Saturday, March 31, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #12 Finalists

Congrats to our finalists for this weeks challenge!!! There were so many fantastic entries this week. The five finalists' treasuries are posted below, be sure to check them all out!!

Don't forget to cast your vote for your favorite treasury to win in the poll on the left sidebar!!

Poll will be open through Sunday 04/01/12 at 6:00 pm EST!


#1 - by heatherhorrorpops from AccursedDelights
Theme - Memories



#2 - by Candy from candyamorjewelry
Theme - Escape the City



#3 - by Francesca from ChiccaBijouxCreation
Theme - Unique Gifts for Mom



#4 - by Renee from WintervilleWonders
Theme - Summer Wedding



#5 - by Shannon from PhreshThreadz
Theme - Summer Fashion

Friday, March 30, 2012

Wendy from Wendy's Wonders


In Wendy's Etsy shop, Wendy's Wonders, she offers a wide array of accessories in every color of the rainbow. She features unique hand crocheted accessories, hats, afghans, baby gifts and quilts. Wendy began crocheting 10 years ago and according to her, "my addiction was born. I stared out crocheting afghans and it just kind of snow balled into cedar chests full of items." Wendy has been selling on Etsy for a year and considered it the perfect venue to share her creations with people who understand ant appreciate hand made, quality goods.

Wendy comes from a family of lady crafters. "The women in my family have always been crafty. Mostly sewing and quality, but they all knew how to knit." With a mother who owns a yarn shop where she sold knitting machines, Wendy learned from a master. "After I had my first child, she taught me how to knit on a knitting machine and from there I knitted for designers who needed contract workers to knit for them." This opportunity afforded Wendy the option of bringing in some income while staying home with her children. Her grandmother taught Wendy to crochet the basic granny square and from that one lesson, her business has grown.

"I think one of my biggest accomplishments was when I made my very first knitted wool jacked with a hood. It took me three moths to make that jacked and I still wear it to this day." This complex project is a unique, completely custom creation right down to Wendy's original pattern design. "I am still learning so much about knitting and writing patterns, but that jacket set the bar for all things to follow."

Wendy has great hopes and dreams for her Etsy shop. "My goal is to be able to make a living selling my items." Part of Wendy's plan to make this dream a reality is to reach out to ski lodges to expand her brand and draw interest. "It is a rather tall order but I believe that with every small step I will eventually get there."

Wendy's favorite items in her shop are those she enjoys making the most, hand painted wool fingerless gloves and Newsboy hats. "The hand painted yarn is one of my most favorite materials to work with."





It's no surprise that Wendy is completely inspired by Yarn! "I find different textures and colors of yarn can be the most inspiring. Sometimes, I will have a skein of yarn sitting on my table for weeks, not knowing what to make with it. Then one day it will just talk to me and an idea is born."I hope to expand my shop by getting into a few Ski Lodges and getting my name out there."

Wendy's life is very full an active. As the mother of two school-aged children and head of her household, mothering, cleaning, baking and kitting are her career. "My life is full." Even so, Wendy explains she is always learning and discovering new things. "I try to add new items and new designs to my shop frequently. Different yarns, different stitches, different patterns...never know what you will find unless you look!"

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Crochet Projects for the Summer - by Pam Talpers

    


Needlework, specifically, crocheting and knitting, are often thought of as just cool-weather activities. Frequently these crafts are used to create warm cozy garments in which to bundle oneself. Warmth-promoting fibers, such as wool are often used. However, the first documented crocheted items were actually made with lacy, open patterns in lightweight fiber, which then were used as embellishment for clothing. In my obsessive need to always have an easily-transportable project, I have found projects and mediums that keep me happily hooking away year-round.

      One of my first non-winter crochet projects was a pair of lacy crocheted earrings in red hot red. Pretty for summer accessorizing, and quick to make. These are simply tiny doilies; then they are attached to ear wires. Several of these doilies can be made and attached together with jumprings for a unique statement necklace or bracelet.


      Beaded crochet accessories are another fun way to continue your crocheting and wearing of your projects during the warmer time of the year. I have made earrings, necklaces, brooches, and this unique accessory piece that is adaptable. I have made it long, allowing it to be worn as a necklace, lariat, belt, or wrapped around your arm as a bracelet.


