Denise's NeedleWorks
Location: Ames, Iowa, United States

I am wife to Jeff, homeschool mom to 8, a knit and crochet teacher and totally addicted to knitting, crocheting and other fiber arts. After knitting, crocheting and sewing my own clothing from the age of 10 on, I studied textiles & clothing in college. That lead me to 25 years of custom dressmaking and alterations work, while sewing, knitting and crocheting for my growing children. I have worked in the yarn industry for the past 3 years and have been designing my own knitting patterns. Visit my web site at Find me as DeniseInIowa on

Wednesday, August 30, 2006


I was feeling overwhelmed yesterday with all there is to do so I took some advice from Elizabeth Zimmerman. She said, "Properly practiced, knitting soothes the troubled spirit, and it doesn't hurt the untroubled spirit either." and , "Knit on with confidence and hope, through all crisis." I started a Pelerine. It is basically a short poncho from an Elizabeth Zimmerman pattern (Spun Out #40). I wanted a simple poncho pattern to teach to a class. It is a very easy pattern. The yarn is Simply Soft Shadows, which creates wide stripes. EZ suggests some lace patterns for the stockinette version of this poncho but I decided this yarn would look best in straight stockinette. It is so soft and so nice to work with!! I really like it. I am hoping it will be for me but my 9 and 13 yo daughters have been eyeing it with that "look"!


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