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May 4, 2011

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  1. May 9, 2011 9:47 am

    Love it! Cannot wait to begin learning this skill.

  2. May 9, 2011 9:56 am

    Oh my gosh…that doughnut is so AWESOME!

    Your post has revealed one thing to me: I suck at being creative. :(

    Fun stuff — congrats on the Freshly Pressed nod!

    • May 9, 2011 10:38 am

      Thanks for the congrats. I’m beyond psyched to be freshly pressed! Never would have thought.

  3. May 9, 2011 10:02 am

    AMAZING :)

  4. May 9, 2011 10:11 am

    great. I love the Doughnut. And make sure to label it “keep out of children” you know what I mean?

  5. May 9, 2011 10:34 am

    wow, that doughnut looks fantastic, almost good enough to eat, if not a little fluffy :)

    • May 9, 2011 10:37 am

      I know! I just need to find those little beads used for sprinkles. Love those.

  6. May 9, 2011 10:38 am

    I like the Jewelry Frame. My daughter makes hand made beads and a frame like this would be a nice way to display the necklaces she has given me.

    • May 9, 2011 10:40 am

      Definitely. I had to pass that pattern onto a friend of mine who makes jewelry as well.

  7. May 9, 2011 10:50 am

    The doughnut and necklace are stunning!

  8. May 9, 2011 10:55 am

    I love the knitted necklace! What a cool idea! I need to learn how to knit.

  9. May 9, 2011 11:05 am

    love that necklace! very unique but would make a killer accessory…that I could make myself!

  10. Garnie Bethea permalink
    May 9, 2011 11:05 am

    Just joined and loving it already. I have a question. Would like to know who made the yarn bowl picture above. I LOVE IT! I usually wind my yarn into balls and use a large kitchen bowl to keep it in. Great to keep the yarn from rolling all over the floor. But your bowl is great! I would be proud to display my yarns in it. Would like to know if there is a copywrite on it. I would like to make some for myself and friends.

    I agree with Margie. Here’s an idea. Use a screen backing and you can hang real earrings and pins from it without taking a chance of stretching your knit work. I’m gonna get busy making one right now!!

    • May 9, 2011 11:31 am

      The screen idea for the jewelry frame is awesome. I was wondering how I’d make sure the yarn didn’t pull.

      The yarn bowl came from a local art fair here in Greensboro, NC. I’d never heard of them before either but I did an Etsy search for “yarn bowl” and lots of beautiful results come up. I doubt there is a copyright on the design.

      Thanks for following my blog!

  11. May 9, 2011 11:11 am

    These are great projects. I wonder if a total clutz at knitting like myself could do them? Congrats on being freshly pressed.

    • May 9, 2011 11:32 am

      I’m sure you could. Google and YouTube help my knitting tremendously! Thanks for the congrats. :)

  12. May 9, 2011 11:26 am

    Love the knitted necklace and doughnut! Congrats on making FP!

  13. May 9, 2011 11:27 am

    Wow you should go to interweave knits website. They have lots of summer knitting projects. And cotton is not the only summer appropriate fiber out ther. There’s also hemp, and silk, and bamboo, and……

    That stuff you got up there is for wash cloths. But have fun! And knit whatever you want sitting by the pool.

    • May 9, 2011 11:28 am

      I love bamboo yarn. So soft. I’ll definitely check out interweave knits. Thanks for the tip!

  14. May 9, 2011 11:33 am

    I never even thought of knitting a necklace!?!? How cool! I love your summer colours… like some fabulous summer sherbert!

  15. May 9, 2011 11:36 am

    Your stuff is the BOMB! Wow. Nicely done, I love love love the donut!!!! Congrats on Freshly Pressed. Easy you say … hmmmm?

    • May 9, 2011 11:39 am

      Knitting looks so much more difficult than it is. I promise it’s not so bad. ;)

  16. May 9, 2011 11:43 am

    Love the frame…oooo the ideas- one for each grandchild to set off their grandmother’s jewelry in memory of her and her love for pins…and the donut is priceless!!! The necklace is sweetly reminiscent of twist necklaces…and would be stunning in various shades. Simply great work and ideas. So glad I clicked on this and stayed a while. Thank you.

