This is what happens when you leave a knitting project on your bed!  Just about finished this throw, casted off and now weaving in all the loose ends. This soft and warm throw will be a gift.

Also finished a pretty little cowl, 1/2 way done knitted cap and started on another project last night – a crochet snood.

As you can tell, I like having a lot of projects going all at once.   Actually, it’s been perfect weather for tackling the yarn stash – overcast and drizzling.  What a blessing the rain is for the garden!

I feel in love with knitting 18 years ago, when I attended a free knitting class at one of our local libraries.    After tackling the two sticks, I went on to learn the hook (crochet)  and have whipped up countless wearable gifts for friends and family.

What crafty projects are you working on or sorts of skills sets are you tackling this year?


  1. gina says:

    Don’t you just love cats? They just invoke a feeling of calm – or they do to me.

    I love the colors in the yard you are using! Do you usually buy new yard or wait until you find it at thriftstores, etc Yarn has just gotten so crazy expensive lately that I’m wondering what solutions you might have found to this.

    I love the cowl. That’s awesome. I’ve never seen one of those but I really like it. I like the warmth that a scarf gives me but am never crazy about them hanging loose, and this is great solution to that.

    As always, thanks for posting and continuous inspiration!

    Central Missouri

    • Anais says:

      @gina: Cats are indeed funny creatures! I agree, specially when the cuddle up and start purring. Thanks! The yarn was given to me by a friend. I know! Lucky for me I am always getting great yarns from my knitting friends which will keep me busy for a LONG while. You might want to check out this yarn shop online They have some great yarns as low as a buck and a quarter! Really! I do warn you, the yarn’s soooo cheap tis dangerous place for a yarn junkie. LOL
      Me too! I feel in love with this simple cowl as I too luv wearing scarves but hat it when they unravel and the ends hang down loose… especially when you are doing chores! URGH.

      Have a lovely weekend!

      • nikki says:

        @Anais, wow anais you’re right the yarn is super cheap at smiley’s. But you have to spend $50 dollars per purchase. With the yarn so cheap that is a Ton! Hmm where to put it!

        • Anais says:

          @nikki: hmmmmm. Perhaps splitting an order?

  2. Loretta says:

    I’ve done a little knitting and lots of crocheting, then I discovered quilting. I love it, and I especially love the joy they bring others when I give them as gifts. One day I’ll make one for myself. 🙂

    • Anais says:

      @Loretta: I’d love to quilt one of these days. Ha, I know… always making things for others, never stuff for yourself. 🙂

      • Sherry says:

        You really MUST take up quilting. Its my all time favorite thing to do. So much fabric, so little time…and space…

  3. Candace says:

    I’m working on a dragonfly embossed wash cloth. It’s a lovely pattern. I, too, recently found a snood pattern I want to try, so maybe after the wash cloth.

    • Anais says:

      @Candace: Oooh, sounds lovely. 🙂

    • Sherry says:

      I love dragonflies! Where did you find the pattern?

  4. Radhika says:

    What a gorgeous photo, so very snuggly.
    Here in Australia it is winter, and I have just knitted the whole family of four Bed Socks! Everyone wears them every night and every morning, the socks keep the whole body warm, not just the feet. So we don’t use a heater overnight, and the cold is not so bad in the morning.
    Great colours Anais.

    • Anais says:

      @Radhika: Thank you. Happy winter to you! Keep nice and snuggly 🙂

  5. Laura says:

    I always have several crochet projects going at once because I get bored working on the same thing for so long, but I need to restock on yarn. thanks for the link! I know a few knitting basics, but I don’t have my own set of needles yet, so I haven’t been able to take that on seriously yet. I’d really love to try spinning my own fibers, if I could find a spinning wheel and someone to teach me. yarn can get so expensive, and it’s mostly all acrylic anymore, so I’d like to get some angora rabbits and spin and dye my own. ambitious, I know, but perhaps with the help of the internet I can do it!

    • Anais says:

      @Laura: Of course! Happy crafting!

  6. Melissa says:

    My knitting group is trying to get some preemie hats made so we can donate them to the NICU at Duke. I’m making five and I just finished up number four.

    And my cat constantly wants to “help” me out by trying to hug me while I’m getting ready to knit… 😛

    • Anais says:

      @Melissa: That’s wonderful that you give back. My knitting mentor always is saying “if you make something for yourself, then next time, make something for someone else!”

