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Ice on the Water

The hubster and I headed westward toward Lake Michigan to check out the ice flows. This being our first winter here, I was excited to see the lake frozen. This slideshow requires...

Nautical Shower

A couple of weekends ago we hosted a baby shower for my cousin. I haven’t done this in ages. Thankfully we have Pinterest. (What I wouldn’t give to have had Pinterest for my wedding.) My cousin decided on gender-neutral (cause they decided to be surprised...

January in Photos

This month has brought a lot of snow. A lot of snow. We have had more snow days than school days. The number of family birthday parties has rivaled the number of snow days. The hubster surprised me with a trip to the theater where we reminisced about our days on and...

The Designing for Growth Field Guide

Have you ever signed up for something only to realize you had already signed up for something just like it? Well, that’s not exactly what happened, but close. I signed up for a design thinking class at Coursera and got halfway through it before I realized the...

Tiny Homes

I’ve been bit by the tiny house bug. They’re cute, efficient, cheap, and portable.  If you are new to tiny homes – check out Tammy Strobel’s blog or any of the gazillion Pinterest boards like this one. I borrowed this book for some more...

Join the Launch – Free Stuff

Some of you may be aware that my hubster is the author of the dark fantasy Blood Skies series AND the brand spankin’ new Skullborn Trilogy. The incomparable Danielle of Consuming Worlds has created the Shadow Warriors street team to help launch the next 2 books...

Beads of Courage

I wanted to give a shout out to one of the coolest things I’ve seen at a doctor’s office in some time – Beads of Courage. They are a program for kids dealing with serious illness or disabilities. Every time your child goes in for a test, scan, blood...

Great Little Gifts to Knit

It’s that time of year again. Holiday gift knitting time. I’m pretty sure I’m not alone when I say, “Holy crap I haven’t started yet!”. This lovely book can help. Jean Moss put together a delightful array of patterns that could...

The SoapQueen is On My S!@# List

I have been known to dabble in soap. The allure of creamy bubbles, dizzying color and any scent you can imagine – from bacon to bergamot to diesel – just can’t be ignored. In a vain attempt to whittle down my hobbies, the soap gear was begrudgingly...

10 Reasons to Grab Knit Christmas Stockings

It’s the only stocking book you need. A dozen timeless patterns that can be knit up in any color you like for endless gifting potential. It’s a great gift for a new knitter. Big full color images along side detailed instructions can build confidence of the...

Simple Patterns for Colorful Yarn

One tip I hear again and again is, the more complex the color (of yarn) the simpler the pattern. That way the pattern isn’t lost in the color or the color in the pattern. With that in mind, I started a few Pinterest boards to collect simple patterns. Here are a...

A Few Updates

In case you didn’t see, I have moved the site over to just LibertysYarn.com instead of blog.LibertysYarn.com. All the fun stuff you have some to know and love is still here…well most of it. I’m doing a little late-spring cleaning. I was feeling like...

12 Soap Scents to Avoid

Or make tons of – because they are what the soapmakers are buying the most of this summer (according to my very unscientific poll). Vanilla Black Raspberry Coconut Lavender Apple Chocolate Rose Lilac Oatmeal, Milk , and Honey Sandalwood Sweet Pea Dragon’s...

Wiener Dog Races

We have been meaning to catch the wiener dog races for years – but kept missing the date. The year, the hubster made sure we made it. An unexpected bonus, we also got to check out our first horse race. The bugler signaled each race with the traditional tune,...