Show Some Love to the Brits!

With all the British love going around now that the Olympics have started, I thought it would be fitting to share some British inspired knits. If you don’t already have some knitting in your hands as you cheer Michael Phelps on to winning another gold medal, then maybe one of these quick knits below will get your hands itching to move as you watch those sexy guys playing volleyball.


Best of British Bunting by McAree Brothers


Union Jack Teacosy by Anna Elliott


British Flag by Anna Felder


God Save The Queen Gauntlets by Chris Abbott

Call For Submissions: Creative Knitting

Creative Knitting Magazine
Creative Knitting Magazine is looking for a few good knits. If you’ve been itching to enter one of your designs for consideration, now is your chance. Two deadlines for their 2012 season are just around the corner:
August 11, 2011 and September 30, 2011
To learn more about what they are looking for and how to submit your design(s), click on the following link:

Knitting and Crochet Blog Week 2011: Songs to Knit & Crochet By

This is the last installment of the Knitting & Crochet Blog Week. Today’s installment asked us to write about our knitting space and those things that we have around us when we knit/crochet. However, because I’m constantly on the move, there is no set place or things I use when knitting. The only constant is music. So, I figured I would end this week by sharing with  you a list I put together of songs to knit and crochet by.

Songs When Shopping For New Yarn

1. Whatever You Like by T.I.

2. The Look of Love by Diana Krall

3. My Love, Sweet Love by Patti LaBelle

4. Damn U by Prince

5. Take My Breath Away by Jessica Simpson

6. Shameless by Garth Brooks

7. I Only Have Eyes For You by Jamie Cullum

8. Hello by Lionel Richie

Songs for Extremely Difficult Projects

1. You Know I’m No Good by Amy Winehouse

2. Bad Romance by Lady GaGa

3. Disturbia by Rihanna

4. Tainted Love by The Cure

5. Poor Unfortunate Souls by Jonas Brothers

6. Hot ‘N Cold by Kathy Perry

7. Don’t Trust Me by 3Ho!3

8. An Evil Night Together by Jill Tracy

Songs for Projects that Seem to Take Forever!

1. One Step At A Time by Jordan Sparks

2. It’s The Climb by Miley Cyrus

3. Almost There by Anika Noni Rose

4. Keep The Faith by Michael Jackson

5. Survivor by Destiny’s Child

6. One More Day by the cast of Les Miserables

7. Strength. Courage. Wisdom. by India.Arie

8. Mercy by Duffy

9. Our Day Will Come by Jamie Cullum

10. The Best Is Yet To Come by Michael Buble

Songs for Frogging

1. I’m Not Gonna Cry by Mary J. Blige

2. The Fine Art of Poisoning by Jill Tracy

3. Move by Jennifer Hudson

4. Bad Day by Daniel Powter

5. You And Me Are Gone by Jamie Cullum

6. End of the Road by Boys II Men

7. One Last Cry by Brian McKnight

8. There You Go by Pink

9. Shake It Off by Mariah Carey

10. Love Is A Losing Game by Amy Winehouse



Working for several years in theatre I picked out a few tips and tricks that helped me in my career. Always show up early for any call. Remember the director’s favorite coffee and pet peeves. Always carry a wrench. And even the most big-headed demanding diva actor can be tamed with chocolate!

Seeing chocolate bars being used as medication in the Harry Potter books didn’t surprise me. I have seen first hand the magical powers chocolate can have over someone. People seem nicer, talk softer and smile more when chocolate is in their system.

To me, chocolate is an essential tool for any knitter to have in their bag. Got a sweater that’s driving you crazy? A sock you’re ready to set on fire? How about a pattern written so badly that you are seriously considering sending a letter bomb to the designer? Instead of resorting to something that might get you jail time, just reach for a piece of chocolate. Trust me, after a couple of bite, all the world will be made right again. (But you still have every right to write a nasty letter to that designer whose pattern is on crack.)