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All About That Llama!

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 Our aothor at a local llama fest 

Our aothor at a local llama fest 

Since Erin has put up a few videos about llama fiber I thought it would be cool to learn a little bit about this amazing fiber.  I first learned about what I think are amazing properties of wool reading the Clara Parkes book "The Knitter's Book of Wool".  I highly suggest reading it if you are into that sort of thing, it is readily available on amazon.  It's the hippie/nerd combination in  me that likes to know this type of information so I can kind of reflect a little about the animal while I spin some yarn or knit up a project with it.  Don't get any ideas in your head of me wearing a flower crown and spinning naked in a field of flowers or something.  I usually just pick up a bunch of fiber and admire it for what it is and then spin and continue on with my latest binge-worthy show on Netflix. I love sci-fi fantasy so you can picture me spinning to Game of Thrones!  (Ugh when will that last season be out already?)   Anyways here is a list of the super neat qualities of llama fiber!

It's hollow which means two things....its very warm and pound for pound it will outperform wool in the warmth category.  Basically it's lighter and warmer than wool.  It's kind of like the difference between worsted and woolen prep yarn.  Woolen is looser and has air pockets when spun and is therefore a little warmer because it can trap body heat. 

It has a lower natural scale and therefore has a low prickle factor for next to skin use.  Scales are also what will cause a fiber to felt and or shrink with washing and agitation because they hook together on themselves.  These scales are the reason why we now have the super wash wool products on the market today, to prevent the felting.  Super washing is a process where the wool is washed in either acid to remove the scales or in resin to coat it and mat it down.  This takes away the prickle factor of wool and also prevents it from shrinking.  As with anything it seems in life with the positive comes the negative.  The wool will not wick moisture as well as it should because the surface of the fiber has been altered and it looses durability.  With llama because if its low scale you don't have to process away the scales so it keeps its natural wicking properties and is highly durable. 

Llama fiber also does not have lanolin like wool does so it doesn't carry a natural odor or pick up environmental odors.  This means if you are careful with any garments or products you make out of llama yarn you also don't need to launder them as often.  When you do wash it, it can be done in low heat with mild detergent and it will readily air dry.  This makes it better for our environment using less water, cooler water, and no dryer.

The fiber is very resilient so it doesn't pill or mat.  That means its functionality is very high.  When garments or materials wear its usually because there is a coating or layering (like the super wash resin)  that wears away after a period of time.  With llama fiber there is no process and therefore there is no functional fatigue, or rather it takes a very very long time or rough treatment for it to wear out. 

Llama fiber also carries little to no static electricity. 

Please don't take this as me bashing wool products.  Wool is the first fiber I fell in love with after learning about all of its super cool qualities.  The nerd in me will always go out and learn as much as I can about whatever it is I'm doing at the moment.  This moment I just happen to be spinning llama.  I still love wool and always will.  I hope you all learned something new today and it encourages you all to go and find out about whatever fibers you happen to be using in your crafty lives. 

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Are you a Yarn person but not a tech person?

So I find that the fiber community is pretty evenly split between folks who love the internet and technology and those who are most likely using dial up.  I even ended up being the " web person" for my local spinners guild because no one else wanted to do it.  I feel that this is to be expected because if you enjoy passing your time with yarn and spinning wheels you may not be into all things technology.  As a result I've gotten a good many questions about the website ravelry

Ravelry is an online search engine and community for fiber artist. I personally have sort of mixed feelings on it.  It absolutely can't be beat for pattern searching and finding new designers.  I personally prefer Instagram or Facebook for socializing and sharing projects just because I find the sites more user friendly and updated.  Here are some videos I made to give sort of a run down on the site and how useful I find it for finding the perfect pattern to incorporate some handspun or art yarn.  Please comment if you have any questions and I'll be here to help.  

 

 

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Drop Spindle Tips I wish I had known...

