Saturday, June 23, 2007

Wool Fest "Best in the Show"

My version of the Hyphen - Boy Modular Felted bag won


at the Lake Farm Park Wool Fest being held this weekend in Kirtland, Ohio.

I also took a

Blue Ribbon First Place

in the Mixed Media category since my bag is a combination of knitting and felting.

In addition to $15.00 vouchers to use at the Wool Fest market, I also received a gift basket full of wonderful goodies from the Lake Farm Park gift shop.

I am thrilled !!!

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Saturday, June 16, 2007

SP 10 Contest My Yarn Stash

SP 10 Hostess has asked us to post our YARN STASH.......
Cherry Tree Hill, Cascade Fixation, Patons sock yarn, leftovers !

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Stitch Marker - Yarn Swap

Thank you BERNIE for your wonderful assortment of goodies sent all the way from England !!

Fridge Magnet, Eskimo Wool (Garnstudio), Felted Mini Sock,
Handmade Stitch Markers,

Hand Sewn Pouch for Bits'n'bobs, Highlighter pens, and a
Scented Sachet.


The blue stitch markers have these little crochet covered beads that she made using embroidery thread/floss, a very small metal crochet hook and some plastic beads.
They are one of a kind.

THANK YOU BERNIE for another terrific exchange!!

Sunday, June 10, 2007

World Wide Knit in Public Day 2007

That's me, Betsy and Mo

We had little time to Knit in Public because we were too busy

inside shopping !

Thank you to
River Colors in Lakewood, Ohio hosted our event.

We discoved the latest addition to the Cleveland Knitting Scene......


We also shopped at

Yarn Knit by Sue
in Fairview Park

where everything is 40 % off for their Moving Sale !!

I picked up the book, "FELT FRENZY" by

Clevelanders, Heather Brack & Shannon Okey

I found 2 skeins of JJ's Montage Hand Painted Collection for a Lucy Bag,

Austermann Step yarn with Aloe Vera because it feels

so good,

Plymouth Encore Mega Colorspun to make the

Sarah James Adriafil Vest,

and Plymouth Encore Worsted Yarn to make the

Garter Stitch Blanket on my

To - Do List.

Also picked up some Addi's --- it was great fun !!

Spring Felted Bag Exchange Update

I just received a package from my AWESOME partner in the

Spring Felted Bag Exchange

Trekking Yarn in color Pastels and "Classic Socks" pattern booklet by
She is inspiring me to try socks and I can't wait to knit with the Trekking,
something she knows I've been wanting !!
She also included an adorable set of sheep accessories: refrigerator magnet, note pad, and
a set of beautiful stitch markers that she made for me.


I can't wait to see the bag you're making for me.

I know it will be unique and special !!

International Scarf Exchange IV "Wrap Up"

grand finale...

My package arrived from Michelle in Ontario and I am just thrilled with the beautiful shawl she made for me.

In my favorite colors, made from the color Perwinkle

Hand Maiden Sea Silk
hand dyed in Canada.
The pattern is Shetland Triangle Shawl from the book,
"Wrap Style" by
Interweave Press

I also received a beautiful hand made shawl pin made in Nova Scotia,

Lavendar (my favorite) Eucalan Fabric Wash, and sheep tissues.

She accidentally revealed her name to me in an email and all this time I was sneaking peeks at "Michelle in Colorado Springs" blog thinking that was the scarf for me !! So, I was pleasantly surprised after all !!

Michelle is amazing, self taught and only been knitting for 2 years, WOW !!

Thank you Michelle !!

On the other end.......

My EDGAR Scarf from arrived safely for

HANNA in Finland.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

Noro Ruffle Felted Bag Pattern


Here is the pattern for the bag that I taught at A Knitter's Fantasy.


1 skein NORO Kureyon

small amount of 100% Wool Cascade 220

Size 9, 10 1/2 or 11 needles 24 " circular and double pointed same size

Row counter; Stitch marker; Tapestry needle.

Dimensions before felting: Dimensions after felting:

Bottom 5 " x 5 " Bottom 4" x 4"
Height 9" Height 6 1/2"
Width 9" Width 5 1/2"
Lenght of I cord strap 36 " Length of I cord strap 23"


Cast on 16 stitches. Knit every row 30 - 34 rows (17 ridges)

You should have a square or rectangular bottom.

Pick up and knit 16 stitches along the edge of your bag – you will be picking up a single loop of yarn at the end of each of the ridges. You should be at the beginning of cast on edge.

Pick up 16 stitches using the loops at the bottom of the cast on row.

Pick up and knit 16 stitches along the last edge of your bag.

Place a marker to denote beginning of rounds.

You should have 64 stitches.

If you have more or less, it doesn't matter.

Just make sure you have the same number of stitches on corresponding sides.


Rounds 2-9: Knit.

Round 10 (decrease round): (K2tog, knit to two stitches before the next marker, SSK, slip marker) around. 56 stitches.

Rounds 11-19: Knit.

Round 20: Repeat decrease round. 48 stitches.

Rounds 21-29: Knit.

Round 30: Repeat decrease round. 40 stitches.

Rounds 31-33: Knit.

Round 34: Purl.

Round 35: Bind off in purl.

Doing the last rows and binding off in purl gives it a little more of a bump or

distinction at the top.


With RS facing, along either long edge pick up 60 stitches -

pick up all around, your number of stitches may be different.

K in front and back of each stitch across – (it will be double whatever # you picked up)

120 stiches. K 7 rows. Bind Off.


Cast 4 stitches onto double pointed needles. Knit the first 3 rows,

then switch to I - CORD (don't turn, slide to end).

Knitting the first and last 3 rows gives you a flat end which is easier to sew onto the bag.

When your handle is long enough, knit the last 3 rows.

Bind Off.
Make 1 or 2 handles depending upon your preference.

Attach handle strap to the inside of the bag with the same yarn BEFORE felting.


Sunday, June 03, 2007


LeBron James Leads Cavaliers to First NBA Finals

CAVS Beat Detroit Pistons 98 - 82

"The Cavaliers, who won only 17 games the year before James arrived from just down the Interstate in Akron, will meet the San Antonio Spurs in Game 1 of the
NBA finals on Thursday night."

"It's been 43 years since a Cleveland team captured a major pro sports title. The Browns lost three straight AFC titles to John Elway and the Broncos, and the Indians haven't won a World Series since 1948. The Cavaliers, who joined the league in 1970, now have a shot to end a drought that has spanned generations for Cleveland fans."

"Something had to go right for Cleveland sports," James said.
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