Sunday, January 30, 2011

Finger Puppet

A knitted finger puppet I whipped up the other evening.
I have no idea what animal? it is....

Finger Puppet
I used variegated sock yarn on size one needles.
Cast on: 20 st.
stockinette stitch 18 rows (give or take)
(K2, SSK) 2 times, K4, (K2tog, K2) 2 times (16 st)
(SSK) 4 times, (K2tog) 4 times (8 st)
K1, SSK, K2, K2tog, K1 (6st)
pull the working thread through all stitches, gather
and stitch the puppet's back up using the mattress stitch.

Pointed ears (make two)
Cast on 2 st.
Kfb, K1 (3 st)
(Kfb) 3 times (6 st)
cast off
Fold ear in half and stitch along the long cast off edge,
then placing onto puppet, stitch one to each side.
This ear could easily become a bunny ear by continuing to knit,
before casting off, until the length is pleasing.

Cast on 3 st.
Knit one row
Thread the working thread through all three stitches,
gather roughly into a triangular shape
or circular blob and stitch to face.
You could always knit one more row to get a bigger nose.
(each nose is guaranteed to look different) 


Sunday Morning!!!
Do you like the red polka dot plate?
It's a Target find from the other day. I got a red tin bin for art supplies
from the bargain area near the front of the store as well. Lots of red
to cheer the dim colors of this month. :-)
I am trying to get geared up to clean up my art area.
Maybe new organizing supplies will help inspire....maybe. :-)

Thursday, January 27, 2011


You know it's been cold when the waterfall is meeting in the middle.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Bundle Up

A small scarf for a small bear.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Little Pies

Crisscross appley goodness.
Not nearly as pretty as those seen on Martha Stewart but yummy anyway. :-)
Brightens up another cold day around here.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Warm Tootsies

A day to keep the tootsies warm. We woke to -13F this morning and it hasn't gotten much warmer. Yikes! The woodstove is going, so warm and comforting, don't you love 'em.
Today we are finally getting around to seeing the Harry Potter movie before it leaves theaters.
Em has got a little store downstairs and she has bundled up bits of yarn and ribbon for sale, bags of pompoms and old toys. I am trying to convince her to make some things for the store to sell, like homemade valentines or pictures for our walls.
On Martha Stewart the other day--the wedding special one--there was a guy showing small eats for weddings and Meg and I cooed over the teeny tiny pies. They looked the size of a half-dollar.
 All kinds of ideas for cold, cold days!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


I have just finished this teddy bear. Em's teacher is just about to have a baby, so I thought it was a great time to try this pattern out. I found the pattern in a pull-out in a Simply Knitting magazine last spring. The pattern is designed by Laura Long and is found in the book "Knitted Toy Tales" as well.

The pattern had you seaming the back like a fabric toy, with right sides together and turning it back out. I changed this to a mattress-stitched seam.

I really like this pattern and I am now making a scarf for the wee fellow.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Good Reads

Ahhhh...........the loveliness of a quiet, snowy day!
I am banishing my winter blahs with a good book.
This one is a well-thumbed library pick, it's pages soft from use.
It is a mystery titled "Passport to Peril" by Robert Parker.
It has a man traveling under a murdered man's name, a beautiful young lady and the dangers of travel just after WWII into Budapest, Hungary.
I am thinking of all the old Agatha Christie's to keep me company through the winter. I love all of her characterizations and old-time England. Miss Marple--say no more, my all-time favorite detective.

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Project Bags

Here is a project bag that I made for Em this Christmas.
I used an image from the fabric to sketch out for the felt kitty on the front.

This is the project bag that I made for Meg. I traced off one of the hedgehogs to embroider.

A New Year

New plantings just in time to take advantage of the little thaw we are experiencing.

Both future trees need protection from the pesky deer that roam all too frequently across our yard.

Have a very Happy New Year's Day!