Friday, December 31, 2010

I just made this purse from an old jacket I had in the closet. About 5 years ago my sister and I were in a little boutique in Springfield, Illinois and saw these jackets. We both loved them and both bought one. The other day she was saying she never wears hers and I said "yeah, I never wear mine either". I said that I thought the jacket would make a cute purse and that I'd give it go - if it turned out I said I make her one too. What do ya think? I think it turned our REALLY cute!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Here are the pattern pcs. for the oven mitts, you simply click on each pattern piece, it will show you it enlarged and you can then print it out........ See below in next post for Instructions. Hope you enjoy!

Free Felted Oven Mitt Pattern!

Felted Oven Mitts
Using old Wool Sweater ~ by Kriskrafter

100% Wool Sweater(s)
Matching thread
Sewing Machine
Ribbed cuff (optional)
These are super simple to make and people love receiving them as gifts, they also make fabulous Craft Show sellers.
First Cut out the provided pattern pieces A & B, and tape them together as indicated.
Next, lay your sweater out smoothly and cut out 4 of the Mitt pattern. If you want the oven mitts to be multiple color then use more than one sweater. Just make sure that the sweaters are similar in their thickness and stitch count so that they will felt similarly. I like to use sweaters that are between 4 – 7 stitches per inch. If the sweater is too tightly knit it will not felt very well, if it is knit too loose it is hard to cut out and keep the stitches from unraveling.
The way this pattern works is that 2 pcs will be the back of the hand, 2 pcs will be the front of the hand. I use 2 layers for each so that it felts up nice and thick and offers plenty of protection when pulling out hot items from the oven. Arrange your layers the way you want them to be with the inside 2 pcs being your “right” sides.
Sew all 4 thicknesses together with a ¼” seam. Check your seam after you’ve sewn it to make sure you’ve stitched through all 4 layers. Now stitch all the way around the bottom of the mitten so that you stitch the open ends together.
Throw in the washing machine to felt. I use my top-loader washing machine, set for a regular cycle. When it begins to agitate I stand over it and watch. I keep pulling the oven mitt out to check it and re-set my washer to agitate more if I need it. Mine usually needs 3 agitation cycles to felt it but every washer is different. When you have the Oven Mitt felted to the size you want, remove the mitt from the washer (DO NOT let the oven mitt run through the remainder part of the wash cycle), squeeze out the excess water, roll in a towel to blot out extra water then shape it and let it air dry.
Cuff: Sew on a ribbed cuff of your choice. I like to use the ribbing that was on the sweater (un-felted), as it matches nicely.
Extra decoration: If you want to dress it up a bit and perhaps embroider some flowers or other designs, make sure you use only wool or cotton yarns/threads as these will be heat resistant. Synthetics of any kind will melt.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Garter Bars & Needle Stoppers for Machine Knitters!

I have been selling my newly manufactured Garter Bars since May and they have sold very well with great reviews. We are now happy to announce that we have Needle stoppers to use in conjunction with the garter bars. Don't know what a needle stopper is? Here is a short video showing a few uses for needle stoppers.
Keep checking the website as we will also be introducing mini (20-stitch) garter bars very soon!
For more information/pricing/ordering, go to:

happy knitting!

Saturday, April 10, 2010

New Garter Bars coming soon for Machine Knitting

I have been working the last couple of years to bring back old knitting machine tools and accessories that no one seems to make any more but people seem to want.
Last year I introduced my Yarn Twister - a hand crank yarn winding apparatus that twists multiple strands of yarn together while winding into a center pull ball. A popular tool for bulky hand and machine knitters.

I also introduced a new Buckle for circular sock machine users. My buckle was based on the one that came with the old Gearhart machines. It is a favorite by many, works great and is super sturdy.

Now my latest and greatest is my new Garter bars. These garter bars, although they look different from the old style garter bars that were around 20 years ago. Have all the same functions. They can produce garter stitch, specialty stitches, lace, cables, etc. I am in the final throes of production and hope to have these for sale on my website at the end of this month. I have made these three sizes: 6.5mm, 8mm, and 9mm. Email me if you would like for me to send you and email when these are available. I suspect that this first production run will go quickly!

Happy springtime!