Friday, February 27, 2015

Stash Pics!

My knitting/crochet group is doing this on facebook so I thought I would do it here too! Let's post pics of our stash! Leave a comment if you post a pic to your blog. I'll come visit! I do close those doors but I am being open with you! Oh yeah, you are looking at a jumble of yarn, fiber, tools and dyes!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Lavender to the Rescue!

I have decided to become a distributor for Young Living. These oils are helping my family in big and little ways. Today one of my little ones made the toilet overflow. So, needless to say, I did a lot of cleaning. Part of that cleaning was done with bleach. A little while after I was done, two of my fingers began to hurt. I realized that I had a small chemical burn. I put lavender on it and it was better immediately. Lavender came to the rescue for us the other day as well. The toy box lid slammed down on my two year olds finger so hard, that it cut it. I put lavender on and it never bruised. Also, the cut healed quickly with no problems. I love this stuff!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015


  I should have been blogging about this. I will start out with, if you have the money, do it. If you haven't heard of it, it is called Knitcrate. Some wonderful people put together a wonderful package of knitting or crocheting goodness and you receive it once a month or bi monthly. They have lots of different packages to choose from. You can even order it just once to see if you like it. I ordered the three month deal with Christmas money. A tradition I just started and that I intend to keep.   Now for my February Knitcrate! First the yarn!!!!!!!!!!! It is 600 yes, 600 yds of 100% alpaca! The yarn is by Kate Wright Designs. Each yarn I have received is so luxurious and generous, not skimpy. Oh, and the yarn is usually worth more than you pay for the whole package. And, as if that wasn't fun enough, you get a free pattern, coupons for other patterns and from the people who provided goodies for your package. Yes, that is right goodies. I also received a french curve closure for my knit wear by Jul Designs. It is beautiful and fashionable. It's modern. I also received a tin of Bag Balm hand cream. I have received teas and chocolate before too. It is always a fun surprise!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Testing the Kiwi 2

This week I rented an Ashford Kiwi 2 from my friend Nikol who runs the Harveyville Yarn School. I love this wheel and it is the first double treadle that I have worked with. It's a very nice wheel and it is very relaxing spinning my batts on it. I have never used a spring/sliding (I forgot the technical name) flyer before. In case you get this wheel, squeeze the spring and it will move smoothly along the arms of the flyer. Don't do like I did and have a, this is a terrible design, why doesn't this move, I will never by this wheel, not too smart moment. My son walked over in the middle of my frustration squeezed the spring and moved it along the flyer with ease for me. At least I learned that this wheel did function properly and it is now lovely to spin on.

Something I appreciate about Nikol is that I can test things out before buying. I highly recommend testing first if it is at all possible. Wheels are a personal preference. Every wheel will suit each person differently. I am thinking of giving the Louet S 17 a spin too. But, I have to say that I am loving the double treadle on the Kiwi. It is a very smooth wheel.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

My Oils!

So, I have been interested in essential oils for a long time. I have used them a bit in the past. I actually use lavender when I wash fleece to kill bacteria or other ickies. We have also used it when we milk. We put it on our goats udders after milking so no bacteria gets in. But, I wanted to use them on us!

 I began hearing good things about them from some old friends of ours. They were using Young Living. Then some of our new friends were talking about them. I have been treating our family with herbs for 15 years. People assumed I knew a lot about essential oils and began asking questions. I didn't know much but at this point I wanted to.

 The next thing I knew, a good family friend posted about her new oil kit on facebook. So, I sent her a message and she put me in contact with her daughter-in-law, who was a distributor. I purchased a kit and that is one of the best things I have ever done. I am going to paste a facebook message I recently wrote below.

BEST STUFF EVER!!!!! I had a small spot of poison ivy on my arm. I put one drop of peppermint and one drop of frankincense on the area before bed and it is gone this morning. And then my personal big test came this morning. Sometimes I get debilitating headaches that run through my sinus area. I know the cause and I have been using herbal treatments since Dec. Now, I only get two a month. But when they happen, that is it for the day. Nothing helps. Well, today I woke up with one setting in. I read that a drop of peppermint in a glass of water is a good start to your day so I did that and to my surprise it cut the pain in half almost instantly. So, I ran to my computer and looked up how to use it for headaches. I rubbed it around my sinus area with my fingers and the pain is gone! That has NEVER happened before and I have been dealing with these for seven years now. Also, the lavender I posted about yesterday has cleaned up Allison's diaper rash!!!!!!!!!!

I use a lot of natural things in our care but these are really amazing. They are pure and not synthetic and they contain no fillers. It is just a high concentration of all of the good stuff from plants (layman's terms). They work quicker than anything else I have ever seen. My little kiddos were getting over a cold but had a lingering cough. I rubbed Thieves with a little coconut oil on the bottoms of their feet and it is completely gone! Now I get what the big deal is ;)

Monday, February 9, 2015


I know it has been a while. Going to pick this back up and post about my fibery stuff along with other things going on. I think I will spend tonight thinking of ways to revamp the blog. Let's see what I come up with ;)