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Posted on September 7, 2016

In the Studio…….Divided Basket by Noodlehead

Knitting/ Sewing/ Spinning

Hellooooooo.  Is anyone out there?  Its been so long and I have been sew:) busy. Since leaving my corporate job I have been giving my career my full attention.  I am having a great time and learning  so much.  I’ve been creating , sewing and stitching.  So since that’s what I have been doing I am going to turn this site over to just that!


Here’s what’s new in my Etsy shop!








The divided basket by Noodlehead!  I love Anna’s patterns and this one is a winner!  I am offering this basket in 3 different styes so you can Build Your Own Basket!  Its a great basket for storing all sorts of fiber goodness.

This basket can be made in 3 ways:
1. Divided Basket with outside pocket
2. Divided basket with no outside pocket
3. Basket with no divider or outside pocket

You can Choose your Style of Tote:(making the other style this week:)) for your viewing pleasure.
Option 1: A Divided Basket with outside pocket with handles
Option 2: A divided basket with no outside pocket
Option 3: No divider or pocket

Step 2
Fabric Choice
Option 1. Select Exterior, Lining, Divider, Pocket, Handles
Option 2. Select Exterior, Lining , divider, handles
Option 3. Select Exterior, Lining, handles

These Baskets make a great gifts too!


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Posted on March 2, 2016

The Knitting Pipeline Retreat 2016

Knitting/ Knitting Retreat



I attended the  The Knitting Pipeline Retreat this weekend.  What a blast!!!  This was my second year at the treat and I will totally try and go back next year as it first come first available.  The treat is very relaxing a laid back.  It’s held at the Crossroads Methodist Church of which Paula is a member of the church.  It’s very beautiful inside and the volunteers truly have a servants heart.   Here a few quilts that were hanging up.




Paula has a wonderful audio podcast and a a few additional videos as well.

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I didn’t take any classes this year as I was a bit nervous since this was my first vending event. I sat with a wonderful group of ladies from the North Suburbs, we laughed and laughed.  I am definitely going to check out their guild they’ve had some key players there for sure.

I won a door prize..yay!  Sadly I had to give it away…it was mohair with my eye issues too many loose fibers but it went to a good home.


I worked on by Burberry socks since it was basic stockinette and didn’t require concentration.

burberry socks

I was sewing my fingers off for the retreat but I did a get a few sneak peaks at some of the beautiful yarns.


Julie-Happy Go Lucky Yarns poppin gradients!


Danie of the Prairie  Girls Knit and Spin Podcast—-look at that rainbow sock blank hiding over there…..squeel



Ohhh Jeanette!!!!  Sunvalley Fibers….crushing on all this yarn!


All Hail Sparkly socks blanks for Jennifer of DaizieKnits

There were more vendors but I didn’t get a chance to visit them all or shop.  Now how cute is the necklace….


I also took my sidekick as something as really wrong.  For the life of me the treadling was super stiff.  So what would anyone else do….bring it to the hive mind!  So Julie(happy go lucky yarns, Sarah(Yarn Geek Fibers) and Jennifer( DaizieKnits) got down to business.  Jennifer and I isolated the issue the drive band…thenn BAM..I thought hmm what if I put the drive band on backward..HA that was it yay!


Since I have a ton of yarn and wasn’t able to do much shopping I did  leave a few goodies.


Quice and Co Finch in the Snap Pea r its such a pretty green.

Daizieknits-Ghoul Friends, lol the name simply makes me laugh!

Happy Go Lucky Yarns-OOAK Special Snow Flake

I had a great time and some great new friends and vendors.  Happy Knitting!


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Posted on August 13, 2015

Stitches Midwest 2015



I bought some stuff yall.  My goal was to shop the indie dyers that I had seen online and pick up some Addi Clicks….! I had such a good time this year at stitches.  I ran in the very person who introduced knitting into my life, Vera.  Oh I gave her a big ole hug!  I ran into new friends and sorely missed one too.  We were all together for that moment in time surrounded by things that make us happy.

