Elizabeth A.S. Brooke

Crafting, traveling and everything in between.


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Rose Window Beret

I finished a project!

Rose Beret

This is the Rose Window Beret by Anne Kuo Lukito. It was featured in the Spring 2010 Interweave Knits issue.

Interweave Knits Spring 2010

I bought the yarn, a nice wool, at Gate City Yarns (Greensboro, N.C.) two Decembers ago and just now got around to using it. I began the project sometime in June and finished it during our drive to D.C. for vacation in August.

I had to restart the project a couple of times because I was teaching myself how to read a lace pattern. With some help from several sites, I was able to get turned around. Here’s a few places to start: Knit Picks (I used this reference a lot), the For Dummies site (the publisher of the For Dummies books) and Knitty.

The hat doesn’t look exactly like it should because I haven’t blocked it yet. I really should do that so the pretty lace pattern shows up.

I love this pattern! I might make another to give away.

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Where to Shop: Abingdon, Va.

Stop by yesterday’s post on Small Travels and Musings to read about A Likely Yarn, a yarn shop I visited in Abingdon, Va., and other places to visit in this Southwest Virginia town.


Christmas napkins

As you’re reading this, we’re probably already on our way to Indiana to enjoy Christmas with the hubby’s family. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and are enjoying the company of loved ones!

Ta Da! The final crafty Christmas presents of 2010 (minus some last minute baking) — napkins! These are four sets of 9 napkins made out of fabric Chris selected earlier in the year (scroll to the bottom of that post to read about it).

(From top left, clockwise) American flag and bird fabric for Chris’ parents, vine-y fabric (which I think looks sort of Christmas-y) for Chris’ aunt and uncle and butterflies for my parents. All this was bought at Mountain Plains Fabrics in Fancy Gap, Va.

I cut out 14-inch squares and rolled hemmed the edges with my serger. This is a quick and easy project if you’re still looking for something to make as a last minute gift.

To make more fancy napkins, cut out squares that are at least 15 inches and create mitered corners (here’s one way to do it, as seen on BurdaStyle). You can also make larger napkins, if you like.

Fold and tie them with extra yarn or ribbon and they’re ready for gift giving!