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Fun With Wigs, Blue Ribbons Too October 1, 2016

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Here are the the last two items I put into this year’s LA County Fair.  They also got Blue Ribbons.  The under structure is a wig cap knit on the Brother Bulky 260 machine and then, for the Red Raggedy one, fringe was hand tied in over the base.  For the Pony Tail version, long fringe was hand tied on the back and crown and pulled up into the pony tail after I-Cord was knitted all around the edges.  I was going to do I-Cord over the entire wig cap, but it really got heavy, so I finished it with the pony tail instead.  To wear these, there are clips that are hidden under the cap and secure the wig to your own hair.  Fun AND warm.  Quite a change of pace from the usual ol’ winter hats.  The Red Raggedy wig is one of my FREE patterns on this blog.

More LA County Fair Wins, 2016 October 1, 2016

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Here are the two tops that I also put into the LA County Fair. They did win Blue Ribbons, but weren’t as spectacular as my Galatica Top (the gold and white one). The sage green “Fringe Benefits” sweater was done on the Brother Bulky 260 using a linen/cotton ribbon yarn for the body and a decorative ribbon yarn in variegated autumn tones. Short pieces of this decorative, skinny ribbon were hand woven in randomly and also fringed the collar. The white lace vest hardly weighs more than a feather. That one was done with 2/30 acrylic on my standard Singer 700 with a lace carriage. It is light and delicate with a button closure, just perfect to dress up a pants outfit in hot weather (and we really have had some HOT weather here lately). Hope you like these. I have so much fun experimenting with design features and techniques. I am certainly in my BLISS when I am in my studio discovering and creating.



Won Best Of Show, LA County Fair 2016 September 30, 2016

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I couldn’t be happier if I were twins. I just got my items back from the Los Angeles County Fair (which I couldn’t get to this year because of foot surgery). I put 5 items in which all won Blue Ribbons and this one won Best Of Show for 2016. It is an original design that sprung up in my head one morning when I got the idea to do something with a “Space Age” theme. After many trials and errors, I worked out what I thought was a nice design. It is done with Paton’s Glam Stripes, a macrame gold ring and special grommets. I used my Brother Bulky 260, which is my favorite machine.


Fall 2016 Colors September 15, 2016

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Lots of Jewel Tones for Fall 2016 in the latest Pantone Color Report.  When I look at the color palette, I think that most will look great with jeans.


Check them out!

What Was That? August 25, 2016

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So we are in the pool today (a too warm 90 degree one), and we are looking at the birdfeeder by the papaya when out pops this squirrel. HUH??

Mark saw one a year or so ago, but since it hadn’t reappeared, we both thought that a hawk or vulture got it. But no, it was having some of the available banana, then ran back down the papaya tree trunk into the heliconia underbrush. We are getting some great birds, butterflies, dragonflies and now squirrels.


A Trip Around Our Garden August 12, 2016

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I took a walk around our house in Costa Rica to see how all the plants are doing since we left. Everything is just bursting out color. Butterflies and birds wizz around unconcerned about our presence. The large Oropendulas, Brown Jays, blue and white swallows, and our nightly “singer” are all here and thriving. Our gardener says the Oropendulas will be building nests in our Poro trees soon. These are heavy woven, pendulus sacks, quite a sight to see. Hummers are also all about. I put up two feeders for them close to my window so I can see their antics. All is well and right with the world down here, peaceful and green. Ahhhh, we are letting the relaxation sweep over us.


Do Something Good For Someone Today August 7, 2016

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Once upon a time (OK, two years ago), I put out a over-ripe papaya for the birds to feast on in Costa Rica. Now, two years have passed and the birds have rewarded me with a tree full of papaya as a return of my favor. I am reminded of the old adage, “Whatever you give, comes back to you tenfold”. So, as you pass your day today, do something for someone else and although you wont exactly know when or where, your kindness will be returned to you tenfold, or in my case, fifty fold.

