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Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Knitted Washcloth Edition

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For when you really want to give a handknit gift but you’re running out of time: Washcloths Or dishcloths, dishrags, call them what you may. They’re quick and easy and still handknit. Here are a few of my favorites from our site: Honeycomb Dishcloth Hugs and Kisses Dishcloth (my favorite!) Good Grief! Dishcloth: My homage […]

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Frugal Homemade Gift Guide: Stick Edition

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Every year I get more and more averse to buying cheap, imported stuff; stuff that breaks, gets tossed aside the moment the newness wears off and becomes little more than something I can’t wait to discard so I don’t have to keep picking it up so I can vacuum. Here are a few of the […]

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Harvesting Madder Root

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Back in, hm, let’s check the date stamp on the photos . . . the latter days of March, I decided to dig up the madder plants that had begun to sprout and harvest the root for dyeing. The madder is some I started from seed I bought from Fedco Seeds three years ago.  The […]

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How to Crochet: Fixing a Too-Loose Hold

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Whenever someone is continually struggling with crochet, at any point in the process, I generally find that they’ve lost tension in their grip, as seen above.  Once that happens, your fingers just aren’t long enough to save you.  I’ve been harping on the proper static left hand grip (I suppose there could be others, but […]

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How to Crochet: Working Into the Chain

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Apart from getting the chain started, the hardest part of crochet is working the first row of stitches into the blasted chain. Again, however, the left hand grip is very important. So let’s review. 1. Grab yarn with bottom two fingers. 2. Turn hand over and point that pointer, under and away from you. 3. […]

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