Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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.


Pjs and wheelchair bags

Hiya!

By Wednesday, my official third day off from studying, I’d already done more craft-wise than I’ve done all year.

Do you remember the pjs I made for Chris awhile back? Well, I used more of the same remnant fabric and made me a pair.

There are four pleats in the front and two pleats in the back. The shorts are hard to pull up over the hips, but fit wonderfully once I get them up. I think, next time, I’ll leave off the front and back pleats to see if that’ll make the shorts more comfortable to pull up.

Also, in this post, did you see the button I sewed back onto Chris’ shorts? It fell off within in a week. Turns out the button was broke! I figure I need to find the shorts and attach a new button in the coming week, too. I’ll do that when I’m mending some jeans.

Actually, a lot of jeans. Many of my jeans have holes in the thighs. I’ve researched the various ways to mend jeans and I think I’m just going to go with the traditional patching. The holes are pretty big and I don’t really care for anyone to see my inner thighs or have crazy stitching in that area, so this really is the best option.

But, if you’re not interested in just old fashioned patching, here’s some other ideas: soluble stabilizer and crochet patches. All three of theses are courtesy of Craftzine and Instructables, two sites worth checking out for tips, projects and how-tos.

And, back in October, I started a ministry at church — a knitting, crocheting and sewing ministry. Currently we’re making wheelchair/walker bags for area nursing home residents. I hoped to have several made by Christmas, but haven’t had much luck getting people to participate. Right now I have one lady who always joins me at the meetings every other Saturday (but she sort of has to since she has the key) and three ladies that occasionally show up when they can, but not very often. One lady, whom I’ve only talked to via phone, sent me a really cute bag made out of a kitchen towel.

So far the grand total is 5 bags. I’ve got one crocheted bag made and another cut out and ready to be sewn together. Another piece of fabric has been washed and ironed and is ready for cutting.

Our target goal now is February for Valentine’s Day. If you’re interested, this is the pattern we’re using (or click here for the pdf).


Sweater update

Just a quick update on Chris’ sweater.

Only 2.5″ left to knit in the round before I can bind off!

I’m just about finished with one sleeve! Then on to the final sleeve, assembly and the collar.

As you have probably guessed, I’ve sort of dropped out of the 2011 Sweater Challenge. I should be completing sweater 3 by now, not still working on No. 1.

But I’m fine with that. I’ve been enjoying myself anyway. And I do have yarn for the second sweater, which I hope to start before fall. 🙂

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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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Quick update and other randomness

Hi, folks! Sorry I’ve been M.I.A. for a few weeks. Some things came up (i.e. work, sick grandpa), so I’ve been busy dealing with things other than blogging …. or even crafting!

But I started hitting the needles again earlier this week and I plan to finish those pair of gloves this weekend (Sorry, Chelsey!) I don’t think I’ll get Chris’ cardigan finished by next week, but that’s fine. I got a late start on it anyway and some of the other projects for the 2011 Sweater Challenge will be fairly quick.

I also plan to work some more on my knit top I talked about here, but I’m not promising myself I’ll finish it this weekend. That’s just setting the bar too high since I’ve still got laundry to do, taxes to pay and other things to do that I’ve gotten behind on. I’m starting to pick up the pieces, though, and get things back on track.

Though I haven’t done anything crafty in the past couple weeks, I have made some killer recipes (I’ve gotta eat, yo) and planned out our spring and fall gardens. In fact, we dropped the onion sets into the ground Valentine’s Day weekend.

Next up we’ll start seeds for broccoli and spinach. We can start those inside as early as next weekend.

To plan out the garden, we’re using this book and I love it (thanks, Mom)!

Mom gave it to us for Christmas and I’ve flipped through it many times since December. It gives tips on how to plant seeds and/or plants, when to apply side dressings, how to prevent disease and pests and what are some good companion plants. It’s all organized in a user-friendly layout and easy to read and use. I’m looking forward to referring to it several times this year.

As promised, I’ll snap a few pics of the cardigan and post these on here sometime later this weekend or early next week.


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David A.’s wool gloves

OK, I actually finished these gloves more than a week ago. I just haven’t been home during daylight hours to snap some photos. So here they are:

Thanks to Chris for modeling these!

I dropped these in the mail today so they’re on their way to the mid-West. Hopefully our friend, David A., will get some good use out of them this winter!

These are made from Lion Brand Fisherman’s Wool in Natural Brown. This is the same yarn I used to make the wool beret.

Here’s the beret in progress.

The gloves are based on my “Hubby’s Fingerless Mitts” pattern I created last year. I designed the pattern for Chris and made a size medium for him last year.

For David, whose hands are longer (though more slender), I cast on 40 stitches instead of 36 for a large size. I also knitted 6 additional rounds in the palms, or 20 rounds instead of 14.

I also redesigned the thumbs. Instead of knitting the rounds, I purled them and I think it looks better.

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What’s Needlin’ Ewe’s 2011 Sweater Challenge Update: I’ve decided on my first sweater. It’s Kim Hamlin’s “Lattice and Hollow Cardigan” from Interweave Knits Spring 2010 issue.

This photo belongs to “Interweave Knits.”
Click on the links above to visit the magazine’s website to buy the pattern or the Spring 2010 issue.

Chris picked out burgundy and navy-colored merino yarns from Malabrigo. I’ll keep you posted as I get it going. The challenge’s goal is to knit a sweater every two months so there will be six sweaters by the end of December. So I’ve got six weeks to knit this one up!