Reveling in Ravelry

Attention all craft addicts! If you work with yarn or fiber arts in any way, shape, or form, and haven’t tried out Ravelry, you really need to high tail you caboose over there and check it out! I have been knitting and crocheting since I was 10, and have been online for years, but had never come across anything quite like Ravelry. This amazing, FREE site, is a treasure house of patterns, ideas, and information for knitters, crocheters, spinners, weavers, and dyers.

It’s a combination of an online community, a pattern library and a tool box to help you organize your patterns, projects, and ideas. It’s like someone put the best of Facebook, Etsy, Amazon, Ebay and your favorite craft forums into a blender and mixed them all together, then tailored them just for yarn addicts! It’s like heaven…I can get sucked in for hours.

A look at the tools available when you sign up as a user

The Ravelry “notebook” is very user-friendly and makes it easy to organize your projects, supplies, and even handspun and hand dyed items. You can send messages, join local and online groups, and search for just about anything and everything.

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R.I.P. Speedy

Speedy Rooster (2012-2015)

Speedy the Rooster (2013-2015)

We are sad to announce the passing of our dear little friend Speedy the Rooster, who has gone on to The Great Chicken Coop in the Sky.

Speedy was a colorful, nervous little bird, full of quirky noises and jerky movements that kept us smiling and stole our hearts.

Like most of the men in my life, he was a total surprise. We had ordered a collection of hens, plus a couple of roosters from Murray McMurray Hatchery next door in Iowa. We’d ordered mainly Australorpes and Barred Rocks- big, hearty birds that can withstand the crazy Midwest weather. As with most mail orders chicks, you have to have a minimum to send them during certain times of the year so they stay warm on their journey through the postal system. Speedy was one of those “bonus chicks” they stick in for good measure. And what a bonus he was!

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Bless This Little Mess

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My little rainbow!

Please excuse the site while I hammer out a new logo and design. I’m trying out different themes as well. 12 years is a long time to be offline, and as you can see, I have some little distractions. I needed to put up a more interesting picture for the front page than the Straight Talk logo. It was annoying me. Smiley barefoot babies, green meadows and rainbows are always better! (Hmm, probably need to photoshop out that telephone pole though…)

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