Tuesday, January 13, 2009



Here's a FREE PATTERN for one of our favorite self-striping sock yarns, Berroco SOX...and guess what? It's not a pattern for socks. It's to knit up a hip little cozy for your water bottle!

Only one ball of SOX needed for this knitting project!

Thursday, January 08, 2009

My favorite knitting project for sari silk yarn

Unbiased Knit Bag Pattern from Knitty.com. I love the natural color variations in the recycled silk yarn made from saris. This is a fabulous FREE pattern from Knitty.com. If you haven't checked out this free online knitting magazine before, put it on your list of things to do. They have tons of fun, funky, and funny patterns, articles, and how-tos.

You will need:

Crafty Superstar...who knew?

Check out this article from Cut Out & Keep. I'm Crafty Superstar #8, who knew??

Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Knitting's Newest Site

Chicks with Sticks Author Offers Knitters Resource Focused on Design and Affordability

DesignerYarnSale.com offers designer and name brand yarns, knitting & crochet notions, needles, and patterns at deeply discounted prices.


Philadelphia, PA, January 7, 2009 - Nancy Queen launched a sister site, www.NobleKnits.com, six years ago. "When we opened NobleKnits.com our focus was simply to provide a great
knitting experience focused on quick, fun to knit projects featuring luxury yarn. Our goal with the new site is to offer the same experience and help knitters & crocheters stretch their knitting dollars," says Queen.

Queen, who also co-authored The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Knitting (Watson-Guptill/Random House) and The Chicks with Sticks Guide to Crochet (Watson-Guptill/Random House), speaks from experience; "Many knitters & crocheters enjoy knitting gifts, craft show items, and church bazaar items. Pricing items to make a profit can be hard to do and still use quality yarn. We hope that the new site helps put money in their pockets."
Additionally, many knitters are passionate about knitting for charity; prayer shawls, chemo caps, items for soldiers stationed overseas, and blankets for children in need. DesignerYarnSale.com enables them to knit with a small budget. Queen also encourages knitwear designers and smaller shops to include Designer Yarn Sale in their basket of yarn resources.

DesignerYarnSale.com offers yarn brands such as Art Yarns, Berroco, Plymouth,
Colinette, and Prism. Yarn and pattern prices begin at 99 cents.


Friday, January 02, 2009

Sip Tea & Knit

With the welcome arrival of new products from our friends at Be Sweet, here's a FREE TEA COZY knitting pattern. The one shown above is knit using one Magic Ball in Bollywood.
My daughter thinks it's a really cute hat, and well, since it's knit in the round...the one I'm knitting will probably become a hat for her!

Cuddly Tea Cozy Pattern

designed by Bardet Wardell

This pattern should fit all normal size tea pots. It measures about 9" high and 22" around, but is very flexible. You will love the excitement of what yarn comes next as you knit .... and your mom or aunt or friend will love it as a gift! It is hand washable in cold water.

Gauge: 15 stitches = 4", 5 rows = 1"

You will need:
Tea Cozy Pattern
  • Cast on 74 stitches.
  • Knit around in the circle being careful not to twist on the first row.
  • Knit the entire Magic Ball.
  • Finish by leaving loops (do not bind off) and tying off end of yarn.
  • Thread ribbon through loops, pull tight and make a big happy bow!

Have fun and BE SWEET!