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  • Learn to Knook: Knook in the Round

    Knowing how to work in the round is essential, and this is coming from someone who once took a three-hour Nap of Despair when I discovered that knitting in the round would almost always call for double pointed needles if you were making a hat.  I've learned how to use DPNs since then, and they're not terrible.

    But I do really, really, and I mean really see the appeal of working in the round with the Knook.  No dropped stitches, no switching out needles, and the Knook you use for making a scarf is the same as for a hat so you don't need to extra sets of needles!  I find myself falling a little more in love with this weird little hook every day.  I'm not joking.

    Knitting will probably always be my yarncraft activity of choice, but please see how simple Knooking in the round is.  Seriously, watch this:

    See?!  How great would it be to use this for something small?  Like a baby hat!  They're so tiny!  And the yarn is slippery and soft, so the needles just fly out of the stitches and roll away somewhere!  (Stop laughing, you smug crocheters.) I have babies on the brain because firstly, there is one living in my house and she'll actually wear hats.  I have to take advantage of this while I can.  Secondly, I happen to know a lot of expectant people and if there's anything I've learned about gift-giving, it's that people love little bitty baby things.

    Do you have any idea what kind of squeals and chest-clutching this hat would cause at a baby shower?

    Oh right, I just remembered that grown-ups have heads, too.  So there are also adult hats!  Or coffee cozies!  Or the sleeves on a baby sweater because I hate doing those for some reason!  Or!  Or!  Make up your own.  If you can work in the round, you can do A LOT of things.

    You should feel proud!  Working in the round is something a lot of people see and say, "Oh, that looks too complicated," and that's too bad.  Knitting in the round is actually a favorite activity for some crafters, and Knooking in the round is even simpler.  Once you get the hang of it, and I know you will, it's fine and you'll be able to make lots of wonderful things.

    Like those little bitty baby hats.  If you'll excuse me, I have some patterns to look over now....

    (......dies from cute.)

  • Learn to Knook: Rib Stitch Left-Handed

    It's time for another left-handed tutorial!

    Here's the video for a P1K1 rib stitch.

    Video can also be found here.

    Like the nice lady says in the video, it really does create a marvelous fabric.  It's flexible and stable, and I really like the look of ribbing.  Most patterns call for a K2P2 (knit 2 stitches and purl 2 stitches) ribbing, but any repeat of knit and purl stitches counts as rib stitch.  And since any knitting pattern can be done with a Knook, you can Knook up any knitting pattern.

    That being said, I'm enjoying learning to knit with the Knook on patterns specifically written for the Knook.  Here's the latest project I finished up:

    H/8 Knook with Lily Sugarn' Cream in the Hot Green colorway.

    I'm still working my way through Dishcloths Made with the Knook, and this is the Dots pattern. 

    Obviously!

    I try to be positive and learn from my experiences, but what I've learned from this project is that I really hate making dots.  Hate.  That's too bad, because they look so cute and cheerful.  If you like making dots, though, then this is the pattern for you!  You'll be making nearly a dozen dots every two rows!  I gave this dishcloth to my sister, along with the two others I've made, as a hostess gift for having us all over for Thanksgiving.  She really liked it--the blindingly bright colors were chosen for her--and seemed a little sad when I said I never wanted to make a dot ever again.

    It really is a shame, because this is a cute pattern.

    A cute dishcloth!  It doesn't happen often.  But there is a pattern in the book that uses a type of rib stitch, and I may just do that one next.  I don't know if it will be as cute as the Dot pattern, but I bet it will be marvelous.

  • Learn to Knook: Left-Handed Purl Stitch

    Here's the video for learning to purl left-handed on the Knook:

    There's a longer video here that has a lot of extra information on the properties of stitches and shows you how to bind off in the purl stitch.   I highly recommend clicking that link.

    Is that all I've got to say today?  No.  It's time for a knitting confession.

    I knit wrong.  I've known this for a while.  Whenever I watched videos demonstrating techniques like knitting two stitches together or slip-slip-knit--they're NOT the same thing--I would notice that I didn't knit the way the person in the video did.  But I assumed that it was because the person in the video was a 'thrower' (English knitters move the yarn over the needle with their free hand) and I am a 'picker' (Continental knitters sort of pull the yarn through the loop with their needle).  My Mamaw told me once I knitted "funny," but I had mostly forgotten that.

