Star Wars Quilt

So many Star Wars fans would love this! 🙂

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This is my Star Wars quilt because the young man it is going to is a Star Wars fan.  It is supposed to be for his February birthday.  He will get an early birthday present because I’m so excited with the finished product.  Okay, so there are no pictures of R2D2, Luke Skywalker or Chewbacca as part of the design.  Use your imagination and let us believe that this is the view from that galaxy far, far away.  Quilting by Colley Haynes, Newell, Alabama.

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Florence Christmas Blog Tour: On reflection

You should follow Needle and Ted because there are some beautiful patterns there. 🙂

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Chalkboard-Christmas Florence

11 extremely talented bloggers have shown over the last few days what magic you can create with the Florence blouse pattern. Why not have a go yourself, you still have time to purchase the pattern and save 20% on Florence and all other patterns at MadeIt Patterns until Sunday, midnight GMT.

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Custom hat

Check out YarnBOB’s Etsy shop. Some lovely things there. 🙂

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I have some amazing friends who are helping me get the word out about my Etsy shop. This is a custom hat I just finished for a friend of a friend, who happens to be a UO fan. This was a fun project because I got to experiment with how to combine a few patterns to make something from a picture that was sent to me. I am pretty happy with the result, and hopefully she will be too!

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How Is Wool Made Machine-Washable?

Really interesting because so many people would have wondered about the processes that make modern yarns easily washable. Thankyou for the information. 🙂

The Sweaty Knitter, Weaver and Devotee of Other Fiber Arts

Any wool (or protein fiber) is washable by hand and, often, in gentle cycles in cool water. Machine washable wool – wool that can be made into garments that can be tossed into a washing machine with no worry of shrinking – is readily available. Yet for years I have been reluctant to knit with machine washable wool; the wool always felt “different” to me, though I would be hard pressed to explain to someone exactly what “different” means. (Pic source)

In Fibre Facts (1981), Bette Hochberg sheds light on why machine washable wool has always felt “different” to me:

This wool is sometimes treated with chemicals to destroy the scales on its surface. This can decrease strength and durability, and impart a harsh texture to the wool. A less damaging method is to coat the wool with a resin which forms a thin plastic skin over each…

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