There’s probably nothing better than to “think spring” around this time of year, and with that comes the anticipation of colorful and melodious birds. Continue reading Think Birds!
Our house has concrete floors, which means – even in Texas – the floors are COLD during the winter, causing uncomfortably cold feet when sitting at the desk for prolonged times.
Hexagons to the rescue to make a pretty and practical footstool! If you can get your feet just a few inches off the cold floor, it helps them to stay warmer. Continue reading “Cold Feet” Home Remedy – A Footstool
Gong Xi Fa Cai, and it’s the year of the rat … Continue reading Happy Chinese New Year!
I have been thinking about a pin loom project that carries on throughout the year, where I’m committed to work on it as time allows, but without stress or frustration … Continue reading A “No Stress” 2020 Patchwork Project
January 1, 2019 … You plan to start in August and knit (real) hats for all your relatives for Christmas.
December 20, 2019 … You are on your way to the family Christmas gathering … the hats didn’t happen (and not much else, either).
TURTLEs to the rescue, to make some minutia hat ornaments for everyone! Continue reading Last Minute Hat Ornaments
We would like to let you know that all items on our Bluebonnet Crafters Etsy store are “ready to ship”, so for the remainder of this year we will do our best to have your purchase in the mail the next USPS day, with the shipping option of your choice.
Here is a link to the USPS “Holiday Deadlines” chart so that you can determine if your order will still arrive in time for Christmas: 2019 Holiday Shipping Deadlines
We constantly relist looms as they become “ready to ship”, but don’t procrastinate … it is first come, first serve.
Have a Joyous Time!
It is our pleasure to announce the launch of the new Elongon 2″ F (fine-sett) loom, available immediately!
There are so many things to be thankful for … the ability to make our now patented hexagon pin looms is one of them. Continue reading Giving Thanks … Giveaway
Cheerful, yes, but what is the mystery? Continue reading Cheerful Mystery Baby Carrier Blanket
It’s practical and pretty, and it needed a hot maple pecan pie to ensure that it works. Continue reading Pumpkin Hot Pad
The headless pins Elongon™ – our 2″ elongated hexagon TURTLE pin loom – is joining the list of “Gen 2” TURTLEs … Continue reading Now Available: Elongon™ Gen 2!
We received notice today that our patent has been approved!
(I have a hard time concentrating on anything right now because of these news, but give me some time and I’ll find a way that we can celebrate together.)
The new “Gen 2” TURTLE hexagon pin looms are here! Continue reading “Gen 2” is Here!
It’s getting closer! Continue reading Just a Few More Days Now …
We have a small batch of TexaTURTLEs ready, with the new headless pins and with the new yardage/wraps stamp on the back … Continue reading The First TexaTURTLEs with Yardage/Wraps Stamp
Over the summer, we will implement several changes to our hexagon pin looms. Continue reading We’ve Got Pins … and Other News
Willie has been one of our first customers, and since the early days, we have this “turtle versus frog” thing going … Continue reading Good morning!
We wish you a peaceful Memorial Day Continue reading Memorial Day 2019
Customer Susan Pihl brought to my attention that today is World Turtle Day. And she also supplied a perfect picture to go along with that.
Thank you, Susan, for your permission to share your photo with all TURTLE lovers!
THANK YOU for all the kind comments, and that you are sharing the excitement about the new “Little Looms 2019” magazine!
I think this 4th edition of the “Little Looms” magazine is the best so far: Seven pin loom projects contribute to a nicely balanced representation of little looms. Projects from shawls to bags to home decoration and more. Techniques from simple to intricate. Yarns that surprise in their effects. Beautiful photography, excellent instructions, and informative articles. I hope you’ll love it as much as I do!
But now, drum rolls for our winners:
On our blog: Susan P. from North Carolina
On Facebook: Alicia W. from Maryland
Congratulations! We will contact the winners and send out their “Little Looms 2019” copy as soon as it becomes available.
PS: Photo credit for the Happy 2nd Anniversary hexagon goes to fellow pin loom weaver Carolien. Used with permission. Thank you, Carolien, and I think you started another tradition!
