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Woolery Weave-Off Winners

The first annual woolery.com weave off has some very inspirational towels to drool over!

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What an adventure! We are pleased to present the winners of the first Woolery Weave-Off! Inundated with over 75 amazingly beautiful, diverse towels, we struggled to keep judging deadlines, and are still working on washing and folding all the entries for delivery! Next week, we will be delivering them to The Simon House, where they’ll go into ‘starter baskets’ that provide basic household supplies to the ladies moving out into their own housing! Without further ado…


Beginners

Third Place – Susan Hadden – Califon, NJ

Third Place - Beginner Category Woolery Weave-OffSecond Place – Susan Harrison – Plano, TX

Second Place - Beginner Category Woolery Weave-OffFirst Place – Patti Grammatis – Easley, SC

First Place - Woolery Weave-Off Beginner Category


Rigid Heddle

Third Place – Mary Pat Nowakowski – Freeville, NY

Third Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-OffSecond Place – Mary Dean – Hackettstown, NJ

Second Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-OffFirst Place – Ellyn Zinsmeister – Allen, TX

First Place - Rigid Heddle Woolery Weave-Off


Color

Third Place – Cathy Kinzie – Owings, MD

Third Place - Color Woolery Weave OffSecond Place – Susan Kroll – Sequim, WA

Second Place - Color Woolery Weave-OffFirst Place – Pat Bullen – Centerburg…

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Getting knitty with it

I’d like to preface this post by saying I am not a blogger. By that I mean that I stink at keeping this thing going! I’m so busy making all the time that it is a “point my phone at it and take a pic” for Instagram if I’m lucky! 😄 so now that I’ve said that I want to talk YaRN!
I make yarn like this:


And I also make yarn like this:

These are obviously two different beasts all together! I won’t bore you yet with the technical details of How it is done because I want to talk about knitting with my own handspun! For a very long while I could only crochet. I love crochet, don’t get me wrong, but the resulting fabric isn’t able to showcase a color gradient or the finer details of an art yarn as well. So I had to learn!!

It took forever until someone said some magic words and suddenly it all clicked. It is truly amazing when that little thread of information gets woven into your psyche and the Aha moment takes hold. So now I think I’ve got this down as a newbie and I’m finally braving my own handspun wool yarns. It is a real treat too, check out the beginning of the bell cape I’m designing as I go.

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Some of the yarns may or may not work as I hope they will together but the only way to find out is to go forward!

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Thanks for reading :)

 

  • Jessanne

Granny Square Baby Blanket

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It started when I finally learned how to crochet ( the right way!). I wanted to make a granny square baby blanket for my friends that were just recently married so badly that I finally forced myself to learn. And thanks to YouTube and some innumerable tutorials I did just that! Let the stacks of granny squares begin!

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I got them all laid out to my satisfaction after doing a 6×8 configuration and began joining them. It only took me about 10 days to get all the squares made that I needed. I used a single crochet joining method that is fairly basic and something I could quickly get my head around. I did a two round granny stripe around the outside. And…

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Now it’s all done! I just have to wrap it all up and deliver it sneakily to a certain doorstep I know of! Have you ever crocheted a blanket?

Knitting Mice; Handmade Plushies

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This spring I came down with a bug, a knitting bug! I scored a bunch of fabulous multi-colored yarns in exciting and punchy colors at my local craft store and a wonder knitter, since then it’s been so much fun!

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From coasters to little furbabies (mouse stuffies) I’ve been knitting away and having a blast. And for whatever reason i only ever get the urge to knit when the weather is warm so scarves are out of the question, haha!

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Since I can’t read a pattern to save my life I always come up with my own! Rules are meant to be broken. I am also working on a rug, slowly it will emerge and hopefully that will be my next post!
Have a lovely day!

– Jessanne

Resist This! Painting on masking tape and finding my home style!

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Yesterday I started masking out my first ever resist painting. I’ve been seeing Pins go by on Pintrest about it and how simple and fun a way it is to decorate your home! I want art everywhere! I’ve been on a mission to make my home more to my personal taste and liking. I’ve been getting rid of things that I don’t really need or want, and particularly things that don’t reflect my personal style!

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I love things on strings and old beat up suitcases! My friend, Juniper, gave me that suitcase many years ago and I always think of her when I see it. It has very real value to me!

As a result of my efforts it’s looking a lot more like what I want it to look like around here.I don’t know about you but my life gets cluttered up pretty quickly. With kids, a cat, and my hubby there always seems to be an endless supply of things to pick up!

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This picture isn’t the best, but I wanted to show off my piles of mail and of course all the art and letters littering my space. It feels like home! And when your house feels like home, it makes it easier to feel inspired and create.

So what is your home style? Do you make art at home? Talk to me and tell me what makes you happy!

– Jessanne S

Toilet Paper Tube Wrapping Idea

Those paper tubes have got to be useful somehow, right? Right!
How about cookies or candies as party favors?

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Have a good morning!

Jessanne