Monthly Archives: October 2019

  • Harvest Season Goodies for Fiber Crafters (plus a pumpkin swirl bread recipe)!

    Last Saturday I went over to the NC State College of Textiles for their open house. They had invited the Carolina FiberFest to demonstrate so I was there with a number of friends on our spinning wheels. We talked to lots of people and got to see a Pyroman demonstration, it was very impressive. I worked on spinning a cormo, angora, silk blend that I got from a friend's farm, and it's just delightful.

    It really is feeling like the fall harvest season! Let's look at some harvest inspired listings this week. Scroll down for an easy pumpkin cream cheese bread! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    zippered project bag

    Home of the Multi-Zippered Bag

    Lovely rust and golds blend together on this batik fabric multi-zippered bag.  These bags are wonderful and I use mine all the time. It zips into a tidy roll and opens to a functional bag with 3 zippered compartments and other larger spaces. The front opens into a tray to collect notions. $20






    BB Knits

    This Spanish Market colorway makes me think of a market stand full of beautiful gourds. Fingering weight yarn of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon with 460 yards. $22





    Pixie Knit Designs

    Fool's Gold -  Golden wheat colored bitty batts of fiber are hand carded and so fluffy! Set of 5 batts weigh a total of 1.4 ounces and are created from a blend of mixed fine wool, tussah silk, silk hankies, mohair locks, cotton, and firestar sparkle. $7.70





    Ten Mile FIber

    Leicester longwool is a lustrous wool that is resistant to felting. Staple length is usually between 5 and 14" and it can be spun into a smooth yarn. This is a 4 ounce braid of combed top has been dyed rich fall colors and will spin beautifully. This is a conservation breed. $20






    Terra Allure Hobby Farm

    Fall Colors - Beautiful fingering weight skein spun from a blend of 56% alpaca, 30% angora, and 14% wool. This yarn will be airy, lightweight and warm. The color is subtly marled and has a total of 316 yards. $41




    Loop by Loop Studio

    This rug hooking kit would be a fun project or make a great gift for someone! Custom pumpkin design for a 12" by 16" linen pillow. It includes all the materials plus detailed instructions. You just need a craft hoop, pillow form and needle and thread for finishing! $57





    multi-colored stitch markers

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Set of 10 harvest stitch markers that are snagless and with a low profile so that don't interfere with your work. Two each of 5 colored beads for a little bling. They fit up to a US8/5.0mm needle. $5







    hand-dyed yarn

    Puss n Boots Hand Dyed Yarn

    Wheat Fields of Dover - Soft golden brown hand dyed yarn in a fingering weight with 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. 464 yards per skein.  $25.50






    Current Crafting

    I'm currently experiencing some forearm pain that knitting aggravates so, sadly,  I haven't done much this week. Hopefully it resolves soon so that I don't lose my mind!

    Just for fun

    You are either a pumpkin fan or you are not. I happen to be a fan. I'm not sure where I got this recipe because I've had it for years but it is really yummy and easy, too. I hope that you enjoy!

    Pumpkin Swirl Bread

    8 ounces of cream cheese ¼ c. sugar 1 egg 1 ¾ cup flour 1 ½ cup sugar 1 tsp. baking soda 1 tsp. cinnamon ½ tsp. salt ¼ tsp nutmeg 1 c. pumpkin ½ c. melted butter 1 egg 1/3 cup water

    Combine cream cheese, sugar and 1 egg, mix well and set aside. Combine dry ingredients. Combine pumpkin, butter, 1 egg and water. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Reserve 2 cups of this batter.

    Pour remaining batter into a greased and floured 9x5 loaf pan. Pour cream cheese mixture over top and then pour reserved 2 cups of batter over. Cut through with a knife a few times to create a swirled affect. Bake at 350 for 1 hour 10 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • New patterns from Carolina FiberFest 2020 (plus some great FiberCrafty listings)

    The Carolina FiberFest released the Craft Along 2020 patterns! Even if you won't attend the festival, these are great patterns and you should check them out! My podcast cohost, Greg, released the knit Tiger Owl Cowl. And the crochet pattern, Unexpectedly Angular, was released by Connie Lee Lynch. I have made both and they are fantastic! They will only be free until just after the festival.

