Thursday, March 12, 2009

Big Knitting Needles or Small Knitting Needles? What Will it Be?

Here's the good ideas Tiff from Analog Buttons suggested! Thank you so much. Guess I was thinking Easter and spring instead of April showers. So now I will find a fitting pattern or design. Maybe something using a chunky yarn using large needles or maybe a knitted shawl or scarf using smaller needles and lighter weight yarn.

How about:

  • April - Showers
  • May - Flowers
  • June -
  • July -
  • August -
  • September -
  • October -
  • November -
  • December -

Keep the ideas coming. I finally found my mismatched socks I knitted so will get a photo taken and get them posted so you can see them. The ones I posted a few days ago using the Red Heart & Sole yarn are so much prettier. The yarn I used was not supposed to automatically stripe which is pretty evident when you seen them. I still think they're ugly! Wait till you see!

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Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Look What You Can Make with Your Scrap Red Heart Worsted Yarn !

I made this medallion afghan with all my scraps of Red Heart Worsted weight yarns. Over the years, I accummulated lots of different colors as I'm sure you have, too.

If you know how, the medallions can be joined together as you crochet that last row so there's no putting it all together when your done. The medallions are round but when putting them together in the last row, think of them as having four sides and you'll do fine. They're attached in two places on each side. Remember, think in terms of it being square. And then, the spaces in between the large medallions are small medallions that aren't sewn in either but you pick up stitches from each medallion around; again in two places. Really neat. Not super warm but looks wonderful on a sofa or chair!

I don't remember, I'm terribly sorry, where this particular pattern came from. I'm pretty sure it was an Annie's Attic pattern from years ago. Remember the little pattern magazine/book? There's one from Annie's Attic on their web sie but it's not free.

I edged as much as I could with black. The black gives it more of a stained glass look. And the Annie's Attic pattern doesn't put the small medallions in between. Here's the free pattern: What you have to do is click on the "link", then click on "crochet", "Afghans & Throws", "Traditional Patterns & Techniques" and you'll find the pattern in the top row far right called Arabesque Afghan. You'll have to register to get the free pattern but that's free and easy. The pattern is a pdf file and begins on page 2.

If you have any questions, let me know. It's a fun project and can almost be done with no pattern. I want to show you that you CAN create beautiful projects with acrylic yarns and you don't have to use the expensive brands. Anyway, just think of open work medallions instead of squares and you'll get that wonderful lace shawl look. Pretty, huh? Just think of the possibilities.

That brings me to another idea. When you see a pattern you love and just have to make, look closely to see just what it is about the pattern you love. If it's definitely the color, then make sure you use that color and you'll love your finished project. Most of the time we love something for it's color more than the style. Color can create a feeling, too.

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Enjoy !!

Analog Buttons - Your source for the lowest price on custom 1" buttons said...
I have been looking for the easiest of easy patterns for a woobie and this one looks really cute but very hard. I am a lefty that doesnt have much time with my business taking out from under me. Is this an easy one to start and stop if I need to?

Sorry for all the questions :)

March 12, 2009 3:48 PM
Artsand Crafts dot COM said...

I'm not sure what a woobie is. I'm thinking an afghan or laprobe type blanket? This one certainly is a "take-with-you" type project until it get huge that is. But if you know how to make a medallion, you've got it made! Do you have any help there?

Thank you for commenting and joing my followers. Kathy

March 12, 2009 5:24 PM
Analog Buttons - Your source for the lowest price on custom 1" buttons said...
Sorry about that woobie is like a afgan. I don't have any help here where I am. We have just moved back to Oklahoma from Hawaii. I'll watch some you tube and see what I can find.

I miss Seattle. I lived in West Seattle for some time.

Tiff :)

March 13, 2009 11:31 AM
Arts and Crafts dot COM said...
Tiff, I'm not sure I could help you via internet with something like the medallion afghan but you could always make block or squares instead and then sew them together.

I have been wanting to change my blog URL and name and think I should do it asap before I wait too long. What do you think? I know people do it all the time. Thanks for your help. You could email me if you'd like.

March 13, 2009 2:30 PM

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Sock it To Me! Red Heart & Sole Sock Pattern FREE

I know sometimes I'm just a little behind everyone but I must share with everyone what I found while searching on the Coats and Clark web site. I personally got on the band wagon when it came to the "knitting sock" thing awhile ago and paid $14 for a pair of socks that turned out really nice but even though I made sure the two skeins of yarn I purchased had the same dye lot, they sure don't look the same to me. A big disappointment when I paid so much and the only thing I could do was return the yarn BUT I had already spent so much time creating the first one and was halfway down the top when it was discovered. The pattern calls for 2 - 3 skeins depending on the size. Linda's prices are so reasonable, instead of $14 for a pair of socks, you can get the yarn for under $10!