      
      I also have dabbled in wire crochet.  Jewelry can be made simply with the wire and without beads, for a lacy appearance. The key is to choose lightweight wire, or it is very hard on your hands. The woderful thing about wire is that it is moldable, as well as comes in a variety of colors now for your creative expression. Keep in mind also that wire is unforgiving of mistakes. If you need to unravel and start again, you are much better off, just starting anew, as twists in the wire resulting from having been crocheted are nearly impossible to remove. Pictured here is an example of a choker I made with craft wire and glass beads.

     
    Hats, specifically for babies and children are popular year-round. Making them with with cotton thread assures a cool, breathable headcover. They can be made in numerous colors and themes. This is a baby hat I made that has a handmade removeable pin-on flower made of ribbon.

     
     Crochet has also made its way into the eco-conscious, upcycling world. Purses and bags can be made from nearly-indestructible plastic grocery bags (these come in a wide variety of colors), or even discarded VHS tapes. This purse was created by Sue  , who owns the Etsy shop, werewolfsmummy. She opened a discarded vieotape, unraveled it, rolled it into a ball, then crocheted it into this waterproof bag. Great for shopping of to haul your beach items.

     
Home accessories can be crocheted from strips of rags or tee shirts no longer in wearable condition. This earth-friendly rug was made from strips cut from old t-shirts by my friend Sue. How cute would this be in a kids' room or sun porch?

     
     Another project that can be made from upcycled fabric, from sheets or even pajamas, is a three-dimensional bowl or basket. This caddy was also made by Sue, from some grown-out-of pajamas. She uses it as a bedside caddy for her glasses and t.v. remote.

    
     Crochet can also be utilized as embellishment - I love using my scrap pieces of yarn to crochet motifs, fit them together like a jigsaw puzzle,  and handsew them together. These can be used on clothing or to cover an existing purse that needs a facelift.


  
     Clothing and accessories for pets and dolls make good portable projects, as they are smaller and don't take up much space if you are taking a project on a trip. Stretchy collars, sweaters, toys, and even whimsical hats can even be fashioned for your dog or cat. This is a lovely example of a crocheted one-of-a-kind outfit for American Girl or other 18" dolls, created by Mindy Clauch or DeeDeesDesigns on Etsy. The second photo is a handmade crocheted Christening Gown, also hooked by Mindy.


     
     One of my more recent warm-weather projects was this lightweight shawl, crocheted from vintage Berroco fiber. I designed the pattern myself, then crocheted away. I created a matching pin from polymer clay to secure the wrap in place. This shawl can be worn year-round, even as a sarong over a swimsuit.


      
      I have started making very lightweight, open-stitched scarves, or fiber jewelry. They are not intended for warmth, but for color and decoration.The scarf in the first photo was created at the request of a customer. I used Noro silk/wool yarn for gorgeous color, but since it is so open and airy it won't be too hot. The second photo is a shawl I made in shades of tuquoise, geen, and silver. These pieces are so much fun to make, and a great way to use up your smaller amounts of yarn - you just make stripes! This one reminds me of something a mermaid would choose to wrap around herself!


     
     One of these days, I am going to crochet the ultimate summer project -- a bikini, just for the "sun" of it. I asked a friend if he thought those would sell, and without missing a beat, he said, "Yes - but you need to market it to the husbands and boyfriends!"

     I usually have several ideas in my head of new things I want to do with my crochet.That is the fun of crochet for me - always looking ahead and planning for the next project. Hopefully, this has given you some ideas for continuing your crochet craft through the warm seasons.

    

Special thanks to:

Sue at wolfmansmummy  
Her shop link is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/wolfmansmummy

Mindy Moffett Claunch at DeeDeesDetails    
Her shop link is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DeeDeesDetails

Written by: Pam Talpers at GypsythatIwas 
My shop link is: http://www.etsy.com/shop/gypsythatIwas
     

Monday, March 26, 2012

Treasured Shop of the Week #10

Congratulations to Megan Morris from MadebyMegShop!!! Her shop has been chosen as the next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

This is the treasury that Megan created last week for Taylor from hunnybunny823 that won the drawing for this week's Treasured Shop of the Week:





For game rules please see the Treasured Shop of the Week page (tab found at the top of this page), or visit the threads on the AP Team Forum for more information:
http://apteamonetsy.blogspot.com/p/treasured-shop-of-week.html

Sunday, March 25, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #11 Winner

Congrats to Renee from WintervilleWonders!!! Her treasury entry is the winner of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #11!!!




After having a look at her winning treasury be sure to stop be her shop, WintervilleWonders for a look around as well for some amazing vintage finds!!