    This week let's just look at a random selection of listings. As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

        Knit KnackedBeautiful interchangeable crochet hook set. Hand turned wooden handle comes with 3 sizes of hooks I/9.0mm, J/10.0mm and K/10.5mm.  Hooks are inline aluminum with a chrome finish.  $35






    IlLOOMinated Yarns

    Merlot - 80% superwash merino wool and 20% silk yarn has just the right touch of luxury to add softness, shine and drape. Brilliant tonal purple provides a perfectly eye catching color. Fingering weight 400 yards. $30






    Trade from Scratch

    Neopolitan -  a perfectly soft palette of cream, muted pink and gentle brown. 4 ounces of mixed wools sourced from farms in Pennsylvania with a micron count of 24. Easy to spin and one of a kind. $18





    Homespun Heirloom Yarns

    Zesty red, oranges and yellows are complemented with pops of green in this expertly handspun yarn. Blue Faced Leicester wool in a sport weight with a generous 594 yards. 2 skeins. This is soft and luxurious but still offers strength. $69.90





    Inspiration by Karen

    Autumn Days - Karen's artwork is breathtaking and they are all made by needle felting! They range from 3d designs to "flat" portraits like this one. An autumn tree with leaves cascading down and a row of pumpkins. Unframed, measures about 5"x7". $55




    A Twist in Time

    18% Merino and 82% Tencel are milled together without blending and the end result is a stripey roving. Spins into a grey yarn and could even be overdyed! Sold by the ounce. $3.50





    Ewe and Dye

    Morchella - Gorgeous warm mushroom-brown fingering weight yarn. A base of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon, this is versatile for just about any use and a lovely neutral that could be paired easily. 463 yards. $25





    Magnetic Shawl Pin - These amazing brooches are help keep your shawl in place without damaging the fabric. Extremely strong magnets will work through 2 layers of fabric. Also a wonderful gift to give with a handknit. Lots of styles available. $12






    Current Crafting

    Well, I think I have recovered from my missed State Fair deadline. Last week we also had a crazy week (out of town guests, birthday celebrations, etc) and in addition to my knitting setbacks, I didn't have much time to start back on the sleeves. I finally did though and am making progress!

    Just for fun

    A few years ago I saw this idea that I just haven't been able to get out of my mind. In the fall when yards get aerated, the holes are just the right size and depth for crocus bulbs. If you run around and poke bulbs down, they should grow into a crocus lawn in the spring. I have yet to actually try this but I love the idea of it!

  • October is... pink?

    Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month? It affects SO many women! Breast Cancer Awareness has popularized the color pink for October, so let's take a look at some breast cancer awareness and pink items! Each of these pink items are available for sale online at FiberCrafty: as always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    The Artful Princess

    What a fun project bag (with pink accents!) Large wedge bag that is generously sized. It has a padded interior and a wrist strap. Measures  8" x 4.5" and stands 11.25" tall. $30




    Promised Land Fibers

    First cut kid mohair is airy, drapey and has that beautiful slight halo. Extremely soft and lightly hand spun, this is the perfect yarn for a shawl. Sport weight with 420 yards. This is a luxury find! $60




    My Grandma's Garden

    "Awareness" is a set of 4 stitch markers featuring the pale pink crystals, pearls and the Breast Cancer Awareness ribbon. Elegant while making a statement at the same time, they will fit up to a US9/5.5mm needle. $10




    PassionKNITS Yarn

    Gorgeous fingering weight yarn in a soft tonal pink with splashes of white and splatters of black and dark pink. 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% Stellina means you get sparkle, too!  463 yards, $27




    Split Rock Ranch

    Ballerina Pink combed top is a blend of 80% South American wool and 20% viscose tweed. Beautifully speckled and slightly tonal. This roving could also be used for felting. 4 ounces, $12





    APLCrafts Handmade

    Strawberry Smoothie - 100% merino wool in a DK weight is perfect knitting or crocheting for so many things from baby sweaters to cowls.  Soft pink is highlighted by pops of light cream. 246 yards, $23




    Fairily Fiber Fun

    Hand carded and gently textured spinning batt in pinks and oranges with a few sections of purple sparkle.  A variety of fibers are included, details in listing. Approximately 2 ounces, can also be felted.  $10




    Sadie Spins!

