Wednesday, August 27, 2014

episode 32: mental shift

Last chance to get in your entries for the New Discoveries CAL! Must be posted by end of August. Drawing will be done on next week's podcast! =)

Out of the Stash:

  • Doncaster shawl - pattern by Holli Dapp - yarn is handspun by me from a braid dyed by Becoming Art in the Rich colorway
  • I'll be destashing some of my abundant stash starting this weekend on Instagram. Skeins will also be marked as Will Sell or Trade on Ravelry. 
It's easy being green...

Check into a washable furnace filter to save money and eliminate the trash! The one I purchased is made by Air Care and I purchased from Amazon.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

episode 31 - so much learning

Episode 31 – 8/20/14 – so many ways to learn!

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         You get to see what you can win in the Fudge Ripple KAL! I sewed project bags this weekend and you can win one! It's a very fitting pattern too. =)
  • ·         I finally sewed my living room curtains too!

On their way out (WIPs):
  • ·         Doncaster Shawl – pattern by Holli Dapp – using my handspun!
  • ·         Spinning up two 4-oz braids to 2-ply: Both are merino/silk/bamboo. Chicks Dig Scars from Cattail Knits and Beach House 5 from Spinneretta’s Studio.
  • ·        Working on my August washcloth – Trying out Tunisian Chevron Stitch with some Lily Sugar’n Cream cotton in Violet Stripes. I found directions for this stitch in 
  • ·        I still need to finish the purse for the Paradise Fibers KAL! I’m running out of time!


Future plans:
  • ·         Doing some sewing machine maintenance with direction from a couple of Craftsy classes: Sew Ready: Machine Basics with Amy Alan and Sewing Machine 911 with Claudia Miller
Here's the class you can still get for free:

·         I also plan to watch T-Shirt Quilting with Diane Gilleland this Thursday and Friday (Aug 21-22) on CreativeLive. This is a free class if you watch during the live stream. They also usually show it again for other time zones.

It’s Easy Being Green…

Prescription and over the counter medications are showing up in our water. Can you use a natural remedy in place of a medication? Click here for info on proper disposal of expiredmedications.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Craftsy is having a Whale of Flash Sale!


Don't miss out on Craftsy's Whale of a Flash Sale! Just 48 hours to enjoy up to 70% off
fabric, yarn & kits before they sell out. Click quick to save! 

Hurry, offer expires August 22nd, 2014, at 11:59pm MT.
Shop Craftsy's Whale of a Flash Sale!

Friday, August 15, 2014

Want to win a beautiful Quilt Kit from Craftsy??

Which quilt would you love to win? One randomly selected quilter will get to choose their prize, whether it's the starry True Blue Quilt Kit OR the elegant Blue Garden Quilt Kit. (Psst ... the prize also comes with the coordinated backing for the quilt!) 

**Only residents of the U.S. and Canada are eligible to enter.**

Enter from August 15th-27th, 2014!

First, sorry to those overseas. I don't make the rules, I just pass them along. :-/ I hope the next contest will include you as well. =)

I love both, but if I won, I'd choose the Blue Garden kit. How about you? 


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

episode 30 - just peachy!

Episode 30 – just peachy!

 It’s peach season here in eastern Washington! =)

On their way out (WIPs):
·         DoncasterShawl – pattern by Holli Dapp
Future plans:
  •  New KAL for the Fudge Ripple patterns! Any hat or cowl (or mitts if I write up a pattern) will count toward an entry for a yet to be determined prize.

  • I dyed yarn for another painted skein warp weaving project! I also explain what to look for when choosing a skein for this technique. =) More details can be found here.

It’s Easy Being Green…
Conventionally grown cotton – the world’s “dirtiest” crop.
  • 2.4% of the world’s crop land is cotton, but accounts for 25% of the of insecticide sales and at least 10% of pesticide sales.
  • Can take 1/3 lb of synthetic fertilizer to grow one pound of cotton = 1 t-shirt
  • Organically grown cotton use organic fertilizers (compost, manure) and also no biotech cotton!
  • The processing of raw fiber into clothing also pollutes with the cleansing and dyeing processes.

EarthCreations uses hemp and organically grown cotton fabrics. They use clay dyeing and low-impact dyes and also support Fair Trade and Sweatshop-Free practices.

Blue Sky Alpacas has organic cotton yarn!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

episode 29 - holy cowl!

Episode 29 – 8/6/14 – holy cowl!

Out of the Stash (FOs):

I'm now a Craftsy Affiliate! You all know I love my Craftsy classes. I'm hoping to support the podcast this way. Anything made by you guys clicking on the banner or links on my website will go back into the podcast, paying for hosting fees, shipping and any extra will go to more prizes! =) All you have to do is click through the banner on my website or any Craftsy link in the show notes. It won't cost you anything, I promise!

Right now, they are having a Dog Days of Summer Sale! All classes are up to half off! =) 
The Spinning Dyed Fibers class is half off right now and well worth the cost!
  • Fudge Ripple Hat to match my Fudge Ripple Cowl – patterns by me! I used Malabrigo Yarn Dos in Turquesa and Mt. Ampato Alpacas in a deep brown and some light fingering weight held double from my stash to finish the hat. I only used one skein of the Malabrigo for the set! These will both remain free patterns! =)
  • Painted Stripes woven fabric – 2 stoles and fabric for ?? Warp is Brown Sheep Nature Spun Fingering in winter blue and Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in sahara dessert. Weft is Aunt Lydia’s Classic Crochet cotton in delft (light blue).
  • Finished Handspun! 4 oz 100% Targhee dyed in the Rich colorway by Becoming Art. 2-ply, 458 yds.
  • This brings my Stash Dash total to  8,485 yds! =)

On their way out (WIPs):

It’s Easy Being Green…
Dishwasher vs handwashing dishes. The dishwasher wins in both water and energy usage! Plus, wouldn’t you rather be spinning or knitting or anything other than washing dishes? ;-)
  • 5 minutes pre-rinsing dishes in the sink uses up to 12 gallons of water. Scrape and use the pre-rinse on your dishwasher. That only uses about a gallon!
  •  Most dishwashers use 7-14 gallons, but high efficiency units can use as little as 4.5 gal. This not only saves water but energy in heating the extra water.
  • Wash only when you have a full load.
·         Use the correct setting for your load. Heavy or pot/pan setting uses more water.
  • Use the air dry setting.

Sunday, July 27, 2014

episode 28: no commitments

Episode 28 – 7/27/14 – no commitments

New Discoveries CAL – We already have several entries! Check out the thread to see what everyone is trying! Thread stays open until the end of August.   

Out of the Stash (FOs):
  • ·         Scrappy Stripes hat – pattern by Denae Merrill. Free through the end of July! I used various worsted/aran weight acrylics from stash (details on my project page).
  • ·         Fudge Ripple Cowl – pattern by me! Free until Gus’s birthday on August 2nd! I used Malabrigo Yarn Dos in Turquesa and Mt. Ampato Alpacas in a deep brown. Combined, less than 200 yds.
  • ·         This brings my Stash Dash total to 5,962 yds! =)

On their way out (WIPs):

  • ·         Received the Louet Northern Light Wool Top in Popsicle from the Knit1,HeartToo podcast! Thanks, ladies! =)
  • ·        I used my Paradise Fibers gift certificate! I got two skeins of Nature Spun fingering weight in Winter Blue to be combined with the remaining Oasis Yarn Aussi Sock in Sahara Dessert from my stash for a weaving project.  =)

Future plans:
·         Warping my loom with the new stash! And working on the hat pattern too.

It’s Easy Being Green…

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