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25Oct/17
The back of my new design Turning Leaves Shawl or Poncho available on etsy JiSTknits and Ravelry

Turning Leaves Shawl (slash) Poncho

Finally… finally… finally I’ve written and published the pattern for my Turning Leaves Shawl / Poncho!

Why did it take so long you might ask? Well. Let me tell you. Time truly flies, doesn’t it? When my full time job ended in July, I had hoped to have lots of time available to leisurely write knitting patterns but… nooooo…. not so much.

So it’s taken months and taken a very professional path including tech editing and test knitting… Voila!

Turning Leaves Shawl or Poncho pattern available at JiSTknits on etsy and Ravelry

And from the back where you truly see the design elements:

The back of my new design Turning Leaves Shawl or Poncho available on etsy JiSTknits and Ravelry

You can see that the leaves are knit on as a border from front to back and run in two different directions. The center leaf is worked over short rows, joining the two sides. The shawl turns into a poncho by sewing three buttons evenly spaced along the lower front of the shawl. Yarn over sections are used as button holes, eliminating the need to knit in button holes! Easy peasy!

Pattern details:

The pattern calls for DK weight yarn and US #8 knitting needles. It can be knit in worsted weight on a #8 or bulky (maybe go up to a #10 needle).  If you choose to use a lighter weight yarn such as fingering, a smaller needle would be appropriate – perhaps a #6. In this case, additional rows can be added for length in multiples of 18.

Where can you find it?

This pattern is available as a downloadable PDF, click here to view the pattern on Etsy… or click here to view the pattern on Ravelry!

Please feel free to link your project to the pattern page on Ravelry… I’d love to see photos of your work. And as always, be in touch with any questions or suggestion!

Happy Knitting!

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20Sep/17
stained glass peace sign, tree of life mantle art, wire knit jewelry and more will be for sale at the Peace Fair on Sept 23, 2017

Peace Fair – Saturday, September 23

Peace. Is it black and white? Shades of gray? or Rainbow colors?

Explore all the shades of Peace on Saturday, September 23 at the Peace Fair. Located in Lahaska PA at Buckingham Friends Meeting on Rt 202/263, just south of Peddler’s Village from 10:30 am to 4 pm! Hope to see you there!

Peace Fair 2017 is located at Buckingham Friends Meeting in Lahaska, PA on Saturday, September 23 from 10:30am to 4pm

18Aug/17
Its my birthday and i'll have a sale if i want too so take 15% off any item in each of my etsy shops JiSTglass, JiSTknits, or JiSTjewels through Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Happy Birthday to ME!

It’s only once that you reach a milestone birthday… or any birthday for that matter… but all are cause for celebration! And in honor of my birthday, I’m offering 15% off Happy Birthday to Me Sale in each of my shops through Tuesday, August 22! Prices are marked down in each shop… no need for coupon codes on this one.

Click here to visit each shop:

JiSTglassJiSTjewels or JiSTknits!

Way back in early July, my husband and kids surprised me with a party and what a surprise it was! I had absolutely no idea. Who would think they were the focus of a surprise party almost 2 months before the actual occasion?! So yes, I was surprised.

And we had so much fun! My sister and her daughter flew up from Florida… My son and his wife drove in from Boston… My daughter and her boyfriend were instrumental in helping with planning…  Friends from near and far helped to celebrate back in July, and now it’s your turn!

Happy Birthday to Me!

04Aug/17
Hand knit chuppah for Jacob and Rachel's wedding in May of 2015

It is a tree of life…

Months ago (almost 2 years now actually) I mentioned a project that began with “I can do that” and proceeded to “what was I thinking?!” fairly quickly… knitting a chuppah for my son Jacob’s wedding.

Center square double tree of life chuppah for Jacob and Rachel's wedding in May of 2015

The center square complete and pinned to blocking boards.

Size. hmmm. 10′ x 10′? 12′ x 12′? How big should a chuppah be? Large enough for a bride and groom certainly plus the rabbi and two sets of parents and a small table to hold kiddush cup and more…

We determined that 10′ x 10′ would be a fine size for the roof of the chuppah… plus approximately 12″ draping down on all 4 sides to cover the wooden structure needed to hold it up. So, our chuppah project added up to a 12′ square. 12 foot square.

I chose a wool and nylon blend sock weight yarn in a natural or ivory color from elann.com which is literally machine washable. The yarn is smooth and knitted details show up beautifully. Now, how much yarn? Using the recommended gauge for sport weight yarn on size 6 needles, I calculated we would need approximately 14,500 yards of yarn. Thousand.  And math is not my strength. So I went ahead and ordered 90 skeins of yarn each with 163 yards totaling 14,670 yards!

This is a bit of the roof leaf and vine patterns blending into the leaf border which increased in size exponentially.

The yarn arrived and I cast-on 180 stitches to my US #6 needles. My plan was to first knit a center square depicting two strong intertwined trees. Once the square was complete, I would pick up stitches on all 4 sides and knit out from the middle in a vine and leaf pattern, increasing in the corners as you would for a shawl until I reached the 10′ goal – the width of the roof. From there, I switched the stitch to a series of  progressively larger leaves, placing beads along the leaf veins as I knit. Finally, I added beads to the bind-off edge as I knit each leaf to a point.

detail of the lace pattern with larger and larger leaves chuppah for jacob and rachels wedding in may 2015

The corners draped beautifully.

