Guitar String Beader Tutorial

I am putting this a few places for easy reference…
Okay, so tonight I started a shawl with beads and I am using the guitar string method and I must say I think it’s brilliant.
Here, let me show you…
First I took a 6” piece of thin acoustic slinky guitar string that just so happened to be on my table next to me from Josh playing & adjusting his guitars the other night.
Second I bent one end about an inch up, all the way over 180 degrees.
Then I strung beads on the other still straight end. I was able to get about 90 8/0 beads on the wire.
Finally I took an eraser from a pencil and slid it as a stopper on the straight end. I did bend that end but now I am thinking I should have left it straight for taking off the eraser & reloading beads.

To use:

  • Once the beads are on, you knit to the stitch that needs the bead.
  • Hook the stitch with the bent crook of guitar string & remove from needle, move a bead up on to the 2 pieces of string and off on to the stitch. It’s much easier to move the bead than pull with the guitar string.
  • Put the stitch back on the left needle and knit the stitch.
  • Using the bent end of the guitar string, hang from your knitting so it’s right at hand.


Here is a photo collage to help.
Guitar String Beader Tutorial

Swap Package for Caffeinatedfrenzy

I love swaps! I sent out a package last week & in my excitement I forgot to take pictures!
Luckily, the recipient, Caffeinatefrenzy on Ravelry, took a ton of photos & posted them.While my next batch of coffee is brewing, I thought I’d share (read: brag) about some of my goodies. I took sooo many pictures.

Everything was wrapped in polka dot paper :). This package had absolutely perfect timing. I threw a little tea party last night where I got all dressed up, and was able to use my new nail polish (these are like little stickers with bright flower designs on them, made out of nail polish. They smooth right onto your nails, and voila!), my new burt’s bee’s lip balm (the natural hue is absolutely perfect for my pale skin) and serve tea on my cute new coasters! I also cooked with my hot pink new spoons and measuring spoons.


And look at these little boxes! They were filled with gorgeous stitch markers she made herself, a pin, a keychain, some handmade face scrubbies.


The cowl she made me is in almost every photo I took, because, well, look at it. 🙂 (I wore that to my tea party, too!)

I haven’t even gotten to the deliciousness and all the handmades and fun little things yet, but I have to run off to work. But I felt this package deserved a thank you thank you thank you as soon as possible!

But wait, there’s more! 🙂 I’m probably not the easiest swappee, I have no blog, twitter, and am always deleting my facebook, and don’t post all that much on here. But firebrunette still nailed it!

Socks that match the scarf! And some gorgeous sock yarn in pink and a painted white/pink that coordinates. A lovely little notebook, marshmellows shaped like cupcakes, some mike and ikes, tootsie rolls, and some of them were wrapped in a cute little reusable pink bag.


She also made me a mug!…

She also found a book filled with poetry/art and illustrations that I’ve been drooling over on amazon. It will definitely be great inspiration! And the coffee! I tried it for the first time this morning. It’s super fresh, brewed 3/29, and tastes amazing. I don’t typically put anything in good coffee but creamer, but those cupcake marshmellows, I couldn’t resist 🙂


This Girl Got Goodies!

So once a year I do one of the Caffeine Addicts group swaps. It tends to be the spring swap for some reason. I had so much fun putting together the package for Kelsey, which I will post next.

Calling CaffeinatedFrenzy!! I got a package!!
And it’s filled with goodies!
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
Sewing notions! The cutest yellow ribbon, buttons!! I love buttons! And the zipper is so cool I will have a hard time finding a project worthy of its use.
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
How cute is this ribbon bag that contained all of the sewing notions? I am hoping I can use it to hold a sock project & not have the needles ruin the ribbon. I guess I am going to actually have to use point protectors!
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
The yarn is smooshy & soft & there is enough to make myself a nice fat cowl/infinity scarf. The second I saw it I knew what pattern I wanted to use but I have work to do so I can’t cast on yet, dangit.
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
Kindle/tablet stand…
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
Look how cute the kindle cover is!! I have a great button to put on it. I am so happy I don’t have to knit one for myself ;o)
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
This beaded bracelet is gorgeous! And the perfect color to go with pretty much every single thing I wear.
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap
This basket will be perfect for me to keep my set of crochet coasters in.
Caffeine Addicts Spring 2013 Swap

Thank you so much Kelsey!!
It’s such a fun package. Now to put all of my goodies to use…




Comic Con Geurilla Yarn Bombing

I am starting squares soon!! I have a couple of projects already on a time deadline so it may be a week or two but I am so doing this. I think I will dedicate one skein of at least one color. How many squares do you think I can get out of a Super Saver Red Heart skein? We’ll see!!


I haven’t finished making up the advertisements to go with the Comic Con project, however the ball needs to get moving! I will need 2,700 squares and ANYONE/SKILL level can help. I need 450 squares in each of the colors listed below. I chose a specific brand and colors for this project to keep it all cohesive. Who doesn’t have a skein of Red Heart laying around, right?


RED: Hot Red ID# 0390 (Super Saver)

YELLOW: Bright Yellow ID# 0324 (Super Saver)

ORANGE: Pumpkin ID# 0254 (Super Saver)

GREEN: Paddy Green ID# 0368 (Super Saver)

BLUE: Blue ID# 0886 (Super Saver)

WHITE: White ID# 0311 (Super Saver)


Hook: I

Form a magic ring OR ch 6 and join with SL ST

Round 1: Ch 3, 2 DC in ring, TR in ring, * 3 DC in ring, TR in ring, repeat from * twice more, join with SL ST to the top of beginning Ch 3

Round 2: Ch 3, * DC in each DC to TR, ( 2 DC, TR, 2 DC) in TR. Repeat from * three more times

Repeat round 2 until square reaches 7.5 inches

Finish off and weave in ends!

Squares can be mailed to:

Crochet Grenade

PO BOX 17188

San Diego CA 92177

Deadline for squares: June 25th

It will be installed guerrilla style, w/no permission, in the middle of downtown San Diego, during Comic Con. I am asking for 2,700 7.5 inch crocheted squares. I will be making an event page for all who want to help. More details about it will be made available in the upcoming days or week, but if you’d like to participate then let me know so I can send you an event invite.

Thanks so much for your interest and I look forward to collaborating!

Crochet Grenade

via Comic Con Bombing – – Gmail.

Baby Sundress…Just in time for Spring

I love how this precious little dress turned out.
I used a feather & fan stitch pattern for the skirt, decreased to a seed stitch ‘belt’, worked the yoke top and then another additional green seed stitch border at the top. I-cord ties with leafy shaped ends and a bit of a frilly crochet edge along the top edge.

Obviously you can see I had a difficult time getting accurate color in the photos. The second photo up is the most accurate for both the green and the lavendar.

This is a custom piece commissioned by my sister in law for the baby girl in a set of twins that will be born to a family in Cambodia in June.
Next up, finish up the boys outfit…

Flickr: Your Photostream.

Introducing the Chevelle SS…no, not my dream car…

I love how squishy and cuddly brioche knitting is. The technique is rhythmic (although it does take half a dozen rows to find the rhythm sometimes) and interesting but not too fiddly.

The pattern is available for purchase in the left sidebar.
It includes detailed instructions including step by step photos for both a cowl and an infinity scarf.



I am teaching a brioche class at Twist Yarn Shop here in Wichita.
Lovely shop, lovely ladies (and men, I just haven’t had any men in my classes yet) and extra lovely yarn!