TT22 is Going to Iowa!

Congratulations!
Beth Seedorff in Iowa
will be our TT22 host for the month of July!

Beth lives with her wife Sarah, her two little sons, and a friend in the part of Iowa that is south and north of Illinois (look at the map and see the “nose” in the east that explains how this is possible). Beth teaches  junior high and high school band at the school, but still finds enough time to “dabble in all kinds of crafts”, preferably when they involve fiber.

Sure enough, her social media accounts show plenty of beautiful crocheted, knitted, and woven projects, like this Ginny’s Meadow Cowl.

Her “How did she do that?” Isafarmo socks (all slip-stitch crochet) even won the grand prize at the county fair!

TT22 is on his way, but with the holiday it will take a little time. In the meantime you can check out Beth’s work (and sign up to be notified when TT22 arrives) on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Ravelry.

Can you believe that we’re half through the year already? I enjoy looking at what the first half has brought to us, and I will say that everything exceeds my expectations. There are still six more stories to be told … well, five more, after Beth, so if you want to get a chance, don’t give up! Sign up at the end of the month!

(Photo credits: Photos 1 – 3 by Bethany Seedorff. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

Charlene is already going through her stash, looking for baby friendly yarns, since Beth said that she plans to make something for her little boys!

Travel Turtle 2022 – Call for July Host

Can you believe it? We’re starting the second half of the year! And Charlene now firmly believes that there is a Christmas in July …

Let’s determine where TT22 will spend the month of July… If you are interested and available to “entertain” TT22 for a month, please leave a comment in the comments section.

Signup is open now, and will end Thursday, June 30th, 12 pm US CDT. I will contact the new host and make the announcement shortly after I hear back from him/her.

If you would like to know more about how this challenge works, please see the plan.

PS: Did you see Kathryn’s adorable patchwork turtle Tanana? Kathryn and Charlene are working on writing up instructions for how you can make your own precious memory turtle … they want to share those instructions with you in a few days, right here on the blog …

It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like North Pole …

Some of you already know Kathryn Olson, our Travel Turtle 2022 host for the month of June, with her very creative, unconventional, colorful projects of many fiber crafts. But not everybody knows that last year she moved to North Pole, Alaska!

Meet Kathryn, who lives with her daughter’s family, and a dog Pua, eight cats, and two birds, Mellow and Little Foot. When asked, Kathryn described herself as “I do yarn”, which includes crocheting, knitting, tatting, weaving and pretty much anything that involves yarn.

Her favorite projects are shawls and dolls. For TT22’s stay Kathryn hopes to explore the surrounding fiber world and maybe make a box turtle.

Charlene is a bit jealous that TT22 will see Alaska, but – and I quote Charlene – “I’m looking forward to hopefully see many pictures of the state where the sun in the summer doesn’t go down, and where they have rather unusual wool from cows …”

You are invited to follow TT22’s and Kathryn’s adventures in North Pole on Instagram account @kathryn1160.

(Photo credits: All photos by Kathryn Olson. Title photo by Stephanie Cannizzaro. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

Travel Turtle ’22 – Announcing the June Host

Congratulations!
Kathryn Olson from North Pole, Alaska,
will be our host for the month of June!

Charlene fainted almost instantly on the news that TT22 will go to (the) North Pole. We will introduce Kathryn as soon as Charlene has recovered …

Before she fainted, Charlene asked me to quickly make a scarf for TT22, out of her favorite alpaca yarn from Winterstrom Ranch.

And it should be like the lozenges scarf that Cocoa Bear had in the Little Looms magazine!

Her biggest concern however is that she thinks that there can be only white yarn in Alaska … and that it is all frozen … and that TT22 will get frozen pins!

I tried to convince her otherwise, but … I think she just wanted to faint …

A scarf for TT22 (great for dolls and bears, too!)

Travel Turtle 2022 – Call for June Host

Charlene and I hope that you’ve been following TT22’s stay at Laia’s in Oregon on Instagram this May … Laia treated TT22 to weaving and relaxing at stunning cultural places and to yummy indulgences … superbly photographed!

But now it’s time to determine where TT22 will spend the month of June… If you are interested and available to “entertain” TT22 for a month, please leave a comment in the comments section.

Signup is open now, and will end Monday, May 30th, 12 pm US CDT. I will contact the new host and make the announcement shortly after I hear back from him/her.

If you would like to know more about how this challenge works, please see the plan.

Charlene and “her” donut wish you a relaxing Memorial Day weekend.

Off to Oregon!

