Posts Tagged ‘finished projects’

Yarn Bouquet

Thursday, January 21st, 2010
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Hi Everyone

I’m sure some of you might remember the crocheted flower I did back in December:

At the time, I mentioned we were all working on flowers for a long-time team member who is battling a very difficult illness.  We thought rather than send her flowers that would only last a week or so, we would create a boquet for her that could go with her as she transitioned from the hospital to rehab and eventually (hopefully) home.  Here is our finished creation:

Didn’t it turn out beautifully?  I know Miss Barbara was very touched and it makes all of us happy to know that at least a little part of all of us and WEBS is with her each day.


FO Alert! FO Alert

Wednesday, December 9th, 2009
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I know – a rare title from me!  Now let’s not get ourselves too excited – we’re not talking a mind blowing project.  Just the same I started and finished it and that my dear readers makes me very happy.

I was recently having a conversation with someone about my inability to finish projects and how I had pledged that this year would be different.  Well – with only 3 weeks left to 2009 I think I may have to admit defeat.  Especially since I keep adding project and not finishing.  Just now I”ve added a new project to the list that is a gift and has to be done by next week.  I”ve narrowed my yarn choice and I’ll finalize that tomorrow.

One thing that was determined is that I have to finish my Chicken – which continues to sit unfinished on my desk here at home.  Even the boys are tired of looking at my half baked chicken.

So backed to my FO.  We have a long-time staff member who is dealing with a pretty serious illness.  Lise who works in the store along with a million other things has the biggest heart of anyone I know so she has organized the troops to create a project for our friend.  We are knitting/crocheting flowers and will create a bouquet for her.  Here’s my contribution:

We are utilizing Nicky Epstein’s Knitted Flowers and Crochet Flowers books.  My flower is Rosey from the crochet book.  I went with a slightly different leaf design as the one that was included with the pattern was being persnickety and created the stem using i-cord.  My flower is crocheted using Valley Yarns Sugarloaf.  It was fun and easy and one or two in a small bud vase would make a lovely gift for someone – we all have plenty of stash that would work up into beautiful flowers.  The books have lots of options – some simple like my flower and others more intricate.

I hope to have the chance to photograph the completed project and will post it here.

One small win for me – but I’ll take it!


Holiday Inspiration

Friday, November 13th, 2009
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Well, despite my best efforts involving avoidance and denial, the holidays are nearly upon us.  I love the holiday season, but this year everything is moving so fast I’m worried I’m just going to miss it all as it flies by in a blur.  I’ve been feeling somewhat overwhelmed with all that needs to be done and I’m not even talking about knitting projects.

This morning, our Store Manager Karen came in with a new project that lifted my spirits:

Isn’t he adorable?  Karen made him from one of the Woolpets kits that we stock.  These needle felting kits come with everything you need to make the Woolpet shown on the package.  Karen simply added a loop of Plymouth Goldrush to Sock Monkey’s head and voila – a tree ornament!

I think these would make a great gift either as a completed project or just the kit itself!   Here are a couple of other options to consider (we have 27 different Woolpets to choose from):

The holiday inspiration did not end with Sock Monkey.  When Steve & I returned from recording this week’s episode of Ready, Set, Knit, Karen came back into my office to show me this:

Isn’t it beautiful?  The pattern is Nancy Lindberg’s  “Christmas Socks” and the yarn is Valley Yarns Amherst.   It only took 5 balls which works out to just under $25 for a stocking that will last a life time.

Ready or not the holidays are coming.  I hope these projects awaken your holiday spirit!



Sunday, June 15th, 2008
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I must make apologies for not posting Pixie’s Babette photos sooner. For those of you who have emailed, left comments on the blog and on Ravelry, here, at long last is what I have of Pixie’s Babette:



The squares are truly breathtaking.

A couple of points I’d like to make about this project:

1. Pixie used our Valley Yarns Northampton. At $4.99/ball for 240 yards, it’s a “bahgain” as us native Bostonians would say.

2. She used a “G” hook – be sure to swatch! For worsted weight yarn such as Northampton a “G” or “H” is usually recommended, but you can’t be sure without a swatch.


3. Pixie did follow the schematic exactly, which means that because she was using a heavier weight yarn than called for, her finished blanket came out to be 56″ x 64″, much larger than the finished measurements in the pattern state.

4. Pixie used a total of 17 colors, just like the pattern calls for. She used 2 balls of Lizard Green, Eggplant and Laguna Blue (her favorites) and one of 15 other colors. Pixie went a little crazy on this project and rather than follow a “formula” for the creation of the squares, she selected randomly. Knowing Pixie like I do, this must have been a little tough for her! Like me, Pixie likes to have a plan and stick to it!

5. The pattern is from Interweave Crochet, Spring 2006 and is now also available at

The color in this finished shot is off and appears much brighter than it actually is – the photos above are much more accurate. I think something was lost in the translation from our professional photographer’s system to importing it here:


For those of you working on your Babette’s, please let me know how it’s coming along and email pictures to – Pixie and I would love to see them!


NOTE: Tuesday, 6/17 – the full photo of Babette on the bed has been fixed! Thanks to our most faboo photographer for fixing the CMYK conversion!