Saturday, March 21, 2015

Afghans galore!!

We have been lucky enough here in Lebanon to have enough blocks to put together 7 adult afghans, 5 baby afghans, and have 3 completed afghans donated.  We also had a bunch of hats donated.  I know they will get put to good use either locally or at Parkland with the baby afghans.  As I was uploading these pictures, I noticed I have a few loose ends to weave in and clip.

Check out what the volunteers have been up to.....  I'm impressed with the generosity of all who donated their time and talents to helping others.  Thank you!!






Monday, March 9, 2015

tiny travel purse

Last year due to the weather, my husband and I have had to rearrange our rooms a bit.  As much as I like winter, this one has been a challenge at times.  But due to that new set-up, I came across the small purse I crocheted for the trips we have taken.  I really like it as I can tuck it in a pocket if necessary or carry it on my wrist. In spite of its size it holds a lot.  I carried my husband's smart phone when we were together.  It also carried my cell phone, the cash/traveler's checks, license, credit and debit cards, insurance cards (you never know what could happen when traveling), my emergency knit/crochet guide, change, confirmation pages for all the reservations, crochet hook, pen, pencil, note paper, and some jewelry.  Best part of this was the airlines didn't count it as a purse, so I could take a backpack with as another carryon with clothes and other essentials.

How did I make this?  What would I change?  What did I like about it?  I like it for its compact size and stretchy nature.  If I did another one, I would add a gusset.  And now for the pattern.

Tiny Travel Purse

1 oz worsted weight acrylic yarn, color of choice.  I used Red Heart Super Saver in aspen print.
5 yards of a contrast color.  I used Red Heart Super Saver in aran.
H hook
4 inch closed on both ends zipper

Pocket 1. (Make 2)

Ch 16.
R1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and rest of ch across.
R2-6: ch 2, turn and  hdc in each st across.
Fasten off after row 6.

Pocket 2  (Make 2)

Ch 16.
R1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and rest of ch across.
R 2-9: ch 2, turn, and hdc on each st across.
Fasten off after row 9.

Main body (Make 2)

Ch 16.
R1: hdc in 3rd ch from hook and in rest of ch across.
R2-15: ch 2, turn, and hdc in each st across.
Fasten off.

Now decide your configuration.  I put the pockets all on the outside.  You can put some inside and some outside.  My configuration is pocket 1 on the very outside, pocket 2 is between 1 and the main body.  I did this on both sides with all the bottoms at the bottom of the bag.  Now starting at the thinnest part at the top of one side, single crochet all together with the contrasting color.  Work down the side through all layers as you come to them.  Work 2 sc in the corners, across the bottom and back up the other side to the corner.  For the strap, I worked 30 foundation sc and joined to the beginning sc.  Sew the zipper by hand.  That's all there is to it.

For the gusset,  ch 6, hdc in 3rd ch and across.  Ch 2 turn and hdc across.  Rep R 2 until you have 40 rows.  Insert it Between the pockets/main body sections and sc these sections to each side.  Lastly sew in the zipper.  Do this by hand for 2 reasons.  1 It's too small to do on your sewing machine easily and 2 you can be sure to position it just right and not shred the yarn.

In the new issue of Crochet World!, I saw a similar item.  The magazine called it a car organizer as it clipped on the air vent.  It was also one sided to hold the daily commute necessities.  Guess good ideas really are timeless...

My Christmas Gift Giving List

I have many plans for Christmas Gifts this year.  I do every year but I have hopes for this year given my "resolution" for 2015.

For my daughter in law, I have Corrine.  This is a ballet style sweater being knit in magenta worsted.  I will have to check the brand of yarn and needle size.  For her also, at her request, several pairs of slippers and fingerless gloves.  She wore out the previous ones.

For my older son, I plan a sweater.  No plans for pattern, color or yarn.

For my younger son, I plan several pairs of wool socks in varying weights.  He has size 12 feet.

For my sister, I plan a scarf in sock weight yarn in an orange, white, black variegated.  The pattern will be a tiger cable.  I will probably use size US 4 needles.  She has a special place in her heart for tigers.

For my husband, I have no ideas.  Since he is more of a jeans and tshirt man, I know I won't be doing a sweater for him.

For my mother and father in law, I have no ideas.

Saturday, March 7, 2015


I've been looking forward to 2015.  I have made a decision.  Well, more than two decisions were made.  The only things I will be starting will be for me. I will be finishing my UFOs.  I will no longer be teaching at Michaels.  As of April 1, my classes there are done.

I came to this first decision after 2 things happened, I listened to the Knitmore girls podcast, episode 311 in which they talk about being Grinch-y during the holiday season and only knitting for yourself and after I went to get ready for a round of family holiday parties and learned I had "nothing" to wear.  OK, not entirely true but my general wardrobe for work for my day job is jeans and t-shirts with sweatshirts.  My teaching wardrobe is black slacks and beige shirts or the opposite, not necessarily the most festive in appearance or feeling even with jewelry or accessories that I don't have in abundance.

