Monday, August 21, 2017

County Fair Exhibits

some of the Fiber Arts exhibits at the Fremont County Fair
Riverton, WY
August 2017
Hand-spun yarn on display in the Fiber Arts area at the
Fremont County Fair
Riverton, WY
August 2017
Hand knits on display in the Fiber Arts section of the
Fremont County Fair
Riverton, WY
August 2017

Friday, August 18, 2017

Celtic Cruise

near Portree, United Kingdom and Dublin, Ireland
Julie W. and her husband David recently returned from a twelve-day Celtic cruise. They visited Ireland, Norway, Isle of Skye, United Kingdom, Denmark, and other areas. The photos in the post are from their travels.  (click on any of the photos to enlarge)

Left side: Kieran Foley's trunk show at Constant Knitter in Dublin, Ireland,
near Dublin, Ireland, in front of the Linen Center in Belfast, Ireland. Right
side: St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland, street scene in Dublin, Ireland
Scenes from the Linen Center in Dublin, Ireland.
Top right a clock tower in Belfast, Ireland
Linen Center in Dublin, Ireland
Top: Front of the Linen Center in Dublin, Ireland, Cottage Pie - Dublin, Ireland
Bottom: Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland; Belfast, Ireland - cab for six
passengers; Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Left: Isle of Skye - fleeces and sheep
Right: (top two photos) Shilasdair yarn shop and dye exhibit on the
Isle of Skye. Bottom right: Beth Brown-Riensel spinning linen at the Linen
Center in Belfast, Ireland
Linnen Center (Belfast, Ireland) demonstrations 
Top: Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland; Tivoli Gardens in
Copenhagen, Denmark - Julie Wright, Diane Matarangas, Heather Bailey.
Bottom: Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland; docked at the Isle of
Skye - Zuiderdam Holland Americaship
David Wright at Garn Kriastiansand, Norway sporting a hand-knit
Norwegian sweater. Bottom left: Annemore Sunbo's collection of hand-knits
from the trash. Right: Annemore Sunbo Studio in Kriastiansand, Norway - old
Norwegian sweater, tag on a modern hand-knit Norwegian sweater; shop
owner at Barn in Kriastiansand, Norway. Her husband is from Salt Lake City.
near Copenhagen, Denmark

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Meeting Reminder

Please bring $1.00 for the use of the building. 

Program - Needle Tatting by Sue Oakley
                 (please bring a size 0, 1, or 2 crochet hook if you have one)

REACH clubhouse is located at
622 N. 8th W.
Riverton, WY 82501

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Let's Talk Tatting

Sue O. is going to demonstrate needle tatting at the August guild meeting. She is bringing extra tatting needles so members can try the technique. Please bring a size 0, 1, or 2 crochet hook, if you have one.

The Twist Collective provides a bit of information on the three types of tatting: needle, shuttle, and cro-tatting.

Plan to attend the Guild meeting this Saturday, August 19, 2017 at the REACH foundation in Riverton, to try needle tatting.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Know Your Hands

The way we hold a crochet hook—and the reason we find one hook and handhold more comfortable or effective than another—is determined in part by the shape of our hands, the length of our fingers, and muscle memory development. Our lifestyle affects how we use our hands. Someone who swings a hammer every day will hold and use a crochet hook differently from someone who types all day. By being aware of our strengths and weaknesses, we may even be able to prevent repetitive-motion injuries.

The two broadest categories for crochet handholds are overhand (or knife hold) and underhand (or pencil hold), but there are several variants to these holds.We’ll consider six main holding positions (by far not all the ways a crochet hook can be held) that I have observed while watching crocheters’ hands at work (which I actually do a lot). For some holds, most of the movement lies in the fingers; for others, the work is in the wrist. As you read through the holds, consider which allies most closely with your preferred handhold. If you crochet frequently, it is useful to learn more than one hold. Particularly if you are experiencing hand strain, practice the modifications listed in the Notes, including considering using a different type of hook.

Check out the information on the six ways various crocheters hold their hooks on Interweave's post: Know Your Craft: Know Your Hands.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Weaving In Ends

A video that demonstrates how to weave in ends for crochet or knit projects.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Crafty Podcasts

Podcasts are a wonderful way to engage your mind while sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, weaving, spinning, etc.

Interweave complied a list of craft-related and non-crafty podcasts that may be of interest to you.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Exercises for Crafters

Repetitive tasks such as sewing, stitching and knitting can create stress on the muscles and joints in our wrists and hands, neck and shoulders. Stretching frequently certainly helps.

Loopy Ewe shares videos of exercises that can help relieve tension and stress for repetitive movements. The videos are for neck, shoulder, hands and wrists. 

Monday, August 7, 2017

Same Dye, Different Fiber

Maia R. shows two skeins dyed
 in the same dye pot
At the July guild meeting, Maia R. showed two skeins of yarn she dyed in the same dye pot at the same time. The colors were totally different. The reason for the variation can possibly be explained by a recent Interweave article entitled, Case Study: Same Dye, Different Fiber.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Knitting Tip - Freeze Yarn Overnight

Freezing Yarn Overnight will dispel most unwanted odors. Works on cigarette smoke, cooking odors and other assorted smellies.

Before ripping out mohair and other fuzzy yarns, freeze them overnight. The cold will help the fuzzy fingers untangle and make it much easier to frog and rip.

No fancy tools needed either. Just pop your fiber in a plastic bag to protect it and pop in the freezer!

- Donna, Your Friendly Knitting Doctor 
Noble Knits

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Summer Shoulder Bag

Beth Hester said, "When designing this Shoulder Bag I was thinking of the summer ahead, upcoming travels and family gatherings. In addition, I wanted to use up some short ends of dyed reed that had accumulated from classes and other projects. 
This basket's size is 3" x 13" x 13" tall and each row of weaving is about 3 feet in length. In the pattern I'm giving you the 'Recipe' I used, but I encourage you to think of your particular needs, get out your leftovers, add a pound of 5/8" Flat for stakes and some weavers, gather your rim materials and choose the style handle that appeals to you."
The free pattern (PDF project sheet) can be found here.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Weaving Yarn Guide (free)

To avoid unnecessary guesswork and to help make the most of those beautiful yarns, the experts at Interweave have put together a useful, FREE eBook on hand weaving supplies to ensure your success in selecting the perfect weaving yarns and hand weaving supplies. Start with an article providing valuable tips for weaving with yarn, including how to allow for loom waste and take-up. Then learn about designing with a new yarn for either a 2-shaft project or 4-shaft project, or start on the scarf pattern that we’ve included. Finally, take a look at our must-have guide to yarn for every weaver, including details on ends per inch, conversions, a reed chart, and more.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Warping a Cricket Loom

Warping the Schacht Cricket Loom utilizes a technique called “direct warping,” this means that you are measuring your warp directly on your loom. The Woolery Guy makes warping a Cricket Loom look easy in a step by step tutorial.

Monday, July 31, 2017

Zipper Tips

Sew Sweetness's post illustrates how to:  
insert a top zipper (like in a zippered pouch)

insert a zipper into a panel of a bag, 

install a zippered pocket (two different ways)

sew an invisible zipper

Friday, July 28, 2017

A full tutorial on how to make a Baby Changing Station Mat can be found here.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Kick Spindles

The concept of Kick Spinning is relatively new. Interweave recently published information on this technique on their website.

Kick Up Your Heels

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Activities for Quilters

Need some ideas of fun activities to do with your quilting/sewing friends? AQS OnPoint shares a long list of ideas to make your time together even more fun.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Quilt Batting 101

Batting isn’t the most glamorous part of a quilt, but while the batting itself never sees the light of day once your quilt is finished, it is still essential to the look and feel of the finished piece. 

Batting choices are numerous. We All Sew provides information on the many different types, their pros and cons, and much more.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Knitting and Espionage

Interweave recently shared a fascinating article on the role knitting has played in history, especially through espionage. The article is below:

Since knitting was a very common sight, nobody would think of knitting as a suspicious activity. But knitting and espionage have a certain connection throughout history.

Let’s go way back to the Revolutionary War in the United States. As British troops took over the homes of colonials during the war, these people became less than pleased. One such dissatisfied rebel was Molly “Mom” Rinker of Philadelphia. Troops quartered themselves in her house and did not allow the men of the household into the dining area, but Molly was allowed in to serve the troops. It was here that she listened closely to their conversations. She would then write the information down on a small piece of paper, wrap it around a stone, and wrap yarn around the stone until she had a very normal-looking ball of yarn. She would take this yarn ball to a rock overlooking some woods. There she would sit and knit, dropping the ball of yarn off the rock and into the woods below without notice. One of George Washington’s men would ride by and grab the yarn to learn British military secrets.

During World War I, another yarn-equipped informant helped the Allies. A Frenchwoman named Madame Levengle would sit in front of her window and knit. As she knitted, she would watch troop movements from the window and tap her feet on the floor to send codes to her children pretending to do schoolwork on the floor below. The children would write down the codes, and all went unnoticed by nearby German marshals the whole time.

In World War II, an infamous American spy named Elizabeth Bentley used knitting to disguise her espionage as well. She ran two spy rings that sent damaging information about the United States to the Soviet Union, and she would sneak documents to the Soviets in her knitting bag.

Phyllis Latour Doyle was a secret agent for Britain during WWII. She parachuted into Normandy in 1944 and chatted with German soldiers, acting as a friendly helper. But then she knitted messages to the British, which they translated using Morse Code. Knitting coded messages is a form of steganography, which is a way to physically hide messages. A specific combination of knit and purl stitches could be translated into messages.

While knitting coded messages was less common than using knitting to disguise suspicious activity, codes in knitting were still a threat. The Belgian Resistance during World War II recruited women who had windows overlooking railway yards. They were to note the German train movements with their knitting: Purl one for one type of train, drop one for another. During World War II, the Office of Censorship in the United States banned people from posting knitting patterns abroad, since the instructions could in fact disguise military secrets.

Next time you suspect someone might not give knitters the respect they deserve, make sure to set them straight with the radical history of wartime knitters!

More information about knitting as an espionage tool can be found here.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Make Do & Mend

When your favorite garment has more holes than a slice of swiss cheese, do you toss it in the rag pile or trash can? Rips and tears near a seam are easy to repair invisibly, but a hole that’s front and center requires a little bit of ingenuity – here’s where the visible mending trend can come in handy.

Visible mending has become an art form unto itself by using a variety of materials and techniques to highlight what was once an imperfection in a garment, turning it into something unique.

You’ll find some creative ways to reinvigorate your wardrobe with visible mending on the Woolery Guy website.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Repairing Hand-knit Sock

Does your favorite hand-knit sock have a hole?

You might want to try this repair technique.

Knit-in-place patch

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Magic Circle Crochet - July Program

July program
Cinde P. showed the members present how to start a circular crochet project without a hole. The Magic Circle method can also be used by knitters to start a project.

Cinde brought enough crochet hooks for everyone to try the technique.

For those who missed the meeting and want to try the Magic Circle, several videos can be found on YouTube.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Show and Tell - July

Sue O. brought a spiral crochet, granny lapghan to show the members.
She enjoyed the challenge of trying something new. At the August meeting,
Sue will teach needle tatting. She brought some samples to entice the members.
Sam G. is crocheting small buffalo to sell. Maia R. brought her Kool-aid
dyed yarn. She dyed both in the same dye pot (one white yarn and the other
grey) Colleen J. is knitting a scarf. Laura H. brought a diagonal knit scarf.
Sali A. is making a poncho with colorful scraps. Mary H. wore a jacket
she made with Route 66 fabric.

Dana H. finished a lacy wool scarf. 

Friday, July 14, 2017

Lace Shawl Repair

Spending countless hours knitting a shawl and finding a error that endangers the whole project would bring even the most experienced knitter to tears.

Jackie (Heart Strings Fiber Arts) shows how she repaired the mess seen in the photo.

Her tutorial begins here

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Join Without Twisting Stitches

Undoubtedly, every knitter has experienced the frustration of casting on hundreds of stitches and discovering the stitches are twisted when joined in the round. 

Heart Strings Fiber Arts shares a clever tip on preventing the stitches from twisting.

A PDF of the process can be found here

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Monday, July 10, 2017

Friday, July 7, 2017

Hook Brand vs Gauge

Crochet hooks are not all created equal. Besides being made in different materials (such as wood, metal, or plastic), different brands have a different anatomy. Next to hook size, this is the biggest factor affecting gauge in your crocheted fabric.

More on how hooks differ between brands can be found in this Interweave article

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Sewing Car Caddy

If you like to do hand-sewing on vacation, then this portable sewing caddy is what you need to keep all of your essential tools handy.

Sew Many Ways' tutorial will help you make one in an afternoon.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Making a Rolled Hem

The rolled hem foot sews just that, a narrow rolled hem that's pretty on scarves, blouses, dresses, or even curtains.

If you have a lot of hemming to do, this little tool might save you lots of time and effort. It has a little twirly part (called the curl) in front that rolls the fabric raw edge into a hem for you.

A tutorial on how to use the foot can be found here.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Guide to Processing Wool for Roving

Interweave's free ebook on Processing Wool to Make Wool Roving provides instructions on how to properly wash wool to how to flick, hand-, and drumcard wool to how to use minicombs. This free eBook should make the process of preparing raw wool for spinning easy and fun for beginners as well as more experienced spinners looking for tips.

The book can be found here.

Friday, June 30, 2017

3,000 year old yarn

The ball of yarn shown at left is 3,000 years old. For much of its existence, it has been buried underground, in boggy land, along with the rest of the remains of three small houses built millennia ago, near what’s now Cambridge, England.

Ever since archaeologists discovered Must Farm, which has been called Britain’s Pompeii, they have been uncovering small clues as to what life was like for the families that lived here. This ball of yarn is one of the most delicate finds–extraordinary in its survival over all these years.

In the week since the yarn was first found (July 2016) the team has carefully cleaned it up. “Excavating and cleaning artifact this fragile is not easy but seeing them up close like this really shows how remarkable these finds are,” the team wrote on their Facebook page.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

What's the Difference?

Knitting Blog editor was curious the difference between yarns spun from hand carded rolags and blending board rolags. She knew that hand cards actually blend the fibers and a blending board mixes rather than thoroughly blends fiber, but she wanted to know what the yarns look like side by side.

See the results of her experiment here