Category Archives: Needle Arts

The Year of the Quilt








In keeping with our New Year’s Day tradition, Erin, from Just Grand, and I kick off the year with an antique road trip to one of our favorite antique malls.  It also just happens to be the only mall open in the state of Illinois on New Year’s Day.   On my shopping list?  Vintage quilts for our summer cottage.  I found a very happy yellow Bear Claw quilt which was my buy of the day.  The red Wedding Ring quilt, I picked up from eBay in December.  Obviously, I like color.    To see Erin’s treasures, click here.   Why would anyone stay home and watch football all day?  I just don’t get it.   I love starting the year off spending time with a good friend and reflecting on the past year putting everything in perspective in the grand plan.  Refreshing.

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Lamb Sweaters for Throw Back Thursday


My mother gave me a couple of gifts for life.  First, she took me to weekly piano lessons and then second, knitting lessons.  I was 10 years old and in the third grade when I started my first pair of slippers.    Tonight I was reminded again why I love to knit, I love making things that can be passed on to others.  I used to knit sweaters when my friends had babies 27 years ago.  The pair above I made for my friend Tami when she had twins.  She made me laugh when she said she rotated which twin got to wear the Black Sheep sweater based on their attitude that day.  One word of advice to new knitters, save pictures of your projects and Ravelry makes it so easy to do so.  Yankee Knitter Pattern by Melinda Goodfellow.

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Postage Stamp Quilt




This is a lovely example of the vintage postage stamp quilt pattern.  Love the red!

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Scandinavian Bird Mittens






Off the needles.  On the coldest days of the year, I break out my Scandinavian Wool Mittens.

Today is the day.   Pattern by Tuliki.

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On the needles now: Zig Zag Scarf


Starting my New Year resolutions today.  Do more, eat less and exercise.  Today I am making the Zig Zag scarf from the Zig Zag Baby Pram blanket pattern on Ravelry.

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Midwest Fiber & Folk Art Fair


















 I drove up to the Lake County Fairgrounds yesterday in a driving thunderstorm only to walk in and the first thing I see is this adorable hooked rug with the saying, Rain, Rain, Go Away.  How appropriate.  The day was filled with fabulous bright color and eye candy for the fiber artist.  I am definitely making one of these intricate shawls for myself.   I adored the Zig Zag Sock Yarn Baby Pram blanket which is a free download on Raverlry click Here.  And Emily Parson made wonderful hand dyed Magic Balls of  sock yarn which she sells in her Etsy shop and all you have to do is knit.  This is also now on my to knit list.  I have never tried spinning but the weavers were out in full force with fresh designs and lovely hand dyed wool.  Tempting.

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Needlepoint Golf Belt






In honor of The Masters this weekend, here are pictures of the golf needlepoint belt that I made for my husband a few years ago.  Unfortunately, it no longer fits him, but luckily it fits my young son living in Atlanta.  Hopefully, he is wearing it around town this weekend.

Sharing with:  A Favorite Thing At Mockingbird Hill Cottage

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Mitini Mitt Update


One done, one on the needles.

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What I’m Knitting Now

Mitini Mitts

Blue Sky Alpacas Mitini Mitts


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Victorian Needlework


The collection of antique needlework at the Art Institute of Chicago is small, but interesting.  The stitching of the trees on this unique Victorian Mourning Sampler was wonderful and much better seen in person.

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Hand Knit Cable Scarf

The cable scarf is complete and heading to University of Michigan tomorrow morning.  100% wool yarn Montana by Tahki.

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Vogue Knitting Live Chicago







Vogue Knitting Live is in Chicago this weekend at the Palmer House.   Soak had some really clever kits that included a fingerless glove pattern, the yarn, matching nail polish and some Soak.  A great gift for the knitter in your family.  The activity in the Be Sweet booth was wild and contagious.  The yarns were outstanding.  But, my favorites were the vintage packaged Blue Sky Alpacas Petite Knitting Patterns found in Nina’s booth.  Those, I am definitely making for Christmas for my peeps.  They are darling.  And afterwards, who wouldn’t want to hang in the lobby at the Palmer House?  It is stunning.  Viva La Vintage.

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