    Flamingo - Falkland is used to describe wool that comes from the Falkland Islands and is generally a fine wool from breeds like Merino, Polwarth, Correidale and more. This braid is 5.7 ounces. $29





    Yarn and Dogs

    4 ounces of vibrant pink cheviot handspun yarn in a DK weight with 200 yards. Lofty and bouncy, this is a great multi-purpose yarn. $40





    Knitting Nook by Reva

    Coming Up Roses - Drawstring project bag with a multitude of roses set against vibrant green leaves. Generously large size is 19" x 19" with a ribbon drawstring. Lined and with interfacing to help give it a little structure.  $24.99







    Current Crafting

    I don't know why necklines can cause so much trouble but they can! I am going to finish the neckline on my daughter's Julgran for the 3rd (and hopefully last!) time tonight. The first time it was too floppy, the second time I forgot to change to the correct size needles. This one should be just right!  Lucky for me, I love the yarn I'm using from Ain at PassionKNITS Yarn, so it's just more knitting. (Did I mention that I'm entering it in the State Fair? I have to drop it off by October 14! Think I'll make it?)


    Just for fun

    Do you have an InstantPot? I LOVE mine and use it all the time. One of the things I use it for is making grains like farro, rice and quinoa.  It's easy and mess free. I have found that the best way to do it is measure and wash the grain. Because the grain is wet, it contributes to the total amount of water.  I use equal amounts of water to the grain. So if I have 1 cup of rice, I use one cup of water.  Usually for brown rice I add another tablespoon or two of water. Then I pressure cook them for the following times, usually followed by a natural release. If you want to try another grain I didn't list below, do a search to get the right time and then this formula seems to work for everything!

    • Quinoa - 1 minute
    • White Rice - 4 minutes
    • Farro - 10 minutes
    • Brown Rice - 24 minutes
  • Did someone say "wine"?

    This week I took about an ounce of my cheviot from Sadie Spins! to spin a practice yarn (yes, I'm "swatching!"). I want to start my spinning for socks project. Remember way back in January when I said I was going to do this? I love the colorway that I got - it's a dark wine and rich.

    Speaking of wine, the color trends for fall are deep and vibrant reds like Cranberry, Merlot, and Crabapple. You know what means, let's explore this palette, perfect for fall and the holidays! As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Dockside Yarn & Fiber

    Beautiful coral reds that have a hint of brown. This handspun is a blend of 60% superwash merino and 40% tencel, making it soft and fluffy. 2-ply light fingering weight with 575 yards. $50




    Angel Locks Fiberworks

    Stunning gradient roving - predrafted merino wool with slow color change and a total of 4 ounces of fiber. This will be easy and fun to spin. $25








    The Girl Who Crafted

    Downton Abbey Collection featuring the colorway Lady Mary is on a DK Blue Faced Leicester yarn base. 100% superwash, skeins have 246 yards. This colorway is also available on multiple bases! $26





    Ten Mile Fiber

    Hand-dyed Leicester Longwool combed top in a gorgeous blend of crimsons, reds and green browns. Longwool is great for socks and spins into a sleek yarn. 4 ounces.  $20






    Woolmarket Fibers

    Cabernet - Rich wine red tweed yarn allow you to use a tonal yarn but still have pops of texture and color with the tweedy bits! Fingering weight yarn in 85% superwash merino and 15% neps. 438 yards. $28






    Fancy sheep set atop a wine red faux leather base in this project bag. Large bag holds 2-3 skeins, has an 8" wrist strap, is fully lined and with the top folded over, acts as a yarn bowl! Measures 11.5" W x 9.5" H x 4.5" deep. $25




    Puss n Boots Yarn

    Firestorm is a fun play of colors that has a range of reds, and flashes of yellow and black. Fingering weight yarn with 75% superwash merino, 20% nylon and 5% stellina adds an extra flash. 437 yards. $26.50




    Duchess Fiber Arts

    Berry Corriedale Roving in shades that range from plum to salmon will create a soft red appearance in the final handspun yarn. Correidale is a wonderful multi-purpose wool. 100 grams. $12





    Pixie Knit Designs

    Cranberry bitty batts are a hand carded spinning, weaving or felting.  A total of 1.3 oz, has mixed content of fine wool, Merino, tussah silk, sari silk, silk noil, bamboo, and nylon. There are a few other bitty batts in the shop that would be pretty paired with this!  $7.15



