Stitch Markers

I love all things crafty and I have a need to create with my hands – it makes me happy.  Katie and I had talked about making some stitch markers that were a little more fancy than the florescent pink, orange and green plastic variety.  I had a few hours to spare last night so I got to work!

Tiger

Jewel

Driftwood

You can find them here on Etsy if you’re interested in buying a set. They’d make a great Christmas gift or stocking stuffer. Just Sayin’. These 3 sets will fit up to a size 17 needle.  If you’d prefer a smaller option those are available as well. I’d love for you to leave me a comment letting me know which set you like best – There might just be somethin’ in it for you if you do!

     

Leave a comment I’ll pick a random winner on Friday. The winner will receive a set of the ones they said they like best!

Vera Bradley Winner

Judy you have won the Vera Bradley needle case! 

Thank you everyone for your comments!

Wilson Hat

It is getting chilly!  We started the wood stove last night and it feels wonderful!  When we go out go grab wood we need our cozy knitwear.  This is my favorite hat (so far).

Norah Gaughan’s Wilson Hat.

The cables are stretchy and this makes it a great fit on all head sizes.  Ryan is wearing it in these photos, but Kevin wears it as well and it fits him great also!  The pattern calls for 2 hanks of Berroco Peruvia, but I chose to knit Wilson with 1 hank of Berroco Vintage.  I like the stitch definition better and it is not as chunky.

So, there is a lot I love about this hat, but it took a long time to knit.  The cables are all the way around and every other row.  It takes patience – but worth it.

Wilson Hat pattern is found in Norah Gaughan Men Berroco Pattern Booklet.

We will be announcing our winner of the Vera Bradley Giveaway later today – you still have time to enter!!

Stitches East

Katie, Colleen, Carole & I made it to Stitches East on Saturday. We had a blast – our day was filled with a lot of laughs, ooohs and ahhhhs, and a bunch of purchases.

After about 6 hours of shopping for yarn and admiring knitted pieces I got home and immediately wound up one of the skeins I bought and cast it on.  When you see it you might understand why.  It’s Madelinetosh Pashmina in Filigree. It is delightful to knit with, plus I am in love with the color. I picked it up at the WEBS booth which was packed with great stuff.

I’m working on the Honey Cowl. Another pattern perfect for a beginner & it’s free!  All you need to know is your basic knit & purl stitches.

Here’s a peak at the other goodies I found and cannot wait to get started on!

Don’t forget! You still have time to enter our current Giveaway!

Giveaway & Square Update

Good Morning!  We have another giveaway!

My dear friend Carole sent me a beautiful gift the other day.  A Vera Bradley Curling Iron Cover…at first I was a bit confused (no curls here).  There was a little explanation at the bottom of the note, “wondering what this is for? A cute way to store your knitting needles!” I agree it is a perfect way to store your needles.  We want one of you to have one too!  Leave us a comment to enter – we will announce the winner on Tuesday!

We are making progress on our Weekly Knit-a-long.  I am loving the patterns and textures!

Have a great weekend!  Kara and I are headed to Stitches East tomorrow at the Hartford convention center – will you be there?

Nice & Tasty: Flatbread Recipe

I don’t know where the idea for this recipe really came from but I had it swirling in my head for about 2 weeks before I went to the grocery store to buy the ingredients.  It didn’t disappoint. I had been craving it for awhile and when I made it, it turned out to be everything I wanted it to be.  It’s so simple and I think Sandra Lee & her Semi-homemade cooking would be proud.

Ingredients:
1 pkg. Pillsbury Pizza Crust
4 tbsp Olive Oil
1 Pear sliced thinly
1 lb. Bacon
1 small sweet Vidalia Onion sliced thinly
1/2 c. balsamic Vinegar
1/4 c. Crumbled Feta Cheese
1 tbsp. butter

Directions:
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Take Pillsbury Pizza crust and split it into two, then roll each dough out separately with rolling pin until dough is very thin.  Take 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil and rub on both the bottom and top sides of the crust & place on cookie sheet. Bake Pizza crusts until crispy & brown – approximately 12-15 minutes.  Remove crusts from oven, then immediately remove crusts from cookie sheet and onto a serving plate. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of Olive Oil on each.

While the pizza crusts are in the oven, take 1 lb. of bacon and chop into small pieces, the cook on stovetop until brown. Drain and set aside.
In a separate pan heat butter until melted, then add thinly sliced onions to pan.  Cook for about 4 minutes, then add Balsamic Vinegar and cook until onions are soft & transparent and most of the balsamic has evaporated. Then remove from heat.

To assemble pizza take Pear slices and lay on pizza crust, then spoon onions, and bacon over pears. Lastly sprinkle with feta cheese.  Serve warm or cold.  Makes 2 flat breads& serves 6-8 people as an appetizer.

Notes: When rolling out dough, I don’t recommend using any additional flour on your rolling surface. It tends to be harder to get the dough thin enough.

It’s a little juicy & sweet from the pears and a little salty and tangy from the bacon and onions. It’s such a great combination of sweet & salty!

Enjoy!

Show Your True Colors

Yarn skeins are works of art.  Why not display your stash?

It is such a dark rainy day in New England… I think it would be a great idea to sit down with a cup of coffee and some of this stash yarn.

Giveaway Winners!

Thank you all for your participation in our Giveaway!  We’re happy to let
Nest Design Studio, Marcy, Sharon, Janel Gerber & Flannel Jammies
know that you are now carriers of a new Envirosax bag!

We hope you enjoy the bags as much as we do!  A special congrats to Flannel Jammies who also won our bonus giveaway – a set of 4 dishcloths! I’ll be sending you an email shortly to get shipping info and your gift will be on its way to you.

We also wanted to share a link to my I <3 Aran which was featured in Tanis Fiber Arts TFA Tuesday! I’m so excited to see my sweater somewhere other than Nice & Knit!

“Just Enough Ruffle”

A look at Barb’s Koigu Ruffle scarf from both Katie & Kara

Kara’s Koigu Ruffle
I find Churchmouse Yarns & Teas Patterns so inspiring.  The yarns they use, colors they pick, their photography…all leave me with a feeling of – I have to make that RIGHT NOW!  Their scarf pattern called Barb’s Koigu Ruffle was no different.

Katie made this scarf first and I fell in love.  It was around this time last year and it just felt like the perfect fall scarf.

It’s made with Koigu yarn, which if you’re familiar with that you’ll know that the options are really endless and depending on what color you pick you can really change the “look” of this scarf. I picked one with so many different colors I could probably wear this with just about anything!

We do recommend that you iron ruffles out on the scarf after making it.  It might seem and feel a little scary but it makes all the difference in the world. It was a quick knit, you can complete this in a couple of days and it’s so simple – all you need to know is how to knit, purl, and increase and decrease. If I remember correctly at it’s longest point you have something like 600 stitches on your needles!

Katie’s Koigu Ruffle:

Winners will be announced later today for our giveaway!

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