Category Archives: Knitting Patterns

Pattern Spotlight: Stash Bash

Who loves a great stash busting project?  I know I do and today I have to share Lara’s fun new design, Stash Bash.  First of all when I saw this design on Lara’s FaceBook page, I instantly fell in love and had to see what I could find in my stash to make this project work.

Photo courtesy of Lara Smoot

As always, Lara provides a wonderfully written pattern that is easy to follow.  This is a charted pattern with written instructions for the set up rows as wells as instructions for changing colors, perfect for intermediate to advanced knitters, or beginner knitters who understand how to read charts.  This truly is a simple knit that can be so gratifying in so many ways!  Oh, be sure to check Beth’s test knit page for her color variation, it is gorgeous and I personally love her color combination!

From Ravelry:  Stash Bash comes in two versions: Mild or Wild. The Mild version was knitted with two full skeins of Kismet Fiber Works Fingering yarn. The Wild version was knitted with one full skein of Bugga and varying amounts of left over sock yarns. The pattern includes directions for both and how to adjust the sizing if you would like a larger or smaller shawl.

Yardage Requirements for using left over yarns:

416 (463) yards of yarn for the main color.

Contrasting Colors:

1. 4 gm/10 yards
2. 9 gm/15 yards
3. 12 gm/20 yards
4. 13 gm/25 yards
5. 15 gm/30 yards
6. 17 gm/35 yards
7. 19 gm/40 yards
8. 21 gm/45 yards
9. 23 gm/50 yards)

Please note that fingering weight yarns do tend to vary in weight a bit, so it is a good idea to have a little extra of each color. Not all fibers weigh the same :)   This is one of those fun projects where gauge is not critical to the outcome of the shawl. Keep in mind that if your gauge is different than what is called for that you may use more or less yarn and the size of your shawl will be affected.

To stay informed of Lara’s new releases and sneak peeks, be sure to follow her online at  FaceBook, Ravelry and on her blog,  Lara Smoot Designs.

Hurry, Lara is offering an introductory price of $2.99 ( Buy It Now ) that will end on November 5th, no coupon needed!   This great design is perfect for stash busting singles, as well as left over fingering weight yarn.  Be sure to join the fun in Lara’s group and join her Stash Bash KAL & Stash Down.

I’m off to check my stash ~  I’m even thinking handspun might be great for this project too!

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

Pattern Spotlight: Let’s Talk Acorns and Ravens!

Earlier this week I shared patterns that revolved around owls,  and today I want to share a few patterns that revolve around acorns and ravens.

I love fall !  One thing I really love about fall is the changing of the colors, the acorns and the leaves.  A few of these designs truly remind me of the essence of fall, and for some reason, this season also involves the use of ravens!

Celtic Oak Pillow by Barbara A. Pott

Courtesy of Barbara A Pott

Red Oak by Julia Trice

Courtesy of Twist Collective/Jane Heller

Felted Wooly Acorn & Oak Leaf by Marie Mayhew

Courtesy of Mary Mayhew Designs

Acorn Tea Cozy (3 sizes) by Heather Tunnah

Courtesy of Heather Tunnah

Corvus by Alasdair Post-Quinn

Courtesy of Cooperative Press

Ravens in the Snow by Stephannie Tallent

Courtesy of Helene Magnusson

Ravens in the Snow Mitts by Stephannie Tallent

Courtesy of Stephannie Tallent

Hope you enjoyed, and until next time, happy knitting and crafting!

Fiber Spotlight: Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts

As many of you know I love to promote others, so today I would like to introduce you to a lovely fellow fiber enthusiast, and blogger,  Kate Lore , who shares her adventures over on Folk Lore  and runs an Etsy store called Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts with her sister Melissa.

Kate and Melissa are quite a team!  These two sisters opened Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts earlier this year to sell patterns, hand dyed yarns, hand dyed fiber and kits.  I personally purchased one of their gorgeous hand dyed braids in the color Wonderland, a  4 oz  braid in a blend of soft merino wool and tussah silk.

“Wonderland” – 4 oz of Merino and Tussah Silk

I plan to spin for the Ripple Wave Fingerless Mitts that is designed by Kate Lore and that is also available as part of a kit.   Kate’s pattern is very well written, with excellent step by step instructions that are easy to follow.  Be sure to visit Kate’s blog for her write-up on these mitts.

Courtesy of Emerald Lotus Fiber Arts


You can find these two sisters online at Facebook , their blog and you can find Kate online at Raverly.

Thank you all for letting me share today.

My Blogiversary is today!

Six Years of Blogging!

Six years ago today I started my blog with hopes of just posting my thoughts, expressing myself and sharing.  Little did I know at that time how many people I would meet from all over the world, friendships that I would form and a following of folks with the same interest, passions and desires as I in the fiber world.

As you all know my blog has changed over the years and while I focus mainly on knitting, I have incorporated more of the needle arts such as crochet, spinning and embroidery, with a bit of drawing thrown in for fun.

I want to thank all of you so much for simply following me, liking a few posts here and there, leaving comments and  sharing. Without YOU, I wouldn’t continue.




So, with that being said, I decided it would be fun to have a giveaway.  Everyone who leaves a comment today will receive a free PDF of my all time best-selling Paddington Hat pattern, which was also featured in the 2011 Knitting A Pattern a Day Calendar.   As of this year I am no longer selling the pattern, so if you want a copy, now is your chance!

