniture business, and I was happy to be able to help her man the booth and show some of my wares.  It was great to spend the time outdoors in September with a lot of recycling/old-stuff-loving enthusiasts.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Sweaters are multiplying

I made another sweater with the "seamless yoked baby sweater" pattern on Ravelry.  This one in a green and white stripe.  Same exact pattern.  Same exact needles.  Different yarn.  Isn't it something how different they are in size.  All due to the difference in the weight of the yarn.
The blue sweater is Cascade 220 Fingering and it is so lightweight.  The green and white is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino, and it is so soft. I chose multi-colored buttons for the blue sweater (I think this keeps it gender neutral), and white buttons for the green.
I like baby items to be neutral.  I don't need football appliques and ruffles to know who is who and what is what.