Bottlecap crochet was a thing? How did I miss that?

At the October Sage Farm show, one dealer had a big stack of these hot mats, in two sizes, shaped like bunches of grapes.

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Grape hot mats. Big aluminum tray in a grape leaf pattern. Some things are just made to go together!

I thought they were made of crocheted puffs that were stuffed with fiberfill or something. And then I picked one up.

They’re heavy!

Find out how they’re made-it’s easy!


It’s all in the details

It’s no secret I love brightly patterned vintage linens–everything from 1940’s tablecloths to souvenir pillows and scarves. But I recently bought a stack of plain Jane linen hankies just for their wonderful edgings.

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A box full of delicious details. Each hanky is one-of-a-kind.

I’m guessing they were from the same estate, and all made by the same person trying out various techniques. Click here for the details!


Have you ever seen crocheted lace like this?

At the same antique shop in Canandaigua, New York, where I found those wonderful Niagara Falls souvenir salad servers, I picked up eight feet of this amazing hand-crocheted lace.

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Price? A whopping $6. If there had been more of it I would have bought it all!

I loved the creamy color of the cotton thread and the intricacy of the pattern.

And I loved the ingeniousness of the pattern. Look closely:

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Kool-Aid dyeing is fruity fiber fun!

I filled my old ironstone tureen with butterflies of wool yarn in bright Kool Aid colors.

I filled my old ironstone tureen with butterflies of wool yarn in bright Kool-Aid colors.

Want a little homemade fiber fun before the summer is over?

Did you know you can dye wool with Kool-Aid?

We do it every summer at my weaving camp for kids. It’s easy, it’s non-toxic, and it’s very fun to experiment with the different colors you can create.

Yep, there’s more! Click here!


Month of Makeovers, Day 8: Hey hey, it’s a monkey!

It’s every knitter’s quandary: What do you do with all the little bits and balls of yarn left over from every project you’ve ever made?

My usual solution is to stuff them with the big yarn balls inside a vintage plaid suitcase. Or two.

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Would you believe . . . three?

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Not that I’m a great knitter, because I’m not. (I might be, if there weren’t so many other interesting things to do.) What I really am is a Collector of Odds & Ends That Could Be Useful Someday. Read the rest of this entry »