Well here's a companion video for my popular video " knitting tips I wish I'd known"  

I'm self taught and pretty excellent at making mistakes and then figuring them out, I like to think that this gives me a super power to explain things to people who may be making the same weird mistakes.  

Also if you didn't know, CHY has a pretty popular Youtube channel go check us out and like and subscribe if you care too.  

If you'd like to get more advanced check out our online course.  

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Alpaca Shearing Day at Thistle Creek Alpacas!

Saturday May 19th I was fortunate enough to participate in the yearly alpaca shearing day at a local alpaca farm, Thistle Creek Alpacas.  I was nervous going in even with the years of horse experience I have under my belt because I had no idea what to expect.  I had never been around these fluffy animals before.  Can I just say if you like farm life and animals and you ever have the opportunity to go help out at an event like this I highly recommend it!  Once I got in the swing of things after a few rounds of an alpaca at my station I was in hog heaven! The owners of the farm, Jeanne and Grant Lang put the call out to their friends and family on the Thistle Creek Facebook page looking for volunteers.  Even if I wasn't a spinner I would have gone because have you seen how adorable alpacas are?  So Thistle Creek Alpacas is a 7 acre urban farm nestled in a little town outside of Buffalo NY called East Aurora.  That day we sheared 72 alpacas!  Well Joshua Klein the alpaca shearer did the shearing.  He was incredible to watch.  You could see the utmost care and respect he had for these animals and their safety and for our safety as well.  I used to groom dogs but obviously alpacas are a whole different ball game. I was just fascinated by the whole process.  He had 2 shearing stations set up about 6 feet apart.  While he was working on an alpaca at one station, volunteers were prepping another at the other station.  First step was to make sure your station was as clean as possible.  The didn't want any fiber left from the previous alpaca shorn at the station because of color and micron differences.  Then a fluffy alpaca was brought over.  Each of their legs had to be tied just above what I would think is equivalent to our ankle. These ties were attached to a pulley system that when pulled splayed the alpacas' legs out and brought the animal safely to the ground.  It looked like mid-evil torture but it is absolutely humane and for the alpaca's safety.  They have such thick coats that the shears have to have very long sharp teeth on them to cut through.  If an alpaca was able to struggle it would be very easy for it's skin to get caught in those teeth and get a horrible cut.  Once the alpaca was secure Josh and his assistant who was there to hold and maneuver the animal into the appropriate positions started.  The volunteers were there to move the fleece as it was coming off the alpaca and keep it in one piece.  This is called the first cut or the blanket.  It includes the back and sides of the alpaca.  This is the softest fiber and can be made in to yarn for items to be worn next to the skin.  The second cut is the neck and the legs.  It is a little coarser so it is generally used for felting projects. The rest that is cut after this is discarded.  Thistle Creek sends its fiber to a mill in Pennsylvania to be processed into yarn so the blanket is collected on a large sheet of brown paper, wrapped, and labelled with the alpaca's name.  The second cut is collected in a small garbage bag and also labelled.  Before it is sent off Jeanne skirts each fleece and removes any guard hairs which would be undesirable in yarns.  I told her that I would love to come and help with that process so I can learn how to skirt a fleece.  All in it was a wonderful day's work.  I really enjoyed seeing the whole process through.  Josh the shearer was just amazing.  He learned his trade from real deal Aussie sheep shearers in New Zealand.  He travels around the country doing his work following the shearing season through out the year. 

     You can check out Thistle Creek Alpacas on their Facebook page of the same name. 

 

White alpacas waiting for their haircut!
Brown alpacas watching us shear!

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Yarn Fest 2018 in Buffalo NY!