So what did I get..that’s the other reason for going right


             The Knerdshop-so many funny knitty things like these tags I purchased too.

Neighborhood Fiber Arts

Neighborhood Fiber Arts-B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L 

I had been wanting some of Indie dyer Karida’s yarn for years and was so glad to see her beautiful  yarn in person.  SWOON I went to her booth 4 times! The kit I purchased  was knit up on the Yipes Striped Cowl by Ann Weaver.  Not sure if I will get the pattern but the yarn is squishy, springy and simply beautiful.


White Birch Fiber Arts-Killah Bee Colorway.  Just the name makes me laugh.  I have been eyeing White Birch Fiber art for sometime because I wanted the electric slide colorway but I could not pass up yellow, gray and white.


Dragonfly fibers-YUMMY. This colorway is called Van Gogh Sunflowers.  So rich and Vibrant.  Just want to stare at it instead of knit with it.


SHELTER!  I finally got my hands on Brooklyn Tweed.  I had heard several podcasters talk about it too.  This yarn is so light and its American Wool!  It’s spun woolen so the fibers are full of air I am curious how it work up.


MadTosh in the whiskey barrel colorway. Nothing else to be said.  For hubbs.


MadTosh for me!


With a $50 total you also received a pair of free ebony needles.  I picked size 17.


Love gadgets and things.  Handwork Hardware dpn holder,   Wrapture wool wash, glass nail file, Owl:) tape measure and stickers from the knerdshop;

That’s all folks.  See you next year stitches!



Posted on July 26, 2015

Kool Aid Dying for heels and toes

Dye/ Socks

I could have sworn I shared these socks with you!  Apparently not. Shall we have a look..why yes.


Yarn: Miss Babs Cosmic Hand Painted Base

Colorway: Zombie Prom

Toes and heels: Knit picks fingering Bare-hand dyed by me

I knit these socks top down with an after thought heel.  Then decided that I wanted to try to to a different toe and heel.  The yarn is quite beefy simliar to sock that rocks so know that you sock with be substantial.  Once I finished it was time to dye some yarn for my toes and heels. .
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I had purchased a skein of Knitpicks bare for dying toes and heels. Let me just say this yarm is not nearly as beefy is the Miss Babs.  I would 100 yards on the niddy noddy, presoaked my yarn, put it in the pot and got busy.




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I still have a few white spots so I added more kool-aid.

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It was a perfect match.  I finished up my socks shortly afterwards.  This time I tried to pay close attention to that hole that shows up on the side by your heels too.

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All done!  I really enjoyed working on these socks off to the next pair.

Happy knitting





Posted on May 13, 2015

WIP it Wednesday

Knitting/ Sewing/ Socks

I have a bazillion works in progress ….so what’s new right? Here they go:



Quince and Co. Haiku Crochet Shawl



Serena Shadow Shawl


3 Custom Bags



Fiber handyed by me



Three waters Farm can’t think of the colorway!


Husband socks


trench coat socks….

all done…for now. In fact this is all on hold until I finish my Sew’a long with my mom!



Posted on April 30, 2015

Yarncon 2015

Fiber/ Knitting/ Spinning



What’s going on peeps!  I have been working on a few things and still battling the eye!  I have an appointment this week and I am so glad.  Amist the eye misbehaving and critical changes at the office I managed to squeeze a little bit.  I went to Yarncon this year and for some reason it was a different experience for me.  I wasn’t overwhelmed and made my purchased carefully.  If you’ve ever been to these types of events lets just say ….you just get stupid.  The fumes take over you and Bam you’ve spent well over your budget.  You know what I mean? So I really felt in control of myself this year:).

Here are my spoils!


Claymates Pottery shop on Etsy

How nice is a handmade mug??  A  mug with a zipper that looks like denim blue jeans…Priceless.



Cloudlover odds and ends

My intent was to grab some fiber for my turkish spindle. To consider spinning 4 oz  on a spindle is daunting but little bits and bobs is very doable.


