The 1898 Hat by Kristine Byrnes is a free pattern on Ravelry. We sell a lot of yarn for them at my LYS, Yardgoods Center in Waterville, Maine. It may help that we have a great sample, in hat and headband form, right near the cash register! I've been in Maine now for three winters. Winters … Continue reading 1898 Hat – A different construction
In the last twenty-four hours I've chosen two patterns that called for a CDD. I'm not sure that I've ever encountered a CDD before. No, really. It's the truth. That said, I do know what a CDD is! It's a centered double decrease. Essentially, what it does is decreases one stitch on either side of … Continue reading CDD
I finished my gloves today. The colors make me so happy! The fit, not so much. These gloves were "copied" from one of our customers. She is a wonderful knitter and came into the shop one day with gloves made with Adriafil's Stella Jacq yarn. We had a couple of balls left on the shelf … Continue reading Color in the Winter – Happy Gloves
First finished object is the Ruche Beret by Susan B. Anderson. I love this hat and hope that the new owner will wear it through some challenges and into a lifetime of good health. I knit this for a friend from college who has a friend going through chemo treatments. I knit this in this … Continue reading Starting the New Year off with FOs!
It's almost time for me to make those resolutions that I never manage to keep ... so this year, as I enter 2018, I am resolving to be kind, to think positively, and to remember to write 2018 on my checks! For Queen Bee Knits, that means to get the planner for next year out, … Continue reading Wrapping up 2017!
As knitters, it seems that we are programmed for using our craft to make the world a better place. Knitting chemo caps, hats and mittens for the homeless, blankets for women in domestic violence shelters, sweaters for penguins, purple hats for babies, helmet liners for soldiers, "knockers" for mastectomy patients. The list of charitable knitting … Continue reading Knitting for Good
I've just finished a long project (like any good knitter, I kept finding other projects to do) that was a true work of love. My college roommate, Mary Frances, aka Muffin, asked me to copy her lifetime Christmas stocking for her new grandson and daughter-in-love. I had no pattern but assumed that I could copy … Continue reading Ho! Ho! Ho! No More UFO!
A BIG wind came through Maine and New England last weekend. Some places reported 75 mph wind gusts. We didn't have nearly that type of wind but we did experience 20+ mph sustained winds from directly across the lake. Wind and rain belted our house! If you haven't heard, there were half a million homes … Continue reading Power-less
My daughter was married on September 30th in New York. It was a perfect weekend spent with my family and now-extended family, too. When a family grows by birth or by marriage, it is a time to count your blessings and celebrate life. I counted my blessings so many times that weekend. I'm grateful for … Continue reading My Daughter’s Wedding
Back in July 1972 my parents sent me to Maine to a sleep-away girls camp called Medokawanda. I had no way to know how much I would grow to love this camp and the people associated with it over the next four summers. It doesn't hurt that I happened to meet my future husband there. (Bonus!) … Continue reading A Return to Camp and Belonging