Green Stockings Craft & Design

January 17, 2015

Welcome 2015!

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Bye bye 2014, don’t let the door hit you on the way out.

2014 was a rough year for our family. We end it with two unemployed grownups in the house, and no definite prospects for regular employment. Into this void has stepped the possibility of real self employment, if I can just reach out and grab for it.

In the meantime, though it is a relief that it finally arrived, the bank has put a hold on the cheque which ought to have paid our January rent two weeks ago. All the positive thinking and good intentions in the world can’t do everything.

Self-employment is hard enough for A types, it seems impossible for someone who struggles with mental illness. So watch this space for… all the fun stuff I have planned but never seem to make happen, or dead air because our internet got cut off. ONLY TIME WILL TELL.


December 26, 2014

Natural dye tutorial: blue yarn from black beans!

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I have decided that I am crazy and that one of my 2015 projects along with my #5in2015 sock project will be an elaborate lace shawl. I have a cone of white laceweight, and I would like for it to be blue! I am looking forward to using this tutorial.


It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to post, but at least I have a really awesome fiber dye experiment to share! As you can see from above, we got several lovely shades of blue —a difficult color to achieve —in a process that took about 4 days from start to finish.

A little background: now that I have a spinning wheel(!) and some wool, I’ve been wanting to learn about natural dyeing. SInce blue is my favorite color, I gravitated toward information about natural blue dyes. Turns out there aren’t that many (indigo and woad are the main ones) and they sounded like a lot of work for a first time dying project. Then I came across web posts on black beans as a blue dye. My favorites were blog posts at waysofthewhorl and brambleberriesintherain, which then led me to the discovery that there is a

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November 13, 2014

First Tricots de Rue Pattern Released!

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Hi Friends! 

I am so excited that the first knitting pattern in my new collection Tricots de Rue (French for “Street Knits”) has been released and is available for sale on Ravelry.   The Mentana Seamless Pixie Hood has an ingenious construction which gives the adorable pixie shape without seaming, grafting, or pesky finishing. Sized from baby to adult in super bulky yarn, it’s a quick knit which makes a great gift.


Mentana Seamless Pixie Hood on Ravelry

The pattern is still being test knit, so you can save 50% on the pattern using the coupon code TESTKNIT

July 3, 2014

GreenStockings podcast Episode 3!

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Hi Everyone!

Please enjoy the podcast,  Episode 3!

Project Notes



Coral Top by Helga Isager; knit in Berocco Linsey in Bluefish and Chilmark on 3.25mm and 4.5mm needles

Vivid Blanket by TinCan Knits; knit in Patons Classic Superwash DK in Green Apple on 4.0mm needles

Plain Vanilla socks; knit in Regia Design Line by Kaffe Fasset on 2.5mm needles



SMASH shawl by Waterview Knits; knit in Susan Andrews Collection Alpaca Gold in Lavender and Purple with beads


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February 5, 2014

Podcast Frenzy!

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Hey Knitters!

While I was off on maternity leave last year, I discovered knitting podcasts – clearly I must have known that these things existed (I must have, right?), but had never actually sought one out.  My tolerance for scripted television is pretty low (the misogyny! the terrible tropes! the bad writing!), so it was a pleasure to discover a plethora of charming knitters and spinners who give an hour or so of their weeks to share what they’re working on, show off their yarnie acquisitions, and make a more-or-less-home-bound-mum-of-a-small-baby feel like she’s (even more) part of a genuine online community of crafters.

The forum nature of Ravelry definitely gives a connection to others with similar interests all over the world, and it’s wonderful.  The added fun of a podcast is actually hearing someone’s voice, and (even better in my opinion) getting a feel of their personalities!  Obviously we are adept at sharing ourselves online in a certain way, and it’s all performativity anyway, but there’s something wonderful about seeing someone on video that I seem to have only discovered in the last year.

So here’s a round up of the podcasts I’ve discovered and loved – and I’d welcome your suggestions, since I’m all caught up on them!

