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Indie Design Gift-A-Long 2017

It’s that time of year again!  The Indie Design Gift-a-long starts on Tuesday!   I love this event!  Not just because I’m participating as a designer again, but also because of all the great designers and patterns *I* get to discover each year!  There are KAL/CALs for all different types of patterns, LOTS of chatter in the Ravelry groups as well as prizes.   Ravelry is a free site if you haven’t already signed up. The event officially starts on Tuesday November 21,  ...

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Freezer Paper Stencil Shirts

Just a few short days ago it was 70°F (21°C) here in Wisconsin, but that changed quickly! Now it’s cold, windy and often rainy. We’re lucky if it breaks above freezing temps.  Definitely gloomy as well – not much sunshine the last several days. My favorite way of dealing with the cold and gloom of late fall/early winter? Crafting of course! Little Chick had a whole bunch of plain t-shirts in her drawer, so on Saturday we pulled them out and Mom went to work creating  ...

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The disappearing act

I know. It’s been ages since anything new has appeared on A Simple Homestead. Right about the time I finished the camping series and released a new pattern. How nice of me to entice people to start following this site … and then disappear. Why? Well, the short version would be to say “life happened”. In reality it is a bit more complicated. Sure, my day time job became an insanity race this summer – and that meant that I had little brain power or energy left  ...

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Knitting obsession

  My mother recently sent me a link to this article: 20 Signs You’re Truly, Unequivocally OBSESSED with Knitting. Just how would you rate yourself on these? You’re thinking about devoting an entire room to yarn storage. Sigh. I almost had this at one point. Now I’m “down to” a closet … plus whatever is lying around the house. But a girl can still dream… You plan vacations around yarn. Let’s see, a couple of months ago I went on an all-day  ...

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