Thursday, March 31, 2011


lanapelanashop by janellcl
lanapelanashop, a photo by janellcl on Flickr.

Sometimes we have to brag about the work of family and friends. This is one of those times! Lana Pelana is a friend of our son/nephew who lives in Valencia Spain. She makes the most delightful, whimsical little items. I had to immediately order a pink little camera necklace! Can't wait to wear it!

Check out her blog and find her on Etsy!

Monday, March 28, 2011

spring must be here soon!

flower photos 18 by janellcl
flower photos 18, a photo by janellcl on Flickr.

One bouquet of tulips and I am so ready for Spring. Working with the brightest fabrics I can find and it's still not enough. This bouquet called out to me when I was grocery shopping. Funny how $6.99 for a dozen tulips can make you feel so good.

I did some work with my new flash and this worked. Played with the contrast in Aperture and this is what I end up with. I love it.

Red and White Quilts on Display in NYC

New Pattern!

Placemats 40 by janellcl
Placemats 40, a photo by janellcl on Flickr.

We have been working on a series of placemat patterns. They go together FAST because we are using jelly rolls. But they can also be made from your scraps or a group of fat quarters. The embroideries are simple, too, and we had fun stitching them up! We'll be sharing some of the other designs this week. The pattern should be available for sale on our web site soon.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Spring storms

I think we are supposed to be in Spring. At least that's what I heard. Right now we are expecting 3-5 inches of a snow/sleet mushy mixture. I'm not leaving the house-maybe not tomorrow either!  Thankfully there are enough projects in the house to keep me busy for a very long time.

We've been updating each of the product listings on our site. Jeanne is doing the bulk of the changing-what a good techie she is! It involves checking over every description and making updates for search engine optimization-that is how the search programs like Google, Yahoo and Bing find things when you ask them a question. Even though there seems to be no exact science to it, it must still be done right. Jeanne is doing it one product/pattern at a time. Go Girl!

We are also trying to figure out how to make our patterns all downloadable. We get the concept but converting them all into pdf files so they can be downloaded, and making sure the web site functions properly when you want a download-we need help with that. Looks like next week we will be able to offer  a couple of sweet designs for you to download in honor of Japan and our friends going through such terrible times. Stay tuned!

What are you working on now? something for Spring or are you thinking Christmas already???

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Study in pink roses for friends in Japan

STudy in pink roses 23 by janellcl
STudy in pink roses 23 a photo by janellcl on Flickr.

Everyone's thoughts are with the people of Japan. Jeanne and I visited Tokyo in 2005 to attend the International Hobby and Craft Show. It was a marvelous experience-complete with our very sweet translator, Noriko. We were so relieved to hear from her that she and her family were not very affected by the terrible earthquake and tsunami on Friday.

But the devastation in the country cannot even be imagined yet. So very sad. I hope the beauty of these roses can serve as a hope for the future of a lovely country.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Updated Look to our Web Site!

We are super excited with the new look on our web site! Click here to jump over to it. We decided to freshen up the colors, font, and layout. We hope you like it. We will be slowly making most of our patterns downloadable which we think will make it easier for you to start those new projects NOW! (That's how I am when I want to begin a new project!)

Let us know what you think please. There are some things for us to do yet-but we think the overall site will be easy to use and you can see our patterns even better than ever.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Journey to GA

2011-03-09 04:45:52 +0000 by janellcl
2011-03-09 04:45:52 +0000 a photo by janellcl on Flickr.

Little panda bear is on a great adventure to Atlanta. He finally made it!

Sunday, March 6, 2011


Helis 15 by janellcl
Helis 15 a photo by janellcl on Flickr.
I started this mohair tam on the way up to Door County on Thursday. Easy to knit while Jerry drove. Easy to stick back in the bag-feels like air. On and off I knit over the weekend. I finished the hat Sunday morning and wore it back in the light snowfall. Perfect warmth-just covers my ears if I need and feels so light! With short hair it skips giving hat hair too badly! And fun to make.

What is one of your 'go-to' knitting patterns when you have a ball of mohair?