The center square, depicting 2 trees intertwined in the middle with cables and bobbles and branches and more cables burst off my needles but, of course I didn’t take the time to chart it as I knit, I just knit cabled and bobbled and branched until the square was complete. I’ve since gone back to try and graph it out but have had no luck. Once the center square was complete, I did map out the lace pattern and commit it to graph paper – so there’s that.

How long did this project take? A full 6 months of knitting every spare moment that I was not at work, eating or sleeping. By the end, I had so many stitches on my needles that I worked 4, 60″ double pointed needle sets – 3 holding stitches, and the 4th as my working needle. I timed each row to estimate how long it would take to finish… and would that be in time???!!! By the lastrow of leaves, each took an average of 2 1/2 hours to complete. I literally took days off from work to make this happen!

My calculations were a little off… I used only 65 of the 90 skeins of yarn purchased which amounted to 10,595 yards. I did mention math is not my strength!

And did I mention sitting for all those hours does not help you fit into the mother-of-the-groom dress?! No. It does not.

I finally finished knitting, just in time to ship the chuppah off to the florist in St. Louis where the wedding was held. As it turns out, the florist had poles made of birch trees that they usually covered with ribbon but for our chuppah and it’s natural tree theme, we asked that they leave the poles uncovered.

What do you think? Crazy, huh?

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31Jul/17
JiSTdesigns craft show display photographed at Bang!Boom!CRAFT! on Passyunk Ave in South Philadelphia July 2017

First steps back into the crafting life…

As some of you know, my full time day job ended as of June 27, 2017 when the nonprofit I worked for sold to a for-profit operation. A very sad day… which opened a world of possibilities!

So I’ve taken that first step into the crafting life… displaying my hand crafted stained glass and hand knit wire items at a larger regional craft fair this past weekend. Bang! Boom! CRAFT! was held in South Philly on Passyunk Ave and it was a beautiful day! Sunny with a breeze… couldn’t ask for a nicer day!

Next stop… The 18th Annual Peace Fair at Buckingham Friends Meeting on Saturday, September 23.

I’m currently applying to jury for other regional fairs so stay tuned…

 

 

14Aug/16
Skillshare course image knit a mobius with beads as taught by Jill Tarabar of JiSTknits

Learn From Me!

Years ago, I taught an Intro to Stained Glass class through our local adult ed program. This weekly course was fun as I was able to share my knowledge with adult students eager to learn a new skill. It was rather exhausting though as I needed to carry crates of glass, tools and supplies back and forth each week.

I recently took a leap of faith and jumped back in to the teaching mode. I’ve recorded my first video lessons for Skillshare.com, and awesome website that allows folks with some knowledge to share those skills with folks who are curious and anxious to learn. The class is set up in “bite-sized” chunks… short videos that you can watch over and over.

Skillshare classes are designed to be project-based, so my first class introduces the skills needed to knit a Mobius Infinity Cowl! You only really need to know how to complete a knit stitch. The class will cover these 3 additional skills:

  • Provisional Crochet Cast-on
  • Adding Beads as you knit
  • Kitchener Stitch

Skillshare is a subscription-based website which allows you to view unlimited video classes with membership. Click here to register for my class and get 3 months of Skillshare Premium for only $0.99 for unlimited access to this and thousands of online classes. Also included in my written pattern for a Mobius Cowl which you can also find in my JiSTknits Etsy Shop.

Here is the introduction video… Let me know what you think!

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26Jan/15

They call me a Fearless Knitter

And this is why…

What is the most challenging project you’ve ever thought about knitting? A sweater with shaping and sleeves? A lace shawl? A handbag?

I’ve started a project that is huge in so many ways… It’s really big… and really important!

I’m knitting a Chuppah cover for the wedding of my son and his wonderful fiancé!

For those of you who don’t know, a Chuppah is the structure under which a Jewish bride and groom wed. Often a simple fabric covering provided by a synagogue, florist or the wedding venue, in our case it will be a combination of hand knit cables, lace, bobbles and beads!

As you can imagine, it will need to be large. Not only do the bride and groom stand under the chuppah but also the rabbi and cantor, and sometimes even the parents of the bride and groom! We’re talking 8′ x 8′ minimum for the “roof” and then at least another 12″ draping down around all 4 sides…. that’s 10 ft. by 10 ft. of knitted fabric! Yikes!

Step 1: How much yarn will it take to knit a 10′ x 10′ (or more) square?

30Nov/14

ShipFREE Cyber Monday thru Dec. 14th!

December… De-summerJiSTdesigns offers free shipping from Cyber Monday (Dec. 1) through  ill-timed summer vacation ending on Sunday, Dec. 14

What happens when you plan a vacation… your summer vacation… for the first week in December? Free shipping, that’s what!

Yes. My vacation is ill-timed for an artist selling online, but it has been planned for over a year and (yeah!) it’s here!

So beginning on Cyber Monday, December 1 through Sunday, December 14, I’m offering FREE domestic shipping on any items purchased in either of my etsy shops.

Shop JiSTknits on Etsy!  Shop JiSTglass on Etsy!

Please be aware that all items purchased (after Dec. 3) will ship on Monday, December 15.

If you are interested in a Chanukah Menorah, please do purchase before December 3 to insure delivery before Chanukah begins!

Thank you and Happy De-summer!

18Aug/14

JiSTdesigns… Open for Business!

Take a look at my hand knit wire bracelets, necklaces and earrings! What do you think?

I’m having fun creating one of a kind jewelry items, many with glass or fused glass elements. There is more to come so stick around!

Little by little it all will come together…

Taking it to the Streets!