At my store, I am constantly teaching, picking colors, suggesting patterns and helping all the crafters that come through my door. Well, now that we are in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, my store is closed and I cannot help people on a daily basis face-to-face. BUT, I can provide some instructive videos that … More Steeking Workshop
Just more flowers from the farm. For those of you who visit the store in the spring, you know the farm is bursting with color. Unfortunately, I cannot share it with anyone since the store is closed to foot traffic because of COVID-19. I wasn’t able to go into the large patches because it is … More Spring flowers – again!
With all that is going on around us with this global COVID-19 pandemic, it can get depressing. I invite you to take joys in the simple things around you. It is spring. If you can go out and get some fresh air, while still distancing yourself from others, do it. It will do you a … More Another beautiful spring day!
Steeking strikes fear in the most advanced knitters! Cut my work? Are you crazy? It really isn’t as scary as you think IF you prepare and reinforce your work before cutting. It’s best to steek non-superwashed fibers, but you can successfully steek superwashed wool if you use a machine or hand-sewed reinforcement. Why steek? So … More EEK! Steeking
I planned to release this for the 2020 NJ Wool Walk, but since the Wool Walk is postponed, I decided to release it now. It is a free pattern, made from 3 skeins of DK. It is an asymmetrical, boomerang type shawl with no purling involved. It is easy enough for a beginner, but also … More New Free Pattern – "HINDSIGHT"
As you have heard by now if you follow me on ANY social media, the NJ Wool Walk 2020 has been postponed. We are meeting in May to pick a new date. I have been preparing for the Wool Walk since December and have been dyeing this colorway en masse since January. I decided that … More 2020 Wool Walk Colorway – "Hindsight" is READY to ship
How to stitch our way through COVID-19. … More Welcome to the Alpaca-lypse – here’s a free pattern…
This is the third post in the Series. Follow the links below to view the 1st and 2nd posts in this series. Installment 1 – Huacaya AlpacaInstallment 2 – Corriedale Wool Icelandic Wool “This breed originated in Iceland and is hardy and adapted to harsh, changeable climate and marginal pasture and browse conditions. Ewes are … More Series (Installment 3 – Icelandic Wool): Spinning my way through the Fleece & Fiber Sourcebook
Not much spinning was done on day 4 😦 I did manage to get my Jacob blend in for a photo shoot however and now it is hanging to dry before skeining and breaking them into smaller skeins. This will be for sale in the shop this weekend. Day 4 – July 7th Day 5 … More Tour de Fleece Days 4 – 6 – July 7th – 9th
Day 2 – Sunday July 5th After yesterday with 4th of July fireworks and fun …. I wanted to sleep in, but my dogs had another idea. I was jolted from a peaceful sleep at 6:15ish to my Mastiff, Gus barking, which is a rarity, so always cause for me to take a look. I … More Tour de Fleece Days 2 & 3 – July 5th – 6th