It’s that time again. We are crazy busy, buzzing around prepping and packing to get on the road again.
Our next stop is the annual Maryland Sheep and Wool festival. The show is next weekend in West Friendship, Maryland. If you are in the Maryland area please stop by and say hello.
Steves’ passion for turning and the ever useful “yarn Swirlette” inspired the birth of our small business, The Whispering Woodturner. Steve collects wood from all over the country to make yarn bowls, and yarn swirlettes. If you ever stop in at one of our shows, you are sure to hear stories, and learn about the history of the various bowls. The ” Yarn Swirlette” is the first piece he made that was not only beautiful, but also practical to use by all yarn enthusiasts.
Here are a few pictures of our prep work.
Swirlette bases and spindles ready for assembly.
Finished bowls and blending boards ready for packing in boxes.
Cheese / bread boards, oiled and beautiful. We just recently added these to our inventory.
Our new display for the novelty t-shirts that say, “Not buying yarn is like not breathing” .
Aromatic lavender, for sachets…..a great way to keep your wool, free from bugs.
Buttons, and WPI tool, (wraps per inch )
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Here is another up cycled chest of drawers. It’s the perfect place for your hand crocheted or knit sweaters, shawls, scarfs and countless other items.
The chest has aromatic cedar lined drawers to help keep the moths away. Can you think of a better place to store your treasured hand made items?
This fiber artist chest is yours for the taking. It will be displayed at the Maryland sheep and wool festival on May 7-8; in the Whispering Woodturners booth, located in the main building.
Hmm….it may make a great Mothers day gift for someone.
I used Anne Sloan chalk paint and wax. The colors are gray with dark antiquing.
: to help keep the earth beautiful!
Be happy and, have a happy life crafting.
Those angels I call my Grandchildren are always on my heart and mind. I find great joy when I “yarn” something for them. It’s a way of keeping them close to my heart, when they are not with me. I feel that way about everyone I knit for. I’m sure all you knitters and crocheters can relate.
My “yarning” technique of choice this time was crochet, one of my first favorite hobbies taught to me, by my Mother. When I saw this cute pattern for this crochet dress I couldn’t wait to start. I knew it was going to be one of those projects that won’t let you put the hook down. I have many UFO’s in my collection, (unfinished object) this was not going to be one. In fact, I said “I’ll make two” and here they are. The pattern kept my attention and they were finished in record time. I can’t wait to see the girls in them….. My hope is to get a picture of Karolina and Reagann together wearing the dresses , with bare feet.
This Grandma has dreams.
You can find the pattern on ravelry.com; it is called Crochet Tiered Dress. I have more pictures posted on Ravelry and yarn information. You can find me as Boasj on Ravelry.
If you have ever wanted to learn to crochet or knit….. I say, take lessons….. Take the plunge…. It’s worth every stitch. Don’t worry about being patient, you will learn patience along the way.
Be happy ….and have a happy life crafting.
After shopping at several thrift stores and antique places, looking for a dresser I could revamp, to hold all my hand knitted items, I found this dresser at goodwill for $39.95. It sat in the garage for several months waiting for its transformation.
Not sure of the technique I wanted to use, I learned that chalk paint was a popular method. Anna and Joseph chalk painted Karolinas crib,which turned out beautiful. A friend from knitting was sharing pictures of a few pieces that she transformed that also turned out great. I was definitely inspired to look further into the chalk paint method of restoration.
I decided to visit the local Annie Sloan, chalk paint store and it was ” WOW”. My inspiration turned into “must do it now”. I was 100% motivated to get that dresser ready to house all of my knitted cowls, socks, and scarves.
Steves part of the plan was to replace the bottoms of each drawer with red cedar. He was also thrilled to know that the dresser would finally be leaving the garage. With both of us ready and willing, the task began. He graciously replaced the bottoms of the drawers with cedar, and I started the painting and waxing. Before long the dresser was finished.
Crafting of any kind is fun and rewarding. The dresser turned out shabby chic. I highly recommend using chalk paint on your next project. Here is a quick, sneak peek of how I painted the dresser.
I really like how it turned out….. And am grateful for the help of my hunky, who took the project over the top by adding the cedar bottoms. Now I have all my knitted clothing in one spot and the cedar will keep the moths off the wool. I’m adding a few lavender sachets, which also keep wool eating bugs away.
Be happy …. And have a happy life crafting.