Tuesday, December 11, 2012


Hi there everyone,
I finally found the lost camera, but then I did something that erased the camera software from the computer.  Lucky for me I uploaded some pictures before I did that.
I have started back on knitting and felting purses and I am having a blast. So many yarns and colors to choose from.  Funny how the idea for a purse starts.  Sometimes it will be color of a yarn and other times it will be a flower or an eye catching button.  I wanted to make a tote for my Bible study books and these colorful flowers were the inspiration. I made a bunch of these flowers to be used for future projects and just love the colors and the way they felted.  I decided to make a tote and use the flowers for decoration.  I love it, and everything fits perfectly inside my tote.

 This little purse was all about the yarn, and I am sorry to say that the picture does not reflect the true colors. It is really a deep aqua (more green than blue) and the self striping yarn just pulled the whole purse together.  I found the flower and peacock feather combination afterwards and could not believe how all the colors matched.

 This picture shows the back of the purse.  It was also the first time that I made bobbles on a purse and I think it looks very cute!

Watch my blog for more pictures to come.  I have another purse in the final stages and as soon as it is done I will post the pictures.  I can't wait to see how the colors turn out.
Till then, happy knitting!

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Scarves, hats, and mittens, but we can't wear them yet!

Hi friends,
It has been a month since my last blog about the cold weather.  It has gotten warmer since then.  The birds think it is spring and wakes us up singing every morning!  Today's high was 70 degrees.  But I am not complaining.  I like it!  It is just that all the cute scarves, hats, and mittens are waiting to be used!
My next problem is that I can't find my camera to take pictures for my blog. After the Thanksgiving trip to Mississippi it has just disappeared.  Since I can't take pictures to post, I will update with some pictures of winter knitting later. 
I have starting knitting and felting flowers (beautiful, bright colored flowers) that can be put on anything for decorations.  You can put them on hats, purses, and that old, grey sweater that needs a facelift. They are quite pretty and fun to make.  
I am also knitting little mittens for an advent garland (picture below).  You knit 24 mittens, place numbers on them for counting down till Christmas, and knit some strings to make the garland.  I probably won't get all 24 done, but if I do 2 every month, it should be done by next Christmas.  I don't want to put my other fun projects aside and just knit mittens.  Aren't they just the cutest little things you have ever seen, and I love the colors!

Smitten (a Holiday Garland)

The calendar on the Stitch Pretty website has been updated and we have added Knitting Help on Wednesday nights from 6-8 pm for our working girls for December 5, 12, and 19. The Knitting Circle on Thursdays from 10am-12pm will continue as usual. The girl's knitting classes are also starting to pick up.

Well, until next time, Merry Christmas and happy knitting!

Monday, November 5, 2012

The cold is here!! Brrrrr!!

The gloves and scarves were reluctantly pulled out last week while hurricane Sandy moved towards the East coast and we had our first taste of winter.  By last weekend we were toasty again, but the warm weather will soon be gone - for a while.  Good thing is that I will have lots of indoor time to get all my knitting projects done.  I have been crazy busy with knitting beanies, cowls, wrist warmers, and ear warmers, but I have not taken pictures of it all yet.  It seems that I will have to put half a day aside just to get all the pictures taken.  It is a good way for me to keep track of what I have knitted so far.

A project I also enjoyed was knitting a cover for a lampshade that I bought at a yard sale for $1. I got the idea of a knitted lamp shade cover after seeing one at the house of an artist friend After I finished the cover, I attached it to the lampshade with hot glue and added some fun trim.  The next thing I needed was a lamp stand that would do this little piece of art justice.  And where else would I find it but in an antique store.  

   Some button detail.

Well, now that was fun and my lampshade has a whole new look!
During the month of November we will have two Knit2gether evenings (Nov 14 and 28) at Stitch Pretty in Roswell from 6pm-8pm (www.stitchpretty.com).  It will be a "knitting help or help with starting a new project" time.  A small cover fee of $10 is all it takes and you can bring a friend for free. Please e-mail me for more information at francine08@gmail.com. Come and enjoy these evenings with us. There will be cookies and hot chocolate too!

Happy Knitting!!


Monday, October 1, 2012

Home Decor

During the past 2 weekends we had to do lots of work in our backyard and not much knitting got done.  However, I had some time to catch up and I finished a few projects.  The first project was a fall wreath made out of yarn.  The project looked like fun and I was excited to start.  It was not an easy project, but I was happy with the end product. The wreath is made out of left over yarn that is wrapped around a foam ring padded with batting.  The little flowers are made out of yarn glued onto card stock. A hot glue gun was used to attach the flowers and doilies to the yarn wrapped ring.  Hot glue and yarn can be very tricky, but the end product turned out pretty good.

The next project was a sleeveless jacket that was finished a while ago, but I could not decide what to do to for a fastener in front.  I decided to make my own buttons and don't they just look cute!  Crochet around a plastic ring and you have buttons that match your item. I can't wait to wear it!!

I have some more projects to come, but until next time, happy knitting!

Monday, September 17, 2012

With cooler temperatures and leaves starting to fall, my fingers are itching to get into some serious fall and winter knitting.  However, some days I have to do the housework and push the knitting aside for a bit.  This past weekend I have had some fun knitting little pumpkins and birds for fall decorations.  These little projects are perfect for the beginning knitting class, because students are learning a new skill, plus they get to take a finished project home.  It is so much fun and the pumpkins and birds knit up so fast.  I also have to start thinking about the Christmas season knitting projects and I feel there is just not going to be enough time to get to everything. So much fun and so little time!!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Knitting classes at Stitch Pretty updated

We have a new schedule for knitting classes on the Stitch Pretty website.  Click on the link to view the new class schedules for adults and children - www.stitchpretty.com.  Happy knitting!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Knitting class

Last night I taught my first adult beginning knitting class and had very sweet ladies attending.  We had so much fun and they were so keen to learn the art of knitting.  It takes patience to see a project through, no matter how big or small.  My adventures in knitting started when I was teaching underprivileged children to knit during the summer.  When I told a friend about teaching these children, she asked if I would be interested to teach in her Sewing and Textile Art Center.  Well, the rest is history.  We are getting the fall schedule together and we are off to a great start.