Twenty years ago I had the privilege of giving birth to a little girl who didn’t want to wait to see this world.
Two years ago we sold our first TURTLE Loom.
Today I’m humbled to see two mother-daughter designs in Interweave’s new “Little Looms 2019” magazine. Continue reading A Precious 2nd Anniversary Giveaway
Yes, the title reads like an introduction to a fairy tail, and here is how it began … Continue reading Kathryn’s Shawl and the Story of the Half Hexagon
Dedicated to the people in Rwanda who show strength and determination to overcome the genocide tragedy that started 25 years today, April 7th, 1994.
I made the “Easy Tassel Basket” in Rich Topiary, the border and tassels are Cosmos. The basket displays a skein Natural.
100% Organic Merino Wool from the True Vineyard Ministries yarn shop.
Free basket instructions on Ravelry: Easy Tassel Basket
Spring time is a good time to fix things, maybe paint the house or a garden fence. Here is a game to get painters of all ages into gear: Practice tossing some paint drops! Continue reading Paint Drop Toss Game
Spring time, flowers, hexagons … Fill your home with cheer with this easy-to-make pillow case. Continue reading Forget-Me-Not Pillow
A few people recently suggested that I should slow down a little bit, so I do … but not without a book! Continue reading Take it Like a Sloth …
Fellow pin loom weaver Suzanne is moderating a “Spring Fling” challenge, encouraging all pin loom weavers to make projects in celebration of spring and Easter. The first thing that comes to my mind is “chocolate!” which of course needs a basket … Continue reading Easy Tassel Basket
Here we are, at the day with lots of chocolate (and yarn) and wine (and yarn) … Happy Valentine’s Day with this rustic heart that goes with almost anything! Continue reading Country Heart
A quick project in vibrant Caron® x Pantone™ colors, just in time for Valentine’s. Make this adorable heart place mat of hexagons and a tumbling block! Continue reading Be My Valentine!
I’ve been blessed with a quiet Saturday morning, a perfect opportunity to put the first eleven days of this year’s temperature blanket together. Continue reading A Saturday Morning to My Liking …
Make sure to step with the right foot into 2019! If you need a reminder, put an ankle moebius on your right foot.
Make the cowl on the original TURTLE Loom™️ with about 42 yards of worsted weight yarn; we used hand-dyed yarn from The Sheepwalk™️ in “Retro” colors.
Instructions are on Ravelry, and if you have any 7 hexagons floating around, it’s a true last minute project before the party begins.
To an amazing 2019!
May it be filled with peace, health, happiness, prosperity, and friends.
Just a few days ago I saw a picture circulating on social media, featuring a knitted “ankle scarf”. It looked photo-shopped, but I had to chuckle about the idea, and the idea didn’t leave me. Today I discovered the first ankle shawl knitting pattern on Ravelry, and I decided that maybe the idea is not as ridiculous as it initially seemed … Continue reading Feeding a Fad …Weave an Ankle Cowl
This year, you wanted to make handmade gifts for your friends and family. The countdown to Christmas is on … but you haven’t started implementing your plan. Don’t give up! Continue reading ‘Twas a Week Before Christmas …
The good news is that there’s no “Second Sock Syndrome” when it comes to making stockings for the holidays! Continue reading It’s Stockings Time!
I know I’m not alone when I admit that one of my favorite pastimes is exploring local yarn stores. And sometimes there is more to discover than just yarn. Continue reading Yarn from Rwanda?
While gift crafting season is in full swing, we would like to take a moment and express thankfulness this month with a set of Pilgrim gnomes. Continue reading Pilgrim Gnomes
Some people asked for an overview of all the projects from last year’s Advent Weave Along, so here it is. Continue reading Advent Weave ALong 2017 – Handy Project List
If you are thinking of gifting a hexagon pin loom this season, or asking for one for yourself, we would like to tell you about a few special items. Continue reading Gift Shopping Guide
Autumn is in full swing, and we want to add an owl to it. Let’s do that with the new Caron x Pantone … Continue reading Happy November, Y’Owl!