Knit Circus-beautiful gradients



Yellow and Gray is my favorite color combination.  I saw Knitcircus at Stitches Midwest and they were out of this colorway Brass and Steam.  So I snatched it up this year!



This photo is not doing this yarn justice.  Meet Hivemind from the cyborgs craftroom.  S-P-A-R-K-L-E.  I wanted to try her yarns for sometime so why not get an Yarncon exclusive colorway.


Hearthside fibers in the calliope colorway


Hearthside Fibers…yes confetti cupcake!…right??  When I got home my husband said you should remake your scarf and hat out of that yarn.  Ack….I called them, ordered a second skein, they were kind enough to give me the show special.  Great customer service!




Can we say Fruitstrip Gum, lol.  Loved this colorway simply had to have it.  The colorway name is Freak Like Me.

That was my yarncon haul for 2015.  One way to keep the hobbies alive is support.  I encourage you to support local events.




Posted on March 30, 2015

Spinning Wheel Socks

Knitting/ Socks

you read it right!  Spinning wheels socks…people have driving gloves don’t they? I wanted some socks wear when I spin so I don’t leave foot imprints on treadles Am I crazy yall???

I only wanted footies since I would only wear them when spinning.  I love the color…not so crazy about the fit.

Madeline Tosh  DK in the Norway Spruce Color Way

Pattern: NoNonsense by Christen’s Creations Yarn: Madeline Tosh DK in the Norway Spruce Color Way

Next time I will definitely will go down to 40 stitches instead of 42.  I would have liked more negative ease.  It was great to work with DK yarn these socks worked up fast!



I don’t know if I was nervous or what but one toe is ghetto and one toe is great.  I have to remember is only knitting ….RELAX.



Will I make another pair…..yup!




Mission accomplished.



P.S.  Please keep me in prayer and I am still suffering with the Corneal Erosion and Blarphitis.  I go back to the Doctor this week.  I am not as productive as I would like to be as this is so painful and interrupting my sleep.

Posted on March 17, 2015

Knitting Pipeline Retreat 2015-Day 2

Knitting/ Knitting Retreat

Day 2

I decided to wear my Mara Shawl it was my fist knitted shawl.  I was afraid to do the edging so I just stopped, lol.


We began with Breakfast.  Although provided at the retreat since we were at the B and B we ate their.  Sooo nice.  My coworkers friend she grew up there was our server here name was Amy. Look at this killer hot chocloate.  It was Ginormous!


After breakfast James dropped me off back at the church.  Just in time for the needle felting class..woot woot.  We made a flower…its reminded of my hair…LOL!



I sewed on the backing and pinned it to my shawl.


let me say ….needle felting can be therapeutic…stab stab away. BE CAREFUL the needle has barbs but I had fun making it and got several compliments.

Shortly after door prizes began.  I didn’t win any but it was nice to see all the vendors as they gave door prizes away.

Lunch time!  Today was Pi Day=3.1415.  Everyone had fun with that one. Since were still stuffed we decided to hit the square.


Oh this is a great quilt shop!  I restrained myself as I knew my fundage was for yarn goodness but I did a few things.  James picked out a pattern he wanted me to make too!


A zipper, 6 inch ruler, the sew together bag by Sew Together Bag by Sew Demented.


How cute is the little bib that was hanging!


We also strolled through a shop called Step Back in Time, YOU MUST VISIT.  Love the creaking floors and vintage items.  I could have stayed in here ALL DAY.  We will be back but I did pick up a few things….


That iron is so heavy death is immanent it if falls on you.  A vintage cast iron cornbread skillet, maple darning egg:) and a bunch of vintage threads and stuff.1-IMG_91441-IMG_9145

Iron on Corduroy patches, LOL.  I heart vintage goodie bags.


To add history to our trip Abe Lincoln walked here.


