Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Knitting Poem

Cute sock rhyme from 1887 Jenny June Knitting and Crochet manual


A Stocking In Rhyme

To knit a stocking, needles four,

Cast on three needles and no more;

Each needle stitches eight and twenty.

Then one for seam stitch will be plenty.

For twenty rounds your stitch must be

Two plain, two purl alternately.

Except the seam stitch which you do

Once purl, once plain, the whole way through.

A finger plain you next must knit,

Ere you begin to narrow it;

But if you like the stocking long,

Two fingers' length will not be wrong.

And then the narrowings to make,

Two stitches you together take

Each side the seam; then eight rounds plain,

Before you narrow it again.

Ten narrowings you'll surely find

Will shape the stocking to your mind;

Then twenty rounds knit plain must be,

And stitches sixty-five you'll see.

These just in half you must divide,

With thirty-two on either side;

But on one needle there must be

Seam stitch in middle, thirty-three.

One half on needles two you place,

And leave alone a little space;

The other with the seam in middle,

To manage right is now my riddle.

Backward and forward you must knit,

And always purl the backward bit;

But seam stitch, purl and plain, you know,

And slip the first stitch every row.

When thirty rows you thus have done,

Each side the seam knit two in one

Each third row, until sure you feel

That forty rows are in your heel.

You then begin the heel to close;

For this, choose one of the plain rows;

Knit plain to seam, then two in one,

One plain stitch more must still be done.

Then turn your work, purl as before

The seam stitch -- two in one, one more;

Then turn again, knit till you see

Where first you turned, a gap will be.

Across it knit together two,

And don't forget on plain to do;

Then turn again, purl as before,

And sew till there's a gap no more.

The seam stitch you no longer mind,

That, with the heel, is left behind.

When all the heel is quite closed in,

To knit a plain row you begin,

And at the end you turn no more,

But round and round knit as before.

For this, on a side needle take

The loops the first slip-stitches make;

With your heel needle knit them plain,

To meet the old front half again.

This on one needle knit should be,

And then you'll have a needle free

To take up loops the other side,

And knit round plain, and to divide

The back parts evenly in two;

Off the heel needle some are due;

Be careful that you count the same.

On each back needle, knit round plain;

But as the foot is much too wide,

Take two together at each side,

On the back needle where they meet

The front to make a seam quite neat

Each time between knit one plain round,

Till stitches sixty-four are found;

And the front needle does not lack

As many as on both the back.

You next knit fifty-six rounds plain,

But do not narrow it again;

'Twill then be long enough, and so

Begin to narrow for the toe.

Your long front row knit plainly through,

But at its end knit stitches two

Together and together catch

Two first in the next row to match;

Then to the other side knit plain

Half round, and do the same again;

That is , two last together catch,

Two first in the front row to match.

At first knit four plain rounds between,

Then two, then one, until 'tis seen

You've knit enough to close the toe;

And then decrease in every row,

Until to stitches eight you're brought,

Then break the thread off -- not too short-- And as these stitches eight you do,

Each time your end of thread pull through. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Love tag

I was playing with paper again today. made this cute Love tag for a future scrapbook project.

Sunday, October 28, 2012


I finished another pair of basic socks. I am going to have cozy toes this winter!!!! Just basic knit socks, top down, size 2 needles, cast on 60 stitches, classic heel and toe. I used Deborah Norville Serenity sock yarn, the color Harlequin! Love the color, Love the socks!

Peanut Butter Cookies

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton

I read every single day. I enjoy reading a good book. And I read a lot of Good books. Sometimes I read a Great Book, Sometimes I read an amazing book. And every once in a while I read an extraordinary book. I have finished an extraordinary book today. The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton. This book has everything that I enjoy in a book, history, mystery, suspense, strong characters, a great setting. This books starts with an 8 year old girl sitting in a tree house, and finishes with that same girl sitting in the same tree house as an adult. I don't want to give any of the story away. Just Read this Book. It is a 5 star book for sure.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Altered Photo Journal

This Altered Photo Journal is available in my Etsy Shop.

Autumn Festival

I bought this wall decoration at the Autumn Festival today in Sioux Falls. I had a great time shopping and lunch with my sister.  I am not sure which room I am going to hang this in yet. There are so many places in my house that this piece would look amazing!

Monday, October 22, 2012


I need a masculine card. It is so very hard to make masculine cards.
I paper cut the fish, and made it into a card.

Sunday, October 21, 2012


I cut out this cute bookmark, then colored it with colored pencils, then blended the colors with a blending tool! I like the way that it turned out!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Sunday, October 14, 2012


It has been a month since I put any knitting content on my blog. I have been knitting, and paper crafting. It seems like my paper crafting has taken over my blog! Any way I have knit a couple of pairs of socks. Just Basic top down socks. Knit on size 2 needles, 1 inch ribbing, classic heel and toe. I had been knitting socks with a size one needle for a long time. But I decided to change things up and knit with size 2. Man O Man knitting socks with size 2 needles is so much faster for me!! It is size 2 needles from now on for me. Unless I find a pattern written in size 1 needles that I fall in Love with.
I used Walk Away yarn for one pair of socks and Red Heart Heart & Sole for the other pair. They fit perfectly and are so comfortable. I only wear hand knit socks! Lucky me! You need nice warm socks in South Dakota in the winter time that is for sure, and winter is just around the corner.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Corn Chip Pie

Corn Chip Pie

1 lb. hamburger
1 lg. bag corn chips
1 lg. can chili
1 lg. onion, chopped
2 c. grated cheese

Brown hamburger, drain.
Layer hamburger, chips, chili and onion and 3/4 c. cheese in casserole.
Repeat layers with remaining ingredients, ending with cheese.
Bake at 350° for 15 min or until heated through.

Makes 8 servings.

Friday, October 5, 2012


Little Miss Muffet card

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Apple Cinnamon Cake

Apple-Cinnamon Cake
Serves: 12
Source: Betty Crocker


1 box Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® spice cake mix
1 can (21 oz) apple pie filling
3 eggs
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Frozen whipped topping, thawed, if desired


1. Heat oven to 350°F (325°F for dark or nonstick pan). Grease or spray bottom only of 13x9-inch pan.

2. In large bowl, beat dry cake mix, pie filling and eggs with electric mixer on low speed 2 minutes. Batter will be thick. Spread half of the batter in pan. Mix sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle half of the mixture over batter in pan. Spread remaining batter in pan; sprinkle with remaining sugar-cinnamon mixture.

3. Bake 32 to 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean; cool completely. Serve with whipped topping. Store loosely covered.