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Butterfly Sweater – More Fun While Staying Safe At Home April 21, 2020

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More lockdown playing around. I took a basic pullover pattern that fit me, used the hot “School Bus Yellow” color from the Dark Horse “Fantasy” collection (solid color worsted weight), added my Herringbone Trim for hems and collar, plus threw in the large butterfly motif from my new pattern, “Tooling Around”, and voila, my new Butterfly Sweater. Lots to keep my hands busy and mind occupied, plus having some fun too.
This was done on a Brother Bulky machine, Tension=8 and about 5 skeins of the “Fantasy” yarn from Dark Horse, acrylic/nylon, (it has a super soft feel). I put a piece of paper behind the butterfly so it would photograph well. Any color I wear underneath will show through and make the butterfly pop- I am thinking black here. I demonstrate how to do the Herringbone Trim at seminars, so hopefully we will be able to get out of the house soon and travel to venues.

Butterfly Sweater

Breaking Out The Singer Featherweight April 5, 2020

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I have totally gone through all my stash of bias tape and interfacing, plus my sewing machine bit the dust – or foot pedal. So, out comes the ol’ standby, my mother’s Singer Featherweight, circa 1947-49. It sews like a dream, leaves all my computerized machines in the dust. Of course, it is only a forward and reverse machine, but so sweet. A pleasure to sew these masks now. I did some online shopping and blew about $375 in supplies, so from now on, I will have to post these on my Etsy site to recover some of my expenses to pay the credit card bill. I did give away 40 of them, so feeling good about that….singer featherweight

Number Two Today – Hanky Panky Top Ready For Download on Etsy April 1, 2020

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Yeah! I have finished my Hanky Panky pattern in Yeoman’s Panama this afternoon with the significant help of my publisher/photographer husband. I have included directions for three sizes for Busts from 28″ to 52″ and a variation for no “hankies” in the side seams. I guess being self-quarantined has some value other than staying healthy. Meanwhile, I continue to sew face masks. Work is never done around here…
Hanky Panky has been uploaded onto my Etsy site:
LindasCrafts.Etsy.com

New Pattern – Tooling Around Poncho March 31, 2020

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This was in my “Pipeline” and I just finished it. Still working on another, but this was a fun one. We have been in the COVID-19 lockdown and when I look out the window, I see people walking their dogs and enjoying the Spring weather (a little nippy in temperature, but warm sun). So I thought to myself, what would I like to wear while enjoying the weather and doing my social distancing? A cute poncho came to mind. But not just an ordinary one knitted on the side to side method with short rows, no, but from bottom up with a flared hem for just the right amount of sassy-ness. Then I thought, all that boring stockinette? Not if I am designing it. So I went to work on some hand-manipulated designs and incorporated them into the poncho. Lastly, I tried out several yarns and found several that would work well and they are available in most stores or on-line. Here it is, my “Tooling Around” Poncho.

Go get it on my Etsy site:

LindasCrafts.Etsy.com

Upcoming Patterns During “Lockdown” March 30, 2020

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I am getting ready to publish my next pattern, “Tooling Around”. Here is a quick photo of the Paw Print Poncho with pocket, but I also have three other motifs, a butterfly, a pearly shell and a heart.

Plus, coming after that, I will be publishing my “Hanky Panky” lacy tuck stitch top. I have three sizes for busts of 28″ – 52″.

Keep watching for them…..

Coming Soon – Hanky Panky Top March 20, 2020

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With no place to go, I am turning to creativity to spend my energy, as many of us Makers are doing. I saw an interesting diagram on FB and thought, why not? So with my trusty Brother Bulky 260 and 7oz. of Millor Carioca yarn (cream color) I did this diamond tuck lace, hanky hem top. I used a tight tension to get a lacy effect with this dress weight yarn. I was thinking that it’s probably not made anymore and I would be foolish to quote it in a pattern. Yesterday, I pulled out a cone of Yeoman’s Panama in white. It had the same WPI as the Carioca, but the gauge varied greatly because it was smoother than Carioca which is a boucle. A lot of recalculations, unraveling and swearing later, I completed it for my size, Medium-Large (44″ bust) but it could easily work for busts from 42-46″. Here are pictures, first one in Cream Carioca and second one in White Panama. I know they look alot alike color-wise. Maybe I will do some recalculations for different sizes with different colors, starting with a red one in size Small-Medium. Because of the cross-stretch in a tuck stitch, the style is forgiving in size and it has a nice drape. Not every yarn can do this, so I am searching for good choices. I am imagining the many places to wear it: this could easily be the over-top to a slim wedding dress, or over a camisole for a dressy affair, or over a tank top with jeans for everyday.

Double Rainbow in Costa Rica February 2, 2020

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Happy Super Bowl Sunday to you! I was having my first cup of coffee this morning when I glanced out the picture window of our Costa Rica house and saw this beautiful double rainbow. You can only get these in certain conditions and we have a perfect confluence of them to get this photo. I took it with my phone at the top of the stairs leading down the mountain to capture the arc as it dove into the valley below. My husband fixed up the haze from the light rain my phone photo had. Just gorgeous and a wonderful way to start the day, which for my hubby is watching the game and for me, knitting away in my mini-studio (AKA bedroom).

double rainbow from pondorosi feb 2 747am

Torrance Wilson Park Fair – This Sunday! December 3, 2019

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I will be in Space #A with NEW knits, of course. The link for the flyer is below. Hope to see you there!

Torrance Christmas Boutique Flyer 2019 (1)

Project – The Harlequin Scarf November 25, 2019

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Here’s a fun knit I just created to use up the ends of skeins or cones of yarn. The link is below this picture for this FREE pattern. It is my Happy Holiday gift to my subscribers. Enjoy!!

Harlequin Scarf Pic

Harlequin Scarf Pattern

Perfect Plaid Pattern Errata November 25, 2019

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I am posting here since some of you have purchased this pattern during seminars this and last year. I just caught a couple of typos on Pages 5 and 6, on the sleeve directions.  I have updated the pattern.  Just a couple of changes to the directions for the sleeve:

Page 5, Paragraph second from the bottom should read:
“RC004, Start sleeve increases, +1 st, both sides EVERY 4th (3rd) rw to 80 (86)sts.”

Page 6, Last line should read:
“RC096 (Sm-Med = 80sts) (Lg-XLg = 86sts). Cast off all sts.”

Linda