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International Women’s Day, A Brief History

Today, March 8th, is International Women’s Day. This is a day to celebrate women and their mark on history, business, and society. As a women who runs a small business I became really interested in the history of this particular holiday. Turns out its it’s over 100 years old! Here are some of the highlights of International Women’s Day’s illustrious history.  A Brief History Of International Women’s Day Earliest Women’s Day observance was called “National Women’s Day ” and was held February 28th 1909 in New York. This first Women’s Day was organized by  the Socialist Party of America at

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History & Trivia

Yarn, Fabric, and Fiber Trivia for National Trivia Day

I love learning random facts, but I especially love sharing what I have learned. What better day to share some of my random fiber knowledge with you than on National Trivia Day? So here is a list of fun facts and trivia about yarn, fabric, and fiber. Scholars believe that knitting was invented in the Middle East. This is bbased on the direction that knitters work their stitches in. English speakers read and write from left to right, but knitters work from right to left. Knitting is considered to have originated in the Arab world, and from there, spread with

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Free Crochet Pattern © – Cotton 10 Inch Dishcloth With Ribbed Edging

In the spirit of the holidays I thought I’d give my loyal customers and readers a gift to say thank you for your continued support.  I’ve (finally) written down my most requested pattern, it is for my 10 inch cotton dishcloth with a ribbed edge.  This pattern uses a single 2.5oz (120 yards) ball of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn. This is a worsted weight 4 ply 100% cotton yarn and is my favorite for dishcloths, scrubbies, soap saver bags, and pot holders. You could use any worsted weight cotton for this pattern.  You will also need two different sizes

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Health Benefits of Yarn
History & Trivia

The Many Health Benefits of Yarn

October 13th is National I Love Yarn Day, so it seemed only fitting to write a blog post about the health benefits of yarn. There are almost more benefits than I can list. And a surprising number of studies have been done about the effect of yarn crafting.  Here is the “short” list of benefits in no particular order; Relieves Depression      This is the most researched benefit of yarn crafting, a quick internet search can lead you to several studies. Crocheting or Knitting can release serotonin and dopamine, which act as natural anti-depressants. CNN recently reported about one such study

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Johnny Appleseed
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Johnny Appleseed, an American Folk Hero

You can always tell when fall has arrived at our house because of the plentiful apples in our dozen or so trees. These trees have been here since the house was built in the 70’s, this means the apples are large and perfect for snacking on. This time of year always reminds me of curling up in front of the television with my freshly picked apple and watching the Johnny Appleseed cartoon that Disney had as part of their folk hero collection. As an adult I was pleasently surprised to learn that Johnny Appleseed was real! Today is Johnny Appleseed

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