Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Happy Knitting 2009

Ring in the New Year with 2 days of Knitting !!

Friday Jan. 2 we are meeting at STUDIO KNIT IN MEDINA
for sit, knit and chat then dinner at House of Hunan.
Saturday Jan. 3 KNIT IN starting at 10:30 AM and pot luck lunch at Mo's house in Shaker Heights.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Obi Jacket by Liz Tekus

From FINE POINTS on Larchmere in Cleveland....

Here is my yarn for the OBI Jacket :

What an amazing assortment, pre-arranged in a kit.

The base yarn is ERDAL CHANINETTE 100% rayon, held together knit on size 9 needles.... .I can't wait to get started !!

Berroco Sprite
NORO Sakura
Tahki Hand Dyed Cotton Classic
NORO Ganpi Abaka Tape
Fiesta Rayon Boucle
Katia Rumba Mix
Adelie d'anny blatt
Lang Opal Color

Friday, December 19, 2008


Fingerless mitts pattern from
"The Knitter's Book of Yarn"......FREE PATTERN can be found :


YARN: Rae Jaspe Wool - 2 skeins = 176.0 yards (160.9m)

Purchased at


Beautiful yarn. It worked out well to find the matching color sequence with the second mitt so that the two would match. I used size 8 double pointed needles (pattern calls for 7’s which I don’t have)
and it turned out fine.
Very quick knit and makes a great gift !!

Friday, December 12, 2008


Check out


with a New Free Pattern added every day.
Not just for Christmas, great patterns and ideas for everyone !!

Sunday, December 07, 2008


My knitting guild recently brought Gwen Bortner, owner and designer of

We all spread out our stash balls of yarn then we went around and made a "magic ball", borrowing from everyone's stash. We were told to make the lengths "RANDOM" and as we began to knit, we learned that

SHORTER lengths were BETTER.

My magic ball :


Gwen explained the following highlights:

1. It's easier to see color against BLACK.

2. Equal proportions are not always good and are in fact NOT good.

3. The PROPORTION of the colors is the KEY.

4. Black goes with anything.... or use a nearly black deep navy or deep brown.


these people really know color and will usually have the proportion right. Unwind it, look at the distribution of color lengths, the proportions.

Take a look at
LAURA BRYANT of PRISM YARNS one of the best with color in the knitting world.


Gwen says organize single balls by COLOR.

Using mulitple colors and don't know which to use next or when to switch???

ROLL A DICE, use a


I learned it's best NOT to knot, but rather work with both ends for several stitches then trim the ends. This saves having to weave in the ends as well and samples showed that you cannot tell where this was done.

Look at your piece at ARM'S LENGTH to really see
how it looks.

We went over various patterns including


Gwen's 3 swatches pictured here were all made from the same MAGIC BALL of yarn (with black added to the first on the left) and each looks so totally different !

If you ever have the opportunity to take a class from GWEN, I highly recommend it. She is fun, down to earth, creative, and practical. Her only rule in class is "NO RIPPING OUT", we're here to practice and learn.

Also stay tuned for her book on ENTRELAC soon to be published.

Friday, November 28, 2008

In Memory Of Betsy Shaw

Our Northcoast Knitting Guild beloved President, Betsy Shaw,
passed away last week in her sleep at the tender age of 61.

The consummate knitter, well loved by all, and very fun to be with.

I had the pleasure of being with her at Stitches East in Baltimore a few years ago and she always made everyone feel welcome at our
knitting guild meetings.

We decided to bring our knitting to her funeral, we figured she would want us to be knitting, and her friends and relatvies
were so glad we did.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Our Name is Mud

Thank you to:

Check out their blog for contests and free giveaways.

I entered and just won this great handmade ceramic paperclip container

you may remember my birthday plate, signed by friends from the knitting guild....
it was made by Our Name is Mud

Saturday, November 08, 2008

GIVEAWAY at A Mixed Bouquet

is sponsoring a GIVEAWAY to celebrate the opening of her new ETSY shop

she's giving away a birthstone bracelet like this one
in your choice of birthstone color

Friday, October 31, 2008

Free Snowman Knitting Pattern at Knit Picks

Check out this adorable new free pattern for felted snowmen from

Tuesday, October 21, 2008


Just in time for the holidays......

I went to a Fair Trade Sale at a local church near my home and I decided that buying Fair Trade is the best way to shop for holiday presents this year. I bought a beautiful hand woven headband from Guatamala.

I found a lovely lavendar soy candle made by THE ENTERPRISING KITCHEN.ORG helping women in Chicago get back on track.

Yesterday, I purchased a beaded purse made by the Mayan Women's Beading Collective at the Textile Art luncheon. I sat down tonight to write about Fair Trade goods, only to discover, by coincindence, that OCTOBER is GLOBAL FAIR TRADE MONTH.

Yes, I also bought a $30.00 tin of popcorn (outrageously expensive) from the local boy scout going door to door, but I'd much rather spend my money supporting people in need, especially the WOMEN who are feeding their entire family for a month with the proceeds from the sale of one beaded purse.

