REVIEW + GIVEAWAY : Dutch Label Shop
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Dutch Label Shop is a label production company based in Philadelphia that offers small (or large!) quantity custom labels for brands. They feature custom logo and basic woven labels, care and sizing labels, hang tags and more. Recently, they offered me a voucher to use in their shop so I could order and review some products. I was impressed with the production timing, quality, communication, and value. You can hear more about my experience and the products I received in the video above. 

I also ordered a set of 25 basic woven labels to giveaway to one lucky winner. They have an iron-on backing while the front is a gray background with white lettering stating "Handmade with love" and a sweet ball of yarn. They are perfect to iron-on to sewn projects or sew on to knit items and add the ideal touch to handmade gifts. To enter for a chance to win these 25 labels, simply comment below on what handmade creation you'll use your first label on! Winner will be drawn randomly on Friday, January 26th in the evening US Eastern time. 

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Liesl 3 Comments
“DIY Rules for a WTF World” Giveaways
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You'd be hard-pressed to find a knitter who hasn't heard of the Pussyhat Project. A year ago pink kitten-eared hats were flooding our social media feeds and no doubt on a set of our very own needles. Krista Suh, the creator of the Pussyhat Project, has written a manifesto called DIY Rules for a WTF World : How to Speak Up, Get Creative, and Change the World.

This book is very à propos for this time--the anniversary of the women's march, the #TimesUp movement, and the song of voices finally being heard. You can check out a bit more about my initial opinions of the book, sneak peeks inside and more, in the video above.

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The Hachette Book Group has generously offered to give away a copy of DIY Rules for a WTF World to two lucky winners. To match their offer, I'll be adding a skein of my yarn to each winner. This is my Worsted III base, which is a 100% merino wool single ply yarn dyed with lac. It's a perfect yarn for the original Pussyhat pattern (which is included at the end of this book.) Giveaway is only open to residents of US and Canada. Winners will be drawn randomly on Thursday, January 18th--one from the comments below and one from the corresponding post on my Instagram. Feel free to enter in both places, following the specific directions in each. Here, please comment below on how DIY empowers you!

 

This Giveaway is now closed! The winner is Nicky.  

Liesl 8 Comments
SPIN : Give Us This Day Our Daily Spin
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I don’t know how to meditate. I’ve tried it in the past but it just doesn’t come naturally and never seems to stick. Sitting down and intentionally not doing anything is hard for me. I feel like I’ve wasted time. See, I’m a doer. When I’m anxious, sad, or stressed out, I do. Clean. Straighten. Organize. Knit. Plan. Move.  

Spinning has become my happy middle ground. Similar to knitting, it gives me a relaxing activity that still leaves me feeling productive. For about an hour every morning, after taking the dog for a walk and before any caffeine, I sit down in front of my wheel and spin. 

The drafting of the fibers, pulling and releasing. The hum of the wheel and bobbin going round and round. The feel of the wool on my fingers. The rhythmic pedaling. I allow my mind to get lost in these things. I end up, or rather, I start each day, with a quieter, more relaxed mind and 20gms of wool on my bobbin. 

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#2018MakeNine
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I'm joining in Rochelle of Home Row Fiber Co's #2018MakeNine challenge. Here are nine projects I hope to complete in 2018.

1. Perry 2. Hitofude 3. Ondawa 4. Stockholm Cowl 5. Hansel Wrap 6. Leaves of Grass 7. Brezel Mitts 8. Simple House Slippers 9. Koselig Blanket

In addition to these nine knit items, I also aim to:

1. Design my first knit garment
2. Gift more handmades
3. Make goats milk soap
4. Connect with more fiber enthusiasts by attending and/or hosting gatherings
5. Go to fiber festivals
6. Start an interview video series
7. Improve the audio and visual of my videos

What are your creative, crafty goals in 2018?