How to Take Project Photos with Your Phone – Lion Brand Notebook

You don\’t need a high-end digital camera to take photos of your finished projects and do it well. Photography is about skill, not equipment

Source: How to Take Project Photos with Your Phone – Lion Brand Notebook

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Sharing from: 52 Weeks of Free Dishcloth Patterns from

I love ‘take-along’, almost mindless knitting.  And, dishclothes pretty much fit the bill. This first pattern I am sharing has to be one of my very, very favorites. It uses slip stitches to make up this visually delightful (and very sturdy, I might add) dishcloth.  It is expecially great if you are not the biggest fan of purling, because all the slip stitches are worked on the purl side!!!  

52 Weeks of Free Dishcloth Pattern from

FIREFLY DISHCLOTH: The pattern of this dishcloth evokes summer nights when fireflies fill the backyard and housework is done lazily. Its slip stitch pattern is easy to complete, with satisfying results. Only about half the stitches are purled!

I was inspired to start my own Firefly Dishcloth. But, if you look closely, I already made a couple of booboos.  Not frogging it!

Oh my goodness. I did not pick up all the strands. Guess what. It now belongs in my kitchen instead of the gift pile. Lucky me. 😀


Here are some other dishcloth patterns via 52 Weeks of Free Dishcloth Pattern from I have yet to try . . .

The Picnic Basket Dishcloth has great texture by using the raised double crochet. Switching from front to back in sections and then back to front gives the look of a woven basket. This is a fun crochet that creates a great textured dishcloth and a chance to practice a crochet stitch that isn’t as common as most. This pattern, with a change in yarn, would be easily expanded to create a blanket with a great drape.

Wavy Chevron Crochet Dishcloth: Striped or solid, the crocheted chevron is a classic pattern that works up quickly and is easy to memorize – the perfect recipe for a satisfying dishcloth. The chevron pattern also builds on the beginning crocheter’s skill set with double crochets, increases and decreases. The pattern includes two sizes as well as written and charted instructions.

Sooo…I found this post patiently waiting in my list of drafts. Long forgotten. I am now inspired to knit up some new dishclothes for my gift giving stash.  I hope this inspires you as well!  And, if you didn’t know???  I love to make DISHCLOTHS!  Knit are my faves.

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Knitting ~ Lattice Lace Market Bag (how I got through it!)

Hey all!!!  I finally installed the WordPress app on my phone!!! Duh! How else to upload photos??? My goodness.  What took me so long? I think I may be inspired to blog more often! The only problem I have encountered so far is ‘capturing’ a photo. It just doesn’t work for me. The camera stops working every time. But, I have no problems adding a photo from my photo gallery. whew!

Here is what I have been working on . . .

Recently, I came across this pattern at called the Lattice Lace Market Bag.  which is a free Intermediate Women’s Bag Knit Pattern. (I was intrigued!) It’s not often I find a pattern I like and immediately go to my stash, and work start to finish. I pulled out a cone of worsted weight cotton yarn which has been patiently waiting to become something fabulous.  😀

If you can do these things . . . you can make this bag:  Cast on; knit; purl;  yo=yarn over;  k2tog=knit 2 together;  psso=pass slipped stitch over;  ssk=slip next 2 sts knitwise one at a time. Pass them back onto left-hand needle, then knit through back loops together;  p2sso=pass two slipped stitches over;  sl1=slip next stitch knitwise;  sl2=Slip next 2 stitches together;


The pattern itself did not call for stitch markers, but I find that this helped eliminate confusion.  There is a row which requires re-placing the markers by two stitches.  Tedious, but I still did not regret using the markers

The bag is worked bottom up, and I always find the beginning of center-out circular knitting so fiddly, but once started I could breathe a little easier.   I altered the method of cast on, however, I don’t think I could replicate it because I didn’t write it down.  I will pull out my handy Circular Knitting Workshop book if I decide to try this pattern again.  (Search, closed center cast on.)  Also, I think I need to try this:  Circular cast-on knitting video with Jen Lucas

I found a way to keep track of the rows, and it was . . . off to the races!  (What other method to you all use to keep track of your lace knitting???)

