Handwoven Baby Blankets Part 2

My daughter, Kassie, wanted to weave a baby blanket for an upcoming baby shower for a good friend. The date of the shower was on the calendar and we chose the yarn and fiddled with a design at least a month in advance- well, then lost track of time. It…

Natural Dyeing with Walnuts

Goodness- I’ve been wanting to dye with walnuts for quite some time. I’ve been reading quite a few blogs and natural dyeing reference books in preparation to dye with those little green gems. Now all I had to do was wait- and wait–and wait until those walnuts made an appearance…

Weaving Baby Blankets Part 1b

I’m on a mission. I’m wanting to try out different types of yarns and weave structures to come up with several go-to baby blanket patterns I can use. During this process I’m actually learning a lot about how different types of fibers work. One of the big unexpected surprises I…

Natural Dyeing with Buckthorn

Oh my goodness. Buckthorn, buckthorn- the nemesis of the Berry Lake neighborhood. In our area, buckthorn is an invasive plant and the Berry Lake neighbors have been on a mission over the last few years to rid our little lake of this invader. Imagine my surprise then, while researching natural…

Dyeing Straps for a Tote Bag

Have you ever started a project that somewhat took on a life of its own? That’s how I feel about this project. It started off simple. My daughter Lizzie is getting married and we wanted to make special gifts for her six bridesmaids. The idea was for her to design…

Washing Homespun Yarn

I absolutely love to spin yarn from raw wool and alpaca. There’s something so magical starting from a freshly sheared fleece and taking it to the end product creating a skien of yarn. Whether it’s the soft loftiness of alpaca or the luscious lanolin coating of wool, the touch and…

Tips and Tricks for Weaving Overshot

I just love it when I receive the Handwoven magazine in the mail. It comes ever other month and is full of wonderful projects from weavers all over the country. In the March/April 2021 issue I came across this colorful overshot pattern for a table runner. The table runner was…