on the needles – Friday the 13th

DSCN4092  My Ounce of Flounce  – Loopy Academy striping project – is moving along nicely considering I just cast on for this project two nights ago.  Simple garter stitch.  I’m just sort of winging how many rows of stripes and how wide they are in the middle.  This is going to be very soft and light to wear.

The cast on took a while since I decided to make it longer than the pattern called for – I made it half again as long in number of stitches so casting on for the flounce took a good number of stitches.  The yarn, tho sport weight actually feels more like fingering so I went down a needle size from the pattern to get the fabric I wanted.  This is great tv/bus riding knitting.

I’ve updated my 2015 knitting stash page to add in this yarn purchase for this project.  So the totals to date – 206 yards used and 1380 yards added.  The good thing – everything that’s been added to the stash is for my two Academy projects and it will soon go in the used totals.  I’ve got my Hobbit Shoes on tap tonight to get their seams sewn so that I can get them felted this weekend.  I also plan to get my Luau Vest blocked so I can seam and finish the trim.  And just maybe I’ll finally get that last seam sewn on my featherweight cardigan so I can get the trim finished on that one two.  Can’t wait to add some more finished photos to the stash page. 🙂   Check out what is on everyone else’s needles at Judy’s.



I haven’t bothered to even turn on my computer much at home this week because every time I do I want to scream.  The barrage of emails saying “I can find the free pdf patterns” continues! I counted them up and there have been 20 emails since February 9 when I posted what I thought were rather explicit instructions (after the first deluge of emails).  This is insane.   Clearly I live in some odd little universe where I expect people to actually read what I write and what is in front of them — reading and comprehension, very important.   And yes, if you think I sound  a bit  very bitchy about this – I am.  Probably my all time pet peeve of blogging — I share something like a pattern for free and then have to waste time repeating myself over and over — 20 emails/two minutes to answer each one would equal an hour of my time sucked away that I can’t get back.  And it also makes me wonder why I would aggravate myself by adding any more free patterns if I have to deal with this nonsense!

I don’t know what part of my instructions to find the free patterns was not comprehensible but if words don’t work, we’ll try this one more time for those of you who always preferred picture books to actual words.

When I say to Go to the side bar – that is that column on the right hand side of the blog from where the text of the blog post is actually written. My picture is at the top of the “side bar”.


That is what the top of the sidebar looks like.  You scroll down the sidebar until you get to PAGES.

So you scroll past this

2 and past this

3until you get to this

5 Notice in the gray header area it says PAGES.   If you look down this list to the bottom where this image stops, it says

FREE PDF QUILT PATTERNS.   Underneath that heading there is a listing of all the free patterns. that looks like this


6 You click on one of those names and it will open up a separate blog page.  On that blog page will be a link to get the pattern, or some may say they are no longer available (ones I haven’t reactivated yet) or I think one or two will tell you that the pattern is available for sale at Electric Quilt (it was a free pattern prior to my selling it and you can only now access those I sell through Electric Quilt if you have EQ7).

Now if you still can’t find  Livin’ the Tweet Life and Bird Bath then I guess you really weren’t meant to have them.

If anyone dares to tell me they still can’t find the pattern, may one million moths descend upon your house and eat holes in all your fabric stash.  Yes, comments are turned off and don’t send me emails. I don’t what to hear a single thing on this topic again.  Luckily once I rant about something I get over it quickly and, so as not to spoil the fun for all those who are able to find the files all on their very own (gold stars to each one of you!),  there will be additional free patterns that get added to that list – just not today!