Posted in Crafting, Crochet, Knitting, Valentine's Day, WIPS

Crafting for Valentine’s Day

While looking for buttons for a current project, Inspiration hit! Do you see it?

How about now?

I don’t even remember why I bought this package of heart buttons, but it occurred to me, I should maybe use some of them! I’ve been on a Valentine’s Day Pinterest search lately…..and there are some CUTE Crafty ideas out there! Want to see some of what I’ve found? My Valentine’s Day Board has lots of fun ideas! I can hardly wait to try some of these ideas out!

Yes folks, that’s how it happens…..sweater distraction!

Posted in Crochet, Knitting, WIPS

Beginner Knitter/Crocheter Planning

My crafting life took a little bit of a detour this month. That’s not to say I haven’t made progress on the Harvest Cardigan, because I definitely have (sleeves are almost to the point where I can begin decreases, YAY!). But. I had a couple of ladies I work with that were interested in learning to knit. THEN. I also had a couple more who were interested in learning to crochet. So…..I set a date to meet at our local coffee shop on Sunday to have an afternoon of learning.

I’ve perused Ravelry and the internet in search of projects for beginner knitters and crocheters. Since I haven’t found the perfect project, I’m planning out projects I think would be good for beginners. If this goes at all well, I’ll post the projects on the blog. Well, time to get back to the knitting/crocheting…..Sunday’s not that far away! Wish me luck!

Posted in FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Waves of Grain Hat

Still trying to update some of my previously shared free patterns. This is a hat pattern called Waves of Grain Hat knit in a self-striping yarn (I used Lion Brand’s Amazing ).

Here’s what it looks like in a solid. It’s been quite awhile since I knit this, but I remember it being fun to knit. Here’s the link to the PDF….   Waves of Grain (2)

If you happen to knit this up, let me know what you think!

Posted in FOs, Free Patterns, Hats, Knitting

Favorite Beanie Recipe


It was recently brought to my attention that a free pattern I had shared on my old blog (which I can no longer access) is no longer valid (probably since I can’t access it?). I thought I could just add the PDF file to this blog post, but NO! For some reason, the PDF is not in my documents! It is in my project file, but when I save it as a PDF, it prints…..WHAT?!?!

Until I get a chance to re-do the PDF, I’m just going to re-type the directions. If you want a print-able copy (or PDF), you can copy the URL into the address bar on Printer Friendly. and either make a PDF or print.

Favorite Beanie Recipe -by Lori A. Smith

After knitting up MANY not so perfect (but wearable) knit beanies, I ended up creating this beanie design. It gives a good stretchy fit for an average adult’s head. The amount of stitches easily accommodate a variety of Fair Isle colorwork charts (if desired). I hope you enjoy this pattern as much as I do!

Finished Measurements:

  • 18″around x9″long – fits an average adult size head.



  • 150 yards of Main Color (MC) in Worsted weight (solid or self-striping). If using colorwork charts, you will also need small amounts (50-100 yards) of additional contrasting colors (CC) of yarn.
  • Size 5 circular needles (or double-pointed needles) or size needed to get gauge.


  • k -knit
  • p -purl
  • k2tog- knit 2 together
  • rnd -round
  • sts -stitches


  • 6 stitches to the inch in stockinette (worked in the round).


  • Cast on 90 sts. Join in the round without twisting. Place a unique marker to mark the beginning of the rnds. K1, P1 rib for 6 rnds (optional ribs- k2, p1 rib or k3, p2 rib if desired).
  • Switch to stockinette stitch (knit every rnd). (if using colorwork charts, knit 1 to 2 rnds in MC then begin knitting colorwork chart). Knit until piece measures 6-1/2″ (or desired length before beginning decreases).

Decrease rounds:

  • Rnd 1: (set-up rnd) *K8, k2tog, place marker; repeat around.
  • Rnd 2: Knit.
  • Rnd 3: *Knit to 2 sts before maker, k2to, slip marker; repeat around.

Repeat rnds 2 and 3 until there are 9 sts left on needles. Cut working yarn leaving a long tail. Thread tail through 9 sts. Pull up tight and secure to wrong side of beanie. Weave in ends. Block.

copyright 2014, Lori A. Smith

This pattern is FREE. Any items knit from this design may be used as you wish. Just do me a favor, if you knit this design, please credit me by linking to my blog –


If you want to try a colorwork chart, I’ve included my Gotta Have Heart Chart . (this is sort of a test to see if I can link to a PDF, so let me know if it doesn’t work. )


Posted in Knitting, sweaters, WIPS

Harvest Progress

Making progress on my Harvest Cardigan! It’s hard to make out in this photo (a better photo would have included cleaning the kitchen….it’s a thing….), but, I’ve passed the point where I divide for the sleeves! Yes!

