"Many of our wildlife rehabbers use knitted or crocheted nests for the very young wildlife. These nests act just like nests in the wild, to secure the young, allow them to snuggle together and to maintain body temperature.
"Please use yarns that are not too "snaggy", double up your yarn and stitch in very tight stitches (so that tiny arms and legs can't slip through). Colors do no matter! The babies do not care what their nests look like."
Here's one of my favorite sources for bead things and bead ideas: Fire Mountain Gems. Their featured artist, Tammy Honaman, gives some good info on beading.
And here's one of her designs, which would be great for the holidays:
You can find the directions at this link.
You'll find lots of ideas here from different beading artists on this site, as well!
So: What have you beaded lately?
The pattern's available online for only $5.50! Check it out at: http://www.interweavestore.com/Knitting/Patterns/Bed-Breakfast-Pullover.html
And she has two easy patterns for fingerless gloves, which are great for this season.
Few things call to me like wool: waiting to be spun, or knitted/crocheted into something useful, or strung on my loom in a warp just asking for its weft. Ahhhh! Wool season!
One of the biggest festivals of the year is the New York Sheep and Wool Festival, held in Rhinebeck, New York. It's a beautiful location, I hear, and there are vendors from all over the country. For fiber nerds, this is one of the biggies! Which is why I'm sad I haven't made it there yet. But I will soon, I hope. In the meantime, maybe you will be able to make it before I do, and tell me all about it. Won't you?
If I could, I'd be in Rhinebeck!
NYS Sheep & Wool Festival
OCTOBER 15th & 16th, 2011
Saturday 9AM-5PM Sunday 10AM-5PM
Interweave Press is a spectacular source for all of the fiber arts. Their printings are creative, classy, and always worthwhile. Once you get to know them, you'll look to these folks all the time. Check out these Interweave Links:
My To Do list for crafts projects is very long this year, as I have committed myself to working through all of those bins of supplies I haven't had time to work on while the kids were very young--and I'm tired of carrying them around every time I move, and of putting the projects on hold until "some day." This is my challenge!
Now I realize that every crafter has piles/bins/boxes/closets full of play things in their stashes, but since I do so many different kinds of crafts, you can multiply the usual stash by about 7! I have wool to spin into yarn, yarn to knit and crochet and weave, fabric to sew, and books full of ideas I have been collecting for years. NOW I GET TO PLAY WITH THEM AT LAST!
You will see these projects cycling through Crafterly, and I hope they provide ideas for your projects!
One of my favorite sources for beading supplies is Fire Mountain. I just saw this amazing beaded necklace on their site today. They offer free instructions--and tutorials on beading!
I just love the alternating rhythm of the drops on this necklace:
Single-Strand Necklace with Blue Celestial Crystal® Beads and Sterling Silver Chain
Plarn is a marvelous way of recycling plastics, from grocery bags to cassette tape! The name comes from the amalgamation of "plastic" and "yarn." It has become increasing popular because it is a 'green' craft, reusing materials that are normally thrown away. It is inexpensive because the materials are free and it requires little preparation to produce great materials to work with.
Plarn is also a great material because it is water-proof, light-weight, and strong.
For more information on plarn, see The Joys of Plarn group on FaceBook.