Alacali ~ A Scarf for All Seasons…..

Winter weather has really taken hold here in Colorado…so staying warm is at the top of everyone’s list. Alacali Scarf will help keep your neck warm, whether as an fashion accent or under your coat collar. Newly released, this pattern is fun & easy to knit. Alacali is a great project for that single skein of […]

UK Indie Designer Miranda Jollie…..

Throughout the 2014 Indie Design Gift A-long I’ve been introduced to new designs and new designers. Each designer has an interesting story and history. Miranda Jollie is special since she’s a “criminal barrister” (attorney) by day and a designer by night ~ two very different worlds. Having not interviewed a barrister/designer before, I knew you’d […]

An Interview with Nina Machlin Dayton….

Behind the scenes of any successful venture are a few folks who are dedicated, hard-working and superb organizers….Nina Machlin Dayton is not only one of the folks behind the scenes for the 2014 Indie Design Gift A-long, she is also a very talented designer. During the organizing phase of the GAL I had a few conversations with […]

Meet Linda Choo ~ Indie Designer

One of the fun aspects of the annual Indie Designer Gift A-long promotion is the designer interviews we get to do. Last year I met several wonderful designers, and this year I am meeting more. One is Linda Choo, who designs under her Garden Canadensis label. She also maintains the “fiber” side of her family’s […]

It’s Gift A-long Time Again!

Want to have some crafting fun? Then come on over and join the 2014 Indie Designer Gift A-long on Ravelry! This year’s event is going to be awesome….more designers, more patterns on sale, more prizes…..more fun. What is a Gift A-long you might ask? It’s a KAL/CAL hosted by some pretty awesome designers (293 this […]

Yarn Subs…part 3

Today we reach the end of this short series about substituting yarn. We’ve talked about the things to consider ~ fiber content, yarn weight, yarn texture and gauge. Now we get to figure out how much of our choice for a substitute yarn we’ll need to buy. Assuming we’ve chosen a yarn that will give […]

Yarn subbing…Part 2

Welcome back to our discussion about substituting yarns! Monday we talked about what considerations go into choosing a substitute yarn and why knowing the fiber content and weight of the original yarn will help you choose a good substitute match. Today we’ll look at texture and gauge. Texture is how the yarn looks – it […]

Let’s sub…yarn that is…

Have you seen a pattern that is exactly what you’re looking for…only to be disappointed because the yarn called for is discontinued, too pricey, doesn’t come in colors you like, or you really just want to use yarn from your stash? Never fear..finding a yarn to substitute for the original is not as difficult as […]

Silly, silly, goat…..

OK Desmo….we’ve had this discussion before….the muck wagon is NOT a toy, it is NOT a shelter….even if you look totally cute playing with & in it. Now, please put it back on the wheels and go play on the rocks. Thank you.  

Today we remember….

One year ago today, a fire began that eventually covered 14,280 acres – and came to within 1 1/2 miles of my home (a pretty small distance when a fire is spreading quickly). June 11 – 20, 2013 were the most stressful days I’ve ever experienced. The stats: 489 homes destroyed 37 homes damaged unknown number […]