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Rumple Recap

When I set out to challenge myself to not buy any new fabric for a few pennies shy of a full year, it seemed BOLD and DRASTIC and DELICIOUSLY RESTRAINING and possibly IMPOSSIBLE.  A year seems such an unimaginably-large chunk of time, too big to wrap my arms (and hence my brain) around.  But, oh, if I could do it,
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Sewing my way out of this mess

My studio is in a state of emergency.  Fibers are everywhere – the woven kind one uses for sewing, the fluffy kind one uses for spinning and knitting.  Patterns are everywhere – the kind that comes nicely contained in an envelope and the kind that manifests on scraps of paper in the midst of a creating binge.  Thread ends and
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The Rumple Report: Prodigal Edition

Well, now!  Remember that little challenge I issued at the start of the year?  I do, vaguely.  Seems I’ve be a bit remiss in keeping my own participation up-to-date.  Sewing, knitting, and other such stash-bushing activities seem to be furthest from my mind while wrenching newborn lambs from their uterine enclosures or wresting jungle-gauge weeds from the garden beds.  (insert
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Sewing like a Banshee

Three down, one to go.  It’s the largest one yet, but I’m now something of a genius with setting in collars and sleeves.  Well, I’m at least quite competent at it.  There is no scheduled childcare to facilitate the sewing process today; I fear this will be a day heavy with video-watching.  But it’s nap time now for the bearer
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Reason #247 Why We Shall Not Have More Children

Because then there would be absolutely NO WAY IN HELL I’d finish sewing each of us a new garment by this weekend’s annual Sugar Maple Music Fest.  As it stands, the idea of finishing four sewn-from-scratch garments that are currently (on Wednesday) only 60% cut out is some kind of crazy crack-smokin’ talk.  Yet I persist. It’s sounded like a
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How to make a skirt

Errol demonstrates the best way to cut out a skirt. First: Then: So easy even a two-year-old can do it. Side note:  perhaps this flutter of sewing activity means a Rumpelstiltskin Challenge report on Friday.  I’ve not forgotten about it – have you?  

The Rumple Report: May Theme

It’s May now, isn’t it?  For those of you joining me in the Rumpelstiltskin Challenge, it’s time for a new theme.  As always, use it as much or little as you like.  Let it be a jumping-off point if you need a creative push or a Hell No! if you’re already swimming along nicely. May’s Theme:  Making for Kids Next
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The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge Report, Week Something-or-Other

I’m not sure of the scope of this week’s bone-chilling, morale-depleting, much-better-suited-to-March mid-week snow.  Was it just Wisconsin that was pummeled with the bizarre mix of snow, hail, thunderstorms, and cruel ice pellets?  Or was it a regional attack?  Whatever the case, I’d like anyone out there who found themselves similarly scowling at the white blight to accept my sincere
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It’s Friday AND it’s GREEN.

Mostly green, that is, with some polka dots thrown in for good measure. Welcome to the “Yes-I-Actually-Am-Still-Abiding-By-The-Rules-Of-That-Challenge-I-Created-Even-If-I-Can’t-Be-Counted-Upon-To-Report-On-It-All-Faithfully” edition of The Rumpelstiltskin Challenge Report.  April’s challenge theme, as I mentioned earlier, is Green, and not by coincidence either.  For months and months I’ve been working diligently and not so diligently on putting together a pattern for the basket I’ve repeatedly crocheted
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Rumpelstiltskin Challenge Giveaway Winner

Our friend Random Number Generator has spoken and chosen this as the winning entry for the fabulous Rumpelstiltskin Challenge photo pool giveaway. Whoo-hoo Beeper Bebe! Head over to Holly’s blog (click on the photo to be whisked directly there) and check out these fantastic candy-ass poser bunnies.  Seriously hilarious.  Holly: shoot me an email (found on the sidebar) with your
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