Monday, December 25, 2006

Merry Christmas!

...from my desktop to yours.

Cards are all made and sent out, gifts are wrapped and ready to give. My suitcase it packed and I am off! To New Mexico for the rest of 2006 and some of 2007.

See you in January! Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 14, 2006

busy fingers.

This time of year I always start making my christmas cards. Last year it was cutting out lots of tiny mittens from red and green paper that I fastened to string with itty bitty closepins. The year before I simply made colorful squares and threaded through silky ribbons to tie on top.

This year, it's trees.
Lots and lots of trees!

I worked on these when I was visiting my parents house this week. They hardly ever get a tree anymore and sometimes I really miss it. This is what I always remember it being like.

Happy Holidays!

plant one on the seed stitch.

I don't have time to knit everybody stuff for the Holidays, so here's something fun to make and wear from a pattern I made up. Consider it my gift to you! Or you can make one and give it to someone else. You can thank me later.

I have a very small head and I always make hats that are TOO BIG. Hats stretch out easily, too, so I started here with only 58 sts. You may choose to do 60 or 64 even, but just make sure it is an even number and keep in mind that the ribbing on the brim is going to look MUCH smaller than it really is…

Ok. So cast on 58sts. Size 10 needles strait needles (even tho the yarn calls for 11 or 12s)
Knit 1 x 1 rib for desired length of brim approx. 1 - 2”

Next, to begin first row of seed stitch begin knitting onto size 11 needles. Now knit in a knit purl pattern that is OPPOSITE of the rib. The stitches will not sit nicely on top of each other like in the ribbing, but will create a pattern of bumps and dents.

Rib pattern – knit, purl, k, p, k, p etc!
Seed st row 1 – Purl, k, p, k etc
Row 2 – Knit, purl, k, p, k, p
Row 3 – purl, knit and so on…

Shaping the crown is difficult with the seed stitch, at least it is difficult to keep all those intentional bumps in order. I managed by beginning my decrease row as:

Dec row 1 – K1, Purl 2tog, *K2tog, P1, K2tog, P1* *to end
Row 2 – same thing!
Row 3 – seed stitch even, no decrease!
Row 4 – depending on which stitch you are supposed to start off with, I K2tog, P2tog all sts in an even rotation.
And same for Row 5.
And Row 6.

Stop when you have approx 7 sts on your needles and cut the remaining thread with enough yarn to loop through the remaining sts and to sew up the top. If you knit this hat on straight needles instead of circular (which I did and works fine!) then sew up the side seem so it is nice and invisible.

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Islander Notecards Are Here!

Available in packs of 5, these adorable notecards feature the Islander ferry as it leaves Vineyard Haven harbor on a crisp October day in 2006. The well known and often traveled boat has been making trips between Woods Hole and Martha's Vineyard for over 50 years and will make its final run this January, 2007. In celebration of a visit to the Island or to commemorate this special vessel, send these cards to all your friends!

5 cards w/ envelopes $9.50.

$2 to ship.

email granary [at] vineyard [dot] net

or leave me a comment and I'll get in touch with you.

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see more of my crafty little things below....

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

blogger saved me.

My computer was comatose for a couple days and I had to send her off to apple to get fixed. All is fine now, except everything that was on my hard drive from the past year (I did back up on nov. 2005) was erased. Now I am slowly putting everything back in place.

Silly, but I was bummed that I lost pictures and notes from all the knitting projects I had done in the past year -- felted bags, armwarmers, the knit tank, etc. but behold -- the blog! I have it all right here. online and ready. So in a way keeping this blog was not a goofy waste of my time. an entire years archive exists in a place I hopefully can't erase it.

Did you all remember to go vote today??
i hope you did.

Friday, October 27, 2006

I made something for you.

try this pattern... wear this hat!

Knit with Lamb’s Pride Bulky – Aztec Turquoise

You need:
Circular needles size 8 (for brim) and size 10 or 10 1/2 for gauge.
Cable needle
Basic knowledge of what to do with needles and yarn.

