Sock Knitting Machine, make your own!

Just when you’ve given up ever having a Sock knitter!

A 3D printer can be used to create this circular knitting machine.

3D-Sock knitting Machine

Well if you can make friends with someone with access to a 3D printer; here is an open source program to manufacture one, supply list and instructions included!

Here is a video showing it being made!

and How to cast on.

I call that awesome!

Fab Friday: Another Butterflies Shawl


Things are getting a little dull around here.  In an effort to perk things up I am going to start my Friday posts with a teezer, a quote or a picture. The first person to identify where or what it is gets… Drum roll please, a pattern from my Ravelry Shop! Ya, I know cool ah :0)

The Game Question #2: Who said this?

Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.

Last Fridays winner was chrisknits, the right answer was “Peter Pan” :0)

Please contact me with your choice from my Ravelry shop.

Butterflies Shawl in Bulky My design (version 2)

This pattern is now available at my Ravelry shop for a very reasonable consideration ;0)

Bright red and cushy!

Bright red and cushy!

I like how it curls up around my neck


I am thinking this could be a gift for a friend that is in 4th stage cancer.

Live Simply posted about making your own Homemade Laundry soap. Must give this a try 🙂

WIP List = 11

  1. Tweed Baby Blanket  Started Mar 7/14
  2. Left over Cowl started feb 23/14
  3. Cabled Hood with Pockets Started Sept 27/13
  4. Foots First Sox My design Started Jul/11
  5.  SPROUT – Growing Roots sweater 80% done started May 17/12
  6. Sea of Dreams Blanket 85% done started Mar 9/13
  7. Isla lace Pillowcase edge  60% done started June 18/13
  8. Rose Harbour Shawl 85% done started Jun 28/13
  9. Fanflower Fling  50% done started Jul 12/13
  10. Butterfly’s shawl in blue – started Jan 30/14 Test knit
  11. Basic Yoke Baby Sweater 2.0 started Jan 29/14
  12. Butterfly’s shawl in red – Feb 14/14 Test knit Finished Mar 26/14

FO’s 2014 =16 + 1 = 17

WIPS 2014 = 12 – 1 = 11

 Stash Used 2014 = 36 + 1 = 37

Ravellenic 2014 FO’s =  8

Yds of Handspun 2014 =

Sewing FO’s 2014 = 

Books 2014 = 5

Thanks again cya next week :0)

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0

Sea of Dreams KAL: Blocking with Blocking Wires

Really great artical. Blocking makes all the difference to many projects!


So you have finished your Sea of Dreams Blanket, now what? Well, with lace, it is especially important to wash and block your knitting.

What is blocking anyway? When you block a knit object, you are shaping it out to specific dimensions or until it has the look you want in the finished object. Blocking is worked with a damp object. For lace, blocking is so important because it looks all rumpled and you can’t really see the pattern when you take it off the needle. When you stretch the lace out you can see the beautiful work. The way to do this is wet your work and then stretch and hold it in place until it dries. The result will be an object that looks like you imagined it to in your mind’s eye.

I talked about washing your knitting in this post. Washing your blanket will be…

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Outdoor cooking: Such a good idea!

Photo: Cooking on a log. :) Please share.
Cut the log evenly on both sides so it stands up freely. Then cut it into vertical segments most of the way down the length of the log. Stuff in some newspaper into the cracks as deep as you can get it, leaving a wick at the bottom, and light it up.
That's all there is to it—the log burns from the inside out, and you have a simple, handmade stove....TA DA ~~ Tonya O'Tinger prostaff. (Women Camp Too)


Baking soda useful stuff!



FO Friday: A really useful thing!


Good Morning all!

Hey, 25,000 views! whoohoo!

I’ve had visitors from all over, from Australia to the Ukraine and even a visitor from Cyprus! The list of followers is growing too. Thanks for your support and validation! I will endeavour to inprove improve both my spelling and my content. My Blogs anniversary is coming up on January 22, watch for a treat!


Meanwhile I continue to stashbust the little balls of leftover sock yarn in my stash tin!

I made 3 of these Yarn Ball Cosies. I tried the plastic mash ones, these are so much better!


Yarn Ball Cosy


I like to pull my yarn from the centre of the ball, needless to say this becomes a mess when the centre finally collapses. The Large one takes about 14gms, Small one about 12gms of fingering or sock yarn. I made mine 4″ long. The red one is a small ball the others are the large size.

Can you tell I really like these handy little cosies?

Can you tell I really like these handy little cosies?

Did you see this on Ravelry: I am going to start linking things I see on Rav that appeal to me and that you might have missed. This week A Better Bucket by Amy Swenson. Tina at Soper Creek yarns made this. It was so much nicer than the picture!

Book of the week: The Complete World of Jane Austen by Lauren Nixon

DH gifted this to me at Christmas. What an interesting little book, full of details, and snipets on Austens live and times, pictures of places that informed her work. The tidbits on fashion, her family and overviews of her works though brief, were interesting.

I would recommend it if you are a Regency fan and particularly of Jane Austen

Music Link: Watkins Ale – Music of the English Renaissance

FO’s 2013 = 0 + 3 = 3

WIPS 2013 = 9

Stash Used 2013 = 0 + 1 = 1

Books 2013 = 3 + 1 = 4

Thanks again for visiting,

cya Friday

I’m off to visit Tami’s, then on to my blogwalk

come join me in the blogpond :0)

Unclog your sink



Recipe: Sore Throat remedy

Great recipe for sore throats, a little in boiling water or tea.

Sliced Lemon, Ginger (peeled and shaved), honey

Sterile Jar

Will last for 2 to 3 months, store in fridge.

Getting ready for flu season!

This would make a good Christmas Gift too.

Wise Old Wives!

Ok, Those Old Wives knew a few things…

  • For bug bites rub a little vinegar and it will stop the itch
  • Use a fertizier spreader to spread Tide laundry detergent on your grass to get rid of sinch bugs
  • Use Brown paper and an iron to get candle wax out of fabrics and carpet
  • Mint tea is good for your tummy and is decaffinated.
  • Too much sun, rub a lime on the skin, repeat before you go to bed.
  • Cayenne Pepper will make the worst cuts and scrapes stop bleeding, with only a momentary sting.

If you can add anything to this list please put it in comments

I’ll add other brilliant ideas as I find them :0)


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