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Hemp Twine with Glass Bead Curtains

Mohawk Anne DImebag by the curtains

Around 15 years ago, while in my home country of Australia, I was reading an arts and crafts book – Simple Bead & Mosaic – where I saw the most beautiful pictures and instructions on how to make a knitted hemp curtain. The visuals stayed with me for many years, resulting in knitting my hemp twine curtains always on my list of things to do.

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Ever wondered how to make a Pom-Pom

What did I do to keep busy & take my mind off the astronomical Hurricane Sandy raging outside my window, well I made a pom-pom of course!

One thing that I love to add to a Knitted Ribbed Hat is a pom-pom. It’s a great way to spruce it up and make it look that little bit more fabulous. I usually only add them to hats for children and women; guys do not seem to like them so much!

A pom-pom is a decorative ball made of loose fiber, which is easy to make. In this posting I will show you how.

What You Need

  • Yarn (for this example I used 2 different kinds, pink & white)
  • Scissors
  • 2 pieces of cardboard cut out in a donut shape, keeping in mind the bigger the circular cut-out the bigger the pom-pom. Or, alternatively you can buy the plastic template kind you see in the picture below in a craft/knitting store. I prefer the cardboard, as it is easier to get off at the end and personally I am not a big fan of plastic.

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Quick & Easy Ribbed Beanie

One of the my favorite past-times during the colder months is Knitting. I am extremely grateful to my Grandmother who taught me the skill at a very your age. I have made some beautiful things over the years – curtains, blankets, scarves and hats.

At the moment, I am going through a phase where I am knitting a lot of hats! The more hats I knit, the more people comment that they want one and so it goes around and around like that. I honestly can knit one of these hats in a few hours. It is a very simple hat, and as you are knitting in the round on circular needles there is no seam to sew-up at the end – LOVE THAT.

This is a pattern which I have adapted to suit the way I like it. Pretty much, it is a One Size fits all kind of pattern, however if you want to make it bigger or smaller decrease/increase in 8 stitches.


  • Any kind of worsted weight wool, say 2 hanks to be sure.
  • Size 7 16″ circular needles
  • Double pointed needed Size 7
  • Stitch markers
  • Tapestry needle


  • Cast on 80 stitches and place stitch marker
  • For the brim of the hat Knit 2 stitches/Purl 2 stitches for 3 inches in length (longer if you like)
  • Knit one row to acknowledge where the folded brim will be
  • Knit 2 stitches/Purl 2 stitches all the way around till the hat measures between 5.5 – 7 inches from the folded row. To explain, if I am knitting for a child I keep it at 5.5 inches, but if I am knitting for an adult I keep it at 7 inches.

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The Beauty of my Grandmother teaching me to Knit, helped me through my Pregnancy!

I loved my Grandma, she was beautiful, and taught me so many wonderful things; in particular Knitting. I can never be grateful enough to my “Nanna Marge” for teaching me such a marvelous skill. I do not remember much about it – what I made or the real memories? I just remember that because of her I am an awesome Knitter.

When I became pregnant with my Son, the very moment I looked at that positive pregnancy test, I knew I had to do a lot of things, and one of them was not to drink alcohol for a very very long time. Keep in mind, I am Australian, and it is naturally ingrained in us from a young age to enjoy our alcohol. My husband’s family here in New York also drink wine with every dinner, and most lunches. It was going to be hard for me, I recognized that immediately, so how was I going to get through it?

It eventually dawned on me, or maybe it was my Nanna trying to reach out to me, that knitting was the answer. It was like a light bulb going off… like you see in the cartoons! I signed up at “The Yarn Tree” on Bedford Avenue in Williamsburg Brooklyn, (sadly not there anymore), commencing weekly knitting classes to further my skills. During the 8 months I spent being pregnant I knitted my unborn Son all kinds of gorgeous fun jumpers, booties, hats and blankets. I was a Knitting Machine, oh yes I was!

Towards the end of my pregnancy my last project was more of a toddler blanket that would fit into his cot. I did not get to finish it though as Miles Storm was born a month early. However, today 20 months later, I am happy to say that I finally finished it and I am SO excited about that!!!!

The blanket is a vintage fan inspired design which I made from Alpaca yarn grown high in the mountains of Peru. I know it looks complicated but it is very simple to make, seriously!


Choose 3 different colours of yarn. Using a US 3 circular needle cast on 236 stitches.

Row 1 – Knit

Row 2 – Purl

Row 3 – K1, *(k2tog) 3 times, (yo, k1) 6 times, (k2tog) 3 times, rep from * to last st, k1

Row 4 – Knit

Rep Rows 1-4, changing colour every 4 rows, until blanket measures 35 inches or desired length.

BO loosely and Weave in ends.

I knitted this for Miles Storm