Thursday, 6 August 2020

Daniela Mendola

I have completed this small mat by Daniela Mendola.   You can find the free pattern on the blog here.  There are nine rounds and I used two shuttles and climbed to each row using split rings and split chains.
I made the first repeat of the last row incorrect so I just continued with the incorrect version for the next 11 repeats.  I thought with 12 points that this would fit a clock face but the clock I had in mind was too small and with my larger clock is not able to come apart so I am back on the hunt for a clock or smaller 12 pointed pattern.

 I used a vintage size 80 thread Star Six Cord shade 144.5. The finished piece measures 8 inches or 20 cm diameter. I had some issues with the thread breaking at a few rings.  Ahh the joys of using vintage thread.

Wednesday, 5 August 2020

A Fruit Full Day

 We are mid summer and time to harvest some fruit. Early morning I got after the raspberries and added to the stash I had been collecting the past few days, There was now more than enough for jam.   Mashed them and made up 7 and a half pints, plus some skim. It is so good

Before the heat of the day sets in I am off to gather saskatoons and nanking cherries.  I didn't get much of each as these are in a city yard but cleaned and froze them for later use. 

With all the fresh fruit available our bananas are overripe so they became muffins.

Monday, 13 July 2020

More swiffer pads

My last ones didn't wear out but became too flat and just didn't t do the job as well soooo here are some new ones.  My own pattern which I just made up as I went along.   I constructed these in one pass start to finish. They slip on like a slipper and have a tie to keep them in just the right spot.  

They can be easily removed for cleaning and reused.  I always make at least two so that there are no excuses for cleaning.

Friday, 10 July 2020

Ear cozy

This is what I did today, replaced those foam covers on a very useable headset with crochet cotton ones.  It took only a few minutes.

I started with 12 double crochet in a circle, then doubled that on the next row.  Next a row of single crochet then a row of half as many and finish off.  Now make another and done.  

Thursday, 9 July 2020

Knitted Slippers

 You might think I live in the Southern Hemisphere as I have  knitted some warm slippers, but no I just found more yarn.  You can see the label below and I believe this is a lovely 3 ply worsted Merino wool from  Norway.  The label say it was made in 1965.  Please correct me if I am  wrong.  I have three large skeins, all different color blends.

I made these slippers after converting a free pattern from   It took me a few tries to get the size correct but I've written the pattern out so I can make another when needed.  

How does one "find" yarn, every crafter knows. :)