Saturday, November 24, 2018


This sweet pair of mittens is off to a fourth grade friend. I have made a couple pairs for her mom over the years and she always takes them during our cold winter months to warm her hands. So her mom asked if I would make a pair just for her.

These are slightly different - they don't have the rolled cuff - but they are buttery soft with purple lambswool on the palms and polar fleece linings. I used the ribbed edges of the sweaters for all the pieces so they were already nicely finished at the lower edges.

I used upcycled silver buttons from the original thrifted vest to keep the two layers together. They add a nice surprise and fancy touch I think.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Socks for Daughter #3

This pair came together quickly and have been on her feet ever since. Time to get them in the wash though...hand knit socks and 5th grade gym class don't make the best companions.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Holiday Quilt (quilted)

Just in time for the holidays! I got my quilt back from Heather and hand stitched the binding down. What a fun addition to our living room this winter. And as my daughter says, "Quilts are in heavy rotation in our house during the winter - we can always use another one!"

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Socks for the Stocking

Here's the start of the holiday socks for my husband. Some lovely cables with a grey super wash yarn from KnitPicks. They are a bit on a thick side for socks, but he's going to love them!


Friday, October 19, 2018

Owl Mittens

A fun WIP that I will get back to someday this winter...

Thursday, October 4, 2018

New Sock Yarns

It's that time of year again. On the needles are a new pair for my husband, with a pair for my 11yo in the queue. She picked the cream yarn with black flecks. She said, "I wonder if it will look like a piece of music when it's all knit up?" What a cool question.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Holiday Quilt

During some vacation time from work I was finally able to do the assembly for this whimsical holiday quilt. I purchased the kit last year and did most of the cutting. Then it sat until this year when I was able to assemble the blocks and put the whole top together.

I dropped off the quilt top, batting, backing, and binding strip with Heather of Blue Turtle Quilting. I am really looking forward to having this one around the house for the winter holidays!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Mind the Gap, again

Every time I wear my Mind the Gap socks I get compliments. People love them! They are truly fantastic. This pair is going to a supervisor of mine that is moving over to a new position in a new office.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Spring Flowers

Finished in time for the spring and summer blossoms. Now to frame it...

And yes. It is another lovely design from Posie by Alicia Paulson.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Ball Winder

In the late winter I got myself a knitting present! While I still prefer the look of a hand wound ball of yarn, this sure gets the job done quickly and with less stress on my hands.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Alaska Hat

I fell in love with this hat pattern the second I saw it!  It knit up fairly quickly and fits my head perfectly, although it is not a snug hat.  Depending on how it wears over the next couple months I might consider adding a fleece liner to make it beautiful and windproof.

The dark purple is a lovely accent, but it does obscure the tree line a bit.  If I were to knit it up again, I would start just after or at the end of the dark color.

Monday, January 29, 2018


Purple socks for my Birkenstock loving 12 yo.  She asked for a pair of hand knit socks for the holidays but time got away from me and these needed to wait until January.  They were off the needles quickly though, and that color!  I hope it stays this vibrant.

The twins' feet are the same size as mine, so I knit these a bit large (~1/4-inch) in hopes that she can have them for many more winters to come.

In Wisconsin we know how to keep our toes warm!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Sweet Home and Six Completed Sets!

I think I can probably admit myself to the Alicia Paulson fan club.  Just yesterday I put the last stitch in the 18th of her 18 holiday ornaments when I completed her "Sweet Home" kit.

[Even though we don't have a blue door, or stone archway, my youngest daughter suggested putting our house numbers above the door.  I love this special touch!]

I have process photos here, here and here, but I don't have full photos of each of the ornaments.  There are three that slipped by without being photographed (snowflake, deer and cabin w/red door)

Instead, I have the following photos of the 18 completed ornaments below. They run up our banister and hang from some fake garland with safety pins.  I know that someday - when the kids all move out and on to having their own trees - our tree will feel bare.  And we'll be able to put these ornaments on our tree when those years arrive.  Until then, they can hang in the hallway for us to enjoy all season long.

They are a bit out of order since the kids help hang them up, but you can see all the kits and/or pattern sets here: