WIP Wednesday and Other Home Happenings:

A Cleaned dinning room:

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A Sick little boy laid on our couch all weekend Sad smile

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In between sickies, we walked outside.

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And yummy yarn that is getting knit up into a hat pattern I’m test knitting titled: the Woodland Beanie.

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What are you all working on?

Easter!

Celebrating, faith, family, fertility, the beauty and newness of Spring and the joyous resurrection of Jesus!

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WIP: Spring Projects

With Spring FINALLY rolling in, WE HAVE LOT’S OF PROJECTS ON OUR PLATES!  This was supposed to be yesterday’s post….opps!  But we’ve been busy indoors with lot’s of arts and crafty things like a star lantern to celebrate Easter with.  It’s been a great math project for the older because we have been studying shapes and measurement.  Soon a tutorial will follow.

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I’ve been busy crafting more Waldorf Dolls in my spare time— when I haven’t been knitting, painting, homeschooling, changing diapers or nursing that is! These will go in my shop, certainly check out what’s there if you are interested.

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Starting seeds!  Heirloom German Pink to be exact.

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Finished knitting and felting this diaper cover I just need to needle felt some embelshments to complete this project.

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Knitting up a Spring bunny for our handmade Easter celebration.

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What projects are you working on?

Sew much Knitting!

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My sweet grandmother brought lot’s of her vintage fabric stash for me to pick over and find some fun fabrics to re-cover my dining room chairs! Imagine my surprise when nearly all of her stash is as lovely and beautiful as the memories that go with it.  Each piece a wonderful memory from her childhood, her motherhood, her farm life.

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I even scored a wee piece of fabric that was soft and sweet and just happened to be a part of her maternity shirt that she made when she was pregnant with my mom. 

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I am savoring each unique piece she brought over and delighting in the fact that all of her memories and timetables in her life are now back to the future, dusted off and re-purposed into  new much loved and much used dining room chair covers.

 

I have fond memories of my own involving her fabric stash.  I think a lot of little girls, now finding themselves creative mothers, have memories of their own mothers or grandmothers teaching them how to sew, knit or crochet.

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My grandmother taught me how to sew and whenever I visited her home I headed right to her fabric trunk and pulled out all types of fun pieces.

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things that I imagined would some day be a dress or pants or a blouse, or even chairs like my mom had.  How ironic is it, that the very same fabric I envisioned would someday be a chair or pillow will now be a chair and if I have enough fabric left over—- a pillow.

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I also have other ideas for leftover vintage fabric that I’d like to tackle this year.  Baby crib shoes, a diaper bag, a Spring skirt for myself, a Spring skirt for an upcoming birthday present, pillows, table runner, placemats, napkins.

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Ouy!  Lot’s of sewing!  Which leads me into my next topic!!!  Besides sewing which I absolutely adore comes knitting.  I love, love, love, knitting!!

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I am almost finished with my first ever sweater!!  You’d think that after knitting for 10+ years I’d have knitted quite a few of these—- but no!   So lot’s of knitting in my future!

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What fun projects are in your future?  Do share!

Hand SPINNING

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I’m very much enjoying my low-whorl drop spindle, my sweet amazing great aunt gave me as a gift (along with above pictured wool).  Hand spinning happens to be so much fun, I’m really not sure if I’ll ever buy yarn again.

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It seems that all family members enjoy this ancient art as well!  My middle just loves to watch me and pretend to spin along with me, he loves the colors we create and the uniqueness the spinning does to the fiber.

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Hand Spinning is an art defiantly worth learning, it can be relaxing, fun, stress-releasing, and super easy and convenient (if your using a drop spindle).

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One of the reasons why I love spinning so much is the ability to create a truly unique piece— by using your own handspun and hand dyed yarn, you can take an ordinary pattern and beautify it ten-fold.

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How wonderful a garment made of this yarn could be?  And yet how too easy is it to just go to the big box store and grab some yarn for a knit item?  But surely it is not as fun or can bring you as much satisfaction as creating a piece from your own spun fiber.

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Setting the twist 

Bonus points if you have the sheep that provided the wool for spinning (or other alternative fiber giving animal).

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There are several types of tools or *machines* used for fiber spinning—- drop spindles (low whorl, high whorl, Turkish, medieval, support, Navajo, tahkli) and  spinning wheels (the Saxony, castle wheels, Norwegian wheels, modern wheels, electric spinners, and spindle wheels).  Each spiining machine or tool has it’s positives and negetives, and each one is favored by different induvials and some are better used for different types of fibers.

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All spinning tools and machines can very widely on price as well, a good cost effective tool for spinning—especially suited for beginners would be a drop spindle, and particularly a high whorl one at that.  High whorls seem to be easier to learn on and can be lighter weight and easier to handle that low whorl drop spindles.

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Drop spindles are a very good investment as they can easily be obtained for $20 and can give a beginner good spinning experience suitable for using a spinning wheel.

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Drop spindles are also very convenient for smaller houses or for people that travel as they take up very little room and can be used virtually anywhere (and for this camping junkie, a drop spindle is invaluable after I’ve finished my breakfast and coffee on those chilly mornings).

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Off the Spindle, before setting the twist

I don’t have much experience with wheels, but when our land is finalized and our sheep, goats, and rabbits have lot’s of fiber to give, then we’ll have to much too process on a small drop spindle.

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what experiences have you had with spinning?  What do you like to use and why? I’m always looking for more information and stories related to spinning and fiber! 

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~Samantha

Kool-Aid Dying Wool Roving

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I have  a super easy project for you all if you’ve got some plain (boring) wool roving laying around that you’d like to spin or needle felt with and you want to add some uniqueness and fun to your project.  First of all you need to have white wool or wool from an old sheep, bt it you have black or dark brown the dye will not show up on such dark colors.

Materials:

  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Various colors (flavors) of Kool-Aid.  Remember that you can mix flavors for different colors or use many of the same flavors to create a brighter color.
  • Wool in white, gray or other lighter colors

 

Bring water to a boil, the turn off.

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2. Add your Kool-Aid packet/s stir to dissolve.

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3. Add your roving, cover an let sit for about an hour and a half, until wool has absorbed color and the water appears clear.

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4. Remove from pot, towel dry and hand until completely dry

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Now your ready for it’s use!  I plan on spining these up on my drop spindle for a super, secret, surprize I plan on revealing soon! 

Happy dying!!!

Simple Garter Stitch Scarf

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The knitting bug hit, and I felt like a small neck warmer might be in order for these sunny-yet-still-cool Spring days.

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This was whipped up in just half an hour and knit up on super fat needles so it took only a smidgen amount of my time, and someone with little to no knitting talent or skill can make it look good (which is always a plus since I’m never fully engaged in knitting, always half nursing, half changing a diaper, or half making a snack)!

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Same pattern only for a little. . .

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*Raverly notes and pattern Here and here.*

What fun things are you knitting up?  Please share!  With pictures please!

~Samantha

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