More Snow and Basia Hat Finished

More Snow Feb 2019  We got 2 inches of snow on Sunday morning/afternoon, and from yesterday evening until this morning when I took the picture we got a little over 3 more inches of snow.  So the ground is once more white with snow, and more snow is on the way on Thursday or Friday, sigh.  I just keep saying Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner, Spring is right around the corner…..

Jennettes Basia hat1

I finished the Basia hat, and gave it to the intended recipient.  She was very pleased.  I knit this on size 4, 16 inch circular needle for the ribbing and changing to size 6, 16 inch circular needles and (at the end when it got to small around for the 16 inch needles) size 6 double pointed needles for the crown,  instead of going up a needle size for the slighter heavier wt yarn, causing it to be a bit denser and heavier.  I used the sport/DK wt Polypay, which dyed up a lighter brown, and a dark brown alpaca, which I hand spun as heavy fingering wt.  These two yarns used together was a heavier weight close to, but maybe a little heavier than the worsted wt called for and oh my it will be so warm.  I had promised my family member that I would hand spin alpaca for her hat, but since the Basia hat she chose calls for worsted wt and I truly did not want to want to have to do the math for the lighter wt yarn (I’m not a math person :P), I added the Sport/DK wt wool I had on hand which made it a little heavier than a worsted wt.  She is happy with the hat, and with the sub zero weather we have been having I’m sure it will be a welcome addition to her winter wear :).  I think you can see better the lighter and darker browns together and how they play well with each other :).  I forgot to get a picture before she left, she was kind enough to send me one for my blog ;).

There Be Socks!!

Hermiones Everyday Socks finished

Finally done, I have a finished pair of Hermione’s Everyday Socks!!  The family member I knit these for will be very happy indeed.  These would have been done much faster if my knitting mojo wasn’t so hit and miss lately.

The yarn Dreams in Fiber I used was actually dyed by the same person who wrote the pattern for this sock, and the match up wasn’t on purpose, so as Dumbledore would say it was “by some happy circumstance” :).  The yarn was wonderful to work with and I love the pattern :).  Thanks Erica :).

Happy Father’s Day Dad! & Lace Bookmarks

My Dad Happy Father’s Day DAD!!!


I know, I have been AWOL, kinda sorta, but it’s not unusual for me to not post more than one to 2 times a month.  Nothing major going on in my life at the moment and not a ton of knitting (but there is a little bit :P), so there is not much to post about.  In my Church we have what we use to call Visiting Teaching (the women of the Church that we refer to as Sisters, as we visit with Sisters we have been assigned (usually 3 to 4 Sisters per Visiting Teaching companionship (two of us) to help and check on to make sure they are not in need of help every month and depending on the Sister we give a little spiritual thought) and Home Teachers are the Brothers of the Church and they do the same thing for the brothers and their families.  It’s our way of taking care of each other.  The name we call this program has recently changed to Ministering, and I’m trying to get use to using it instead of Visiting Teaching but I’ve been a member of my Church for a long time and changing the name of things is hard to remember :P.  This month my companion and I chose to talk about the scriptures and as a little gift to help them remember I found this wonderful pattern for Bookmark Trio , (it is a free download on Ravelry) and decided to make a bookmark for each of my 3 sisters and my Visiting Teaching companion. :).  I chose the lace bookmark and used scraps of sock yarn.  It calls for 25 yds of yarn (I weighed out the finished book mark because I put a tassel on it, and it was about 1/8 of an oz.).  I made each one out of a different left over sock yarn scrap, I still have one more to make but so far they have been well received :).  I found the lace bookmark well written, easy and enjoyable.  I haven’t tried the other two yet.

I need to finish the socks that I have been working on forever, and I am starting to get my knitting mojo back so hopefully I will get busy on those soon, it’s not like I have a ton left to knit on them :P.  My dad is waiting for his pair of socks (that was for his Father’s Day gift, I know I’m slow at everything, so I need to finish these so I can knit his :P.)

We are having quite a heat wave here in the eastern middle part of IA.  It is 93 with a humidity heat index of about 100 to 105.  This is about the time I wish we had a little left over snow from the winter :P.

New Fiber and Tools for Knitting and Fingerless Mitts Done!

Au Clair Fingerless

I have finished the Au Clair Fingerless Gauntlets.  I made them mitts instead by only doing 3 cables instead of 7 (which just makes them shorter.)   They were a fun knit, I hope Maddie’s teacher will enjoy them.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis is some spinning fiber I bought at the Cedar Rapids Fiber Festival.  The fiber in the left corner is black (not brown as it shows), green and blue and is a BFL and Corriedale cross 64%, Alpaca 27% and Sari Silk waste 9%.  It’s very soft and oh so beautiful and is from Fiber Curio and Sundries, LLC.  The other fiber  in the top right corner I purchased is 100% Rambouille from Mountain Colors.



