Monday, December 18, 2017

The Tale of Knitting a Christmas Stocking

A very good customer of ours asked us in December of 2016 if we could knit a Christmas stocking for her for next year. This stocking was for her daugher-in-law. Apparently all of her children have this same stocking.

In January she brought the stocking to us. Of course life gets in the way (in a big way this year) and we don't get to the stocking until November. We all know when she needs it!

Keep in mind we have never done a Christmas stocking before. This pattern is called an Old Fashion Christmas Stocking and old fashion it was - right down to the yarn - very old wool yarn that I kept getting splinters from. Who knew you could get splinters from yarn?

So with that build up,  here's the tale of Knitting a Christmas Stocking Step By Step.

The ribbing was the easiest part of this whole project. It was knit one, purl one for an inch and a half.

The next step was knitting her name into the stocking. You guessed it we have never done that before. The way the pattern wanted me to knit the name in wouldn't work since "Chelsea" was too long. So out came the graph paper to figure out how this was going to go. Donna and I worked on the name for two days trying to get it to work in 52 stitches.

So then the pattern called for us to knit the tree in the stocking. Well we did and it was the most anemic tree ever. So I tore out the whole block and then just knitted with the red and made my own version of the tree and sewed it on. It looked so much better. 

The next block was the Santa block. We did have to knit him in as we didn't have any idea of how to make a Santa and sew him on. 

The next part was turning the heel - never did that before. Thank heavens Donna made a pair of socks once and sort of remembered how to do that.
My only regret in this project was following the pattern for knitting in the year. 
I wish I would have made it smaller like her name. 
Oh well, live and learn. 

Here it is - the stocking is all finished. 
I have to say it is the longest stocking I have ever seen.
The customer was very happy with it and she said the stockings that have been used for years are very long at this point. I guess Chelsea will have to work on being a good girl so hers will get longer from all the gifts as well. 

Merry Christmas
Happy New Year!

Sunday, November 26, 2017

Holiday Craft Fairs

We have a pretty busy schedule for December this year!
Here is where you can find us throughout the holiday shopping season.

December 2
Arts and Crafts Fair Hosted by CC. Mellor Memorial Library
1 Pennwood Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
9a - 6p

December 8 and 9
Swissvale Library Holiday Bake Sale
1800 Monongahela Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15218
Friday - 10a - 4p
Saturday - 9a - 11:30a
On Saturday we are leaving a little early for another event. The bake sale actually continues until 2p.

December 9 and 10
The Novelty Collective
The COVE Art Center
939 California Ave
Avalon, PA 15202
Saturday - 1p - 8p
Sunday - 1p - 8p

We are available by appointment throughout the month of December. 
We may also have an open house closer to Christmas if we have enough inventory.
Keep an eye on Facebook for any updates!

Merry Christmas 
Happy New Year!

Sunday, October 29, 2017

November Craft Show Extravaganzas!

November is the busiest month of the year for holiday craft shows.
Here's a list of where you can find Knitting by Pam and Donna in November. 

November 4, 2017
Clover Commons Craft Show
Off Route 286
Plum Borough, PA 15239
9a - 3p

November 11, 2017
Anne Ashley United Methodist Church
334 E. 22nd Avenue
Munhall, PA 15120
9a - 3p

November 12, 2017
16th Annual Holiday Craft Show @ Bishop Canevin High School
2700 Morange Rd,
Pittsburgh, PA 15205
10a - 3p 

November 18, 2017
Penn Hills Parks and Recreation 20th Annual Holiday Craft Show
Linton Middle School
250 Aster Street
Penn Hills, PA 15235
8a - 4p

We hope to see you at one or more of these holiday events.

Happy Holiday Shopping!

Thursday, October 5, 2017

October Happenings!

Knitting by Pam and Donna made it through their September craft show events - now it's on to October.
Check out where you can catch up with us this month.

October 7
St. Thomas More Church Fall Art and Craft Fair
126 Fort Couch Road
Bethel Park, PA 
(Across from South Hills Village)
9a - 3p

Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School on Schoyer Ave.
9a - 1p

Oct 14
Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School on Schoyer Ave.
9a - 1p

Oct 21
St. John Cathedral CAMEO Club Craft Show
210 Greentree Road
Munhall, PA 15120
10a - 3p

Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School on Schoyer Ave.
9a - 1p

Oct 28
Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School on Schoyer Ave.
9a - 1p
This is the last market of this season - so you better come by and stock up on those scrubbies!

Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Fall Events - September

Autumn is upon us and that means the fall and holiday craft shows are coming up.

If you are wondering where Knitting by Pam and Donna are going to be in September wonder no more!

September 16 and 17
Covered Bridge Festival
Henry Bridge
Mingo Creek State Park 
Washington County
10a - 5p both days

September 23
Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School in Swissvale
9a - 1p

September 23
Homestead United Presbyterian Church
9th and Ann Streets
Homestead, PA 15120
9a - 3p

September 28, 29 and 30
Swissvale Library Book and Bake Sale
1800 Monongahela Ave
Swissvale, PA 15218
Thursday - 4p - 8p
Friday - 10a - 4p
Saturday - 9a - 2p

September 30
Swissvale Farmers Market
Behind Dickson School in Swissvale
9a - 1p

Enjoy your autumn!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

New Look for Knitting by Pam and Donna

Donna and I have been busy updating our new look over the past few months. 
We hired a graphic artist to assign us with this process. 
Check out our new logo!

We think this logo captures Donna and I pretty well. I love that our initials stay the same even if you turned the logo upside down. I guess our mother named us well.

This is the banner we are using at our outdoor events. 

We hope to see you at one of our events soon!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pillow Decor

Most of this year my sister and I have been re-decorating our living room. 
Let us show you some of the progress we have made.

As you can see we have a knitting theme going on with the use of pillows and the ladder to hold afghans. This is a never ending project as we see other things that would look nice and we plan on making some of these items.

We made these four pillows to match our couch.

A friend saw our pillows on Facebook and asked us to make two for her in navy blue and dark grey.

Of course you can have a lot of fun with pillows. Check these two out.

Both the owl and sheep pillows were make by Knitting by Pam and Donna and have been purchased by customers  - but you get the idea of how much fun you can have decorating with pillows.

In the future as we continue making home decor items I will make sure to promote them on our blog as well as other social media sites.