This candy store is evil. vintage candy….boston baked beans!!!!!…that’s all I have to say.1-IMG_1526

After we had some fun in the square and lunch we headed back.  There were some ladies sitting on the steps drop spindling using Turkish spindles.  Daizeknits encouraged me to try it……yes I ordered one from Turtlemade.   It seemed so much nicer than my bottom whorl spindles and the ladies were having so much fun.

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After my spindle incident I had a chance to go over and take a close look at the shawl candy on display.1-IMG_1512 1-IMG_1514 1-IMG_1515

This caused me to add a few patterns to my cue:

MagicCake Ruffle Shawl

Upstairs Downstairs Cowl

Balsam Hollow

Gills Rock

Hyla Brook

we knit and chatted more.  Then the vendor market opened early.


I stayed pretty close to my budget:)

Yarn Geek Fibers: Sarah


Look at these rolags!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Angelina, Firestar and BFL


Can you see the sparkly????  ahhh….


When Sarah explained this colorway as one luckly winner received this as a door  price I think the meaning behind it pulled an everyones heart strings.


Colorway: Knitting Pipeline Spring 2015 Retreat Male Cardinal colorway

Sun Valley Fibers: Jeanette


How pretty is this!


Walnut and Maple Yarn Buddy

Fat Squirrel Speaks Fibers-Amy Beth


2015 Commemorative Project Bag


Heritage Hill Farm-Julie

Her and James chatted for quite a while about healthy living.


Leister Long wool and Shetland This is a long wool looks Like I better work on my long draw.

Leading Men Fiber Arts-Steve


Colorway Perfection Call back Base

Ogle Designs-Kim


Coloration in Worsted Colorway 605827

When  purchased the yarn I received the slipstitch cowl and the wave cowl Pattern.

Kitchen  Counter Crafter-JavaJennie


Super cute Stitch Markers and notebook

We had a great time!  I encourage to not let going alone deter you. See you next year Paula and Friends!

Fiber Fabulousness!


Posted on March 16, 2015

Knitting Pipeline Retreat – Day 1

Knitting/ Knitting Retreat

I spent this weekend at the Knitting Pipeline Spring Retreat hosted by Paula of the Knitting Pipeline Podcast.  Paula’s podcast is such a joy to listen too, I originally found her through The Knitgirllls.  The Podcasts is very well produced, informative, educational, more than knitting and it will simply add value to your day.  I encourage you to listen you will love it!

The retreat began at 2pm on Friday but if you arrived early on Thursday you could participate in a local yarn crawl.  I took off only day on Friday and we headed down to Washington Illinois. Its about 2.5 hours from where I live.  We arrived at the Cornerstorne Inn Bed and Breakfast around 1pm.

Song of  Psalms Room Number 6

Song of Psalms Room Number 6

How beautiful is this quilt!

How beautiful is this quilt!


The Jacuzzi tub….no words.

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Fun decor that matched the theme, a guest book and a note pad.

The Room was large, charming and full of scripture.



James stayed in the room and I headed off to the retreat. The  B and B is 1.5 miles from Crossroads United Methodist Church which was the venue for the retreat. Its a beautiful place a worship and was great for the retreat.

You received your goody bag and button upon checking in.  This bag is H-U-G-E!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  Your pin had your name and your Ravelry name.  The bag was canvas, with an outside pocket and an inside zipper pocket.



Inside the bag was Quince and  Co. Yarn!  I have never knit with Quince but now I have a chance.

Finch in the Aleucian Colorway

Finch(fingering) in the Aleucian Colorway

Since I was by myself I wasn’t quite sure where to sit, let me just say I am not shy so I wasn’t nervous I just wasn’t sure of the process.  Paula said I could sit with here but she probably won’t be there much, it was sweet of her. I walked a little further and I heard are you looking for a seat?  Ah..knitters are comforting so I sat with Marie.  Then others came and we discovered its it was everyone’s first time at the retreat.



We later had two more ladies join us, Carol and Nancy and we were all set.   Nancy who was also vending even brought here antique wheel.