Isolating the row eliminated any confusion

Nearing completion! But, I am not altogether happy with the border…hmm


I definitely like a crochet border. And I will use crochet handles as well. 🙂

I wasn’t entirely happy with the way the top border and handles were turning out.  Tearing back to the top of the bag became something of an adventure! (whoo!!!)

I decided to use my mad crochet skills to finish off this beautiful lace bag. (Ha!) First I did a normal cast off, knitwise.  I found a crochet hook the same size as the needles called for (5.00mm) and crocheted on four rows of single crochet worked into the back loop. Viola!

I also decided to work the handles in crochet as well.  The pattern says to cast on 75 stitches and knit four rows.  So, I chained 75 and am working single crochet (also into the back loop) for four rows.

Yay! I am satisfied with the finished product.
















Well, there you have it!  I hope you all are having the best weekend!  Until I log on again . . . HAPPY STITCHING!!! ~ Love, G-Ma Ellen

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My Version of The Beekeeper’s Quilt – In Progress

I just love this pattern for ‘The Beekeepers Quilt’! by Tiny Owl Knits
Here is a link where you can take a look at and purchase the PDF pattern. (Well worth the fee. I RARELY ever shell out $$$ for a pattern.) It is also available at or on if you prefer.

Using two size 8 circular needles.

I have changed it up a bit, using up my scraps of worsted weight yarn and using size 8 needles. My hexi-flats (as I call them because I am opting not to stuff them. Just my own personal preference.) are approximately 4″ across point to point. 

The pattern also suggests using double-pointed needles which  I found to be far too unweildy and have opted to use two circular needles.  A neat trick is to use two different types/brands of circulars.  Always keep the same needle at the ‘front’ of the hexipuff, and the other in back.  This helps lessen confusion. Also, I would use 24″ length needles.  I have one 16″ and one 24″, but sometimes the 16″ gets a bit . . . . fiddly.  But, I’ll have to make a trip to the craft store to change that.

With practice, they do get easier and in no time at all you will have whipped one out! It’s a fabulous, fun and satisfying ‘take-along’ project, or something to work on ‘in-between’ larger projects to distract you but keep you busy as well.

There you have it!  If I am very diligent . . . in a few months I will have plenty of these beautiful hexigons to put together into a warm, cozy blanket! And if I am SUPER diligent, perhaps I will take advantage of the Options charts to work duplicate stich patterns on to the center of some of the hexipuffs.  *sigh*

I haven’t been around in quite some time!  I really have no explanation for my ‘blogging’ absence.  I beg your forgiveness!  I do so appreciate all your attentions!  I hope you  will comment, so I can . . . feel the love!!!  ~Yours truly, GMa Ellen

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Knitting Needles and Tools Reviewed

This is a very informative article.  I do believe that if you do your homework, it will definitely be to your advantage when working with different types of yarn.

Much of the mystery of splitty yarns lies not in the yarn but in the needles with which you work it. Specifically, the needle tips. If they don’t get along with the yarn’s fibers, twist, or ply construction, if they assault or intimidate the fibers and strands, you’re headed for splitsville. Change the needles, and you may live happily ever after.”

Learn the different brands of needles, and types of materials used as well as needle point varieties.

Bottom line:  “Owning multiple kinds of needles in the same size is not duplication, nor is it an extravagance. It’s a luxury, yes, but one that will fuel a lifetime of pleasant, productive, snag-free knitting.”

Read the entire article here:

via Knitting Needles and Tools Reviewed.

I myself have ‘collected’ quite a variety of knitting needles, on my road to learning how to knit.  I have learned that I particularly do NOT like plastic needles.  They are inexpensive, generally speaking.  And suitable enough for a beginner.  In fact, I pulled some out yesterday to try a nice ‘quick’ project.  Some size 17 circulars…the only thing I have in that size.  Now I remember why I never use them.  The yarn ‘sticks’ to the needles, drags I guess you could say.  Blah! Perhaps it’s time to invest in some over-sized needles.

knitting, magenta, easiest shawl, Nashua yarn 006

I abandoned this project long ago, but you can see here a pair of my very favorite needles. Knitter’s Pride Symphonie Cubics.

My favorite brand so far is Knitter’s Pride.  In particular, interchangeables.  They have a wide variety of needles that will satisfy any knitter’s needs/preferences.  I own both Symphonie Cubics and Nova‘s.  As for double pointed needles . . . bamboo is all I own.  Perhaps I should broaden my horizons???

