Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Merry CHRISTmas!!

 Why do we have Christmas??

18 ¶Now the birth of Jesus Christ was on this wise: When as his mother Mary was espoused to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Ghost.
19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not willing to make her a public example, was minded to put her away privily.
20 But while he thought on these things, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a dream, saying, Joseph, thou son of David, fear not to take unto thee Mary thy wife: for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Ghost.
21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
22 Now all this was done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
23 Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us.
24 Then Joseph being raised from sleep did as the angel of the Lord had bidden him, and took unto him his wife:
25 And knew her not till she had brought forth her firstborn son: and he called his name JESUS. Matthew 1: 18-25

Everyone of us is born into sin and have done some thing wrong.  The Bible tells us that when we break one of God's laws we have broken them all because all the law is given by God.  Because we have broken God's laws we don't deserve to go to Heaven to be with Him.  BUT God knew from them beginning our dilemma and He had a plan!  A WONDERFUL plan.  It involved His One and Only Son and His Son agreed!!

His Son, Jesus, left the splendor and the magnificence of Heaven to be born in a lowly manger, grow up, walk this earth telling all about His Father and Heaven.  Then Jesus was arrested, beaten and died on the cross and went to hell to pay the price for the sin and the wrongs we do.  BUT He didn't stay dead!!  Three days later He arose and is alive today!

He paid the price for wrongs we do and made us in Right-standing with God.  When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior He makes us acceptable for Heaven.  What a loving Heaven Father and What a loving Savior He is to pay such a price!!  To forgive us and accept us!!!

If you don't know Jesus as your Lord and Savior I really want to encourage you to get to know Him.  He loves you so much and has your interest in His heart.  He is trust-worthy and He wants you to know Him as much as He knows you!  He is GOOD and LOVING!!

If you have any questions I would be happy to try to answer them.  But the best place for answers is God's Word the Bible.  The Bible says, "O taste and see that the Lord is good:  blessed is the person that trusts in Him."  Psalm 34:8

Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!  Have a very safe and blessed Christmas and New Year.




The January PAM will be late.

Friday, December 16, 2011

LAL-Part 2 of the back of the sweater

This is a quick post and will be the last for this LAL sweater until after the first of the year.

After you get the ribbing done knit the desired length of the back.  You measure from where you want the bottom of the sweater to end up to the nape of the neck.  The nape of the neck is the bottom of the back of the neck.  Knit to there and then stop and wait for the next directions.

If you are just finding this here (below) is where to start.   God bless!

First post to LAL (Loom a Long)
Two ways to knit

Monday, December 5, 2011

LAL Two ways to knit

I hope all of you are enjoying this LAL.  I know it is a busy time of year.  I promise I won't take this very fast.  Most of it will be done after Christmas, so just enjoy the doing of it and if you can't get started until after this busy time that is ok.  I want to thank you for joining me and I will be making pdf files for these directions for you to down-load.

But first I want to go over how to knit.  There are two ways to knit.  One is the e-wrap and the other is the flat stitch. 

Here are the directions for the e-wrap:
Depending on which way you casted on:  right to left or left to right you will be going back in the opposite direction.  So from the place you ended bring the wy to the back of the first peg and ...
 bring it to the opposite side of that peg...

 around toward the front of the same...
 bring around the front to the back
 around the back of that peg again to the next peg
and repeat.
Your e-wrap should look like a series of small case cursive e (plural es).  Put your tool in the bottom of the loop and bring it up and over the yarn and off the peg.  You can wrap all your pegs with the e-wrap and then knit off the series.  Do not wrap or knit the last peg, but bring the yarn around the peg to knit as the first peg of the next row.

Flat knit:
 Bring your wy to the front above the loop that is on the peg...
 put your tool in the bottom of the loop...
bring loop up and over the yarn and off the peg.  You will then have a new loop on that peg.  Move on to the next peg and to the end of the row.  Do not knit the last peg but bring the wy around the peg and knit it as the first peg of the next row.  This will give you a very nice edge for sewing panels together.

I hope this is a help.  Please write me if you have any questions.  I would like to hear from you.  Write me at my address in my profile and make sure to put in the subject line something about this LAL so I don't delete your note as spam.  Thank you.  God bless!!

Friday, December 2, 2011

Another snow picture.

Yesterday I took this picture.  It is a group of pine trees next to my house and the sun was shining through them.  It made me want to crawl in the middle of them--like a kid.  To go in the middle and dream!

