Friday, January 13, 2017

Knitting and worms (?)

Have I peaked your interest?  

LOL.  I'll get to what I mean in just a second.

Right now I just wanted to share the last couple of knitting projects that I have completed.

Right after the holidays I bought yarn for several projects.  The first one I worked on was the Cotty Fingerless Gloves; and I bought this luscious lavender yarn that I couldn't resist and just had to find a pattern to work up to warrant buying it.  The yarn is Mrs. Crosby yarn and the color is called Monkey Orchid.  It is 75% superwash merino wool, 15% silk and 10% cashmere.. 

Here's my progress.

This is the picot edge.  It was a new stitch for me.

Here is the lace cuff.

This takes me to the beginning of the gusset for the thumb.

Woohoo.....I made a thumb.

.....and here are the finished fingerless mitts.

I think if I were to make these again, I would make a smaller size AND make the thumb just a wee bit shorter.  

My next project that I bought yarn for was for the boot cuffs. 

This was a worsted weight yarn by Feza made in Turkey.  It is a 100% extrafine superwash merino wool.  The color is called Oleaster.

These took no time at all to make.  Very simple.

I made them to compliment the new Sorel boots that I bought.  

and I think they go really well with my fashion boots, too,

Now to the worms that I mentioned.

......LOL.  Not that kind!

Actually,  I went to the sporting goods store to find a WORM BINDER.  I am all about organization; and we as crafters know that if you want to buy something in particular for your craft, it is usually expensive especially if you go to the fabric store, yarn shop, etc.  If you think outside the box, you can usually find something that works well for you from an unconventional setting.

I needed something to store and keep my circular needles more organized.  My sister-in-law said she was looking into worm binders.    

So I looked at a couple and decided to buy this one because not only did it have the plastic sleeves to hold the needles, but it had good sized zippered pockets on the outside to store other little essentials.

Now, being the girly, girl that I am, I didn't want my bag to say anything about Sports, so I removed that tag and when I was in Texas back in November at the Silos, I bought a "patch" from Magnolia and that is what I am going to stitch back in that same spot.  

Also, I needed my "soft" bag to be a little more sturdier so that my needles would not get broken from the weight of something pressing on this bag, so my hubby cut me a piece of plexiglass (actually it is some airplane windshield that my father-in-law had.  He was an airplane mechanic) that will slip into the pocket on one side.  Now I have a sturdy bag.  I should mention here that there were worm binders out there that had firm covers, but you couldn't get more than a business card into the zippered pockets and I didn't want to struggle to get things in and out of them.  

It fits perfectly.

Lots of room in the outside pockets for lots of odds and ends.

I have labeled my sleeves and put my circular needles in their respective places and I am feeling good about being able to easily find whatever circular needle that I may need in the future.  

Remember, not so long ago, I had made a bag to hold ALL my needles, but every time I wanted to find something, I had to take them all out and look for the size.  Now I have a container for my long needles and crochet hooks, a worm binder for my circular needles that are over and above the set that I bought  a year or so ago.  That set only has certain sizes and it never fails that you always need something you don't have on hand.  I love being organized.  

Always think outside the box. .....or worm binder as the case may be.  


  1. Clever girl, clever organization! With all our stuff needed for these passions - whether it be knitting or quilting, anything that helps to centralize and contain notions, etc. is a huge time saver.
    Well done!!!

  2. I love the idea of using something out of the box for organizing. I'd love to know why these are called worm binders--but I'm a word person, always looking for why a word is used. Regardless, it looks like your binder would do a fantastic job of organizing your needles. lol Sometimes I think we love organizing our craft stuff as much as making the crafts.

    The gloves are pretty impressive. The picot edge on the cuff is beautiful and the lacey part is perfect. Oh, and good job on the gusset and thumb. I bet you had fun figuring that part out.



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