In order to receive your copy, please leave a comment and be sure that you have an email address attached to your comment.  This little giveaway is open today through Friday, September 12th, with comments being closed the morning of the 12th.

Remember the bonnets our grandmother’s use to wear? Or how about Paddington Bears hat? This hat was inspired by these childhood memories. The super bulky yarn made this a very fast project and if you’re a very fast knitter, this is a day project. The brim on this hat can be rolled up for a very stylish look, or brought all the way down to provide warmth on those cold winter days.


Thank you all so very much for a fantastic and wonderful 6 years!

Wednesday WIPs: About the same!

Not too much to report this week but I can say that I’ve made good progress on my Frostwork Socks.  Two more lace repeats to go to start the heel!  I truly love this pattern and the simplicity of the stitch pattern makes it the perfect carry along project :)


One finished and one to go!


I have also made great progress on my Modified Misti Pearl Vest.  I have finished the lace portion and have started on the stockinette.   I will work 10″ to match the front panels and will see how everything looks before grafting them together.

Almost done with the back!

Currently hibernating on my needles:

Shallows Scarf – not much progress being made but hope to work on it more soon!

Soon to cast on:

Couplet Socks designed by Bonnie Sennott

I must admit that this week I have spent most of my time creating Zentangles.  I really do love this form of art… it’s so relaxing!

Paisley Fun!


With the news that the Outlander Series (series based on the books by author Diana Gabaldon) is coming to Starz, I have decided to start re-reading the series, starting with the first —Outlander.

In Outlander, a 600-page time-travel romance, strong-willed and sensual Claire Randall leads a double life with a husband in one century, and a lover in another. Torn between fidelity and desire, she struggles to understand the pure intent of her heart. But don’t let the number of pages and the Scottish dialect scare you. It’s one of the fastest reads you’ll have in your library.

While on her second honeymoon in the British Isles, Claire touches a boulder that hurls her back in time to the forbidden Castle Leoch with the MacKenzie clan. Not understanding the forces that brought her there, she becomes ensnared in life-threatening situations with a Scots warrior named James Fraser. But it isn’t all spies and drudgery that she must endure. For amid her new surroundings and the terrors she faces, she is lured into love and passion like she’s never known before.


If you haven’t read the Outlander Series , I highly recommend it and Amazon currently is offering books 1 through 7  50% off for the Kindle addition.  Great time to read this series!!



What’s on your needles, hooks or wheels?

Any good books?

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

It’s called, “Instant Gratification!”

This past week was a fast week for me.  I had Monday off for President’s Day, worked on Tuesday, and then went on a business trip to St. Louis for the remainder of the week.  I wanted to take a shawl and decided to knit Sentiment by Andrea Rangel using my three skeins of MadelineTosh Home, a super bulky superwash wool from the Magnolia Society Neutrals shipment.  I started on the 17th and finished the morning of the 19th, which was too late for taking with me on my trip, but I was able to block it before leaving.

So, let’s talk about the pattern.  Sentiment is very well written offering step by step instructions for the entire pattern, as well as a chart for the lace pattern.  It is quick, easy to follow with an easy to memorize stitch pattern.  By using super bulky weight yarn and a size US 15/10mm needle, this project could easily be completed in a full day.

Thick and cozy, Sentiment is soft as a cloud, yet warm as a wool blanket. Heavy yarn makes it a quick knit, and the easy lace pattern is perfect for those newer to lace. Be as bold and dramatic as you like: nothing cheers up a cold winter’s day like bright color! ~ Andrea Rangel

Courtesy of Andrea Rangel (© Kathy Cadigan 2013 )

While this pattern calls for 320 yards of Malabrigo Rasta, a super bulky weight merino wool, I only used a total of  286 yards (2.6 skeins) of my MadelineTosh Home.  Speaking of the yarn I used, this scrumptious soft superwash bulky wool is simply to die for!  It is so incredibly soft and truly shows stitch definitions.  Each skein measures 110 yards/100 meters, is machine washable, and calls for a US 10  11 needle (6mm to 8mm).  I really think this yarn would make a great bulky weight vest or sweater.

Madelinetosh Home

And now for the photo shoot, photos compliments of my hubby, Don….

It is really cozy!

My bottom edge curled during the photo taking … bummer!

Close Up

A side view to show the lace design

I have to truly say I love this shawl and plan to wear it often for work as it is super light weight and drapes really great over my shoulders.  If you haven’t already done so, be sure to take a peek at Andrea’s full line of designs, which can be found online at Ravelry – Designs by Andrea Rangel.

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

Tea Cozy Tuesday

Since I’m now hooked on tea and teapots, I couldn’t resist joining the Tea Cozy Tuesday KAL/CAL over on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps.

The goal of this KAL/CAL is to create 12 tea cozies over twelve months and for me, this is a great way to use up those single skeins in my stash.

January’s cozy is the cute as a button Aran Sweater Cozy designed by the Patons.  I’ve wanted to make this one for a long time and now I have great excuse!  Check out this month’s KAL/CAL on Pia’s blog, Stitches ‘n’ Scraps, and be sure to join her Ravelry Group too!

Courtesy of Yarnspirations

Now off to look in my stash to see what single skeins I have that will be perfect for this fun little project!