I’m a lazy gardener sometimes, I admit it.  Last fall I let everything stay right there in the garden to winter over.  By the time the end of the growing season is here, I’m just about done with watering and weeding.  Cleaning out the beds is the last thing I want to tackle at the […]


Checkers by Sally’s Backyard This scarf is based on an open checker stitch, so the name “Checkers” seemed appropriate for this quick, easy scarf.  Enjoy! Gauge is not critical for this project.  My scarf is 4″ wide x 52″ in length. Materials: Worsted weight yarn ( I used Naturally Caron Country, Renaissance Rose, 185 yd/skein, […]

Manoplas del Lago

  Manoplas del Lago (Lake Mittens) by Sally’s Backyard These mittens, like the matching scarf, were inspired by the lovely Araucania Panguipulli yarn. The construction of these fingerless mitts leaves a nice scalloped edge around the fingers and the wrist. Materials: “J” hook Worsted weight yarn of choice (I used Araucania Panguipulli, 100% merino wool, […]