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Paper Clay

April 27, 2018

I’ve discovered a new medium to play with- paper clay. You can make your own or, easier still, pick up a pack at your local craft store. Here are a couple pins I’ve made as well as a doll. Enjoy!

Paper Clay bird pin with jointed wing


Little collage house pin


Paper clay collage doll


Long & Skinny Drop-Stitch Scarf

January 21, 2018

Here’s a fun, quick project to keep your mind off the fact that it’s still winter. It’s a drop stitch scarf, perfect for newbies because you only need to know the knit stitch. The fun comes in when you utilize the ‘drop stitch’, an easy technique that results in a fancy looking fabric that’s actually a sintch to work up.

Usually dropping a stitch is a knitter’s worst nightmare.  But by wrapping the yarn twice around the right needle when knitting you create an extra stitch. This allows you to drop that extra stitch on the next row resulting in a section of open, vertical threads. The pattern is an easy to remember 6 row repeat of dropped stitches and regular knit rows.

Please give it a try and let me know what you think.

I used 2 balls of Loops & Threads Charisma Marble in the color Dusk, but feel free to use any yarn you like.

You’ll need:

size 15 needles

tapestry needle

crochet hook (if adding tassles)

cast on 9 stitches using the long tail cast on

Rows 1 through 4: knit

Row five: knit, wrapping the yarn around the right needle twice

Row six: knit one, drop one and repeat to end of row

Repeat rows 1 through 6 until your scarf is about 7 feet long. Bind off. Sew in your ends using a tapestry needle, and add tassles if desired.

Magic Fox Finder

September 17, 2017

It’s been a while since my last post. My husband had a stroke at the end of April and I’ve been a bit preoccupied, to say the least. Thanks to many people’s hard work, including his, he’s doing great now and I’m finding a few moments here and there for artistic pursutes.

To that end, I recieved the latest Anthropoligie catalogue and wondered if there was anything hiding inside. I employed the help of a magic fox finder.

At first the fox was very elusive, it’s a fox after all, but after a while he revealed himself in the most astounding ways! Enjoy!

Chenelle fox


Red eye fox


Flower fox


Vertical stripe fox


Pink fox

Recently Knitted

April 29, 2017

How ’bout the incredible entrelac shawl I just finished!

You can find the class at Creative Bug. The original pattern calls for holding two strands of yarn together throughout. I opted to just use one strand for a lighter garment. However, I did beef up the tassels, making them from 8 lengths of yarn instead of 6. Super pleased by how it turned out, I’ve gotten nothing but compliments and kudos!

With that done, I needed a little project to keep me occupied. These basket weave washcloths were the perfect thing.

For some reason I love knitted cotton, even though it’s more difficult to knit. I’m thinking my next challenge might just be a knitted cotton tank top.

Stay tuned…

January 13, 2017

Check out new Artmoney image

Warm Thoughts

December 12, 2016
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Warm Thoughts

Warm Thoughts by pettirosso featuring a zip wallet

Zip wallet

Completed Knitting Projects

February 22, 2016

How cute is this hat? And fast to knit as well. Should I add a pom pom, or leave it as is? It’s just 2 inches of ribbed stitch and then 7 1/2 or 8 inches of seed stitch. It’s a bit slouchy and not overpoweringly hot to wear.


This scarf was done with self stripping yarn and came out sort of like a Navaho design since it was done on big needles. It’s all knit stitch, so again, super fast to knit.