Coats and Clark's Red Heart yarns has a wonderful yarn for socks. It's called Heart & Sole. So cute, huh? It's permeated with all the wonderful properties of aloe vera which helps the yarn glide smoothly on the needles and/or hook. This yarn can also be used for childrens wear, home decor and many accessories. The best thing EVER is that this yarn automatically stripes like the expensive yarns! How cool is that?!

Don't forget this yarn is available at Linda's Yarn Store at She has a big selection of Coats and Clark Heart & Sole yarns.

or Heart & Sole self-striping sock pattern
There's also a crocheted version and the pattern is link is here:

They look a little bulkier but sure are cute!

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Sunday, March 8, 2009

My Favorite Red Heart Yarn Project

Here's one of my favorite Red Heart Yarn projects. If anyone is interested, I can locate the pattern for you but I can guarantee you it was a free one. That's my youngest grandson who is now going on 3 years old so this was knitted a couple Christmases ago. He makes a very good model, don't you think?

There's many many wonderful patterns out there that can make your inexpensive yarns look terrific if used in a different way. Sometimes you have to think outside of the box. Someone did here with the use of just knit and purl and the combination of the two stitches. The color combination was by my design.

My next post I'm going to list my top 10 favorite Red Heart Yarns.

Saturday, March 7, 2009

Free Shamrock Crochet Pattern for March

Well, I found my favorite shamrock pattern. I was so happy to find the printed pattern and then also find the web site. The author requests I only submit the URL here but that's wonderful of her to share it this way. Here's a photo so you can tell if you'd like to make them up. I used to make a bunch of them for my Mother to hand out to her friends. Our family name is O'Shea!

The pattern can be found at

Hope you find this a great way to start out our first month blogging togethr. I'm hoping for some comments. Thanks and happy St. Patrick's Day and crochetng your shamrock pin!


Great Blog Ideas ~ Tell Me What You Want to See Here

I just had a wonderful idea since this isn't just my blog but yours, too. Write and tell me what you would like to see here. Blogs were originally meant to be a place to socialize so please use the comment section if you'd like.

Anyway, I was thinking about having a different theme every month. Being it's March, maybe we can do a March Madness or St.Patty's Day pattern. I have a cute shamrock crochet pattern I will find and post it.

How about

Should we have patterns or contests or something else or all of the above? I can offer free patterns to the winner and maybe round up other prizes from sponsors! This is sounding more fun all the time!

Maybe April could be "pastel ideas", May could be "sprouting ideas" as in flowers, June could be "summr's coming", July the 4th, of course,etc. etc. I you can think of anything, please let me know.

I'll start working on March right away. Come back and see what I've come up with.


New Knitting Blog on the Block

Welcome to my blog! I feel it's more like "welcome home!" You have found a place you can come and share your ideas and tips with other creative people. Please, take time to ready my profile and check out my favorite blogs and web sites. And please, don't hesitate to make a comment or email me with more ideas on what you would like to see here. This is OUR blog!

It is my intention to show you that knitting with inexpensive acrylic yarns can be just as beautiful as knitting with the expensive natural fibers and mixed fiber yarns. We can create beautiful items we can be proud of. Stay tuned for my ideas on doing just that.

For years I knitted with Red Heart yarns (Please visit for a full range of Red Heart Yarns) and loved everything I created. The durability and vast assortment of colors and types of yarns is wonderful and with todays economy they allow us to continue our beloved hobbies: knitting and crocheting. It's ok if anyone wants to discuss other forms of creating. I know there's weaving and loom knitting along with some of the old and new gadgets there are to use like hairpin lace and those daisy makers. Let's all get together and keep our love of creating going dispite the economy.

Tell all your friends about this new blog you've found and invite them to join us.

