I have this old, approximately the 1960’s, PATONS 65 cents pamphlet with knitting patterns for Bazaar Items. Corn cob slippers, tea cozies, toilet roll covers and poodle bottle covers to name a few. I see that the same booklet can be purchased on Ebay for about four bucks now.
Not sure if anyone still has a dolly or poodle sitting on top of their toilet tank with a spare roll of toilet paper hidden underneath.
A year or so ago, my daughter Laura sent me a video on Facebook. She saw knitting and thought of me. It was a video of Louis Boria knitting on the subway. He is known as Brooklyn Boy Knits. He breaks the stereotype of knitters as grandmothers in rocking chairs. His photo and video went viral. Supporters and encouragers have multiplied from all parts of the globe. People are cheering him on as he is recognized for much more than just his knitting. His charity and community work is inspiring and he works hard to bring knitting, as part of the curriculum, to city schools. He was on stage in January at Vogue Knitting Live 2019 in NYC. Check him out on Instagram @brooklynboyknits.
And now you know, in case you didn’t before- Men Knit! Go Louis!
” Sometimes your passion creates a purpose and the rest is history.”
“In November 2017, singer/Broadway actress Frenchie Davis snapped a photo of me while knitting on a NYC Subway train. She then posted that photo on social media, and since then, my life has changed. You never know who’s watching! Thank you Frenchie and all those who have showed me love and support throughout the world. Here’s a glimpse into my journey.”
Look at this soft snuggly bunny rabbit who helped feature the vibrant “Dye Happy” colorway. A table display was overflowing with beautiful and colorful soft yarn. Steve and I popped over the river for a few minutes to see the trunk show, held at LYSMcWalker Yarnsin Millvale PA, Sunday afternoon. I needed some double pointed knitting needles, too for a new project.
I should have taken a video of his little nose twitching. So fluffy and Marissa said the scale tips between 4 and 5 pounds so the fur is light, even if it is long.
You have to see and touch the squishy and brilliantly colored yarn to see what Squirrel and his family can produce. (with a little help from spinner and owner Marissa of course) I asked how many rabbits and Marissa responded “12 2 are full english angoras (ember and cinnabun) and the rest are french x english.”
Can you find his pretty eyes?
And I lifted one of McWalker Yarns photos from Facebook Timeline (thanks Amy) so you can see the gorgeous yarn Didn’t think to photograph the yarn, as I was mesmerized by Squirrel and all his cuteness.
This is a photo of my daughter Laura’s sock drawer. She texted it to me. She knew it would make me happy.
Because I knit them for her. You’ve seen the Good and Plenty and WonderWoman featured on the blog and the yarn her husband James bought on a business trip in Seattle. The colors of flowers at Pike Market. I see some Alaskan yarn too.
When she told me she loved wearing the hand knit socks, I felt motivated to knit more.
A six word Saturday. Maura is reflected in Charlie’s sunglasses. They were making faces together. BTW this is the old Batman hat that was a hand-me-down from Michael. Finished the replacement hat today. See below.
Christmas 2011 Jack and Michael received superhero hats from Grandma I think Michael wished I had bought him LEGO One of my favorite photos.
One birthday, my friend Donna mailed me a teabag in a little fabric envelope. Here’s how I learned about another Tea Wallet.
Last week at the NY Public Library, my sister found a murder mystery with knitting on the cover and thought of me. (Yarned and Dangerous by Sadie Hartwell) see cover image below
In the back of the book she said there was a knitting pattern for a Tea Wallet. I found another Tea Wallet pattern for one by Diane Trap on Ravelry. I knit one for my friend Vincie because I knew she carries her own tea bags in her purse. In a little plastic baggie. Not any more!
I made a modification on the front flap and made it a triangle shape, decreasing at each side.
The quilted knitting motion bag serving as a pretty backdrop for the photo shoot was stitched by my Woolswap partner, Catherine, in New Zealand.
Saturday afternoon McWalker Yarns in Millvale PA hosted the November Sweater Challenge (NaKniSweMo) Fashion Show.
All of the sweaters were made with yarn from McW Y, had at least 50,000 stitches and were knit between 12:01 on 11/1 and midnight 11/30.
Knitters were to wear their sweaters if they knit them for themselves.
One sweater knitter had to be at work today and was unable to attend the fashion show but we’ll try to add a photo.
Margaret “Maggie” Toth brought her husband Chris who was modeling the sweater she knit for him – Berocco Man’s Sweater free pattern “Dan”.
She used Cascade ECO yarn– colorway Shire.