So, this holiday season, when you're shopping at Nordstrom, Target, Coach, or your local church craft show.....keep in mind FAIR TRADE. Your purchase can really make a difference in someone's life. Look for fairly traded items in stores too.

You may ask, "What is Fair Trade"?

Fair Trade is...

- The practice of buying products directly from producers indeveloping nations and developing parts of our own country.
- About helping people to become self-supporting andself-suffiicent regardless of race, gender, or religion.
- Buying goods bought directly from producers, artists, and families, NOT from sweatshops, slaveholders, or big businesses.
- Guaranteeing fair prices and fair pay to both women and men.
- An investment to improve social, educational, and medical conditions in the producers' home communities.
- When producers are paid for their products up-front to ensure long-term success.
- Environmentally safe which ensures sustainable production methods that protect the environment and cultivate healthy communities here and abroad.
- Guarenteeing no forced child labor was used in production. Many of the children once forced to work in clothing and carpet mills are now in school.

OK, now that you know what Fair Trade is, you may ask "Where can I shop for Fair Trade items?" ONLINE of course! Shop from your home, avoid traffic, save on gas in your car, don't wait in any lines! You can find items from all over the world, on some websites you can choose an area of the globe, or type of craft or product. COFFEE is a popular one, as are handicrafts made by local artisans.


SHOP THE CAUSE.ORG is a project of Women Thrive Worldwide, a non-profit that fosters economic opportunity for women living in poverty worldwide.

How about looking at ORIGNAL GOOD. It's the new product brand from World of Good, Inc. providing amazing handcrafted from artisans around the world.

Searching for clothing and accessories? Look no further than MATA TRADERS whose mission is to provide high fashion, fairly traded clothing and accessories to a growing network of socially conscious consumers and retailers. The products are made exclusively in India by women’s cooperatives.

Need a gift for a CHOCOLATE LOVER, or want to treat yourself? Try the EQUAL EXCHANGE CO-OP for fairly traded organic coffee, tea, chocolate and snacks from farmers all over the world including the United States.

According to their website, "One purchase at a time" from GIFTS WITH HUMANITY.ORG will help change the world.

One of my favorite successful sites is the KALLARI RAIN FAMILY, a self-governed coalition of Amazon artists and organic cocoa producers whose co-op began in 1997 with less than fifty families and has now grown to over 800 families.

At TWO HANDS WORLD SHOP you can find beautiful Fair Trade certified arts and handcrafts from the world's artisans. Listed by category everything from bags and purses to home decor and toys.

Here are some links to Fair Trade Shopping from SHE WHO PAINTS for more ideas and inspiration.

And last, but not least, you've got to take a look at LUCUMA DESIGNS which strives to bring you contemporary crafts and folk art to smile about. They "empower creative women and family workshops in Peru to help themselves and their community". You will be amazed at the talent and artistry.

Look for these labels when you buy:

And perhaps there's even a FAIR TRADE store in your town,

like this one here in Cleveland Heights, Ohio


Now I've got to get back to my holiday shopping !!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Textile Art Alliance Wearable Art Fashion Show & Boutique

I just got back from the

Cleveland Museum of Art Textile Alliance Wearable Art Fashion Show and Boutique

Here are some of my favorite designs presented: Be sure to click on the links to learn more about each artist ! The name of each is ABOVE the photo.

Akron, Ohio


Nagada Fashion handwoven textiles from Egypt


Hatsumi Yoshida born in Japan and

currently lives in Bali

Art of Cloth

the best fitting clothes, loose drape, beautiful colors, designed and made by my neighbor, Rose Corrick

Art of Cloth

Blis Boutique another one of Cleveland's favorite

Art to Wear Boutique

Fine Points

my favorite yarn shop AND clothing boutique owned by Liz Tekus in Cleveland

Liz - Fine Points

Front Street Studios by Julie Corcoran in Mannington, WV

Front Street Studio

Midwest Fiber Company

owned and handcrafted by Lee Ann King,

located in NW Ohio


miKNITures by Cleveland's Pavia Lewis and member of the

Northcoast Knitting Guild


Mayan Women's Collective

beautiful beaded necklaces and purses with all proceeds going back to the women in Mexico


SAT. & SUN. NOV. 22 & 23


PaMaTi Designs


TR Hats by Tatiana Rakhmanina


Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Noro Tovesta Bag

What's not to love about NORO KUREYON???

I felted this bag instead of lining it according to the pattern.

The pattern is by

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Another Cool Website


Free patterns, beads, books, paper crafts and more !!


Sunday, September 14, 2008

New Plan for Koigu Shawl

I have frogged my koigu shawl and I plan to make this project instead:

Wool Peddler's Shawl by Cheryl Oberle in her book, "Folk Shawls"

Thanks to inspiration and tips from blogger Crispynoodleknits, I found this project on ravelry.

my koigu stash:

Monday, August 04, 2008

Stitch N Pitch

What a great way to celebrate my birthday this year !!

Stitch n Pitch Cleveland Indians Game July 10