..knitting, sewing, and other random activities pursued
..Girl Guides of Canada : yep, Guiding Lives Here
..the 4 shops on Etsy : one features quality handmade items; the second has lots of patterns, & crafting supplies; the third is stocked with Vintage; and the fourth is guiding flowers.
Enjoy the r-anne-domness!
May 30, 2009
For me, they are patterns from back in the 60s and 70s - free patterns by Patons for Canadiana yarn.
I think I knit the slipper pattern exclusively for years! I didn't knit anything else, not even scarves!
But then I took up knitting again as an adult and I tried mittens. Of course I used the vintage Patons Canadiana pattern! It was also my first attempt at using dpns (what are dpns? double-pointed needles). After sewing the seam on my first ever pair of mittens, I then knit a pair on dpns so as to avoid those horrid seams!
And now, for anyone else needing a good, solid, vintage pattern for mittens, here is the vintage Patons Canadiana mitts pattern.
I need to find that slipper pattern and add it to my blog as well. I found a lovely typed out version here on a blog by 21st Century Girl, but I know I have it scanned somewhere as well. I'll add it when I find it.
If you'd rather buy knitted items than knit them, then you should check out my etsy shop! ennadoolf.etsy.com with a Knitting Boutique featuring handknit scarves, hats, dishcloths and more .. plus my own knitting patterns
This pattern was in a box of items I picked up at a yard sale. It appears that several women worked on it because the back of one of the patterns shows a list of which women were working on different colours.
I decided to type it out here, but you can also click on the scanned pictures to see the original pattern. I proofread my typing, but I cannot guarantee that I didn't make a mistake. Your best bet might be to work from the original. Please note: I have NOT tested this pattern.
approx size 54" x 72" including fringe
- 4 ply knitting worsted in 4 oz or 2 oz skeins or balls "sayelle"
5 skeins of dark green (10 - 2 oz balls)
4 skeins of yellow (7 - 2 oz balls)
4 skeins of tangerine (7 - 2 oz balls)
3 skeins of white (6 - 2 oz balls)
- 3 "Hero Justrite" metal hairpin fork or Hero Great Loom No. 120 G 3"
- Bone Crochet Hook, size 4 (old size) new size 6.00 (Aero) to cable strips together
- Bone Crochet Hook, size 3 (Aero) to crochet strips on hairpin
Stitch Gauge - approx 4 stitches - 1 "
Note: The instructions are given in the color combination listed above. However other beautiful effects may be obtained by combining colors of your own choosing. To assist you in planning an afghan we estimate that three strips of 297 loops each can be made from 1 four ounce skein of four-ply knitting worsted.
12 strips of 297 loops each of Green (Dark Rose)
8 strips of 297 loops each of Yellow (Med Rose)
9 strips of 297 loops each of Tangerine (Light Rose)
6 strips of 297 loops each of White (Grey)
To Join Strips: Following general instructions assemble as follows ... starting with the centre strip 1 (see chart) Tangerine pick up the first 3 lps -- then pick up first 3 lps of strip 2 White and pull through the 3 Tangerine lps on hook -- pick up next 3 lps of strip 1 and pull through the 3 White lps on hook. Continue to end of strips alternating the pick up of lps first from one strip then the other. With matching yarn sew the last 3 lps to end of strip.
Pick up the first 3 lps of strip 3 Tangerine and cable to strip 2 White, 3 through 3 lps to end of strip, fastening last 3 lps with matching yarn. Pick up the other first 3 lps of strip 3, then first 3 lps of strip 4 Yellow and pull through. Cable all strips together in like manner always starting at the same end of work so that all cable joinings will be in the same direction.
After all 35 strips have been cabled together finish off the two long sides by pulling 3 through 3 lps. With Green work a shell edge as follows ... attach yarn in back lp of first stitch. * work a sh of 1 sc - 3 ac - 1 sc in back of lp of next st -- fasten with a sl st in back lp of next st and repeat from *
Fringe: Cut yarn in 11" lengths and knot 4 strands of corresponding stip color in end loops, one each side of crocheted centre of every strip. Trim evenly to finish about 4" wide.
Place afghan right side down on a large flat surface and steam-press lightly with damp cloth.
If you notice any typos in this post as compared to the pattern, please leave a comment or contact me and I'll make the corrections a.s.a.p. Please note: I have NOT tested this pattern.
Happy Etsyversary to my 2nd shop on Etsy.
To celebrate, I will be adding free patterns to my blog later today!
Check back for them!
One will be Candle Light Afghan.
Another will be Rainbow Afghan.
We'll see if I have time to add a third. :)
May 25, 2009
But first! Here is a treasury I put together yesterday - while procrastinating, again, doing the dishes!
You can visit this treasury until Wed. May 30th at 3:40 a.m. EST. Then it will disappear. Forever. As I wish the dirty dishes would!
(UPDATED: Its expired now, so clicking it will take you to the main treasury listing page.)
Be sure to check out my Etsy shop ennadoolf.etsy.com for some nice cotton hand-knit dishcloths to help the task go a bit smoother.
May 21, 2009
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May 08, 2009
Our Unit is excited that all of our cookies have been sold!
But I'm sure there will be other Sparks, Brownies, Guides, Pathfinders, Rangers, and their Guiders at a Sears store near you.
Please support them!
While we're on the subject of Girl Guides, for those interested, I should tell you that I have vintage Girl Guide items in my new shop - Vintage And Such. I encourage you to check it out.
May 07, 2009
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May 04, 2009
Isn't she beautiful!
I just love her adorable nose!
I forgot to ask if this doll has a name, so I'll update this post if I find out.
Keisha contacted me in June 2008 - she goes to school in the UK and contacted me through my Etsy shop ennadoolf.etsy.com. I sell Topsy Turvy dolls in my Etsy shop and Keisha wanted to make her doll as a school project as part of her textiles coursework. We talked about the history of Topsy Turvy dolls and how it is believed that they were first created, and how such a doll may help to teach diversity.
From this website:
The Topsy-Turvy design dates back to before the American Civil War, when many of these dolls were actually mixed race – white on one side, black on the other. Often they featured a well-turned mistress of the house, backed by a raggedly dressed black servant. [...] Interestingly, after the Civil War, the design of the doll shifted somewhat and the dual identity became that of a white child and its black mammy caretaker, indicating that some conceptual difference had taken place in the minds of its creators.
Congratulations, Keisha - a beautiful doll!!