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Simple and Elegant Arm Warmers Knitting Pattern August 24, 2010

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This is a simple knit pattern for arm warmers.

I utilized medium worsted weight yarn. Cream color and hot pink

Size  8  straight needles.

Cast on 30 stitches.

Garter stitch (knit every row) for total of 8 inches.

Classy project for beginners

Change to contrasting color.

Knit 3 rows.

Bind off loosely.

Weave in ends.

Place right sides together and sew seams from end of contrasting color for 2 inches.

Leave seam open for 1 inch for the thumb.

Sew remaining seam together.

Place on arms and wear daytime or evening.



Stay Away from Net 10 Mobile Phone Service August 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bkknits @ 10:47 pm

Their customer service does not even rate a 0.  I will write more tomorrow.  Right now I am exhausted from being on the phone with their customer service attempting to activate a new phone.  The length of the call was only eighty minutes.  On top of that, I still don’t have service and the last code was not even valid.  Of course, today was my second call to them this week.

I’m exhausted, I must go to bed.  Details of this debacle to follow tomorrow.  Just don’t buy a net 10 phone.

Let me know your own customer service story with Net 10.


Embellishing With Iron-On Transfers August 10, 2010

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Embellishing on a budget can be a constant struggle.  One consideration is utilizing iron-on transfers.  I started using this simple method a few years ago, when I overheard a conversation at a boutique sale, regarding using iron-on transfers for children’s tee-shirts.  So I decided to give it a try.  You can purchase packages of iron-on transfers at fabric and craft stores.  There are transfers for both dark and light fabrics.  To date, I have only used the light fabric transfers.

Be sure and read the specific directions on the package.  You will need a computer printer, iron and a firm, flat surface such as a table.  I have a digital scrapbook program which gives me the ability to enhance and add text to my planned design.  There are also some on-line designs at some webs

Sweet Dreams

ites  such as Avery.  Don’t forget to use the mirror image format when printing your design.

I have embellished bags, tee shirts, pillow cases and wall hangings with iron-on transfers.  A simple method to bring out your creativity and complete some fine embellishments for your home and wardrobe.




Book Review: “Stitch’n bitch Nation” July 25, 2010

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“Stitch ‘n bitch Nation

author: Debbie Stoller

Published 2004

Over the past year, I have attempted to expand my knitting skills and to seek more patterns for various knitting projects.  Fortunately, I was able to locate a new Stitch ‘n Bitch knitting group in my area,  Louisville, Kentucky.

Since I have a teen-age daughter, I consistently look  for knitting patterns for that age group, that are hip and stylish.  You know the teen-agers forbid “mom-made clothing”.  One of my fellow knitters from the Stitch ‘n Bitch group loaned the book “Stitch ‘n bitch Nation” to me at our last meeting.  The book contains very fashionable and trendy patterns from tank tops to lap top bags.  The author,  Debbie Stoller is co-publisher and editor in chief of Bust magazine and founder of NYC Stitch ‘n Bitch group.

She has done an outstanding job of collecting 50 patterns from an array of knitters with various backgrounds.  The complexity of the patterns vary from simple, beautiful scarves to more complex patterns with cable knit.  Subsequently, my daughter has requested two items from the book which includes a mini-skirt that also be worn as a shoulder warmer and a yoga mat bag.

In addition to the great patterns, there is invaluable information in regard to making adjustments to patterns.  You will also enjoy the tid-bits of information from the knitters, the list of resources  and profiles of knitting groups from various areas.  This is an inspirational book for all knitters, from novice to professional.

Enjoy and Happy Knitting!!!

K1, P2



Knitting Is Cool June 30, 2010

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When I initially started knitting in the early 1980s, knitting was not a cool, popular craft.  In recent years, we have seen an increase in the interest of this old craft which has transitioned it from a granny type activity to a more fashionable design craft. When reviewing the history of knitting, this craft has been around for many years. I also say what was more of a necessity for my grandmother’s generation has transpired into an art.

There are a couple of books you should check out that will illustrate how fashionable knitting has become. “Naughty Needles’ by Nikol Lohr depicts sexy knitting with her unique patterns for lingerie and adult garments. At my recent knitting group, a fellow knitter introduced me to this book. Very interesting, so check it out. She also has a website http://www.naughty needles com with some of her patterns.

One of my favorite fashionable knitters is Suss Cousins, the knitter for the stars. Her store is located in Hollywood and her clients for yarn and her designs include well known Hollywood names. She has several published books, but my favorite is “Hollywood Knits”. Her designs are beautiful, but not extremely complicated.

Many celebrities have taken up the craft of knitting. Some of these include, Debra Messing, Tracey Ullman, Sarah Jessica Parker, Julia Roberts and Kate Moss. Julia Roberts will be starring in the movie “The Friday Night Knitting Club”, due to be released some time this year. This movie is based on the book written by Kathleen Jacobs. The book entails the relationships that develop from the knitting group from a single mom’s knitting store. Great book that reveals how our relationships develop and change. I am looking forward to the movie.

Happy knitting!!!!
K1, P2



I’ve Returned. May 31, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bkknits @ 7:13 am

Good morning to all,

I’m sorry that I have not been updating my blog on a regular basis.  Life has been a little busier than I enjoy.  It happens.

Just wanted to let you know about some resources. I have joined the free on- line knitting group @ Ravelry.https://www.ravelry.com/account/login Great site for knitters and crocheters.

I have been working on a sweater for my daughter.  The pattern was located on the Lion Brand website.  They have numerous free patterns.  This is pattern # 70111″cropped raglan sweater.”

I also found a great idea for embellishing flip flops with eyelash yarn.


My teenage daughter really likes the flip flop idea.  So I have stocked up on yarn for our flip flops.  I will also be selling them on my Etsy site in the near future.


My plans are to post basic knitting instructions and some of my simple patterns in the near future.

Enjoy and happy knitting.




Under Construction April 12, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — bkknits @ 10:27 am

Good day to all,

My blog is under construction this week with plans additional pages that include basis knitting instructions and basic knitting patterns for beginners.