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I’ve expanded my “project” for making patterns for my knitting and crocheting!!

Banner for Cape Cod Stitchery; where my pattern designs will reside.

Cape Cod Stitchery; where the information regarding the knitting and crocheting patterns designs will reside.

Hello to my faithful followers!  I haven’t been around for a little while, because I’ve been a bit busy working on my latest project; not only have I been creating more baby blankets but I’m now actually writing down the patterns for the projects that I’ve designed and am in the process of creating PDF’s from them for publication and putting them up for sale (for a reasonable price even though they take quite a bit of time to create) on Etsy and Ravelry.

There are two main reasons for why I decided to finally make my own patterns.

First, and most importantly, I’ve discovered that the patterns that I see published in knitting/crocheting magazines look very complex and more time goes into deciphering the pattern than goes into creating it.  I guess that’s why I decided to start designing my own creations…it was just easier to do. Fairly recently, the software to create professional looking knitting and crochet charts has become obtainable, by people like me, who have enough of a working knowledge of graphics design to be able to make written charts and patterns clear and easy to follow.  This is so anyone that has a basic working knowledge of knitting and crocheting can accomplish them without frustration.

Secondly, I’ve discovered by looking at my own creations, that making something beautiful doesn’t need to be ridiculously hard to do.  I’ve had several people tell me, over the years, “That blanket looks so difficult to make, I can never do that!” even after I assure them that the projects are actually easy to do.  Since the “pattern” was in my head, trying to explain how to do it was nearly impossible.  I’ve resigned myself to making patterns that are not only clearly explained, with a chart provided if the project can be simplified by creating one, but to also provide step by step instructions (with images) of how a stitch is made.  I’ve also figured out how to create videos, for posting on YouTube, explaining the process as well.

With that said, designing and publishing simple and easily explained knitting and crocheting patterns is my objective.

I’m very close to posting my first pattern, that hasn’t been posted yet but will be shortly, so I’ve created another blog specifically for knitted and crocheted projects that I make, and sell, patterns for: http://capecodstitchery.com/; please pop over and take a look!  This is an image of the first blanket that I’m making a pattern for; a herringbone stitch baby blanket in sage green and off white stripes with an I-cord edge:

cropped herringbone blanket

I will still post my personally made projects here on Etch Stitch and Burn so please continue to pop in, from time to time, to see what I’ve been up to.

Thank you for all of the support!


Knitting Board made Baby Blanket…amazing!


Yes…I have been busy again!  The last time was because of the birthday’s in my family (note: they both loved them!!) but I have a new motivation this time…reproduction.

knitting board, yarn and flippy thingy

First off, and I think that this is important for the context of this entry…I do not have children of my own.  I have two step children but they were both teenagers when I came into the picture so it really doesn’t count.  I have never experienced morning sickness.  I have never experienced a ravenous appetite for weird things without explanation as to why (I had a friend, long ago, that craved night crawler dirt when she was preggers…she would stop at bait stores all over the place to just smell, not eat, night crawler dirt…very odd).  I have never given birth to anything.

I have, however, experienced something similar to labor pains.  I had a kidney stone a few years ago and yes; I was pleading with the nurse to make the pain stop (I saw it done in those birthing shows on the Discovery Channel and it seemed to work for them so I gave it a try…), thank God she was sympathetic to my situation!   As she was launching me into a blissful “full body buzz” via IV happy juice, she asked me if I’d ever had children.  I said no.  She smiled and said, and I quote…”A kidney stone is the closest thing you will experience similar to labor pains  if you’ve have never experienced a vaginal birth”.  Needless to say, I have great sympathy for any woman that would willingly put themselves through it in the first place.

zig zagging the yarn on the nails

So, why am I making a baby blanket?  Well…because many people that I know ARE.  They have decided to (or conceded to the idea of it happening…) bring forth another human being into the world.  On very few occasions, in my life, I have experienced the fleeting need/want to have, and keep, children.  Needless to say, it eventually passed.  In all honesty and seriousness, I have a very clear view of the horrors that are in this world so maybe, somewhere deep in my subconscious,  the mental switch prevented the physical act of creating a baby or maybe God understands that I had a different destiny lined up for me other then to change poopie diapers and cut me a little slack.  Since my sister ended up having “My” daughter that I was cursed to have (“you’ll be sorry when you have one just like you!!); I’m okay with the way things turned out.

I think making baby blankets is sort of my way of being sympathetic to the process of babies getting here and that I sort of skirted the whole thing.  From the outside looking in, the whole process seems rather…harsh.  My hubby works with one of our friends that’s due in about 3 months.  A few weeks ago he came home saying that I needed to come and see her because “the turkey thermometer popped”.  I found out soon after, as I saw her in her complete misery (my sister is the only woman I’ve ever seen “glow” when pregnant) her belly button had become VERY outwardly present and poked out prominently from her uniform.  She was miserable in a very public way and I feel bad for her…her blanket is almost done.

the “flipping the stitch” action

As for how I happened upon this miracle of yarn craft;   sometime this past winter, I decided to watch HSN (home shopping network) because it was “Craft Month” and was desperate for something to watch on a Tuesday afternoon.  They were highlighting an item called a “knitting board” (2 boards; scarf and baby blanket sized…).  I’ve been knitting and crocheting for a long time and never even heard of it before.  Since I normally get my best crafting idea’s from obscure TV shows, I was intrigued! Apparently, as the completely fake and plasticized hostess would go onto explain…(this chick had no clue as to what this thing did or was used for…she was as worthless as the hosts/hostesses that just hold the guitars when ESTABAN is on hocking his cheap guitars all while playing barely recognizable songs and they’re trying to look interested…nobody can smile that long!!)…that knitting needles were actually the upgrade to the knitting board due to the ease of transportation.  Thus, the knitting board fell to the way side and became a lost art somewhere around the time where being a Quaker in the US wasn’t mandatory.  However, due to the unique “double knit” result of this technique, there has recently been a resurgence in popularity within the crafting community.  Blah blah blah and the plastic lady was starting to piss me off.  However, when they showed the finished product I had to buy both of them!!

The finished blanket

It’s rather simple to do.   You zig zag the yarn and flip the bottom stitch over the top stitch that was just put on.  Changing colors is really easy too!  When you’re done, you just crochet the very first row and the very last row so the whole thing doesn’t come unraveled.

But, there is an amazing aspect to this blanket!!  It’s as fluffy as a bag of cotton balls!!  The double sided knit creates a fabric that is nothing short of luxuriously soft and light!  It’s so fluffy that it fluffs to about 1/2 thick but compresses to nothing if you pinch it lightly.  If it gets a snag, you just yank on it and it goes back into shape.  I almost wish I had the patience to create a whole afghan with it…but I don’t and it would take too long to do and then I wouldn’t be able to blog about the projects I make because a king sized afghan would take way too freakin’ long to do (plus it got up to 87 degrees today and the LAST thing I want to do is bury myself under “pile o’ yarn” for the sake of a winter project).  I wish blogs could be touch sensitive because words can’t describe how amazing this thing feels.  I’ve made 20 some-odd baby blankets but this is my second on the knitting board.

A guy I work with got the first for his little girl that was born 6 weeks ago.  First, it’s the only blanket she wants to sleep with.  Second, it can be washed in a washing machine as long as it’s not washed with anything that will snag it.  Third…his wife is putting in orders because all of her friends want one too.  I’m taking care of my friends first…

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my latest entry!!!  Thank you for all of the hits!!!