Archive for December, 2012

Tatting and Needle Felting


DSCF0069[1]I knitted and felted this little clutch makeup bag . I tatted the flowers and butterfly and then needle felted inside of the tatted circles. I was just playing around to see what it would look like since I am now tatting again.

Wishing All of You a Merry Christmas


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From Our House to Yours, We would like to wish each and every one of you a very Merry Christmas. Stay Happy and Healthy!

Jim, Carol, Petey & Cali

P.S. Petey is hoping there is more than just that silly ball in those presents under the tree. lol

Felted Christmas Bell with Cardinal


DSC00100I found this pattern on the internet called Knitted Christmas Bells By Jane Lake. It was a hand knitting pattern so I looked at it and it was so simple to do on the machine. It is just 15 stitches and 28 rows-no increases or decreases. I cast on the 15 stitches and you knit one row. Then on the next row you purl the first five stitches and knit the rest. So I transferred five stitches on the end to the ribber and knit one row. Then I transferred up to the main bed and knit a row. You continue those two rows for the pattern. If you want it longer, you add stitches to cast on. When you finish 28 rows you bind off and sew up seam and gather the end opposite the purl stitches. I just used a larger tension because I wanted to see what would happen when I felted it. It came out two inches high and two inches wide at the bottom of the bell. If you want the instructions, you can email me or google them.I did not save the link.  When I make this again I am going to cast on with waste and ravel and take off on waste and kitchener stitch the stitches together so I don’t have a seam even though you can hardly see it on this bell. I just did an “I” cord . It could use a little red bow. I just had fun doing a needle felting design on it. Just for the heck of it I am going to put it in my Etsy store.

Felted Black and Gray Purse with Mirror Image Tree


  • I wanted to try my Intarsia carriage on the Bulky Brother so I made this black and gray purse. I needle felted the tree in the opposite color as the background color. I used four metal grommets to hang the purse handle. The purse handle is 24 inches long and nice for an over the shoulder purse. I used a metal closure in silver. The bottom is slightly wider than the top. When I started the bottom I did half in black and gray and the other half in gray and black since the bottom becomes the front and back. However I did not allow for this on the top. I meant to fold down the tops for the closure but then the squares would not be the same. That is why I made grommets and used a handle. I knitted a seperate piece of felted fabric for the back of the clasp so it does not show on the outside.DSC00087 The tree roots look like Bullwinkle’s horns. LOL!!!
  • It is for sale in my Etsy store. I made this over a week ago but have been so busy selling and running to the post office. Will be glad when the holidays are over. 🙂DSC00082

More Felted Jelly Holders


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I swear I am employed by this woman that keeps buying these wine and jelly covers from me. lol!  It is a good thing though. This pattern is half of the size of the wine bottle covers. This is 49 stitches wide . I knit a picot edge and then knitted 20 rows. I transferred half of the stitches to the ribber and knit circular for 40 rows(80 circular) Tension dial was 8..

What I did with the Tatted Flower


DSC00051I just bought a little bag of earing hoops because the ones holding my christmas earings broke. And I had the beads already so this is my creation. lol

Felted Slippers with a Butterfly


DSC00049And here is another pair of felted slippers for my store. lol   And yes, there are pink butterflies!

I Still Remember How to Do It


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I know this does not pertain to knitting but I came across my tatting shuttle the other day and wondered if I still remembered how to do it. I was at Hobby Lobby with my girlfriend and I saw this greyish silver thread that has a sheen to it and I bought it to try to tat again. I was able to do it after all these years. I am checking out all the free patterns on the internet. I might embellish a felted purse with tatting. Not sure yet.

Felted Fingerless Gloves in Two Hours


DSC00046I knitted these fingerless gloves in less than two hours. I knitted the rib. Then  I placed half of the stitches on the ribber and knit circular. Since I knit circular, I could not go into ribbing so I took the glove off of the machine on waste yarn. Then I knitted the ribbing and took it off on waste yarn also. Then I used the kitchener stitch to attach the band to the glove and the thumb. The yarn is Cascade 220. I lightly felted the gloves and needle felted the dots on them. I love the feel and fit of these gloves.It is true that felting takes the scratchiness out of wool.

Felted Jelly Jar Holder


DSC00036I have a lady that buys wine bottle cover from me and she wanted a jelly jar holder. This is what I came up with. It is the same pattern but half the amount of knitted rows. I would do less on the collar but she likes them wide. I used Cascade 220 yarn. I made a row of eyelets further down to run the yarn through to snug up the jar in case it was a little smaller. This is 4 inches tall to the front V and 3 inches in width.  I needle felted the stocking on.