How do I go to a Market without YARN!


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I went to a new venue for me last Saturday and I loved it! The Downtown Waterfront Market in Elizabeth City, NC. It is from 9 am until 1 pm and if for no other reason I would go for the view! The vendor displays are colorful and very eye catching and is plenty of view for me if I could get away from my tent! LOL But to have all the eye candy and be on the Waterfront of Elizabeth City too! Oh my – gorgeous! I am looking forward to going again tomorrow. One tiny problem…. I have been working on yarns and fibers most of the week… but it won’t be enough for a “decent” display! I almost sold out all my stock last week at the Market! Will have the special order form in hand! I need an employee that works for free… darn the kids are grown!


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Crochet Rope Basket

I just love this idea and pattern! I will do this!

Make My Day Creative

I’ve been looking for a basket of specific dimensions for a while without any luck.  Then I saw a circular version of this idea and realised I could make my own!

This uses a technique similar to thrumming, where you crochet over another thread to add bulk to a fabric.  If you have ever crocheted over your ends to avoid weaving in, this works the same way.

In this case I used rope instead of another yarn, which is a lot bulkier but great for adding stiffness and making each row deeper.  This project had the added bonus of using up a single skein I had left in my stash!

The resulting basket is rectangular with rounded corners.

You will need:

  • Length of rope (mine was 38m in length and 6mm diameter, for a 22x42x17cm basket)
  • Stash yarn (I used 310m of Patons 100% cotton 4ply in a cream colourway)
  • Size 5.00mm…

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World’s Largest Needles and Hook

I can only imagine doing this! Amazing!


How big are the world’s largest knitting needles and crochet hook?

The soon-to-be record holding tools were created by Bolin Enterprises for The Yarn Studio, both of Casey, Illinois.  The knitting needles measure 13 feet and 0.75 inches long, are 3.25 inches in diameter, and weigh 26 pounds. The crochet hook is 6 feet and 1.5 inches, 3 inches in diameter, and weighs 9 pounds.  Wowser!

The best part?  If you claim you have the world’s biggest knitting needles, or crochet hook, somebody has to actually do some knitting or crocheting with them before Guinness will give you the record.  The requirement is a 10-by-10-foot gauge swatch in 30 minutes.  With each crafting tool.

The official measuring ceremony was held last Monday at Casey’s Monroe Elementary School.  Shop owner Jeanette Huisinga knitted locally raised wool into a section 29 inches long by 33 inches wide with the giant needles, and crocheted a…

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Me Spinning

Merino Sample

Market Day!

Just time to post a quick link to a few pictures from the Market at Missing Mill Park. Me and my spinning wheel and “educating” LOL

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No Time For Words….

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Running in circles… but at least I am moving!

knittingsmileyJust a short note here today. I need to get busy with my fibers and prepping for my first Market day! Only TWO days away and most of today is over and the 2nd will be interrupted with loading up to be ready to leave early. Breath …  Reminder to self – don’t try to do to much. When I do that I end up in circles or frozen in place and nothing gets done.  This will be *fun and *relaxing…. (deep exhale). 

I have found some wonderful blogs today while I should be spinning and all other things. Some new Fiber Artist and 2 very insightful and motivational sites I will follow. One I found yarnycakes I was so sorry I couldn’t look at and read all the content. Lots of inspiration and eye candy for the fiber artist here! I will go back… I just have to get busy.. clock is moving and my brain needs to focus on the task at hand and move forward. I have projects to finish up, (final touches) items to pack, spinning to do and some dyeing as well. Which reminds me I have a phone call to make. I am ordering some dyes from The Woolery. I “shopped” online yesterday but have a few questions and need to speak to someone rather then just order on the page. And look at the time! Off I go. Will probably not post again until after the 1st of May and my first Market day. Maybe a few friends in the local area will stop by and say hello 🙂  The link is at the top of my page: Market at Missing Mill Park. 

P.S. Casey Bouch is the designer of this cute little knitting smiley. He made it for a a long time ago. Now here it is finally web published instead of just sitting on my computer. He will probably come right on here and remove it and replace it since he made it while still a very young boy LOL

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Rainbow Glory!

Awesome yarns and great site so full of info! The colors look so yummy! Check her page for tons of post and pics. You could get lost there for hours if you do any fiber crafts!


Unitam Collage

A very good friend of mine asked if I could dye rainbow yarn and while I had never done that before, I decided it was time to experiment!  I ended up creating a skein that I named ‘Utinam’  While I was at it, I created three complimentary skeins to make into mini-skeins!  Off to do some knitting…hexipuffs must be knit!



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For Late Blooming Entrepreneurs, Five Reasons to be Thankful

Kind of long post – But I love the whole article! All so true and very motivational for me 🙂 Great site with insightful articles!

