How to use "Woodchips" of time to enjoy hobbies -- My Workbasket

I’m pretty sure that I’ve mentioned (probably many times) that I grew up in a crafty family, or at least surrounded by crafty females. I remember at a young age reading a story in a craft magazine that has really stuck with me. Keeping in mind that I may not have even been double digits when I read this that really means something. I’m fairly sure it was an old issue of Nutshell News, a miniatures magazine from many years ago, but I could be mistaken. It’s about finding time for hobbies, and I found it very insightful. I’ve told this story many times overRead More →

Beautiful, colorful, large roving braids from Needleclicks Etc

Last weekend it was a quilt show and this weekend a fiber festival! I’m very lucky to live in a place where stuff like this happens fairly frequently. The best part of this festival, well besides the festival itself, was the location! About 30 minutes or so away (blasted traffic! sometimes it’s 30, sometimes it’s less, sometimes it’s twice as long) is this historic mill. It has been restored and is now the coolest shopping destination I’ve ever seen! I love this place, and dream of one day having a shop/studio there. Here is the link to the Mill if you want to read andRead More →

My First Sampler Afghan Block- The Double Parallelogram- From the Leisure Arts Sampler Afghan Book-- My Workbasket

I’ve worked with Leisure Arts before, especially on the Knook review, and have teamed up with them again! I was so excited that they were willing to send me this book, Knit Sampler Afghans, which combines 60 pattern blocks to make awesome sampler afghans. UPDATE- 12/04/2018- It appears this book is now out of print. Any links contained here no longer work and I can’t find it on their website. If you ever see a copy anywhere I advise grabbing it! For many years this book was on my wishlist, but I felt it was beyond me, and that I wouldn’t finish it because I wasRead More →

A fun, make up as you go hat formula for using a single cupcake yarn. Free from My Workbasket

I’ve mentioned that I’m a troll cook, but I also tend to be a troll crafter. The Troll Attitude tends to be “it is what it is.” A recipe makes the amount it is meant to make.  A cut shape comes out the measurement it comes out, and in this case, a hat comes out as pointy as it need be. The Backstory: At the end of December I was planning to do a yarn fast for 2018. I was hoping to buy some blanket quantity yarns and also stock up on a few basics and then work my stash for the rest of 2018. IRead More →

Hi everyone!! Recently I’ve been chugging away at several projects and working on doing my Make Your Home Challenges, and I’ve been pondering something. Condo Knitting. Recently, I have been hearing this phrase and people claiming “it was hugely popular in the 70s.” Condo Knitting is knitting using two different size needles. Here’s the thing though I have been reading vintage stuff, and especially craft stuff, for most of my life (born in the wrong era remember) with a huge emphasis on the 60s and especially 70s. I’ve read pretty much every 70s thing I could get my hands on for over 20 years. (MakeRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

I made a Yarn Tube! Yarntube 2 is below. I show off the current Christmas Projects I have going, and more. Just a bit of goofy fun on this snowy day! Yes it’s snowing here again!!!   Some things I reference in this video: The Ann Shawl The Hot Mat Fail The Puff Stitch Hat The Tunisian CAL   I hope everyone is toasty and warm, and cozy, and just working on all your own projects and getting ready for the holidays! I love you guys, thanks for sticking around!Read More →

The cover and craft highlights from a December 1960 magazine issue-- My Workbasket

December 1960! When this magazine cost 15 cents to pick up at a newsstand, and as the handwritten note says shows “knit cuffs!” Also in 1960, the US was the first to legalize the Birth Control Pill. Queen Elizabeth made it known her family would be known as the House of Windsor. The Beatles made their very first ever public performance. Perhaps you were reading Lady Catterly’s lover, this year it was unbanned in the England after 32 years, or maybe you were more of the To Kill a Mockingbird type.  If you could afford $219.95 for a 23″ tv then you could watch theRead More →

An honest review of the Knook from Leisure Arts. Can you really knit with a crochet hook? -- My Workbasket

I’ve mentioned several times that I’ve been trying the Knook from Leisure Arts. I was provided a The Knook Value Pack and Cozy Knits with the Knook book, for free at my request. I’ve been working with it for awhile. I think I got my items at the end of September or the beginning of October. I’ve used them multiple times a week since. I’ve been working hard to really bring the best, most thorough Knook review that I can. Here’s the rub: The hooks in this particular kit are plastic, and not the most impressive quality of plastic, BUT it is an amazing valueRead More →

Versatile button cowl with a variety of ways to wear it! Free knitting Pattern from My Workbasket

I worked up this versatile cowl pattern and knew immediately I’d be sharing it with you in October. It came out even better than I planned and I am so excited to give you the pattern for free! Today instead of a Weekly WorkBasket Post I’m going to share this pattern with you! If you want to hear about my projects from last week, check out my Yarntube Video.  I had a busy weekend and my shoulder is flared up, so there isn’t much more to add since the video was done Friday. Every time I pick it up this cowl I find a differentRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

A little crafty fun for you today! A video of what I’ve been working on with some of my in-progress projects. Today is my one-year blogiversary! I didn’t plan anything special, but now you know. Thanks to everyone who has made it possible. Some quick show notes- My cable needle clamors around while I talk about my knit wrap, sorry about that. I think I held up my Euphoria Cardi backward. There is a design in the center, but it is in darker yarn and doesn’t show well anyway. I don’t know if I held it backward, or if the design just looks bumpy onRead More →

Favorite crafts and patterns from around the web! My Workbasket

In my mind when I think of crafts certain sources come to mind- The Workbasket magazine (surprise!) Annie’s Crafts/Attic/Catalog, and Leisure Arts. I feel like for me personally growing up with crafty relatives and trying new things these names were constant. I remember doing plastic canvas to make a Treasure Troll village from a Leisure Arts booklet when I was a kid. Since I talk about the Workbasket often, and about Annies last week I want to take a few minutes this week to share a few favorites from Leisure Arts. This crochet book is at the top of my wishlist! Look at those animals!Read More →

My Week in one picture- My Workbasket

October 1st? WOW! I have had a super productive week! How was your week last week? I really would love to know. Chime in in the comments and tell me about your week and what you’ve been working on! I have had a super productive week! How was your week last week? I really would love to know. Chime in in the comments and tell me about your week and what you’ve been working on! Last weekend I found an ad on Facebook for a lot of weaving yarn at a great price! (Seriously mind-blowing price! Only $15!!) And we picked it up on Tuesday.Read More →

Favorite crafts and patterns from around the web! My Workbasket

Occasionally I’d like to share with you some cute patterns and things I’ve found around the web. Despite the title, it probably won’t really be weekly. I just see SO many amazing patterns and crafts out there while I work on the site that I want to share them with you sometimes. This week I’ll be showing you a few cute items I found over on Annie’s Website! I spent a lot of time there this week just browsing around and checking out their stuff. Annie’s is one of those names that I always think of when thinking about heritage crafting (what I call craftsRead More →

Fun videos with a dose of yarny goodness! -- My Workbasket

I recorded a fun little video today to just show you some of what I’ve been working on lately in my hoard of projects. I also show off an amazing bag of yarn I bought yesterday! Behold! Yarntube #1 and I hope there will be many more. The Monkey is from this Book The CAL is Here Be sure to Follow Me On Ravelry! I do try to update regularly so you can see my projects in progress before I even write about them. My Crafty Facebook Group can be Found Here.Read More →