Beginner Sewing: A Tag Blankie for My Little One

For a beginner using my sewing machine for the first time, this little tag blankie was an entertaining project with quick gratification. My baby loves it!

Sewing this little tag blankie was an entertaining project with quick gratification. As a beginner just finishing my first machine sewing project, I’m learning that it isn’t as complicated as I thought I would be. And I’m having fun! My baby daughter loves playing with and chewing … read more

Free Beginner Crochet Pattern: Just-Like-That Hat

The Just-Like-That Hat is a free crochet pattern using basic stitches. It's a great pattern for crocheting your first hat or for when you need a quick gift.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-follow pattern to crochet your first hat, look no further! The Just-Like-That Hat is a free crochet pattern that includes simple written instructions and uses very basic crochet stitches. This beanie pattern suited for all skill levels, so it’s great for when you want a quick and … read more

My First Spinning Wheel, and a Bit About Drive Ratios

My first spinning wheel is an old Ashford traditional. Let's discuss drive ratios and different types of wheels, and you can see my first wheel-spun yarn.

I’m so happy with my new Ashford traditional spinning wheel! New to me, that is. The beautiful wheel is older than I am. After referring to Ashford’s timeline for the traditional wheel (which is an interesting read in and of itself), I think … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 4 includes my further progress as a new spinner.

Part 4 I feel like I’m making progress as a new spinner and things are going pretty well. I’m starting to move beyond the park-and-draft method of having to stop the spindle to catch up with the drafting. I’ve been trying to spin a … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 3 includes my first finished two-ply yarn.

Part 3 I’ve finished spinning my first 2-ply yarn. Spinning the dyed combed top with my light drop spindle, I got the singles as thin and uniform as I could. It’s still taking me some time to get the rhythm and consistency down. I spun … read more

A Beginner’s Adventures in Handspinning

Join me as I take on a new fiber hobby to complement my crochet: handspinning my own yarn. Part 1 includes an introduction and resources.

Part 1 I’ve been itching to try handspinning my own yarns. My fiber addiction finally got the best of me. For too long I’ve drooled over others’ handspun yarns. I’ve fondled wool fleeces, fantasized about color combinations. It was time to … read more