I decided to knit the sleeves before the body. If I have enough yarn, I might like to lengthen the body of the sweater. It just seemed like a good way to make sure I wouldn’t be playing yarn chicken when completing the sleeves. So, I spent January 1st trying to figure out how I could knit 2 sleeves at a time. I KNEW it could be done, but it did take a couple of times re-threading stitches back onto waste yarn to get it right. Sometimes I think I’d be smart to just knit something EXACTLY the way the pattern is written. Maybe someday….

Posted in Knitting, WIPS

Beginning Knitters

I promised a couple of ladies that I work with, I would help them get started learning how to knit in 2018. Well….2018 is HERE! Yesterday I spent some time on Pinterest trying to find some good beginner knit projects (If you want to see what I pinned, it’s here). I found some good resources, but really no projects that I thought they would like to make (I was pretty much shut down on dishcloths….). So, I mapped out a project of something that should make a good first time project. I wanted something that would just have knit stitches (no purling). For all the knitters out there, just wondering if you’ve helped anyone learn to knit? Any tips or advice? Have any good resources (besides Ravelry) that might help a beginner knitter?

Posted in Crochet, FOs, Knitting, Ramblings, WIPS

Knitting (and Crochet) Reflections 2017


It’s almost 2018, can you believe it?!?! That means it’s time to reflect on the knitting (and crochet) of 2017. What went right? What went WRONG? Where do we go for 2018?

I started out 2017 by doing something new to me….beading. This Diamond Shawl to be exact. This was a win! I learned something I had never done before (beading) and I enjoyed it. I’ve learned that if I don’t enjoy something in knitting, I get easily distracted to a new project. But. I liked beading and I plan on doing more of it for 2018!

Then there was the Temperature Blanket (yes, it’s crochet and since I do so little crochet projects, I’m going to include them…..). This went really well right up until about March (which is also about the time I get REALLY busy with my job…..), well, let’s just say, I have about a month’s worth of crocheting to finish this blanket…..

These Toe-Up Doubled Yarn Socks went well. There were some things I didn’t like about them, so on the next pair, I made some adjustments….

These Chocolate and Pink Socks are probably at this same exact length (and something I NEED to finish!!!). While I love the IDEA of knitting socks, I hate to knit socks! Knitting with 2 yarns held together helped, but, I’d really like to be able to get something more like a bulky sock. I might have to work on that (you know, in my spare time….).

A Red Lady Kina. Well, it’s a sweater, so there’s that…..    I have to say, though, it started out good. AND. I do plan on finishing it (Ha! I ALWAYS plan on finishing things….)!

This one cracks me up (I’m easily entertained….)! It Started Out As A Sweater, But Ended Up A Cowl. I should have known this would happen (I did start a sweater…..), but, I avoided another WIP to do something with in 2018 by finishing this off and making a cowl out of it instead. Pure brilliance I tell you! 😉

This little Strange Brew Toddler Sweater gave me the confidence I needed to feel like I have it in me to knit an adult-sized sweater! It was such a fun knit! I may need to knit more kid-sized sweaters for the little people in my life!

Swatch it up Hats and A Family of Hats. I just can’t get enough of knitting hats! And. The Fair Isle was just SO MUCH FUN! DEFINITELY more Fair Isle in 2018!

Of course, there had to be dishcloths! LOVE These Dishcloths are so much fun to knit! I also LOVE that they look like a flower when they’re finished! There will definitely be more of these in 2018!

Let’s see what our plans for 2018 look like…..

  1. Harvest. I plan on ending my sweater phobia with this sweater!
  2. Eagle Island Cardigan. At some point in 2018, I want to knit this (minus the eagle motif maybe?)!
  3. African Flower Slouch. I have a TON of African flowers I crocheted in sock yarn, just waiting to be made into something….
  4. Design and knit an adult-sized Strange Brew Cardigan. I’ll have to steek! EEK!
  5. I also want to try knitting/crocheting with wire for making jewelry (like this and this) . I’ve owned the wire (and am accumulating beads) for awhile now!
  6. Cables! I don’t think I knit a SINGLE cable in 2017! That needs to end for 2018!
  7. Cowls! I ALWAYS forget about cowls! Not going to forget them in 2018!
  8. Beads! I tend to think about beaded shawls (which tend to be a BIG project for me….), but maybe beaded hats and COWLS!
  9. Fingerless mitts! Again, none in 2017….why? More mitts in 2018!

That’s not much knitting for a year (if you say it fast….)! What are your knitting plans for 2018?