Author: Jessica

GO-TO PATTERNS: Dragonfly Socks

This year I wanted to add more content to the site. Among book reviews, guides, & the Mish Mash KCAL I thought I’d add my Go-to Patterns. These are patterns I have used more then 3 times. I plan to only put 1 pattern per post. Which will include a link to the Ravelry pattern page (if possible), a link to the designer page on Raverly (if possible), and why I use the pattern repeatedly.

Dragonfly Socks by Jocelyn Sertich (Cavyshops)

I first used this pattern in 2012 for the Nerd Wars group I was in at the time. They where my first ‘non-vanilla’ socks. First time I used yarn overs & decreases. First time I used the after thought heel. You can see my 1st time using this pattern at: I have made socks using this pattern at least 13 times since 2012. I have made Hev & Grace at least 1 pair each using this pattern. I have also made my Mom a pair of socks using this pattern. I have used this pattern on toe up socks too – the pattern is just as nice ‘up-side down’. This pattern is easy to memorize and get in the groove of knitting. Before you know it you are ready to do the heel and/or toe. The pattern is 10 rows & 15 stitches. The photo I have used for this post You can see I even did the pattern for the heel flap. It’s easy to do as the pattern is the right side & the plain knit rows turn into purl stitches for the wrong side. I absolutely love this pattern! I would recommend this pattern to those who are looking to do more then vanilla socks.

BOOK REVIEW: Sewing Machine Magic: Make the Most of Your Machine

Title: Sewing Machine Magic
Author: Steffani Linceum
Genre: Arts > Crafts > Sewing
My Rating:
Book Description:

Sewing machines are complicated machines, but with the instruction you’ll find in Sewing Machine Magic, you can make even an old sewing machine work wonders.

With just a little know-how and the right accessories, you can get the most out of your sewing machine and give all your sewing and quilting projects a professional look!

In Sewing Machine Magic, author and sewing expert Steffani Lincecum shares 30+ years of experience on how to handle a sewing machine with greater ease and confidence, and explains how to easily find and use the right presser feetand other accessories for your machine, whether you purchased it at retail or found it at a yard sale.

You’ll learn the logistics of managing thread, how to achieve the proper stitch formation for every project, and how to troubleshoot a variety of common sewing problems. Learn to use more than 30 presser feet and other accessories, from the basics to more specialized tools designed to maximize efficiency, precision, and creativity. The 10 fashion and home decor projects show inventive ways to use some of the feet and accessories.

My Review

This book has inspired me to start sewing. I have off & on all my life – usually when my Mom was around to make sure I didn’t break her Pfaff. I have had a few sewing machines myself and I have made things (curtains mainly). This has helped me to narrow down my current search for a sewing machine I would want. Especially the foot sections. Also the chart that helps you decide what kind of sewing machine you are/want/need is awesome. I can see myself buying a physical copy of this book when I do start sewing (whenever that is) so I can refer to it at all times.

I received this book from for a honest review.