Fiberwork for Animal Relief!

If you like to knit or crochet, and you want to help some animals, here's a way to do it:

"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."

How about that?! For more information, check this source. And please show us your nests!


Start Something Christmas-y

Every year, people around the world start their Advent calendars, counting down the days to Christmas. Now you can make a memorable Christmas project that works like an Advent calendar: one section per day, counting down through December... I found this, and just had to search it out for you all!
Knit it in whatever color(s) you choose! Find the pattern directions here. Now get ready by December 1st, and you can be done by Christmas!

Make Your Own Holiday Butterfly!



This is the time of year when you want to get out all of your beads and start making things--fast--for the coming holidays!

 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?

3 Free Scarf Knitting Patterns - Spin-Off

Free Knitting Patterns for Homespun Yarn

Three Knitting Scarf Patterns presented by Spin-Off Magazine

Three amazing scarf patterns you can use to knit handspun yarn!
Download the free patterns here.

Bed & Breakfast Pullover - Interweave

Bed & Breakfast Pullover - from Interweave Press

What a great little sweater this one is! I love the simple cables all around, and the more complex cable panel in front. And the contrasting accent at the sleeve and sweater hems.

The pattern's available online for only $5.50! Check it out at: http://www.interweavestore.com/Knitting/Patterns/Bed-Breakfast-Pullover.html


Toast and Toasty: Fingerless Gloves

I just found this wonderful blog and had to share it: A Friend to Knit With.
And she has two easy patterns for fingerless gloves, which are great for this season.
Get those needles out and join me!



My Favorite Time of Year

I love autumn because I'm a New Englander by birth and love the crisp nights of foliage season, and the juicy apples and luscious pumpkins, and apple cider and the smell of wood smoke... Another reason I love this time of year is because this is the time of the many Sheep and Wool Festivals, all around the U.S. and around the world. Shearing time.

 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