Thursday, December 17, 2009

Inside The Knitted Gingerbread House At Sewing For Pleasure, NEC

Here's the inside. Every bit as amazing as the outside.


"Alison Murray's Knitted Gingerbread House Is Helping To Raise Money For Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Read the latest news at"

Knitted Gingerbread House (of course!)

Neat! I think there are photos of the inside, too. . .

Fresh knitted gingerbread

Fresh knitted gingerbread, originally uploaded by liteprnces.

These knitted gingerbread ornaments look good enough to eat!

Photo note:

"these are the kids christmas ornaments I made this year, knitted gingerbread boys and girls.
Berroco Ultra Alpaca and Crystal FX with scrap yarn for the face and buttons
I stuffed them and added a piece of fabric inside doused with gingerbread scented oil to make them smell like they came right out of the oven"

The Knitted Gingerbread House At Sewing For Pleasure, NEC

I wish I could have seen this knitted gingerbread house. It looks amazing.

Photographer's note:

"Alison Murray's Knitted Gingerbread House Is Helping To Raise Money For Great Ormond Street Hospital in London. Read the latest news at"

The Gingerbread House project - window

How cool is this?!

Photographer's note:

"From The Gingerbread House - a knitted house made in aid of Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital, and North Devon Hospice. (Photographed at the ICHF Creative Stitches and Hobbycrafts event in Brighton)"

Friday, December 11, 2009

Lonicera xylosteum ... Freeform Crochet Scarflette

And just one more. To see other designs she's made, please click on the photo. There are many other images, all of them just as captivating as this one is.

Her photo note:

"Please see our profile, thank you very much for your comments!!!"

Keep knitting and inspiring!

Chimerical Flowers ... Freeform Crochet Necklace

Here is a close-up of one of irregular expressions' neck pieces . . . isn't this fun? A riot of color, texture and textiles~

Elan ... Knitted Neckwarmer / Scarflette - Brown - Cream / Pink Flowers

This knitter has captivated me with her whimsical knitted neck warmers!

I love it when knitting goes beyond the normal knit and purl and into the realm of fun and fantastical. And, as all the photos from this knitter show, they all look great with this cute black scoop neck tee.

Nice work!!

So, What Are Poetry Mittens?

What's a poetry mitten?

This excerpt comes from the Knitting Daily site

In the January/February 2008 issue of PieceWork magazine, Veronica Patterson told us about a fascinating knitting tradition in early America: Women would choose a favorite poem, and knit the text into their mittens. There are several examples of these charming mittens in the Smithsonian, and so Veronica and Jane Fournier decided to knit up a modern version for the PieceWork audience. That mitten pattern made that issue one of our most popular back-issues ever.

That's when we decided to have the poetry contest, so we could have a pattern inspired by YOU.

Our newly updated pattern PDF contains the full instructions and charts for the 2008 PieceWork mittens, as well as an all-new chart for Anglea's winning poem-knit-into-mittens. We've also included Veronica's article on the history (and the mystery!) of poetry mittens, plus photos of everything because photos are the best part!"

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To read more:

More Poetry Mittens!

SPdp, originally uploaded by stringplay.

"8/06: Dorothy Parker Poetry Mittens for Kelly's 21st Birthday; used 1995 Piecework magazine pattern for number of stitches; size 1 needles and Norwegian Rauma yarn from Arnhild's Studio in Iowa"

WIP: Hope Poetry gloves: Back

Photo note:

""Oh Wind, if Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?" - Percy Bysshe Shelley, Ode to the West Wind"


Poetry Mittens

Poetry Mitten Feb 2008

Another view of Poetry Mittens

Poetry Mitten

Poetry Mitten, originally uploaded by cherylefrancis.

How wonderful to carry a poem in (or on) your hands!

Poetry Mittens

DSC_3540, originally uploaded by ebbalisa.

Photo note:

"Mittens inspired from Poetry in Stitches by Solveig Hisdal."

These are so beautiful, the colors rich!

Latvian Mitten Stamp

Latvian Mitten Stamp, originally uploaded by PhoebeJ.

Beautiful! This knitter tells us:

"I read in Latvian Mittens just how important mittens are in Latvian culture. How brides need 120+ pairs of mittens to give away at their there are mitten folksongs and poetry, etc. Here's some evidence. They show mittens on their stamps!"

christmas red scarf

christmas red scarf, originally uploaded by wikstenmade.

Luxurious in red - great knitted scarf!

