Off the Hook at Stitchknit

Crochet scarf from Stitchknit

Love the color…………a blend of almost pink, a touch of gray and orchid.

Love the yarn…………acrylic, soft, with a bit of a halo effect

Love the pattern…………easy to remember, don’t have to concentrate on just my crocheting

See it here:

Treasury Tuesday: Monochrome

‘Monochrome Treasury’ by NancyGoldsteinPhoto

1 Interior Design Question A…


Delicate Hanji Paper Earring…


Mustache hair clips


Silver Pave Statement Bracel…


Beaded Necklace, Blue Wood B…


black grey white art glass c…


Thank You Tags, Wedding Favo…


Shine – Men’s Meteorite …


Hope Springs Eternal” B…


Tempest (black/grey/white) -…


Decorative Throw Pillows Cus…


Mystery Box of Yarn, Knittin…


Nature Photography, Tree Pho…


NEW Prima Flowers: Vibrato B…


vintage CAMMO scarf black gr…


Pen Original Abstract Drawin…


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Off the Hook (and the needles)

I had some comments about a recent post, where I mentioned one couldn’t have too many projects going at once.  Just so you know………I’m equally as jazzed about finishing projects as starting them!  Here’s a couple that are waiting in line for “real pictures”…..

Love this color....I call it electric fuchsia!

Love this color….I call it electric fuchsia!

Love this pattern, it seems to make up so fast. Perfect take along project too.

Love this pattern, it seems to make up so fast. Perfect take along project too.

So, this means I get to start a couple more new things, right??

August at Stitchknit

First off, I have no idea how it got to be August.  Our household added a teenage foster son in April and I’m going to blame the speed of life in general on him!  :)  I’ve been a foster parent for decades, so it’s not that I’m  not used to this.   I’m guessing it has more to do with the fact that I’m Old!  I’m worn out before dinner most days.

Along with the busier schedule here at the house, I’m noticing a huge increase in my local business.  Alterations, Repairs, Classes………..all up from this time last year.  Actually, busier than any time, since I started doing this decades ago.  I’m enjoying the work, it is great to love what one does!  I shuffle my way to the studio, start the coffee pot and I’m ready for the day.  Whoops!  Forgot the summer part of the schedule.  Teenager needs a ride to the bus for his summer job….that comes before coffee and the evening pick up run comes right at dinner time.  Flexibility and a crock pot…..  will get us through til school starts!   :)


Have a new project in the works.  A kid-friendly, Mary Poppins inspired scarf.  Just in time for Halloween.  This is truly for the tiniest Ms. Poppins followers…………a toddler size creation.  Here’s a sneak peak:

Toddler size Mary Poppins scarf from Stitchknit

Made with actual yarn, this tiny version should be in the shop by the end of the month.

Better get busy, August is flying by……

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.