Indie Socks by Chrissy Gardiner

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I really love making socks.  I am usually hooked on the top to bottom ones for some reason.  When I really need to relax, I tell Rick my husband that I need to do some therapeutic knitting.  That  usually amounts to a simple top down pair of socks with a 1x1, or 2x2 … [Read more...]

Adventures in Stonesetting

Rhyolite cabochon pendant

When winter stonesetting class ended at Lill Street Art Center, I was glad to get in some studio time where I was able to finish off some projects.  I made two pendants on handmade sterling chains among others.  The process for my cabochon setting is as follows:  Pick out … [Read more...]

The Gems of Nature, Wheeling, IL

Druzy Stone Setting

I have no idea how I missed it.  A rock shop practically in my neighborhood!  For jewelry lovers there are wonderful handmade selections.  For jewelers, there are cabs and cut stones, and for those into healing crystals, teas, and aromatherapy,this shop has that too. … [Read more...]

Three Bags Full, Northbrook,IL

Three Bags Full

What do you do when you have a Snow Day?  You go to a LYS of course!  Early in the week I went to Three Bags Full and found out that Friday evening there was going to be a trunk show for the book Shawls, Wraps and Scarves by Classic Elite Yarns.  Naturally I had to go … [Read more...]

WJIF at Anderson Center

View from Anderson Center, Kenosha, Wi

Rick, my husband and I took a drive yesterday up to the Anderson Center in Kenosha Wisconsin to see the the Woman's Journey's exhibit which included Blooming Botanicals: A Fiber Artist's Garden, Purse-n-alities, Robes: Reveal/Conceal, and Footwear: Women's Stories.  The … [Read more...]