    What I didn't realize, even though it's painfully obvious, was that I also purl wrong. Mamaw taught me to knit (after my Grandmother refused to teach me to knit because she said she knitted wrong and didn't want me to learn her way.  Well.) and then released me back into the wild and I went on my merry way of knitting however I wanted and never thought about consulting books or videos to make sure I was still doing things right after so many years.

    Even when I started to learn techniques beyond the basic knit and purl stitches, it never occurred to me to make sure I was knitting or purling correctly.  I mean, sure, I'd watched that Elizabeth Zimmerman video (mostly just for entertainment) and I knew I didn't knit quite like her, but I figured everyone has their own little quirks and knits in a slightly different way from everyone else, right?  Right?

    Um, not quite to this extent.

    I didn't even get it when I started going to a knitting group on Saturday nights and noticed that most of the people there seemed to knit like each other!  Oh, such ignorance and naivete!

    There were other signs--the biggest one being that I'd follow a pattern as closely as possible as many times as I could stand it and then still have it turn out wrong.  (I know.  Wrong, wrong, wrong.)

    Finally, I watched the DVD Knit Stitches in Motion.  I was just about to start blogging over here and I wanted to familiarize myself with more Leisure Arts patterns and instructional materials.  And then it happened.

    Oh. my. goodness.  I was purling wrong.  So very wrong.

    I am not even exaggerating when I tell you that all the blood drained from my face and I nearly fell off the couch to find the remote so that I could re-watch the purling section again.  Again.  And again.  Then I shouted in my husband's face, "I've been purling wrong for close to 20 years!"  He replied, "I guess....ah, that's bad?"  Yes, it's bad!  I was seriously freaking out!  How am I supposed to talk about yarn crafting when I'm such a fraud?!  How am I supposed to function like a knitter knowing this about myself?!  And what is wrong with me?  Could it be fixed?

    Not really.

    At this point in the game, muscle memory tries to convince my hands that I'm doing something ridiculous and wrong every time I try to purl correctly.  After a month or so of my private shame, I went ahead and told the other knitters in my group about my horrible affliction.  They watched me knit and purl a few stitches, and then someone explained that I twist the stitches when I purl.  Then I untwist them when I work the knit row.

    Side note: This explains why I tried and failed six times to knit a hat with a twisted rib pattern.  It just looked ribbed.  Duh.

    It's not like anyone made fun of me, but I did get some odd looks when the other knitters tried to figure out how or why I wound up doing that--and then did it for so long.  "I mean, I guess if it works for you....." one of them offered.  Ugh.  So now I get to go through life reminding myself "No, you have to purl like a real person for this pattern.  Wait, no, now you have to knit correctly too!"

    So why am I embarrassing myself on the Internet and taking up a lot of your time?  So you will learn from my mistakes.  This is my desperate attempt to convince you that you must absolutely watch videos for seemingly simple techniques.  Unless, of course, you're a left-handed person and you're probably already watching these.  Hi!

    That's why watching the left-handed videos has been so helpful for me.  Seeing another side--literally--of the knitting helps me at least understand how a stitch is supposed to work.  I don't always do that stitch because I've caught myself Knooking wrong, though.  Of course.

    Watch the video.  Save yourselves from my fate.

    Here's another washrag I made from the Dishcloths Made with the Knook ebook.

    "Lace" pattern with the H/8 Knook and the Lily Sugarn' Cream cotton yarn in the Hot Blue colorway.  I think I have enough yarn left for another dishcloth.  Score!

    I thought this was pretty fancy as far as cleaning supplies go.

    So far my goal of Knooking each of the ten patterns is going pretty well.  I'm learning different stitches techniques on the Knook, and making a nice little pile of gifts in the process.  I've made two, and have two more on the needle. 

    AND: for the record, I've been trying to Knook the purl stitch correctly as much as I can stand to.  My rehabilitation may never be complete.  But I'm hopeful.

  • Learn to Knook: Right-Handed Purl Stitch

    Some people don't like the purl stitch, maybe because there's a little bit more movement in pulling the yarn through each stitch.  But I like it.  Once you know the knit and purl stitches, you can do a lot.  If you knit one side of your work and purl the other side, you're knitting the stockinette stitch.  This may seem like an obvious point but I thought I'd let any newer knitters know.  I went way too long thinking stockinette was some weird and mysterious thing that I was going to have to learn new stitches for when most techniques really just involve variations on the plain ol' knit and purl.  You could make almost anything!

