Month: January 2012

Easy I-Cord Drop Spindle Wrist Distaff

I was totally inspired by Crystal Calhoun’s Fiber Helper/Wrist Distaff pattern, but I wanted something more simple (and less flat knitting), so I made up my own pattern. You can download it in PDF format. The Pattern is below, at least until I figure out how to make the PDF download work again.

Making your own spinning wheel?

So, I’ve put the challenge out to my husband to make me a spinning wheel, and he said I have to come up with the plans. I love the interwebs! Some of the ideas I’m finding are below:

ShayBellaCrafts on YouTube!

http://www.youtube.com/user/ShayBellaCrafts The maiden post is still posting – my laptop is not made for video processing. I shall have to see about fixing that … later. The savings fund for new ‘puter is starting.

Silk Hankies!

So what in the heavens is so exciting about a silk hankie? Being rich enough to blow your nose with one? Okay, yeah, that would be exciting, but the hankies that I’ve recently discovered are not the kind that go in a man’s breast pocket. They are the kind that end up on a spindle!

Local Yarn Shops

I live in California, and for folks who have never lived in the Golden State, we sprawl all over the place. To give you an idea, I live more than 40 miles from where I work, and spend a little over an hour each way in my commute. The reason I bring this up is

FO: Circular “Saw” Shawl

This Christmas, my husband and I were up in Oregon, and I was working on my first circular shawl. John’s aunt asked me what it was, and when I answered, she and John’s cousin-in-law both heard me say, “a circular saw”. We all had a good laugh, and in honor of that malapropism I made

Blocking!

I saw a really awesome post yesterday, and it was about blocking acrylic yarns. I highly encourage you to go read the post, but for those with short attention spans, the key word is “steam”. Hats off to the BeadKnitter for that great info!

Renee’s Scarf

I figured I’d use this blog as a way to share my crafty-ness, and what better way to start than by giving away a free pattern?