craft kits

  • Bling for Your Crafty Things

    Last weekend in Boston was wonderful! One of the places we visited was Old Sturbridge Village, a living history museum of a 19th century town. They had a lot of fiber textiles represented from displays, to living sheep (Merino Cross and Gulf Coast Native) to a carding mill! I posted a few pictures on Instagram. It was also chilly so I was decked in handknits from my head to my feet.

    You know what they didn't have? Stitch Markers. Little luxuries that we crafters love to dress up our projects with. As we head into the holidays, they also make a perfect gift by themselves or paired with something else.

    This week we are taking a look at the wide variety of stitch markers available to us modern crafters. Many of the shops featured specialize in stitch markers so if you see a style you like, take a look at the shop for more options! As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Jill's Beaded Knit Bits

    Is the beach your thing? These gorgeous stitch markers have a different beautiful shell on each one in the set of 6. They are meticulously made to ensure they are snag free. You can choose from 3 sizes of rings OR lobster clasps to make them removable.  $18.95

     

     

     


     

    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Cloverleaf Farms West

    Soft yellow lemon quartz on snag free, coated wire will fit nearly any needle you are using. Set of 5 stitch markers accented with gold tone beads, these large semi-precious beads will add a special touch!  $18

     

     

     

     


     

    My Grandma's Garden

    My Grandma's Garden

    Set of 4 handmade ceramic stitch makers in a lovely honey colored glaze and textured honeycomb pattern. These lightweight stitch markers will fit up to a US10.5/ 6.5mm needle and measure about 1/2 long. $10

     

     

     

     


     

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Blue Anchor Boutique

    Who loves Mason Jars? We use them for EVERYTHING and if you feel like I do, you can show your love with these stitch markers! Set of 4 lightweight markers, with your choice of fastener. $8

     

     

     

     


     

    needleclicksEtc

    needleclicksEtc

    Are you on the gnome bandwagon? It's hard to resist! This cute gnome set includes 6 different characters that fit up to a US10/6.0mm needle. Each are handmade and will vary slightly.  $17.75

     

     

     

     


     

    Yank Your YarnYank Your Yarn

    Once you get past the hilarious name (Cagematch: Snow Miser vs Queen Elsa) you can take in the beauty of these hand twisted silver and blue copper wire stitch markers, each with a deep blue bead. Set of 10 available in 2 sizes. (my money is on Elsa!) $9

     

     

     

     


     

    The Artful Princess, LLCThe Artful Princess

    Are you excited about the new Star Wars movie? How about fandoms in general? Sarah has you covered. This set of 5 stitch markers will fit up to a US11/8.0mm needle. May the force be with you. $10

     

     

     


     

    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Transcend Fiber Studio

    Fun peach crystal "window" beads accented with artisan glass metallic blue beads, are on gold plated findings. On a lever back clasp perfect for movable markers or directly on the needle up to a US11/8.0mm. Set of 6 and hey... I won't tell if you use them as earrings.  $12

     

     

     

     


     

    Just for fun

    Did you know Clara Parkes used to be a baker? It's true. If you read some of her books you will stumble on references to this past life of hers. She occasionally posts recipes on her blog and one that I have referenced and made is her delicious granola. This would make a perfect gift for teachers or others in your life the holidays start to approach! Put it in a mason jar with a label and some pretty yarn tied around the top... perfect!

  • Alpaca my bags

    Did you know camelids have 3 stomachs? It's what allows them to eat all those fibrous grasses. Camelids include camels, alpaca, guanacos and vicuña and their fiber is actually hair but is referred to as wool. All animals contain guard hairs but camels have the most, followed by llamas. Alpaca guanaco and vicuña have the least. Alpaca fiber has little elasticity but blending with another fiber can add a bit of structure. It is extremely warm and comes in 22 natural shades.

    All of the listings featured below have alpaca, except for one llama product. As always, thanks for supporting FiberCrafty and our shops!