    • May 9, 2011 12:07 pm

      Glad I could pass along some great finds. Thanks for checking out my blog.

  17. Sasha permalink
    May 9, 2011 11:54 am

    Dishrags are the only thing I knit in the summer! You already have the right yarn. The pattern I use is so simple, after a row or two, it’s committed to memory (again) and I don’t even need a pattern with me. They are a quick knit and so useful!!

    • May 9, 2011 12:06 pm

      I think I’ll churn out a few dishcloths too. They do look simple enough. Those would be good to knit while traveling since they are small and you can memorize the pattern.

  18. May 9, 2011 12:49 pm

    Yes, yes , the yarn — but where did you get that fantastic yarn-ball holder? So clever!

    • May 9, 2011 12:50 pm

      The husband found it at a local art fair but search for “yarn bowl” on Etsy for lots of other options.

  19. May 9, 2011 12:59 pm

    I cannot knit but always have wanted to learn and admire those who have the skill and patience to do so. I love the knit necklace- how beautiful!

    • May 9, 2011 3:16 pm

      There are so many free knitting tutorials on the web. I just taught myself. You should give it a try!

  20. paulastreasures permalink
    May 9, 2011 1:00 pm

    I adore the jewelry frame and I love your blog!!! I have a new jewelry blog and I’m going to start a list of blogs I like and I’m going to list yours. What a great blog for women to read! Love, love, love it!!!

  21. May 9, 2011 1:06 pm

    I love knitting! Definitely wanna try out the bunny. So cute.

  22. May 9, 2011 1:14 pm

    I love the doughnut and frame :D so cute >.< I want to learn knitting too.

  23. thalassa permalink
    May 9, 2011 1:15 pm

    Love the projects–especially the jewelery frame and the necklace…though they will have to wait until I learn to knit or find crochet alternatives, lol! And I love that bowl!!

  24. May 9, 2011 1:18 pm

    Great seasonal post idea! Now I’m inspired to find a list of summer sewing projects for my sewing blog!

    • May 9, 2011 3:19 pm

      I love your blog. I’m just starting to sew and you have some great ideas for me to check out.

  25. May 9, 2011 2:05 pm

    I love the bunny nuggets! Thanks for knitting inspiration. :) Hopefully I’ll have some time this summer to take knitting up as a new hobby.

    • May 9, 2011 3:21 pm

      Ravery has pattern for little chick and monster nuggets too. My dogs will be in heaven!

  26. May 9, 2011 2:19 pm

    I love the bunny and donut!

    I am an avid knitter myself, and everyone is shocked when I tell them because I am in my teens.

    Congrats on being Freshly Pressed!

    • May 9, 2011 2:21 pm

      Thank you. I take my fair share of “Granny” remarks but I love to knit anyway! Who cares how old we are?

  27. Carolyn O'Cain permalink
    May 9, 2011 2:22 pm

    I love working with cotton yarn. Have you tried making dishcloths or dishtowels yet? SOOO easy and very useful. I make lots of them to give for gifts. They are always well received and I get asked for MORE!

    • May 9, 2011 3:21 pm

      Do you have any favorite patterns for those? I haven’t knit dishcloths yet.

  28. May 9, 2011 2:51 pm

    I love the knitted photo frame….you have totally inspired me to make one for my friend, as she has everything, but she does love her shiny ear jewels, and this would be a perfect place for them to hang them!

    • May 9, 2011 2:55 pm

      I saw a great idea for that knit jewelry frame in an earlier comment by Garnie Bethea. “Use a screen backing and you can hang earrings and pins from it without taking a chance of stretching your knit work.”

  29. May 9, 2011 3:01 pm

    Looks like you’re already preparing for the winter.

  30. May 9, 2011 3:03 pm

    Very creative! Good work!

  31. FeedtheBirds permalink
    May 9, 2011 3:25 pm

    Now THAT’S a donut I could love. ;) LOL! Can’t eat that stuff anymore … I know VERY SAD! Flirting with the 80’s? You must be south of Washington State. :)

    • May 9, 2011 3:29 pm

      Definitely further South and much further East. I’m in NC and summer starts early in these parts.