From the Prewitt Kitchen!! Cranberry Salad!!

Oh my but this turned out so very yummy!!!  I made this for our Thanksgiving feast and I wanted to share it with you! 

This recipe is good for Thanksgiving but also for CHRISTmas dinner that is just around the corner.  What is especially good about this is that there is no sugar, it is naturally sweetened by the apples, oranges and especially the pineapple.  So it is great for diabetics and those watching their calorie intake.  And it taste fresh and clean.

Here is what you will need:

Package of fresh cranberries NOT canned!
4 apples core and chunk
4 oranges remove rinds and seeds if any, chunk
Fresh pineapple that has been peeled and cored, NOT canned!!  Cut in half and chunk.

Wash cranberries and remove any that are not good.  Grind all fruits in food processor and put in 4 quart bowl.  Mix and enjoy!

Have a Merry CHRISTmas everyone!!  God bless!

Loom-A-Long sweater

 I call this sweater "Throw-on Sweater" because it is just what it says--to throw it on.  I didn't make it with button holes or button, just throw it on to keep you warm on chilly days.  The name also relates to the scripture verse:  "Casting all your cares upon Him (the Lord); for He cares for you." 1Peter 5:7 in the King James version.  I also like the New Living Translation that says, "Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you."  This sweater, hopefully will remind us to do this!  The Lord loves you so very much!!

From the time I posted last week I hope this has given you time to collect  all the things you need to do this LAL (loom-a-long) sweater.  If not this post will be here for a while.  If you missed the last post here it is:
http://michiganloonyloomer.blogspot.com/2011/11/loom-long-sweater-project-throw-on.html
You will need to first go there and follow directions for the very first thing to do for this project.

OK Here we go!

We are going to start with the back of the sweater.  Measure your loom the number of inches as directed in the first post.  This is the number of pegs you will cast on.  Now if you are using Knifty Knitter Looms and using the largest round one but it is still not enough pegs DON'T worry!  Use all the pegs and you can make two panels to make the back the width you need.  You will make two panels, one for each side of this one you are going to do first.

You can use either e-wrap or flat knit.  Flat knit is what I will be using for this project.  It is placing the yarn on top of the peg and knitting off.  E-wrap is wrapping the pegs in a series of small case cursive es.

Terms you should know:
Tail-end of yarn
Work yarn-majority of the yarn that will be used to wrap around the pegs for knitting.  Abbreviation WY or wy
Ribbing-A pattern of knitting and purling to make bottom of sweaters and cuffs.  In this case we will knit 3 and purl 3.  This also help the bottom of projects from curling.

First loop and cast on.  I like to use the crochet cast on method.  It makes the bottom edge tighter and less loopy.  Here is what to do:

For the Loop:
Bring end of yarn around finger.  Make a cross with the yarn.
 Bring working yarn up through the hole for a loop.
Pull loop up through the hole...
and pull tight.
Place loop on first peg.
To cast on:
 Now bring working yarn up between pegs one and two (from the right of the first peg across to the left of that peg).  Bring yarn across the peg (from right to left) on top of the loop that is there.  This sounds redundant, I know, but I want to make sure that this is clear--I hope not as mud!  :-D
 Bring tool up under the loop and hook the yarn and down under the loop.
Pull through and...
 Place new loop on peg two.
Now bring wy around peg two from the right of it and across the top of the loop and go through the steps above until you reach the end of the measured loom.
We will start with ribbing and it is easier to remember what stitches to make when the loom is marked.  Do this by running masking tape the length of your measured loom and mark  with 3 knit and 3 purl all cross.  Start with 3 knits and end with 3 knits; add on if need be.
To purl:
 Bring wy under the loop
 Bring tool through the top of the loop and hook yarn.
 Bring new loop up through the old loop.
 Take old loop off peg.
 Put new loop on peg.

For the next 9 row you will follow this pattern of knitting 3 pegs and purling three pegs all across.  When you get to the last peg DO NOT knit.  Skip this peg and then wrap it for the first loop of next row.  Do NOT knit the last peg of each row, but knit it as the first peg of the next row.  This will give a very neat edge.  This is helpful for stitching panels together, which we will do when all the panels are done.

How to do the knit stitch 

Well this is it for now.  I will post again in a week or two to give you time to  do this.  If you have any questions please write me at my address listed in my profile.  God bless!!