Won’t you please tell me some of your favorite knitting needle brands/experiences?  Love . . . GMa Ellen


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I Have Been Absent, of Late . . .

True confessions.  I don’t know exactly why it is, but, I just have not been taking the time to blog as much as I would like to, or used to anyway.  Maybe because I just don’t feel inspired enough???  Or, heaven forbid, it has fallen off my list of priorities.  (NO! Say it ain’t so!!!) It’s surely not because I don’t have enough ideas rolling around in my head, or enough projects going on.

Perhaps it has to do with the fact that I have been working very hard on keeping myself in shape.  It took me two years to take off approximately 60 lbs, and I am damned determined to keep it off!!!  It takes a whole lot of self-discipline, which takes up most of my waking hours!  😛

Anyway, as it happens, I am taking enormous pleasure in (dare I say it) running!  I can’t call it running, but my son asked me once.  “Are your feet leaving the ground, Mom?”  “Yes…”  “Then you’re a runner.”  Haha.  I still prefer to call it jogging.  Or Walk, interval jogging.  My time isn’t what I would like it to be, but I am still working on that.

What brings me here today was not necessarily my story of self-preservation.  I just feel the need to share some projects so you all know I have been absent, but not . . . dormant.  There is always something on the needles and/or hook.  Sometimes I cannot count them all on one hand!  (I am sure none of you have this problem, correct???)  Sooo . . . here goes.

Latest to first???  Meh, I’ll just pick a thing.  Some beautiful crochet lace.  Using mercerized cotton, size 10 thread, and (I believe) a size 7 steel crochet hook.

Crochet Lace Motif Bookmark, Flower Square Pattern Page

I love crochet lace! I was commissioned to make this bookmark

Crochet Lace Motif Bookmark, Flower Square

Flower Square Motif Lace Bookmark.

How about some more crochet lace???  I would really love to try to make a lovely lace crochet summer tunic.  What do you think?  Maybe put together with some cute Irish Crochet Roses…

Crochet lace, size 3 cotton thread.  Pineapple Motif Square

Crochet lace, size 3 cotton thread. Pineapple Motif Square

Some more crochet.  This time, a couple of my world-famous Wine Totes . . . I made these both on the same day…

Crochet Lace Wine Tote,

Crochet Lace Wine Tote, Ecru with specks.  Worsted weight cotton yarn.

Crochet lace Wine Tote, Turquoise.

Crochet lace Wine Tote, Turquoise.

Is that enough for one day???  I think NOT!  Haha.  My new love . . . knitting!!!  Here is a ‘scrapghan’ I am working on.  I have such an enormous cotton yarn stash, it’s just ridiculous.  It’s just about my favorite medium, knitting or crochet.  I buy it by the cone when it’s on sale.  I grab a ball or two when I see some colors I really love…

This Scrapghan will be knit entirely with Seed Stitch.  Did I just hear a collective *GASP*  I get this comment all the time . . . “Seed stitch drives me BATTY!”  But, I love it.  It is the epitome of ‘mindless’ knitting.  I can go on for hours…watch my favorite television shows, or just listen to my favorite Pandora radio stations.  (I LOVE PANDORA!)

So, without further ado:

Knit Seed Stitch Scrapghan.

Knit Seed Stitch Scrapghan.

This new Love Child of mine is a knitting project I have wanted to do for quite a while now.  In fact, ever since I finished the last one!

Measurements:  48 – 50 inches wide by 72″ long

The recipe:

‘Tons’ of any brand, any color combination of worsted weight cotton yarn.  (I figure this baby will weigh in at around 32 to 40 ounces, or better when finished)

Size 10 circular needles.  (I am using 36 inch, but I am sure 24″ would be plenty long.)

Cast on 153 stitches.  I like to use a provisional cast on because it ‘mirrors’ the bind off edge.

Row 1:  *Knit 1, Purl 1; repeat from *, ending with a knit stitch.

Repeat Row 1 to your desired length, changing colors as your little heart desires!  Bind off in pattern.

That’s it!

I do hope you all have missed me!  😉  Have a safe and Happy Independence Day Weekend!!!  Love . . .  GMa Ellen

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How to Find Time to Knit & Finish In-Progress Knitting (and/or crochet) Projects

I know, I don’t make enough time and/or effort . . .

