Category Archives: Needlework

Old Time Quality – Singer Model 66 Treadle Machine Gets New Life

Singer Model 66
Singer Model 66

I recently came into possession of a 1929 Singer Model 66 Treadle Machine. It had belonged to my next door neighbor, Mrs. Dillinger, when I was young and, unknown to me, my aunt had bought it. My cousin kindly asked me if I wanted the machine when it was time to find it a new home. Continue reading Old Time Quality – Singer Model 66 Treadle Machine Gets New Life

My Copies of Let’s Knit! Have Arrived

Isn’t it beautiful? I can say that because I’m not the one who made the final book look so wonderful. That was done by a great team of people at Kalmbach Books and my editor who blogs too. Designing projects and writing the manuscript was plenty for me.

This book is for beginners to learn and gather confidence with 20 basic projects from functional to just for fun. Just looking at the book is a real treat to the eye as well. The layout is clean and modern but with a little edge thrown in. There are even a few of my own drawings in the instructions!

When the copies arrive here, it means they are ready to go and will be shipping soon from Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Books a Million and other booksellers. If you’ve got an idea you want to learn to knit, have a look. Let me know what you think; I love hearing from you!

Crochet Project for a Change – Fall Feeling

It’s still pretty warm here in Florida, but I’m working on the Fall Feeling with this new project. I had an urge to crochet and found this loden green yarn in stash as well as the brown. It’s woolease from Lion Brand so is nice and sturdy and washable – perfect for a throw.

As for the colors, I don’t know why I bought 10 balls of this green. It’s a pretty color, but I sure can’t wear it as a sweater – it makes me look sick. The brown, left over from earlier projects, is called Mink Brown and is a really lovely flecked and “fibery” color. Again, it’s not a good color for garments on me. SO, the next best thing is to make a warm and cozy blanket sort of project.

The hexagons are modified from an octagonal block found in one of my stitch dictionaries and they are simply edged with the brown. Single crochet holds it all together.

The hexagons don’t take very long to make but I figured out that I’ll have to make somewhere between 120 and 192 of them to make a fair sized throw. We’ll see if I chicken out early and it ends up more like a scarf!