Sarah Scully

Sarah is a librarian as well as an avid knitter and occasional knitwear designer. She also enjoys cooking, gardening, hiking, reading, painting, and writing with fountain pens.

Roast chicken, four ways

Eating healthy. Scratch cooking. Meal planning. They sound good-for-you and also time-consuming and possibly difficult. But I’ve discovered that roasting a whole chicken and creating various dishes out of one bird is both an easy and an economical way to plan several meals in the course of one week. Start by cooking the chicken, and

Dye wool with beets!

Beet root is an unconventional and some would say risky source of natural dye. After a few trials over the past two years, I stumbled on a method that yielded saturated color, and I’m sharing my notes in the hopes that others will give it a try. Step 1: Prepare the yarn. Mordant the wool

Spinning Tools for Yarn

Happy Distaff Day! To celebrate, I’m sharing information about the spinning tools I use in my spinning practice. Spinning oil: Keeping your wheel oiled will make spinning smoother and more fun. Basket: I like a medium-sized basket with handles for keeping my un-spun fiber and tools handy while spinning. Spinners Control Card: Quickly assess the

Dye with Goldenrod for Vivid Yellow

Goldenrod is a fantastic source of saturated, yellow dye, and one of the plants that I recommend starting with if you are new to natural dyeing. Step 1: Prepare the yarn. Mordant the wool with alum. I use a 10% by weight-of-goods proportion of alum to wool. Botanical Colors has a great tutorial on mordanting

Dyeing Yarn with Jewelweed, Native to North America

Jewelweed is a native North American plant that grows in many climates, usually near wet areas and along river banks. In the video, I share a method for creating beautiful natural tangerine dye using this abundant natural dye source. I first learned about jewelweed as a dye source from a friend and fellow fiber farmer,

7: Chris Lann – Primitive Techniques & Modern Design

Chris Lann takes the concept and commitment to handcrafting seriously. Not only are his pendants hand-crafted, the chains they hang from are painstakingly woven using techniques that are thousands of years old. Join me in conversation with this master craftsman and learn more about what inspires his work and love of jewelry-making. Resources: Find Chris’

Holiday Hats Make Fun Project Gifts

A couple of years ago, I got fed up with our cheap polyester Santa holiday hats and decided to make my own. In the video I share three fun hats I’ve elected to make for myself and family members: For Rick: 2 Hour Santa Hat by Wendi Dunlap. Mods: used a slightly thinner yarn (Knitpicks

How I learned to handspin: tools and techniques

My journey with learning to handspin yarn by hand started as many such tales do: I took a class and learned the basics of spindle spinning. It was a useful way to begin, but the potential speed and efficiency of using a spinning wheel was a big lure. Unfortunately, my first wheel and I never

Sleeping socks: a quick and easy hand-knit gift

Ever since I was a child we used to make at least some of our holiday gifts. One year it was aprons stamped with designs carved from potatoes. Drawings and simple beaded jewelry figured heavily over the years, as well as “coupons” – like “one free hug,” “mow the lawn,” “wash dishes,” etc. These days,

Starting a fiber arts group: tips from experience

Starting a fiber arts group is a great way to bring together folks in your community that share a common interest. So often, members of our family, or even our close friends don’t understand why we knit, crochet, hook rugs, spin yarn, or sew. Getting together with others who share our passion for the creative