    Or just this dishcloth:

    Size H/8 Knook and Lily Sugar'n Cream Stripes in the Violet Stripes colorway.

    My first Knooked project went fairly well.  I think I finally got the hang of things around halfway through, and then everything went immensely better.  I also realized a lot of the problem was that I don't like working with cotton yarn.  But it's kind of gross to make a washrag out of a wool/acrylic blend and I have a few more skeins of the cotton.  I've decided now that I'm going to make every dishcloth pattern in the book Dishcloths Made with the Knook.  That's ten different ways to try out my Knooking skills, and a great way to build up a little gift stash. 

    Even if you already know how to knit, using the Knook to learn new stitch techniques might take some of the pressure off of the process when you have what I've started thinking of as the Cord of Security and Happiness.  Having all my stitches safely on that little cord makes me feel a bit more steady about techniques that are still tricky for me, like knitting two stitches together or purling into the back of a yarnover (I'll tell you all about it later.  Promise).

    Or maybe just having a hook on the end of your needle will help you out with any purling problems you may have.  Here's the video to show you how:

    Learn this stitch!  It's so much easier than getting ready for Thanksgiving!*    Do it!

    *But what isn't?

  • One Afghan Seven Ways: Revamping A Classic

    I know I've mentioned Ravelry a few times before, but I wanted to write a post about why I think Ravelry is so stinking awesome and how I wish everyone knew it.  Sorry if this starts to read like an ode to the best social network ever, but I'm in love.  It makes you crazy.

    Chances are that someone's described Ravelry to you as "like Facebook, but for knitters and crocheters" but that's fairly inaccurate.  Thank goodness.  Yes, you can't view anything unless you have an account, but there's no newsfeed, which means you won't go from interested to resentful when you start to see your friends (yes, you can have friends!) finishing projects so much faster than you.

    Also, no games.

    A lot of people use Ravelry solely to keep track of their yarn stash, or their pattern library.  Other people live for the forums and probably spend more time on there than they do actually making things with yarn.  And then pretty much everyone gets on there for the patterns.

    Oh man.

    THE PATTERNS. 

    The search filters you can use to look up a specific project for your specific yarn, needle, yardage, mood, etc., are pretty great, but my very favorite part is that you can see what other people have done with the pattern themselves.  This is the part where my favorite parts of the crafting community--a willingness to share creativity and wisdom with others--and my favorite parts of the online community--a willingness to share creativity and wisdom with others, but with pictures and links--come together.

    I love knowing what other people are working on.  I love seeing how people can take a pattern and turn it into something a little more personal to suit their intended recipient or their resources.  I also love pictures.

    To illustrate my point, I thought I'd search through the projects of people who made the Crocheted Rainbow Set.

    This pattern is really popular among sales on the Leisure Arts website right now, and people seem very excited to be able to find it again.  I talked to Ravelers who had borrowed the pattern from friends, seen it at garage sales, or searched around eBay to find it because it's such a classic pattern.  One woman even said that her mother gave her the afghan she'd crocheted for her as a baby, so that she could make an afghan for her own baby based on this pattern!  Circle of life!

    When I saw the pattern for sale on the website, I thought it was very pretty.  Pastels are lovely for babies, and it's such a pretty blanket.  But I also wondered if people had made changes with the colors or the yarn selections, so I looked through the project pages.

    Oh wow.

    There were people who had stuck with the pastel theme--it's a classic for a reason.  There were people who had used brighter yarn, and so their blankets were more Rainbow Brite than rainbow, which thrilled me to no end.

    And then there were people who had just gone crazy with it.  I was floored.  I got so excited when I was looking through all these pictures!  I was sending emails to crocheters filled with exclamation points and gushing compliments and looking like a complete goober.  I regret nothing.  I've really been looking forward to writing this post, because researching it was so. much. fun. 

    Look at all this goodness!

    This is the Granny Ripple by cyhuffman.
    She said she made this with scrap yarn, which I thought was incredibly impressive. (And now I know I'm not the only one who is curious about her stash.)

    I love the cool tones of stashaholic's Baby's Best.  It still has a bit of the pastel look of the original, but it's still so different and creative.

    This project is called Black and Blue by mva5493.  She mentioned that she uses Ravelry for a lot of the same reasons I do--to see what other people have tried with patterns and yarns.  If you get the chance, definitely click through to see the rest of her pictures of this project.  This color scheme is blowing me away.