To do:
Cast on 66 stitches – size 8 needles – join sts and place marker at the “beginning”
Knit 1 x 1 rib in the round for 1”
Switch to size 10 needles and begin stockingette stitch. Increase 1 st every 10 sts --72 sts!

Cable pattern will be as follows: K6 C6 x6 every 5 rows*
On the rows in between cables, knit the stockingette st. You will know every time you pass a marker that you completed a row. I find that sometimes making tallies on a sheet of scrap paper is helpful for keeping track of my rows. Or I just write on whatever is handy.

*also, you don’t HAVE to knit every 5 rows. You might like tighter cables every 3 or 4 rows. or longer cables every 6 or 7 rows. This part will be up to you and can make each hat unique.

For help making cables, view this helpful link. Cables are really easy and fun. They break up the monotony of knitting in the round and make winter hats even warmer and thicker. Experiment with different waves by placing the “on hold” sts in front of and in back of the project. AND if you don’t have a cable needle handy your smaller circular needles can always double in performance hold your sts!

Follow this cabling pattern for 5 – 6” (depending on how big your head is or how much hair you have. Basically, knit until the hat is about 2 1/2” shorter than what you want.

To decrease:
You will continue to cable as normal during this part. You will only decrease the sts in between the cables and you will do it every other row.
Start by Knitting 2 together (K2tog), K4, C/K6. repeat for the entire row – 66 sts.
Next row, Knit, no decrease.
Next, K3, K2tog, C/K6 repeat – 60sts.
Knit, no decrease.
K2tog, K2, C/K6 – 54 sts.
Knit all.
K2tog, K1, C/K6 – 48 sts.
Knit all -- Be ready to change to double pointed needles to hold the decreasing amount of sts!
K2tog C/K6 – 42
Knit all.
K2tog, K2 all around ignoring the cables.
Knit all.
K2tog K1 all around.
K2tog until you have 8 or 9 sts left and thread a needle with matching yarn to tie them together. Place a couple sts on the top to keep it from being pointy and also to close it up and keep out the cold.

You may know or like a better method for decreasing or shaping the crown. This is how I finished my hat and I was completely making it up as I went. I based it on what the patterns say to do for other hats that I have made and liked the fit. This style may not suit you and you are always encouraged to invent and incorporate your own!!

Thursday, October 26, 2006

this is sorta knitting related.

I often catch these guys hanging out on Music Street.

coming soon....
photos of at least ONE of the two sweaters i am working on.
a pattern for my blue cable knit hat.
glitsy winter warmers.
(basically, i'll get back to blogging....)

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


Digging trough my knitting bag i always find small scanes of yarn left over from bigger projects that still want to use. I decided to combine a few random yarns -- a light purple wool, a gold and purple ribbony yarn and a black boucle -- to create a chunky knit scarf with a little bit of shine. Knit on size 13 29" circular needles, i cast on 100 sts and knit 11 rows.

The end result is a thick and plush wintery wrap that knits up quickly and looks very little like left-overs!

Thanks to Maya for being my model. i thought she was getting a little cold!

Thursday, September 14, 2006

a picture of my new place.

here's my bright and sunny kitchen, photographed on my day off when i really should be unpacking more stuff.

also, my little corner in my bedroom with my desk all set up. yes, those are pictures torn from the pages of the new anthropologie catalogue. i taped up the sweaters for some knitting inspiration.

gotta get to work!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

the highlight of my summer.

shellac played here on sunday. it was amazing, loud and so much fun. stacie took this picture, and many more, at the show!

can't you just hear all the noise??

be back to posting more relevent things soon.

Monday, August 14, 2006

we're moving!!!

September 1st will bring me to a new place tucked in the woods off of winding Lambert's Cove road in West Tisbury. It's got a yard full of chickens and a pretty deck, as well as tons of space inside with lots of little alcoves to store all my stuff. Plus a washer dryer to start felting and MAKING THINGS again. This fall I will be getting back to business. yay!

Hope everyone's having a great summer. Let me know what you're up to!

Monday, August 07, 2006

my summer reading.

Thanks to Rachael B for sending me this book, which I read (and enjoyed!) in its entirety on the 100 degree day last week:


I followed it by a loaner from Rosemary, and loved that, too!


