Emily Explains: Posting Your Fabulous Projects to Ravelry!


Because I need to be more dedicated about posting my finished projects… Any thoughts?

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I have to admit something. Until this week, I had never posted a finished project to Ravelry.

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How to Stitch a Hat: Calculating How Many Stitches to Cast On

I came across this link from Craftsy.com  in my facebook feed this morning.  I thought it so full of useful information I just have to share!  I am only giving you the high-lights, so be sure to click the links to get it all!

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So you finally mustered the courage to design and stitch a hat. Yay, you! Designing your own knitting projects opens up endless possibilities in your knitting. No longer confined to other’s knitting patterns, you can play with new stitches, experiment with shaping, and get the perfect fit.

Figuring out how to stitch a hat isn’t easy at first, though. Knitting math can be intimidating. Let’s start with the most basic issue when learning how to stitch a hat: How do you calculate the number of stitches to cast on?

1. Measure your head.

2. Measure the gauge.

3. Multiply.


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Happy Accident, Crochet Cowl with a Mobius Twist

My Crochet Creations.  Continued.  As I said in my last post, I hadn’t made one of my own neck cowls in so long I had to print the pattern!  Ha!  I have been crocheting like a mad woman!  

Just a few of the color choices I have...Caron's Simply Soft Yarn.  Not a spendy yarn, and one of my favorites.

Just a few of the color choices I have…Caron’s Simply Soft Yarn. Not a spendy yarn, and one of my favorites. If you click on this pic it will take you to My Etsy shop listing.

And now, to the point. I made a slip-up when I began this pattern.  I decided to run with it to see how it might turn out.  Woo hoo!  Ahem…now, I need to write a new pattern!

Here is a happy customer!!!  Thank you Mona!

Here is a happy customer!!! Thank you Mona!

I decided to try it again…just to see if I could.  Voila!

Creamy, and dreamy in a soft white.  Beautiful.

Creamy, and dreamy in a soft white. Beautiful.

I hope I have given you a little bit of inspiration with my Happy Accident.  I will, hopefully, be writing the pattern soon.  ~Toodles and love,  GMa Ellen.

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My Crochet Creations ~ Open Shell Crochet Neck Cowl, with PDF Downloadable Pattern Link

Sooo…it’s that time of year again.  Dig out those ‘winter-time’ projects.  This one whips up in no time at all!  I made three in one weekend.

It’s been so long since I made one of my own crochet cowls, I had to print the pattern!  I am so glad I did.

First thing I noticed, I need to update the photo…

Just a few of the color choices I have...Caron's Simply Soft Yarn.  Not a spendy yarn, and one of my favorites.

Just a few of the color choices I have…Caron’s Simply Soft Yarn. Not a spendy yarn, and one of my favorites.

Please note:  the cowl shown in the actual PDF pattern is not blocked.  In this next shot, steam pressed out to it’s full glory.

The color is called Pagoda, from the Simply Soft line.  The photo doesn't really do it justice.

The color is called Pagoda, from the Simply Soft line. The photo doesn’t really do it justice.

This pattern is very versatile.  Make it as small, or as large as you want.  I have even heard tell of this pattern made into wrist warmers.  Just change the number of pattern repeats to the size you need.

Customer testimonial:

” You know what’s so special about this pattern for me? It’s superbly versatile. It doesn’t care what yarn you use, or what hook you use, as long as you use a hook one or two sizes larger to make the base chain. As long as you chain in multiples of six, it doesn’t care of you make a cowl, or wrist warmers, or leave it open and make a scarf, or make a small cowl for a child, or make it to fit your head, then gather it closed, and make an awesome hat. I’m just starting with this pattern, in a tiny practice piece, and I can already see the possibilities. Bravo, Ellen!!!!”

Purchase the pattern from my Etsy shop

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Lilac Wine » Savory Knitting and . . . the Tubular Cast On

Savory Knitting is a very nice blog I stumbled upon chatting in my Knitting group on facebook.  And here is a pattern featured, which I immediately fell in love with.  Isn’t it wonderful???  Simple elegance.  I’ve got to try it!

This pattern is so simple. But, simply elegant! Made up in 1×1 ribbing. Now, All I need to do is learn the Tubular Cast On (In the Round, of course)


359 yards sport weight yarn- I used 1 skein of Madeline Tosh Pashmina (75% merino, 15% silk, 10% cashmere) 360 yards per 117g skein; in the curiosity colorway (a lovely blue/purple that to me looks just like lilacs).

24″ US 7/4mm circular needle

tapestry needle for BO and weaving in ends

Finished dimensions:

unstretched- 16″ tall x 26″ around

gently stretched- 13″ tall x 34″ around

aggressively stretched 10″ tall x 64″ around

Here is the link to this lovely pattern:  Lilac Wine » Savory Knitting.

Truthfully, this pattern looks like it might be a bit ‘tedious’???  However, I am just the kind of knitter that needs a lot of that . . . ‘mindless’ kind of knitting.  This is right up my alley!

This pattern begins with a cast on I have not previously tried.  It doesn’t look too terribly complicated.  It is similar to a Long Tail Cast On, but different.  It is very stretchy, as is needed when working a ribbing.  And, so that I have a reference when I am ready, Tubular Cast On video tutorial from While They Play Designs.  This is actually a Play List, so you will have to advance to the THIRD video.  (Sorry) In the upper left-hand corner is a drop-down menu, choose ‘Tubular Cast On for 2×2 Rib in the Round’.  Or, in the bottom of the video, click Next two times.