    This is crazycrochet's Rainbow Blanket.  I really like how the two different shades of brown look against the blue.  And I love that she took the current baby trend of brown and blue yarns and used them with a vintage pattern.  Some little boy is very lucky to have this afghan.

    Even though it's not finished, I really wanted to include Krislyn's Bronco Baby Blanket because I love the idea of using a team's colors. 

    Timeless1 named her project the Hidden Gold Baby Blanket.  I love the gender neutral look of this.

    And these flecks are awesome.

    Cassie1979's Crocheted Rainbow Blanket makes me really happy because, well, it is still a rainbow blanket!  It's also much larger than the standard Rainbow Afghan pattern because she used two strands of yarn and a Size N hook to make this.  It's stunning.

    Actually, these are all stunning.  These are maybe one-tenth of the projects I looked at for this pattern, and I love them all.  These crafters should be really proud of their beautiful creations, and I'm incredibly grateful to them for letting me use their pictures in this post because I really thought everyone should see these.  I hope you're as impressed as I am!

    Update: I accidentally left someone out!  I have 8 afghans!

    This is Vibbedille's Granny Ripple!

    Her message was a little hidden in my inbox because of similar project names, and I remember being disappointed that I couldn't show you this version because I thought it was so perfect for fall! And I love the little addition to the edging.  Gorgeous.  Just gorgeous.

  • Cheeseburger Day — Your Way!

    {Did you know that today's Cheeseburger Day? To help you celebrate, we’ve got a guest blogger! Our Leisure Arts Food Editor, Celia Harkey, is offering up a new take on the traditional cheeseburger with a free recipe for Cheeseburger Salad!}

    How does an everyday favorite food like a cheeseburger take on a new look and become an easy meal? When the Official Taster at my house came home bragging on his cheeseburger salad eaten at a sports bar for lunch, I just had to know all the details. In fact, I made him take me the next weekend so I could experience the transformation of a cheeseburger into a salad. Here is your chance to celebrate Cheeseburger Day with an easy meal that takes a topsy-turvy twist. Maybe we should call it Cheeseburger Salad Day!

    All of a sudden, cheeseburger salad has reinvented the cheeseburger, including the bun and all of its “fixins” into a new presentation. But, when thinking about how to write the cheeseburger salad recipe so family and friends will have it their own way — I needed to approach this easy meal differently. First, we know our basic ingredient choices will be: hamburger meat, ketchup and/or mustard and/or mayonnaise, dill pickles, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and a bun. Then we start getting a little picky from here and some of you will immediately start saying: mushrooms, Worcestershire sauce, grilled onions, special request cheese (including pimiento and blue cheese), jalapeño peppers, avocado/guacamole, barbecue or steak sauce, bacon, fried onion rings, chipotle mayonnaise or aioli, roasted poblano or red peppers, or topped with a fried egg. 

    Okay, take a deep breath because we haven’t even considered what type of bun — sesame seed, brioche, whole grain, or even rye bread to honor the patty melt. Or, what type of salad ingredients. Please don’t make me name them; you know the varieties of veggies and greens are endless, so let’s leave it at that. 

    Following is my way of building the Cheeseburger Salad. You will notice that I was looking for an easy meal and took some shortcuts with prepared foods. Remember, you are building this your way!

    Building a Cheeseburger Salad – My Way!
    1 pound hamburger meat
    1/2 cup chopped red onion
    Half a red bell pepper, seeded and cut into strips
    1/2 cup ketchup
    2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
    1/4 to 1/2 cup water
    salt and black pepper
    1 cup shredded pepper jack cheese
    Romaine lettuce, washed and cut into pieces
    Dill pickle spears, cut into chunks
    Plum tomatoes, sliced
    Avocado, pitted, peeled, and sliced
    Seasoned croutons

    Salad Dressing
    Italian or favorite salad dressing
    Dijon-style mustard

    Coarsely crumble hamburger in a skillet. Give it a chance to brown, and then turn gently. This helps to keep it in larger pieces. When the meat starts to brown again, drain excess grease from pan. Add onions and red pepper strips to hamburger; continue to brown giving the onion and pepper time to lightly cook through [I like them to still have a little crunch to them]. 

    While hamburger is browning, combine ketchup, Worcestershire, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl. Add enough water to thin it out a little, then stir into hamburger mixture. Lower heat and stir to allow the sauce to cook into the meat. Continue to slowly cook and gently stir until the sauce is almost totally absorbed. 

