January 18th, 2011

The excitement from the holidays is over and everything is packed and put away for another year.  Now it is time to work on those projects for you.  Are you knitting, crocheting, sewing or working on something else?  I have about 3 knitting projects going right now.  I am almost done with one and about half way on the other two.  I rotate them around and work on them at different times depending on my mood or the level of attention that  I need to devote to it.  Later in the evenings when I knit, it must be a pretty straight forward ‘knit every row’ type project since I am at the end of my day and just need to unwind.  Pictures of my projects will be coming soon when they are finished but for now I have some other wonderful things to share with you!

Vicki spent about two evenings knitting this wonderful hat and cowl set made with Brown Sheep Burly Spun wool.  Knits up quickly since the yarn is super bulky and both can be made from one skein!  We are giving away the pattern for FREE when you buy the yarn from us.  I absolutely love the hat!

Deb has been working with a new “old” technique that gives you some different options when you would like to tie a quilt instead of quilting it.  These quilt tying techniques have been passed down from generation to generation by the Mennonite ladies.  These are the “go to” stitches when they are making quilts for themselves.  The pattern includes instructions for 5 different stitch types.  Here is a picture of our stitch sampler.  We will be offering a class on this technique in March; be sure to let us know if you are interested and we will put you on a list and notify you of the class date.

Spring is a few months off yet but we are seeing flowers popping up everywhere from fabrics to home decor items.  Here are just a few that we have been working on.

A cute flower pillow to brighten up any room and it is reversible.  Mine has yellow on the other side. 

These charming tufted yo yo flowers will bring a spring to your step when you wear them.  Make pins, necklaces and bracelets and embellish with ribbons, beads, jewels and more!

Fabulous frilly flowers made in minutes from Clovers’ new flower templates.  No wilting and no watering required!  A bouquet can be made in a short amount of time and a great project to do with the kids.  Perfect for adorning your Valentine’s Day table or a great gift for a friend that needs a boost.  Four different sizes of flower templates are available.  Pictured is the largest which is about 6″ across using a pastel batik fabric.

Have a great day and until next time – happy crafting!

Lisa 🙂

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