I did break down and buy some knitting tools that I have been wanting for a quite a while.  The picture on the left is 2 DPN (double pointed needle) holders, which makes it really nice so the stitches don’t fall off the needles while your project is in progress.  I also got a nipper to cut my yarn and a little case to put my stitch markers in and a needle gauge and a sheep progress keeper.  These I purchased on Etsy from Twisted Yarn and Fiber Co.  The picture on the right are some wonderful progress keepers from Yarn Candy Studio.  I bought a row counter progress keeper (very nice for when I’m doing work and knowing what row I’m on is necessary) and I bought  Harry Potter progress keepers and I love those Harry Potter progress keepers, of course I love the Harry Potter movies so maybe that is why :).  The one you can’t see very well has a hologram in it that is a picture of the patronus charm for Harry (stag’s head) and the words expecto patronus.  It’s really very cute, was sad it didn’t show up in the picture very well.

Went to my son’s today to watch him “blow out” his alpacas in prep for the shearers who came to shear the alpaca.  The shearers did all 6 alpaca in one hr.  I will have some pictures to post eventually.

Everyday Basic Scarf Finished and Yarn!!


Kevin's Scarf

I have finally finished all my Christmas gifts now, lol.  This scarf was a request to match a hat I made last year,  and it actually is darker than the  picture shows.  I was able to dye it to be a very good match for the hat I made him last year.  My picture taking skills seriously lack :P.  There was no pattern, I simply cast on 36 stitches and used a 4 stitch border on each edge in a garter  stitch (so the sides won’t curl) and did a 3×2 ribbing (starting with knit 3 and ending with knit 3) between the garter border.  I used a sport weight yarn and size 6 needles (because I knit a little looser other wise I would suggest a size 7 needle).  I hope it keeps him nice and warm.

V Yarn skeinI won a skein of yarn from the Never Cast Off podcast (the link to their podcast is youtube) that I watch (their group is on Raverly.)   To participate in their give-a-ways you need to be a part of their group on the Ravelry link ;).    I was very excited to have my name chosen in the drawing.  It’s a sock weight yarn in lovely greens, called Lightning Dust (80% superwash Merino & 20% nylon – 400 yds) from V Yarns.  I have linked to her Etsy shop, she also has a Ravelry group. 🙂  I have decided on a shawl rather than a pair of socks for this beautiful skein.  The shawl I am leaning toward is called the Geology Shawl .  It is beautiful!  I have a blanket that I am working on , about 2/3’s finished and then that pair of socks that I am almost finished with as well, before I start anything else tho.  🙂

I can’t believe it is almost Feb already.  We have had a mild winter this year (and I’m not complaining), tho winter is not over and we can still have some pretty cold weather before the end of March gets here.   But, SPRING is getting CLOSER!!!!

Jasmine Scarf :)

Jasmine Scarf  This scarf is called the Jasmine Scarf by Pearl Soho.  I was intrigued with the pattern design.  It looks like a herringbone design and is pretty.  I’m hoping to have this done in the next week,  I am making this for a friend who just had her last round of chemo and is cold and requested a scarf.  I thought this design was pretty and wanted to use a nice warm yarn so I chose some of my prized Andean Yarns, Alpaquita Superfina.  I was lucky enough a couple of years ago to buy a full pack of 8 skeins of this yarn because it is soooo soft and squishy.  Unfortunately it is now discontinued, but I use it for special occasions :).  My friend is special :).

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

Little Lace Daisy Scarf a

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

This is from the Polypay fleece a friend gave me that I had processed into roving, then I spun, dyed and knit into a scarf to thank her for the fleece.  It turned out a deep sapphire blue and she really was hoping for a little lighter blue so I bought a skein of off white lace weight super wash merino to knit with the blue to help lighten it up, but it was kind of a stark marled color so since I had over dyed the blue I washed it again in hot water when I was done knitting (being careful not to felt it), and the off white soaked up enough of the blue to be a pretty light blue actually lightening the color visually.  I then soaked it in vinegar again to set the light blue color, this also finished releasing the rest of the over dye.  I will give this to her tomorrow, I’m sure she will be pleased :).

The pattern was the daisy from the Daisy Rectangular Shawl I designed (tho’ the daisy is an old Shetland lace pattern).  There was a beautiful lace weight scarf on Ravelry someone had made from the shawl pattern using one daisy up each side, but since this was sport weight yarn and she wanted a skinny long scarf I chose to just do one in the middle.  Following is the pattern, as before, you may make the scarf to give as a gift but you may not sell the pattern or give the pattern to anyone.  If someone wants the pattern, please refer them to this site :).  I hope there are no typo errors, I did check but you know how that goes sometimes.  I’m not a great pattern writer so I hope that you can read my pattern :).

Little Lace Daisy Scarf

B        = Border

K        = Knit

P        = Purl

K2tog = Knit 2 together

yo       = yarn over  Note: yo twice is a double yarn over and on the purl rows, knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo

ssk     = Slip stitch, slip stitch, knit the two stitches together (see for video of how to make the stitch)

** repeat rows between the two *’s

I used hand spun sport weight with a strand of lace weight, and size 7 knitting needles

Cast on 20 stitches

Knit 3 rows in garter stitch for the bottom border. Keep 3 stitches at both ends of each row in garter stitch for the border throughout.

