I’ve started a group on Ravelry where I will be gathering up and posting all kinds of links to tutorials, designs, patterns, free patterns, and more.
I’ll be working on it, bit by bit to get information into it….
and you are so welcome to join!
In my previous post, LINK, I shared my mis-adventure when I sliced the top of my knuckle off with the edge of the belt sander. Ouch.
So, that posting was more of a ‘how NOT to’ than a ‘how to’…..
Luckily, my finger is growing back 🙂 and I have finished the chunky 3 bead necklace….
I left the beads to soak in a bowl of vegetable oil for a few days. Because grandbaby is going to be chewing them, I don’t want to use anything that could be dangerous to him on the beads.
And, that is why I am using organic cotton to spool knit the cords that hold the beads together. (Lion Brand Organic cotton).
I spool knitted 2 short cords and stitched them into the spaces between 2 of the beads, and one long one for the neck cord.
NOTE: The neck cord NEVER goes around the baby’s neck!!!
It goes around the neck of his grown ups, or is looped through the tie of the sling , so he can retrieve it when he drops it.
He only has access to it when he is being held and supervised, and not when he’s sitting in the car seat.
The big holes are great for chubby little fingers to hold onto…..
And those big beads are just so satisfying for a little guy to gum away on! (Well… to bite with his TWO new teeth!!!)
He absolutely loves the necklaces, and so do we.
A new design went live on the Lion Brand website today. It’s for a spool knitted Celtic Interlace medallion necklace.
A very beautiful Celtic Interlace necklace, even if I say so myself….
Since the pattern went live,
people have been saying:
Have you seen this? It looks just like one of your designs!’
And, with a grin that
reaches all the way round…
I have been responding:
‘Why yes! I have seen it…. and yeppers… it IS one of mine!’ LOL!
Here’s the link: Celtic Interlace Medallion Necklace pattern on the Lion Brand site
Spool knitting works beautifully for making jewelry, and I have designed lots of wearable pieces in spool knitting.
It was a pleasure to design these necklaces for Lion Brand. I used their ‘Vanna’s Glamour’ yarn, which is very springy and stretchy, so it works well for making lightweight, very comfortable jewelry. The touch of glitter in them is great, and I like that it is really soft, and not scratchy, like some metallic yarns.
Because of the flexibility of spool knitting, you don’t need fittings or closures for the necklace.
If you want to add beads, you can certainly do that, too…
I also wrote an article for Lion Brand about spool knitting, too:
One lady wrote to me, after reading the article and asked exactly what spool knitting is, and how is it done.
To see what you can do with it, and to see some video tutorials on how to do it, click on
Spool knitting on Crone-Findlay Creations (the video links are at the bottom of the page)
Happy Spool Knitting!
Recently, I noticed that -horror of horrors! – that there was a link to a dead file in my pdf pattern for the Spool knitted Menopause Fairy. Here’s the link to the pattern in my etsy shop: LINK
So, I completely re-built the pattern, and added all the information that was missing, and made it all ‘oh so pretty’.
And, one of the things that I needed to do to make the Spool knitted Menopause Fairy do-able is to make a video on how to turn a 4 peg spool knitter into a 5 peg spool knitter.
So, I shot the video and here it is…. I love doing the impossible, don’t you? LOL 😀
It’s been a busy week in the studio!
I have been working away on a new design for some adorable little spool knitted dolls.
They are ‘The Friendship Fairies’. They’re spool knitted dolls that are a celebration of wonderful friends and relations, teachers, students, co-workers…. you name it- if there is someone who makes you feel like the world is a better place because they are here, then that’s who the ‘Friendship Fairies’ are meant to celebrate. The pdf is available for purchase on my website at Spoolknitting .
Cherie Burbach also posted an interview with me this week. It’s here: Cherie’s Interview
Lots and lots more has been cooking up in the studio, so I’ll be posting more about it as it all ripens…
People keep telling me that they have forgotten how to get themselves started with spool knitting.
So, I have made a video tutorial on how to spool knit with a 4 peg spool knitter. LINK
And, they also ask me: ‘How do you cast off or finish your spool knitted cord?’
Here’s a video tutorial on how to finish your spool knitted cords: LINK
I am working on designs for all kinds of spool knitted jewelry. So I have just made 3 video tutorials that explain how to spool knit 2 peg cords, as these are wonderful in jewelry making.
2 peg cords are also great for doll and toy making as well as bag handles and other things…
Here are the videos:
Video #1: Basic 2 peg spool knitting: Link
Video #2: How to spool knit a flat link braid: Link
Video #3: More 2 peg techniques: Link
Hope you’ll find them useful!
A few months ago, our daughter was very sick and needed surgery. It was VERY challenging- we were just wrenched by the trauma of having our beloved daughter going through such a rough experience right after having her beautiful baby.
The Demeter/Persephone story resonated deeply with me (by the way, ‘Traveling with Pomegranates‘ by Sue Monk Kidd and Anne Kidd Taylor is a great book to learn more about Demeter and Persephone).
