Vintage Knitting Needles and Antique Bottles

Vintage Knitting Needles and Antique Bottles

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Circle of Stitches, LYS in Salem, Massachusetts

Toil and Trouble

I am writing up a post about my visit to Circle of Stitches last week. This yarn came home with me and I am trying to choose between projects to highlight the beauty of these colors. More tomorrow!

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Finished Object Friday, off the needles...

Blue Eyes Blue

Blue Eyes Blue
Pattern: Topography Kerchief, by Melissa Stadja
Yarn: Lana Grossa Meilenweit 100 Fantasy Stretch, Cygnet Superwash DK, unlabeled cotton DK on size 6 needles.
I was finally able to give this to my sister and can now safely share the photos. This was such a fun project to knit and the yarn did all of the work. I will continue to keep an eye out for self striping types of yarn for future projects. I do love this pattern!

Divergent Series

Divergent Series 
Divergent Series, by Jenny Faifel
Yarn: Cascade Yarns Heritage Paints 150 in Dahlia, Cascade Yarns Heritage Silk in Primavera on size 5 needles
This started as a Mystery KAL and I lagged behind the finishing thanks to work and limited knitting time. I love the shade of bright green and the variegated blend of pinks and greens. I think this will be worn often. I love the colors and the shape of the cowl.  Can you tell I have not mastered the art of selfie?

Dropstitch Scarf Neutral KAL
Dropstitch Scarf by Christine Vogel
Yarn: Cascade Yarns 220 Superwash Sport in Natural on size 6 needles
I started this back in August when I did a challenge of knitting with only neutral tone yarns. It has lingered in its project bag because it requires me to be focused and I made so many mistakes that I avoided finishing. That is one of the good things when you are clearing out UFOs, they are often so close to be finished that you wonder why you avoided it for so long. I love the stitch definition and may make this again in a variegated yarn.

Stitch House class photo!
Puffin Pal
Kit by Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farms
I attended a needle felting class with Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farm at Stitch House last week. This toy was fun to make and I do like the technique of needle felting. I have a fox kit to work on soon, this guy needs a buddy. If you are interested in taking a class with Kelly, be aware that there will be another Stitch House workshop this summer. Kits are available at Stitch HOuse and on the Romney Ridge website.

This post should have been posted on Friday, but I wanted to give the shawl to my sister before this went out into the world. What have you finished this week? (Please know that a number of these projects have been on the needles forever! I did a big push to finish up some projects that were 75% done already).

Wednesday, June 24, 2015


Tuesday- tools and techniques
As a blogger, I have decided to invest some dollars in tools. Each week, look here for a review or technique as I write with the hopes of enabling you in categories outside the typical yarn and pattern purchases. I am uncertain how I came to know about this tool, perhaps I saw a mention of it in one of my knitting magazines or heard someone share that they had one.  I follow their FB page and one of their recent comments jogged my interest. Fridays are paydays and I always feel entitled to gift something to myself. Usually it is a pattern, but this time I chose to get a tool.
YarnIt in Crystal Clear.
YarnIt was created by Kate Sullivan, a knitter, entrepreneur and innovator. The initial nudge to design this tool occurred when her working yarn rolled off her seat while in flight and it rolled down the aisle, collecting every bit of grit, dust and lint. Kate was inspired to market a tool to protect and showcase a cake of yarn. It comes in three colors, and there are two themed YarnIts, one for Breast Cancer Awareness, the other sports a mustache.

Lavender Haze
With a Cherry on Top
I Pink I Can
The Manly
Why do I like this product? (Follow this link to hear the inspiration behind the creation of this tool and the features that make it special).

  1. I do love supporting small American businesses. I love that this product is made here in the states.
  2. The base fits into the cup holder of your car, perfect stowing spot when you knit as you wait to pick up kids or if you are lucky to ride shot gun and knit during roadtrips.
  3. I have two cats, one of whom is a stealthy fiber fiend. This device provides protection from purloining paws and naughty kneading of fiber.
  4. It has a sturdy base, or, you can use the carry strap to knit as you walk or work in the wild.
  5. There is a sneaky spot to store small notions. You can stow Puppy Snips, stitch markers, a darning needle and other small tools.
  6. There are slots for your needles when you take a break from your project. 
  7. As the designer mentions, having my project out  of a fabric bag and in clear view, it beckons me to come back and do a few rows.
I ordered the Crystal Clear with a turquoise base. You can select which color base you would like when you place your order. I was surprised how quickly it was delivered and the packaging was beautiful, a present for me. Don't you want one?

Monday, June 22, 2015

Coupon code in Etsy shop


That is the Coupon Code for 20% off project bags. 

The sale is on until July 13.

This is my favorite shape project bag, plenty of room for project and when you fold down the sides, you have a nice view of the lining. Laura Ashley print inside, turquoise twill outside. 

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Needle Felting with Kelly Corbett

Annissa, mom, teacher, small business owner and candidate for City Council
Annissa is an amazing person in many ways, she has an inviting and warm personality, boundless energy, and an awareness that hard work and perseverance  pay off. She owns a local yarn and sewing shop, The Stitch House. Please remember her name when it comes time to vote this fall. Here is a link to a Boston Globe article.

Stitch House is my favorite LYS in the Boston area. I love the array of products they carry, yarn, notions and Amy Butler fabrics to name just a few of the things you'll find through the door of this shop. The other great feature is their knowledgeable and helpful staff, their classes (for adults and kids) and the sewing room where you can rent space for sewing up a new garment. Today I went there for a class in needle felting.

Kelly Corbett of Romney Ridge Farm Yarns
Kelly Corbett, of the Romney Ridge Farm Yarns creates felting kits complete with the colorful directions, necessary tools and materials. Today's class at Stitch House had about ten students and it was a peaceful and creative time spent crafting little puffins. The previous class at Stitch House made wooly sheep. Kelly has offered to teach us to wool felt images of our pets, so if that sounds interesting, call and leave a message with Stitch House. I'm sure they will have another class, you should be there!

The process of making a felted critter is pretty simple, Kelly's kit contains the wool sphere that you apply the colored fleece to with a felting needle. The tiny shallow jabs of needle into sphere creates a more densely packed ball of wool. Kelly demonstrated the techniques to create the beak, tail and feet. She also talked us through applying the bands of color to create the eyes and the other features typical of a puffing. All of the puffins had their own distinct character, all were beautiful.

The class picture! 

What did you do with your day today? Leave a comment.