As everyone was getting settled I was looking around for faces I know from podcasts and ravelry names.  I saw Sarah for Inasknit, Amy Beth from the Fat Squirrel Speaks, Jennifer of  Daizie Knits, Jennifer of Sun Valley Fibers and I chatted quit a bit too.  It was nice to see Sarah and Bronwyn(best laugh ever) who are on the show with Paula at times.  Oh Paula’s mom was sooooo cute  I just wanted to take her home!!  Bob..yay we got to meet Bob which was cool…it was good see the other half of Paula.  If you are a podcast listener you , at least for me, tend to feel apart of their audience…its like being apart of the show so it was cool to see them, watch their knitting style and interaction as they were all sweet and just like me… wool and fiber heaven!

I spent the time looking around to see everyone’s wears, works in progress, needles, bags…everything.  Nice to be surrounded by things you love.

The retreat agenda listed several breakout sessions so I decided to take  Felted Mittens facilitated by Christine, GrnIdgrl on ravelry.




What a fun class!  I am totally making these mitts I am printing off the pattern TODAY.  Christine was very welcoming, thorough and had killer sheep earrings on:).

After the session we were knitting and chatting…kitting and chatting…oh knitting and chatting…ah…so nice.

I also visited one of the rooms as …..had a truck show.  This is what caught my eye.  Are you a reflection of Christ with a mirror inside.  Great reminder!


It was time for dinner.  THE STAFF OF VOLUNTEERS WERE WONDERFUL  I just wanted to give back they were so loving.  It so nice to see the body of Christ serve.  Many thanks to the kitchen crew they were organized, professional and the food was Amazing.


cheeseburger soup! Need I saw more. Delish!  After dinner the local shop,  set up a booth and I purchased a few goodies.


Wonderland Yarns Mad Hatter sport weight 430 Yarns Colorway Dark Rainbow Pt.2

I have been wanted a gradient set for some time.  Score


You can’t leave a hedgehog behind can you.



A few tools…..I love the bent tapestry needles from Knit picks.  They do make it so much easier to weave in your ends.  I also picked up some conductive thread for mittens too.

After that little teaser treat we were entertained by Knitter, designer and Belly dance Libby.

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It was fun to watch and unexpected. We knit more…and chatted….and I decided to head on back to the B and B.

My eyes were acting up throughout the day as I am still trying to master my  dry eye routine so I brought my humidifier, gel, drops and called it a night.

More adventure tomorrow!


Posted on February 24, 2015

These are the days of our lives

Crochet/ Fiber/ Knitting/ Sewing/ Spinning

Since coming back from Costa Rica I have had a heck of a time!

Saturday: Back from Costa Rica.

Sunday: Left church heading  to pick up the pooch I cracked a filling on my tooth whilst eating Terra Veggie Chips.

Monday:  I woke up with a swollen eye!  wha?????eh…….painful.

Tuesday the  eye went down during the day……itching had begun.

Wednesday quasimodo! Eye barely open.  I went to the Dr and was given some ointment…it took some adjusting.  Think Vaseline in the eye!

Thursday: Headed to the office the bus driver slams on breaks, my ear slams against the metal bar….stunned….ear bleeding as I had my earbuds in my ear preparing to knit

Friday get to the dentist to the repair the filling….deep cleaning needed around the permanent retainer about 5 shots in the gums. Only half was complete.


I have had some week now with all that said each incident could have been worse so I thank God for last week and His grace.  Amisdst all that I still tried to find some to create cuteness.


On the Wheel(s):

PicMonkey Collage

L=Blue Sunset 4 oz BFL (Matchless)

R=Burnt Orange Tonal (Espinner)

On the hook:



This is still on the hook!  It may become my office hookin’ not sure.  Also thinking of starting this hat too!

The Knitwit:


My socks are still on the needles sans heels and toes as the yarn  arrived today so  I will dye it up this weekend.  Can’t wait to get those off the needles and wear them.

I have been doing some sewing too!



Whew what a week but I am on the mend!





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