Monday, September 28, 2009

Behind the Scenes at UYC ...

Some of you may not be familiar with the process of spinning yarn or weaving on a triangle loom. Today I have decided to show you some pictures of this process. Most of these were taken at our brick & mortar shop. Cory is spinning and I am finishing off one of our triangle shawls. We have a crocheted shawl in our shop made from the yarn Cory is spinning in the first pictures. We also have several woven triangle shawls in our shop. Come in and take a look!

Cory spinning in our store window!

She's wearing her Renaissance outfit - she loves it!

Cory spinning in front of our triangle loom.

Binding off a triangle shawl and adding the fringe.

One last picture of Cory and her first spinning wheel - she now has four wheels.

Who can find a virtuous woman? For her price is far above rubies.

Proverbs 31:10

She seeketh wool, and flax, and worketh willingly with her hands.

Proverbs 31:13

She layeth her hands to the spindle and her hands hold the distaff.

Proverbs 31:19

We thank the Lord everyday for His free gift of salvation and praise Him for His goodness!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Looking Back at the Days of Summer

My Family at Play!

Only two more days of summer! As always, here in New England, summer disappears too fast. I was looking through some of the pictures we took this summer in New Hampshire and decided to share them with you so you can see the faces behind our Etsy shop. Here are some pictures of my daughter and granddaughters. My husband, son-in-law, and son avoided the camera. Of course, I was behind the camera and not in any pictures. This is what we do when we are not spinning yarn, crocheting, or working on our shop!

Font sizeStory Land in Glen, NH

The Mail Boat on Lake Winnipesaukee




Fun at Lake Winnisquam





We are thankful for the blessings that we have each and every day. Each day is a gift from the Lord and we look forward to what He has planned for us!

Psalm 127:3 (King James Version)
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Redeeming the Time

We have enjoyed several weeks of vacation and are getting ready for the change of season. I took this picture last weekend on the Kancamangus Highway in New Hampshire. The foliage was just starting to change and should be near peak this weekend.

I love this time of the year. Crisp, sunny days and cool nights. We were able to walk along a crystal clear stream and over a covered bridge in our quest to spot a moose.

In our Etsy shop we are busy making and listing new products. As the weather changes, we all need warm and snuggly clothes. Cory is busy spinning yarn and preparing fiber. She has several beautiful spinning wheels. We will feature them here on our blog in the near future.

Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time. Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

Colossians 4:5,6

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Greyhounds for Charity

This is our latest project. We are selling these greyt liitle crocheted dogs in our Etsy shop. A portion of the proceeds is being donated to our local Greyhound rescue group - We Adopt Greyhounds (WAG) in Glastonbury, CT. We can make one of these just for you in the color of your choice.
Need a sweater to keep your little Greyhound warm?
Choose your color! Coming soon - lifesize crocheted Greyhounds and crocheted martingale collars for the crocheted dogs.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Crocheted Sleeveless Sweater Vest

This sweater is an easy project for beginners and more advanced crocheters will also enjoy making this sweater.

You will need:
light worsted weight yarn (I used Simply Soft Shadows) aprrox. 20 ounces depending on size
Size I hook

This sweater can be made in any size. You will need two measurments:
A. Measure from your waist in back over your shoulder to your waist in front.
B. Measure the fullest part of your bust and add 3 inches. Divide this measurement by 4.(example: bust measures 33 inches + 3 inches divided by 4 = 9 inches.

The sweater is made in two rectangles.

Step 1: (Make 2)

Chain a long enough chain to go from waist over the shoulder to waist. Turn.
Row 1: Double crochet (dc) in 4th chain from hook and in each chain across. Chain 3 and turn. (Chain 3 counts as first dc.
Row 2: Double crochet in each stitch across row.
Continue row 2 until piece equals measurement B. (example = 9 inches)

Step 2:
Fold rectangles in half. Stitch center front and back seams. Sew front seam about 10 inches from waist and back seam about 11 inches from waist. This can be adjusted if you want the neckline higher or lower. Sew the side seams, leaving an armhole of about 7 inches on both front and back. Again, this can easily be adjusted.

Step 3:

Neck edging
Attach yarn at any point on neck opening.
Row 1: Single crochet (sc) around. Join to first single crochet.
Rows 2-3: Single crochet around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 4:

Sleeve edging
Attach yarn at underarm seam.
Row 1: SC around and join to first sc.
Row 2-3: SC around. At the end of row 3 join with slip stitch to beginning sc and fasten off.

Step 5:

Waist edging
Attach yarn at side seam.
Row 1: SC around spacing stitches evenly.
Rows 2-5: SC in each stitch. At the end of row 5 join to beginning sc and fasten off.
Weave in ends and you are ready to wear this great casual sweater!

A Visit to the Farm

While in New Hampshire over the Memorial Day weekend, we visited Heritage Farm. This is located near Laconia. They have a pancake house open several days a week, a petting zoo, hayrides, maple sugar products, and more. This is a great place for families. Cory met several ladies who also spin yarn or crochet and we all plan to get together while we are spending time in New Hampshire this summer. If your summer plans include a trip to the lakes region in NH, check out the Heritage Farm at

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Grand Cayman

We love the island of Grand Cayman and visit as often as we can. In August , 2009, we were evacuated from the island due to the approach of Hurricane Gustav. We were impressed with the preparations of our timeshare resort, but it was a bit disconcerting to return from a beautiful trip to Stingray City to find windows boarded up and the beach empty.

We have visited twice since August and each time gets better!


Our family enjoyed swimmimng with the manatees in Crystal River, FL. The manatees love to clean their teeth on the ropes around the boat. We were surrounded by mature and baby manatees - some very playful. There are very strict rules designed to protect the manatees from abuse. These gentle creatures are fascinating to watch and they often want to interact with humans. Our granddaughter (4 at the time) showed no fear and loved watching them playing around the boat.