knitting

Wool-Yielding Animals for Yarn and Fiber
October 20, 2019 · · Homesteading

Yarn weights are considerations when deciding which fiber breed or species to raise for your yarn. Wool, fleece, and fiber can be harvested from a number of wool-yielding animals, including …

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Sheep Breeds for Fiber, Meat, or Dairy
August 6, 2019 · · Sheep

There are numerous sheep breeds in the world and raising sheep serves many purposes. Some sheep breeds lend themselves to provide the whole range of products, Rambouillet sheep, Dorset sheep, and …

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50 Must-Haves for TEOTWAWKI

By Thomas Sciacca – Arguably, the most important thing to store for a SHTF (Stuff Hits The Fan) or complete TEOTWAWKI (The End Of The World As We Know It) …

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Preparing For Power Outages

By Jim Cobb As the weather starts to warm, we typically see an increase in stormy weather. Along with the thunder and lightning comes the threat of losing power. While …

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What Does Homesteading Mean To You?
March 13, 2019 · · Homesteading

Homesteading is on the rise here in the United States. I am often asked “What does homesteading mean?” To our ancestors it was clear. A homesteader was pretty much equivalent …

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Wool Knowledge is Power

By Virginia Scholomiti Except Where Noted, Photos Courtesy of www.shepherdstalk.com Small niche markets for wool are not only well established but growing. This factor can be a great opportunity for …

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How Sheep Adopters Sponsor Farm Animals

By Caroline Owens For a yearly fee, sheep adopters support animal maintenance and enjoy visits, updates, and woolly rewards. Small sheep operations worldwide are finding “adoption” programs a viable way …

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Sheep Breeds That Pay Their Way
March 13, 2019 · · Sheep

By Alan Harman – Karen Valley’s flock of 21 sheep, consisting of two sheep breeds (Shetland and colored Cormo cross ewes), tend to stay close to home during the winter. …

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Choosing Yarn for Rigid Heddle Loom Weaving Projects
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

When learning to weave, the rigid heddle loom is a good choice. It’s easy to work and you will quickly master the basics of weaving. Plus, setting it up isn’t …

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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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Creating a Hygge House
February 11, 2019 · · Homesteading

Fall has hit my town of Spokane, Washington, and I’m so looking forward to snuggling in for the winter. I tend to be a homebody anyway, but when the cold …

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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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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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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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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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