Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Productive Time On Jury Duty

Last summer while on jury duty, I started this scarf. Recently finished, soaked, shaped and dried, it is being listed in the shop today.

For you handcrafters out there, this is stitch sometimes called crocheted seed stitch or crocheted moss stitch. To make the scarf symmetrical, I started at the center, working lengthwise, and crocheted out to the sides with a DK weight yarn and a size G crochet hook.

The fun thing about this stitch is that in this gauge is really has the feel, hand, and drape of weaving.

It's shown below on a woman's dress model, but it is a unisex style, and it is of a size that works well for men to be able to tuck inside a winter coat.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Today's Perfect Necklace

In honor of the Women's March, I offer this perfect necklace by Etsy seller AnnieLorraine, who has some great assemblage necklaces in her shop:


Friday, January 13, 2017

Snowed in: Instagram

For years I've been meaning to do it and finally yesterday signed up for Instagram! Yes, totally late to the game. If you would like to follow, you can find me at https://www.instagram.com/knotchacha/

I'll still be posting here, but you might find different posts there.

There are some items arriving in the shop, because these snow days have provided some time for photography. The jewelry items are already listed, but the scarf is still drying and will be listed this weekend.
Purple and teal pave bangles

Periwinkle and Grey Convertible Necklace

The scarf combines a double strand of heather purple worsted weight yarn with some yarn that I hand spun. It's only three inches wide, but it's 88 inches long and very thick. This scarf is very, very warm.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Winter Storm Jupiter in Portland

This is the back yard this morning.

No getting to the office today.

No using the back deck either.

Twelve inches of snow on the deck railing.

A view from an upstairs window of beautiful pines.

No tire tracks nor deer tracks nor coyote tracks in our driveway this morning.

There's a road in front of the house. Guessing the postman won't use it today.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Yarn Balls Ring in the New Year

These wonderful specialty fibers showed up from my Secret Santa:

Are not they adorable? I cannot wait to ply all these specialty ribbons and novelty yarns into some art yarn! The girls in my spinning group are going to be jealous when they see these sweet bundles!

Now, you do not have to be a spinner to use these 2-yard lengths of fiber magic. You could use them to put fringe on a scarf, you could use them to decorate your gift boxes, or you could tie one in your hair.

Are you like me and find yourself drooling over such fiber goodness? Want some for yourself? Head over to FishBayElements and check out the great selections there.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

A Noel Night

A little tribute to the magic of the season can be found in this catalog of delights, available on Etsy.com. Click on the image to explore further information about the individual items in the collection.


Happy Holidays to all!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Tropical Holiday

Sometimes a tropical holiday, with no snow, sounds like a good plan.


Thursday, December 22, 2016

Gifts for a Dancer


This is a composite of six beautiful items that you can buy from artists on Etsy. They would be great gifts for dancers. If you click on the image, you will go to my Polyvore page for this set. Under the image you'll find a link to each individual artwork on Etsy.com where it is for sale.