For the sake of diversification, I’ve been “expanding my product line” in my Etsy store (I can’t sell physical items at Ravelry…at least I don’t think I can) by making these beautiful knitting pins used in Portuguese style knitting; the pins are very unique because I made them out of Czech glass buttons, of which are incredibly beautiful!!! If you don’t know what it is, check out this video on YouTube:
I normally knit by the method of English “throwing” (right hand does all of the work) but I prefer to use the knitting pin when I knit a knit/purl blanket because it’s very efficient, faster (I can knit about 150 stitches a minute) and doesn’t strain your hands so much. However, I have my own way of doing it; I do the purl technique the exact same way as in the video but instead of the demonstrated knit stitch, I do a continental knit stitch…someday when I’m bored, I’ll make a video of it because I haven’t seen anyone else do it.
I’m finally starting to come out of my latest adventure…spinal surgery!! YAY…not. I was expecting the surgery itself to be way worse than it was, but it wasn’t horrific. Granted, feeling staples brush against the vertebrae in your back is not a good time. It’s been slow but the incision is finally healing. The nerve damage from the blown disc pinching off my S1 and S2 nerves for 9 months will take longer to heal, if it ever heals at all. I hope I finally heal completely because walking with a cane really sucks.
The worst thing about the whole thing was that I couldn’t sit for more than 10 minutes at a time (and then I had to sit in a reclined position), thus I COULDN’T KNIT!!!! It really stunk but I found a way around it; I had the fore-site to elevate an old card table and dug out an old Bond Knitting Machine, that I’ve had for years, and set it up. About two weeks after the surgery, I was standing and walking so I designed a simple baby blanket that I could make; it wasn’t exactly like knitting but it was the best I could do at the time. The good thing was that I was able to gauge it out to a hand knitting pattern.
If you’d like to have this pattern, it can be found at:
It seems like everything that could have happened lately, has. I’ve been working on getting more worsted weight patterns made but life sort of has gotten in the way; a few weeks ago was my precious husband’s birthday, the next day we had to put our beloved 13 year old German Sheppard, Minnie, to sleep because her poor body was just giving out on her. Then barely after going through the anguish of losing her, and seeing how much our Jack Russell, Dexter, missed her too…I had to get spinal surgery. Needless to say, it’s been a tough months so far.
In between the gaps of activity, I was able to get a few patterns done: Worsted Weight Diamonds and Worsted Weight Quilted Stars; both were originally chunky yarn patterns but I converted them to worsted weight yarn. Chunky yarn blankets are lovely in the winter, because they’re soft and heavy, but way too warm for summer (however, they make lovely floor blankets!).
I’ve also have developed a new obsession…Portuguese pin knitting! I love working with worsted weight yarn but lets face it, knitting a blanket with smaller yarn seems to take forever!! But, once I got the hang of pin knitting, I was easily doing 100 stitches a minute, almost twice as fast as standard knitting. I loved it so much, not only did I make a few knitting pins for myself, I made some to sell in my Etsy shop!
If you’d like to see the new knitting patterns, and the older ones that I’ve had posted for a while, please see them at:
My latest baby blanket design; this creation was a happy accident because I was going for a large basket weave but once I started knitting it, I noticed that the main vertical lines were waving on their own…and I love the way it turned out!! I’m thinking that I’m going to make this one into an adult sized blanket but that will be a project for another day.
If you’d like to obtain a copy of this knitting pattern, it is located at:
Hello everyone! The good thing about winter is that there is plenty of time to knit and I’ve been busy. My latest is a chunky yarn knit baby blanket that has the illusion of stars in it, or snowflakes (I’ve heard both…) in charcoal gray.
To get a copy of the pattern, please feel free to visit my Etsy store at:
Hello everyone! I have finished another baby blanket and this one has gotten a CRAZY response from my knitting group on Facebook! It’s another knit and purl only blanket (no cables here!) and it great for the beginner. The blanket is completely reversible and the diamonds appear to be 3D. I have created a pattern and it can be found in my Etsy shop; Cape Cod Stitchery. Thank you!
Hello everyone! I’m glad to say that I’ve rolled out another baby blanket pattern at Etsy and I’m very happy with how it turned out.
It’s is knit with chunky yarn, on bigger needles, and it’s irresistibly fluffy and so soft! Not only was it a pleasure to make, it’s an heirloom item that can be treasured for years, long after the little one has grown out of it.
If there are any questions, please feel free to comment or send me a private message. Otherwise, please check out my Etsy store, Cape Cod Stitchery, not only for this pattern but for the others that have already been posted.
So, “The Project” has been launched and I’m very encouraged by the results. About 6 weeks ago, I began creating patterns for the baby blankets that I’ve been making for military members, that I work with, that are welcoming little ones into their lives. After creating the patterns, I began posting them on Etsy as digital downloads at my shop, Cape Cod Stitchery, and have found an element of success that I’m quiet happy with. Three of the four patterns are quite unique because I made them with bulky/chunky yarn (that is incredibly soft and fluffy acrylic yarn that is COMPLETELY washable!) and gender neutral that is perfect for the little ones that could get chilly once the impending winter gets closer to us (if it’s anything like last winter, something really warm will be needed). Once knitted, I created them to be durable so it would make a perfect floor blanket to put between the chilly floor and a snuggly baby.
Anyway, I’m very proud of how these baby blanket patterns have turned out and I’ve gotten a massive response from the knitting groups that I belong to. Please, take a moment to check them out at: