Monday, October 16, 2017

What We Leave Behind

Twist Collective's Rachel Herron shares her thoughts about leaving a legacy to our family and friends in her article What We Leave Behind 

Friday, October 13, 2017

Almost Lost Washcloth Pattern

We probably all have one favorite pattern that is hand-written on a scrap of paper. Simply Notable shares a round washcloth pattern that was "almost lost"

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Distributing Stitches Evenly

Tina McElmoyl shared this knitting tip on WEBS. It's sure to help the next time you need to pick up stitches for a collar or armhole.

"When I need to pick up a specific number of stitches evenly, around an armhole or along a hem, I like to mark the pick-up edge at regular points with locking stitch markers. This helps me to distribute the picked-up stitches so that there is a similar amount between each marker. If I’m picking up along a hem, I’ll fold the fabric in half to give me an estimate of the halfway point. If I’m picking up along a circular edge, an armhole for example, I’ll mark the edge at 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock (and maybe also at 9 o’clock and 3 o’clock)."

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Wyoming Wool Industry

The Wyoming Wool Industry has an interesting history and is shared on the Wyoming Wool Growers' Association website

As Guild members, we should support the local industry as much as we possibly can by purchasing local wool products or by helping to promote the industry.

Wyoming Wool Growers - FaceBook page

Monday, October 9, 2017

Tips for Longarm Rulerwork

Lisa H Calle shares her insights and tips for using rulers for longarm quilting. "Quilting with rulers, I know the first rulers that come to mind might be rotary cutting rulers. However, I am speaking of quilting rulers or often they are referred to as “templates”. They are implemented for executing those beautiful quilting designs you see magically appear on quilts.

I love teaching beginner classes on quilting rulers to my longarm quilters and yes, even domestic quilters. Usually, I witness students entering my class with the look of apprehension on their faces as if there is no way by the end of our session they will have gained the skills required to use these rulers. Fears such as hitting the template and throwing their machine out of timing is just one of the many “what if’s” I encounter. Just imagine the expression on their faces when they realize that yes it isn’t rocket science and yes they are quite capable of walking out of my class with this skill under their cap. WOW, what a wonderful moment for me and them to behold! So, perhaps you are a novice to quilting, or maybe a seasoned quilter that hasn’t stepped into the world of rulers, if that is the case, I am going to give you my tips for longarm rulerwork."

Lisa's tips on rulerwork can be found here.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Quilting on a Budget

With the cost of fabric and supplies increasing regularly, it is difficult to justify a quilting hobby.  Cluck Cluck Sew shares 5 simple ways to spend less and quilt within a budget. 
Her tips and suggestions can be found here

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Spinning Gradient Yarn

From Interweave: "I am the boss of my yarn! I can blend colors! I can change from one fiber to another in the same skein of yarn! I can spin gradient yarn from any old fibers! But sometimes being the boss is too much work. Sometimes you want the fiber to do the work for you. You want to spin gradient-dyed fiber.

There are more ways than you might think to spin gradient yarn that preserve the color progression."

Interweave shares the four easiest ways to spring gradient yarn in this post

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Knit in the Row Below

Knit in the row below patterns can create a textured and airy fabric when worked with knits and purls on the right side but also simulate stranded knitting when worked as stockinette. Like with the slip stitch patterns the knit in the row below patterns don’t curl on the edges when worked as rib or garter stitch, but behave like stockinette when all right side stitches are knitted.

A tutorial and simple patterns using the technique can be found on the Pumora website. 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crochet Charts

Recently charts have been appearing on crochet websites and in crochet patterns.

Threadbare takes the mystery out of these charts and has created a list of the common symbols used in the crochet charts.

Check out the Threadbare post on How to Read a Crochet Chart.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Darn Those Socks!

From HJS Studio: "If you've ever put the time into handknitting a pair of socks for yourself or someone else, only to find holes in the socks later on, this article might be useful. It took me a couple of tries to get the hang of darning socks, but it's a good skill to have if you want to prolong the life of your precious handknitting, particularly if you've also handspun the yarn.

Give it a try! Do it in the spring, before you put your clean wool socks away for the summer. Do it in the summer, on one of those lazy days as you bask in the sun. Do it in the fall, getting ready for blustery winter days. Do it in the winter, to keep your tootsies toasty during chores. Do it as soon as you see the first thin spot, or you'll be seeing holes shortly!"

Complete tutorial can be found here

Friday, September 29, 2017

Pet Beds from T-shirts

Want a way to recycle T-shirts and use up fabrics, batting and scraps along with some other things that would otherwise go to a landfill? 

Carole (From My Carolina Home) shares a project that is fast, easy, and will clean out your sewing room in a hurry. 

Carole writes, "Rural counties are always in need of donations to help with their work saving animals that need homes. The farther away from a larger town, the more they need help. As a result, they are happy to have little extras for the dogs and cats. I spent two afternoons making dog beds and crate mats to take to the humane society groups needing the most help. These are ridiculously simple and will clean out all the bits and pieces you want."

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Weigh & Estimate Yarn

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Sometimes you need to know if you have enough yarn leftover to either complete a project or make more of something — like a second sock or mitten. You could roll the working yarn off the ball and measure it as you roll it, but that’s time-consuming and really annoying. 

Instead grab a food or postal scale and weigh the yarn. It’s the easiest way to figure out how much yarn you have left. It’s also a fantastic method to make sure you have enough yarn when you’re trying to work from your stash.

Craftsy explains the easy steps in this post. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Fiber Body Art

Do you love your craft enough to get a tattoo? Interweave shares some interesting fiber-related body art in this post. The tattoos range from knitting, to crochet, to spinning.


Monday, September 25, 2017

"Prewashed" Labels

How many times do you pull fabric out of your stash and ask yourself, “Has this been prewashed?” 

Orange Bettie shares a free printable label to affix to preached fabrics to eliminate the guess work. 

Friday, September 22, 2017

10 Tools for Rigid-Hedge Weaving

“Rigid heddle” is a long term for a simple loom. On complex looms, two separate pieces control the spacing and movement of the warp yarns. Rigid-heddle looms have just a few basic parts, making them easy to use.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Warping a Rigid-Heddle Loom

How do I get the yarn on the loom? It's not nearly as complicated as you might think. Warping a rigid-heddle loom is particularly easy and fast. Liz Gipson of Yarnworker demonstrates in less than 3 minutes how to thread the loom. As the saying goes, you have to be warped to weave! 

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Weaving Seamless Stripes

The Woolery Guy shares a printable on how to achieve seamless stripes when weaving.

Seamless Stripes - free printable

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bus Trip to Buffalo

Brenda H., Cheryl O. and Jeni V. used the time on the bus to work on
knitting projects. 
Those who participated in the Guild field trip brought knitting and crochet projects to work on during the three-hour road trip. Members also enjoyed visiting, playing games for prizes and even enjoying a cocktail if they desired.

Lemon Drop martinis were a hit with many on the bus
Cinde P. 

Monday, September 18, 2017

Woolen Mill Trip

Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill is one of the few
mills that processes wool from the raw fleece to the
finished product of roving or yarn. 
Guild members began the mill tour by learning some of the background
on how and why the mill was started ten years ago.
Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill, Buffalo, WY
September 16, 2017
The skirting process was explained 
Ben explained how the skirting process not only removes vegetable matter
but also short cuts that can occur during shearing 
wool grease is a by-product of the scouring process.
The equipment in the mill ranges in age and some machines
were manufactured and/or obtained overseas. The machines
 often came without instruction manuals or the instructions
were in Spanish or Portuguese. The mill had to be innovative
to get the machinery running.
The wool is sent through drum carders as well as
pin drop machines to make sure the wool fibers
are parallel. Guild members were able to feel the
difference between the processes from the samples
shown in the box
The pin drop machines have fine combs that separate
the wool fibers. The wool is put through the process
several times. 
The wool is guided through a pin drop machine
drum carders
spinning the wool onto bobbins
one of the many boxes of wool being spun into yarn at the spinning machine
The spinning machine was turned on during our Saturday visit, and Ben demonstrated how quickly a broken strand could be repaired.

