What a MAGIC...

... bus!!

I hope you enjoyed and were inspired by this weeks Web Wandering Wednesday.....


Busy as a...

... bee.
That is what I have been making "stuff" for the two shows I have lined up for this autumn.
I must say, it is a nice change making things that need not a pattern nor directions so someone else can replicate my idea.
This is a promo I created to share "the mood" of my 2010 line...

The Maker's Hand has its website up for the 2010 show and lookie whose egg cozies are included on the load in page.... yipppee!
Rest assured... I have some knitting designs and patterns on the go for those of you who prefer to make!


Don't hate me...

... because my rubber gloves are b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l!

I just could not help myself when I saw this dah-ling pair at the local dollar store.
I'll be putting them to good use. I've got lots and lots of felting to do over the next little while as I ready myself for the yearly Prince Edward County Studio and Gallery Tour.
This is my second year participating. It was so much fun meeting all the very interesting people who swung by last September I thought I would be a fool not to participate again.
I whipped up this pincushion the other week.

The shape reminds me of a Donut Peach. Have you ever tried one? Ohhhhh... you really should. They usually show up in my market sometime in July. They are thrilling to the taste buds... but I digress. I'm thinking I'll make a few more of the pin cushions for the show. I do have to come clean, however.

The cheery felted ball punctuating the cushion is store bought---- eeeeeek! Ornamantea has lovely, well-priced ones in colours that make me happy. I, once again, could not help myself. Besides, as they use to say at the end of Craft Corner Deathmatch, "sometimes it is just cheaper and easier to buy it"! Gosh, I enjoyed that show...

I hope you are enjoying your weekend and the longest day of the year--- for those of you who live north of the equator!


My, oh my...

... something fun, fabulous and FREE for the weekend!

Knitting Daily TV has offered up a pattern from Gifted that is one of my personal favourites!!
I have an armful amount in assorted colours that I love to pile on to gussy up my “uniform” of jeans and gray T’s.
For “gifting” I group them in threes and tie them together with a pretty ribbon.
This is such a great way to use up all the odds and sods in your stash....
Dig up all those walnut sized leftovers of colourful sock yarn you have squirreled away!!
Imagine how fantastic they would look as the wrapper yarn!!!
Here is a pic of some of my original prototypes. What did I tell you? Gray T and jeans... ;-)

I'd love to see what masterpieces you come up with.
Pleeeeease post them on my Gifted Facebook page so we all can see them!!


It ain't easy...

... being a "green" knitter.
Correction.... it is easy!

Since cutting up my silk skirt and turning it into Paris Recycled for Ann Budd's book, Knitting Green, I have never looked at my closet quite the same way!
Some of you might remember me cutting up jeans for a project a while back.... quite a while back!

My original idea was not working so my knit strips of denim were frogged and my giant ball of "yarn" was shelved.

Well, one thing led to another and I soon forgot about my recycled jeans project. That was until a few weeks back....
I happened upon a grand yard sale find.... four good, solid, wooden chairs in need of a hard scrubbing and a little TLC. The thrill was they were only 5 dollars each!

Then... I had the reduce-reuse-recycle- green- and funky- stylish light bulb moment!!!!
I dusted off my big, denim "yarn" ball...

reached for those huge, honkin' orange needles and started knitting...

... tada!!!

A wee bit of "toosh cush" for those spending time on my porch this summer!

Basic Sittin' Purty Toosh Cush Pattern

  • about 8 oz of jeans legs cut in a long continuous strip about 1/2 to 3/4 inch wide. Sometimes I knotted the ends together. Sometimes I hand-stitched the ends together with red embroidery cotton. I liked mixin' it up.
  • 12-19 mm needles-- whatever you need to make you happy with your project.
Cast on 20 sts (or whatever you need) using the backward loop method.
Work in Stocking Stitch for desired length.
Shape, if necessary, by decreasing or increasing 1 st at each edge as needed.
Cast off.
Cut 2 strips to about 20" in length. Use to secure the "cush" to the chair with a nice knotted bow onto a leg or the chair back .

Please forgive me... but I must hurry off now ! I have three more chairs to tart up before Friday....

Oh... and don't forget the Knitting Green Blog Tour continues on June 9th with a peek into Cecily Glowik MacDonald's beautiful and creative world!
Before you ask... yes, the dottie heart is a pumped-up version of the cover pattern found in Gifted.... I found the red, white and blue colour theme perfect for my south of the border buddies upcoming fete!