     Yarn Fest is yep you guessed it, a yarn and fiber sale hosted by the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo every year.  According to their Facebook event page it is a "Premiere event for those loving yarn and fiber related items."  That's pretty much me.  So I went this year for my first time.  It was an awesome display of mostly yarn and some fiber by talented indie dyers and spinners form New York State and Pennsylvania. The bulk of the event took place in one of the meeting rooms at the Hyatt Place Hotel in Amherst, NY.  But my favorite part of the event was just outside in the parking lot.  There was a yarn truck!  I just think that is the coolest thing.  Maybe I live a sheltered life over here to 1. get that excited over a traveling yarn truck and 2. not know that they existed.  The truck is owned by buffalo native Jenna of Knitbuffalo.  She's an extremely talented knitter, spinner, dyer, and all around sweet girl.  I took a few photos in the truck but it was a little tricky because there were so many people clamoring to get in and shop.  Check her out on her website .  It has all her events listed so if you're ever in the area you can go see her in person.  She told me a secret that I can't divulge about one of my very favorite knitwear designers coming to Rhinebeck this year and possibly doing a small local event with her just prior.  That will also be posted on her events page closer to the Rhinebeck Fiber Festival.  If you're interested in online shopping for her squishy goodies take a peek at the site !  I'm a huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan and she had a few colorways named with quotes from the show. I love finding a fiber friend who has the same geeky interests as me.

     Moving along inside there was a table set up for people interested in joining the Knitting Guild of Greater Buffalo.  I've been told they have something like 200 members which totally intimidates my introverted self so I did not check them out.  I should though because resources!  Then in the next room over was the main part of the event.  There were many vendors set up with such beautiful yarns and fiber.  I purchased a beautiful skein of a lusterous alpaca blend in a dark navy color from Golden Oak Farm.  The yarn base is called Astral and every single colorway they had it in was gorgeous.  I had a hard time picking just the one.  You can check them out at www.alpacasetc.net.  It came with a one skein pattern for a cowl that I can't wait to knit up.  I have to finish the mkal I'm currently working on though first.  And I also purchased a stunning skein of hand dyed roving from The Spinning Bunny.  Is roving in a skein?  The color is called Aurora Borealis and it is to die for.  I can't wait to spin it up into some chunky art yarn and weave something with it. Click here for the Spinning bunny etsy shop.  

 click picture to grab this great free pattern.  I would recommend any of the bulky weight or chunky weight yarn from our site.  

click picture to grab this great free pattern.  I would recommend any of the bulky weight or chunky weight yarn from our site.  

     There were just so many beautiful yarns and fibers there.  There was even one woman selling chicken items there...like chicken feathers in a mason jar with a chicken-y print fabric on the lid.  And she was selling pictures of her chickens as well.  My mom used to have a chicken theme in her kitchen when I was growing up and I almost bought a jar of feathers as a joke gift for her for Mother's Day...I decided to be a good daughter and get her a flamingo shaped bird house to hang in her garden instead.  

     All in all I think it was a very successful event. I love supporting the fiber community and small businesses.  I hope you all can go and enjoy fiber related events in your community and support people doing what they love!  Plus you never know what goodies you will find.  There are so many talented people out there in the fiber world that are hidden gems.  Go out and find them!

 

 

Outside the Knit Buffalo Yarn Truck!
So much fun yarn and fiber products packed into the truck.
I couldn't contain my excitement.

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Knox rocks, the Retropolitan craft fair, and The Maker City

Greetings Fellow Yarnies and Fiber Friends,

It's been a busy spring so far, We've been working hard on our new additions to our signature line featuring rustic solids and small farm fibers as well as getting ready for some great pop up shops at smart and Becker gallery and the Retropolitan  Craft fair.  The fair was today and we had a great turn out.  I was joined by one of our featured artist from Black berry patch homestead ( hint hint there will be more of her yarns that sold out in record time hitting our site soon) and we were busy spinning and talking to people all day.  This really was  a great event.  Here are some highlights and some of my favorite yarn and textile artist I got to hang out with there.  Enjoy

 click logo to see site. Smart and Becker Gallery and Makers Space

click logo to see site. Smart and Becker Gallery and Makers Space

 click that image for a link Embordoriy kits from Hopebrodory 

click that image for a link Embordoriy kits from Hopebrodory 

   My New Friend Miss Jenni B click the photo to check out her weavings on instagram and inquire about them...