  32. May 9, 2011 3:50 pm

    Congrats on making FP! I really like the pin cushion!

  33. May 9, 2011 3:51 pm

    Whoa! Love that knit necklace!

  34. saltybi11 permalink
    May 9, 2011 4:12 pm

    Bunny looks awesome, like some kind of Pokemon or anime character.

    • May 9, 2011 6:16 pm

      You’re totally right. I didn’t even see that at first. Now I miss Pokemon.

  35. May 9, 2011 4:16 pm

    i like the summer colours, bunny nugget, and doughnut!

  36. May 9, 2011 5:10 pm

    Very cute knitting! I can knit too but not that well. How did you learn? My fav was the bunny because my nickname is ‘the bunny’ I don’t know why!

    • May 9, 2011 6:17 pm

      Cute nickname. I taught myself how to knit 2 years ago using YouTube and Google searches. It wasn’t as hard as it seemed. Once I learned how to read a pattern, I was golden.

  37. May 9, 2011 5:45 pm

    Oh wow, so wonderful!! I love them, I am still working on a scarf I had intended to finish this winter just gone… I love these ideas…. one dayn I hope to reach this standard… we have a book with soma AMAZING tea cozy patterns in! :] xx

    • May 9, 2011 6:19 pm

      Scarves are the worst. They are deceivingly easy but sooooo long! haha I get bored and abandon scarves all the time. You’ve intrigued me with the tea cozies. I don’t need one but I want to make one anyway. ;)

  38. May 9, 2011 5:58 pm

    Congrats on Freshly Pressed!! Love your knitting project, and as a knitter myself it is fun to use other fibers. I enjoy working with cotton, and now bamboo. Next up for me to try is yarn made from sugarcane!! We’ll see how it goes…

    • May 9, 2011 6:20 pm

      Sugarcane? I’ve never heard of that. I’m going to look that up immediately!

  39. May 9, 2011 6:11 pm

    I love the “bunny nuggets.” :) Is it a chew toy?

    • May 9, 2011 6:23 pm

      I don’t think it was meant as a chew toy…but if made with washable cotton yarn and I omit the button eyes, I think bunny nuggets will make perfect chew toys.

  40. May 9, 2011 6:19 pm

    Really a wonderful creative idea!

    Thanks for sharing so many useful ideas for cotton ;)

  41. May 9, 2011 6:23 pm

    Very cool and by the way the cute little doughnut does make a perfect pin cushion :) Keep it up

  42. Jules permalink
    May 9, 2011 6:29 pm

    Found you when you were “Fresh Pressed”. LOVE your blog.

  43. hellkitty permalink
    May 9, 2011 6:37 pm

    ommmmmmg how cute :3
    awesooome keeep it up ^^

  44. May 9, 2011 6:50 pm

    So much on the horizon! Have fun!

    • May 9, 2011 7:15 pm

      I know! My Ravelry queue just keeps getting longer and longer. So much to do.

  45. thor27 permalink
    May 9, 2011 7:13 pm

    My wife is gonna love this blog. Today I’ve added another article on my blog also.

  46. May 9, 2011 7:16 pm

    I love your blog! I am an avid knitter… I taught my husband and our 3 girls all how to knit last Thanksgiving and our oldest’s roommate from college! Wait until I share your donut with them – it is lovely!!!! Thanks for sharing.

    • May 9, 2011 7:19 pm

      I want to teach my husband so badly! It would help a lot to have two of us working on the Xmas gifts. :) If you make the doughnut, please share!

  47. May 9, 2011 7:23 pm

    Fun post! I just hopped over to Ravelry to queue the necklace. I know just what yarn I’ll use–the leftover silk charcoal Alchemy, perhaps paired with something else. And I may have to queue the donut, too. That’d make a great quick preschooler birthday present!

    • May 9, 2011 7:28 pm

      I was just talking to my mother about making those doughnuts for a child’s present. I’m also toying with the notion of adding a squeaker for my puppies…

  48. May 9, 2011 8:07 pm

    YES!!! A post about knitting on the front page! Awesome colors! I love going to ravelry and surfing the patterns. ^_^

  49. facelessfigures permalink
    May 9, 2011 8:08 pm

    I love sugar and creme. Favorite brand. The necklace idea is awesome!