Saturday, March 24, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challence #11 Finalists

Congratulations to our five finalists for the AP Team Treasury Challenge #11!!! There were so many fantastic entries this week!

Vote for your favorite on the poll on the left to determine which will be our AP Team Treasury Challenge Winner!! Poll will be open through Sunday 03/25/12 at 6:00 pm EST.


#1 - Renee from WintervilleWonders
Theme - Love Your Mother Earth



#2 - Rebecca Swan from RaveBracelets
Theme - Daydream



#3 - Sharon from lilaccottagecards
Theme - Birds and Bees



#4 - Christine from 9thCycleStudios
Theme - April Flowers



#5 - Della from creativecraftsupply
Theme - Spring Break Fun

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Knitting to Gauge - by Helen Flagg

Although most people don’t realize it, accurate gauge is the “secret sauce” to knitting.  Gauge is sometimes called tension and it just means the number of stitches per inch.  If you know your gauge you can figure out the size of your finished piece.  And if you calculate your gauge accurately and use the correct yarn weight and needle size for your pattern, then your chances of your finished piece coming out looking just like the pattern photo are pretty good !
Gauge depends on 3 main variables – yarn thickness, knitting needle size, and the individual knitter.  There are other variables like stitch type and pattern, but these 3 are what I’ll cover here.
Yarn Thickness: Yarn thickness determines the number of stitches you will need to get one inch of knitting on your needle.  The thicker the yarn, the fewer stitches you will need to make one inch. Conversely, the thinner the yarn the more stitches you will need to make that same one inch.  When you look at the label of a skein of yarn, there will be a symbol and number to identify the yarn weight.  The higher the number means the thicker the yarn. While labels might not be available on all yarns (like homespun or non-US made yarns) you can tell yarn weight by touching the strands.



Super Bulky Roving wool knitted on 10mm needles


Knitting Needle Size:  Needle size determines the size of the stitches.  The type of yarn selected will determine your knitting needle size to start with.  A pattern will include a recommended needle size and yarn.  Generally, the thicker the needle means the larger the stitch.  I like to use the metric measure for needle circumference since I find it more consistent than US sizing or European sizing.  Here’s that yarn weight chart again, this time with the recommended metric knitting needle sizes.



Medium weight cotton knitted on 4.5 mm needles


The Individual Knitter: Every knitter is different.  And often, a knitter’s gauge will change, depending on what’s going on while you’re knitting or how the skein is wound or even what mood you are in.  Personally, I can’t knit while I watch hockey because the game is so exciting and fast paced that I tense up and my stitches get really tight.  But I love to knit while I watch baseball. Also if a yarn skein is wound very tight, when you pull the yarn out of the center of the ball the yarn is taut which could result in tight stitches.  The more you knit, the more you will come to know your own gauge – if you knit tight, then try using a needle size a half or full size larger.  And if you knit loose, then try a thinner needle.  The yarn weight can remain the same, and you can vary your needle size to adjust for your own tension.
For beginner knitters it’s a good idea to knit a gauge swatch to find out your own gauge, or tension.  Gauge is expressed most often as the number of stitches in a 4 inch by 4 inch swatch knit in stockinette stitch.  So best to pick your yarn, use the recommended needle size for that yarn, knit a 4x4 swatch and count the number of stitches in one inch of a row.  A gauge swatch is also recommended if you are substituting yarn recommended in the pattern, or if you are working with yarn you’ve never worked with before.
Each pattern is written for a specific yarn weight, and each yarn weight has a recommended needle size to use.  And each knitter has their own gauge or tension.  Once you’ve made some gauge swatches, you’ll have an idea of how close you knit to gauge.  Happy Knitting.

References


This was written by Helen Flagg and published on her behalf. The photos shown are of her work and not to be copied or reproduced in any form without her consent. To see more of her work or contact her please visit:

Helen Flagg's Shop on Etsy - SimpleKnitShop
Helen Flagg's Etsy Profile
SimpleKnit On Facebook

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Kelly Kellie - QuietStorytellers


QuietStorytellers is a lovely Etsy shop run by Kelly Kellie where she features hand knitted and handwoven accessories and upcycled items. Kelly began hand work at a young age. “My mother taught me to embroider when I was 8 and to knit when I was 10 or so. Then she taught me how to knit again when I was 20…mostly I’ve been knitting for about 12 years, making simple gifts for friends and family and keeping myself occupied and my home filled with interesting yarns. I’ve been weaving for 4 years, and I’ve been upcycling since my sister and I were first handed my mother’s left over sewing scraps. I found Etsy when a friend with whom I weave recommended I take a peek as I was knitting and weaving more than I could ever use. I peeked in and set up my little shop here in August 2009.”

