Monday, January 30, 2012

Vintage Hankies and Linens

It's a weakness. I can't seem to leave behind pretty vintage hankies or hand stitched linens. If it has a crocheted edge, I'm pretty much a goner. Yikes, what to them, enjoy them and maybe someday sell them or use them for some great project. Just can't leave pretty behind.

What I'm Doing Today

I am always working on something. You know me, I'm one of those people with half finished projects all over the place (well, almost all over the place, I try to keep them contained).  There is always something in the making on my knitting needles, something in my crochet basket, half finished cards, patterns and scrapbook pages. Buttons, ribbon, lace, felt and thread waiting to be chosen.  

Today, I'm playing with thread crochet. Working with this soft cotton and small hook bring back memories of my mom and grandmother. When I was little and I'd watch them creating clean white doilies with a little hooks and thread. I couldn't imagine how they could be enjoying this long tedious process.  So much work for something so small. Home always had clean, white, starched doilies on every flat surface, under every lamb and bowl. Sometimes while sitting or laying on the floor watching t.v. or working on a little project of my own (probably a pot holder or Barbie outfit back then) my mom would be ironing and starching her newest creation. Every so often I'd feel a little mist of starch and still love that clean, fresh smell, must be a happy memory. Funny how things come back around. Now I sit and crochet with a tiny hook. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

A Day For Spinning

Some days are just made for spinning. The house was quiet, the sun was shining (even though it was about 32 degrees out), the dogs were sleeping and the Christmas stuff is finally packed away.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Get a deal, Buy 3 get one free from Etsy shop

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New Simply Cute Patterns

The month is flying by, but I finished sat down and finished two new patterns. I've been thinking about them all month, but with company and snow they just took a while to get finished.

I'm thrilled to introduce the sixth and seventh members of the "Simply Cute" pattern series.  A dog and cat of course. Can't have a series of sweet animals without them.

They are now available for immediate download in my Ravelry Pattern Store or in our Etsy Shop, "The Wool Purl" 

Thursday, January 12, 2012


Have I mentioned how much I love primitives? Not the scary ones, the ones with crazy hair, big eyes, worn, well loved looks. Yesterday, a big eyed elephant picture caught my attention on Etsy. When I clicked on the picture I had to see more. I wanted everything in the shop. If you love prims and a little grunge, you'll love, The Vintage Polka Dot. Her patterns and tutorials are great and I can't wait to get started on a elephant, then a bunny, then, well... I have big dreams of getting a lot done this year.

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

heart mittens, added to Etsy shop 1/5/12
What will this year bring? I'm hoping for a healthy, stress free year of course, but I'm also hoping I find time (and patience) to get some of the things I've been wanting to do done.

I fell in love with color work last year when I made a pair of owl mittens for my daughter. This year, I'm resolving to make time for color work. There are just so many great bags, pillows, hats and mittens that keep "calling" me. Maybe this is the year, they make it onto my needles. Oh, I can't forget about the patterns I still want to create and the spinning and dying I want to do and the house I'd like to keep clean, and the...well, you know there's always something.

Time...never seems to be enough and my fingers need to move faster.

Sam's mittens

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Simply Cute Bunny

Fifth in the "Simply Cute" Series. Bunny is 11 inches tall from the top of her head to the bottom of her feet (not counting her ears). Made with worsted weight yarn, simple stitches and a G hook. Skill level easy.

Simply Cute Patterns are available for immediate download through Ravelry or the PDF can also be purchase through Etsy from The Wool Purl