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In a Nuttyshell: I finally got smart!

Yes!  It dawned on me a couple of weeks ago that if I wanted to stay in contact with my friends here, I need to use the blog option, not try to keep up with the discussion threads.

I'm not going to whine, really I'm not, but here's the low down on the latest MIA.

1) Replaced 166' of drop pipe and pump in our well.  But only after 6-8 weeks of nursing it along until we had the $$ for that unexpected expense.  (12 children, 3 of whom are toddlers, and monitoring…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on August 19, 2013 at 8:06am — 15 Comments

A 'Nutty'shell: Singles, Plies and Setting

I'm having trouble getting any decent pictures to put into this post, so I've decided to just write the info, and then sometime later if I can get the pics to come out, I'll add them in.  (I think I can do that?!) 

Anyway, the idea here, was for me to put into one place all I know about singles, plies and setting as it pertains to singles.  If I 'dump' all I know, then I think it's easier for everyone to digest that info, collate it with what they know that isn't here, then we can…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on April 1, 2011 at 10:36am — 7 Comments

Busy Bees at our house!

And a couple of wonderful sights, as well.

This is the mountain we see to the northwest out our livingroom window every day.  Several views of it are in Cowgirl's album, but I thought this one was 'a little different' enough to share it with you.



This next photo was taken out…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on February 18, 2011 at 9:00pm — 47 Comments

A 'Nutty'shell: An Evenly Wound Bobbin

Some time ago some of us were talking about the advantages of having a Wooly Winder for a spinning wheel. The main ones being you don't have to handle the yarn and move it from hook to hook on your flyer, and you have an evenly wound bobbin. [This may have taken place on a discussion that has been deleted since I'm not finding it to link to it. =( ]

It would be great to have the advantages of this…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on December 13, 2010 at 7:30pm — 9 Comments

Cowgirl's Hanalei Mitts

I'll start by telling you a little about Cowgirl. She's my tomboy, my outspoken, full of zest, drives everybody crazy teenage daughter. This is the girl who, at age 7, was so determined and enthusiastic about spinning that she learned on a spindle, with Rambouillet that was beginning to felt. Within 3 years she had figured out that spinning wasn't for her, even though she does an excellent job of it, and has moved on to other things.


Added by Nutty4Knitting on November 13, 2010 at 8:51pm — 31 Comments

A 'Nutty'shell: Drink Mix Formulas for Dyeing

Many weeks ago, too many to count, I mentioned some dyeing experiments The Tribe and I had done with drink mixes for a wider variety of colors. Brights are nice, but sometimes we want other colors and I didn't want to use chemical dyes since the children are usually helpers in the process some where along the way. Kool-Aid and the generic counterparts are bad enough. =)

I posted some photos on the "Roving To Dye For" thread. I'm putting them up here also, along with the recipes and… Continue

Added by Nutty4Knitting on November 4, 2010 at 8:35pm — 32 Comments

A 'Nutty'shell: Woolen spun vs Worsted spun

KnitWhich? asked, in a comment she made on my last blog post, whether the difference between 'woolen spun' and 'worsted spun' was only in the way the fiber was prepared, or if there was a difference in the spinning process, also. You can read her exact words here. I started to answer that question in a comment of my own on the same blog… Continue

Added by Nutty4Knitting on October 2, 2010 at 1:18pm — 19 Comments

A very simple Crash Course on fiber preparations for the Newbie spinner.

I only realized today, as I was reading angelkahru's new discussion in the Spin Along that many of the friends in that group are VERY new to spinning. No one should ever think that their question is dumb. The only dumb question is the one you don't ask, because if you don't know the facts, and you want to know them, right now, then you have to ask. So...I decided… Continue

Added by Nutty4Knitting on September 27, 2010 at 3:51pm — 43 Comments

I Dyed!! and so did #6D =)

Well, Peggy (with the help of a few others like Susan and Christina) really turned the heat up under me with all those lovely rovings being dyed. Then I joined in on the Gallery of Sock Blanks discussion, and that was the end of me!! LOL

I had purchased this little knitting machine several years ago at a garage sale, thinking my children could be crafty with it. At the time too many of them were unable to really handle crochet hook or knitting…

Added by Nutty4Knitting on September 19, 2010 at 10:30am — 23 Comments

UPDATE: 30 Minute Program

I'm doing pretty well on this program so far. I did miss one day last week, but it is canning season here so I don't feel too bad about that. The girls do most of the canning work, but that is only because they don't have the clout with the little ones. That means I'm on duty keeping hands out of the raspberries (or whatever), making sure they are out of the way when the jars come out of the canner and especially keeping them from touching the jars and breaking the seals. Not to mention the… Continue

Added by Nutty4Knitting on September 6, 2010 at 9:33pm — 12 Comments

Evelyn's Fiber Blessing

Over in the discussion "What benefits has spinning (& the KP Community) brought to YOU?" Evelyn left a beautiful blessing at the end of her one of her comments. [Wanted to put a link here but I'm not sure it worked. :( ]

I replied that I wanted to frame it and put it on…

Added by Nutty4Knitting on August 29, 2010 at 2:31pm — 29 Comments

30 minute Program

I decided I'm going to write my program down in a clear, concise manner and include pictures. I figure this will help in at least two ways. 1) I will have a reference to go to so I'm not tempted to cheat, and 2) sharing with all of you will encourage me to stick with it. So, here goes...…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on August 29, 2010 at 1:00pm — 27 Comments

Going to be SOOOO much FUN!

I live WAY out of town. My LYS is 40 miles away. Since I don't drive, [I know, unheard of in this day and age, but true.] I don't have much contact with other fiber enthusiasts. I only joined the KP community a few days ago but I'm already having lots of fun, and looking forward to the connections.…


Added by Nutty4Knitting on August 23, 2010 at 11:13am — 23 Comments

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