Non knitting post about candle making

My lovely sister is getting married in May and having her wedding party on their land in Wisconsin – a beautiful wooded 40 acres with an exquisite lou:)

Anyway, because there is no electricity we are hanging candles from trees to light up the night. We spent yesterday evening melting old candles and pouring them into jars with wicks. . . then wire handles were wound around the jars. . . and then opened hangers will be hung over tree boughs and the jars hung from those. . . safe and beautiful and well lit.

Here are photos of our efforts – we made 51 candles!!

Congratulations V & D!
Can’t wait for the wedding party!!

Striped Socks

I finished these socks in 3 days!! I’m celebrating a friend’s birthday tonight (Friday)  and on Tuesday I thought how lovely it would be to give him a pair of hand knit socks. . . so here they are. . . on my old feet. I used Harrisville Designs Highland … Continue reading

Another head in the Treetops Cap

I knit this hat for Ellen but it is so soft and lovely that I’ll be wearing it when she isn’t! I knit this in LOFT – a 100% American wool – Grown in Wyoming, spun in New England – this wool is very fun to knit. I used size … Continue reading

Knitting enthusiasm still strong

It has been ages since I’ve blogged. . . okay, only about 18 months. ..but that is ages in “online” time. I’ve been busy knitting – – – AND – – – learning how to play Cajun accordion. Learning to play the accordion is cutting into my knitting time, but … Continue reading

A great cast on when starting at the top

I love to knit mittens and hats from the top down! Starting at the top provides me the opportunity to keep trying it on as I go. . . and my projects always turn out the right length. Here is a video of a really nice cast on that I … Continue reading

Earflap hat with Twined Knitting

A while back a friend mentioned she wanted a classy, black, earflap hat to wear with her “good” coat. She showed my the ecru 1940s art deco style silk scarf that she wears with this coat. A lovely design is woven into the scarf and I decided to try to … Continue reading

Recognition at Patternfish!

Editor’s Choice! This January the editor of Patternfish newsletter became intrigued with a new technique I’m developing – a new way of putting knit and purl rows together. I’ve written three patterns using this technique and she featured them in the newsletter. Take a look! (Scroll down the newsletter a … Continue reading

It’s a race! Cold weather vs. finished pullover.

I love the local library! I found a gem of a book titled,”Latvian Dreams, Knitting from Weaving Patterns” by Joyce Williams. It was full of charts with geometric designs. The sweater patterns in the book were fashioned after the gansey, very little shaping, with the focus on the two color … Continue reading

Gentle Cowl on a fall day

I love allforloveofyarn! Angela’s colors are great and the variegation doesn’t pool! This cowl was knit in Eloquence–70% Bluefaced Leicester, 20%silk, 10% cashmere. It is super soft and drapy, light yet warm! here’s how I knit it: 1 skein-100gms/430 yds fingering weight yarn. Gauge: 7sts/11rows=1″. Cowl is 23″ around/15″ long. … Continue reading