Archive for October, 2012

Join us for some customized sewing tips on Episode 15!

Sue gives us some great tips and tricks for creating a custom sized, reversible tote bag. This project is great for carrying your projects in! She also shows us how she is upcycling some mall jewelry. Julia unveils her son’s birthday sweater, complete for the secret on  how he can have trains, cars, trucks, dinosaurs, tractors and sharks in one place. Other projects are also debuted.

Our Square knitalong ends October 31, but you still have a few days to post pictures of your finished squares to be included in the giveaway drawing! The current patterns are listed here and on the website. I’m excited to see  who is picked this month!



Square-along thread

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This past weekend my daughter and I made the trip up to the NYS Sheep and Wool Festival (otherwise known as Rhinebeck) and spent the day shopping, oogling, meeting and smiling. I had intended to make a mini-recording of our experiences, but we’ve had some long overdue construction (from a flooded kitchen in September) and the saws/drills/hammers would not be pleasant background noise. We took some fun pictures, though, so I’ll have to relate our experiences to you here.

The first thing M and I saw when we walked in was the scavenger hunt for kids. I thought this was a great way to get kids involved, since you had to follow the clues to find a table and then answer a question about an animal to get a stamper on your card. She ran me ragged looking for all the tables and worked so hard to complete the whole card. At the end the kids were supposed to get a prize, but unfortunately the folks running the hunt left early. That was pretty disappointing, but there were other fun kids activities from Mad Science and a carnival game company so she got over it quickly.

We saw so many wonderful vendors! There were 13 buildings packed with vendors selling such beautiful wares and a few outside as well. You could buy anything from wool right off the animal to yarn with additions like beads, ribbons or leaves. I got some lovely things, of course.


Into the Whirled– Martini and Rossi Romney

Bittersweet Woolery– Indian Corn BFL

Persimmon Tree Farm– Piggytoes Superwash Merino PT224

Can you see the color trend? It was very difficult to not mimic the gorgeous fall scenery. I did not buy any spinning/weaving supplies, but there were many beautiful spindles, wheels, niddy noddies, etc for trial and purchase.

I also found some amazing accessories. Again, there were so many amazing handcrafters that it was very difficult to choose! Here’s what I settled on:

Shawl pin from KokoNoelle

Earrings from Jennie the Potter

Buttons from Melissa Jean Designs

Shirret from Shirret America

The shirret was an amazing tool that I have never seen before. It looks like a very long crochet hook and is used with a piece of rug yarn and fabric to create shirring. The booth was so colorful and textural. We spent quite a while watching the owners work. They were lovely ladies who were such fun to talk to.

Just amazing work! Wall hangings, rugs, coffee/teapot cozies, even  hats!

This little guy jumped into my bag…

He is the prize for the Rhinebeck giveaway. Anyone who got a card from us at the festival is automatically entered, and can win if you join the group!  I’m giving folks a week to get signed up and then I’ll draw a number (written on your card) to see who gets this needle felted gnome from Going Gnome.

A good part of our day was spent handing out business cards and meeting new people, including a whole ton of Ravelry members and podcasters! A group could be seen hanging out in a clearing for hours.

Pic 1: Laura Nelkin from Nelkin Designs. She lives in the Finger Lakes area of NY where I went to college and lived for a while. I love reading her blog and seeing her designs. It was such fun to meet her!

Pic 2: Podcasters abound!

Pic 3: The Lehigh Valley group. It’s so nice we can make a day trip to a festival like this!

Podcaster buttons on M’s bag. She loved collecting these and meeting everyone (as did I)!

I can’t forget the animals. The woolly, fuzzy, funny bunch. We couldn’t get enough of them! M almost kissed a llama, but it decided it would rather go for a walk.

Finally, I’ll just leave you with some of the interesting sights we saw throughout the day, including a wet felted shawl with fleece on the ends. So creative! I’ll be back next year! Who’s with me?

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We’re melting over Episode 14!

Today we are doing a round up of projects that involve melting! We melted wax, plastic, yarn and made jewelry from shrinky dinks.  Sue leads our DIY again, showing us how to make the shrinky dinks safely and with the proper plastic. Recycling can be fun! Sue also shows us a new horsehair bracelet and some vinegar based cleansers she made. Julia has had startitis, casting on Bias with her “black” crock-dyed yarn and a Pedestrian Crossing Cowl with the Mushishi from a previous episode. and shows us progress on Dream Stripes.

Don’t forget to join in our Square knitalong! October patterns are listed here and on the website. Be sure to sign up with a comment below or at the Ravelry group. All finished items will be included in our next giveaway.


Finding fiber content by burning

The Crayola Experience

Shrinky Dinks:




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Random number generator has chosen KisaValkyrie (Ravelry name) as our winner this month! You’ll be receiving the dishcloth I made as a thanks for joining in! Hope you can still use it after making such lovely cloths of your own. 🙂 Let me know how to get you the cloth and I’ll get right on it!

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October Square KAL Links

Again, for those of you who are not members of Ravelry (the online knitting community where I find most of my patterns), we wanted to post links to the squares I chose for the knit-along so you can join us, too! Just leave a comment after this post to say you’ll be joining in. Please comment with a link to your finished square to be included in October’s drawing. You may complete one of the following squares or one from our September list.

Beginner square: Basketweave square

Advanced square (my own pattern!): Trinity Stitch Afghan Square/Cloth

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