Kelly recalls her first knitting project, a blanket for her dog, Mia. “I liked it much more than she did--she kept sleeping on my bed and leaving her blanket in her basket.” Kelly took a short break from her knitting when her little ones occupied her lap instead of yarn. “Once the kids were older and I was allowed to sit down with out them always in my lap, I picked up my knitting needles again and starting making dishcloths…and practicing patterns in the process.” When it comes to her signature dishcloths Kelly prefers a simple garter stitch best. “Nothing beats a handknit dishcloth! And after working all those complicated patterns, I found I liked plain garter stitch (knitting all along the front and back of the piece) the best for those cloths. It’s a great nubby texture for bath or kitchen.”

Most important is color and a keen respect for the fibers she uses. “Even my riotous scarves and blankets, knit with 30-100 different yarns, are usually garter stitch. That is a huge aspect of my work—let the fibers do their job by shining through—I don’t try to fussy them up with complicated stitch work. I love to pair and blend colors in pretty much every aspect of my life. If you look at my bohemian scarves, thrum coasters, and sewn collage tags you can get an idea of the fibers and colors I work with. They are put together in an endless variety and nothing clashes, the colors and fibers embrace each other like old friends.”

Kelly truly enjoys pleasing her buyers. “My happiest moments…goes are when buyers tell me they received the item and truly love it…The sale of one particular woven blanket touched me deeply and made me very happy. It had taken weeks of planning and months of weaving at the studio to complete. I listed it and it expired. I decided not to relist it as it was spring and the blanket was in warm autumn tones. The next day someone contacted me asking what happened to it! She had visited it often and had finally justified buying it because she saw it as an heirloom piece, something she could wrap her children in now and pass on to them later. I love it when the right person finds the right item!”

When asked about goals and future plans for her shop, Kelly remarked “I’m a terrible goal-setter! I tend to dream and think and do, and even when I set a goal I get carried away with the next idea…This go-with-what-you-feel attitude is not a great way to run a business, but I am not a business person—I am a dreamer, thinker, and doer. So, where will Quiet Storytellers be in another few years? It will probably still be a little shop on Etsy where I will fill it with bits and pieces that fill my heart, and hopefully other hearts, with pleasure.” Kelly is developing some new items including knit scrubbies. “They are perfect for washing the fingers and toes sticking out of the casts we aren’t supposed to be getting wet--and in case you were wondering, yes I know from personal experience.” She’s also taken up gardening, kind of; “I’ve been growing flowers from fabric and yarn so they’ll probably bloom into the shop somehow, too.”
Kelly is inspired by color. “When my eyes are open I see color, like that of the bright greens only found in the very first glimpse of spring, the winter sky, flowers, my husband’s eyes. When I sleep I dream of shapes and listen again to conversations telling me of what others find to be amusing and lovely. And contrarily enough, if I find things to be diametrically opposed, I want to use them together and I often do!”

These are a few of Kelly's creations from her Etsy shop




Kelly loves kitting, weaving and sewing and counts them among her true joys I life. When she is not creating for her Etsy shop she is active in her church, spends time with her husband and three children and enjoys her large extended family. “I come from a family of eight children so sisters, brothers, nieces, and nephews bless my days as do my own three children—who have suddenly and without warning, all reached adulthood! Thank heavens for the cats and dogs who believe themselves to be children and are still willing and able to cuddle on the couch when I need a good hug.”

All of Kelly’s works are unique and original. “I don’t use patterns very often so the colors in the scarves will not be repeated unless I am specifically asked to do so—and sometimes not even then because the fiber was one of a kind. The upcycled items are definitely not reproducible.”

Kelly’s one hope is “that you find a smile and share a laugh today. My children still find me in the store because they follow the sound of my unique laughter and a smile lights up not only your day, but also the day you are sharing with the person with whom you are smiling. So…Smiles!”