    Turn heat off and sprinkle cheese over meat; allow cheese to melt.
    For salad dressing, combine 1/2 cup Italian dressing with 2 tablespoons of Dijon-style mustard in a medium bowl; stir until well blended. At this point, you can jazz up this dressing any way you want by adding apple cider vinegar, a little mayo to make it creamier, or dried herbs or spices for a little more zip.
    Now, assemble your salad ingredients so everyone can build it their own way! What an easy meal and, knowing how everyone likes something different on their cheeseburger, this is a great way for everyone to get it just like they like it. In fact, if you prefer making items from scratch, consider making your own croutons with hamburger buns or making your very own salad dressing [ranch-style buttermilk dressing would be good].

    Enjoy your Cheeseburger Day celebration. Now, just to clarify where I am going with this, please serve mine with a chocolate milk shake. It may not sound like the typical beverage to go with a salad, but we are talking cheeseburger here!! 
  • Happy Labor Day!

    Leisure Arts is closed today, so we can spend Labor Day with our family and friends. Have you got big plans for the last day of our long Labor Day weekend? I’m at a family reunion, but I’m hoping to work in some antique mall and flea market excursions in between bouts of eating and visiting…

    Anyway, in observance of Labor Day, I’m not laboring very hard on today's blog post, but I thought I'd share a pretty picture of the gigantic moth I found on my dining room ceiling yesterday. (How it got in the house, I have no clue!) The Cat was not amused, but the moth was safely released back into the great outdoors (with a little help from the Love-Of-My-Life who was, in fact, very entertained by the whole incident).
    All of us at Leisure Arts wish you and yours a safe and creative Labor Day! Visit LeisureArts.com if you need inspiration and take advantage of our 45% off everything Labor Day Sale!
  • Labor-free Labor Day

    {Hope you’re having a glorious Labor Day weekend! We’ve got a guest blogger today! Our Leisure Arts Food Editor, Celia Harkey, is celebrating Labor Day by making kitchen work easy and sharing a free recipe for Mexican Macaroni and Cheese!}

    Mention Labor Day and I think, “What makes your life in the kitchen easier than a casserole?” Well, besides the dishwasher (both the electric model and the man that doubles as Official Taster at my house), my immersion blender just for fun, and shredded cheese (can sprinkle it on anything!) — nothing is easier. Since Labor Day is based on celebrating the accomplishments of American workers, I say we think about making our kitchen work easy for this Labor Day!
    I can safely bet that each and every one of you has made and eaten a casserole or two in your life plus carried a casserole to at least a few dozen places for a potluck — the ultimate sampling smorgasbord. If you’re from North Dakota and Minnesota, like my friends Char and Kim, you have relied on the “hotdish” as your main meal or side dish for many a church potluck or family gathering. Every region of the country has their interpretation of the casserole or hotdish. The following are some of the many ingredients used: a stick of butter, a can of cream soup, potatoes, pasta, rice, meat or fish (think canned tuna), buttered cracker crumbs or crumbled chips for topping, cheese (lots of cheese), veggies to make it a meal, and milk or cream that’s sometimes thickened with flour. 