I can never get enough of Douglas Coupland and am currently reading:


click on the books to learn more about them!

Monday, July 24, 2006

pattern wanted!

it's hard to find time and motivation to work on projects in the summer. cookouts, croquet games, kickball, fireworks, rock shows and beach going seem more tempting than my needles nearly every night. but i am encouraging myself to, if anything, get started on the cute knit accessories that i want to have and give my friends in time for fall. this may mean having someone stand over my shoulder and tell me not to start on another project before i have completed at least something from my abyss of unfinished knits.

This magazine cover jumped out at me in the store the other day. i loooove the grey hat she's wearing and also, inside, a darker colored one. that's exactly what i want to make and if i knew how, i would have no trouble knitting one up without distraction. does anyone know a way to get those kind of stitches? any suggectiosn welcome and maybe i will make you a hat!

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

more tv related craft ideas.

I do think Vickie Howell is somewhat trite, but some of her ideas are kinda cool (plus he haircut is A+ adorable) Like her scarf knit from recycled, tornup fabric is something more designers should dream up.

project time!

To gear up for a new season (3!) of Project Runway, I'll be hosting a weekly craft night at my apartment! We can sew buttonholes, knit bags, embroider tees and whatever else people need to work on while watching everyone's favorite crafty show. Plus we'll eat snacks and drink beer! Then being hooked on a tv show doesn't seem so desparate and odd.

The new season doesn't start till Wednesday, July 12, but we'll be getting together this week to get some crafty work done before hand.

see you there!

Friday, June 30, 2006

I wish I was making a cable knit hat.

Looks can be decieving.
This purple cable knit cap that I made from the 2nd Stitch and Bitch book is not as cute and snug fitting as this image shows. Its actually too short and too wide around my head. so i pinned it in the back and cropped the photo. It would be quite adorable if it fit me as desired... or if I had followed the pattern as directed.

I learned a new, proper way to cast on yesterday!

My euro-knitting friend, Kristin (right), was visiting and we sat upon my couch teaching each other new things. I never realized how much i knew (and didn't know!) until i shared my knitting time with someone else. I also got a chance to dive into some old projects (like this hat) and finsih them up. Unfortunely I probably will not wear this hat, but I plan to make another and this time i'll know what i need to do right!

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

bags bags bags

I didn't make this.... friend rachel did and I think its adorable!

Plus its for sale!

$45 american dollars and it shall be yours....
hurry and buy one before she sells out and raises her prices or sells exclusively through some boutique in new york city you cannot even afford to look in. yea, they're that cute.

I, on the other hand, have had little in the lines of production lately. I have become the queen of starting projects and letting them pile up beside my couch, unfinished. Currently in the works:
- a drop stitch scarf made from some gorrrrgeous teal wool I bought off island.
- a hotttt pink bag with I am going to felt and donate to the Garden Gate schoo's silent auction.
- sewing the wooden handles on the bag you see below...
- i don't even know what else. sleep, perhaps?

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Sewing the scraps

current project, phase 2:

I don't know if many of you know this, but I am not a good sewer. I have been sewing for a long time, so one would think I am good at it, but I have little ability to control my craft and little idea of what the hell I am doing. Today I put together the puzzle pieces I cut from my scrap fabric, trying to make sense of the pattern I cut up the other night. This would have been easier and faster if I did not have to spend so much time with my seem ripper in hand, removing stitches or rethreading the bobbin that I didn't notice was empty till after so many hopeless stitches. oh well.

Time past and the morning flew by. While I worked I got the chance to sit and drink iced coffee and listen to Camera Obscura, Neko Case and of course, Jens. So it was all well spent and fun to be back at my little machine. And the approaching end result (needs a few more finishing touches) I must say, is exactly all I hoped for.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

fun with scrap fabric

current project, phase 1:
measuring, cutting and preparing to sew!

(I know you put the handles on AFTER, but i just wanted to see how they'd look.)

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

How they came out...

