Monday, April 30, 2018


I have been looking for an inexpensive table for my peg loom.  Looks were not so much of an issue, so long as it was sturdy.  I figured I could always paint the table if it was scratched up.  I may need to use clamps with the loom, so I didn't want the top of the table to be too thick.  I wanted a table long enough for the loom, or at least the loom legs, but not too wide and take up extra space I wasn't using.  When the loom is not in use, I can put it in the storage with the table.   I have the largest size of loom Dewberry Ridge makes (I think).  It is 49" long.                                  
I went to 2 antique stores and looked on the internet and I found a sofa table I thought would work.  When I got to the store, I realized that the sofa table was too short, but in the store was another table that worked.  

A Facebook fiber group that I am in, sells raw wool.  A few of the women in the group were using herb and seed dryers to hold their drying wool.  I had to give it a try.  It works great!  It was only $19.44.

Do you have any special equipment you use for your crafts that you would like to share?  

I hope you had a great weekend.  I had a quiet weekend.  Dawnie

Monday, April 23, 2018

Spinning Box

I usually buy wool direct from the farmer.  I scour it, dye it, card it, and spin it.   Occasionally I buy wool that is already processed.  It is so much easier to sit down and spin without all of the prep work that goes along with it.  A few months ago, I signed up for a spinning box from Camaj Fiber Arts.  This box seemed to be better than the last couple, even though I am not a big fan of the color orange.

The spinning box loot.

Ice Cream is so fun!!!

I hope you had a great weekend and you were
 able to eat ice cream too!


Sunday, April 8, 2018

Using Wool Locks

Wool locks can be used many ways.  I am making a rug at this time.  It will be a while before the reveal.  LOL  I have made trivets and placed the locks around the outside in the last row.  I like that look, but it is not real full.  I have placed locks into the wool and let them do their own thing and I get some great results.  I really like the look of crocheting or knitting a lock in a stitch.  The middle of the lock I feel will hold the lock in place the best.  It depends on what is made and who it is made for as to the best use of my locks.  I like to use hand-spun yarn when I crochet or knit the lock in place.  Of course, felting works well too.  I recently made a trivet for someone.  Her favorite color is blue, but other colors work fine too.  In the center of the trivet is a button containing a blue bird and a pink flower.  The locks are smaller locks and come from BFL (sheep breed) and dyed in various pink colors.  The yarn I used to crochet with is hand-spun.  It is mostly blue yarn, with one ply in blue with various colors and fibers, one ply in pink Merino, and one ply in pink cotton thread.  I started crocheting a circle in the normal style.  Once I had two rows crocheted, I would catch the center of a lock in a stitch and single crochet it twice in that stitch.  I would then put three stitches between the stitches.  If the trivet gets too big, I would crochet the second and third stitch between stitches together.  This method gave the trivet some fullness.  It is very fluffy and it can be shaken into place somewhat if it gets settled down.  Yes, I like shabby chic decor.  LOL
This looks like it is about 4" wide, but it is closer to 9 inches in diameter.

In the picture below, a little girl is telling me that I have too much wool.  LOL  She is being photo bombed in the picture by little Joy, the Toy Fox Terrier.  I don't get a lot of work done when the grand-daughter is here.  She likes to play tea and sit on my lap.  Trivets under teapots come in handy at our house.  

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

What are you making???

When plying, don't hesitate to ply unmatched yarns.  An example of plying 2 unmatched yarns is in this crocheted trivet where I plied Dutch Spotted Sheep (Bonte Schaap) and a varied green yarn with lots of sparkles.  This batt is named Irish Blessing and contains Merino, Alpaca, Corridale, BFL, silk, and Angelina fibers.   It comes from Fawkes Farm.  Unfortunately, most of the sparkle doesn't come across in the picture.  I put a green button in the center of this trivet.  The button makes the trivet look complete.

I am in a couple fiber clubs.  They send fiber in colorways I would not have picked out if I went shopping.  This is an example.  A mostly gray Merino wool top with an orange and a light teal.  It really is not pretty.  I had to make it fun, so I added fun fibers with the Merino wool.  BFL in golden and orange, BFL in light teals, Nylon sparkle, mulberry silk, and orange kid mohair.  All natural fibers except for the sparkle.

Blending on a hackle and using a diz to remove the fiber from this hackle.
After spinning

Top of the hat.

After this, I spun the Merino top and made it a two-ply yarn.  I single crocheted a border and placed 8 squash colored buttons around the band.  This hat can be worn by male or female, but I think most men would not want the buttons on the bottom border. 

 As you may have noticed, buttons may give a hand-made item a finished look.  For the last row, I like to crochet around the stem of each stitch in the second to the last row, which gives the bottom of the hat more support and doesn't allow the hat to stretch out of place. 

 Another crocheted, hand-spun yarn trivet.  As you see, there is a button in the center.  This button is not flat, but the raised stitches around the decorative center allow for most items to sit level.  

I hope you had a wonderful Easter!  Dawnie