Category Archives: crafty
These past few weeks I have found myself really struggling for what topics to write about. On one hand, I know that most of my readers come here to find information on knitting and spinning and tea. I am still crafting, but I feel somewhat disingenuous if I just continue on as if nothing else is going on.
So today I’ll feature a few patterns, including a finished hat that I knit, that feature crafting and activism, or craftivism.
The first is a hat designed by my amazing friend Kiki Hall. Fierce Feminist is available for free on Ravelry, and in lieu of a fee Kiki asks that you make a donation to a social justice organization of your choosing. I helped Kiki by tech editing the pattern and I offered to knit a sample to make sure it worked. After looking at Kiki’s original hat, I ordered similar colors in Knit Picks Capra DK (Flamingo, Fuchsia, and Black), but decided to knit them in a different arrangement. I finished my hat on Monday night. It is warm, cozy and FIERCE.
Another recently released pattern is Peace de Resistance Mittens by Bristol Ivy. Bristol is donating any profits from the sale of the mitten pattern to a variety of social justice organizations, and also offers an option where you can make a donation yourself, then send her the receipt and receive a free copy of the pattern. The mittens call for fingering weight yarn and could be knit in any colors!
They're ready, y'all. The Peace de Resistance Mittens are live! Link is in my profile and proceeds for the remainder of this month and next month will support that most basic necessity: water. They will go to Standing Rock Legal Defense Fund and Flint Kids (details on both of which are on the Ravelry page). Let's spread the word!
Given my love of knitting and mugs of tea, I feel a natural extension is to love yarn bowls. A yarn bowl is useful to keep your cake or ball of yarn corralled when you’re working on a project. There are so many yarn bowls out there; these are just a few:
And finally if you want something a little more reflective of your geeky interests check out Lenny Mud’s fandom bowls. This one is my favorite:
I can’t think of anyplace I’d rather be with my book or my knitting and a cup of tea. Do you think I could make one in my size?
I was looking for fun things to share with you and came across this great post about DIY teabag tags.
Take a look at the post for details on how to find small charms and bits to use as tea tags!
I was flattered and honored when Mel over at A Peace of Creativity asked me to do a guest post on her blog today. Please check out my post about spinning, and then browse her posts on all sorts of creative projects to make at home.
My particular favorite is her Framing a Milestone post featuring a new way to treasure those precious greeting cards you receive from friends.
I thought I would just update you with what I’ve been spinning since last week… a lot of the same thing.
I also had a bit of a fan girl moment when one of the riders on the Tour liked one of my photos!
Recently a friend called my attention to the Rifle Paper Company and the fact that they’re doing a tea calendar for 2016. So far the only details I have found are on Anna Bond’s Instagram account. She tells us to look for the calendar this summer!