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Nov. 5th, 2013

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What's on the needles this week?

I finished my niece's birthday gift, and I'm extremely proud of it. I'll post pictures after I deliver it to my brother this Thanksgiving. It also occurred to me that it is Dannilynn's first Christmas, so I decided to knit her a stocking to go with the rest of the family. I can't post pictures of her stocking until I deliver it either, but I can share pictures of the stockings that I knitted for my nephews and their parents two Christmases ago.




I really love the Falling Snow stocking pattern. It is a great classic stranded stocking, and knit in Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Bulky, it's a very quick knit, and it is a GREAT size for kids (and their parents).

What's on the needles?

It's that time of year... Now I'm knitting gifts for my nephews, which unfortunately means no decent pictures until after Christmas (since I'd like to keep some semblance of a surprise). I will say this, the involve shadow knitting and at the moment, it appears as thought they will involve double knitting. Combining the two of them can be quite tricky, but I think I've figured it out and have come up with a gauge that I'm happy with.

Also, this week will be the Sock of the Month club meeting, so I will be starting on my French Market socks in Jojoland Ballad. I will be able to post pictures and progess of those, because they are for me!

Oct. 31st, 2013

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The Seventh Annual Central Kansas Yarn Hop

So, every year, the yarn shops in Central Kansas get together for a weekend and have a yarn hop. My mom and I have gone together every year for the past four, and we have a great time. We hit every single shop, and we're gradually working on getting my sister out as well. Every year I say I'm going to take pictures so that I can better document our trip, but it never happens. Go figure.

This year, there were ten shops on the hop, and the farthest one is about two and a half hours away, so hitting all of the shops with a regular Monday through Friday job is definitely tricky. After I got off of work on Thursday, I met Mom and Claire at Twist (my local and FAVORITE EVER yarn shop). We got our passports stamped and our scrap yarn and set off to Winfield so that we could get there before they closed at 7:00 and still have time to get back to the other shop in Wichita (and maybe even have time to get back to Twist to hang out).

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Oct. 13th, 2013

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What's on the needles this week?

So, I've been meaning to start a weekly post of "What's on (and off) the needles this week?" but Christmas is less than three months away, so what's going to be on the needles for the most part is Christmas gifts. Of course this means that I can't really say much about those items, without giving away the surprise, so until I'm done with Christmas knitting (which I hope will be before Thanksgiving), these posts are going to be a bit sparse.

What's on the needles:

A birthday gift for my brand new niece. I had hoped to have it finished before her arrival September 16th, but I needed to take a short break from it and work on something else before I went crazy, so I decided I would make sure to finish it in time to bring it with me when we visit Wisconsin this Thanksgiving. When it is finished, I will make sure to take pictures and once it is delivered, then I will make another post with the details of this awesome project.

I'm also hoping to bring the rest of the Christmas gifts with me as well, so I don't have to ship anything this year, so I have quite a bit to do still in the next six weeks... Maybe I can get one or two things in there for myself as well.

Sep. 25th, 2013

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Adventures in Natural Dyeing: Black Walnut, Part 1

Saturday night, I was lounging on the couch, knitting my socks, when John informed me that we have about a dozen black walnut trees on the back tree line and if you're not careful they stain your fingers. I believe he was telling me not to play with them, and at the same time wondering how long it will take for the dye to come off, but all I heard was "dye" and I immediately got the idea into my head that I am ready to start natural dyeing. I did a search for "natural dyeing black walnuts" and came up with some blog posts and other sites with the info. Since it doesn't take any mordants, I figured that this would be a great way to get started.

I guess I could back up just a little bit. Around Christmas time last year, I decided that I wanted to learn how to dye naturally and I added a couple books on the subject* to my Amazon wishlist. John bought them for me, and I started to plan out my dye garden in my head. I should also note that I am not a very good gardener, and I'm sure there will be more on that later as I try to take that more seriously, but for now, planting things to harvest just isn't in the cards. Even the onions we planted for him to eat (that I figured I could steal the skins from) didn't grow larger than a quarter. Oh well, back to this weekend.

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* Harvesting Color: How to Find Plants and Make Natural Dyes and The Complete Guide to Natural Dyeing

Sep. 23rd, 2013

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Welcome

Those of you who have followed me in the past, know that I've never been very good at keeping up with a blog. I'm hoping that this time will be different. That said, I guess I should (re)introduce myself...

I'm Jennie, and I'm a crafter. I mostly knit, but I also spin, do cross stitch, some needlepoint, sewing, cooking, and a bit of scrapbooking. I'm looking to get into natural dyeing as well as quilting (or at least piecing) in the near future. I'm a bit obsessed with almost anything craft related, and much of my free time is dedicated to it. I'm hoping to use this blog to document my adventures in crafting. Hopefully most of it won't be laughworthy, but I'll try to be as honest as possible so that you can all learn from my mistakes if when they occur.
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