    Dancing Waters Farm

    4 ounce sampler of 4 shades of red in a 50% mohair, 50% Shetland blend. Colors include 1 ounce each of Fuchsia, Mahogany, Mulberry, and Reddish Brown.$9






    Just for fun

    Last week I told you about making the Julgran sweater for my daughter. It has a funnel neck and she wanted a simple ribbed neckband. With either version I had to pick up stitches around the neck and one trick that helps to create a tidier neckband is to pick up and knit with a needle a few size smaller. I'm using size US7 needles on the sweater so I picked up with a size US4. I will do the same for the sleeves. You know how sometimes in the neck your stitches can be a little wonky? If picked up stitches are larger, the wonkiness is exaggerated. If you use smaller needles, it helps to conceal. I hope that you find this helpful!

  • Green goes with everything... it's Mother Nature!

    I'm so taken with the green yarn I'm using (see "Current Crafting" below to learn what I'm using), let's look at some green yarn, fiber, crafts, and accessories available in FiberCrafty shops. I was talking to an interior designer friend once and she said "green goes with everything, it's Mother Nature!" I just love that, don't you? As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    APL Crafts Handmade

    Emerald Coast is a gentle interpretation of an island coastline with hints of the blue sky, puffy clouds and green trees. Available on several bases including fingering weight in superwash merino; merino nylon and MCN. Yardage varies based on the yarn. Starts at $23.





    BB Knits

    Creeping Wisteria - The bright spring green contrasts with grey and fuschia beautifully. Fingering weight yarn of 75% superwash merino, 25% nylon with 460 yards. $22


    Loop by Loop Studio

    Stunning table runner rug hook kit! When finished measures 12" x 40". Kit comes with original hand drawn pattern on linen, rug binding, enough hand dyed wool strips to finish the project (number 8 and some number 6 strips for accents), color photo, color key and instructions. $210


    Homespun Heirloom Yarns

    Handspun Corriedale yarn in a lovely celery green. Slightly tonal variations will offer some interest in the finished fabric. Perfect for socks! Fingering weight with 380 yards.  $44.50





    Moon Fairy Fibers

    The Leaves Begin To Turn -  Spring green with just the first hint of purple. 4 ounces of 18 micron merino combed top can be used for felting or spinning. $22






    IlLOOMinated Yarns

    Snow Antidote - greens, yellows, blues and hints of purple with just a few black speckles on a fingering weight base of 75% superwash merino and 25% nylon. 463 yards, $30



    Handemade ceramic yarn bowl in a rich turquoise green. Perfect for keeping your yarn from bouncing around a table. It measures 3.25" high x 5.75" wide. $30



    Sadie Spins!

    Wildflower -  Falkland combed top. Falkland isn't a breed but rather a region where the fiber comes from. Generally, Falkland is very soft and a finer wool. Dyed in a beautiful palette of white, green, yellow and purple. This braid is 5.8 ounces. $29



    Split Rock Ranch

    Riddle Tweed Blend is a blue-green fiber with golden flecks. Blended from 1/3 tweed blend, 1/3 merino and 1/3 bamboo.  Available in 4-ounce increments. $10




    Timberwood Farm & Fiber

    Clun Forest wool has been mill processed and dyed into 2 shades of green to create a heathered look when spun. The fiber comes from the farm's flock and will spin into an elastic springy yarn. Can also be felted. Sold in 4-ounce increments. $13



    Current Crafting

    I have been cruising along on my daughter's Julgran sweater! With it being fitted, cropped and in worsted weight (as well as for a 17 year old!), it's coming along quickly. I decided to enter it into the NC State Fair so I also have a deadline. I'm using PassionKNITS 100% Superwash Merino in a gorgeous emerald green (Hunter's Point) and I can't wait to finish and block it.

    I also managed to get in some spinning and plying so my wheel is empty now. I have a 1 ounce sample to spin and then I'm going to dive into my "spinning for socks" project using Cheviot from Sadie Spins! Stay tuned for that one.

    Just for fun

    I recently had to make breakfast for about 30 kids in our Youth Group (and a few adults). I settled on making breakfast sliders because they were relatively fast and simple, plus straight up delicious. When I have to cook for large groups I almost always start to second guess myself and then I end up making too much. The kids were happy though and a few even took these for their lunch. Appropriate for this time of year, these are called Tailgate Breakfast Sliders. For those of you who take your tailgating seriously, these might be just the ticket! Enjoy!

