meet the Willettes

i first met my friends Linda and Stephen Willette about 5 years ago when we were booth neighbors at a fiber festival further upstate. they are the cutest and sweetest couple you’ve ever seen, and they make exquisitely hand-crafted wooden tools for fiber artists: crochet hooks, knitting needles, yarn bowls, looms, and a whole range [...]

Let's hook up some rag rugs!

you guys! it’s SUMMER! today is July 1st (you probably know that) and since June was pure busy-ness for me, i’m beyond excited that starting today things can finally slow down a bit.

so, what are we gonna do all summer? have you been hooking rugs like mad? why? well, surely you’ve seen my new Crochet [...]

i HEART dropcloth!

i  L O V E  that feeling of finishing a project. don’t you?*

i’ve been a fan of embroidery artist Rebecca Ringquist and her *dropcloth* samplers since the moment i first saw the original one at my very first Squam. and i have quite a collection of her hand-drawn printed samplers. which, for the most part, [...]

you've got time

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…or at least, that’s what i’m still telling myself! but then, i am chronically late, so you might not want to listen to me. i’m not making too many handmade gifts this year; it’s always a double crunch at this time of year since i do a series of holiday craft fairs in november/december, which [...]

we have a winner!

…and the winner of a whole month of unlimited Creativebug workshops is: Cari! selected by the RGN, and who said “I’ve been meaning to make a granny square doll blanket for my daughter.”

i loved reading the responses to what you’d make with granny squares. here are a few of my favorites:

“I’ve long fantasized about making [...]

YIPPEE! hook up some grannies with me!

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if you know me at all, or most especially if you follow me on Pinterest, you’re probably all too aware that i’m Gaga for Grannies. Whether they be bright, drab, fancy, basic, kitschy, elegant, chunky, or lacy, i love them all.

i’ve been crazy about these totems of crochet since i was a child and my [...]

we have a winner!

oh yes, i said i would pick a winner didn’t i? or rather, the RGN would. and it did, and the winner is… [drumroll] Martha H!!! (i’ll be emailing you in a minute Martha). congratulations! i loved hearing about all of your dream leggings.

the adorable photo above is from one of my Squam students, Karen, [...]

happy new year!

can you believe it? a whole new year!

i love january. it always feels so inspiring: the clean slate of a brand new year. september through december are madness for me, as they are for most handmakers, and the whole time i have to postpone everything i WANT to do until january. so, here we are, [...]

I made this! (a contest. with prizes.)

wowzers! do you like prizes? and making stuff? well then, you are in LUCK! i’m here to tell you about a doozy of a contest involving two of my favorite ways to use my free time: Creativebug and Pinterest (are you following my boards?). there are so many good prizes, generously donated by many of [...]

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