Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


Knit and Crochet Now! TV

I watched Knit and Crochet Now! TV, hosted by Brett Bara, for the first time on WBRA while eating lunch today. I have to say it was quite informative. I wasn’t sure how a show about knitting or crocheting could be produced or be any good, but I really liked it.

During the knitting segment, I learned a new pattern technique that I want to try out on a swatch. It involves yarn overs (YO) and dropping stitches. The YO stitch serves as an anchor to stop the stitch that’s dropped seven rows above the YO. This creates  a pattern with flat holes in it. Maggie Pace explained the pattern.

The crocheted pattern was very simple and it was interesting listening to Bara and Robyn Chachula discuss the sweater’s construction. Because of the sweater’s simple stitches and construction, Chachula said it’s an easy pattern for beginners.

I also liked the “Scarf of the Day” segment. It sounds really corny, but it was cool. The day’s scarf was a big, chunky scarf made with a cable stitch. The scarf has an appearance of being braided or twisted together. I want to find some chunky yarn and make a scarf for me — minus the pompoms on the ends.

You can buy and purchase the show, called “Wardrobe Builders” (Season 4, Episode 407) from Knit and Crochet Now’s website.


Nannie’s Ripple Scarf

I made another Ridged Wave Scarf from a pattern I bought from Peaceful Heart Alpacas several years ago.

This scarf is made from an alpaca yarn I bought at Peaceful Heart Alpacas.

This scarf is made from an alpaca yarn I bought at Peaceful Heart Alpacas.

I love this pattern and really enjoyed making it again. This will be a Christmas gift to my grandmother this year. Nannie came to stay for about a week earlier this summer and I took her to visit the alpacas.

While there, we petted and fed the alpacas and browsed the store. Nannie picked out this yarn for herself and helped me picked out yarn for a couple of pairs of socks.

I will use this yarn to make a garter top sock

I will use this yarn to make a garter top sock

I will use this yarn for my first attempt at cables.

I will use this yarn for my first attempt at cables.

It was heavenly working with this yarn. Much like a mini spa for my fingers. I can’t wait for Nannie to see the yarn and to finish the socks!


Greenberry House has moved

Leslie of Greenberry House posted yesterday that the yarn shop has opened in its new location. By her post, it looks like she’s got most of her stock out. She carries lots of locally made yarn and other products. She’ll soon have her books set out, too, according to her post.

Leslie is a great person to talk to about all things spinning, crocheting or knitting. And, once you’re an avid fiber user, you have to check out her luxurious yarns made from angora, mohair, silk and wool, and others. If you’ve never worked with natural fibers, I’d recommend it. I am currently making a scarf from alpaca and it’s like a mini spa for my fingers. Instant stress relief. 🙂

Greenberry House is located in Meadows of Dan, a quaint little town off the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. While you’re there, make sure to check out Nancy’s Candy Co. and other shops in there area.


Davis Flea Market, Level Cross, N.C.

I recently learned about a new flea market in Level Cross, N.C.

A security guard at the Jackson Library told me about it after I stopped to ask her what she was crocheting. While watching the door to the library, she was whipping up a variety of hats in multi-colors. She said a lot of the college kids loved her pattern and she sold many to them.

Other hats she sells on Saturdays at the Davis Flea Market in Level Cross (9755 U.S. 220 Bus. N., Randleman, N.C.).

The woman said the market started up about a year and a half ago and has been growing ever since.

If you’re ever in that area during the weekend, you should stop by and check it out. According to the website, the hours are 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays.

(As an aside, I lived in the Level Cross community for four years. I owned property there for six.)


Knitting and Crochet HD app

Remember me asking about the Knitting and Crochet iPad app?

Since I now have an iPad, my interest is piqued once again.

I’ve found it in the app store and took a closer look. It has 4 out of 5 stars, so it seems like it’s worth getting. And it’s currently $2.99 instead of $4.99.

But I still don’t know if it’s worth the cost.

Here’s what it has:
– 20 patterns,though it doesn’t say how many are knitting and how many are crochet and you can’t preview all of them before you buy
– fix-it instructions with photos
– Stitch guides and how-tos

At $2.99 I’m tempted to buy it. Twenty patterns and a portable stitch guide sounds like a pretty good deal to me, but if it goes higher or back to $4.99, I don’t know if I’d drop the cash.

It would be great if there was a way to upload patterns to take along too. That along with the stitch guide and fix-it tips would make this a very useful tool. Maybe the developer could hook up with pattern companies or sites, like Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting or Ravelry. That would be pretty cool.


The Knit and Crochet Show

The Knit and Crochet Show is coming to the Greensboro, N.C., area in September. Will you be there?

I learned about it from Ravelry friend hartroadhomestead. So, I’ve emailed Mom and my sis to see if they want to go to the Greensboro show, which is Sept. 23-25.

There’s also a show in Minneapolis, Minn., in July. Might want to check that one out if it’s closer to you.

The show features vendors of yarns and notions for knitters and crocheters alike.

There’s also classes and several special events, like dinners and fashion shows.

I don’t think we’re going to take in any classes as they’re pretty expensive. But we’re talking about going at least one day to check out some yarn and other events.

Cost is $10 for one day and $5 for each additional day. That cost isn’t too bad. Plus, you can grab a coupon off the event’s website here.

You can register for the event here.

Hope to see you there!


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FO: crocheted wool beret, other updates

I finished the beret in the past week but haven’t been home during daylight hours to snap a photo for you.

Here it is. Please forgive the poor lighting; the funny, close-up of my head; and the bad photo styling. I’m doing what I can with what resources I have!

I think this would look better with a lighter weight yarn. This is also wool, so I’m sure some washing will felt this right up.

The pattern is by Jennifer L. Appleby and is from Interweave Crochet’s Winter 2007 issue. I found it to be a fun, quick pattern, though there were a few mistakes in the pattern copy I have. Either that or I managed to create more treble crosses than the pattern called for, but that didn’t mess up any of the other steps and the pattern came out without much trouble.

Here’s a close-up of the brim and the treble crosses. I like the contrast between the two.

I would definitely recommend this pattern!

Using the same yarn (Lion Brand Fishermen’s Wool) I’m making David A., a friend, a pair of fingerless mitts, using my Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts pattern.

David’s hands are longer and wider than my husbands, so I cast on 40 stitches (for a large size) instead of 36 (medium). I may knit more than 40 rows before beginning the thumbs and palm sections since David’s hands are somewhat longer. I don’t know how much longer I need to make it though.

A knitting/crocheting goal for the year: six sweaters! What’s Needlin’ Ewe, which I wrote about here, is hosting a 2011 Sweater Challenge and I think I’m going to participate!

The store is challenging knitters and crocheters to complete a sweater every two months through December 2011. That means six sweaters in 12 months. Only one of them can be a baby or child’s sweater; the rest must be adult-sized garments. They can, however, be summer, winter or fall garments and that includes tanks and cardigans!

I have several patterns running through my mind and I’m trying to decide which ones I want to tackle.