Wednesday, August 13, 2014

How to - Wind a Hank Into a Ball Without a Ball Winder or a Swift

Don't you just love all the lovely hanks you can find all over the internet! I love that so many moms have found ways to work from home and the yummy yarn that they spin and dye just makes me drool!!!!! BUT if you don't have a swift and a ball winder to wind the hanks into cakes then you can have a serious mess on your hands! Knotted, tangled yarn messes are avoided at all costs around this house! GAH!!! They take forever to fix!

I have a yarn ball winder and my 4 yr old makes a pretty good swift but sometimes the situation isn't perfect to wind up an entire hank. We were outside the other day, I was crocheting, my girls were playing and I ran out of yarn. I needed to wind up the next hank but no one was really in a "sit still and help mom" mood and honestly I was comfortable enough that I didn't want to get up and walk in the house and wind up the hank anyway, but I DID want to keep crocheting - dilema!

I decided to try something. When my 4 yr old acts as my swift all she really has to do is hold her hands apart. I figured I could probably get my knees far enough apart. And it isn't a requirement to use a ball winder, you can wind balls by hand. I've done it for years and I'm sure you have too! Here are some pictures to walk you through step by step how I went from hank to ball in about 10 minutes!

The hank I am using is from Expression Fiber Arts. She makes GORGEOUS yarn!!!

 First we start with the hank.

You will need to unwrap it and it will become one big circle. Drape that over your legs and pull your knees apart so that the yarn is tight. Cut off any scrap yarn that has been used to secure the ends of the hank. 

 Take one end and wrap it around two fingers a few times.

 Slide the yarn off your fingers, pinch it flat and begin wrapping the yarn around it. Keep going and it will grow and grow into what will become your ball.
 Then your ball will begin to grow and grow! Make sure you keep the yarn tight around your knees and don't let it slide off more then one strand of yarn at a time.

 Pretty soon you'll be here! A big beautiful ball of yarn that you can crochet or knit from with ease and no mess! Yay!!!!!!

Now you don't have to worry about buying and storing all that extra equipment! You've got everything you need with you wherever you go!

Be Happy!!

(In the pictures I am wearing the June Hostess Exclusive and Diamond Dust Jamberry Wraps. My Jamberry website is linked up at the top of this webpage under my banner logo.)
If you liked this tip there is a great one about using stitch markers HERE!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Saturday in Style - Curtains

What do you have crocheted decorations do you have in your house? I LOVE crocheted curtains!!! Love, love, love, love, LOVE them!!!! I love the vintage look, the "I did this myself for my house" look, all of it, it's amazing! Are you ready to be inspired? Let's go!
Free and paid patterns are included.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Salted Caramel Delight Shake

It has been soooooo hot here lately! We definitely need a cool down treat! How about you?
A couple months back I had a friend mention on fb that she had just made a salted caramel shake for dessert. Needless to say - and she had my attention!! Ingredients? Time? Delicious-ness rating from 1 to sugar coma? Mmmmm I had to try it! She listed all the ingredients but couldn't remember exactly how much of what she used because she would add a little more of something till it was just right.

Well I played around with it a little bit until I found the perfect concoction for us - The Salted Caramel Delight Shake. I really hope you like it too! It's basically only the best dessert you will ever have. True story!

This is seriously one of my absolute favorite treats. It is so quick to make and perfect for a cool down on a warm summer evening. Just the right amount of sweet and salty this Salted Caramel Delight Shake recipe will hit the spot!

Here you go!

Salted Caramel Delight Shake

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Saturday in Style - Spa Day

We have A LOT going on in July! Just always is a crazy month for us for some reason. When we get that busy I always need just one day to sit and relax and do nothing! Just in case you need a pampering day to rejuvenate you for the rest of your summer, here are a bunch of patterns you can use.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

My New Craft Room - Part 3

It's DONE!!!!! There was only a tiny little bit that didn't fit and that's just because I have too much blue, black and pink. ;) I want to make everything now! Every pattern I have ever seen or dreamed of making! All the things! I must knit/crochet ALL THE THINGS!!!!!

Just a break down for you so that you can see better how I did this, the top left is all my cotton/cotton blends by color and next to it is all my cotton/cotton blends that is either variegated or ombre. Just below those two shelves are all of my wool and wool blends in exactly the same fashion. The top right shelf and the three shelves below it are all my acrylic variegated or ombre skeins. All the other shelves, starting with the one that is second down on the left, are all my acrylics skeins sorted by color.

I LOVE  how it all came together. The clear plastic drawer to the left  of the yarn shelves is what wouldn't fit. The stuff below is all gift giving stuff, bags, tissue paper, cards, that sort of stuff. In the desks drawers to the right is *most* of my material and notions, ribbon, thread etc. All my crochet, knitting and sewing books are stacked on the shelves there. It looks sooooo pretty in this room! I want to just sit in it and stare at it's lovely organization all day long! 

What does your yarn storage look like? I think we'll have some kind of contest here in the next little bit where you can share your pics. What do you think?

We'll chat again soon.

Be happy!