I know, I know. I have read a million different instructions for felting that tell you what to and NOT to do and using front loading washing machines was definitely on the DON'T list! As always I was defiant and used the only resources that I had. Well, I did it anyways and it as bad as I thought they were going to be. I tried to remain positive during the experience, but was extremely nervous when the washer door was locked and I couldn't check in on my piece. When I eventually rescued it from the sudsy tumbling, I found that it had not just felted, but was completely stuck together inside -- my bag felted shut!! I was able to carefully pull it apart and reshape it a bit, but the over all experience was more than I could take! ahhhh.

I reshaped it with shopping bags and let it dry on a towel....

Even though the piece looks somewhat normal now and after it dried, I can see that the felting is very uneven and inconsistent. Some areas are tightly tightly felted and hard while other patches still have holes were the stitches can be perfectly made out! Not cool!

this weekend I am house sitting and will bring my knitting along to experiment with (hopefully) a better washing machine. Anyone know what I can do to save this piece? I may try hand felting it in the areas that look worst. At this point how much damage could I do?

Sunday, June 04, 2006


Today will be my first day felting in the front loading washing machine at my new apartment. I have put it off because I am nervous about the fact that it locks and I can't check on my stuff while its felting. I am envisioning this tiny shrunken stiff woolley mass (ew!) to come out instead of the bright yellow bag I recently completed. But my choices here are slim. I've got to take a chance!

results to be posted soon.... stand by.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

i'm just showing off.

Its Summertime! or so it feels. the lines of traffic and boatloads of tourists have made their way to the island. I haven't been knitting all that much (a little here and there) but I have been sewing labels in my purses and handing them out to my amazing friends as they graduate with degrees of smartness and celebrate birthdays. friends of all ages! i am working on a pattern for my friend katie, who will get a pink and orange bag when she turns 5 next month!

Wednesday, May 24, 2006

stickers tags & bags

I just got a new little deskjet printer so i am having so much fun promoting myself and making some REALLY CUTE labels to stitch inside my bags! I decided to try the printing-onto-iron-on-paper-then-ironing-onto-scrap-fabric technique that some wonderful online crafter shared with me once. now if only i can locate an iron!

I chose this image of a girl knitting with a little dog because i loved the look of the photo, although i don't know who took it. I think an alice in wonderland image on the tag would be really cute (and appropriate for me) too. right now i am just giving these bags as gifts/donations so i dont think i should have any trouble using the pictures...

Sunday, May 21, 2006

I am allowed to talk about things other than knitting.

I have been printing, framing and getting my work prepared to hang on the walls of the West Chop Club in Vineyard Haven. Several color prints and a few black and whites will be adorning the dining room walls from memorial day weekend through the first week of July. All framed and matted prints are for sale and the proceeds go to helping me make new ones! Hanging is this tuesday! i've got lots to do....

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

details details

I need to make a quick label for my bag that I was donating to the Island Children's School silent auction. I got a little creative with the stitchery and added one of what is becoming my signature detail...

A tag with my info and a description of the process hangs from the bag, but inside I simply stamped my 'vle' on some polka dots. I hope whoever makes the final bid loves my tote!

Friday, May 05, 2006

What Have I Been Up To?

Nearly a month since I have last blogged, I have been unpacking in a new apartment, driving around in my new set of wheels and sadly saying good bye to my boyfriend as he embarks on an educational journey far across the country.

Adjusting to all the changes on my plate, I decided to mix things up and begin a project that is not a felted bag. Yearning to feel something besides the felting wool and solid colored yarns between my fingers, I started knitting up a camisole a couple of weeks ago with all this crazy colored (and sparkly!) craft store yarn I had stashed away. This is about as far along as I've got.

...just enough tank top to cover my belly! It will be cute (and bigger) when it's done, I swear.

More felted bag designs are coming soon, as well as an online store where you can purchase what you see! In the meantime I'll be writing letters, decorating my place and enjoying the warm weather. Everyday some sort of new adventure.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

a really cool knitting project

i stumbled upon FLOCKS, a very thoughtful line of knits and website, and loved this photo of a giant handknit rug being made.

*photo from the flocks website.

visit to see some other cool handknit pieces as well as learn a bit about sheep and their wool.