Kelly on Pinterest

Monday, March 19, 2012

Handspun Wool Yarn - by Helen Flagg

Eight years ago, my family visited Gore Place in Waltham, MA for the first time.  The occasion was their annual sheep shearing festival, now in its 25th year.  The kids patted the sheep and watched the shearing process, and they played with clumps of raw wool.  That day I bought my first of many skeins of gorgeous hand spun wool, and lovingly wound each skein into a plump ball.  The lanolin in the wool made my chapped hands feel softer.  The mittens I knit from this wool were beautifully textured and so very warm…they even smelled a little earthy when they got wet.  Even now every time I hold hand spun, I marvel at the beauty of the yarn and am amazed at how special this type of yarn feels in my hands and on my knitting needles.
For thousands of years, wool has been pulled and twisted together to form long yarn threads, which were then woven or knit into fabrics.  The spinning wheel has been used since the Middle Ages.  Hand spun wool yarn is made by cleaning, combing and carding wool into a clump, called roving.  The wool fibers are oriented in the same direction and gently twisted to prepare for spinning.  The spinner can control the width and texture of the spun threads.  By turning the roving on the spinning wheel, the wool threads are elongated and twisted together to form long, parallel fibers.

Handspun Wool from Patricia Weed's Farm in Norfolk, MA

I am fortunate to live in Massachusetts where there are thriving sheep farms and an active community of fiber arts enthusiasts.  Hand spun yarn is available in both natural colors, and vivid fashion colors, hand dyed with vegetable dyes.  While there are many differences between hand spun and machine made wool yarn, in my opinion the three main differences are Texture, Color and Cost.

Lambs at Ironhorse Farm, Sherborn, MA


Texture:  Hand spun wool is irregular in its texture and its twist.  The irregularities arise from the yarn being spun by hand and inadvertently spun more loosely in some places and more tightly in others.  Hand spinning is an art, a creation of human hands and as such the resulting yarn thread is not uniform.  The irregular texture of the yarn results in a knitted piece that has “nubbley” texture, with depth and a rich hand feel.  The texture and composition of hand spun wool yarn makes the resulting knit garment warm and insulating, well suited to wicking away moisture and keeping the wearer warm and dry.

Color: Hand spun yarn is often uneven in color, with subtle shade differences.  The reason relates to the irregular texture of the threads.  More dye is absorbed where the threads are loose and less dye is absorbed where the threads are spun more tightly.  And just like hand spinning, hand dyeing is done – well, by hand.  And that means that dyes may be unevenly applied and that each batch of wool may be a slightly different shade.

Hand spun wool yarns knit into cowls,
by Simple Knit Shop



















Cost: For most, the difference in cost between hand spun and machine spun wool is the most notable. A skein of 150 yards of hand spun pure wool yarn may cost $18.50 but 150 yards of acrylic, machine made yarn may cost $1.99.  However, cost is not an accurate measure of value since the hand spun wool yarn and the machine made acrylic yarn are not comparable products, any more than an expertly  hand crafted pastry made with high quality pure ingredients is comparable to a Twinkie.  Or a hand carved piece of furniture made from solid hard wood is comparable to particle board furniture that comes in flat boxes and has to be assembled. The cost of hand spun wool yarn reflects the time and effort taken to create an artisanal product.
                Different projects call for different wool choices.  If you desire to create a unique, long lasting, one of a kind knit piece that supports hand craft artisans – then hand spun wool yarn is the choice for you.

This was written by Helen Flagg and published on her behalf. The photos shown are of her work and not to be copied or reproduced in any form without her consent. To see more of her work or contact her please visit:

Helen Flagg's Shop on Etsy - SimpleKnitShop
Helen Flagg's Etsy Profile
SimpleKnit On Facebook

Treasured Shop of the Week #9

Congratulations to Taylor from hunnybunny823!!! Her shop has been chosen as the next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

This is the treasury that Taylor created last week for Cari A. from CCARIA that won the drawing for this week's Treasured Shop of the Week:





For game rules please see the Treasured Shop of the Week page (tab found at the top of this page), or visit the threads on the AP Team Forum for more information:
http://apteamonetsy.blogspot.com/p/treasured-shop-of-week.html

Saturday, March 17, 2012

AP Team Treasury Challenge #10 Finalists/Winners

Congratulations to our five finalists for the AP Team Treasury Challenge #10!!! There were so many fantastic entries this week!

As the poll was not cooperating and we were not able to get it up and going, we are announcing all five finalists as winners of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #10!! Congrats to you all!! Fantastic treasuries!