    The other really wonderful, almost miraculous thing about making a casserole or hotdish — if you don’t have the ingredient in the recipe, substitute whatever sounds good out of your pantry! I have shared the tasty Mexican Macaroni and Cheese recipe below from Celebrating Party Foods (pictured with Orange-Pineapple Punch, Cheesy Bean Burritos, and Mini Beef Nachos from the same book) and, believe me, all ages will love this hotdish. So, get creative and change a can or two! The Official Taster loves black beans, and we both love things spicy, so I will assemble this hotdish for Labor Day using black beans (instead of kidney beans) and substituting a can of diced tomatoes and green chiles for the stewed tomatoes. In fact, we might just add a few jalapeño slices and use the Mexican blend of cheese. YUM!!!
    Mexican Macaroni and Cheese
    1 package (12 ounces) large elbow macaroni, cooked
    1 can (16 ounces) dark red kidney or your favorite beans, drained
    1 can (14.5 ounces) stewed tomatoes, drained
    1 can (4.5 ounces) chopped green chiles
    1 can (4-1/4 ounces) chopped ripe olives
    1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
    1/4 cup butter
    1/3 cup finely chopped green onions
    3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2-1/4 cups warm milk
    4 cups (16 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese or Mexican cheese blend, divided
    1 teaspoon ground cumin
    1/4 teaspoon garlic salt
    1/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
    In a large bowl, combine cooked macaroni, kidney beans, tomatoes, green chiles, ripe olives, and cilantro. Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Sauté green onions in butter just until tender. Remove from heat. Use a slotted spoon to transfer onions to macaroni mixture.
    Return butter to medium heat; whisk flour into butter until well blended and mixture begins to bubble. Stirring constantly, add warm milk; cook about 6 minutes or until smooth and slightly thickened. Remove from heat and add 3 cups cheese; stir until melted. Stir in cumin, garlic salt, and red pepper. Pour over macaroni mixture.
    Spoon mixture into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Sprinkle remaining 1 cup cheese over top. Cover and bake at 350° for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake for 10 minutes longer or until mixture is bubbly.
    Yield: about 14 servings
    Enjoy this recipe from Celebrating Party Foods along with 100 other party food recipes and 13 themed menus for entertaining.  You’ll find more casseroles like Baked Bean Blitz, Brunch Eggs, and Coconut Candy Bar Cake (well, you have to have dessert at a potluck!). And if you want to get started cooking right now, order the downloadable version—the Celebrating Party Foods eBook!
  • Marshmallow Creme & S’Mores Day—The Perfect Combo!

    It's National S'Mores Day! Let's celebrate! Do you remember making s’mores as a kid? We used to go camping every summer when I was little, and we always sat around the campfire made them with graham crackers, chocolate bars, and giant melted marshmallows. S’Mores were also a staple at Brownie and Girl Scout cookouts. Unfortunately, as hot as it’s been outside this summer, I don’t think I’m going to be making traditional s’mores today…but, luckily, I’ve found an upscaled recipe in an old Leisure Arts book that I can make in the oven. Check out our recipe for Cookie S’Mores featuring a chunky peanut butter crust that’s layered with marshmallow creme, chocolate candy, and peanuts!
    Cookie S’Mores
    1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
    1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
    1 large egg
    1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 jar (7 ounces) marshmallow creme
    1 cup candy-coated chocolate pieces
    3/4 cup salted roasted peanuts
    Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, beat butter at medium speed of an electric mixer until creamy; add sugars, beating well. Add peanut butter, egg, and vanilla; beat well.
    Combine flour, baking powder, and salt; add to butter mixture, beating well.
    Press dough into a greased 9 x 13-inch pan. Spread marshmallow creme over dough. Sprinkle chocolate pieces and peanuts over marshmallow creme. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until marshmallow creme is lightly browned. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack; cut into bars.
    Yield: about 2 dozen cookies
    Happy National S’Mores Day! Hope you enjoy our free recipe! How are you planning to celebrate the occasion? Do you have a fav S'Mores recipe?
  • Depression Glass — My Junk Update

    I’ve been putting away the newest additions to my collections and thought I’d share some photos to get Sunday off to a good start. I’ve had really good luck with depression glass lately and have managed to acquire a few nice new (old) pieces from auctions and estate sales!

    This is Mt. Pleasant pattern black amethyst depression glass. It was made in 1920s-1934 by the L.E. Smith Glass Company. This is very cool glass! It looks black until you hold it up to the light…then, you can see amethyst! 
    From MacBeth-Evans Glass Company, circa 1929-32, here’s a stray Dogwood patterned pink depression glass sugar bowl. Now I’ve got to find the creamer!
    I really scored on my two crystal Iris & Herringbone pattern depression glass footed tumblers. They were made by the Jeannette Glass Company in 1928-1932, and I’m thrilled to add them to my growing collection of this pattern. (This is a hard pattern to collect because so many pieces of it have been reproduced!)
    Not sure why, but I just had to have these crystal Oyster & Pearl pattern depression glass candleholders. (The markings sort of look like octopus tentacles to me…) They were made in 1938-1940 by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation.

    I also picked up a few pieces of Jeannette pink Cherry Blossom pattern depression glass. It dates from 1930-39.
    This Moonstone pattern is also by the Anchor Hocking Glass Corporation. Well, this isn’t technically, really, depression glass at all (it does show up in some depression glass guides) since it didn’t start being produced until 1941, but I really like it! It looks cool in the cabinet with my milk glass.
    What’s your favorite depression glass pattern? How do you display it? I’d love some inspiration!

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