Keep Acting Natural

Well, I finally bit the bullet. I waited this long because I wanted the most out of my precious, home-grown Hopi sunflower seeds, but I learn best by doing. That said, mistakes were made. My first dye bath (with alum as the mordant) was gorgeous, but I worried I didn’t exhaust the seeds, so I […]

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Act Natural

I decided I wanted to give natural dyeing another go, ’cause my dad went through all the trouble of growing Hopi sunflowers this summer. Plus, natural dyeing just seems like some ancient, elusive magic that I definitely want to say I practice. My first foray didn’t go so well, but I’m chalking it up to […]

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Creative Hand

The weekend before Thanksgiving is always a good one. You’re coming up on a short week, there’s Christmas music on the radio, and it’s always the Creative Hand Show and Sale in Old Town Shawnee. The show is put on by the Kansas City Fiber and Weaver Guilds. It features a ton of handmade items […]

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A Pilgrimage to Hedgehog

I’m Emma’s mom, Cyndi, and I’ve just returned from the most amazing trip.  Emma agreed to let me do a guest post for her blog. I’m so excited, and maybe still a big jet lagged, so please be understanding. Being of Irish decent, I’ve always dreamed of visiting Ireland, and finally, after decades of waiting, […]

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Crocheting with Hand-dyed Yarn

I have always loved the indie dyer Hummingbird Moon‘s bright colors. Michele is amazing about making samples so people can see how her masterpieces knit up, but she doesn’t crochet. Last I saw her, she lamented not having crocheted samples to show as well. So, I busted the hooks out and got to work! I […]

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Momo’s Knitting Nook

If you’re a yarn-enthused person in the KC-Metro area, you’re very lucky. We have a nice bunch of yarn shops that are just a hop, skip, and a jump from just about anywhere. I took a day trip to Leavenworth, KS last weekend to check out a new-to-me shop: Momo’s Knitting Nook. Isn’t it gorgeous? […]

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More Estes Park Wool Market

Last week, I showed you the expansive vendor market at the Estes Park Wool Market, but of course there’s more to this festival than vendors! There’s also adorable fiber animals being shown all weekend: There were sheep, of course, and alpaca, llamas, and goats. I saw a herd (or colony?) of angora rabbits, but I […]

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The Stitchin’ Den

The main attraction was, of course, the Estes Park Wool Market, but Estes is so cool, we had to check out some of the local shops and restaurants. At one point, the purchases were starting to get a little cumbersome, and I decided to walk them back to the van. On my way back, up […]

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