The Knit Girllls –

It seems they’re the classic!  Laura and Leslie have been sharing their knits and spins by video for almost 4 years now.  I have had occasion recently to mention them to a friend recently on account of the really lovely way that they model a very close friendship between adult women, even though they now live in different states.  The Knit Girllls are also the hosts of the Super Summer Knittogether (SSK) retreat annually in Nashville, TN.

Knitting in Circles –

A charming wife (Aimee) & husband (Darren) team of knitters – they knit lots of socks.  Lots of socks.

Yarnraising –

A spinning-focused knitting videocast from the lovely, lovely Malia.  I love that she distinguishes between her handspun knitting projects and commercial yarn knitting projects.  She knows SO MUCH about spinning, and is so self-effacing about it.  She has really made me want to not give up on spindle spinning.

Knitting a Story –

Ok, full discolure, one of these podcasters (Lex) is a childhood friend of mine! (Maybe sometime I’ll get to meet her co-host, Jenn)  I enjoy that they host a Canadian podcast (I feel like there’s another prominent Canadian podcast that I can’t think of?); this is an audio podcast (the only one I listen to), which honestly I find harder to follow with a toddler underfoot, but it’s still super enjoyable!  I love that their yarn acquisition segment is called “It Followed Me Home” – I also love that they list off the segments that they have in the episode.

More Podcasts!

I have also tried and not really gotten into: The Fat Squirrel Speaks, Round The Twist,  Dramatic Knits, Stockinette Zombies, Knitabulls, and Single Handed Knits.  This is not always about content/style (though bad lighting, and sitting too far from the camera to be able to see the things you’re showing do not hugely endear you to me), it’s mostly about playback on my Android tablet – if I need to play your podcast directly from youtube/blip (on purpose, or because whatever video platform you’re using on your webpage/blog just won’t load in my Firefox), I’m a lot less likely to watch, because it’ll stop playing if I surf over to Rav to look at the thing you’re talking about.  If I am watching in an internet browser tab, I can continue to play your podcast in the background while I chat with friends, check Rav, or whatnot.

So blog friends, what am I missing out on? Should I revisit any of the podcasts I’ve tried and not loved? What do you love in a podcast?

November 4, 2013

Green Tomato Relish Variation

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Green Tomato Relish Variation

We had a small bowl of unripened tomatoes that we rescued from our garden before the frost (we never managed to eat any of the ripe tomatoes, the squirrels got to them), so we tried a variation of this recipe (used about 1/3 of the recipe).  We used cranberries instead of raisins, more onion than was called for, omitted the fennel seeds, allspice, and cloves.  I also tossed in the one tiny green pepper that I salvaged unripe from the garden.

November 3, 2013

Oven Meat Balls Variation

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Oven Meat Balls Variation

Tried out this recipe with the HusBear tonight.  Put in only 1/4 cup coconut flour, and only 1 egg – used fresh red pepper and sent the garlic (still raw), pepper, egg, flour, and spices through the food processor, then added half the ground beef. The second half of the ground beef was folded in with a spatula.

Great flavour, but a little dry.  Served with (not paleo) mango chutney, and rice. Nom!

October 24, 2013

Pattern Journal: Keener Boots

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Yarn: Bouquet Polar Bulky Wool (Spinrite Yarns); 113g/4oz; 100% Wool (Made in Canada); Dyelot 9/20 (dark royal blue); yardage unlisted (Ravelry listed as 80yds)

Needles: 6.5mm or 10mm (6mm recommended to give 3.5 stitches/5 rows to 1″

Gauge, unfelted:

6.5mm: 2″ = 5 stitches, 7 rows

10mm: 3″ = 6.5 stitches, 9 rows

November 1, 2012

Awesome Baby Craft

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Love this!


October 22, 2012

Freakin’ Awesome

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I came across this fabulous tutorial for removeable glass-clings made with clear vinyl tape from Lil’ Blue Boo when it was featured in One Pretty Thing.

It’s freakin’ brilliant!

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