Monday, February 23, 2009


Down load a PDF of Escape.

Instructions for Gay’s Netted Shawl:

350 yds worsted weight (#5) yarn
Size 13 needles

Gauge is not critical to this project.

kfb: knit into the front and back of the stitch
k2tog: knit two stitches together

Loosely cast on 34 sts.

Set up:
row 1: Kfb, k to last st, kfb
row 2: K

Begin pattern:
Row 1: Kfb, k1, *y, k2tog* rep from *to* to last st, kfb.
Row 2: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2.
Row 3: Kfb, *k2tog, yo* rep from *to* to last 2 sts, k1, kfb.
Row 4: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2

Repeat rows 1-4 to desired length. Knit 2 rows, Bind of all sts.
Weave in ends, block if needed.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Project Spice

Project Spice is underway.

It all began innocently. I went to buy a manure spreader from a friend, a spinning friend. I got the spreader and came home with this as well:

On Feb 14 we went to Shearing Day at Rising Meadows Farm:

Muppets waiting to be fleeced.

There were even babies:

I came home with this:

and this:

Spice a 3.4lb Corriedale Lamb fleece:
Freshly skirted(cleaned)

After a quick lesson and some reading, I decided to go ahead and wash the fleece.

It wasn’t hard at all, and it hardly took any time. I did it all in the barn, where I’ve got access to super hot water.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Cherry Tree Hill Socks

This is one of my most popular patterns. The sample was knit using Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino but you can substitue any sock yarn that knits well at this gauge.

Download a PDF of Cherry Tree Hill Socks.

Download a PDF for a plus size version of this pattern.... "Socks for Winnie"

Cherry Tree Hill Socks
Leslie Gonzalez

Size: Women’s small (6 ½“ foot circumference)/ and med (7 ½” foot circumference)

1 skein Cherry Tree Hill Supersock Merino(100% superwash merino; 4 oz / 420 yards).
Needles size US2 (2.75 mm) dpn
Darning needle

Gauge: 28 sts and 38 rows = 4” or 10 cm in st st. To save time, take time to check gauge.

DPN: double point needles
St(s): stitch(es)
Rnd: round
St st: stockinette stitch
K: knit
P: purl
Sl: slip
k2tog: knit 2 sts together
p2tog: purl 2 sts together
Ssk: slip slip knit.
st st: stockinette stitch

Cuff and Leg:
Cast on 48/56 sts. Arrange sts evenly on 3 dpns. Join in the round, being careful not to twist sts.
Cuff—Broken Rib stitch as follows:
Rnd 1: K1 P1
Rnd 2: K
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until piece measures 2”. Continue Leg in st st (knit every rnd) until leg is desired length.

Knit across 12/14 sts, turn work and purl across 24/28 sts. These are the heel sts. The other sts will be the instep stitches and will not be knit until later.
Work back and forth on heel sts as follows:
Row 1 (RS): *Sl 1 k1* repeat across row
Row 2 (WS): Sl, purl to end of row
Repeat rows 1 & 2 until 24 row have been worked (end on a WS row)

Turn Heel:
Row 1: Knit across 14/16 sts, ssk, k1, turn
Row 2: Sl 1, p5, p2tog, p1 turn
Row 3: Sl 1, k 6, ssk, k1, turn
Row 4: Sl 1, p 7, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 5: Sl 1, k 8, ssk, k1, turn
Row 6: Sl 1, p 9, p2tog, p1, turn
Row 7: Sl 1, k 10, ssk, k1, turn
Row 8: Sl 1, p11, p2 tog, p1 turn
Row 9: Small: Sl 1, k 12, ssk, turn
Med: Sl 1, k12, ssk, k1, turn
Row 10: Small: Sl 1, p12, p2tog. (14 sts)
Med: Sl 1, p13, p2tog, p1 turn.
Row 11: Med: Sl 1, k14, ssk, turn
Row 12: Med: Sl 1, P14, p2tog (16sts)

Knit across all heel sts and with the same dpn pick up and knit 12/14 sts along selvedge edge of heel flap (This is needle #1)
With another dpn knit across all (24/26) instep sts (This is needle #2)
With another dpn pick up and knit 12/14 sts along the other selvedge of the heel and then knit 7/8 stitches from needle #1 (This is needle #3)
The rnd now begins at the center of the heel.
Rnd 1: Needle 1: k to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: k
Needle 3: k1, ssk, k to end
Rnd 2: knit (no decreases)
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until 48/56 sts remain

Work even in st st until foot measures 1¾” less than desired length.

Rnd 1: Needle 1: Knit to last 3 sts, k2tog, k1
Needle 2: K1, ssk, knit to last 3 sts, k2 tog, k1
Needle 3: K1, ssk, knit to end.
Rnd 2: knit (no decreases)
Repeat rnds 1 & 2 until 24/28 sts remain, then repeat only rnd 1 until 12/12 sts remain.
Knit sts from needle1 onto needle 3. Cut yarn leaving an 18” tail. Using Kitchener st, graft remaining sts together.

Weave in loose ends. Block if desired.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

My Sweet Rosita

My Sweet Rosita

Named for my favorite Brown Eyed Girl.....Rosie.

This sweet purse is big enough for a cell phone, lipstick, and the few other items you’ll need for a night on the town. It conveniently hangs off your wrist like a bracelet.

This pattern is available at This & That

3712-B Lawndale Drive at Crosspointe Shopping Center in Greensboro, NC.


or buy it here:


Finished Size: 5” x 4 1/2 “

Materials: Knit One Crochet Too Tartelette #222 carnation (50g; 75 yds; 50% cotton/50% nylon) 1 skein*
Needles size US 11/ 8mm DPNs or 42 “ circular OR size needed to obtain correct gauge
Tapestry needle
Two 2 1/2” clasp bangles or bracelets

Gauge: 14 sts and 16 rows = 4’/10cm in st st.To save time, take time to check gauge.

*1 skein should make 2 purses.