Tools of the past

knitting arrangement

I have missed your company here on my blog. Busy with this and that, I often come across a creative inspiration and think — this would be great to share, I want to remember to talk about that idea with my blog friends. So you have been on my mind.

Since I have been knitting and crocheting,  a memory came to me of my first knitting needles Continue reading

Sharing with you some new patterns for 2015

jane austen on floorNew Primitive Spirit rug hooking patterns are emerging for 2015 on ETSY!

The first design is on my studio floor. I gave you some sneak peeks of it as I was hooking, and today I am excited to show you it completed!


jane austen new floor shot

This design is called “Jane Austen” and it is 29″ X 45″, a primitive floral with a mosaic border. Named after the author and her namesake rose, it is unabashedly romantic.

jane austen zoom

The soft colored center floral was a pleasure to hook, made easier by using my tried and true color combinations of soft oyster greens, muted reds, and warm browns and olives. I was hooking in my comfort zone which is so wonderful to do. Notice the little zings of lavender in the thorns and leaf veins? I just felt that they made all the reds and greens and warm browns somehow more alive.

jane austen vase

Then came the challenge of the mosaic border! Let me tell you first off, that it is not a random hodgepodge of color. It is quite thought out. And even with that, at first my colors were too varied and some were too bright, so that the border stole center stage from my main motifs. so after completely hooking one side, I took a break from hooking and just stared at what I had done for quite some time. I tried to see which of the lines of colors in the mosaic were really distracting and pulling my eye away from the flowers. I pulled out the suspects, doing it a little at a time, and replaced them with more neutral choices or other soft colors. Then I looked again, repeating this process until I liked it. I knew I hit upon the right mixture when my eye naturally was drawn to the flowers, and the mosaic complemented it as secondary interest.

Then I kept working on the mosaic until it was complete. I made more adjustments at the end, as that is when I always do a little fine tuning. I must say that it came out like a dream, and I am so happy with the overall effect that the mosaic has on the design.

The Jane Austen pattern is not quite ready to mail out, but will be soon. I have made a pre-order listing for it in my Etsy shop at and you can click on those words to go to the shop odd flower Z1 blogand see it as well as the other 2 new pattern listings that are ready to order. Any pre-orders will ship out at soon as they are available.

Great to share my work with you. I am hoping that you too are having a creative winter, exploring your favorite crafts and inspiration dream books.

Thanks for joining me here today ~ Karen

“The thing about creativity is, people are going to laugh at it. Get over it.” ~Twyla Tharp

Snapshot in red

karen in red scarf in the mirrorkaren and red scarfMy latest spinning and knitting project is done. After a couple of months of working on this merino/silk lace weight fiber, I get to finally wear it. Every photo I took could not capture the variations of red in the scarf. I have been loving the color red lately, and noticed that it looks great with taupe and greys, which I wear a lot of. And since a scarf is a small sash of color, I can muster up the courage to wear it. Continue reading

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 140,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 6 days for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thank you readers for sharing and caring. You are why I am here blogging! And I am thankful for another year to be here creating new projects for you to see.

An extra special thanks goes out to you folks who have taken the time to share a comment, and I would like to thank my top commenters: Rusha Sams, Alice Fraiser, Simple Quiet, Jean Edmonds, and Dulcy Stewart. I have enjoyed sharing my passions for creating with you all.

Your crafty friend, Karen

Red is the color of the season


I have been in a red kind of mood lately. It is certainly in harmony with the season. I can see this color passion reflected in all of my preferences, especially in the clothes I wear, and the projects I create. I have been dyeing wool for a new rug, and used my Vintage Dye Book colors Mr. Lincoln and Pepperberry as formulas for this project. Continue reading