Category: Knitting

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A friend told me that March 1st was National Pig Day. She was making the piggie to celebrate. She did an awesome job. It was Scarlett Royal’s gem. It looked like fun so I made three. Two still need to be stuffed and sewn closed but here is my finished project with the matching baby hat.

The color of the hat is the actual color of both. By the way, the hat is alternating e-wrap for a few rows and then flat-wrap on a 24 peg (blue KK). Now to make two more matching sets.


Rewards of two days of 2 mile walks three angles of the same sunset

And finishing this cute little guy:

Life is good.

Loom Knitting Sunday

No prompt. Just pictures, as bad as they are of what I’ve finished recently.

The tiny sock took me ages because it was on the KB2 loom that feels like it will break as you work. I’m glad my friend Kay gave me the metal/wood one for Christmas. I plan to use it next. By the way, I frogged this sock. It was merely a learning situation. Speaking of frogging, that hat I was knitting on the circular needles has been frogged once more. Yep, starting over. I’m learning, slowly!



This little doll and toddler hat were fun and easy. Both projects are (doll here) patterns that I have memorized and modified here and there.

I don’t know if you can tell what this is. It is a mini goat and baby hat. The yarn has fun little bumps all over and that makes it hard to see features. I can’t think of something this yarn would be good for. I doubt the baby will like wearing the hat. It’s kind of itchy. But it makes a cute bag for the goat to hang out in. The mini goat is a Scarlet Royal pattern (scroll to the bottom of the page), the hat from LoomAHat.

Meanwhile, I have two other socks in the process, the knitted knocker, and the circular needle hat. Since I am being requested for more toys I will work on them the most and do these harder projects a bit at a time.


What a joyous January! <—Wednesday’s 1-Liner


This was an especially wonderful day. There was a meeting of the Hat Huggers. The chairperson rattled off how many charities our comfort items went to. It was very impressive.

Here is where I get to shine my nails on my chest. (And if I can’t on my blog where can I?) After the meeting our chairperson told me that the sheriff was very impressed with my stuffed animals and dolls. They were able to release them here locally to children in need and could I make lots more? I felt flattered but more, I felt I am useful. When you are in pain you wonder. But my distraction from the pain is going to a very good cause. I leave January happy. <—Jot

It has been a lot of fun participating in Just Jot It January. I hope I can keep up with writing every day. Having a one word prompt helps keep me writing. Thank you, Linda G. Hill!

Still tinking and frogging and knitting same little hat as days ago. I’ll get this knitting thing if its the last thing I do! I miss my looms! Why do I have to be so determined? Okay, so not one line–unless you put it on a big screen.

Both One-Liner Wednesday and Just Jot it January are brought to us by Linda G. Hill. Go here to find out how it all works.

Occasionally the occupant of this room (me) tries a different occupation. As most of you know, I love loom knitting. But I crocheted most of my life and had learned to knit as a teen. But when I found how little pain I got with the loom as compared to the other hobbies, I stayed with the favored one of my hands.

Today I saw a Youtube that I thought was going to teach me a new pattern for the loom but I was wrong. It was a way to cast on for knitting by using a crochet chain. Best of those two worlds! I couldn’t resist. I had to try. Now On Casted (OC) I’m left with the actual knitting of the thing. Sigh! Let’s hope I don’t have to have occupation therapy for this! By the way, I’ve added this to my projects on Ravelry. I’m darravels over there. Here is the creator’s Ravelry:

Have you watched Blue Planet? It is a favorite for me if I have insomnia. But somehow I needed a background show first to nap, then to attempt this new pattern. BBC was playing Planet Earth II when the nap overtook. Then it changed to Blue Planet. I love the ocean. I had wanted to be a marine biologist at one time but… life.  One can learn a lot when busy doing something else. 🙂

Oh, speaking of watching something. (This is Stream of Consciousness Saturday, right?) Before the nap, my honey and I were watching The Kindness Diaries. My friend recommended it as it is about to be taken off Netflix. Bring your Kleenex, not for the sadness but the overwhelming kindness that is shown. I’m on the last one where Leon is in Hollywood. What a beautiful story!


