About Denise

A stay at home mom of four, who homeschools, changes a lot of diapers.. minds the dog and in her spare time knits on her knitting boards and looms and occasionally picks up some knitting needles too..

Mail Call! A New Loom Knitting Book!

I got a nice surprise in the mail today! A copy of the latest book by my loomie friend Kathy Norris! This is a great  little volume of 35 different stitch patterns you can use to make a sampler afghan.. or hey you could use them for any of your projects!! There are great instructions and in the back of the book the best thing ever!! There are blank templates where you can plan out your stitch pattern for your sampler afghan if you want to get adventurous and change it up from Kathy’s chosen look!

Afghans are big projects but when they are broken up into sample sections like in Loom Knit Samplers  they can be a great carry along project! Like they say.. you CAN eat a whole elephant.. one bite at a time!

If you are looking to branch out from the bland stockinette and garter stitch projects this book is a great place to start! I give it two loomie tools up!

 

Tomorrow my hubs heads in for surgery on his elbow.. and we will be there about 5 hours total.. so you can guess what I got ready to take with me.. some knitting.. of course! I’ll be starting another prayer shawl a nice easy pattern to ease the stress!

 

The Striped Shawl

So I showed a striped shawl the other day.. that was one of my commissioned pieces!
I made it for Authentic Knitting Board to be included in one of their kits.. you can find it here: Harvest Lace Shawl Pattern Kit

The pattern is there for download as well. I liked it so much I made another one.. which is going to be a prayer shawl which I REALLY need to send out! This one I knit on needles just to mix it up a bit! One of these days I will also make one for myself!


That shelf is part of my new crafty work area.. I am awaiting the big piece to finish putting it all together! I pre- ordered a Workbox 3.0!! I can’t wait to have it set up completely and have a lot of my stuff organized in one place! This little shelf is a good start. Now I finally have all my knitting books and magazines together!

So What Have I Been up To?

Wow! It’s been a while.. I have been knitting and working and many of you may have seen my latest book that came out last year!

If not here it is!

I like this one it was fun to knit hats! They are a quick and easy project! My favorite is the one on the top left with the flower pin!! So easy that one!

Another thing I have been doing is knitting a lot of prayer shawls and a few items for commission. I have knitted a log cabin blanket, a mermaid tail and a whole whack of prayer shawls.

Lately, I have been researching for another book project with my mother, that is a bit different than my other ones. It has involved, and will involve, some travel to go see some really neat items! I can’t talk about it just yet… but I can’t wait to share it with you!

I have also been starting on a journey to make my home healthier! Eliminating chemicals and cleaning naturally by using essential oils and other products. I am going to try to start blogging a bit more often. At least once a week and updating the site so keep watching this space!