Flurries Hat: An Easy Beanie Knitting Pattern
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When I decided to write an easy beanie knitting pattern, I wanted to make it with the stranded colorwork technique, and use two yarns to make a snowflake motif on …

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Make a Mug Cozy: An Easy Cable Knitting Pattern
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

I love giving hand knit gifts for the holidays. I’ve made hats, mittens, scarves, stuffed toys—you name it. This year, I’ve got a new plan: I designed a new knitting pattern—Cocoa …

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Cross-Stitch Patterns: Personalized Christmas Stocking Tags
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Unpacking the Christmas decorations is my favorite part of the holidays. I have ornaments from my dad’s childhood and from mine, a darling stuffed Santa that my mom gave me, and …

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Knitting Stitches: 6 Ideas for Edgings
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

There are so many different knitting stitches, it’s hard to choose one! You can narrow it down by thinking about what you’re knitting and which properties you need from the …

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Finnish Sheep Characteristics Make Them Perfect Fiber Animals

By Mary O’Malley, Honeysuckle Farm johnandmaryomalley@yahoo.com An ancient variety, Finnsheep are both meat- and wool-yielding animals. Finnish sheep characteristics have been bred for thousands of years. Stentorp—the farm of Jill Christensen …

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Knitted Dishcloth Patterns: Handmade for Your Kitchen!
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

A few things were certain on every visit to my gramma’s lake cabin each summer. There would be knitted dishcloth patterns in the kitchen, fluffy beach towels stacked in the …

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Natural Dyes for Wool and Clothing
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Natural dyes for wool have been used for hundreds of years. Harvesting plants and extracting the color from the leaves, berries, and flowers is an enjoyable way to gather color today, …

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Making Natural Clothing Dye From Vegetables
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

My mother was always fascinated with using vegetables for natural clothing dye, and some of that interest must have rubbed off on me. While she was primarily interested in using …

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How to Crochet a Scarf
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

When you know how to crochet a scarf you have the foundation of skills needed to create blankets and clothing from yarn. Learning how to crochet a scarf or knit …

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How to Spin Wool Using a Commercial Mill
February 11, 2019 . · Homesteading

Learning how to spin wool using a commercial mill is an option. When we first began raising fiber and wool animals, I had grand dreams of producing yarn myself.  I …

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