    • May 9, 2011 8:50 pm

      I still can’t believe I’d never come across Sugar ‘n Cream before. The colors are amazing.

  50. May 9, 2011 8:23 pm

    I love the bunny!

  51. May 9, 2011 8:44 pm

    Making the necklace!! I’m going to attempt to make it out of old shredded t-shirts instead of cotton yard for my blog.

    Take and post a photo of your finished tote. I would love to see it.

    • May 9, 2011 8:49 pm

      Will do. I’m about 60% done with my tote now. I’d love to see your recycled t-shirt necklace too. I knit a bath mat out of an old jersey dress of mine once. It was a really fun project.

  52. May 9, 2011 8:46 pm

    awesome designs

  53. May 9, 2011 9:29 pm

    Great patterns! I need some summer knitting, too. I’m in the middle of a felted backpack right now, but can’t wait to start these.

    • May 9, 2011 9:30 pm

      Oh… and I saw you on Freshly pressed.

    • May 10, 2011 8:15 am

      A felted back pack? I’d love to see that pattern. I’m still too timid to attempt felting even though I’d love a pair of felted slippers.

  54. May 9, 2011 9:30 pm

    These designs are amazing. :)

  55. May 9, 2011 9:32 pm

    I have crocheted for years, have newly come to knitting, and like you dont want to knit heavy things to knit in the summer, I have found a few things on

    There are more than a few ideas on this site for every knitter or crochet newby up to a pro.

    You obviously have more skill than I have but I hope to learn to be better.

    • May 10, 2011 8:16 am

      I’ve newly entered the world of crochet. It seems really difficult after learning to knit. I hear it’s much faster though. Is that true?

  56. LuckyXIIICreations permalink
    May 9, 2011 9:57 pm

    Wow, I really like the jewelry frame and the necklace. I’ll have to see how beginner friendly those patterns are. Though I can always add them to my list for the future!

    • May 10, 2011 8:18 am

      I started knitting 2 years ago. I was stuck on basic scarves for the whole first year. Then, as soon as I figured out how to read a pattern, I have been able to do anything I wanted. Just takes patience.

  57. May 9, 2011 10:34 pm

    Your work is beautiful……I wish I had kept up with it when I my grandmother taught me! Such a great talent.

    • May 10, 2011 8:19 am

      Thanks. I’m just lucky there are so many awesome patterns out there for me to choose from!

  58. May 10, 2011 1:09 am

    This is great!!

  59. May 10, 2011 1:15 am

    The knit necklace is cool!

  60. May 10, 2011 1:32 am

    You are so talented! Knitting isn’t my strong side, crocheting is, but one day, I will conquer :)

  61. May 10, 2011 2:52 am

    \m/ nice \m/

  62. May 10, 2011 3:47 am

    thats cute, i like knit also

  63. sandraedwards permalink
    May 10, 2011 3:51 am

    I LOVE it! Thanks for sharing all of those patterns, I will totally try some of them out, especially the bunny, it’s just to adorable!

    I know the feeling, I cant stand the thought of knitting wool in summer either. I usually switch over to crochet when summertime comes, but this year I will follow your great example, and just switch yarn! Fabolous!

    • May 10, 2011 8:20 am

      What sort of things do you crochet in the summer? I’m just teaching myself crochet now.

  64. May 10, 2011 5:06 am

    I like the doughnut,awesome!!!Looks like a real one,and more beautiful than a real one.Your knitting skill is so impressive.

    • May 10, 2011 8:21 am

      I wish that was my doughnut. That is a photo from the pattern on Ravelry. However, with the right colors and beads, I’m optimistic mine will look the same. :)

  65. May 10, 2011 6:04 am

    Wow! they’re absolutely beautiful ;)

  66. May 10, 2011 6:19 am

    Simply amazing work… keep it up.

  67. May 10, 2011 7:45 am

    for have a warm winter

  68. May 10, 2011 7:51 am

    I am loving that doughnut!