  My New Friend Miss Jenni B click the photo to check out her weavings on instagram and inquire about them...

Knoxville is known as " the maker city" for it's thriving artisan comunity, I"m excited to anncounce that CHY has been accepted in the official directory.  Click the button below to check out our page and many others!

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Some DIY yarn and fiber dyeing tips from Chromatic Dyenamics!

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To go with the release of our new rustic dyeable collection I have picked the brain of my favorite indie dyer Christina Mossaad.  She is the owner and fiber artist at Chromatic Dyenamics and one of our featured fiber artist here at CHY.  

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Tips for dying yarn at home

  • soak the fiber well in water
  • add vinegar and water to a dye dedicated pan or pot
  • add dye directly to the water with the yarn in it or paint the fiber as desired
  • Heat until dye is exhausted ( this can be done in a baking dish in the oven low on 280 degrees or in warm water in a pan on the stove. When the dye seems to be staying in the yarn then it is exhausted and won't absorb anymore. 
  • allow to cool to room temperature and rinse gently in cool water.
  • Don't shock the yarn by going from cold to hot or hot to cold.  All temperature changes should be done slowly.
  • You can get creative with dyes, try using Rit brand fabric dyes or easter egg dye or food coloring. 

This video shows me dyeing merino roving but you could use the same technique with merino handspun yarn, just use one pan. 

You can also paint the yarn by soaking it in water and vinegar, squeeze out the extra water and lay it out on some plastic wrap.  You can then paint on the dye where you want it with foam brushes like these. 

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Distaffs, old and new

I have been spinning yarn happily not knowing what a distaff was for for a few years now and it wasn't until our local spinners guild had a great speaker, Kim Caulfeild who came and spoke on the subjuct that I understood what they were used for exactly.  I like many of you thought that the the distaff was a funny stick used to hold fiber and that is mentioned in the bible a few times.  Well it turns out it's much more useful that just being a funny stick.  According to Kim by wrapping the fiber supply around a distaff it keeps your arm in a more comfortable position while drop spindling for long periods of time.  After trying one I must say I agree.  I think when you are first learning to drop spin that having to hold two things is probably too complicated but if you really enjoy useing drop spindles that a distaff could be a fun addition to your collection.  Below are a few videos on topic and pictures of the nylon replicas I bought of some of Kim's fabulous ancient Roman collection.  After I made a youtube video showing these people started asking where they could buy a distaff and I was having a hard time finding some to send people too.  We are lucky enough that our friend Renee at Tailspin farms ( our angora rabbit yarn and fiber) also makes spinners tools and she's made some really fun wire and felted angora rabbit distaffs.  These modern distaffs are beautilful, fun and affordable so I will be officially be sending anyone looking to pick up one to try to her shop( check out her angora rabbit jewelry while you're there)

Feel free to comment with any qustions.  Happy Drop spinning.  

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Why Local matters

Well here on CHY Ya'll probably hear me ramble a lot about where our artist and farmers are.  I think that it's not only import to shop at your LYS ( local yarn shop) which it totally is but also to be mindful of the whole process.  Now I"m not saying that you should throw in the towel on anything that's not made at the farm down the road, there are many wonderful options form all around this big world of ours and that's half the fun, BUT wouldn't it be nice to go into a local shop ( or online cough cough) and be able to find something that wasn't in every other yarn shop.  Just recently I was in Denver on vacation with the husband and we spent a good while walking around with our gps thing to find this little yarn shop downtown. Now when we found it i peered in the window, It wasn't open and could tell that it just had the same ole same ole sitting next to some lack luster purses.  Needless to say I was much happier when we found "Fancy Tiger Crafts" later that day.  This shop was the total opposite and pretty close to exactly what I would have if I had a brick and mortar shop.  Lots of cool blends, wool that was gasp, not merino... etc.  Any way I digress I think that as a fiber friend, be you a knitter, crocheter , weaver, general yarn fondler you must already have an interest in the past and perhaps a more simple way of doing things.  I think we owe it to this age old craft that's been around since people crawled out of caves and started making rope out of leaves to perhaps pay a bit more and support the local farmer or artist.  I think this opens up so many different avenues for invention with your final projects anyway. This is why I will continue to try to find the best supplies and the best fiber artist to help with our yarns and fibers while trying to keep the prices at a reasonable mark. If we can't keep it appealing to a buyer and crafter than the whole deck of cards folds.  So I'll be adding clips as I get them to this blog on some of our farmers and suppliers as I find them  To kick it off heres a silly little compilation from "Crashing pines farm” Home of Barb Queen of the Alpacas, sheep and drop spindles.  My girls and I just love getting to go visit and this is where a good bit our our supplies come form right up the road in Lancing TN.  I have also included a video from Tailspin Farms where we get all our our fabulous Angora fiber and yarn from.  

