I finished my potholders for the swap! They are currently flinging themselves up to Massachusetts, and I will patiently (not) wait  for my five unique potholders that will come in return. These were fun to make, but my hands needed frequent brakes because crocheting so tightly with cotton gives me clawhand.

I considered challenging myself with a more interesting pattern, but I feared that would have resulted in unfinished potholders. So I stuck with my own free pattern, Maggie’s Kitchen, and tried to make them very colorful and fun. The yarn is Cotton Classic, and a bunch of the colors came from my Mom’s remnants from this blanket.

before and after, finally!

The other half. All done!

I finished my hallway! What a transformation. All the painting, caulking, and assembling of the Ikea items gave me clawhand for about a month straight. But it’s the best room in the house now. I like to go in there every once in a while just to look around.

We call this space The Hallway. A better description might be Broom Closet, Linen Closet, Pantry, Medicine Cabinet, Homebrewing Headquarters, or Board Game Storage. Anywho. We all love it. There is still a lot of unused storage space, so I think there will be gradual reorganization to get everything in the right spot.

the mittens with no name

And last but not least, I finished my Swap Mittens! (And my swap partner received them, which is why I can show them to you.) These were certainly clawhand-inducing mittens.  I designed a mitten and started knitting it. But the pattern wasn’t exactly how I wanted it. So I tried different yarn. And it still wasn’t right. Then I redesigned the pattern, but the mitten was too big. So I ripped back to the beginning and adjusted the chart. And FINALLY they were right.

I love them, not only because I think they’re pretty, but because I worked hard to get this idea out of my head. And I stuck with the idea even though it wasn’t translating well on the pins. The pattern…is forthcoming. I’ll let you know.


latest projects

Maggie's Kitchen

I crocheted what feels like a hundred potholders. I originally planned to participate in this year’s Potholder Swap! but the timing just didn’t work out. I had already made a bunch of little pieces, but then I got busy with the Graveyard Socks and other things. No swap for me. Sad, especially because last year I got the best bunch of potholders ever.

But then the yarn store I teach at, Common Threads Yarn Shop, decided to have a ‘little cotton gifts’ workshop. Potholders are, of course, the perfect little cotton gift. Yay! This Saturday (Apr. 10 from 11am – 2pm) I get to share my growing love for crochet with the masses at the yarn shop. The workshop is free, you don’t need to sign up, and there will be free patterns for a number of little cotton gifts.

Maggie's Kitchen

The pattern for my little potholders is based on and inspired by Bea Aarebrot’s Crochet Potholder pattern. With Bea’s permission, I will be publishing my own version, complete with five edging choices, and offering it for free download. I’m polishing up the pattern as we speak, and should post it by the beginning of next week.

Maggie's Kitchen

Another project I’ve been working on is my Saroyan Shawl. I’ll be teaching a project class for the shawl on April 17th at Common Threads. The design is fantastic, fun to knit, and I used a really, really fun yarn – Silky Wool (or as Cindy calls it, Silly Wool).

Saroyan Shawl
on display at the shop

Saroyan Shawl
looks better on the dress form than on me

Keep an eye out for the free crochet pattern! It’ll be ready soon…