Designing collections

Designers are challenged to produce a collection of items. The criteria differs from project to project.

Sometimes, it is the yarn that is to be featured.

Sometimes, it is the pattern for a garment or accessory.

Sometimes, a skill set, perhaps stitches, be it for knitting, crochet etc.

Other times, it is a collection of techniques for a book

Or a specific theme. ie. Circus, cartoon characters, animals, single motifs.

Recently, I have been knitting with a specific yarn and a single stitch.
Single crochet stitch is used on all the items.




The knitting this week is of a particular knitting pattern using a variety of different yarns. Wool……..Superwash wool, the variegated yarn is a wool/linen/acrylic mix.




Even the cat wanted to participate in the photo shoot. She is a darling but has a mind of her own.

The pattern is a free pattern called “Gallatin” designed by Kris Basta,

Tricks for Noro yarns

The 2014 Spring/summer NORO knitting magazine, Issue 4 has arrived on the new stands. I particularly enjoyed reading a very informative article about using the yarns colour ways.

Lots of eye candy in the issue as well as a contest giveaway on page 2.


The article is written by Carol J. Sulcoski

Knitting up 100 gm yarns and 220 yd/200 metres

My misson at the moment is to knit up some of my random 100 gm balls/hanks of yarn. The colours are random, with no specific projects in mind.

Some hats have been handknitted. They were not particularly suitable for the knitting machine. I didn’t write up the pattern instructions. 100 gm of Paton Classic wool, makes up a nice adult hat, as does 50 to 60 gm of Lette Lopi.

Then, I ran across the following scarf pattern on Ravelry. Kris Basta is very generous and offers a number of patterns free of charge. I’m using a 100 gm ball of Cascade220 Superwash Wool. Hopefully, it will turn out as well as the pattern picture, but I may run out of yarn and need to revise.

Visit her site for more free patterns.

This is mine in progress.






Rhubarb Season…..Sugar Free recipe for Diabetics

My rhubarb crop was super abundant this year. The rain, the cold, who knows why.

Look what I found……perfect way to eat rhubarb without the sugar.
I added a pkg of sugar free Jello to my Rhubarb/pineapple concoction. Now, it tastes REAL good. How simple……..I should have thought of it. A great dessert for Diabetics who enjoy rhubarb but cannot tolerate the amount of sugar that is required to sweeten it.

I substituted a can of pineapple instead of the strawberries.

4 c. cooked rhubarb
1 pkg. strawberry Jello (sugar-free)
2 c. fresh or frozen strawberries.
1 tsp. liquid sweetener
Add Jello to hot rhubarb; dissolve well. Add rest of ingredients.


Show & Tell

Show & Tell is a very popular aspect of our local Machine Knitting Guilds meeting. All the items shown have been knit since the last meeting.
As you will see there is quite a variety of items. Anyone who submits get a ticket per item for a cash raffle. 3 prizes are awarded.