If you are a fiber artist or farmer and would like to work together please contact me at erin@craftyhousewifeyarns.com

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Upcycle your plastic shop bags with the ultimate Plarn market bag

I absolutely hate the idea of things ending up in the landfill that don't need to so I just love this new project

All of those plastic store bags drive me nuts, thats one thing I love about trader joes is I find the paper bags with handles much more useful.  Recently one of my oldest friends and fellow crafty work form home moms came to visit for a long weekend.  We had a great time going to our local spinners guild meeting where Jamie quickly picked up drop spindling and we took the girls to visit a local fiber farm.  All weekend Jamie was knitting away on this fantastic market plarn bag as a gift for me.  The more I looked at it the more I was impressed with all of her well thought out details and designs.  I just knew as soon as I shared pictures of it and started using it around down that everyone would want one.  Since her bags are actually award winning in earth and eco fairs in the Orlando FL area she is familiar with people wanting their own.  Since they are fairly time consuming with making the yarn from bags and then knitting them we decided it was more practical to make a "mini course" to go with the pattern so people could make their own, teach a man to fish, or plarn you know...

The best news is this fun project uses a ton of those annoying bags, it also gives you a fun scavenger hunt aspect to your shopping so that you can find different colors to work into your yarns.... 

Jamie can be found on Ravelry as jamiemyselfandi , we're also on our facebook group handspun yarn love , please share all of your fun  eco projects with us. Once you know how to plarn we're sure you'll find many creative uses for it!

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Gin and Spin Vlog ( video blog, on YouTube)

Guess what! If you're on youtube and you like watching spinning and fiber videos you're in luck! After much encouragement from my husband and all of ya'll I've started doing a weekly live broadcast of spinning and fiber fun on Thursdays at 7:15 on my youtube channel.  It's called Gin and Spin and the idea is that I will be sneaking off from my family to have an adult beverage and play with some fiber.  The benefit of these being live is that I can talk and answer questions  about what I'm doing with whoever is on at the time.  Dont worry if you can't make it live you can always catch the videos later on my youtube channel where they will be saved. Reguardless of when you watch them please feel free to leave comments saying hello or asking spinning and yarn questions.  These have been pretty silly so far, since they are live and later at night I normally look like I've been chasing two little girls around and like I could stand a drink ha ha.  Being a work from home mom I have gotten pretty excited about doing these and talking to all of my fiber friends at a regular time.  Here are some of the early episodes.  Feel free to check them out and if you like them give them the ole thumbs up or subscribe to my channel and you'll get alerts when I go live, I think there's a little "bell" button on the top right hand corner of the main page of my channel and if you click that you'll get notified when I go on live.  I do shoot for 7:15 every week, but you can always catch the replay.  Thanks again for all of the love and support

- Erin , CHY

 

 

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A lovely review of my yarn from Angela of Little Monkey Designs and Mastering Crochet Courses!

