Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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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!

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A FO and another on the way

Ta Da! A FO for me! (That’s a Finished Object for the uninitiated.)

Sorry about the dark photos. Although we have windows throughout the house, there isn’t really any space that’s good for shooting crafty photos.

This is the best shot of the front I could get. I don’t think you can see the stitching as well here. The shirt has a V-neck collar.

This is Jane Snedden Peever’s “Surf and Turf” pattern from “Crocheted Sweaters: Simple Stitches, Great Designs.”

I made a tan crocheted hoodie like this last year for my sister-in-law. Mine is burgundy and a size larger. I debated whether to leave off the hoodie, but decided it gives it more character than just a plain ol’ vest. I also added two inches to the bottom for a longer fit and I really like that.

The color is off, but here’s the hoodie without me wearing it. I took some close up shots to try and show the stitching but they didn’t turn out all that great. I really need to figure out a good place to shoot photos!

I did not, however, make the tie/belt that is included in the pattern. I didn’t think it was needed and it would just be something I’d have to try and keep up with each time I clean the shirt.

On the hook now is the Hot Cross Slouch Slouch Beret by Jennifer L. Appleby, which was published in Interweave Crochet’s Winter 2007 issue.

This yarn may prove to be too stiff for this pattern. I’ve got six more rows so we’ll soon see how it works out!

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Here’s some books from Jane Snedden Peever. I don’t know much about these books, but I enjoyed making the Surf and Turf pattern (I did make it twice after all!) and these books might be really cool to check out.


I’ve also included “Interweave Crochet” and “Interweave Knits,” both really good magazines filled with all kinds of patterns and inspiration.

       


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How-to: French Napkin Fold

When I packaged the Christmas napkins I made for family members this year, I used a French Napkin Fold I saw in my parents’ “Food Network Magazine” issue. You can see the magazine’s instructions here and my version follows below.

Here’s a nice way to package up napkins for gift giving.
Start with the napkin right side up.
Fold the napkin up, with right sides touching.
Then fold a quarter of it down (right sides are showing).

Carefully flip the napkin over so the wrong side is showing and fold the napkin into thirds.

Now you have a little pocket where you can slide in silverware. You can stop here or go to the next step, which makes the napkins easier to store or package.

Fold the top half of the French Fold Napkin over and you have a perfect square for storing or wrapping as a gift.


New Publication: CraftSanity Magazine!

Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood of CraftSanity has published her first magazine!

This image belongs to CraftSanity and is from the Etsy site. Now, go buy a copy!

Jennifer and many contributors offer a variety of recipes and crafty projects in this inaugural issue. You can order the ‘zine on Etsy in the print or PDF format.

I’ve followed Jennifer for a couple years now on CraftSanity and encourage you to check out her new product. I’m sure it’s wonderful! (I haven’t gotten a copy yet, but plan to.)


Grosgrain’s Embellish Knit Month

Just peaking peeking in quickly to say “hi.” I’ve been busy working on Christmas projects, a fall sweater (need to get that done a.s.a.p.!) and Christmas shopping.

While this as been going on, I’ve also been enjoying Embellish Knit Month over at Grosgrain. I love seeing how Kathleen alters various sweaters and cardigans she find at thrifts stores. It’s very interesting and inspiring.

I especially like Day 8’s cardigan. Kathleen added a flowerdy chiffon on the inside and a woven trim around the edge. Gorgeous! (Yes, I said flowerdy. I’m from the South, yo!)

Go check it out:

I’m also anxiously waiting for the new CraftSanity magazine that Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood has been working on for a bit. She gave a quick update today and I can’t wait to see the finished product!


Thank you, BurdaStyle!

It’s not often I win anything, but today Alden Davis of BurdaStyle emailed me to say I’d won a year subscription to “Sew News” in a recent drawing.

I am so psyched! You have no idea!

I entered the drawing only halfheartedly. I mean, there are so many users on BurdaStyle, so what’s the chance my name would be drawn. Plus there are many more users who are more active than I on the site. So, in my opinion, many other people could be considered more deserving. (Yes, this was a random drawing, so activity has no bearing, but still.)

Oh, but I actually won! And I’m so excited.

I can’t wait to receive each issue and lovingly flip through the pages, taking in new sewing techniques, ideas and more.

After this, I’ve just got to make more time for my sewing machine. Damp basement or not.