beaded headpiece

right side and front 

Remember how for the play I was looking for a beaded head band that I made years ago to put on Potifer's wife.  Wouldn't you know it I just found it.  Too late for the play but hey you get to see it all the same.  It is the same design on the front as the one…
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Helm chainmaille earrings with beads

helm earrings 
Another item I made while visiting my sister-in-law was this pair of earrings.  When I got home I added the beads to the maille.  I really miss having this sister-in-law live near by I have so much fun with her.  I have dragged her to…

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4 in 1 English chainmaille belt

as a belt
Long ago when I was in high school I made a chainmaille skirt (from when I use to go to Ren-Fairs a lot) I have no idea where it is now.  Over the last eight days I have been visiting with relatives and one of them had some links…
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Caramel Apples

caraqmel apples I made

Last week for family home evening the girls and I made caramel apples from scratch.  MMMMM so good!  We used this recipe from the Anderson’s that I posted a few years back just cooked it a little longer to the hard ball stage to make the caramel a little more ridged so it would not slide off of the apples.  Place on a greased cookie sheet to cool and enjoy. Please let me know if you make some and if you enjoyed them.

N. J. & Crocodile Amigurmi

amugurmi made by my middle daughter 

As you know if you have read this blog very long my daughters love to make amiguri animals dolls people.  Quiet often they make them for friends as gifts.    This first one is actually a friend…
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Beadwork collar


I love this collar I originally started it in size 10 seed beads the same as the hat but as I was supper close to deadlines I stopped that one and started over with size 0/6 Czech glass seed beads.  Which made it exactly the size I wanted it to be hitting right at the edge of the shoulder.  It took me two days to make…
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Beadwork hat finished


This hat was done in time for the play along with 157 other items I made between Sept 20 and October 13 ( 23 days).  That was an insane three weeks but well worth the effort the student did such a spectacular job on the play I was glad I could contribute to it.  I made the items in a total of about 415 hours…
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The play…


Opening has happened and I just wanted to say how great all the people in the play are from the tech crew to the actors to the two directors. I always have fun helping in these productions the reward is to see the students so happy after they see all their hard work and they receive the praise of the audience.  These photos are from the dress rehearsal as I forgot my camera last night.  To see more photos from the play go here on Flickr.

>Knitted fingerless gloves



This is the post that I had on Whip Up one year ago today. I hope you enjoy it encase you missed that post when I guest blogged.  There is also a crochet version of this on this blog already too.


Fall is just around the corner.  Which for me means cold hands while warming up the car in the morning.  I have never liked my ends of my fingers covered while removing the ice from the windshield makes it hard to hold the scrapper.  So fingerless gloves are in order.  You can hold your tool and keep your hands warm.   I made a similar pair in crochet on my blog on Oct 13th of last year  to make both sides of the fiber art community happy


Here is a way to make mittens with out double pointed needle you knit each needle with the other end of its own circular needle this makes it easier to not have laddering in your work plus it means it is harder to loose a needle.

One size fits most adults

3 circular needle size 1  ( this is easier to do with the shortest circular knitting needles you have but long will work too it just has more stuff (tubing) hanging down.
1 skein Sock yarn size 1 super fine 1.52 oz  just fine

yarn used for fingerless gloves


Cast on 64 stitch place 32 stitches on 1 circle needle and 32 on the 2nd circular needle

  • rounds 1-22 (2 inches): do a 2 x 2 rib that means k2 p2 around all 64 stitches
  • rounds 23-36 (1 1/4 inches): just plain knit around all 64 stitches Make sure last round is tight between stitches 32 and 33

thumb gusset (3 circular needles)

  • round 1:knit 32 on needle one (using new needle) create 2 stitches between needle one and needle two between  what was stitch 32 and 33 on previous round. knit last needle.
  • round 2: knit plain ove all three needles
  • round 3: knit plain on needle one increase on needle two then knit the stiches on there plain then increase one more time at the end of needle two, knit needle three
  • repeat round 2 and 3 till you have 26 stitches on the thumb gusset needle end with round 2

top of palm area (skipping thumb gusset needle)

  • knit in the round for 12 rounds
  • knit a 2 by 2 rib for 4 rounds
  • cast off loosely or use the stretchy cast off hand

finishing thumb
split the thumb stitchs so you have half  (13 each) on two separate circular knitting needles add yarn and knit for two rounds ( doesn’t matter where you add the yarn inside of thumb or outside but I do like to do it on the inside of the thumbs that way if there is a little gap I can stitch it close for added strength when I finish threads)Just make sure it is neat

  • knit for two rounds
  • knit in 2 by 2 rib for 4 rounds cast off loosely or do stretchy cast off.

finish all tails

Repeat for second glove these gloves can be worn on both hands there is no front or back to them.    This is fine for use with solid or patterned sock yarn

You can make them more interesting by

Since this is just simple knit stitch you can do two or more colors to make then interesting design.

Or you can add lace patterns to your 1st needle on first glove and your last needle on the last glove you make.   Just make sure you leave at least the first 5 and last 5 stitches in knit stitch on the needle you are doing the lace on are left plain knit stitch so the sides of your mitten are solid also leave the thumb gusset solid knit.

link for stretchy bind off

In the news… my coat so to speak

I saw this in the news paper today how neat to bad I don’t get the credit for having made the coat but I know I made it. If you want to read the article go here. They do have a mistake in the title of the article as it isn’t a charter school but a private one.

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