Monday, February 23, 2015

Knitting projects!

I am making this blanket for my livingroom. The yarn is very soft. Isn't is gorgeous? I love the little ruffles.
Here is the pattern from Ravelry - HERE

I am working on these socks, I think I will give them to the husband, haven't decided yet for sure. They are just my own "basic sock pattern" which works well for men.

And finally - I also love to crochet but I hadn't make a doily in such a ling. The daughter requested one and I was more than glad to do it!

And this is what the finished one will look like -

Friday, February 13, 2015

Winter Knitting: Patterns for the family and home - By MillaMia

5 Stars!

This inspiring new book from the team behind MillaMia knitwear is packed with projects to take you through the wintertime. As the seasons change from cool, crisp autumn to the cold and dark of winter, Scandinavians are particularly good at easing the transition with clothing, interiors and food that bring warmth and light. Sisters Katarina and Helena Rosen aim to share some Swedish wonderful traditions, designs and activities with you - but of course with the signature modern twist that MillaMia bring to all things knitted. In this book you will find a mix of knitting projects to see you through the cold season, including stylish garments and accessories for adults and children, cozy homewares and unique gifts. Indulge in kitting yourself out for the first fall of snow, make clothes that the kids can wear for the festive season and create interior projects that will bring warmth both literally and visually. You will also find a selection of 'bonus' projects - with a couple of favorite festive recipes and some wonderful paper projects that any yarn enthusiast will enjoy.

MillaMia, run by the two Swedish sisters Katarina and Helena Rosén has quickly become recognized for its distinctive, modern knitting pattern designs and high quality yarn. In their new book Winter Knitting they share some wonderful Swedish winter traditions, designs and activities for brining warmth and light to the cold season.
"As children we both had imaginary friends whom we gave names to – names that we thought were beautiful and grown up. Mine was called Kamilla which was shortened to Milla and Katarina’s was called Mia. So MillaMia is really us but in an imaginary and aspirational form!"

Wow! Gorgeous knitting pattens! There are lots that I would personally make in here. I love almost everything in this book. All of these patterns are very usable and wearable, very practical!
This is full of beautiful, full-color pictures. The directions look clear and easy to follow. 
There are a nice variety of items in here, like sweaters, children's items, pillows, socks, mittens, and so much more. Ranging from beginner patterns to  more advanced.
I am looking forward to try some of these!
I might start with this! Isn't it gorgeous?
Or I could make these beautiful pillows!
Or, start with simple candle covers!
I highly recommend this knitting book no matter what your skill level is!

Thank you Netgalley and Pavilion Books for sending me this e-book for my honest review!

Get yours from Amazon - HERE

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas Knitting and crocheting

These are some fingerless mitts I made for my friend Jenn - @Random for christmas. 

And these are a trial mitt for a basic pattern that I am trying to perfect so I can write it up.

This is the beginning of a cowl for my daughter, you will see the finished one after Christmas when I have her model it for me.
This is a scarf I crocheted. The yarn is very soft and very shiney and sparkly.

Merry Christmas and happy knitting.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

I found this on "Knitting Daily" and thought it was cute! Of course I agree with everything.

I'm truly thankful for knitting; here are just a few reasons why:

  • It fills my life with color.
  • It encourages my creativity.
  • It keeps my hands busy.
  • It introduces me to new people who share my love for the craft.
  • It loves to travel.
  • It likes the same TV shows that I like.
  • It keeps the same schedule as I do; if I want to knit in the middle of the night, it's there for me.
  • It likes to change bags as much as I do!
  • It challenges me.
  • It keeps me company, even when I'm cranky. 

Friday, November 21, 2014

Fun Friday!

Kitties and knitting!
They go so well together -

Oh I love these bookmarks!
I love this picture of the cat with all those beautiful gloves and mitts!


