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Try Some Delicious Yarns – yummy and pretty!

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Try Some Delicious Yarns with Jessie At Home

Once upon a time, Jacqueline Pinson was a dyer at Stitch Café,a knit shop in CA with a studio/kitchen that held dyeing workshops and various other classes. Then in 2008, the shop was bought by Marcy Feldman who had vast knitting and crochet experience, and the perfect team was born! (more…)

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Plymouth Yarn: Anne – soft and bright!

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Plymouth Yarn Anne yarn review from Jessie At Home

This winter I visited Plymouth Yarn’s booth at TNNA and was lucky enough to go home with 2 skeins of one of their new yarns: Anne. When I was looking through the booth, Anne just really called to me. There was something about it that made me know it would be lovely in crochet. Plus, the variegated and solids pair up very nicely together.

Here are the Plymouth Yarn stats for Anne: (more…)

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Meet Mountain Meadow Wool – from the ranch to your stash!

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Meet Mountain Meadow Wool with Jessie At Home

Today I have the honor of introducing you to another of our fabulous Yarn and Wine 2016 sponsors! Mountain Meadow Wool Mill is owned by Karen Hostetler in Buffalo Wyoming. She found herself surrounded by the culture of ranching and sheep, yet she had a hard time finding local yarn and fiber. This concerned her so she decided to do something about it, and Mountain Meadow Wool was born!

…in 2007 Mountain Meadow Wool Mill opened its doors. We are a full service mill with a family of dedicated employees and friends. Our mission is to create a company that sustains ranching and we are working very hard toward that goal. We have always been wool lovers and the beautiful fiber grown in the Mountain West is the BEST!

The Mountain Meadow Wool yarn I have had the pleasure of working with is wonderful. It has a very natural look and feel to it. This is a great quality for the current fashion trends, such as the Boho movement. It also would be perfect for re-enactors. With that in mind, I was inspired to create a little belt bag for when I go to Medieval events. You can see it in the photo at the top of this post. The yarn was very nice to work with. One worry of yarns that have such a natural look is that they will be scratchy, but this yarn is not. It is clearly a high quality and well made yarn and it keeps the natural look while still being soft.

You can read more about Mountain Meadow Wool on their site, HERE.

They also have a wonderful Ravelry group that is worth visiting, you can find that HERE.

If you are looking for great quality yarn and fiber, made in America, and supporting ranchers, Mountain Meadow Wool is all that and more!

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Don’t Cry Over Spilled Wine

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Unicorn Fibre Power Scour stain remover review

If you remember, a while back I shared a review of Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse. Well, they have another product that I’ve been wanting to review for a while, and I finally have: Power Scour! Power Scour is an awesome stain remover/fibre renewer.

Here is what the Unicorn Fibre site says about Power Scour:

  Now Enhanced for HARD WATER use

  • Optimize cleaning at lower temperatures
  • Incredible STAIN REMOVER – even Red Wine!
  • Eliminates build–up of cleaning agents
  • Cost effective –– use significantly less to scour
  • Reduces mats and tangles
  • Eliminates ODORS – Non–yellowing –
  • Leaves fiber with a clean, fresh aroma
  • Biodegradable – Earth Friendly – no Fillers- no Bleach

Unicorn-Fibre-Power-Scour-set-up

So, the girls and I put it to the ultimate, “I spilled on my work in progress/new finished item” test. First I gathered some swatches and some staining agents. If you look at the photo above, from bottom to top we have: 100% wool (feltable) mercerized cotton on left/baby alpaca on right, 100% acrylic, and 100% cotton. Across the top from left to right is Tea, Coffee, Olive Oil, and wine.

Unicorn-Fibre-Power-Scour-stained

The girls took turns dunking everything into the staining agents. We let them sit for about 10 minutes.

Unicorn-Fibre-Power-Scour-rinsed

I squeezed all the stains in, then rinsed them all in cool water. By dunking and squeezing I made these stains much more severe then a normal stain. If you spill on something, immediately rinse it off with cool water without squeezing or brushing. Often times the spill is sitting on top of the fibers and will leave little to no stain if you don’t rub it in.

