Last month I started on a sweater from the October/November 1992 issue. It’s a fine sweater, just a basic cardigan, and I’m hoping to finish it for my neice.  It has several elements of design that I don’t care for, pieces, smallish needles, and row after row after row of stockinette. I much prefer a more complicated knit, or a sweater worked in the round, or size 10 needles, or all of the above.  I’m still chipping away at it though, and have about 1/3 or so of the back done. Read More →

One of the crafts I wanted to do from this November 1962 issue was the “Lounging Slippers” so I started them first. They really worked up fairly easily, using only two needles and knit flat. They do utilize a variety of basic stitches (knit, purl, k2tog, yarn over) and when you pick up the side stitches mine was a little tight and hard to work the first row or two. I found out that I may have a different technique because after picking up stitches I didn’t have the number of stitches I should have. I didn’t even have the amount they called for, evenRead More →

As I write this it’s the Saturday before Halloween (the post is scheduled to show up in a few days, so it’ll be after Halloween when you read this.) My son sat at the table carving a pumpkin, and I sat on the couch knitting Christmas Ornaments, well, Christmas Ornament, single. I’ll probably make more, but probably not today.  Behold, the tiniest stocking I’ve made so far in my life: The pattern was super easy, no mistakes or errors, very easy to follow, and only took maybe an hour or so to complete. I chose not to sew on any extra ornamentation, but I didRead More →

I have a few things to finish up from the October/November 1992 issue, but a new issue “came in the mail” today. (By came in the mail I mean “was picked off my shelf,” but I’m trying to maintain the spirit of the blog.)  The new issue is November 1962. I flipped through and am really excited about it! I’ll be introducing it next week! But here is a sneak peak: And it features gems like this: Thanks for reading and stay tuned! Don’t forget you can subscribe to my blog, and receive new posts right in your email! And I love comments! Read More →

Now that I finished the potholder I’m moving on already! This Issue (October/November 1992) has a little girls sweater. The sweater pattern has a duplicate stitch pattern of reindeer and a design. I’m not really into it. I think the design would still be cute on a small girl, maybe 4-6 age range, but I don’t have anyone in that range to knit for. So I’m using the basic pattern, a colorful modern yarn, and making it in size 10 for my niece. (Shh, don’t tell her, it’ll probably be in her Christmas presents)  And so I’m casting on! Will post progress as it goes,Read More →

One of the top patterns I wanted to do this month (October/November 1992) was the placemats. Not because we actually use placemats, we don’t, but it seemed quick, easy, and we do love a table centerpiece. I decided to make one using cotton yarn so that it could also function like a hot pad and we could be a little less careful about how we used it. Plus I have a nine year old boy, and cotton washes easily.  So I sat down with a big cone that I had in my workbasket and have been playing around with, a random sized hook from myRead More →

This particular issue (October/November 1992) didn’t have much that inspired me to dig in and craft, but there were a few useful things. One of them was these potholders.  My family uses amazing amounts of potholders, I don’t really know why, but we do. So I was excited to give this one a shot.  The pattern calls for “Speed Cro-Sheen” thread, which according to my search no long exists, but Ravelry informed me was a size 3. So I hit up my local craft store and saw I could find. Aunt Lydia’s Fashion 3 seemed like it would do the trick, and came in some greatRead More →

I went out today to get supplies I needed for projects in the current issue, and also for some unrelated Halloween supplies. Well, the craft store had quite a sale!  All of this came home with me. The teal colored Aunt Lydias are for the potholder in the current issue. The red, white, and green are for Christmas ornaments in the current issue. The orangey/peachy stuff is for a child’s sweater that I will be modifying from the current issue. The rest? Well it was cute, and on sale, and worsted weight! So I’ll certainly need it for future issues right? The sketchbooks? Those areRead More →