Saturday, November 15, 2014

Knitting book review

Knits Men Want
The 10 Rules Every Woman Should Know Before Knitting for a Man~
Plus the Only 10 Patterns She'll Ever Need
Bruce Weinstein

5 Stars!!!!!

For as long as women have been knitting, they’ve been knitting garments for men—only to have men hide their lovingly created pieces in drawers and closets. Men aren’t being intentionally cruel; they’re just not comfortable in knitwear made with bright colors, itchy yarn, or flashy designs.
So what’s a knitter to do? Understand the male psyche, says knitting instructor Bruce Weinstein. In Knits Men Want he presents ten hilarious essays, each based on a rule that helps women knit for men successfully. “Men Are Babies” explains why guys need to wear soft fabrics. “Men Hate Fittings” describes how to create a sweater based on one that’s in his wardrobe. Following each essay is a timeless master pattern, from socks, hats, and scarves to an array of sweaters, all in a range of sizes and most written for multiple gauges. With this book in hand, women finally have the secret to knitting garments that men will appreciate and actually wear.

Bruce Weinstein has been designing knitwear and teaching knitting for 10 years and has written 15 cookbooks with his partner, Mark Scarborough. Once a creative director at Grey Advertising and The Spier Group, he has appeared on the Today show, The View, CBS This Morning, and QVC, and writes for numerous national publications. He lives in Colebrook, Connecticut.

I LOVE this book! Not only is it a great knitting book with great patterns - it is hilarious! I loved all the little anecdotes and helpful hints. I read this book cover to cover. I can't say that about too many knitting books! 
And, I love this sweater! This is my favorite sweater in the whole book.
The patterns in here are great. Honestly, I think I would make every single item in here, and I honestly can't say THAT either about any other knitting book! There sweaters, vests, hats, scarves, fingerless mitts, and socks. All of these are basic patterns that men will be sure to wear and patterns that you can knit over and over.

Thank you Open Road Integrated Media and Netgalley for this e-book in exchange for my honest review!

Get you copy from Amazon - HERE
And - the kindle version is only $4.61 - are you freakin kidding me??? You better get this one right now - so worth it!

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Knitting book review

Knockout Knits
New Tricks for scarves, Hats, Jewelry, and other accessories
By Laura Nelkin

 5 Stars!!!!!

An abundance of knitted luxuries--summery lace shawls, warm and wooly hats, a trio of cool knitted bracelets, and stunning beaded gloves--designed to grow your skills.

Who doesn't love to knit accessories? They're fast, often require only a skein or two of yarn, and make amazingly versatile gifts for friends and family. Small knits are also the perfect way to try something new--an unusual stitch pattern, wild multi-colored yarn, or even a touch of sparkle. Laura Nelkin is well-known for designing these fun-to-knit little projects introducing her students and fans to advanced techniques with her signature "You can do it!" enthusiasm. In her first book, she shares her 3 favorite types of knitting using wrapped stitches, lacework, and beads. Each chapter begins with a quick knitted cuff to lay the foundations, then gradually ramps up to more complicated designs. The result is an all-new collection of wearable, feminine knits with a slightly rustic aesthetic. Give them as gifts, stockpile for a chilly day, or dress up a casual outfit--these are knockout projects to enjoy knitting again and again.

Laura Nelkin, a prolific independent knitwear designer, graduated from Cornell with a degree in Apparel Design. A former design director, Laura sells her knit pattern and kit line to yarn stores worldwide and teaches workshops around the country and online with Her patterns have been published through Nelkin Designs, and in The Rhinebeck Sweater, Scarf Style 2, Knitscene, and Knitty. Laura lives near Ithaca, New York.
Visit her at

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Well I was already a fan of Laura (We share the same hometown - Ithaca!), but this book is just plain fantastic! There are so many items I want to make.Everything in this book is good, there are no throwaways. I love this kind of knitting anyway - Lace knitting and cables. And I love knitting the small but more complicated stuff, socks, gloves, scarves, hats. I would rather knit those than sweaters any day.

Her directions are always excellent. The pictures are beautiful (full color and lots of them) and the diagrams and charts are perfect... need I say more?

This is one of my favorites! I can't wait to make this hat -
Thank you "Blogging for Books" for sending me this amazing knitting book for my honest review!

Get your copy from Amazon - HERE