For many years, I have been delighted with the images of the Minoan Dewdrop or Bee Goddess images that relate directly to the Minoan Goddess of the Bees, and have made lots of things in homage to her, including shuttles and necklaces and other treasures.
I asked my daughter if she would like me to make her an amulet or talisman necklace with the Minoan Goddess of the Bees on it, as a reminder of my love for her. It’s always nice to have a physical reminder of that love, after all!
She said yes, but not a metal one, as the baby loves to grab and hold onto anything she wears, so she would prefer wood on a soft cord.
So, I drew the Minoan Goddess of the Bees onto a piece of wood, and burned it, and sanded and smoothed it. I didn’t varnish it, just in case the baby puts it in his mouth. Olive oil or bees wax will do nicely for a baby safe finish.
Needless to say, we wanted to make the cord baby safe too, which meant using an organic cotton. I used Lion Brand’s Nature’s Choice Organic Cotton in ‘khaki’. It spool knits beautifully.
I used my Cordelia cordmaker Link and spool knitted a 36 inch (90 cm) long cord.
I joined the ends of the cord and made a lark’s head knot to attach it to the wooden piece.
(How to make a Lark’s head knot: Either make a fold in a cord or join the ends to make a circle. Push a loop of the cord through the hole. Pull the other end of the cord or necklace through this loop and pull up. Lark’s Head Knot completed!)
I love making gifts that are an expression of my love, using techniques that I find very comforting and soothing. I hope that that feeling of love and soothing energy will be carried in this necklace and that it will serve as a reminder to my beautiful daughter that she is loved and treasured!
Do you like to doodle? I do. I always have.
A friend mentioned that she’s been using
her doodles to inspire her in her
crochet design, (I’m going to be writing more about
this soon, with links)
and that got me thinking…
Why not doodle on wooden dolls?
So, I got out my Faber Castell artist pens
(link to where my husband bought them for me
for Christmas: pens
and did a little doodling on
a small wooden peg doll body.
Here’s the front of the doll body,
here is the back.
Because the doll is
and this pic
is wildly blown up
it looks much coarser
than in real life.
I varnished the doll
body after I doodled on it,
hands and feet.
I varnished them
holes with a
That’s so I
the spool knitted
I made with
Cordelia cord maker
for the doll’s
arms and legs
to the hands
For the legs,
I spool knitted
a cord that is
6 inches long.
As you can see,
the cord goes
through the body.
I drilled larger
holes through the
body for the arm and
For the arms,
I spool knitted a
cord that is 4 1/2 inches long.
The hands and feet
are stitched to the
arms and legs,
and then the extra yarn
is wrapped around the
wrists and ankles,
and woven into the
arm or leg.
Here’s the Doodle Doll,
cuddling with Tottie Tomato’s
puppy, waiting for Tottie to pour tea….
Tottie is a little distracted,
because she’s busy admiring
the new Cordelia cord maker
that I just made, with a
portrait of her on it.
Tottie is pleased with it,
and has suggested that
I put it to work,
making another Doodle Doll
to keep her new friend company.
I will have to do that,
but first, we ought to pour tea….
Recently, a jewelry maker contacted me and asked me if I could make her some industrial strength spool knitters so she could spool knit wire for her jewelry making.
I went for a rummage through our stash and found a wonderful old piece of wood. It looked like it was an old handle off some kind of tool that had seen heavy and hard use. It was worn smooth but ripply and looked quite organic.
We inherited it from my husband’s Dad more than 10 years ago.
I cut some pieces off it and used them to make these 4 and 6 peg spool knitters.
Yipes! Is that wood hard! Drilling the holes and hammering the nails in was intense .
whew…. My tendons were screaming for mercy.
I love the way they feel…. the old wood is smooth and textured from having been worn by years of use- it’s quite alive!
The whole collaborative process is so inspiring to me. I just love it when someone says to me –
‘Can you think of a way of doing this or that….. ?’
Sometimes, I am not interested in making the new thing
(for instance, we just don’t want to make wooden potholder looms anymore….sorry)
But, lots of times, I am intrigued by the ‘Can you make a this or that’ question and end up in the workshop having a wonderful time!
This was definitely one of those times. I love working with wire, and do a lot with it. So, I am really glad that Vickey inspired me to make some super strong spool knitters for wire.
Just think. That old, old piece of wood out in the workshop would still be laying there, just waiting to come to life if Vickey hadn’t emailed me…..
This kind of thing makes me celebrate the joys of the internet.
Someone has a thought and sends a note to someone else a thousand miles away. Then, that person goes and finds a piece of the past and brings it to life in a new way. And that recycled, re-created, upcycled treasure goes off to the first person who creates all manner of magic with it.
Now, that’s creativity in action!
(image source: photo by Noreen Crone-Findlay. Copyright, not to be used without permission)