The surprise works, trust us! Continue reading Last Minute Halloween “Treat”
Meet Cat Gnome, our gnome of the month October. Since she still looks like a cat, rumors have it that she ate the October gnome and now comes in disguise, like the wolf in Little Red Riding Hood, to go for the neon mice, a delicate treat only available during the month of October. Continue reading The Cat Ate the Gnome!
YES! You can weave Scheepjes Catona mini balls on the TURTLE Loom™ “fine sett”! Continue reading Yarn Review: Scheepjes Colour Pack Catona
If you are considering making garments, here is a first accessory, a super-easy cowl, made on the new TURTLE Loom™ “fine sett”. Continue reading A Super-Easy Sock Yarn Cowl
Even Central Texas now has seen a few crisp mornings, so it is safe to say that autumn is here. Time for a Scarecrow Gnome! Continue reading Scarecrow Gnome
Crafting My Chaos will be bringing a new color-run called “Christmas Time” to the Yarnivore on Texas Yarn Crawl opening day. And we will bring the new TURTLE Loom™ “fine sett”. Here’s a project idea to help you try them out right away. Continue reading Did Somebody Say “Christmas Time”?
Have you seen our “Cat Scarf” advertisement in the Holiday Gift Guide of “Handwoven Nov/Dec 2018” ? Continue reading Cat Scarf
We are starting a new series with stuffed pals that you can weave, to go along with popular children’s books. Continue reading Introducing Book Pals: Meet “Mouse”
No more rumors, it’s here! The new TURTLE Loom™ “fine sett” expands the list of yarns that you can use to weave hexagons. Grab your sock yarn! Continue reading Introducing TURTLE Loom™ “fine sett”
YES! We’re packing our bags to be at the Yarnivore in San Antonio, TX, on the first day of “The Best Little Yarn Crawl” on October 5th, 2018. Continue reading New Trunk Show at Yarnivore During Texas Yarn Crawl!
People had asked for photos of our first trunk show, and while I didn’t have much time to take pictures, here are a few impressions. Continue reading Trunk Show Thank You
Meet TURTLEsaurus Rex who is getting ready to meet her cousin Yarnivorus Rex at the Yarnivore this Saturday. Continue reading Come and See – (4) Dino Gnome
When I asked Caryn at the Yarnivore about worsted weight gradient or long-run-colored yarns I received a list of the most scrumptious options like Cascade 220 Wave, Melilla, Tangier, Pinwheel, Encore Colorspun, and several indie dyed like Mountain Colors Twizzle … oh choices! Continue reading Come and See – (3) Leafy Scarf
I love yarns that are put-up in “cakes”. The colors are guaranteed to work together, it’s fun to weave instantly off that “one big thing”, it’s exciting to work towards the next color to come, it’s a mystery to the end to know how many hexagons you actually will get in each color. Continue reading Come and See – (2) Car Seat Baby Blanket
Drum rolls, please for announcing the following Weave & Stitch Along giveaway winners: Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along … Giveaway Winners
While “Christmas in July” is over, the really hot temperatures when “Dashing through the snow” provides a spiritual cooling effect are now fully upon us. Continue reading Baby It’s HOT Outside …
One more week before we officially end this Weave & Stitch Along! The first final projects are in, and so are some very pretty new stitches … Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Decisions!
The Weave & Stitch Along finale is here … let’s put together what we have made and make a Sampler Table Topper! Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 8 – Now What?
A good “Along” needs a final giveaway! Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 8 Giveaway
Since Week 3 I’ve been wanting to do the FRENCH KNOT, but there was either not enough time or already so much other stuff going on … hence “The Lost Sheep”. Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along Bonus – “The Lost Sheep”
We are going to learn the PADDED SATIN STITCH and the COUCHING STITCH and have some fun with a little owl, designed by Amber Vigil. Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 7 – Owling Around
Welcome to our second Weave & Stitch Along Mystery Challenge! Continue reading WSAL Week 6 – Thursday Mystery Challenge
It takes two ‘R’s to do the ‘X’-Stitch … Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 6
In Week 5, we started a special project , making little purses for a charity group “Stitches of Love” who provides handmade back-to-school items to needy children in Arizona. A few questions have been asked that may be of general interest, so here’s a special blog for this special project! Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Charity Project FAQ
Happy 4th of July, All Y’All! Continue reading Patriotic Gnome – Happy 4th of July!