  7. Anne Howe says:

    I learnt to weave last year and am enjoying this heritage craft producing scarves and materials for the home. Slow cloth is the new motto using handspun yarn and fleeces I can find locally that would normally be thrown away.
    Not quite there yet as all these crafts take patience.

  8. Mary says:

    I loved seeing your latest projects. I have socks, hexagon blanket on the needles and soon I will be starting some felted slippers. Yes, it has been a cool and wet year so far in our garden. Perfect time to knit.

  9. Christa says:

    Hehe.. your cat looks a little like mine in color, but if it had been my cat, that yarn ball wouldn’t be intact. more likely he’d be snoozing in a pile of unwound yarn!

    Right now, I’m working on (knitting) a king-sized blanket for our bed, after finishing twin-sized blankets for each of my three children. I use the Caron Simply Soft yarn, using two strands at the same time for thickness. It’s washable, soft and warm. At the same time, I’ve got to start knitting some washclothes and mop clothes for my sister-in-law as a wedding gift. It’s great to have something to keep the hands busy and productive while leaving the brain free to do something separate.

    • Anais says:

      @Christa: LOL Wow, that’s a big project – sounds LOVELY. I agree. Happy knitting.

  10. V Schoenwald says:

    Knitting is something I have tried but just could not get the hang of. My hands also have arthritis and it is hard to hold needles and hooks.
    I have wanted to try the round knifty knitter plastic hoops but was not sure if they are a good tool to use or even if they work?
    Love kitty. Cats are great at making a nest in what ever work you are doing especially if its soft and warm.
    Have a great weekend and upcoming week.

    • Anais says:

      @V Schoenwald: So nice to hear from you! How are the critters? Happy summer and BIG hugs.

  11. Katrina says:

    Love you cute pictures. I am currently crocheting dolls and bears for my three kids and my nieces and nephews for christmas. Were trying to get away from the store bought Christmas and make things so they become more meaningful and maybe will be past down to future generations.

    • Anais says:

      @Katrina: How lucky those kids are! Good for you, homemade is from the heart.

  12. Linda in FL says:

    Same as you I’m working on knitting projects. Mittens mostly for nieces and nephews for Christmas. Are you on Ravelry yet?

  13. Carol says:

    Awww…that picture just makes me smile. You could put it in the dictionary next to “Cozy:adj.”. I’ve been crocheting for a while and recently completed my first actual piece of clothing. I’ve made scarves, hats, mittens and things which are all very useful but I was pretty proud to have made an actual top for summer from yarn and a hook! Knitting is still a work in progress. Just completed a washcloth and working on socks. I’m a multiple-project girl too.

    I really appreciated your comment about making a project for yourself and then for someone else. Thank you for all you do to inspire.

    • Anais says:

      @Carol: *grin* I am almost finished my snood that I am crocheting. Had to take it down twice…. urgh! Maybe the pattern was flawed. 🙂 Oooh, nice a summer top! Good idea for us in warmer climates to use up the stash of yarns. Happy crafting!

  14. Petra says:

    I learned to knit this year and also to spin. This past week I finished knitting a wide lace scarf with yarn I spun (and dyed) myself!
    (Photos on my blog : )

  15. Lynn D says:

    Am trying to make a slipper saw here
    and had helped out at a quilting group making lap quilts for veterans. is nice to make things for others.
    saw someone said they didnt have needles (can make your own from dowels or wood sticks ). or make handspindle and spin dog or cat fur….
    Havne gotten amazing yarn from the thrift store.
    Lynn D

  16. Cindae says:

    I’m just finding this post, so forgive the lateness of my chiming in! I have also been in love with knitting for many many years! I have recently taken up felting and repurposing yarn. I have found some barely used ugly sweaters (well some weren’t terribly ugly, just not my size) at the thrift store. I have unraveled them and am making new things. It is great fun! I don’t even necessarily unravel before I knit. In my bag right now is a sleeve, and a back to a wool sweater that I am making into a purse that I am going to felt, and hopefully sell. I decided that since this is my hobby and I really do it for fun, that I could make it for good as well. All the profits I make on the things I sell are going to an orphanage in Sudan.

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