Saturday, December 6, 2014

My Last Catnip Mouse

For years now I have been drying catnip and making catnip mice at Christmas.  I used to make hundreds of them.  Now my hands rebel when I spend hours knitting.  This is my last catnip mouse for 2014.  Will I make a few next year for those special people and their special cat?  Like Yogi says, "It a'int over till it's over."  Spring will come and so will the catnip, but for now I'm done.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Jack Be Little Pumpkins

I have been making these little woolen pumpkins as gifts for friends since last fall.  I found the pattern online at The Sitting Tree. They were designed by Elizabeth Murphy who provides the pattern for personal use at  They are easy to make and add a colorful touch for your fall d├ęcor.

Hope you like them!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Big Sister

Hi! I'm Becky's "big sister" Sylvia!  I am older but she always told me "You are not the boss of me!"  I love to knit like Becky does but she is a more advanced knitter so "big sister" learns a lot from her. I am part of a Prayer Crafter group at my church where we began with prayer shawls and have found all sorts of fun projects: chemo caps, baby blankets, mittens, sweaters etc. We have even sent hats, scarves and gloves to Bulgaria! I am looking forward to posting some fun projects here! Thanks, Becky for inviting me.

Time for a Big Change!

Starting very soon, my Big Sister will be writing on this blog with me instead of Purl.  Truth be told I have not heard from Purl for a long time now.  Since I want this blog to survive, I have invited my sister to join me in writing on this blog.  She is just as crazy about knitting and other neat projects as I am.  We plan to have lots of fun!

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Two Of A Kind

What a lovely trip down memory lane this project was for me.  How I loved making adorable outfits for my children when they were small.  When I looked through my new crochet book this little dress was so adorable I couldn't resist it.  It was a challenge for someone who hasn't crocheted much since the early eighties.  I started one dress and  and worked on it for what must have been over a week.  I managed to get it down to where it flares out and there it got difficult.  Many rows were tried and many ripped out.  Finally I got the bright idea to start the other dress since the tops was just plain double crochet in a circle and I could do that now.  In one evening the second dress was even with the first.  After that as soon as I figured out a new pattern row, I could do it on both dresses.   I was ecstatic when I finished the last row on the bottom.  I know someone with twin girls. I hope the dresses will fit!  I used different color flowers so mother can tell them apart. (the dresses not the girls)  At this point I don't know which dress is which and they are not perfect, but they are finished and they are adorable!   I am thinking about another crochet project, but right now I'm happy knitting another pair of socks.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Dipping My Toe Back In The Crochet Pool

I had a "crochet period" in the early eighties and sad to say I have forgotten most of what I learned then.  One of my very close friends was going to teach a class on crocheted snowflakes.  Since I didn't remember a single crochet from a double, I picked up a library book that had illustrations of the basic stitches.  I honestly didn't want to be the slowest person in the class. That part of the plan worked perfectly. I made my snowflakes and had fun doing it.

 I planned to just return the book, but I spent some time looking through it and I was captivated by a pattern for a little girl's summer dress.  I started it and although it is a challenge , I am having a wonderful time working on it.  I know someone who has twin girls so I'll be making two.  Of course I had to buy the book, Crochet One-Skein Wonders.  I don't know how long this crochet infatuation will last this time, but for me knitting always wins out in the end!

Friday, January 31, 2014

Once Is Not Enough

I had so much fun knitting my sweater. I haven't had a knitting project that I had so much trouble putting down for ages.  So my daughter picked out yarn in lovely pastels for one for her.  It's hard to believe but the second one is even more fun to knit.  Sometimes something easy like a top down sweater is just the relaxing kind of knitting I want to do.  The random changing colors keep it interesting. The pattern is Gilet cout d'ete by Marie-Adeline Boyer. I love this pattern! This one is Lion Brand "Amaze" in carnival colorway.  The original pattern has cute little short sleeves, but I decided I would like longer sleeves.  Making the change was easy.  The second sweater will have long sleeves as well.  I'm waiting impatiently for the arrival of a pale green beach glass button from Maine for this one.  I used one of my beach stone buttons from the great lakes on mine.  I hope you will excuse me now, I have time for a few more rows!