My Favorite Wool October 28 2015
Malabrigo is a yarn maker in Uruguay that has the finest woolen fiber, full of such rich colors; it's why I love what I do. This yarn is primarily used in the coffee sweater. It is 100% wool, from a traditional Uruguayan farm, shepherds and all.
I use a combination of a traditional single-ply worsted yarn with a washable 4-ply twisted yarn. Each yarn is kettle-dyed in small batches by artisan dyers, utilizing solar power to heat the kettles. This causes each batch to vary in the exact colors, so what you'll see in the end product will be totally unique from one piece to the next, even from one stitch to another.
Brick & Mortar Shop Now Open October 03 2014
Olive Manna opens this weekend at The Bitterman in downtown Evansville. It's a store full of mini shops with a farmers market on the weekends. I'm so excited to be a part of this great new venture. If you're in southern Indiana or northern Kentucky, it's worth a trip to visit! A few of knits will be available there year-round, and you may also special order when I am available for custom knits. Check my calendar for availability.
DIY: Rubber Stamp Gift Tags August 01 2012
These rubber stamp gift tags are pretty quick to make and can be done with so many different stamps. Look around the shop or your favorite craft store for stamps that would make a nice tag. So many possibilities for this.
Here I used our gift tag and thank you stamps.
- Chipboard or cardboard (I like to use photo backing from a photography supply company)
- Rubber stamps
- Ink pad
- Hole punch
- Twine or string
- scrap of paper or larger backing to cover your work space while working with ink
First, ink your stamp well and press down firmly to get a good impression on your cardboard. Cardboard is more absorbent than plain paper so you'll need heavier ink to make a good solid print.
Next, cut out around your stamp shapes, leaving a bit of a border.
Punch holes where you like.
For a smaller stamp, I use a smaller craft hole punch for proportion, about 1/8" or 3/16" rather than a typical school or office punch, which is 1/4".
String up some twine and you're all set.
DIY: Beaded Crochet Necklace June 05 2012
This beaded crochet technique is fun to do and quick to work, with lots of possibilities in yarns and strings, to beads. We're going to make a necklace that can be worn long or doubled up. Or, wrap it around your wrist a few times and wear it as a bracelet. My instructions follow the assumption that you know how to do a basic crochet chain.
Here's what you'll need:
- Crochet thread, embroidery thread, baker's twine, or any lightweight yarn.
- Embroidery needle
- Small crochet hook (4-5mm)
- Beads with holes large enough to fit your twine/yarn and the needle
First, thread your beads
Using your embroidery needle, thread a good number of beads onto your twine. You'll need 85 beads for the necklace shown (about 3 beads per inch).
Remove the needle and make a slip knot in the end, leaving a 6-inch tail.
Chain 10, then slide a bead to meet your hook and chain around it as shown below. Chain 1 more.
Repeat this pattern (chain around a bead, chain 1) until you reach the desired length.
To finish off, chain 10 again, then cut the twine, leaving a 6-inch tail. Pull the tail through the last chain and pull tight. Then tie the two end tails together and tie a bow to give it a finished look.
Try different colors of twine, different beads, or try more chains between beads, or none. Make it longer, shorter, anything you like. Have fun!