#1 by Sharon from lilaccottagecards



#2 by Lisa from JewelrybyJakemi



#3 by Renee from WintervilleWonders



#4 by Katrina Laflin from AnandaBijoux



#5 by Mary Clift from MarysVintageLoved

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Loye's Thread - Loye Redding


Loye's Thread is a fabulous shop on Etsy operated by Loye Redding where she offers her hand crocheted tops, cardigans, halters, scarves and accessories. Her grandmother started teaching Loye to crochet when she was just 8 years old and living on her family’s farm in Nebraska. Loye fondly recounts the long winter evenings her grandmother would sit in her rocker and crochet. Although she crocheted for many years, as her career in the financial industry took off, Loye no longer had time for her hooks and yarn.
After facing a mini stroke in 2004 and cancer in 2008 Loye was unable to continue with her career path so she once again picked up her crochet hooks. Within a year she created such an inventory she began selling her work at local craft fairs. By 2010 Loye was exclusively making women’s garments and began selling at a local farmers market. Her gorgeous creations were a huge success and she nearly sold out her entire inventory.
In February 2011 Loye started her Etsy shop. Her first orders were special requests, which was a thrill. As the local farmers market opened, Loye continued to sell her wares. Each week more and more people stop by to see her new creations. It wasn’t long before Loye had a real following! With the summer months depleting Loye’s inventory the autumn was spent restocking her Etsy shop with great success, especially around the holidays.
“After illness and forced retirement, selling my handmade items gives me a much needed sense of accomplishment and pride.” Living in a rather remote location in the mountains of Colorado, Loye has plenty of time in the winter to fill with crocheting. “I am moving more and more into original and one of a kind design work. My goal for 2012 is to grow my Etsy shop by increasing sales and custom fitting one of a kind original designs.”
These are a few of Loye's most recent custom creations listed in her shop on Etsy:


“After illness and forced retirement, selling myhandmade items gives me a much needed sense of accomplishment and pride.” Living in a rather remote location in the mountains of Colorado, Loye has plenty of time in the winter to fill with crocheting. “I am moving more and more into original and one of a kind design work. My goal for 2012 is to grow my Etsy shop by increasing sales and custom fitting one of a kind original designs.”


All photos shown are property of Loye Redding, they are not to be copied or duplicated in any form without prior consent from owner.

To see more of Loye's work or connect with her please visit:

Monday, March 12, 2012

How to Prepare Your Yarn: Tutorial - by Carolyn Jenkins

Before you start your project turn that skein of yarn into a ball. Sometimes you can't find both loose ends of the yarn when you are working from a skein until all of a sudden you pull out a tangled mess. Hopefully you'll be able to untangle it but if not you are going to end up cutting it out then you'll have to knot it together or start all over again. Sometimes the manufacture has pieced two pieces together with a knot or I've found different colors blended in some areas. If you just take that extra time and wind your skein into a ball you'll be able to see any imperfection before you begin.

When you have your ball of yarn you can use a sharp hole punch and make a hole in a closeable plastic baggie, run your yarn through the hole, close it up and your yarn will stay clean and limit the rolling around while working with it. It is also good idea to tape the label to the baggie so you'll have all the washing instructions, color and brand information right there. I wouldn't staple it because your yarn may get caught in the staple.


Step by step:

1. New skein of yarn.


2. Find the loose end and pull it out.

3.Wrap the loose end around your fingers.

4. Keep wrapping around until you have enough to take off your fingers and just wrap around the yarn itself to form a ball.

5. Skein turned into a ball.

6. Get a closeable baggie: 1 gallon size for this big ball and a sharp hole punch.


7. Punch a hole in the baggie. 

8. Tape the label to the baggie put the yarn in and pull the end through the hole then close baggie.

9. Now you are ready to begin your project.



This was written by Carolyn Jenkins and published on her behalf. All photos shown are owned by Carolyn Jenkins and not to be copied or reproduced without her consent.
To see some of Carolyn's work visit:

Treasured Shop of the Week #8

Congratulations to Cari A. from CCARIA!!! Her shop has been chosen as the next Treasured Shop of the Week!!

This is the treasury that Cari created last week for Bill from BillsWoodenPleasures that won the drawing for this week's Treasured Shop of the Week:





For game rules please see the Treasured Shop of the Week page (tab found at the top of this page), or visit the threads on the AP Team Forum for more information:
http://apteamonetsy.blogspot.com/p/treasured-shop-of-week.html

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Winner of AP Team Treasury Challenge #9

Congrats to orangejuniper from orangejuniper for being the winner of the AP Team Treasury Challenge #9 with this gorgeous treasury!!!!





After checking out this winning treasury, stop by orangejuniper for a look around this amazing shop!!