Photographer's note:

"wiksten holiday collection, dec. 10

merino + cashmere, handmade by me"

You did an awesome job! Cute photo, too.

Richard's Knitted Scarf

Richard's Knitted Scarf, originally uploaded by

Love it! Great man's scarf. Click the link to visit this knitter's site:

Knit Scarf

Knit Scarf, originally uploaded by Buckster's Pics.

So many scarf designs, so little time!

This knitter says:

"Once again, using up left over yarns, I knit up this scarf...I am liking it so much I think I just may keep this one for myself!"

Let's hear it for left-over bits of yarn! That's a whole 'nuther focus. . .

Funky Knit Scarf with Ruffle

Funky Knit Scarf with Ruffle, originally uploaded by IamSusie.

Photo note:

"I rarely photograph my knitting. This scarf is knit from hand spun yarn my mom gave me last Christmas. The cool weather inspired me to finish it. The ruffle is crochet in a contrasting hand spun yarn."

I'm glad you did take a photo - I love how this turned out!

Hand knitted scarf neck warmer for man women handspuned handpainted wool

Another variation from the same knitter. This time in a garter stitch, using variegated yarn.

Photo note:

"This super chunky and soft scarf neckwarmer was hand knit with a 100% wool yarn.
The nature of the stitch makes the yarn extra thick, so it will keep its wearer toasty warm and it is wool yarn super soft.
Width: 5.9"(15 cm.)
Length: 34"(87 cm.)
If you would like a different colour, or different style of button feel free to contact me with your choices and I can set up a reserved listing for you.
Material: 100% pure wool, ribbon
Cleaning: handwash in cool water and lay flat to dry."

Hand knitted scarf neck warmer for man women gray

I love this. I made a similar scarf for my daughter last year, and need to photograph it for the blog.

This knitter says:

"Hand knitted scarf neck warmer color blue-gray. It is attached with two buttons.
My clothes can be used directly on the skin, even those sensitive to wool, as it produces no itching or irritation.
Width: 5.9"(15 cm.)
Length: 28"(71 cm.)
50% wool, 50% acrylic

One of the things I like about this neck warmer is the moss stitch, which is so versatile, and can turn many yarns into something even more special. Not to mention how the work lies flat, which is nice for regular scarves as well.

Handknit Scarf with Knitting Needles

Very pretty! This knitter tells us:

"Blogged here

I am knitting this scarf with size 17 Brittany birch knitting needles. I love all of my fiberarts tools!"

Chevron Scarf knit with Socks That Rock

It's scarf season!

This knitter says:

"This has been a work in progress for quite a while. It's probably about 75% done now and I still love it. I just don't knit enough right now.

I was playing with the boyfriend's camera this afternoon and couldn't resist some knitting pictures in addition to the cookie pictures I was taking.

This scarf (in case you don't know) is from Last Minute Knitted Gifts and is being knit with Socks That Rock mediumweight yarn in Farmhouse and Watermelon Tourmaline. It's awesome. The yarn, I mean. You would never guess that it's wool. Really."

christmas knitting 2006

Another view, and notes:

Calorimetry from Knitty for mom since she wears her hair back all the time."

christmas knitting 2006

This is such an interesting piece, I was curious to learn more.

Here are the notes and links to go with:

Calorimetry open so you can see the way the yarn all matches up. Knit in Patons SWS - a soy wool blend in the color natural earth. Took one skein with some left over because I wanted the pattern to match up."

another gift knit

another gift knit, originally uploaded by

This knitter has been busy, and what a gorgeous piece. Here are the notes to go with the photo:

"Project Specs
Pattern: Hemlock Ring Blanket by Jared Flood
Pattern Source: BrooklynTweed and The Canadian Spool Cotton Company
Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, 287g Pale Khaki (620 yds)
Needles: US 10 Denise circular needles
Finished Size: 41" in diameter at the widest points

This is another one of those gifts that I'm sad to have to part with! I definitely won't mind knitting one for myself someday though. :)"



Knit mini Christmas ornaments

Very cute. Again, knitted mini Christmas ornaments.

To learn more:

"I knit these ornaments for our Christmas tree. Blogged here"

Mini knitted cap, mini knitted mittens, mini knitted scarf ornaments

Merry christmas! Häid jõule! Kellemes ünnepeket!

These are so sweet! I love miniature knits, and bears are dear to my heart.

Here's the photo note:


These are just adorable~


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