Me

Well, about me…

I am a stay at home mom of four with too many pets, too many ideas, too many plans, too much to do, and not enough time!

I love to create things and I feel most at home when I am surrounded by a crafty mess and plenty of supplies.  I’ve quilted, sewn clothes, crocheted, knitted, embroidered, cross-stitched, done macrame (my very first craft – I learned from my mom when I was five years old), rug hooked both the old fashioned way (pulling loops up through canvass) and the cut yarn way.  I am probably missing something in this list, lol, but I can’t think of it offhand.  I would someday like to try tatting…if my eyes hold out that long!

My current passion is knitting and I try to knit every day. 

My newest passion is spinning!  I started with a drop spindle and now have a Kromski Minstrel.  I suspect I am becoming a fiber addict since I feel the need to collect a tub of it 🙂

I like to work from patterns because it saves me much thought.  Lately I’ve been having fun allowing myself some freedom to ‘just knit’ and let the pattern find itself.  I’m not brave enough to try this with anything more complex than mittens/gloves/hats/scarfs/socks yet but the ‘sweater I designed myself’ is something I aspire to. 

I love reading other peoples blogs and really really love learning new techniques.  Learning is one of my favorite things!

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  1. I am sure I am reading about myself here, with the exception that i sew baby hats too, too many ideas, yes and not enough time and tiredness takes over too these days, keep up the good work. I have discovered i can sell my wares on ebay, its great satisfaction too sending off your own designs too and been paid for it!!
    Do you sell your garments at all?
    Keep up the ggod work!!

  2. OMG. I LOVE wool. In fact, that’s why I love your sight. I can see all the crafty messiness, and I am exactly the same. I was looking for ways to make wool combs, because I certainly don’t have over a hundred dollars to blow on some wood and sharp, pokey things. I’m still new to crochet and I started knitting probably two years ago, but I have nerve damage in my right arm, which made controlling the needles too hard. I was recently given a set of knitting looms, and now I knit like crazy! But my ultimate passion is spinning. I have a drop spindle that has halped me spin over 3,000 yards of yarn. I love what you are doing, and I love that I am not the only one with a houseful of kids, pets, and giant messes of craftiness! 🙂

  3. Jenny your house sounds like so much fun! Knitting looms are something I haven’t tried (yet!) and I totally share your passion for spinning.

    If you have any questions about the wool combs, just ask! I like the idea of helping people with diy stuff. Trust me, if I can do it, anyone can – I’ve just begun working with tools and wood and it’s a lot of fun. Plus the satisfaction of having exactly what you want without spending an arm and a leg. I really think prices are outrageous for some of the tools and supplies I’ve seen.

    Lisa 🙂

  4. love the portrait of your friend Luke. is there a program or book I could buy to learn how to crochet protraits? L would love to do one of my grandchildren and one of my daughters dog.

    • Thank you so much! Luke was a very special dog 🙂

      I taught myself to make the patterns, though trial and error.

      As for making the patterns, I make my own and it takes me a full day (or often a little more) to write the pattern out by hand. I begin with a photograph, digital, and then manipulate it with photoshop – changing the number of pixels, the dimensions (slightly), changing it to greyscale and then reducing the number of shades. I then write out the pattern, line for line.

      It’s a good idea to choose photos with contrast between the background and the people/subject – tone wise, I mean, since the greyscale/colour reduction will tend to blend them otherwise. Look for photos with good light and shadow – I think they probably work best, though I’m just beginning.

      One alternative is to have a pattern made for a fee at the crochet by numbers site. Also there are good instructions for how to do this technique, on the site, as well as some good training tools and videos.

      I’m planning to do a post soon on the way I deal with the ends (a little different than the way Todd does it at crochet by numbers) but I learned from his site and from one of his training patterns, originally. I never did have him make me a pattern though, since I was impatient and love learning to do things myself.

      If you decide to make your own patterns, write me again and I can give you more details on how to do that 🙂

  5. I just sent you a message on Ravelry because my friend read somewhere on there that you also live in ****. I too am a knitter, spinner and weaver and we have a great guild here. contact me at

  6. Just found your blog. Pretty soon, I’m going to be receiving raw fleece and I’ll definitely be back to check out your instructions for processing it before spinning.

    I’m also a SAHM in the USA, but looking for a job which are pretty scarce right now. I have a newly seven year old boy in school and I try to spend a lot of time creating. Right now in addition to the fiber crafts, I’m doing a bit of wire wrapping of various shaped stones and beading. I love your orifice hooks. I made a few beaded ones, but yours are very nice.

    I can tell I’ll be spending a lot of time here. thanks for your blog.

    • Thanks so much! I really enjoy this blog, it’s my totally ‘me’ thing, you know – a small place where I can keep track of the creative and fun stuff 🙂

      It’s a real blessing to be able to be a stay at home mom, imo….I so miss it right now!

      Jobs are pretty scarce here as well these days. I am (since I started working last summer) a customer service representative/tech support, so I spend my days thinking creatively to solve other people’s problems and keep us all in a good mood in the process, lol. The knitting and spinning is such a nice outlet at the end of the day…

      I just LOVE making things…it is such a fantastic feeling to create something out of raw materials – you can go in any direction you want, the only limit is imagination. What I really need to do if find some time to work on some designs but between kids and work my last pattern was published right about when I started my job.

      Have a great day 🙂

  7. Hi there!
    I saw a Turkish ‘nomad’ spinning wheel on your blog. I have one that I am trying to figure out how to use. Do you know of a good reference for this? Mine looks just like yours but it has some parts I don’t see in your pics-
    Thank you for sharing with your beautiful blog!
    Lori

    • It was really difficult to find a lot of specifics about the turkish wheels. I would try searching both nomad and turkish sheels/maybe look at the pictures that come up and you may find one with the extra parts. Are they maybe extensions to make the distaff taller? I’ve seen pictures of ones with taller distaffs – I think I may be missing some sections. What do the parts look like?

      Thank you so much for your comment on my blog 🙂 Have a great day, Lisa

  8. I am not sure if you will ever get this however I am on your e-mail lis. I just got a post that said it was password protected????? Am I missing something?
    Thank you
    Beth

    • Hi Beth 🙂 The ‘password protected’ post was just a chart I uploaded for myself for a knitting project – since it’s a work in progress I protected it so only I could access it. I’ve removed it for now, until it’s done. Hope you had a great holiday! Lisa

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