Toronto Creative Needlework festival

The show was located in the Metro Convention Centre. The Market Place was huge and fully loaded with eyecandy and merchandise. Here are some photos that I took with permission.
Crochet……..a fun display.





While sitting in a “sit and knit abit” display, the display presenter took some pictures and gave me the following kit.



The show had a very big knitting/ crochet presence. Lovely exhibits, some yarn tastings, some hands on techniques.

This was all in the Market Place! and like all knitters, I succumbed to purchase yarn……….a Berroco yarn called Link. It looks like an I cord, very soft. One hank should be enough yarn to make a scarf/cowl.



This is a swatch that I made during a “hands on ” demo of “short rowing” in garter stitch.The orange yarn was one of the Red Heart yarn tastings. Unfortunately, I didn’t see the ball band to identify. It was very soft and squishy with about a dozen or so plys of very fine yarn.

More Mohair …………lace scarf or double loop cowl

I love the weightlessness of a mohair lace scarf. Many complain of the itchiness of mohair. I have found that it softens when hand washed. Of course, there are various grades ( think quality) of the fibre and is often mixed with a variety of other fibres. The ball band has the content % of the various fibre mixes and the information for suggested gauge and yardage/meters. It is not necessary to stick with the suggested gauge and many interesting knits have been produced with outlandish gauges.


My friend graciously modeled.

Mittens…….ambidextrous type

Knitting these was fun. The Noro Kureyon yarn, its’ colour changes and garter stitch made a an interesting mitten.

Info taken from the Elizabeth Zimmerman instructions.



The mitten is knit in one piece vertically, folded over and seamed. The thumb opening is not the usual one.


This 3 rd Photo is from the book.

HAT sizing chart

Hat Sizing Chart *

Head Circumference
Adult Hat Size
Inches Centimeters
Easy Fit
Sized Stretch Fit
Stretch Fit/Adjustable
21 1/4 54 6 3/4 Small (S) Small/Medium (S/M)
21 5/8 55 6 7/8
22 55.9 7 Medium (M)
One Size Fits Most
22 3/8 56.8 7-1/8 Medium/Large (M/L)
22 3/4 57.8 7-1/4 Large (L)
23 1/8 58.7 7 3/8
23 1/2 59.7 7 1/2 XL Large/XL (L/XL)
23 7/8 60.6 7 5/8
24 1/4 61.6 7 3/4 XXL
24 5/8 62.5 7 7/8
25 63.5 8

Head Circumference
Children’s Hat Size
Inches Centimeters Fitted Easy Fitted Stretch Fitted
18 1/2 47 Infant
19 48 6 XSM
19 3/8 49.2 6 1/8 S Toddler
19 3/4 50.2 6 1/4 S/M
20 1/8 51 6 3/8 M Child
20 1/2 52 6 1/2
20 7/8 53 6 5/8 L L/X Youth
21 1/4 54 6 3/4
21 5/8 55 6 7/8 XL
22 55.9 7
*These charts are for reference only. Fit may vary depending on the construction, materials and manufacturer.

Dryer Balls…….how to

I’ve exploring the making of dryer balls. These balls are used to soften items in the clothes dryer and use less fabric softening products. There seem to be a number of different methods of making them.

Some are made of WOOL yarn stuffed into a knit casing; much like the Ball Christmas ornaments. Others, are yarn wrapped into a ball and secured with sewing. Some, are simply a ball of roving and then needle felted.
All, are then felted and dried. Some are some of this and that technique.

This is how I made mine. I wrapped wool yarn around a wool core (a scrunched up wool swatch). I then Needle felted some fleece over the yarn ball. Washed it in the wash machine and secured any loose ends with the needle felting tool after the drying process.

I have read that using acrylic yarn for the core doesn’t work very well, as it is not heavy enough for the drying action in the dryer.


I think this would be an ideal way of using up wool that has deteriorated after an encounter with moths.

IMG_1425-0.JPG These were made using a mohair yarn wound over the ball instead of fleece or roving. I have been testing their softening properties, and yes they work and no extra lint is produced.

CLARA…… testing of another Super Chunky Bernat yarn

I couldn’t wait to test knit with this yarn and am disappointed to find that it is now discontinued.

10mm needles and a slip stitch produced a very nice fabric. One skein made a Knitted Earwarmer/Headwarmer. As an alternate project, a pair of fingerless mitts could be squeezed out of one skein.

It was a pleasure to hand knit with this yarn. I didn’t test it on a chunky knitting machine, but expect that it may knit on every other needle.



FREE pattern : Super Chunky Mobeus Crochet Head warmer/Ear warmer.

Yet Another Canadian Artisan……….Mary Anne Cutler 2014


Adult size: 50 cm/20 in. 20 cm/8in wide.

Crochet 9mm hook
100 gm. Yarn. Paton Big Boucle yarn, 75% Acrylic/25% Mohair mix.

Chain stitch approx 20 inches/50 cm worth of chain. ( usual adult sized head circumference)

Join ending chain to beginning chain.
If twisted, it is intended. If not twisting, it will become a FLAT band type structure.

Work “Single crochet” stitches into the back loop of each chain stitch.
Continue to work into each chain, as you reach the end of the round, you will see a twist beginning to form.

Continue to Single crochet to desired width.

Finish to the last 2 chains, then crochet 1 “slip stitch” into each of those 2 chains and fasten off.

Hide the tails into the worked stitches.

This pattern is FREE for all to use. Please do not claim as your own.

Yarn used: Paton Big Boucle

Thicker, quicker boucle yarn
Beautiful shade range full of colorful variegates
Mohair adds softness and luxury
All Shades (241092)
Contents: 75% Acrylic, 25% Mohair
Put-up: 3.50 oz / 100 g
Length: 72 yd /