Fairy Tale Jacket and Mermaid Tail Shawl August 4, 2016

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You can see I have been “away” from posting for quite awhile.  Well, this is what happens when you decide to get surgery to fix an ever increasing pain in your foot.  I had to have a toe fusion (yeah, with titanium screws) because I lost the cartilage in my big toe joint – the one where all your weight goes when you walk, run, etc.  It had been getting worse over the last 5 years, so I made the decision to get surgery.  I know it was stupid to not do my homework on the length of recovery for this operation.  Since this was a genetic thing, my brother recently got his fixed and was only incapacitated for a week or so.  I was expecting the same treatment, but no, I had to have a more permanent fix.  This caused me to be in a hard, non-weight bearing cast for 5 weeks.  Think about that – being one-legged with a 20lb cast on the opposite foot up to the knee, that I couldn’t put on the floor and had to be elevated 99% of the time – 5 WEEKS!!!.  I wasn’t prepared for that level of incapacitation.  I had been a ball of energy one day and laid low the next.  Oh the humanity!!

And I wasn’t too creative because of all the pain going on down there.  Then, when I got the cast off, all my other 25 joints in the foot and ankle had frozen up from non-use.  A month of painful therapy got me walking again.  But then my creativity started popping and I was working out a new idea to greatly enhance another boxy jacket done on the Standard machine by Bill King.  I added sizes, more shaping, ruffles, tails, button closures, changed gauge, added new and more available yarns and then made a separate shawl design based on the jacket pattern.  Hence, the Fairy Tale Jacket and Mermaid Tail Shawl.  I took some quick pics of two samples.  I am working on sizes, what yarns to use and refining details.  I should have it down soon and will put it on my Etsy site when it’s finished.  The “Sugarplum” Fairy Tale Jacket is in Patons’ Lace Sequin yarn (3 skeins) and the Mermaid Tail Shawl is done in either one skein of JoAnn’s Rainbow Boucle or Lion Brand’s new Shawl in a Ball.  I am also working a long sleeve Fairy Tail in Patons’ Glam Stripes.  Sizes go from Small to X-Large.


Project – Raggedy Wig Hat – Machine Knit April 16, 2016

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For everyone that wanted this fun Raggedy Wig Hat, I have made a couple of these to hone the instructions and demonstrated it for my Cone Connection Machine Knit Club at Newton’s Knits in Anaheim, CA.

Red Raggedy Wig

Raggedy Wig Hat

                By Linda Jensen

Bulky Machine: T=6

Red Heart Yarn = one skein (8oz.), solid color


Wig Hat Base

E-wrap 16 needles (ndls)  (L7 – 0 – R9), K 2 rows (rws)

Begin Short Rows:

*Carriage On Hold (COH) Short Row (S/R) 1 ndl farthest from the carriage, EOR, 7X

Cancel Hold, K 2 rws.**

Repeat * to ** one more time.

E-Wrap 10 more ndls closest to the carriage.

Continue * to ** 5 more times.

Cast off all ndls.


Sew up top seam and hole.  Steam lightly on a head block.

Cut fringe:  16” lengths for fringe around the head and 8” lengths for the bang area (triangle from top of hole to both sides of wig base.  Start at lowest bottom row, hanging two strands of fringe about ½ “ apart.  Each row will be about ½ “ up from there.  Keep bang area unfringed until all the longer fringe is tied, then complete the bangs in that triangle area.

After fringing complete, try on wig and cut bangs to your preferred length, leave all other fringe “raggedy”.  Add bobby pins or clips inside to secure to your own hair underneath the cap.  Optional: if you have no hair, weave in elastic around the edge to hold it onto your head.

New Items For Cherry Blossom Festival – Tomorrow!! April 2, 2016

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Tomorrow is the Cherry Blossom Festival and I will be in Booth #7. Here are some new things I have been working on that you will have fun trying on tomorrow.

First, for your consideration, some cute Raggedy Knit Wigs. These have a knit cap underneath that fit to your head. Also, I will have my hand knit “Flip” wigs, some with Elf Ears for fantasy and fun.

Second, I have been working on Knitted Headbands (inside are metal headband structures that wont break like the plastic ones). These are decorated with crocheted flowers or felt or ribbon bows.

Then, I must admit that I have a huge stash of the most beautiful yarns that I have made into Yarn Hair Falls to enhance or add too your own hair style! I have them in so many fabulous colors, in Long, Medium and Short lengths to mix and match, layer and twirl, clip or pin – for any length hair.

Stop by and see all the wonderful events at the Cherry Blossom Festival at Colombia Park (cross streets in Torrance are 190th and Prairie) and of course, come by and try some of these beauties on – you will love them!

2016 Cherry Blossom Fest flyer final (1) (1)

Red Raggedy Wig

Knit Wig

Flowered Headbands

Long Yarn Fall