Monday, April 03, 2006

endlessly experimenting

I still want to use this blog as a place to share patterns that I create with other knitters and crafters who may look on. Although I don't have precise patterns written out for any of the bags I have posted here, I would be more than willing to type one up for anyone who asks! Even though I freestyled most of the bags I recall how I did it and, most importantly, how to do it again.

Here's a glimpse of the 5 bags I have completed in the past 3 months. There's another, a sixth, that is not shown because I feel it is hideous both in the felting (got very very pilly in the washing machine when the garment bag ripped) as well as in style (the handles don't really match up.) But these are the ones I do like and hope to make more in similar styles and colors. All of the designs are original and made from hours of endless experimentation. If you are interested in a paticular pattern let me know and I will tell or email you about how I made it!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

buttercup bag.

Happy Spring!

Maybe it's been the warm weather, or anxiety from my move, but in the past week and a half I managed to stitch up two new bags! One is the golden felted tote you see pictured below, the other is a smaller grey and blue purse that is oooooh so cute. I will add pictures -- and more bags -- soon!

(click image for a larger view.)

I am really excited to bring together a collection of all the bags I have made and have them all for sale. I am currently designing labels and tags but really need a cute name to tie it all together. I have a few in mind already, but lets see if anyone else has ideas...

ideas, anyone?

Thursday, March 16, 2006

warming weather

the weather's warming up, but nick is still enjoying his handknit headwear.

Monday, March 13, 2006

no, i haven't disappeared altogether.

I just haven't been blogging...

I have been working and knitting, reading and taking walks and just enjoying the winter as it winds to an end. I also don't have internet at my apartment, so it makes a lot more difficult to update. But next month I am moving! a lot will change! I've got to get ready! back soon.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Sick day.

I stayed home sick today because of my plague-like symptoms. I started knitting my boyfriend another hat and am trying not to cough all over it.

Its a lot like the other ribbed hat I made, only it will only have ribbing on the brim and will continue with larger needles in the stockingette stitch... and hopefully this one will fit on the first try! I know it looks very small here, but the ribbing is supposed to be tight around the head and stretch out a lot.
I also realized how much more I prefer knitting round objects, like hats, on straight needles. Its a lot easier to decrease at the top as well as make an alterations on your piece while you're knitting it. Whenever I have tried to take out stitches in the round I get sooo confused. Not that I should be planning to take out any stitches, but sometimes you never know when you may change your mind with a pattern.

my favorite online stores.

With all this exciting talk about sites like and the craft collective that my friend rachel is building, I can't help but peek at all the other cool stores on the web to get ideas, inspiration... and do a little shopping.

i like:


and for supplies :

feel free to browse and share with me any others!

Saturday, February 25, 2006

more available spring 2006.

This is one of my favorite patterns I've created thus far.
I free-styled and like it so much I am trying to make another in denim blue and a purple furry one that might look cooler than it sounds.

I started with 40 + stitches and once I started knitting in the round, I decreased every 10 stitches or so. The handle is sewn on where the button is and the button was just added for detail. The green is a perfect compliment for the spring ahead.

Sunday, February 12, 2006


i'm staying in today and making valentines. happy snow day!

Friday, February 10, 2006

sew sew

Before I ever learned to knit or even had an interest, I rocked the sewing machine and made a cute dress from some rather ugly pants and a floral tapestry coat from the old curtains in my high school's auditorium. I had a sewing teacher who wouldn't let us create anything unless it was perfect -- all seems HAD to line up, no hand sewn hems could show, loose threads snipped, etc. This taught me a lot about the craft but also earned me a barely-passing grade in the class since I spent more time taking stitches OUT then putting them into my fabric. I've always had a sewing machine, but since I picked up my larger needles and learned to knit, its gathered quite a bit of dust. Today I decided to bring back the old times and play around with sewing on test swatch of felt.

This time I knew I could go crazy and leave threads hanging wherever I wanted! I am liking the results. Here are some pictures I took before I even finished.

(sorry the photos aren't too clear. when I sell enough stuff I'll get a real digital camera.)

Here's the final piece, glowing in the afternoon light.