Next I squirted Power Scour on the stains, pinned each pile together, and tossed them in a bucket. I filled the bucket with the hottest water I was comfortable using with the feltable yarn. I left the items in the bucket until the water was cooled down enough that I could swish it around without burning myself. Then I left it until it cooled completely. I rinsed it all and repeated the process with a 5-10 hour soak 2 more times. By the last time I had deformed some of my swatches because of the pins, if I were to do this again I would tie colored yarn on each swatch to identify the stains so I wouldn’t have to deal with the pins. I also introduced a rust stain to the corner of the cotton/wine swatch from an old pin.

Unicorn-Fibre-Power-Scour-clean

Here are my final results. Notice I did NOT felt the wool. The coffee and tea are still slightly noticeable in the cotton, but one more cleaning with a little scrubbing would most likely deal with that. If I had paid more attention to them from the beginning I have a feeling it would have taken less applications. The rest of the stains are GONE. The wine was gone the first time, and the oil was gone the second. There was oil floating on the top of the water when I went to dump it, it was pretty nifty!

So, I would have to say this is an awesome product!! The next day I took some old yellowed lace I wanted to use for a project and soaked it in Power Scour overnight. I rinsed it out the next morning and it looked new!!! I’m so happy. This product is great for not just stains, but also for aging issues like I just mentioned, and items from a smoker’s home, and even water damage that is too extreme for Fibre Wash. Plus, everything comes out smelling clean and nice. I love Power Scour!

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Meet Bijou Basin Ranch – class up your stash!

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Meet Bijou Basin Ranch with Jessie At Home

Have you heard of Bijou Basin Ranch? They are a small family owned and operated yak ranch in the Colorado outback, and they use those yak to create awesome yarn!

Our primary goal is to produce and sell high-quality fibers and yarns made with premium yak fibers and other luxury fibers. We raise registered, full-blooded Tibetan yaks that have superior glossy coats which are harvested annually. We also supplement the fiber we harvest from our yaks by purchasing quality yak fiber from other yak ranchers across the country and abroad.

Once they have produced their yarn, many are hand-dyed with care by the color experts at Lorna’s Laces in Chicago, IL. They also team up with other dyers. They currently have some beautiful gradients that have been dyed by ModeKnit Yarn, you can see them HERE.

You can find Bijou Basin yarn and fibers at many local yarn shops, on their website, and there is even some on Amazon, HERE! As you can see in the image at the top of this post, I played with some of their yarn. I used the Himalayan Trail, 75% Yak Down/25% Super Fine Merino to make the bracelet in the photo. This yarn would be great for high quality needlepoint as well. I enjoyed working with it, it’s soft, and the plies hold together nicely – it’s not splitty. Bijou Basin is one of out generous sponsors for Yarn and Wine 2016, so I’ve had the pleasure of being able to touch several of their yarns. Let me tell you, they are all very soft and the colors are fabulous. This is certainly a yarn that will bring some serious class to your stash!

You can find Bijou Basin Ranch over social media at:

Oh! And speaking of the Bijou Basin Blog, they posted an interview with me last week, you can read it HERE.

So, hop on over to the Bijou Basin site and class up your stash, my friends. 🙂

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Crystal Palace Review & Round Up

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I may have an addiction to Crystal Palace Yarns. The colors are breathtaking and the quality of the yarn is always wonderful. Plus, they’re fun. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting a few of the ladies behind this yarn, and they are all kind and just a bundle of good times! High quality, beautiful yarn from great people? Yes, please!! Of course, the facts that I enjoy working with Crystal Palace yarn and that you always love the patterns I make with them are also pretty important to me. So, I’ve put together a round up of my patterns I have created with Crystal Palace yarn. There are some links at the end for purchasing the yarn as well. Enjoy!!

Crystal Palace is also one of our generous sponsors for Yarn and Wine 2016!

Crystal Palace Yarns review from Jessie At Home

Here are the names and links of each pattern. (more…)

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Knitter’s Pride – Hooks and Needles for all!

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Knitter's Pride product review from Jessie At Home

Knitter’s Pride has a wide selection of knitting needles and crochet hooks of all styles and sizes. If you need it, they have it, and they most likely have several options for it! Knitter’s Pride is one of our generous sponsors for Yarn and Wine 2016. One of their contributions is 30 sets of various knitting needles to use at the tasting tables. This means over the last few months I’ve been able to try out even more of their needles then I had in the past. (more…)

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