So in Jasmin Knitmore style, I have made a decision that this year I will do only new projects for myself and I will be working on finishing projects that have been sitting languishing in my UFO bin.  This will also gain me quite a few Christmas presents for this coming holiday. As I finish things I will be sharing pictures and who will get what.

As to the third decision, this was not made lightly and doesn't need to be gone into.  I like them all very much and will miss seeing them on a regular basis. They made my time there extremely good for me.  I wish them all the best with future endeavors.  I know I will be stopping in from time to time to visit too. 

Monday, January 26, 2015

Arm Knitting

Hi all!

By popular demand, my managers and I have found time for 2 classes this quarter for arm knitting.   The times are February and March 7 (both first Saturdays of the month) from 3-4pm.  I'm excited that we found the time for this popular class!  It's a steal at just $10 plus supplies.  You can register online at and use the 1127 Quentin rd., Lebanon b address or you can register in the store.

By the end of class each student walks out with a completed scarf, cowl, or shawl.

Can't wait to see you in class!

Friday, January 9, 2015

A New Schedule ~~ A Sale

I'm not amazed that I haven't posted before this given my day job work schedule the last 4 months.  It has been crazy busy.  Then we had the holidays and I was convinced I had sent my greetings into the internet universe.  I was wrong.

Merry Christmas!!
Happy Hannukah!!
Happy New Year!!

Now for the news of the sale.  Tomorrow January 10, there is an open house.  All classes all day will be on sale for half price.  Not a bad deal, if I do say so.  It's a great time to stock up for the winter months.  Now what will be on the list of classes I'm teaching?

All Classes are Mondays 6pm – 8:30pm
Crochet Beginner 1 – Skinny Scarf or Phone Cover
January 5   February 2    March 2

Crochet Beginner 2 – Pillow or Scarf
January 19    February 16    March 16

 These advanced beginner classes will be held every Wednesday 6 – 8:30
Discover Time to Crochet Classes

Filet Crochet     January 7
Illusion Crochet         January 21
Hairpin Lace     February 4
Entrelac Crochet        Febrtuary 18
Tapestry Crochet       March 4
Crochet Cables      March 18

All Classes are Thursdays 6 – 8:30 pm
Knit Beginner 1 – Garter Hat or Cuffs 
January 8   February 5   March 5

Knit Beginner 2 – Neckwarmer or Tassel Hat
January 22    Feb 19    March 19

Discover Time to Knit Class Fridays 6 – 8:30 pm & Saturdays 9 – 11am

Fair Isle January 9
Knitting Machine Basics 1 January 17
Loom Knitting   Jan. 17 1-3
Illusion Knitting January 23
Knitting Machine Basics 2 January 24
Loom Knitting  Jan. 24 1-3
Cables February 6
Knitting Machine Basics Ribbing February 7
Loom Knitting  Feb. 7  1 - 3
Entrelac February 20
Knitting Machine Basics Cables   February 21
Loom Knitting  Feb. 21  1 - 3
Socks March 6
Knitting Machine Basics Color work March 7
Loom Knitting  March 7 1 - 3
Intarsia March 20
Knitting Machine Basics Patterns   March 21
Loom Knitting  March 21  1 - 3

Please see a store associate for details about any classes or sign up online at  Look for store 6740 for these classes.  If you sign up online, you won't get a syllabus of any use for the Discover Time to Knit or Discover Time to Crochet classes.  Those can only be gotten in store.

Yarn Nights are times for you to get a question answered about a stitch, yarn or pattern question that doesn’t require a full class.  You can also sit and stitch with me at this time.  Starting January 2015 this will be 1 – 3 pm.
January 17   January 24    February 7     February 21     March 7     March 21     

Warm Up America Joining Parties are times to help join afghans blocks to help the homeless here in Lebanon with the donation of warm afghans.  These parties will be from 2 – 4 pm.  Joining yarn and hooks/needles available for use
November 16  November 23  December 7    December 14
January 11     January 25     February 8     February 22          March 8          March 22

Friday, November 14, 2014

Arctic Vortex? Or just winter coming

This week in my small corner of the planet, we've had temps in the mid 60's, rain, temps in the mid 30's, snow flurries, and wind.  I'm amazed by the diversity we have experienced.  It also brought home the state of accessories.  The accessories I think of are hats, scarves or cowls, mittens or gloves, slippers and socks. Then I went to work at my day job and it's cold there in some of the locations I work in.  Then I went to Michaels for classes.  Students and co-workers alike are looking for winter woolies.

There are requests for mitten pattern help, Christmas stocking help (socks), scarves and hats.  Before too long there might be a request for baby items. Gotta love babies!

It also made me think when I saw the stacks and stacks of blocks in the classroom of the homeless people.  Warm up America gets blocks donated to be joined into afghans to help keep people warm.  Lebanon Hopes is the local homeless shelter.  This joint effort has contacts with different churches to use their social halls/cafeterias for people to sleep in during the fall/winter/spring seasons.  Even though these are enclosed areas with heat, electric, and running water; these spaces lack the comforts of home.  An afghan goes a long way to helping the comfort.  Consider coming out to help join at your local Michaels.

Stay warm and have a very happy Thanksgiving!