When Laia sent me a few pictures for her introduction, I was spellbound by the beautiful colors, the crisp fibers, and the meticulous crafting …

Meet Laia, who will be hosting TT22 during the month of May!

Laia lives and works in Portland, Oregon, and her two cats Westley and Rory are very generous and share their apartment with her.

And yes, Laia loves photography!

From a fiber perspective Laia is best known for her inkle and tape loom weaving, but she also knits, spins, and weaves tiny tapestry.

She added pin loom weaving during summer 2020 “because of pandemic boredom”, and since then she has made numerous projects from flower dish cloths to a flower cowl and a butterfly blanket. One of her ongoing projects is her “epic” sock scrap yarn blanket …

Coming up next … Laia plans to welcome TT22 with some yarn from Portland-based dyers …

You can follow TT22’s stay with Laia this month on Instagram (Whaledaughter), and also get inspired by some of Laia’s beautiful handicrafts on Ravelry (Saberpirate).

(Photo credits: All photos by Laia. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

Travel Turtle ’22 – Announcing the May Host

Congratulations!
Laia Robichaux from Portland, Oregon,
will be our host for the month of May!

Charlene is all excited … is TT22 going to see that HUUGE mountain?

And will TT22 be traveling across the country in a covered wagon like during Oregon Trail days?

Dreams are popping up …

But Charlene is a responsible turtle … she uses one of her Audible credits so that she can listen to a story about the Oregon Trail, thinking of TT22, while helping with polishing more Jewel looms … she knows that a lot of people are waiting. She does her best that there will be more looms ready soon … VERY soon …

Travel Turtle 2022 – Call for May Host

Did you see the awesome loom party that Debbie organized for TT22? Just wow!

Another WOW for the lovely Heart and Flowers Mat that Debbie and TT22 crafted this month.

Debbie in her own words: “Hearts and flowers are my theme”, and with that she makes the chart for her project available to all fellow pin loom weavers who would like to make this project.

Debbie used scrap yarns from her stash, but you can of course use any yarn and colors to your liking. Thank you, Debbie!

But now it’s time to determine where TT22 will spend the month of May … If you are interested and available to “entertain” TT22 for a month, please leave a comment in the comments section.

Signup is open now, and will end Thursday, April 28th, 6 pm US CDT. I will contact the new host and make the announcement shortly after I hear back from him/her.

If you would like to know more about how this challenge works, please see the plan.

Meanwhile …
Charlene seems to be a little bit pre-occupied (or should we say distracted) by Bonnie’s new Jewel gnome, but more about that later. For now she did do her duty and added Debbie’s adorable heart hexagon to the map.
Charlene thinks that the heart is from TT22 to her … JUST her …

(Photo credits: All Heart and Flowers Mat photos by Debbie Shelmidine. Used with permission. All rights reserved.)

Soo Much History!

TT22 arrived safely at his April host and was welcomed with an instant weaving session. TT22 and his new host Debbie then got to chat over a cup of fiber coffee …

Meet Debbie, who lives with her family in Norfolk, NY. Debbie is a multi discipline fiber crafter, but her pin loom resume alone is one of the longest you can imagine. It’s like an amazing NOT BORING history lesson of pin loom weaving!

Debbie’s projects on Ravelry go as far back as 2007, the early years of names like Jana Trent and her eloomanation website and blog, early days of the Looms to Go group (Debbie is one of the admins), and the years when Weavette looms were THE 4″ square pin looms of the day …

It’s difficult to pick just a picture or two of Debbie’s pin loom creations, so here is a little slideshow:

Debbie recently picked up pin loom weaving again, has been teaching classes, and got her first TURTLE loom earlier this year, which brought TT22’s travels to her attention.

Follow Debbie and TT22 during their April weaving adventures on Instagram and on Ravelry.

Hope to see you there!

Travel Turtle ’22 – Announcing the April Host

Congratulations!
Debbie Shelmidine from Norfolk, New York,
will be our host for the month of April!

Charlene had been reading all the comments, and was dreaming of shopping at 5th Ave in NYC, and having birthday cake in Oregon, and she LOVES making infant items … it was good to have Mr. Random at hand to make a neutral choice.

Now Charlene wants turtle pancakes with maple syrup, since she learned that the state tree of New York is the Sugar Maple!

Thank you to all who signed up for a chance to be the next Travel Turtle host … for those who didn’t get a turn yet, please try again next month!

Coming up next … It looks like our April host Debbie has a lot of pin loom history to share, so stay tuned for her story …