A History of Crochet

I’ve been teaching quite a few classes lately on knitting and crochet techniques, and thought I’d share my slide presentation for those interested in a brief overview…


Please contact me if you’d like to set up a class for your group, and don’t forget to leave a comment or link to your crochet work!

Dyeing Wool “In the Grease”

Dyed wool - Salinas - Ecuador

Although I have written a previous post on dyeing raw wool “in the grease”, a picture is worth a thousand words.  And a video with toe-tapping music is an entire novel!

Enjoy this presentation on coloring your fibers to get that beautiful marbled appearance…

Learn to Hand-paint Wool Roving,

with another fun video and step-by-step instructions!

Fall Fibers

The chill of Fall is like a well-timed polite cough, reminding us to sit up straight, or check our skirt for any peep of slip or toilet paper, except that Fall gives its reminder of colder days ahead – which means warmer clothes are warranted.  That delicate “ahem” gives us pause and we glance around to see what we might have missed.  I have a book to read.  My to-do list is maintained and duly obeyed.  The plants have been taken in (or given a pitch over the back fence, but don’t look over there).  The garden plowed under and tucked in bed for next spring.  What have I forgotten?  Oh yes…my projects.It’s time to do an inventory of all those wonderful ideas I had this time last year.  They started so full of hope, so ripe with promise.  (Yarnies call them UFO’s…UnFinished Objects.)  What do we have here?Spinning Wheel. Check.Black alpaca roving. Check.Knitting needles. Check.Nine-unfinished-projects-that-now-hold-no-interest-to-me-so-I-have-to-take-a-trip-to-the-yarn-shop-and-buy-new-skeins-and-patterns-and-doodads.  Ummm, Check.Yes, there’s work to be done, and this weather is the right time to do it.  Here are a few of my recent finished items, and those in progress…

Amethyst Lace Shawl in progress

Perfect Fall colors for a cowl

There’s more, but I’m too embarrassed to list them all here.

What projects are prophesied for you this fall and winter?

What hobby do you return to each season or year, and why?