Knit & Crochet

April 27, 2012 - Skein Size Matters

Minnie Belle, back when she wasn’t naked. Her mama, Annabelle, getting naked: Miss Crazy Jacob and Crazy Jr. That’s CJ to you. When I got the sheepies naked this year, I decided I was going to do something different and actually have the wool processed. I’m going to have the wool from Minnie Belle, Miss...
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May 5, 2011 - The Baby Blanket Project

Almost four months ago, I started my winter project to make two baby blankets for twin babies due in July. NOT MINE! (Sheesh.) Hers. Kate (52’s daughter)

January 14, 2011 - A Winter Project

Wintertime is yarn time. The call of the yarn is stronger in cold weather. There’s more time spent inside. Snow days. No school days. No gardening, less canning. If your work gets big, it feels warm on your lap, not hot. I just want to snuggle into a big ball of yarn when it’s snowing...
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May 4, 2010 - A Box of Baby Blankets

Slowly (very slowly), I’m going through boxes of things that still need unpacking around here. Yes, I confess, it has been two years since I moved into this house and I’m not completely unpacked yet. But, it’s kinda fun this way. Every once in a while, I tackle a box–and it’s like opening presents! I...
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March 18, 2010 - Crochet a Spring Bird’s Nest

When I was out and about the other day on a rare shopping excursion, I saw this cute little bird’s nest. The nest and eggs were knitted. I thought, I could make that! But I’m not good enough at knitting to make up directions. I can barely follow professional knitting directions. Barely. But I can...
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February 24, 2010 - Craft Stash Diving

I love digging into other people’s craft stashes. Anybody who does a lot of crafting has a big stash, often multiple stashes. My cousin’s wife, Sheryl, has one of the best stashes anywhere. Make that multiple stashes. Whenever Morgan’s working on something like a social studies project, she likes to put her board together at...
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January 28, 2010 - Knitwit

I want you to know that I haven’t given up on knitting. I know some of you have been concerned, considering all the crocheting I’ve been doing lately. I just needed to get my confidence in yarn back. It’s very rare that I ever give up on something. Even when I should. I’ve been knitting!...
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January 20, 2010 - Sweet Little Jam Cozy

Jam cozies! I think they are so adorable and anyone who does a lot of canning and jam-gifting is bound to have seen them–and want them! A jam cozy makes the gift of a jar of jam that much more special. Seriously, who could even eat this jam now? (Okay, me, but I have more...
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January 6, 2010 - Ruffled Crochet Dishcloth

I had several requests for the ruffled crochet dishcloth pattern seen in this post. We were driving off for the day to fetch Mr. Pibb and I wanted something to keep me occupied on the long drive. Something that was easy and wouldn’t require lugging around a lot of stuff. A project that could be...
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May 22, 2009 - How to Wash and Dye Wool

Washed and dyed wool–in Tropical Punch Kool-Aid. One of the great benefits of having sheep, other than watching them dot (or clump, in the case of my sheep), is having all that lovely wool at your disposal. Unfortunately, sheep are dirty, so you have to clean it. If you’ve never washed a fleece before, it...
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April 8, 2009 - Trip to a Fiber Farm

Freshly-washed and dyed Border Leicester wool drying in the breeze on the back porch of the 1860s-era farmhouse at Kilmarnock Farm. Saturday, I was lucky enough to take a class in fiber arts with three friends at this beautiful 300-acre farm tucked in the hills of Orlando, West Virginia, about an hour and half north...
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March 25, 2009 - I Dream of Crochet

I’m dreaming about crocheting. I woke up the other day and thought I actually had a crochet project that I was working on. This week, I went to the store and bought some lighter-colored yarn so I can see my knit stitches better. I looked at the knitting needles and thought about buying some, but...
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March 21, 2009 - And Then I Threw the Yarn Away and Cried

I had a knitting lesson! And I am the worst knitter in the world. However! The knitting lesson was awesome! Missy at the goat farm treated me to a knitting workshop for one. It is a true pity that I am not a better knitting student. I don’t know what’s wrong with me. I just...
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