  • Cat lovers and yarn lovers go together like...

    Well... like cats and yarn! Do you have cat? It seems like cats go hand in hand with knitters. I don't know about you but I think everything I make is about 1% cat hair! Our shop owners seem to like cats also and there are lots of cat-themed items available. Let's look at things inspired by our feline friends! As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!


    Cats in Hats stitch markers! Set of 5 lightweight , hand drawn stitch markers, each one unique! These will fit up to a US8/5.0mm needle. Gift wrap optional! $12.75






    Behind The Hill Farm

    Miss Kitty is actually an alpaca! She has a beautiful coat and her naturally white fiber was handspun into a beautiful chunky weight yarn. 2 ply with a beautiful sheen, varying yardages available ranging from 88 to 331 yards. $22-$75





    Fairly Fiber Fun

    This natural Jacob batt in a beautiful gradient has nothing to do with cats BUT, it reminds me of my Siamese cat Jerry because he was these same colors. Each 60 gram batt is just over 2 ounces, hand carded from the same fleece. $15




    PassionKNITS Yarn

    Tiger Paws is a stunning blend of oranges and browns on a decadent fingering weight base. 50% superwash merino, 25% baby alpaca, 25%nylon is a wonderful blend and each skein has 438 yards. $30





    Serenity Artisans Bowls

    Tiger Maple has a beautiful grain and the wood has been highly buffed to highlight it. Hand made yarn bowls are works of art as well as functional pieces and each is numbered. It measures 9" across, 5.75" across the bottom and is 4.5" high.  $110




    IlLOOMinated Yarns

    Bandid is a big ol' fiesty house cat who inspired this colorway. A perfect blend of greys, blacks and whites on a fingering weight base of 75% BFL and 25% nylon. BFL is perfect for socks or anything else where strength and softness is needed. 464 yards, $30




    Baaberry Farms

    This drawstring bag has fabric decorated with playful kitties, a coordinating lining and a faux suede base. Generously sized to hold a 2 skein project, base measures 13"H x 8"W x 5"D. $25







    A yarn kitty is a great way to keep your yarn organized and tangle free! YOu can open and close the flaps with snaps, allowing you to remove your yarn if needed, unlike bags with grommets.Bag is approximately  6" tall with a 5" diameter and will hold a 4 oz cake of DK, worsted or sock yarn. $15





    Trade from Scratch

    This drop spindle hand burned with playful kitties has been made from Maple and Birch and polished with tung oil. A slight imperfection comes with a lower price but no reduction in functionality. $30




    Knitzy Fiberlicious

    Handspun, marled yarn looks so much like a calico to me that I couldn't resist. 99 yards of 2 ply 100% wool. This is a bulky weight yarn. $15




    What’s going on at FiberCrafty the week of 9.13.2019…

    I was glad to see a few visitors at the Knitting Guild talk! Greg and I enjoyed sharing details about Elizabeth Zimmermann and what made her so special. She was such a gift to the knitting community!

    Current Crafting

    Over Labor Day Weekend I made a Knitted Knocker. Have you heard of them? Knitted Knockers is a non-profit that is entirely volunteer run. They distribute knitted prosthetics for women who have had mastectomies. They are lightweight and more comfortable to wear than traditional prosthetics and last year they spent over $58k in shipping! I had been planning to make some and ran across a local woman who has a mastectomy scheduled next month. I offered to make one for her and she was really excited. I was, too! I'm glad that I can make one for someone local. They have very specific yarn requirements so if you are interested in making some, check out their website!

    Just for fun

    TV and knitting goes hand in hand so I thought I would share something we have done in our house when we cut the cable cord. A lot of people have headed or are heading in that direction but it raises challenges (admittedly, very much first world challenges). We tried a couple of trials with various services and ultimately settled on YouTube TV. You need a smart TV but it includes local channels, sports (which seems to be what a lot of people get stuck on) and unlimited DVR. You can also create individual profiles for family members so that everyone can have their own "library" of shows. They just raised their rate but it is still substantially less than other cable services.