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

December Placemat

Well here it is next door to December and to CHRISTmas!  Time to celebrate Jesus leaving His home in Heaven and coming to Earth to be our Savior and to show us the Right Way to live.  What a wonderful time of year!!  This is one of my very favorite Holidays and a most beautiful scenes with the fresh fallen show and the sun glistening off it!

The placemat this month is a stocking and will feature points both in the background as well on the sock.  Kaye Wood always makes me laugh when she talks about "pointless people"!  What she is meaning is how to avoid making points come together by adding a strip of fabric where they should.  Kaye is a very neat and talented lady.  I have learned a lot from her.
But this month we will be point-full people!!
 What you will need for each placemat:

Background fabric--1/4 of a yard of 2 different fabrics
1/2 yard of "sock" fabric
1/4 yard for toe, heel and crown
scraps for circles
1/2 yard for backing fabric
1/2 yard for stabilizer

What you need to do is to print off the pattern sheet located on the right side of this page found under "Links to my patterns".  All the patterns are on one sheet and are color coded.  You will need to draw out each pattern piece and attach the sock pieces together.

Background:  Of the two background fabrics cut 3 squares of each measuring 6 1/2 inches.
Cut the squares twice on the diagonal
In the above picture; once I cut on the diagonal once, I place this triangle on my cutting board where it shows a triangle with, of course, the point up.  The point is right on the cutting line, the sides are matched up with the triangle on the board.  This is perfect for finding the second center of the triangle.  Line up your ruler and cut.

I am using white and cream colors so it may be hard to see in this next picture, but lay out your new square alternating the colors.

Now lay the bottom piece on top of the left piece; right sides together (RST) and the right piece on top of the top piece RST.  With the white on top (I will refer to my colors, so it will be what you have chosen in place of my white) sew down the right sides.  All the seams will be 1/4 inch.  I want to say at this point that a 1/4 inch foot really does come in handy for accuracy.  Press seams to the darker fabric.  Spraying with water and a hot iron will get a nice crisp seam.  This is important for matching points.
Now lay those two piece on top of each other RST.
When you lay these on top of each other each color should be opposite of each other.

When matching start in the center where the two seams are.  The lines, from stitching should line up perfect.  Pin there.  Sew across but do NOT sew on your pins.

Now press to one side.  Do this to all your squares.  You should have 6 squares, 3 for the bottom and 3 for the top. Spray with water to make sure the seam is crisp.
Press both bottom and top.

The back should look like the picture on the left and the top like the picture on the right.


Now lay out your squares they way you would like them.  I alternated the colors.  Shown here:
Sew three squares together for each row.
When laying the two rows together, RST, make sure that the sewing lines match up.  Just like in the picture above when making the squares.  Here it is again below.
 Sewn together, top of mat.  It looks like I added a metallic tape to the top of the seams, but I didn't.
 Bottom of mat
Now cut two 3 inch strip the length of the mat and sew one to the top and one to the bottom.  And trim mat so that it is about 18 1/2 inches long and 17 1/2 tall.



Now cut out your other pieces for the stocking.  And pin them in place.



 Turn the points on the crown and the edges toward the foot on the heel and toe under and pin and stitch down.   You can use a straight stitch or use a decorative stitch.   I used the blanket stitch on these.
Once that is done with matching thread use the satin stitch on to sew down the rest including the circles at the end of the points.

Trim up the mat.  It should measure about 18 1/2 inches long by 17 1/2 inches tall.  Cut stabilizer and backing to match and bind in your favorite method.  Mine is to put decorative threads in my serger and serge around the mat.
Here it is all done!  Enjoy!
I want to wish you and your family a very Merry and Blessed CHRISTmas!!

Dates Added

I just added dates to the patterns under "Links to my patterns" so you will know where to find the tutorials that go with them. Please find the tutorials under the year, month and day listed next to the pattern listed. Thanks and enjoy! If you have any questions please feel free to write me at the address in my profile.

Remember these are my own patterns that I drew the patterns for and wrote the tutorials for. I offer these patterns for free for you to make for yourself, as gifts, or even to sell BUT please do NOT claim my patterns as your own or put them on your website. You may put a link to my site on your website. Please be respectful. You would want the same respect for your patterns. Thank you. God bless.

Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs

This "Pre-Op for Sweaters and Shrugs" is to help you with sizing. There is a place for arm length, body length, wrist size---every thing you need to keep track of to make my sweaters and shrugs. The download button is on the right. You can copy off as many as you need sweaters and shrugs for. If you have any questions about this please let me know and I will try to help.