Thank you for stopping by and hope you come back often.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Finished Sizes and Thread Suggestions for "Sayings" Filet Crochet Patterns

Sizes and yarn/thread suggestions for each filet "Sayings" crochet pattern:

A is for Angel:

Crochet Cotton size 5 24.7" X 45.3"
Crochet Cotton siz 10 20.5" X 35.8"
Crochet Cotton size 20 19.6" X 34.3"
Crochet Cotton size 30 18.7" X 3.9"
fingering/baby weight yarn 62.3" X 103"
Sport weight yarn 71.2 X 117.3"
Worsted weight yarn 80.1" X 131.6"

A Cluttered Desk......
Crochet Cotton size 5 37.4" X 26.9"
Crochet Cotton size 10 31.4" X 21.2"
Crochet Cotton size 20 29.7" X 20.4"
Crochet Cotton size 30 28.3" X 19.6"
Fingering/Baby weight yarn 94.5" X 61.2"
Sport Weight yarn 108" X 69.7"
Worsted weight yarn 121.5" X 78.2"

We May not have it all...............
Crochet Cotton size 5 42.1" X 25.4"
Crochet Cotton size 10 35" X 30"
Crochet Cotton size 20 33.4" X 19.2"
Crochet Cottn size 30 31,9" X 18.4"
Fingering/Baby weight yarn 106.4" X 57.6
Sport weight yarn 121.6" X 65.6
Worsted weight yarn 136.8" X 73.6"

Bless Our Home
Crochet Cotton size 5 47.6" X 23.1"
Crochet Cotton size 10 39.6" X 18.2"
Crochet Cotton size 20 37.8" X 17.5"
Crochet Cotton size 30 36.1" X 16.8"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 120.4" X 52.6"
Sport weight yarn 137.6" X 59.9"
Worsted weight yarn 154.8" X 67.2"

When a Baby is born............
Crochet Cotton size 5 53.5" X 29.8"
Crochet Cotton size 10 44.4" X 23.5"
Crochet Cotton size 20 4.5" X 22.6"
Crochet Cotton size 30 40.5" X 22.6"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 135.1" X 67.7"
Sport weight yarn 154" X 77.1"
Worsted weight yarn 173.7" X 86.5"

He Who Stuffeth...............
Crochet Cotton size 5 39.9" X 80.5"
Crochet Cotton size 10 33.1" X 63.5"
Crochet Cotton size 20 31.7" X 61.0"
Crochet Cotton size 30 30.2" X 58.4"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 100.8" X 182.9"
Sport weight yarn 115.2" X 208.3"
Worsted weight yarn 129.6" X 233.7"

I Dig Gardening
Crochet Cotton size 5 46.8" X 26.3"
Crochet Cotton size 10 38.9" X 20.8"
Crochet Cotton size 20 37.2" X 19.9"
Crochet Cotton size 30 35.5" X 19.1"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 118.3" X 59.8"
Sport weight yarn 135.2" X 68.1"
Worsted weight yarn 152.1" X 76.4"

I Got Out of Bed............
Crochet Cotton size 5 51.5" X 38.7"
Crochet Cotton size 10 42.8"X 30.5"
Crochet Cotton size 20 40.9" X 29.3"
Crochet Cotton size 30 31.9" X 28.1"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 130.2" X 87.8"
Sport weight yarn 148.8" X 100.0"
Worsted weight yarn 167.4" X 112.2"

I Love you a Latte
Crochet Cotton size 5 28" X 28"Crochet
Cotton size 10 23 X 22"
Crochet Cotton size 20 22" X 21.5"
Crochet Cotton size 30 21" X 20.5"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 70" X 64"
Sport weight yarn 80" X 73"
Woseted weight yarn 90" X 82"

Mirror Mirror.......
Crochet Cotton size 5 36" X 60"
Crochet Cotton size 10 30" X 47.5"
Crochet Cotton size 20 28.6" X 45.6"
Crochet Cotton size 30 27.3" X 43.7"
Fingering/baby yarn weight 91" X 136.8"
Sport weight yarn 104" X 155.8"
Worsted weight yarn 117" X 175"

Powder Room
Crochet Cotton size 5 42.4" X 17.8"
Crochet Cotton size 10 35" X 14"
Crochet Cotton size 20 33" X 13.4"
Crochet Cotton size 30 32"X 13"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 107" X 43"
Sport weight yarn 122" X 46"
Worsted weight yarn 137.7 X 51.5"

Sisters and Chocolate........
Crochet Cotton size 5 40" X 43"
Crochet Cotton size 10 31" X 34"
Crochet Cotton size 20 32" X 33"
Crochet Cotton size 30 13" X 31"
Fingering/baby weight yarn 101" X 98"
Sport weight yarn 122" X 46"
Worsted weight yarn 130" X 125"

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