Late Blooming Entrepreneurs

Tomorrow, millions of Americans will sit down to tables brimming with turkey, stuffing, green bean casserole, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings that make Thanksgiving dinner special. In addition to enjoying a wonderful meal, the focus will be on giving thanks for family, friends and other fundamentals that mean so much. And rightly so.

But for those who choose to become entrepreneurs or career changers later in life, Thanksgiving brings other, secondary reasons to be thankful. Here are five of them:

1. We’re living longer and better. That means more “quality” years to start a business or a non-profit (or both).

2.  We have more resources to help us.SCORE,AARP and U.S. Small Business Administration are among the growing number of organizations offering training and information specifically for older entrepreneurs.

3.  We have more options to work remotely. After years in a traditional, 9-to-5 job, many people want more work autonomy…

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My favorite Fiber QUEEN! Awesome videos posted and she has a large presence all over the web. A very talented, creative fly by the seat of your pants artist. Love her ideas and way of thinking. Thanks for all the info you share Natalie!

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What Have I gotten into!

wool mohair scarfmy pi close up02 socks in progress

      Well – Here Goes!

For many years I have been a fiber nut. I have been doing all sorts of fiber crafts since I was a teen and not to give my age away – but over 30 years. My stash started growing and has traveled with me ever since. What started as a box of inexpensive yarns for crochet and knitting has grown into a huge collection of high end fibers and yarns for all sorts of things. I can never leave well enough alone is the problem. I hate to spend money on anything I can do myself. Hence the snowball. 🙂  I started insisting on quality yarns for my mostly knitting hobby. We all know what that turns into – a small fortune spent in no time. But – wow!  People can make their own yarns… and gee the prepared fibers for spinning are even cheaper if you prepare them yourself… and better yet  – if you have friends/neighbors with sheep or other fiber animals or raise your own it is “free” !!!So here I am with dangerous looking pickers, drum carders, spinning wheels, skein winders, jumbo ball winders and so many other nifty fiber gadgets.  I have always dreamed of owning a business related to my crafts. I walk downtown and drool over the empty old shops and dream … “one day”. Well rather then take THAT huge step (very big chicken and I hate change) I am starting with local markets. I WILL be at Missing Mill Park in Hertford NC every Wednesday from 9 am until 2 pm. ( one small vendor among 70+)  I went to the new vendors meeting a few weeks ago, filled out my application, paid a small fee and jumped right in and signed up for every single week through October! I will start small and slowly increase items for sale. Not going to stress myself out when I had 2 weeks notice, Now I am committed on paper and have a small financial investment to make me do it! My mom has been a complete angel and helped me out with the few things I did need and now nothing will let me disappoint her. She has always believed in me and I hope she knows how much I appreciate her support and help. Even down to dabbling in the “arts” herself and trudging through the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival with me many a year. Side note: I won’t make it this year since I am starting this new venture but I will be there next year!  I may never open a store. For now art shows and festivals will be enough. But maybe one day when I am tired of packing and hauling and setting up I will open a store just to rest! Who knows where I will go from here but I can only go forward. Thank you to all my friends and family who have always had more faith in my talent then I ever did.  Starting a blog is my 3rd step of growth. 1st was using vista print to create my business cards/price tags  and setting up an online business card. (  2nd was the vendor meeting and committing to the market for the next 6 months. 3rd is this blog to propel me into a forward online presence. Once I get moving and get my feet under me I plan on starting a web page to sell via online. This blog is a HUGE step for me though it may seem small to some. I have huge “change” issues that have held me back my whole life. I could still be in a forward motion while I was raising children and playing house. Now the children are grown and giving me grand babies and I have been frozen in place for far to long. On with my dreams, fear be damned! I hope to post more pics soon and will continue to use this as a tool to motivate me forward to the rest of my life. I realize I have to do this alone. I have emotional support from family and friends but in the end no one is going to hold my hand and do this with me. I can and will do this and will probably be so embarrassed at this first blog 6 months from now. I sure hope so anyway. There it all is out in the open and on the web. My private hopes, dreams and fears. I know never to put anything on the web if you don’t want it to haunt you or to be known by the world. This is the point though. To expose myself , overcome fear – to my friends,family and the world. Flaws, hopes and dreams. I bet most of my friends don’t even know any of this about me? But I will leave this for another post LOL. If you are a Facebook friend reading this then bless you for taking the time. We are “social media friends” but some of you are very dear to me and you know who you are. My connection to the whole wide world who kept me sane when all was crazy. Maybe I will keep my FB page updated on my progress. More openness , gee maybe typing and committing all this in print is better for me then I thought 🙂 

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