>button holes

>This was just a cool technique for making a button band so I am posting here more for me than my readers as I want to try it in the future.  Thought other people might like to see and  use it as well.  So please try it and let me know what you think as you may get to it before me.

>Update on Red and Black sweater



I have figured out a few things on this sweater as I have gone along.  I learned that when doing a button band it is all important to cast on about 25% less than the number of rows already there.

left side 
I also learned how to make a yarn go back and for the in the middle of the row by locking the threads around each other when swapping colors ( color change). OK these things seam self explanatory but if you have never drafted your own pattern like this well not so much so it was a learning experience I am still working on it.  
I realized I have a skein that is a different dye lot in number hoping it won’t be a big deal.  I am waiting to use it last and I am going to try and use it for the flap on the back if I don’t have to see it it won’t both me so much and I am definitely not looking at my back side all the time so that would be the best spot for me I would see my sleeves so that won’t work for me there plus I think it will be less noticeable to other people as well on my back side.  We will see if it is too much I may do some redrafting of the back side like make it all black seed stitch for the flap.  The reds do look real close in skein form so I am hoping that it won’t show either way. 
right side 

I am doing the sleeves first now.  I plan on doing the seed stitch for the bottom half of so of the sleeve and the fold it up on it self or leave down I like it both ways.  I think over all this is coming out pretty good for making it on the fly.  For me on the fly means 90% of it is figured out in my head and I just have to make it look like what I see in my head.  The sweater isn’t crooked bye the way I just didn’t put it on the mannequin all that neatly

front flap

Update: I found a ball of yarn that rolled under my couch same dye lot. Happy Day!!!! I may still be able to make this look like the image in my head.

>CSN Giveaway (2 winners will be awarded)

>A few weeks ago I talked about another giveaway that was going to happen with CSNstore.com .  Well the test piece arrived and I have tested it.

There will be two giveaways on this one.
My children will draw the winners on  June 2nd.

1.  CSN will mail one out to the first winner in winners choice of color.  Black or natural pear wood.  This will be the first name drawn out!

2.  One from me  same item but only in black (the one I tested)and it will also have with it a book “Japanese Kimekomi“.  Since you did not have the chance to pick your color.  This will be the second name drawn out!


You need to leave a comment in this post and you have to leave a way for me to get a hold of you.  This is so I can get the information I need for you to be able to get the item.  If you follow this in bloglines or on Facebook or some other place you do need to leave the comment on the original post in my blog not those other places to be eligible to win.

Just so you know I have not been paid to do this I was asked to do a giveaway.  I was offered to be able to keep one but I am giving it away as prize number two as I want to be honest with the test. 

Review notes:
Item description

  1. Photo Holder by Bortolani Becchelli 
  2. cost 23.00 not counting shipping
  3. Pear wood 
  4. size 6 cm – 3 cm – 5 cm
  5. base containing rare earth magnet 
  6. steel ball bearing
  7. made in Italia(Italy)

The reasons I picked this item I wanted to see if it would work well as a pattern holder.  Patterns which have multiple pages and if it would be a nice travel size to get tossed in a project bag.  I know it is meant to hold pictures on a desk but that is only one thickness of paper so here we go.


  1. Small  fits in the palm of your hand (nice travel size)
  2. Strong magnet (rare earth) can hold several papers at once. I recommend folding the papers in half so they stand up straight.  I folded 7 pages  (8 1/2 x 11) in half and it held it well (that 14 pieces of paper it was holding most patterns are not that long so it worked great for this purpose)  It could hold more but that was good enough for me.
  3. If traveling you can just copy the pages you want so you don’t loose your pattern book and drop them and this in you bag.  When you get to the hotel or where ever, it sets up easy on a table or night stand so you have both hands free to work and can glance at the pattern easily. 
  4. can hold leaflet books without folding them in half because of the rigidity of their covers
  5. If you loose the bearing it is easy to replace at any hardware store
  6. perfect for original purpose as a photo holder


  1. It is a 2 piece item one the base and two the metal ball   (can easily loose one part making it not work, the bearing)
  2. Chocking hazard for small children
  3. not able to use in car as the surfaces would not be flat and two bouncy
  4. Because of it has a small size you do have to fold over loose leaf pages to hold them up right.  Making you only be able to read a part of the page.  Not to big of a deal as you only look at one section at a time any way.
  5. The price doesn’t seem to fit the item seems to high even for an import with pear wood.

I forgot to take photos of the test so I will do it again and add those later. Thanks
Wendy and good luck

update this was originally had a post date of May 22 I brought it up to May 29th so it could still be visible on the first page of my blog  Please feel free to enter this giveaway

>More kool aid dyeing


kool aid dyed wool

top ro

a strawberry on cream wool
b cherry on cream wool
c orange, lemon aid, and dk cherry on oatmeal wool
d lemon lime on oatmeal wool

bottom row

a ice blue raspberry lemon aid on cream wool
b berry blue on oatmeal wool
c grape on cream wool
d grape on oatmeal wool

This is my middle daughters strawberry kool aid hair for summer.

strawberry kool aidstrawberry kool aidfront back

>Kool aid dyeing wool and hair


ice blue raspberry lemon aid

I played with kool aid dyeing today on hair and wool. The same kool aid color (ice blue raspberry lemon aid) was used on both what a change the color is from one to the other. I want to dye a few more skeins of yarn  2 oz each) and use this to make a sweater. Also one or two more kids want their hair dyed so we will see what colors they pick I may use the same. The hair color is just for the summer for fun for camp when school rolls around this will not be in their hair anymore. 
ice blue raspberry lemon-aidice blue raspberry lemon-aid

>The winner is….

>The winner of the my friendship bracelet maker is comment 11as picked by my Middle daughter.

“mym ; on Ravelry said…
brilliant ! thanks for showing me that .
marie in florida”

thank you for letting me know you are on Ravelry took me  a second to find you but I did.   I have sent you an email through Ravelry saying what I needed from you such as

  • our name 
  • address 
  • email 

so the company can send you the item and contact you if they need more info

thanks wendy

>Red and Black Sweater & snow!


front left

The color in these photos is bad the sweater is actually a brick red.  With the snow yesterday it was fitting that I have been working on a winter sweater for next year.  I am making this up as I go along.  So there is no pattern so to speak other than the one in my head that wants a black colllar, and neck, at sleeves and waist the rest is red.  I am using wool for this size 10 knitting needles and Lion brand Alpine wool that I got on clearance I have six skeins of red and 3 of black so I think I should have enough if not it gets short sleeve as opposed to the long ones in my head.   It has seed stitch for the collar area  this is what I will use at the waist and sleeves too.  The sleeves will not tapper but may get a little bigger towards the cuffs.  I want a big band of black at the cuffs we will see how that goes.

left side


To answer a statement in comments yes I said snow! Here is yesterdays pictures of it in our yard. It was very heavy wet snow. Broke many trees.  The first one is during the storm taken from my kitchen widow the second is after the storm you can see the hole in the tree where it broke you can also compare the two pictures and see how much the tree bent from the heavy very wet snow.  the first photo was taken around 9 am the second on the same day around 3 pm.  Utah has very strange weather patterns anything can happen during the day weather wise.

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