Angela is a friend of mine from an online fiber arts makers group that we are both in and I've had the privilege of brain storming a few ideas with her and I hope to be collaborating with her more in 2018.  Her business Little Monkey Designs is well known for great patterns, kits and premade items and it's really a pleasure and honor to get featured and reviewed on her site! She also launched a course last year called mastering Crochet that I've heard wonderful things about from people who have taken it and I've seen them take off crocheting ( with some of my yarn of course) pretty much right away.  Here is the link to the review of my yarn on her blog , there's video and everything very fancy... Little Monkey Review

 Check out the beautiful cowl she made with one skein of my single ply worsted weight yarn!  Click the image for her free pattern

Check out the beautiful cowl she made with one skein of my single ply worsted weight yarn!  Click the image for her free pattern

If you're finding this pattern and it appears that we are in between collections and things are looking a bit picked over for the single ply worsted like in the pattern in our shop.... Please fill out this form below and I'll contact you about making you you're very own skein in the right size and yardage for this pattern but in the colors you would prefer for any occasion.  The form is just to ask questions you are not obligated to buy.  

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Charity Yarn and one of my favorite waste not want not recipes sautéed onion and goat cheese quiche

I've so enjoyed the charity yarns I'd done in the past for certain causes that I've decided I really want to incorporate them into every month.  The girls really love " helping me" with the business and I think it's good for them to see how you can use your talents to give back to people in need. For this reason we're going to have a new charity yarn every month and 100% of the proceeds will go to whatever the choses charity is.  It will probably alternate between second harvest and st. judes unless we have one some one has recommended to us either through church or friends.  If you have a need or a loved one with a need please contact me at erin@craftyhousewifeyarns.com and we'll work them in the rotation.  

This month we worked with our local church who was launching a love local campaign where you get a grocery bag and shopping list with easy to prepare food options for children who are in danger of food scarcity while school is out during the holidays.  I'm please to announce that we sold our charity yarn pretty much instantly( it was really fabulous I think hand dyed with silver sparkles) so today the girls and I went shopping and I explained to them what we were doing and where the money came from so they could feel apart of it.  

I know we are a fiber arts business but I like to think our brand stands for anything traditional and family related.  I hate wasting things especially food( I love food) so I wanted to share one of my favorite recipes for when you all of a sudden discover you have milk or eggs that are going out of date and need to be used.  This is an adaptive recipe of mine that is one of my favorites.  It's a satued sweet onion and goat cheese quiche.  It uses a good big of milk and eggs so its good for useing up leftovers and the only really special ingredient you need is goat cheese so it's pretty easy to whip up.  It also makes great leftovers so you can eat it for lunch dinner breakfast or late night snack.  This will hopefully free you up for some more crafting time.  I know from personal expirenace how hard it is to use what's in the house, chase kids and try to have any time to yourself.  

Enjoy and let me know what you think

Onion and goat cheese quiche

Ingredients

1 sweet large onion
1.5 to 2 cups parmesan cheese shredded ( the good kind)
4 to 5 oz goat cheese
4 eggs
1 3/4 cups whole milk
2 tablespoons butter
one pie crust ( I highly recommend the frozen ones at traders joes they are made with real butter and really are the best and have real ingredients )
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

How to:

Preheat the oven to 375 F
-unroll the pie curst into the pie pan
it’s ok if it falls apart and you have to press the cracks back together, it really doesn’t matter how the crust looks
-roughly chop up the onion throwing away the skins and the tough part in the middle.
- melt two tablespoons of butter in a skillet and cook the onions on medium high till they reduce in size and look sort of brown
- add onions to the pie crust and add parmesan cheese on top
-mix together the milk eggs and balsamic vinegar and stir together breaking up the eggs
-pour over the onions
- crumble the goat cheese over the top
-Salt and pepper

cook in the oven for roughly 40 min until it’s brown on top and the middle is only sort of jiggly. (it will firm up slightly as it cools)

will be good in the fridge for a couple days.

— Crafty Housewife Yarns
 
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Rustic winter , handicrafts, tips, and recipes.