Here is Leon’s site:  And who knew? He has a book!

Needless to say it’s on my wish list.

But if I get as far as Hollywood, I need to see my favorite part of California (Unfortunately, they are the more expensive parts, which is why I don’t live there.)

Santa Barbara, Sunset over the Pacific Ocean at Arroyo Hondo Beach near the city of Goleta in southern California.

And my favorite place to walk:

Near lifeguard station 69 in Newport Beach, California in Orange County (OC)

Okay, Linda G. Hill, do I win?  She brings us both


with the prompt of ‘oc’


Go over and see how this works. It’s fun and keeps me writing every day. Thanks, Linda!




Check out Linda G. Hill’s site to learn about Just Jot It January. Today’s prompt is “Passionate”.

I had thought about other things to write about today but I am very passionate about the problem I’m having the Media+. I went for help from WordPress and their answer was clearing the cache. That worked last night, but today not so much, The problem is back. I will go back to working on something else besides the computer.

Wish I could show you a picture of the ear warmer/headband I’m making for my husband but the Media+ isn’t working. I have no energy to fight this daily. Getting very discouraged. If it gets fixed I will tell you about a school I worked for that taught from passions of students and teachers. I was very passionate about that school. But not today. Sorry. Back to loom knitting.

Newest Loom Knitting Projects

I love making these comfort dolls. I have the pattern memorized. All I need is leftover yarn and go to town. is where to find this addicting tutorial.




Scarlett Royal’s mini animals are another favorite. This mini-elephant is found here. They work up very fast and take very little yarn.



Oops, this little fellow strayed from his friends.



No single pattern here. Make a baby hat on the 24 peg loom. Turn the hat inside out and bring the cast-on loops back on. Divide up the loom to add tentacles. This little guy was an experiment of leftover yarn and three different loom knit curlycue tutorials. They say that preemies like these squid/octopi. Oh–I ended making this guy reversible. If it doesn’t go to a baby it may go to a kid that likes throwing a ball around.



Yes, another elephant. This one is so soft I almost kept it!20180101_121951


Here’s my squiddy of the day. I’m getting better at the tentacles. I made this like a ball, too, so it can be a versatile toy.20180101_183738




I can’t remember where I learned about the Brioche or even if I am spelling it right. It was fun and I will try it again sometime. It went to charity alomg with most of the toys. (The dragon with to a friend.)







These little hats are reversible and will be warm!






I love this camo yarn. I need to get more of it. I love how it stripes up so pretty! By the way, sorry about the dog hair on the hat below. I don’t live in a vacuum and there are dog and cats that donate their love, too.






Well, that’s most of them. Some are too dark to see so I didn’t share those. Some I’ve forgotten to take pictures. About five or more are still in progress because I can’t seem to ever just do one at a time. I got a new sock loom from a friend and I have several other new looms to try out. As most of the new projects are with the yarn from a friend, they will go to friends. But those done with the donated yarn go to charity.

I want to make sure that credit goes to those I learned from, the Santa Hat is LoomaHat, the toys are LoomaHat and Scarlett Royal. The cowl hood is mostly Tuteate. The rest are combinations of them and my own ideas.







Felting: The Complete GuideFelting: The Complete Guide by Jane Davis

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a beautifully illustrated, how-to book. I loved that it was ring-bound rather than a glue and stitching binding. It makes it easy to hold the book open on the page as you try the methods. If I were working on the projects presented I would be ever so grateful. But I’m trying to make other things.

I think if one were working on a wet felting this would be even better as your hands would be too wet to turn pages that accidentally flip.

If I had read this before the era of YouTube I might have given it five stars. But, hey, there are so many tutorials out there to walk you through everything. So, if you don’t have a computer go check this out at the library, or if you have the cash, buy it. You’ll love it. I’d love to see what you make!

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