A few month ago I purchased a vintage Elsa Williams crewel embroidery kit that I absolutely loved.  This past weekend I decided it was time to start it only to find that the wool in the kit was breaking too much, which is a hazard of aging.  So, I stash dived into my embroidery floss to match up the colors of the wool and I’m quite pleased with the results.

Original Kit

Original Kit


Matched colors

Matched colors

I noticed today in the “bright light” that the two light peachy colors were too close of a match (the bottom two) and the third one up from the bottom was too orange.  I have since replaced them and now can get started with my stitching!


Tuesday Zendoodle



I finished my embroidery piece Sunday afternoon and I truly love it!  I’ve decided to try Mary Corbet’s tip of damp stretching and blocking.  I think I might also use her tip on framing!

When it dries – voilá! – you have a perfectly flat, squared-up piece of needlework, ready for photographing or for finishing or framing. All the wrinkles will be gone, the weave of the fabric will be where it should be, and you’ll be awed at the smooth beauty of the piece. ~ Needle’n Thread



Catching Up !

Life has a way of making you sit back and think about the future.  This week has been like that for me and I have made a decision, and one that I am very happy about.

So what does that mean?  My blog posts may be slowing down,  changing quite a bit and even going in a different direction, which means you might not find a lot of posts featuring knitting, crocheting or spinning  but a menagerie of sorts that will cover other crafting.   Once I finish up my current knitting projects, knitting will be taking  a backseat to my new found love, embroidery and tangling.  

I have always loved embroidery but really haven’t done much of it in a very long time and it’s one area I want to expand my horizons on, as well as the tangling.   These two crafts have my full attention right now, which means I will be sharing my new found joy and passion.

This weekend I have been working on a small piece of embroidery designed by Mary Jane Russell, which is part of the Mary Jane Collection.  This sweet little piece is called Cherries and I truly love it!  I plan to order the other three that go with this one so I can have the set.

Cherries by Mary Jane Russell

Cherries by Mary Jane Russell

I have been considering using a few of my “tangles” as embroidery designs, which would be so much fun and a great way to express my love of both even more.  Speaking of tangles and embroidery, I must share a beautiful new piece designed by Trish Burr, a Whitework Zentangle bird.

Courtesy of Trish Burr

Here’s what’s been going on with my current projects:

I have just finished one number one of Socks on a Plane and will be casting on the mate this coming week.  I am still working on my Beaded Shallows and the Canyon Birch Vest is in the “naughty corner” as I made a mistake and really haven’t felt like ripping it back yet and not sure that I will continue with this project.   I have also casted on a February Lady cardigan using my stash of Cascade Yarn Avalon (50% Cotton/50% Acrylic) and think this will be a nice cardigan to wear here in Arizona.


Socks on a Plane

I have found myself using Instagram more and more,  and find this form of social media is a great way to share projects and see what everyone else is working on too.  If you’re on Instagram and haven’t found me yet, I would love to have you follow and will follow back.

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Until next time, happy crafting!

I finished my Frostwork Socks this morning and love how they turned out.  I can’t say enough about Lara’s pattern, it truly is wonderful, easy to follow and the results are great.  I’m just tickled that I finally found the right yarn to show of Maya’s lovely hand-dyed yarn.

I took two photos early this morning, one on the table and a few minutes later, one on my trellis.  I still find it quite amazing how light makes the yarn look different.  Sometimes it looks quite rosy like below and other times has an orange tint. Love it!


Now with this pair of socks off the needles, I have casted on Socks on a Plane, a cable toe up that I’m having fun with.   I decided to try Premier Yarns Serenity Sock, which is a self-striping yarn in the color Chilli (a mix of green, blue and pink) and so far I really like the yarn.


What are you working on ?


Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

Late Post for WIPs ….

keep-calm-it-s-a-work-in-progressYesterday flew by and before I knew it, the day was gone and I forgot to post my progress photos!  With the summer heat here in Phoenix, it hasn’t quite been conducive to knitting so I have been trying to work on small projects as much as possible.

I have made great progress on the mate to my Frostwork Socks.  I do have to share that I got a bit upset because I somehow  managed to drop two stitches, which means I got to rip back to the gusset and start all over.  Several hours of knitting down the drain, but it’s better than being almost done and realize what has happened!

Progress photo for mate – Frostwork


I haven’t made as much progress on my Birch Vest as I hoped, but I really must say I love the yarn I’m using!!!

Progress Photo – Birch Vest

Yesterday I casted on a new Shallows Scarf using my stash of Black Trillium Pebble Sock and Japanese beads in a mix of colors in browns and rusty reds.  The first Shallows was a try in linen, which I frogged as I did not like the look, texture or the major stretching!  I really LOVE the look of this one and can’t wait to finish it!

Progress Photo – Shallows Scarf

A special shout out for Bonnie Sennott of Blue Peninsula.  Bonnie just published a gorgeous new scarf called Skipperling and is offering $2.00 off until August 15th using coupon code SKIPPY at checkout.   I plan to cast on this beauty for a new KAL in Bonnie’s Raverly group that is starting September 1st.

Photo courtesy of Bonnie Sennott – Skipperling


What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels!

Until next time, happy knitting, crocheting, spinning and crafting!

And the winner is …

Courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Courtesy of Sterling Publishing

Thank you all for entering for a chance to win a copy of 60 Quick Luxury Knits ,the seventh title to the 60 Quick Knit Series featuring a wide range of accessories knitted up in Cascade’s Venezia Worsted and Venezia Sport yarns.

This really is a lovely book that would make a great addition to your knitting library for accessory piece items, as well as items to make  for gifts.

Without further adieu, the winner is entry#6, Dianna!

Congratulations Dianna, your book will be on it’s way to you soon!


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