    Alpacas at 2 point farm

    Alpacas at 2 Point Farm

    Suri alpaca is very much like silk but, dare I say, even smoother? It is warm, drapey and incredibly soft. This is a mill spun skein of naturally colored suri alpaca yarn. Fingering weight with 200 yards. This will be a treat to work with! $22

     

     

     

     


     

    Behind the Hill Farm

    Behind the Hill Farm

    Lead ropes or dog leashes made from alpaca fiber are functional, beautiful and unique! Made from handspun 3 ply alpaca yarn, these are strong and available in several lengths ranging from 4 to 6 feet and available in various colors. Starting at $25

     

     

     


     

    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Puddin Ridge Fibers

    Sona at Puddin Ridge has added a number of llama rug yarns to her shop and they are gorgeous. This can be used to make rugs, baskets or other household goods with stunning results. 100 yards, other colors available. $75

     

     

     


     

    Split Rail Angoras

    Split Rail Angoras

    Hand spinners love blends because of the different qualities brought by each fiber. This one is 75% angora and 25% alpaca making it baby kitten soft and lightweight. This will create a very warm accessory or garment. Undyed, 4 oz. $28

     

     

     

     


     

    River Spring Farm

    River Spring Farm

    600 yards of stunning handspun yarn created from a natural dark brown merino and alpaca blend. The magic happens when the colorful, tweedy bits of silk are worked in.  The 18 micron merino and alpaca means this will be amazingly soft. Worsted weight. $85

     

     

     

     


     

    Living Water FibersLiving Water Fibers and Alpacas

    Jitter bug is a gorgeous take with long stretches of grey, green and purple on a luxury soft, mill spun, alpaca yarn.  DK weight with 220 yards means you can create a lovely accessory perfect for gifting with just one skein! $26

     

     

     

     


     

    Butterfly Forge

    Butterfly Forge

    2 ounces of beautiful Suri locks in a soft fawn color. These locks are 9"-10" in length and brushed to removed most of the vegetable matter. So silky! $8

     

     

     


     

    Promised Land Fibers

    Promised Land Fibers

    This is a blend of natural Romeldale and Alpaca. Romeldale is as soft as merino and lovely to spin. Adding alpaca to the mix gives increased softness and warmth. Pin drafted roving so spinning will be a breeze! Professionally milled, 4 oz. $10

     

     

     


     

    Current Crafting

    This weekend I am heading to Boston to visit my aunt and you know what that means... travel knitting! I am still having forearm pain though so knitting has been limited but this weekend will require it. I did finish spinning the Cormo blend and just need to ply it. I did finish a pair of socks!

    Just for fun

    You are probably starting to think about Thanksgiving. Either you are hosting or maybe attending a gathering and it's time to figure out what you are bringing! My dad used to make this Bavarian Apple Torte and it is definitely holiday table worthy. It takes a little more work but so worth it. I hope you enjoy!

    Bavarian Apple Torte

    Crust: 1/2 c. butter ( 1 stick) 1/3 c. sugar 1/4. t. vanilla 1 c. flour

    Filling: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 1/4 c. sugar 1 egg 1/2 t. vanilla

    Topping: 1/2 t. cinnamon 1/3 c. sugar 4 c. peeled, cored and sliced apples 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

    Preheat over to 450.

    To make the crust, cream the butter and sugar, add in vanilla and flour. Press into a 9" round greased, spring form pan, covering the bottom and 2" up the sides.

    To make the filling, mix the cream cheese and sugar until smooth, add in the egg and vanilla, Spread over the bottom of the crust.

    For the topping, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar over the apples and mix well. Spoon over the filling. (you can make it pretty by layering but I don't and it tastes just as good!). Sprinkle with the walnuts. Bake for 10 minutes at 450 and then reduce heat to 400. Continue baking for 25 minutes. Allow it to cool completely before removing the sides of the pan.

    Note: You can also add 1/2 t. almond extract to the filling and use sliced almond instead of walnuts! If you want to be fancy and give it a shiny glaze, warm some apricot jam and brush it over the top when it is done baking.

  • 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.

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