Category Archives: Knitting

Caleb’s Hat

I knitted Caleb a hat and in the end it was too small for him. I will put it in my stash of knitted items and my next grandchild can wear this. I thought this hat was too cute.

You can find the free pattern for this hat at A Knitters Muse.


Coffee Cozy

One thing that I don’t understand is the addiction to coffee. My husband I neither one drink coffee but both of our children do. Go figure. Our daughter in particular is truly addicted to coffee. She makes almost daily runs to Barnes and Noble for her coffee fix. One day she sent me a picture of a coffee cozy and asked me if I could make her one.

I went online at and found one that I loved the look of but being a new knitter I couldn’t manage to get it started the way it suggested in the pattern. So after years of crocheting I decided to add crochet and knitting together and came up with this.

I found the original pattern at the following website.

What I did differently is I did not do this on double pointed needles. I used straight needles and instead of doing the knit rows I purled.  Once I got to the end I cast off and when it got to one stitch on the needle I changed to a crochet hook of the same size. I did 2 rows of single crochet across the top, attached the sides together by pulling a yarn through both sides, then put two rows of single crochet across the bottom.

Pardon Me. I didn’t knit that for you!

Only knitters will find the humor in this. This cracked me up.

Grandmother’s Favorite Dishcloth

I love to knit and after doing my kitchen rug I wanted some dishcloths to match it. I did two using this pattern.

This is a very simple pattern and very easy to follow while watching TV in the evening with the hubby. I want to make a couple more but need to get more of this yarn before I can. Once you use a handmade dishcloth you will never want to use anything else again.

To see the matching rug you can go here.

Lily’s Kitchen Rug

I finally finished my kitchen rug that I have been knitting. I had bought the yarn a year ago when I went on a road trip with my knitwits. I had waited to get started on it because we were working on the kitchen and I knew that I wouldn’t be putting it down until we were finished. Well now it is done and I love it.

I found this pattern on the Michael’s website at this location.

The rug measures 26 X 36 without the fringe. Add another 8 inches on it for the fringe. The pattern calls for you to cast on 99 stitches. Had I cast on 99 my rug would have been more than 40 inches wide. I had to play around with it and found that by casting on 69 I was able to get the correct dimensions that the end result should be.

I also used Bernat Cotton thread and you need to knit it using 2 strands at a time.  I ended up needing twice the amount of yarn than the pattern called for. It is a good thing that I had bought enough to do two rugs or I would not have had enough yarn to do the one I got.

I love this pattern. It was very simple and I love the end result. If you decide to do this pattern just remember to cast on 69 and buy twice the amount of yarn that it calls for.

One Row Lace Scarf

This past week I finished my lavender One Row Lace Scarf and I love it. I had never knitted with baby alpaca brush yarn before and it was so soft and dreamy. A friend that I met online sent me a huge box of yarn last year and this is some of the yarn that she had gifted me. I made the scarf 5 feet long and opted not to add fringe to the end. I hate to wear scarfs with fly away fringe on the ends and since I will be using this at some point in the fall I left it off.

 I want to make this scarf again using a bolder more polished yarn. This was a very easy scarf to make and it only took me a few weeks. I only knit in the evenings and weekends when I have free time so I am not exactly a quick knitter. Most people could have completed it in a weekend.

You can find this pattern on Ravelry and also get to see the other finished products that other Ravelry members have shown of this pattern. I love Ravelry and it makes finding patterns and getting suggestions from others very easy.

Don’t Judge Me

I have been officially knitting now for 11 months. Within the last 11 months I have accumulated the following yarn stockpile.

I have been told that this large amount of yarn is not unusual for knitters to own. I am trying not to buy more yarn and to just use what is in my stash but it gets difficult. I will see a great deal online or in stores and I get heart palpitations at the thought of it.

What knitter hasn’t gone into a yarn store and just spent hours squishing the yarn in their hands? On my last roadtrip with my fellow “knitwits” I did not purchase any yarn. I am determined to begin using my stockpile. I am currently making this pattern using a very lovely heathered lavender baby alpaca brush yarn.

I will share it once it is finished. I have about 1.5 feet of it completed and will need to get at least 5 feet before I bind off. It is a very simple pattern really. I want to make a rug for my kitchen now that Mike has gotten the new tile completed in there. I bought that yarn last September but did not rush to knit the rug because I knew it would take months to get the tile done since Mike works so many hours.

So tell me that I am not the only one to have this much yarn in their stockpile. Show me your stockpiles. I dare you. Just please don’t judge me.  LOL