Now, to see if I have enough of anything suitable in my stash…woo hoo!

Here’s to everyone having a perfectly crafty weekend!  As for me . . . I am on V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N.  (Truth be told, it’s actually a STAY-cation.  But, that’s just fine by me.)  Let the crafting/blogging/cleaning/cooking/maybe a lot of nothing/catch up on all my t.v. shows begin!!!   ~ Love, GMA Ellen

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Sharing . . . A Few Recent Projects

Sooo, today you will get a double whammy.  Since I haven’t been a-blogging in a good long while, I’ll just post some pics of recently (or not-so-recently as the case may be…) finished projects I am most happy with.

In no particular order…

It’s me!  Modeling this project which had no pattern.  I used a ‘mystery yarn’.  Some sort of fingering weight, plain old acrylic.  Nice and soft, in a very nice pink.  It sat there lonely as can be, begging to be made up!  I have ignored it for so long, simply because I do not like working with lighter weight yarns.  Just too much work.  Blah.  My attention span is . . . well, not up to it.  So, in a totally ‘AHA!’ moment decided.



Here, in it’s humble beginnings…

Never done Navajo plying??? Here’s a video tutorial:

Next, a few new Beanies.  Knit and crochet.  12th Man is the theme!  Caron’s Simply Soft yarn.

Simple pattern, but a favorite. Crochet Seed stitch…

12 Man Reverse Single Crochet Brim

12th Man Roll Brim Knit

And, one more for extra measure.  A cotton beanie I made for my little Brother.  He has wanted one in black for a long time.  This was for his birthday a few months back.  Tony G. (the Rock Star!).  Such a great musician.

Brother Tony Black Crochet BD BeanieAnd now, to get back to this thing called Life.  Always busy.  Happy to share, and especially happy to have you all to share it with! ~GMa Ellen

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10 Ideas to Stay Inspired During a Crafting Hiatus | Lion Brand Notebook

 A great article posted on Lion Brand’s blog recently.  What a great website and blog!

  I don’t think I have ever been on a crafting hiatus.  You???   I am thinking the idea here is finding other outlets of creativity and/or inspiration while you are sidelined because of some sort of injury, or surgery perhaps that would leave you unable utilize your skills for your favorite craft.  At any rate, there is some very good advice here for any everyday break from crafting.  Not the least of which is: 

5. Teach some else to knit or crochet. (I seriously don’t think I have the patience for that. *wink*)

Organizing, research and searching for inspiration are just some of the highlights.  This next item is my greatest weakness.  Maybe someday I’ll have a space totally dedicated to crafting, and I can stop hauling storage bins up and down the stairs.  :P

9. Do some decluttering.

If your yarn stash is overflowing, your project queue is busting at the seams and your WIPs are taking over the entire house…

Keep reading for the other 8 great ideas here:  10 Ideas to Stay Inspired During a Crafting Hiatus | Lion Brand Notebook.

I realize I have not been posting much lately.  Sometimes Life just gets in the way.  I think about you all ALL THE TIME!  I miss sharing…so keep the faith!  I haven’t forgotten you!  Prayers and best wishes until next time.        ~GMa Ellen  



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What 10 Things Should You Do Every Day To Improve Your Life?


I think I do pretty well on all accounts…if you count knitting and crochet as meditation!!! you???

Originally posted on TIME:

1) Get out in nature

You probably seriously underestimate how important this is. (Actually, there’s research that says you do.) Being in nature reduces stress, makes you more creative, improves your memory and may even make you a better person.

2) Exercise

We all know how important this is, but few people do it consistently. Other than health benefits too numerous to mention, exercise makes you smarter,happier, improves sleep, increases libido and makes you feel better about your body. A Harvard study that has tracked a group of men for more than 70 years identified it as one of the secrets to a good life.

3) Spend time with friends and family

Harvard happiness expert Daniel Gilbert identified this as one of the biggest sources of happiness in our lives. Relationships are worth more than you think (

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Navajo Knitting (or Crochet) . . . Triple Strands From One Source.


Got a lot of response to this the first time-round. :D Just sharing it again. Navajo knitting, makes one strand of yarn into a triple strand, as you go. Easy-peezy!

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:

I have been going crazy with this method of tripling yarn.  It is ingenious!  I am posting this to show you how it’s done.  Later on, I will share some of the projects I have been working on using this method.  It is so great for destashing!  I have also been experimenting with knitting a triple strand of linen thread.  So far, I love it!

Knitting is shown in the video, but you can certainly use it just as effectively with crochet.

So, take a look and maybe tell me what you think.  I love it!  (Is this considered ‘upcyling’???)

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Ten Ways to Improve Your Fiber Art Photography Now


Some useful tips I need to re-visit! Hope they help you as well… thank you http://www.enneacollective.com/

Originally posted on G-Ma Ellen's Hands - Adventures in Crochet and Knit:


Ten Ways to Improve Your Fiber Art Photography Now


FEBRUARY 18, 2011


by Kristi Schueler

“Only other fiber artists truly understand the hard work, time and love that goes into each stitch. Sharing our work with an understanding audience generally means sharing pictures of projects via blog posts and various social media outlets such as Facebook, Twitter and of course Ravelry. If the photographs are not of good quality the excitement of the audience may not be what you expected. Below are ten ways you can start improving your fiber arts photography right now.”

Here are the topics covered.  Please, click the link below and have a read!  I believe good photographs are vitally important, even if it’s just to share on facebook.  This is a very good article, from which I learned a lot!

1. Know Your Camera

2. Tell a Story Through Your Photos

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