To Move Beyond My Comfort Zone — Slipped Stitches’s Weblog


This is absolutely breathtaking! I’m hoping to one day knit a shawl like this!

I say this, not to antagonize the knitting-gods-that-be, but my current lace shawl project is not as masochistic as it could be and I am instead constantly thinking about undertaking a real Shetland Shawl project. Hence the next debacle project on my needles will be the Cameron Shawl by Susan Miller created on US 3 […]

via To Move Beyond My Comfort Zone — Slipped Stitches’s Weblog

My First Attempt at Lace Knitting!


First off, I cannot believe it’s been this long since I’ve posted on here! I sincerely apologize for this, and I will be making more of an effort to at least post once a week or maybe more if time permits.

Lately, I’ve been knitting more than crocheting and I find I love both of these crafts for what they can accomplish. My new favorite is lace knitting, I am absolutely amazed at how a few yarn overs can create such a beautiful fabric! I’ve started out small, creating a mug cozy and it was a perfect way to also incorporate a little crochet stitches when the button loop had to be added.

This is the cozy from Valley Yarn’s website, just click on the photo to download the pattern 🙂

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Here is how my cozy turned out. I’m very happy with it, even though the yarn I used is probably a little bit thicker than what was called for in the pattern (I used Caron Simply Soft in Ocean):

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I’m going to experiment with using finer yarns, perhaps Paton’s Grace yarn would make for a lacier look and they do have such beautiful colors available!

Have a great weekend everyone and happy crafting!

What’s in Store For The New Year


Lots of things are in the works;  I’ve updated my Zibbet shop, ordered new business cards and other goodies, and of course, working on new items for you!  What I’m really excited about is attending VogueKnitting Live! in New York City on Saturday, January 18th at the Marriott Marquis!  If you are interested in attending, click on the link for more info and to register for classes or to shop in the marketplace:  http://www.vogueknittinglive.com/ehome/66410. This is one event I’ve been really looking forward to attending.  Since I’ve just started to learn to knit, I feel like a brand new world has opened up for me, and all that means more goodies to list in the shop 🙂

I’m also hoping to experiment with different yarns.  I have fallen in love with Noro, which can be purchased through Little Knits’ website at http://littleknits.com/yarn/noro.html.  The colors are absolutely stunning, and I can just imagine all the wonderful scarves, hats, and gloves that can be made with them.   Noro also has a magazine available, which I purchased and I call it my “eye candy” magazine for obvious reasons 🙂  Click on the magazine to purchase a copy through WEBS’ website:

Some other yarns I’m hoping to work with include Crystal Palace, Debbie Bliss, and Poems.  All of these brands have such beautiful colors available and can also be purchased on  Little Knits’ website.  Poems yarn is available through Universal Yarn’s website at http://www.universalyarn.com/yarn.php

Have a great weekend everybody and happy stitching!

~Sue

How to Unravel Novelty Yarn Without Yourself Unraveling


There have been plenty of times where we start knitting and crocheting with a certain yarn, only to see that the pattern just doesn’t mesh well with that particular yarn.  Last night I was taking a look at one of those projects, and did not like what I saw.  So, I just decided to unravel it.  Easier said than done… Patons Lace with Sequins is not the kind of yarn you can rip out in 10 minutes, this was a job in itself. It took over two hours to get it all done, but I was happy that I stuck it out and saved all that beautiful yarn 🙂

There are two important things you will definitely need before you start ripping it out: tons of patience and a yarn needle. As you start unraveling, the yarn will either get stuck together due to the fuzz and sequins, and this is where the yarn needle comes in to play.  Use it to either gently pull the sequin or fuzz apart.  Trust me, this will be extremely frustrating, but in the end you will have saved all of the yarn, and we all know that yarn is not cheap these days, especially these types!

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Once you’ve unraveled it all and rolled it back into a ball, just stick it back into the opening, and it’s ready to use again 🙂

A “Treasure” of a Yarn & Pattern


Among the other projects I am working on, I am also working on this cowl using Red Heart’s Boutique Treasure yarn in abstract. This pattern is perfect for someone just learning how to knit. There are only knit, purl and slip stitches involved. The yarn is just gorgeous to work with (although a little fuzzy, it’s not unbearable). Click on the pic for the pattern if you’d like to give it a try 🙂

Click here for more information on this yarn and to download more patterns!

I’d love to see photos if you have made this cowl also!

The Nutty Knitter (that would be me)


checkerboardlace-425Why am I a nutty knitter you ask? I’ll tell you why, because I have three custom orders I’m working on (a blanket, sweater, and cowl) and then I decide to make this last night. I must be a glutton for punishment. Yes, knitted lace is beautiful, but the fact that I’m using a very fine yarn (Patons Lace) and size 6 knitting needles is adding to my already tired eyes. Oh, and the best part is, I want to make this to wear to my brother’s 50th birthday party.. this Sunday!! Okay, laugh your head off, I know that won’t happen (let’s see, it took me 6 hours to get 20 rows done, then I had to rip out three rows because of a mistake, and that set me back an hour or so).

Knitting has become somewhat of an obsession now.  I can’t believe I thought I’d never like doing this, and now all I want to do is find more patterns (not a difficult task) and maybe get to finish one of them!

Like this too?  Click on the photo for the pattern 🙂

A Knitty Halloween


I love Halloween, the candy, cute kids dressed up in their costumes, but most of all I love the colors.  Here are some great knitting patterns for pumpkins, costumes, monsters, and all things related to that spooky and fun holiday.  Click on the photos for the websites to the patterns.

Hope you had a fun and crafty weekend!