  69. butlersabroad permalink
    May 10, 2011 7:56 am

    Finally! Nice to see something really interesting on Fresh Pressed lol! I use that yarn to knit dishcloths, works great for that, but be warned, the bright colours aren’t colour fast, at least not in hot water. I tend to soak new cloths in hand hot water to get the excess dye out of them, after that they’re fine. Love your ideas for summer knits, especially that necklace, it’s stunning.

    • May 10, 2011 8:23 am

      I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Freshly Pressed knitting post now that you mention it. :) Thanks for the tip about the colors! I’ll make sure to soak my projects.

  70. lalelkroneline permalink
    May 10, 2011 9:29 am

    Sweet~ I love the doughnut and bunny the most^^ is knitting that hard to learn and do? Which would be easier cause I know how to make crochet but only the very basic and I couldn’t learn the next part to connect them or such and know nothing about knitting so … is it crochet or knitting… ??

    • May 10, 2011 9:35 am

      I chose knitting only because I’d learned a little as a child. I’ve heard people say crochet is faster but I personally like knitting patterns better. Either way, it’s not very hard to learn. I taught myself to knit by watching YouTube videos and looking up answers to my knitting questions on Google. Now I’m trying to learn crochet the same way and it’s just as fun. Give it a try and good luck!

    • lalelkroneline permalink
      May 18, 2011 9:41 am

      Thanks~ Actually I only know in crochet is the chain…
      I’ll try them both… but first I want to know more about crochet because…

      I learned crochet when I was in kinder when my mother was making one because it was thought to them during their time, you won’t graduate the sixth grade if you don’t learn it… but now it’s very different, no knitting, crochet nor cross stitch… It’s been about seven years since I learn the chain and I learned it before my older sister does but now… she’s far better…

      Mommy is very busy so she couldn’t teach me the next step but she said that I should practice using the hook because I’m only good at it by hand, I am pissed by using the hook…

      My technique is crochet and sewing combined… what I mean is I make chains using yarns then I sew them together^^… but I want to learn other patterns…

      by the way… you’re SWEET~

      • May 18, 2011 10:00 am

        I would have loved learning these skills in school. There weren’t many non-academic courses available for me. Too bad.

        I can only do the chain stitch in crochet as well. There are so many crochet stitches to learn that it sometimes discourages me too. Hopefully we can both figure it out! :)

      • lalelkroneline permalink
        May 21, 2011 8:22 am

        well yeah, you’re right… and I just learned new stitches^^~

        and now I know how to do the single, double and trebble^^ just having a hard time to do double and trebble… it won’t go through the loop -_-… but I can do the single good enough~

        They’re just the same but the trebble is the fastest way to do your project…

  71. May 10, 2011 9:30 am

    OMG! That pin cushion/donut is the *cutest* thing I have ever seen!!! I want to go on a hunt for three today — one for me, one for my sister and one for my mom! How adorable!!!

    • May 10, 2011 9:37 am

      I want to make a bowlful of knit doughnuts and just display it on my coffee table. :) I just checked out your blog and I love it! I originally wanted to start a food blog but didn’t have enough to say. Yours rocks.

  72. May 10, 2011 10:23 am

    really love your knitted necklace – that’s inspired!

    • May 10, 2011 10:43 am

      I wish I could take credit but that image is from Ravelry. It’s a pattern that I plan to complete this summer. I think I will make it mint and cream colored.

  73. dreamxingdong permalink
    May 11, 2011 5:00 am

    I am loving that doughnut!
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  74. May 12, 2011 3:16 am

    I like the Jewelry Frame. My daughter makes hand made beads and a frame like this would be a nice way to display the necklaces she has given me.

    • May 12, 2011 9:14 am

      If you make this, I’d love to see the finished product complete with your daughter’s hand made items. I’m sure it will be gorgeous.

  75. sassysteph permalink
    May 16, 2011 7:19 pm

    What cute stuff! I might have to make that bag! I’ve wanted to make one for years!

  76. May 18, 2011 11:21 pm

    Great stuff! It is really cute! Thank you for your sharing!

  77. May 25, 2011 5:04 am

    I love your blog! I am an avid knitter… I taught my husband and our 3 girls all how to knit last Thanksgiving and our oldest’s roommate from college! Wait until I share your donut with them – it is lovely!!!! Thanks for sharing.


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