Fruit Stripes

by Phoebe
Fruit Stripes
A new knitting pattern by Mother.

It uses scraps of sock yarn.

And includes an illustrated greeting card by Father.
He thought a zebra would be fun.

Mother agreed.
Because it reminded her of something from her own childhood...

This project makes us smile.
We hope you enjoy it, too.
Signed prints of the zebra illustration are available here in our Etsy shop.
Pattern information is available here.


Little House Shawl for a Grown-Up

by Joanna

I have had a lot of requests for creating an adult-size version of The Little House Shawl. I have made three or four variations, and this one is my favorite. Read on for simple modifications.

Adult Sized Little House Shawl
Follow instructions exactly as written for the child's Little House Shawl, substituting dk weight yarn and using size 6 needles. I used about 480 yards of this scrumtious Lorna's Laces Honor, a luscious alpaca and silk blend. Yummy.

That's all.
Simple and sweet.


Phoebe's Sweater for a Boy

by Joanna

Since the time I designed Phoebe's Sweater two years ago, I have wondered how it would work as a pattern for a little boy. This fall, I managed to knit up a version for our son, and am thrilled with the results.

 For anyone who has made this sweater for a girl, or, even if you haven't, here are a few very simple modifications to knit this boy version from the original pattern:

Phoebe's Sweater for a Boy
1) To start, you will be skipping the flared skirt which gathers at the waistline. Instead, simply cast on directly for the bodice by casting on the number of stitches which remain after the waist decrease row, for the particular size you are making. These numbers can be found in the written pattern. Work back and forth in garter stitch for 2 1/2 [3, 4] inches. Switch to stockinette stitch, and work another 2 1/2 [3, 4] inches.

2) The rest of the sweater is worked just as written in the pattern, except for one simple change. Work in garter stitch wherever the stripes and bands pattern is directed. This includes the 7 stitches at the edges of the hood.

elfy pointed hood

I did four buttons instead of three

busy boy on the go!

hood shaping

garter stitch cuffs

somebody likes his new sweater!


Yard Stick Art Gallery

We have a lot of drawings, poems, stories, and artwork tucked away here and there at our house. Sometimes it is hard to keep track of it all! Father made us some clever art clips out of three yard sticks and some clothespins. 

Neat and tidy, where all can see. That's better.
This project cost a grand total of $1.87. 
Wasn't that worth it?


Little House Shawl~ Flowerfield School

We have heard from so many of you about the Little House Shawl. It has been so fun to see all of the creative ideas you have for this simple knitted project. One of our readers recently attended an "Old Fashioned" School Day in Harrisburg, Nebraska.

Doesn't her shawl look perfect with her outfit? It is knit from Brown Sheep's Wildfoote sock yarn, and looks just right with a sweet button at the neck opening. 
Thanks for sharing this project with us!


Phoebe's Sweater for Brother~

by Phoebe
photo courtesy of Frontier Dreams

Nicole over at Frontier Dreams is hosting a lovely Phoebe's Sweater giveaway and knitalong on her blog this autumn. Please visit her blog to learn more about our newest giveaway for a signed copy of Phoebe's Sweater along with a set of knitting mouse greeting cards.

Sister is much too big now to wear her Phoebe's Sweater, so Mother is knitting her a Hill Top Jacket instead. But Brother #2 is just the right age for Phoebe's Sweater... so Mother has decided to join the knitalong and knit another sweater, adapting the pattern for a boy version. 

Here is the yarn, ready to go. 


Knitting Mouse Stationery!

After many requests… we now have stationery available! Our first greeting card set features one of Eric’s illustrations from our first book, and is available for purchase in our etsy shop. Let us know what you think!


Three Black Sheep~ Chattanooga, Tennessee

Greetings from Tennessee! 
The Freddie's Blanket trunk show is on display at Three Black Sheep yarn shop in Chattanooga, Tennessee for the month of November. Please come by to say hello if you are in the area!