Whether you’ll be busy with BBQ and fireworks or not, I hope you’ll find some time this week to explore the Blanket and Buttonhole Stitch … and don’t miss our Charity Project! Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 5
Howdy! Week 5 of our WSAL will include the Buttonhole stitch, so how about we get some buttonholes ready! Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Weaving Buttonholes for Week 5
I was thinking of calling it “Black Work Back Stitch”, but since I couldn’t say that five times in a row without getting tangled, I changed it to “Connect the Dots” … Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 4
I thought this week’s instructions would be short, but with two new stitches, on two looms, new tips and tricks, and not to forget the great Show-and-Tell … well, maybe next week will be short …
The results of Week 1 by far exceeded expectations, let’s see what Week 2 has in stock when we’re “Getting Around”. Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 2
Ladies first, with Mother’s Day in May, but now we have to think of the dads, too, for our June Gnome of the Month! Continue reading Father Gnome
It has been wonderful to see anticipation building up for this Weave & Stitch Along, and I hope that it will become a fun filled adventure that will end in a pocket full of new skills. Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along – Week 1
Recently, several people have asked if they can make “hexipuff” projects with woven hexagons, and the answer is: Absolutely YES! Continue reading Grape Pillow … and a Giveaway
Less than a week until we start our Weave & Stitch Along … Continue reading Weave & Stitch Along — Count Down!
Memorial Day … Remembrance Day … Decoration Day … are names for a holiday that reminds of those who have given their life in wars. There are many traditions that developed along the history of this holiday … one of them is to wear a poppy flower. Continue reading Memorial Day Poppy Flower
Have you ever considered to embroider on your pin loom motifs? Or maybe you have done it already?
This summer, you can join us so that we can do it together! Continue reading Announcing “Weave & Stitch Along”
Interweave returned the projects from the new “Easy Weaving with little looms 2018” magazine to their homes, and since our Grape Table Topper came home, I am taking that opportunity to celebrate with some weaving time on our shady porch. Continue reading Homecoming
Happy Mother’s Day! is coming up quickly … Continue reading Mother Gnome
It’s hard to imagine that there’s ever an end to what you can do with regular hexagons, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t more … please welcome our first elongated hexagon pin loom Elongon™ 2″. Continue reading Elongon™ 2″ – Introducing Elongated Hexagon Weaving
Oh, this was so much fun, and a big THANK YOU! for all the kind, humbling, and funny comments here on the blog and on our Facebook page. Continue reading 1st Anniversary Giveaway Winners
Some tell us “Yep, you’re here to stay!” and others warn us “It’s just beginning!” and we feel humble and grateful for our first year of TURTLE hexagon pin looms. Thank you to all who have made this possible and have been with us on this amazing journey. Continue reading 1st Anniversary Giveaway … and a Mystery Announcement
This week is our first anniversary, please celebrate with us! Continue reading Celebrate!
It’s really “First Lessons in Lace Weaving”, but the “Pantone Color of the Year” receives an honorable mention for providing the perfect backdrop for this hexagon pin loom lace project. Continue reading Pantone and Lace
Easter and Bunny Gnome were so early, and May is still ways to go, so we decided to add another gnome in between. Continue reading Graduate Gnome
I like to say that I am “borne a knitter, weaver by choice”, and those two very often go together. Continue reading A Felted Léttlopi Bag
I’ve been thinking of using the title “Introduction to Yarn Bombing” for this blog entry, but then the promise of spring giddiness prevailed. Continue reading Hello, Spring!
