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How to determine fiber content of fabrics and yarns.  To see more of my posts, please follow +Life's an Expedition
#knitting #crochet #sewing #crafts
Whenever I try to diagnose the fibers in "mystery fabrics" or yarns with missing labels, I find the information online to be very hard to follow, so I came up with this flow chart to make it slightly simpler.  It's only accur...
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From my Lhasa series of tribal scarves.
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Who's in the mood for a tear-jerker?
Most middle-of-the-night phone calls in my house are wrong numbers.  That is my first thought one night, shortly after New Year's, when the phone rings.  And without looking at the clock, I know it can't be past midnight, bec...
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I'm going to post from +Life's an Expedition from now on.
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Um, thank you to the new people who keep adding me to their circles.  You are all very sweet.  But I'm posting from a different account now:  +Life's an Expedition 
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Cost-cutting electronic and other trends.
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Nativity scene in my Chicago suburb.  I haven't seen the manger in months,  but you just know the baby Jesus is getting cranky in there by now.  #snow #TooMuchSnow #OneHellOfALotOfSnow  
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Infinity scarf made from about 40 strands of fine-gauge yarn, knit simultaneously.  Kept me on my toes.
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A simple way to take good photos for your online shop.
(But I mostly post as +Life's an Expedition now.)
If you sell online but aren't quite ready to invest in an elaborate photography backdrop and light box for your product shots, here's a solution that costs about $10.  You know those white fold-up displays that kids use for s...
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Welcome new followers!  But I am posting from +Life's an Expedition now.
 
I found a Japanese Kanji symbol I liked, painted it on a scarf (ignore the lint, I'll get that off of there), completely forgot what it meant, gnashed my teeth, then ONE YEAR after finding the symbol, I searched the internet and I figured out what it means!  It's the Japanese word for "independent" or Dokuritsu.   Maybe there's an easier way to search for the meaning of Asian scripts, but I don't know what it is.  I pretty much rely on tattoo parlor websites to help me with my projects. :o)
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Someone I just spoke to needs this information, so I'm posting it in my blog.  But--just a reminder--I am now posting from this page on Google Plus:  +Life's an Expedition 
I virtually never have problems knitting with multistrand yarn.  Crocheting, yes.  Weaving, a little.   But knitting with it is easy for me... unless one or two strands are chenille.  Azalea is for sale in my Etsy shop.  See...
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We keep clearing this table, but it just snows again.  60 inches of snow so far this winter.  This is God's way of telling us to move to the Cayman Islands.
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For the love of God, STOP SNOWING!!!
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Fiber artist/owner for Life's an Expedition online.
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Fiber art, textile design, knitting, sewing, weaving, writing.
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  • Life's an Expedition
    owner, 2003 - present
    I design and create unique scarves for men and women, handbags, hats, headbands. I procure ethnic/cultural vintage merchandise, especially rare books. But we are best known for our very unusual yet affordable yarns.
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Owns Life's an Expedition. Fiber artist, yarn maker. Loves cycling, cultures, Game of Thrones.
Introduction
         
                 
 When I'm not tearing up a silk sari to weave, knit or crochet something for my online shops, I'm pedaling along the banks of a river near my home. Trees, nature, leaves, primitive artifacts, old books, exotic textiles ...all weave together to form my life.

I'm a Bohemian fiber artist, formerly a copywriter / creative director at 5 ad agencies. The creative director years led me to take a more active interest in art than writing, so I set up a fiber arts business, did the art show circuit, then set up shop online. I became a powerseller on eBay, then branched off into Etsy and other sites.  (See links on this page.)

Although I'm best known as the creator of Life's an Expedition yarns, I am also the author of six unpublished novels, some short stories and even some children's books.  Knopf offered me a publishing contract, but that was 12 years ago and I haven't heard back, so I'm guessing they kissed it off by now.  But, hey, I'm resilient.

I eat, think, sleep, paint, write and ruminate all things creative.  If you're on Google+, I would love to share creative thoughts and photos with you.  If I follow you and you wonder why, it's probably because you love knitting, do fiber art, ride bikes, dig up old dead relics, work in a museum, give advice about Google+ or you're indescribably witty and/or artistic and I feel inspired by you.  So please add me to circles about fiber art, design, archaeology or ancient history, cycling or health.  But not rap music.  I am not a DJ. It's just my nickname.

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Attacked by fire ants at age 3 and lived. Met one of The Doors after they disbanded. 24 advertising awards.
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