I’m not the only one

I was happy to log on to Old School Acres to find out that I’m not the only one who detests changing the thread in my sewing machine. (or who feels oogy when thinking of the long to-do list of projects.)

Laurie writes:

To match the long list of things to do is a long list of reasons I don’t want to start.  I hate rethreading my sewing machine for new colors of thread.  I’m never happy with the first version of anything.  I want to keep all my beautiful cotton prints in the cupboard so that I can admire them and not have to cut them.


Natural Parenting Fiber Artists

Knitting - 1/19

For a while, there has been an informal group of my friends who knit and they would get together every once in a while. I didn’t join them, as they met on a night I had to teach classes. Then, a few months ago, the group got much larger, took on a new name, and started meeting at a time I could go!

Natural Parenting Fiber Artists – largely a group of women who circulate in the same circles I do – Holistic Moms, Cloth Diapering, Babywearing, LLL, etc.

It’s super fun, gives us a chance to craft and talk birth, breasts, babies, husbands, and things completely unrelated. (As if we don’t all have plenty of opportunity to discuss said topics anyway…) Knitting Night is close up there to ICAN night in terms of Nights Away From My Family That I Really Look Forward To!

Caps for Mama to Mama

A while back, I posted about a new project in the crafty community, Mama to Mama. Last week, I made and sent off a handful of caps to send off for the Caps To Cap-Haitien project.

I ended up remembering that I had recently offloaded most of my unused and unwanted clothes, whether to other crafty friends or to Goodwill, so I only had three of my husband’s old undershirts to use for this project. Once I got the six caps made, I started thinking they looked a little…well…like old undershirts. So I dyed them red and blue.

Caps for Cap-Haiten, being dyed

and then one of the caps got lost during the dye rinse-out (found it under the dryer the day after I sent off the package) so I ended up with only five caps. But still, five is better than none, eh?

Hats for Mama to Mama



Several months ago, I had Crackpots, which was at that time local to Des Moines, make me a set of three little teacups. I love them! I asked them to make me teacups just the right size to fit in my hand, in natural colors, and this is what they came up with. I love them and have been enjoying drinking various herbal and rooibos teas out of them.