Large bobbins filled with yarn
Once the yarn is on the bobbin, it is skeined and then
wrapped on cones.
This machine wraps the yarn from a skein onto a cone
Some of the yarn is also dyed at the mill, and the
mill store has many gorgeous skeins for sale.
Buyers can also purchase roving from a variety of
sheep or exotic breeds. 
Finished wool items are also for sale (sweaters, hats,
mittens, throws) in the mill shop

The owners and founders of Mountain Meadow Wool share their story in the following video.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Techniques for Aging Hands

As you age, your body changes. This is especially true for your vision, hands, and overall coordination, some of the most essential parts of knitting and crocheting. While you may have learned how to crochet years ago, the truth is that sometimes with age you have to relearn how to crochet or how to knit in a more convenient and comfortable way. Aging does not mean you have to give up your favorite hobbies, but making some adjustments to your techniques can make the whole process much more enjoyable. Check out the 6 Knitting and Crochet Techniques for Aging Hands on Fave Crafts to learn about some adjustments you can make to your crochet patterns and knitting projects to make them easier and more enjoyable.

Thursday, September 14, 2017


Due to the field trip to the Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill in Buffalo, WY, the September Guild meeting has been cancelled.

The next meeting will be on October 21, 2017 at the REACH Foundation Clubhouse in Riverton, WY at 10 AM

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Options for Toy Eyes

Sew Mama Sew provides six options for creating eyes for children's toys.

Please note that not all options are appropriate for children under three years old. 

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Long Draw Spinning Tips

Spinning long draw is a great way to create light, soft, fluffy yarn. As you spin, air is trapped between the fibers, which creates a warm, nicely insulating yarn. Long draw spinning can be a bit frustrating at first, because you need to manage your fiber and twist a little differently than in short draw spinning, but it’s a lovely method once you get your rhythm down. 

Monday, September 11, 2017

Join Us on the Tour

A few seats are still available for the day trip to Buffalo, WY to tour the Mountain Meadow Woolen Mill.

What: Tour of the Woolen Mill - Buffalo, WY

When:  September 16, 2017 (all day)

Transportation:  WRTA bus - leaving from the Riverton City Hall parking lot at 7:30 AM on the day of the trip. We will return that evening

Cost:  $20 for non-guild members and $10 for guild members (guild members usually get a discount on classes and trips)

Lunch: on your own - we will stop at a local eatery

Additional stops:  Fiber House (yarn shop) in Sheridan, WY

Need more information? Send an email to the address in the upper right column

Friday, September 8, 2017

Podcast - Dora Ohrenstein, Crochet Designer

Dora Ohrenstein is a designer of fashion crochet, author of 6 books, and a writer specializing in crochet history and international traditions. Dora’s designs appear in all the major print and digital crochet publications. Given her avid interest in advancing the skills of the crochet community, she includes lots of in-depth technical information in all of her books. She also teaches crochet at Vogue Knitting Live, on Craftsy, and in yarn shops across the country.

Listen to Ms. Ohrenstein talk about her craft on Power Purls Podcast - episode #47

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Video Quilting Tutorials

If you learn best by seeing a technique demonstrated, check out the informative step-by-step videos of tools and techniques on Connecting Threads, and take your learning to the next level.

Note that there are three pages of videos available

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Weaving Podcast Episode

This episode of Power Purls Podcast is about all things weaving with special guest, Liz Gipson, known as Yarnworker in the yarn universe! They go beyond knitting and crochet and explore the influence that weaving has had in the yarn crafting world over the past several years. Liz shares her experiences, passion and knowledge as an expert weaver, editor, author and teacher. Liz writes a popular weaving for knitters column for Knitty and regularly contributes to blogs and fiber-related publications. She’s the author of A Weaver’s Guide to Swatching and has had numerous appearances on PBS, DIY and HGTV networks, where she introduced weaving and spinning to the yarn world.

Listen to this episode here

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Eleanor Roosevelt - a Knitter

Knitty magazine (Winter 2009) featured a vintage mitten pattern reworked by Franklin Habit. The original pattern was in Eleanor Roosevelt's handwriting.

Mrs. Roosevelt was an avid knitter and carried her knitting with her everywhere. In her autobiography, Mrs. Roosevelt writes that when she was five or six, her nurse cut holes into the socks she had knit so that she would learn how to darn heels properly.

The article and pattern can be found here.

Other information about Mrs. Roosevelt's knitting can be found in this Interweave post.

Monday, September 4, 2017

Yarn Organization

Finding it difficult to identify scrap yarn because the ball bands have been misplaced? Kathleen Berlew has a solution you might find helpful: printable yarn organizer cards. Her design is nothing fancy, but it does have space for all the information you might want to keep on file about the yarn in your stash--name, color, fiber content, weight/yardage, needle/hook size, and yarn weight (4 for worsted, 6 for super-bulky, etc).

Her free, printable organizer cards can be found here.