This is a fabulous article!!!  The number one tip:  STOP BUYING NEW YARN!

My second favorite . . . 3.  Frog the projects you’re not into.

Please, follow this link to read the entire article.  So many useful tips.

How to Find Time to Knit & Finish In-Progress Knitting Projects.

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MyPicot | Free crochet patterns Lace Pineapple Crochet Stitch

I am just feeling the need to share!  This website is absolutely fantastic.  So many beautiful patterns!  My Picot – free crochet & knitting patterns.  A wealth of information.

Lace Pineapple Crochet Stitch Diagram + step by step instructions


This Pineapple stitch pattern is gorgeous, don’t you think?  My Gramma Lucy’s favorite thing was the Pineapple Stitch.  I always think of her when I see one, and I can see her now.  Grandma’s hands.  Stitching away on some beautiful project.  Everything she did was spectacular to me.  And she was constantly busy with one thing or another from the moment her feet hit the floor until she closed her eyes at night.

Sooo . . . what would you do with this beauty?  Bedspread?  Tablecloth . . . with the perfect edging would be breath-taking.  Shawl? Scarf?  With some long flowing fringe on each end.  Oh!  The possibilities!

Here is the link to download the diagram pattern.

I hope this has been an inspiration to perhaps try something new.  If you haven’t learned to read diagrams yet, here’s a great opportunity to learn.  There are written instructions, picture tutorials as well as the diagram.

Happy Hooking!

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Pippin’s Flower Petals – YouTube

I have been trying to find this video tutorial for literally weeks!  In it you are shown how to make the perfect little flower embellishments.  I have wanted to try this technique on something…  anything!  But for the life of me, couldn’t find it.  So, I just put it in the back of my mind thinking, ‘one day, it will just come to me!’ and voila!  I got it in an email newsletter.  Oh, Happy Day!

Emily Explains: Knit From the Red Carpet

Here is the video tutorial of which I speak:

Now, I just wish I could remember where I wanted to put those little flowers…hmm.

Slouchy Beanies!  That’s it!  I think they would be absolutely adorable embellishing a simple stockinette stitch slouchy beanie pattern I use all the time.  Super Simple Slouchy Beanie by  I love this pattern!

Pippin's Flower Petals - YouTube

Super Simple Slouchy Beanie

Here is where I saw these beautiful little embellishments.  A cute little girl’s knit tunic pattern (which you can purchase in a booklet from Berroco

Now…can you see it???  These adorable little flower embellishments all over the Super Simple Slouchy Beanie???

Please!  Please, tell me what you think of my idea.  Who knows when I will actually sit down and DO IT!  But, I am inspired.  I love inspiration, and I hope I have inspired even one of you!

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My First Attempt at Knitting a Sweater! (Progress)

I am pretty excited about this project!  My first attempt at something wearable.  I was a good girl and made a swatch first.  😛

Free Knitting Pattern: Classic Sparkling Sweater

Lion Brand® Vanna’s Sequins Pattern #: L20329

knitting Classic Sparkling Sweater model

Rating: ***** 5.0 (based on 1 review)

SKILL LEVEL:  Easy (Level 2)

SIZE: Small, Medium, Large, 1X, 2X

Finished Bust 37 (40, 43, 47, 51) in. (94 (101.5, 109, 119.5, 129.5) cm)
Finished Length 23 1/2 (24, 24, 24 1/2, 25) in. (59.5 (61, 61, 62, 63.5) cm)

Note: Pattern is written for smallest size with changes for larger sizes in parentheses. When only one number is given, it applies to all sizes. To follow pattern more easily, circle all numbers pertaining to your size before beginning.

I am using the yarn recommended, which is Vanna’s Sequins Yarn, color: Champagne.  (The last I checked, you can still get a great deal by buying 3-packs!)

This first piece took me 2 – 3 weeks.  Blah!  Hopefully this being completed will inspire me to spend more time on the rest.  What do you all think???

This is the back piece.  Done.  It doesn't look like much now.  But, YAY!  I finished the first piece!

This is the back piece. Done. It doesn’t look like much now. But, YAY! I finished the first piece!

I hope I haven’t ‘jinxed’ it by posting so early in the game.  😀  

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