Valentines 2009

Friday, February 20, 2009

Every year I craft something small for Valentines. The project this year was lollypop covers!

There is not much to note. The pattern was perfectly written. I used red, pink and white Red Heart Super Saver Yarn and the recommended hook. Soooo cute, soooo fun, ...... awhhhhhhhh ;)

I found this pattern years ago, copied it and filed it away for "someday". The pattern use to be offered for free over at but I can't find it there anymore (thank heavens I saved a copy!) and they are blocking their site from the Wayback Machine. It's not a difficult pattern though, so maybe you can pick it out from the photo ;)

My Ravelry project page for Heart Lollypop Cover.


This wristwarmer pattern is one of my first designs. I like keeping my hands warm and I also want use of my fingers. These have been a favorite item of my daughter Sarah for whom I have made many pairs! Through the years I've fine tuned the pattern by adding shaping across the top of the wristwarmers (giving it a snugger fit) and around the thumb.

The pattern is free and can be downloaded here. Enjoy!

First Felting Project

Sunday, February 08, 2009
I've been wanting to try a felting project for some time but have never gotten around to it -- other projects always crowded ahead of it. During the fall 2008 semester I took a fabric structures class and one student chose felting for her semester project and from her work I was inspired to push it to the front of my "to do" list and give it a try.

This bag is called "Snaps" by Laura Kochevar from the book Bags - A Knitter's Dozen. It turned out "ok" but the fabric of the bag is very thick -- I felted it too much :( -- Also, the design did not have a bottom for the bag, it is just two pieces of knit fabric sewn together and because I over-felted it, this is accented even further. I love the knit design but I'm not sure when or what I'll find a use for this bag.

  • I used Classic Wool Merino by Patons
    --2 skeins - Black Tweed
    --1 skein - Rich Red Tweed
    Both these colors had flecks of colored yarns woven in and I had hoped that since these yarns were acrylic and not wool that they would "pop" out when felted. Unfortunately, there was no "pop" of flecks -- because I over felted I don't know if the flecks felted into the fabric or fell off.
  • Before felting, the bag measured 19½" across the top, 23½" across the bottom and 21½" deep.
  • After felting, the bag measured 15½" across the top, 16½" across the bottom and 12½" deep.
  • To make the handles the pattern called for knitting a strip of fabric in stockinette stitch, sewing it up and then felting it. Well, that was too much work for my taste, so I hauled out my icord spool and knit the cord around a doubled piece of twine.

    My Ravelry project page for First Felting Project.