Off the Needles

Off the needles, blocked and waiting for buttons!

Off the needles, blocked and waiting for buttons!

I thought I had just the right buttons for this…….but no.  I need something with more personality.  So, this goes in my bag of items that need something that isn’t in the studio here at Stitchknit.  The bag that needs to go to the store.  This poses a difficulty, in that I truly do hate shopping.

And, this………….it too needs buttons.  Nothing in the box of hundreds and hundreds of new buttons……..or the huge box of vintage buttons will work.  Love vintage buttons, but when the design needs 4, of course……..I can only locate things I like that come with just 3!

crocheted button up cowl by stitchknitThis is truly a tough one to get a picture of.  The yarn is a blend of wool and rayon and has the prettiest shimmer to it.

Off the hook here, just waiting for ends, then the border.

Off the hook here, just waiting for ends, then the border.

This is like the blanket listed here in the shop.  I love this diagonal design.  Easy to remember, great for projects on the go!


Some Jobs Need to Age

Sort of like wine or cheese…………I can see some of my jobs here in my local shop, need to age.  Sit and just “be”.  All this aging and sitting is so I can figure out what I’m going to do with them!  This one, is currently the lead project in line for inspiration.

Stitchknit Local ShopThe 3 vintage pillows were brought in for a face lift of sorts.  New pillow forms, smaller size, cleaned up and backed with a neutral.  The 2 pillows on the right of the picture were good to go.  Take them apart, sew up with new backing and stick in the new pillow forms.  Stitched up and they are ready to be picked up!

The harvest gold number?  That is where the sitting around, waiting for an idea, comes in.  The client doesn’t want the harvest gold any longer.  The needle point of the ducks, done by the clients mother………they are the only part we’re saving.

So, my question is…….trim the ducks out of the design and applique them onto the new fabric?  Can’t see this working as yet, because the needlepoint canvas is vintage, almost crispy and I don’t think it would bend around all the necessary curves to be blind stitched on.

Other option……  Not really sure, but tossing around the reverse idea………..of stitching the new fabric to the ducks.  It will roll under, allowing me to blind stitch it onto the canvas & the outside stitching of the duck design.

I have this out  in my studio, so I can see it daily and ponder the possibilities. So far, no attack of brilliance.

One More Work in Progress

How many projects do you have in the works at one time?  I don’t know if it is a good idea to count all of mine! :)  Here’s a crocheted scarf/shawl I’m making to replace one that sold months ago.  Yes, I am running very behind here at Stitchknit.

Crocheted scarf from StitchknitGreat project for me this summer. Once I had the initial chain and the first row of floating chains done, I don’t have to count or think for this piece.  Perfect for me!  I love how loose this is and how intricate it looks.  About 10 more inches and this will be ready to put the border on.

Also in the works here at Stitchknit………… requisite pair of socks that ‘live’ in the van  Always ready for a bit of knitting when I am waiting for anyone/anything.  Still on sock #1, but at the arch of my foot……heading towards the toe.

Crocheted baby blanket in 2 shades of gray & a deep brick red.  Love having something a bit larger than socks to work on here at home.  Again, it is a no think, no count sort of pattern.  Perfect for right now.

Filling up my inventory of teensy tiny little hearts:

Crocheted hearts by StitchknitJust sold a couple sets of the pale pink ones and discovered I really didn’t have anything that was ready to ship.  Added pale pink, bright pink, navy, natural, yellow, white and have some peach and green thread in my project bag ready to work on.

All crochet projects!  Might have to even that out and come up with some knitting.  I’m old enough to have hands that complain if I don’t switch out the project types occasionally.


It’s been awhile since I’ve managed to complete a  new piece for my Etsy shop.  Summer vacation, kiddo home from school, hot weather……..I’ve got all sorts of excuses!  :)

Crocheted blanket  from Stitchknit33″ square, this crocheted blanket is just the size for a new little one.  Brightly colored, this would work for either a little boy or girl.  Not ‘baby’ looking, this will be a favorite for years.  Easy care, made with acrylic yarn.   $65.00

Ends. As You Go, or Wait ’til Finished?

Baby Blanket from StitchknitI’m some of each.  Weave some ends in as I go…..    and finish off the ones I missed when the project is complete.

This blanket is half and half, almost looks like fringe on the right side!  I keep forgetting to make the stripes 3 rows, which would put half the ends on each side of the blanket.  By the time I remember, I’m halfway through the blanket.

Which are you?  Do you painstakingly weave in ends while you are working on the project?  Or, just leave them til the end, hoping they will magically take care of themselves?  I’ve always loved (said a touch sarcastically) patterns that finish off with………….

“Weave in ends & Enjoy!”

I don’t mind weaving in ends, but it isn’t the part of a project I truly enjoy.

If you’ve read this far, I’d love some suggestions as to color combos for the next couple blankets.  I’ve done these two (which sold already, here in my local shop)  Ideas??

I love how different this blanket looks each time!

I love how different this blanket looks each time!

Crocheted baby blanket in Grays and Bright Red

Crocheted baby blanket in Grays and Bright Red

The Speed of Time

I know I’ve written about how time seems to be going so much faster, the older I get.  Still true.  Even speeding up if that is possible.  June was a surprise to me, school getting out seemed like it happened a day or two after Christmas.  This July, middle of summer business, is making me crazy (crazier??)

I had big plans to list all my Christmas/holiday fabrics during July.  (the whole Christmas in July bit….)  I’ve loved hunting for the vintage fabrics, and had been stashing them away……….apparently figuring there was another month in between June & July.  Nope.  There wasn’t.  So, a couple quick sessions with the camera were in order….   Nope again.  Discovered the camera had an issue & needed to be replaced.  New camera and a very quick photo session later……and there now are a couple new fabrics up in the shop.  Adding 1 or 2 daily….at least that is the plan!  Here’s a few of my “finds”

holiday collage