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White chicken Chili

Ingredients

1 pound of chicken breast roughly diced
1 can white or sweet corn
2 cans great northern beans
1 little or big can of green chilis
1 packet taco seasoning
1 packet ranch seasoning
1 8 oz of cream cheese
1 squeeze of a lime
1/2 can of water

dice the chicken quickly and toss in the bottom of the crock pot. Add everything else except the cream cheese and the lime and stir.
cook on low 6 hr or high 4 hrs.
when 30 minutes from servicing add the cream cheese in chunks and stir . Squeeze the lime over top. serve with chips
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Taco soup chilli


ingredients

1 pound group beef browned and drained
1 packet of ranch seasoning
1 packet taco seasoning
1 can black beans
2 cans red kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 can corn ( if you want)
1/2 can of water

brown the meat and drain then add all of the ingredients to a crock pot and stir. cook on low for 6 hours or high for 4. Is great served with sour cream and cheese, chips or corn bread if you’re really feeling fancy.
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make your life easier holiday tips,

  • If you're like me and take tons of great pictures on your phone but are too lazy or don't want to deal with printing them out at the store( biggest pain ever) check out www.freeprints.com . You can get the app too and then you just easyly select the pictures you want ( even from facebook or instagram) and they print free.  The shipping I think is around $9 so even with that all the free prints are a great deal. I've been really happy with the quality.
  • Another great app if you're multi taking family life and business life is ( ITTT) it's stand for if this then that.  You can easily program lots of automation on your phone. like adding appointments to calendars, pinterest and instagram hack etc 
  • knitting or crochet to avoid putting your foot in your mouth in family gathering situations ha ha

 

If you need some pattern ideas here are some of my favorite designers shops on ravelry

 Little monkey designs for crochet gifts and accessories  

Knitalogy for really great knit beanies and shawls

Caitlin ffrench kinda goth kinda woodsy very cool

Cassondra Rizzardi some of the most imaginative and fun patterns I've seen. 

Alicia Plummer and Melissa Schaschwary help me live out my fantasy of living a rustic north eastern life style. I've made many projects from these two.  

Troubleshooting for a clicking Bobbin.

 I have noticed that one of my Bobbins for my spinolution King bee made a bit of a rattling noise.  I decided to play around with some household tools and see if I could get a better connection with the magnet. It's definitely much better especially if I keep my spinning even in my treadling smooth.  Not a 100% fix but I'm definitely happier with the results   

 

 If anyone else out there has any tips or tricks I would love to know what they are  

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Spinolution spinning wheel review videos

 

As a dealer for spinolution I love these wheels. Here's a collection of review and demo videos I've made all found in once place. I will add to them as I make  them.  

If you have any questions or have a video topic you'd like to see please message me.  

erin@craftyhousewifeyarns.com

 

 

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Spinning with new Spinning fibers! BFL and Angora rabbit

One of the reasons it's fun to be me is sometimes people like to send me samples of they're fibers if they are in the fiber industry.  Recently I lucked out and received two wonderful care packages one from Barnyard Blue farms and one from Tailspin farms.  I am incredibly greatful to both of these small farms for thinking enough of me and my business to send some samples my way.  

I'd spun blue faced Leicester  ( BFL) before and already knew I loved it but hadn't gotten to play with it in a while.  With it's long fiber length and great texture it just screams to be made into very fine yarn.  I made myself a wonderful thin two ply and started making some "outlander" inspired fingerless gloves.  I got so inspired by this new fiber and the options it opens up I've planned a mini collection for this winter called rustic winter that will feature the muted colors of Andrew Wyeth paintings ( one of my favs) This mini collection will also have angora rabbit  blends from Tail spin yarn and a new pattern kit as well.  I'd never spun Angora rabbit by it's self and I must admit I'm hooked.  I just love the lovely drape and natural color.  

Here are the two review and spinning videos I made of both small businesses.  Please check them out and sign up for my coupon email list to get coupons and early shopping for the rustic winter collection.