  • Novelty yarns (and accessories to go with them)

    Call them novelty yarns, art yarns, or fancy yarns, they are often pretty funky and I don't think people use them as much as they could! Whether you’re working with boucle, handspun slub (or thick and thin) yarn, eyelash yarn, or just about any other type of novelty yarn or fiber you can think of, there are so many ways different types of crafters can use art yarn. Knitters and crocheters can work novelty yarns into an existing project as an interesting stripe or use them on their own for unique small projects. If you are a weaver you have lots of ways to use novelty yarns. Spinners can make them as subtly funky or crazy funky as they want. Let's look at some art yarns and fibers to make them. As always, thank you for shopping and supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Cocoon-homespun Soft Goods

    Heidi has a fun spinning technique that creates a tonal thick and thin slub yarn like this one called Aquatic. 55 yards of bulky/super-bulky weight, 100% merino wool. You can see how lofty this is! $36







    Fluff to Stuff

    This Bubble Crepe Art Yarn is very eye catching! Pastels were plied with a black yarn to give a stained glass effect. This is one of a kind, bulky weight with 34 yards. The perfect accent yarn! $27





    Gotmygoat of Wynham Farms

    Many art yarns have locks spun in for texture and color. These Magenta kid mohair locks are 3" to 5" in length and there is a total of 4 ounces. Perfect for spinning alone, blending or using as a textured add in.  $15





    Not Your Grandma's Yarn

    The best of both worlds, a set of traditional handspun yarn (50 yards) paired with a coordinating boucle-style art yarn (20 yards)! Mohair, silk and wool were hand dyed and blended for these bulky weight skeins. $38



    Jersey West

    Teeswater is a breed of sheep that has long lustrous locks that are well defined. These locks range from 10"-11" and are dyed in a pretty dark pastel range of colors. 1 ounce of locks, perfect for incorporating as an accent in a project. $15










    The Artful Princess

    Bulkier art yarns need a bigger bag to carry them in! These Mosaic Llamas decorate a large wedge tote. The base is 8" x 4.5" and 11.25" tall. It has a padded interior, a coordinated lining, and a wrist strap. Excellent for a larger project! $30




    Super fluffy spinning batts made from a wide variety of fibers including Finn, Corriedale, Mohair, Bamboo, Milk, Viscose, Silk thrums, Silk Noils, and Angelina. Deep pink in color with bits of black and white thrown in for contrast. These weigh 2.19 oz in total. $20



    Quirky Bits & Pieces

    Kristin knows fun and funky and this Tardis handspun yarn is a perfect and beautifully spun example.  Merino and Tencel in blues, browns and yellows pair well and there are 35 yards of this bulky yarn. $32



    Wandering Spindle

    Funky one-of-a-kind handspun in stripes and tweeds. Spun to create sections of solid white, solid brown and marling, the stark contrast between the colors creates an eye-catching yarn. US raised and processed wool. Bulky weight, 104 yards. $18





    Yank Your Yarn

    Darn It, Garnet! I Love You - Art yarns are often knit on larger needles so you need stitch markers that will fit! This trio of garnet red glass markers on with gold-plated copper wire will fit up to a US 13/9mm needle. $9





    What’s going on at FiberCrafty the week of 9.6.19…

    We are anxiously waiting for Hurricane Dorian to pass and are experiencing heavy rains and winds in Raleigh. By the time this is delivered to you, it should be heading out! And just in time for my talk on Elizabeth Zimmermann at the Ol' North State Knitting Guild on Monday night (9/9). If you are local to the Raleigh area, it would be lovely to have you, even if you are not a member!

    Current crafting

    I finished all the crochet on my Malia Bag. It was really fun to make and I have added the boxed corners and grommets for the handles. I just need to sew a lining for it. The designer has amazing YouTube! I don't consider myself an experienced crocheter and I found them very helpful. Over on The Unraveling Podcast, Greg and I are hosting a Back to School Colorwork CAL (craft along).  We have pretty loose rules and it's not too late to join! Check out the thread in the group for more details. I cast on the Interplay Shawl and so far, it's pretty fun!

    Just for fun

    This time of year when hurricanes are flaring up, I always enjoy checking out this wind map. The black and white presentation makes it really easy to see the patterns made by the wind across the US. My daughter told me about another one that is in color and very interactive. You can find that one here! I hope if you are on the East coast that that you are staying safe from any of the storms that are popping up.

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