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  • LaStade

    I just realized that I have been knitting, crocheting, sewing and doing other crafts for over 50 years!  Over all these years I have made projects that have become go-tos for gifting to relative and friends.  One of my favorite projects for a baby shower gift is a pair of baby booties found in the Leisure Arts Leaflet 377 published in 1985.  It is a pair that has ruffles around the ankles.  Everytime I have made these booties they were well recieved by the mom to be and garnerned many oohs and ahs from the guests. They are pretty easy to knit but when you get to the ruffle it seems like you go on forever because the stitches become a tedious k1, yo, k1 for three rows.  Leisure Arts 377 has a total of six designs. There are 3 to crochet and…

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  • LaStade

    Niche selling

    April 4, 2019 by LaStade

    When I was a little girl my grandmother subscribed to a publication called ¨Workbasket Magazine.¨  Grandma was talented at all kinds of creative endeavors and she loved to teach my sisters and I any craft she happened to be working on.  Her Workbasket magazines were full of ideas and over the years I collected every edition. My memories of her will alway be of the times we spent making crocheted pot holders, bead vases, string art pictures and other things from the instructions printed in Workbasket.  

    In addition to collecting Workbasket, in the 80´s I started to collect other publications such as Leisure Arts, House of White Birches, Annie´s Attic and The Needlecraft Shop because my favorite thing to do was to crochet and knit.   I also c…

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  • LaStade

    Easy Mittens

    September 8, 2013 by LaStade

    Did you ever want to try knitting a pair of mittens.  Here is a free pattern from Red Heart Yarn.  You can knit these easy mittens for every member of your family.  

    Click this link for the Mitten Pattern!

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  • LaStade

    Have you tried making a scarf with the Boutique Sashay yarn or other similar yarn?  I made a few to give as gifts for Christmas.  They turned out pretty.  I used size 7 knitting needles and 6 stitches. The pattern is on the lable, just knit these stitches until you run out of  yarn.  You are only knitting the top 2 strings.  The rest will fluff out to make the ruffle.

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  • LaStade

    Do you like to make things for your pets?

    I do an annual Christmas card that usually involves my pets.  This year I decided to make them elf hats.  Figuring out where to put their ears was little tricky.  How do you think my picture turned out?  Here are Baby, Duke and Patches posing for their picture.

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  • LaStade

    Getting ready for the holidays is a year round endeavor for many crafters. If you lead a busy life, you have to learn to make time for your crafts. Before you know it, gift giving time will be here and you will be scrambling to make last minute gifts. I enjoy crocheting items that are small, therefore the time involved to make them is not great. Family and friends always seem to like hats, scarves and other items that go well with the holiday season. You can find many patterns for these at a site called Craftsy.com

    One new crochet pattern that I have just finished for the season is for a pretty[1]Christmas Tree Skirt  . It is easy to crochet and it can be with any worsted type yarn.


    What kind of projects are you working on for the upcoming …

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  • LaStade

    Holidays give us incentive to crochet or knit a special gift for someone. Now that Valentine's Day is right around the corner, I have to come up with some gifts. Sachets and bookmarks are pretty fast to make. A lacy box in the shape of a heart is another choice. Or, I might crochet a floral doily like the ones my grandmother used to crochet. There are so many good ideas at the Knitting & Crochet Pattern Archive that I find it hard to choose. That is what I love about looking at vintage patterns. They inspire you to make something beautiful for the one you love. What are you creating for your Valentine?

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  • LexiLexi


    While knitting is fun, we don't always have the time for it, and sometimes we need things in a hurry. Meredith from boltneighborhood.com, an avid hand-knitter, has written a blog post about how to fake the "knitted" look for easy and fun ankle warmers.


    Click here to see the fantastic and easy-as-pie steps to making your own ankle warmers that really look knitted.




    Source: boltneighborhood.com

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  • LexiLexi


    Over at Easycrafts wiki, people are excited about the Knitting and Crochet Pattern Archive Wiki and how cool it is to have a sister wiki for the knitting and crocheting arm of crafts. To promote this wiki, we created a top ten list of the coolest and cutest knitting and crocheting patterns.

    So, for all you enthusiastic masters of the knitting needle, continue to contribute to Knitting and Crochet Pattern Archive Wiki and vote on the top ten list while you're at it!

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  • LaStade

    Do you tat?

    September 8, 2011 by LaStade

    How many people have tried the needle art of tatting? I just love the pretty lace created by this delicate knotting technique. I have not tried tatting yet, but I keep saying that once I retire, I will find time to master it. It is one of the rarer needle arts today. The only person I know that tatted was my great-grandmother Cotner. She and my grandmother Oathout taught me how to knit and crochet, but teaching a ten year old to tat might have been a little too hard. When grandma O. passed away three years ago, I inherited all her craft supplies. Below is a picture of a tin I found with grandma Cotner’s tatting shuttles and thread. I also have all of grandma O’s Workbasket magazines , which had a tatting pattern in almost every is…

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