My mom taught me to hand sew when I was 7 years old. I used to make my own doll clothes this way but wished that I could learn how to use her sewing machine. When I was in third grade, she finally taught me how to use her Singer 501 machine with the knee [Read On]
Sharing creative and crafting ideas for women, home and family, through; sewing, general crafting and hand-knitting.
Over the years, people have asked me what resources I recommend. The following information includes many of my favorites. Each entry is listed in order of my personal favorites from first to last. Online Supplier Websites: Schoolhouse Press – My favorite online knitting supplier This wonderful knitting supplier was started more than 50 years ago [Read On]
I think it is important to have images of our faith throughout our home. I’m not saying that our home should look like a House of Worship that would be a bit too much. However, my faith is important to me and it is the central core of our family life. Why shouldn’t that be [Read On]
This little banner is a constant reminder to my family to keep Shabbat! Exodus 20:18 tells us to remember the Sabbath and to keep it holy. The word Sabbath in our English Bibles is pronounced ShaBAT in Hebrew. This banner hangs on a door in our dining room that leads into our pantry. Everyday, someone [Read On]
Both knitting and sewing are ancient ways of producing fabric based clothing and functional home goods. Both are very tactile crafts that have brought joy, beauty and a feeling of satisfaction to my life. I am blessed to have learned to do both at a young age and I have continued to learn and increase [Read On]
Knitting could easily be called one of my passions. I truly enjoy everything about this ancient craft: Planning the project (selecting the design, yarn and needle size) Knitting the gauge swatch Casting on and beginning knitting process Finishing the last stitches and doing the finishing work Seeing, giving and using the completed hand knit project. [Read On]
Today, if you want a sweater or need new socks, a hat or scarf or gloves you just go to the store and buy them – no work involved. Those items were made in huge factories on large knitting machines by the thousands. But it hasn’t always been so easy in the past…
My maternal grandmother, taught me to knit when I was 9 years old. She taught me how to knit and purl and encouraged me to knit blocks each using a different stitch pattern. The intention was to eventually sew them together and make an afghan. I made the blocks by the dozens but we never [Read On]
Pattern instructions can be confusing, especially for the new knitter. I have compiled a list of some of the most common abbreviations used in hand knitting instructions and patterns and what they really mean to the knitter.
In knitting there are many, many ways to cast on and not all cast on methods are created equal. Each cast on method seems to have its own special application and benefits as well as some clear disadvantages. It’s important to learn some of the basic methods and when they can be used to your [Read On]
If you thought knitting or crochet was just for old grannies…think again. We have comprised a list of nearly three dozen health and well being benefits you can receive from engaging in hand knitting & crocheting. People of all ages from 6 or 7 year olds to mid-life and beyond can learn to knit or [Read On]
Here are eight important tips to help you be more successful and make the process of knitting easier.
Since September 11, 2001, I have traveled across the country and overseas using air transportation and I have been able to knit on every trip. I have only had one episode and that was with a passenger on a flight in October, just a month after the September 11th events. We were sitting beside each [Read On]