Here’s Lauren Eicher modeling Jamestown Sweater knitty.com by Amy Christoffers
Yarn Malabrigo Rios “Archangel”
Christine’s niece Rebecca baked Gingerbread Men cookies sporting Holiday Sweaters
And here is Christine modeling her Free Range Kimono Corner to Corner Crochet
Pattern by Jess Coppom Yarn Cascade Wave “Nightshade”
Christine standing by the display showing yarn she used for her Free Range Kimono
Meet Barb McAbe modeling her Sideways sweater designed by Joji Locatelli in Laine Magazine#6 Autumn/Winter 2018 Wow, look at those cables!
She used Shepard’s Wool in the Mint Colorway
Here is Denise Kaliowski wearing her Kimono Cardigan by Linda DeRuiter
Yarn is Painted Mist in Misty Rainbow (6 skeins) She made notes that it is very drapey and soft and she loves the colors. We did too.
Amy McCall (owner of McWalker Yarns) knit Selenity by Annie Rowden Laine Magazine#6 Yarn Scout Colorway Blue Heather
How about this detail?
Here I am sporting Humulus Sweater designed by Isabell Kraemer
Photographed by Amy McCall
Yarn- Lore by The Fibre Company (Earthy colorway) and Sunflower Heather is by Scout
Aimee Benswanger cheered us all on as we modeled our sweaters and here she is with her Entrelac Scarf www.frecklesandpurls.com Berocco Remix Colorway Pool
Denise is working a baby hat
Already onto the next sweater. Amy McCall inspired us to complete our November sweaters. We had a fun afternoon. The challenge produced a lot of creativity and camaraderie. Amy gave us all a sheet of Temporary Knitting Tattoos for participating.
There was a grand prize drawing for a $50 store credit and the ticket was drawn by a Sock Club member. I was fortunate to win so am planning my next sweater to start AFTER Christmas.
An early Christmas gift, created by Marlene (my DIL’s mom-we share four grandchildren). This year she and her husband hosted Thanksgiving Weekend in Hardy, Virginia.
Know you’ve seen me on the blog more times this week than the rest of the entire year but I wanted to show you her thoughtful and creative gift. Marlene’s Cricut machine skills are amazing. She purchases and downloads an SVG file from the computer, cuts it out of different colored vinyls, centers it, then uses a special machine to press it on thoroughly. I love how she made the heart a sparkly red.
Marlene knows I enjoy knitting so this design* was perfect.
Thanks Marlene. I can’t wait to wear it.
Photographed by Erika
*About the design- It’s from an Etsy Shop specializing in SVG files- Sammo from Vicksburg, Michigan
Tuesday morning I drove out to Columbus to visit the family.(ies) Halloween I’ll split my time between both families so I can photograph everyone in their costumes. We won’t let the predicted rain prevent the photography.
Here’s what I found when I arrived.
Maura collected the sock monkeys (I didn’t make the giant one or the ones sporting Ohio State or U of Florida hoodies)
And all her knitting projects and yarn AND a jumbo size box of Cheez-its. Mmmmmm. My favorites. (No judgment please)
My grandma name is Froo Froo Ruthie thanks to Anna now 15.
Thanks Maura for the festive welcome. Love that you created this happy scene for me to find upon my arrival. Xxoo❤️❤️❤️
Although I took the above photo in July. I read that our beautiful city is bathed in blue light tonight, remembering the eleven victims of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting. The city is grateful to the first responders and everyone who gathered in to help.
Tonight there was an Interfaith Memorial Service. There aren’t words to describe the emotions experienced in response to this horrific tragedy. Many friends and family around the globe have written or called to express sympathy and concern. Lighting candles, praying, keeping us in their hearts.
Attention Knitters –
Reposted from Yarns by Design-
“In the aftermath of the horrors at Tree of Life synagogue in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh many of you are wondering how you can help.
Our instructor Vanessa has started a Tree of Life Afghan Project. Over the next several weeks, she will be knitting and collecting squares to assemble into an afghan (or 2, or 20) to give to the Tree of Life Synagogue.”
click link for Tree of Life Patternto knit a square “To make the square, I took one of the tree twins from Nikki Epstein’s Tree of Life Afghan and framed it in seed/moss stitch. I will include the chart here and the pattern errata I encountered. That said, feel free to do your own thing. There are plenty of tree of life designs available on Ravelry. Leaves, hearts, or expressions of the Jewish faith would also be lovely. If you are a beginning knitter, plain squares in a color that speaks to you would also be very welcome. The only restrictions are the square size mentioned above and the yarn weight, so the afghan forms a consistent fabric. Each square needs to be 9 in horizontally and 8.5 in vertically. Check your gauge!
Drop off or mail to store Yarns by Design 622 Allegheny River Blvd
Oakmont PA 15139
Local yarn store Yarns by Designhas generously agreed to host this effort and will be collecting squares and donating their time and experience to help assemble the afghans. You are more than welcome to drop your squares off there, as well.