The holidays are so close together that the next two Gnomes of the Month will debut together. No March without St. Patrick’s Day, so here’s a “little green Irishman”, as our customer Kim B. puts it very fittingly. And “no fooling” that Easter is early this year and causes Bunny Gnome a lot of stress to get all eggs colored in time! Continue reading Gnome Friends
We decided to dedicate this month’s gnome to the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Continue reading Olympic Gnome
Have you seen our advertisement in Interweave’s PieceWork March/April 2018 issue? Let us know what you think! Continue reading Piece Work … PieceWork
Don’t you like it when ideas just fall into place and things come together? A holiday, and the desire to make something pretty and practical for a loved one. Yarn that inspires you to make something rustic. A tradition that you want to cherish … oh, and yes, pin looms! Continue reading Country Valentine
When I made the Santa Gnome last December I knew that this would just be the beginning. The idea was borne to make a “Gnome of the Month” for 2018. Continue reading Superbowl Gnome – What’s Your Team?
A few days ago, customer Susan posted on Facebook “Isn’t it great when your granddaughter asks what you’re doing and then takes over your loom and says it’s fun!” Continue reading Share? Beware!
When I was a child, Onkel Otto, a great-uncle, was known as the inventor in the family. I don’t recall that he ever invented anything, but the secrecy that he maintained around his hobby fed many conversations during family gatherings.
After we released our 2” and 6” looms in August last year, my children just wanted to keep going with “new sizes”. One of them was … a 1” hexagon loom. My son proudly presented the technical drawing, and my daughter stood right next to him, anticipating her prototype in a jiffy. Continue reading 01-01-1″
I love to sample things. Buffets are my favorite place to go out to eat, but even better is yarn sampling. Continue reading Project: It’s a Scarf! It’s a Cowl!
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all TURTLE Loomers! We’re gearing up and looking forward to an exciting 2018, hope you’ll join us.
There ain’t no white stuff on the grounds in Central Texas, but them green is good lookin, too!
More information about this adorable gnome, using Berroco Ultra Wool and Berroco Plush, can be found on Ravelry:
Here it is: Something for baby’s first Christmas! And – what is better, more lasting, memory creating, … than a personalized ornament. Continue reading Baby Bear’s First Christmas
We had the first “real” snow in Texas the other day, after about 6 winters! That makes thinking of snowflake ornaments rather easy. Continue reading Snowflake Ornament
I think most people own at least one jar with buttons. But then, “weaving something with buttons” serves as the perfect excuse to go and buy some of those little button collections that depict a certain scene. Continue reading Button Banner
When I was thinking about weaving something nature, I thought of weaving a leafy garland, or using little wood twigs for snow man arms, or to weave something with straw (still thinking about that), or weaving something with angelically white feathers … (rabbit trail) … angelic … (rabbit trail) … angels … (rabbit trail) … can I make an angel? Yes! And it’s SO EASY! Continue reading Angels …
Initially I was thinking of making an ornament with jingle bells, but then the jingle got lost and it turned into a bell ornament. Continue reading Carol of the Bells
One of my favorite German Christmas songs is “Leise rieselt der Schnee”, which translates to “quietly falls the snow”. Continue reading Leise Rieselt der Schnee …
I had to chuckle when I made these little purses, as they remind me of some odd felt pouches that we had many years ago on our Christmas trees, marked with Sharpie initials for each child. Continue reading Little Purse Ornament for Treats
An Advent Calendar is a special calendar to count the days from December 1st to 24th in anticipation of the Christmas holiday. Continue reading Advent Calendar Ornaments
It is difficult to even imagine the holiday season without a decorated tree, isn’t it? Therefore, let’s get started on weaving a tree wall hanging now, so that we have something to decorate in upcoming weeks. Continue reading O Tannenbaum
I get the notion of “Baby’s First Christmas”. However, the first Thanksgiving of each of our children has a very special place in my heart, as this was the first time for many of our relatives to meet our new additions. Continue reading Baby’s First Thanksgiving
Recently, elsewhere, I posted a picture of a hat that I just had finished, rather proud of myself and my creation.
Somebody lovingly pointed out that it reminded her of candy corn. Continue reading Nuts and Candy Corn …