Knit the next row

B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Start pattern rows

*Row 1 – B, k5, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k5, B  (on the even rows the border will still be knit but I put the B on the end so you can make sure you have the right amount of stitches before the B starts J)

Row 2 and all even rows – B, p to last 3 stitches, B

Row 3 – B, k3, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k2tog, yo twice, ssk, k3, B

Row 5 – Repeat row 1

Row 7 – Repeat row 3

Row 9 – Repeat row 1

Knit the next row

B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit the next row

*B, P to the last 3 stitches, B

Knit these pattern rows until the scarf is the desired length and then end with only one knit row and one pearl row (keeping border) after the lace pattern row 9, and then 3 rows of garter stitch and bind off.

Daisy Rectangular Shawl by LDSVenus

2nd Comfort Shawl Finished 002

2nd Comfort Shawl Finished 001





Bare with me as I am not a pattern writer.  I can read them, but writing them is a different subject :).

Also please note, the daisy lace design it self is not my design and appears to be an old Shetland lace pattern, I did however design the placement on the shawl and can therefore share this pattern.  There was a picture showing the heirloom daisy lace pattern, however the website moved to Etsy and no longer shows that daisy pattern.

Do remember I offer this pattern for you to make the shawl, but you may NOT give this pattern out to someone else.  Please direct them to this site to share the pattern.  You may use this pattern to make gifts, or to donate to charity, note that means you may give the finished shawl, you may NOT give out the shawl pattern.  Also there is a issue with one of the pattern rows being a little offset, someone on Ravelry gave a fix to it but I have not had to the time to re-knit it ot put a fix in, I’ll link to her fix, hope that helps.  With that out of the way, please enjoy my design.

B = border = k3
k = knit
p = purl
k2 tog = knit 2 together
yo = yarn over – note yo twice is a double yo and on the purl rows you will knit the first yo and purl the 2nd yo.
ssk = slip, slip, knit  (see the following site  : )
* * = repeat between the * to end .

This is a diagonal design rather than horizontal or vertical and by shifting the design on rows 13-19 over two stitches at the beginning you can probably accomplish a vertical design.  This is worked from side to side so the cast on is the width.  I used approximately a baby weight to light sport weight yarn and  size 7 needles.

cast on 112 stitches.

Knit 3 rows for garter stitch border and keep 3 stitches on each end for border through out..

Rows 1, 5 and 9:  B, k6, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k14*, end k6 instead of 14, B.

Rows 2 and all even rows – the pattern ends with row 22:  B, p to last 3 stitches, B  (please note above how to pearl the double yo’s).

Rows 3, and 7: B, k4, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k4 instead of 10, B.

Row 11: B, knit to last 3 stitches, B.

Rows 13, 17, 21: B, *k14, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk*, end k14, B.

Rows 15, & 19: B, k12, *k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k2 tog, yo twice, ssk, k10*, end k14 instead of 10, B.

Row 21: B, knit to last 3 stitches, B.

Repeat these 22 rows until the shawl is the desired length. .

End with 3 rows of garter stitches (knit every row, keeping with the border already established) and bind off..

Hopefully I did not make any errors in writing this, if I did please drop me a line and let me know so that I can correct it on the page.

*I seem to be off on my design so that one of the rows is closer than the others, when I figure out how to correct it I will up date the pattern.  It is a design error and not pattern error.  It has been addressed with a fix here by MaryMaryKnits on Raverly.  Eventually when I get some time I will go back and readjust my pattern when I can knit it again to make sure I get it right :).

Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf – revisited

Little Lace Cat's Paw Scarfred white and blue roving and yarn 004a

I’m having to repost this because the link on Ravelry for this isn’t working and I have to put in a new link.  Hope you will enjoy revisiting this scarf  that was originally posted on July 5th 2008.

Ok, here is the little lace scarf I knit out of the red white and blue hand spun skein, shown on the right.  I used Cats Paw, a Shetland lace pattern, and as you can see I staggered the design so that it was not straight across from each other but rather looks like a cat walked on the scarf :). Since I designed where the pattern would go, I include the pattern below. It is free to use for your own use. Please do not give this pattern out to others, if someone would like this pattern, please direct them to my blog. 🙂 It was a very quick and easy pattern to knit, and makes a great long skinny scarf. Enjoy.

Little Lace Cat’s Paw Scarf

Cast on 27 using size 10 needle, fingerling or sport weight yarn. You should still have 27 stitches after completing each row.

B= border stitches (always k4)

k2togtbl = knit 2 together through the back loop

Knit 4 rows then begin pattern.

Pattern rows:

Row 1 – B, k2, k2 tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

(Rows 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, and 12 – B, p to last 4 sts, B)

Row 3 – B, k1, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k to end

Row 5 – B, k3, yo, k3tog, yo, k to end

Row 7 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Row 9 – B, k11, k2tog, yo, k3, yo, k2togtbl, k1, B

Row 11 – B, k12, k2tog, yo, k1, yo, k2togtbl, k2, B

Repeat these rows for pattern to length you desire, ending with knit 4 rows and bind off.