Saturday, September 27, 2014

Crochet Pineapple Flare Sweater

Crochet Pineapple Flare Sweater for girls


  • single crochet
  • double crochet
  • chain


Written instructions with row by row photo help.


12 stitches x 8 rows = 4 inches


  • chidrens
  • girls
  • 2/4 years
  • 6/8 years
  • 10/12 years
  • 14/16 years


  • Size G crochet hook
  • 4 to 7 oz #4 worsted weight yarn
  • tapestry needle to sew in loose ends


4 ounces of worsted weight


 Caron , Red Heart or Bernat

Instant downloadable PDF file when purchased at Craftsy. 
Click on this link to purchase.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Plus Size Crochet Fan Vest Pattern

Crochet Fan Vest Pattern
Designed for Large to 6X
Plus Size Crochet Vest


 Women, Girls, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized 


  Advanced Beginner 


  • Stitches Used: ch - chain sc - single crochet dc - double crochet tr - triple crochet sk- skip


Lovely lace Jacket Vest
Designed to fall just above the hips.
Believe it or not, this length actually flatters the fuller figure because the garment doesn't reach the hips, it gives you a slimmer look.

Will need 730 to 1100 yards depending on size

I use Craft Yarn Council standards for sizing

Plus Size Women Tops
Plus Size Crochet Patterns
Women's Plus Size Crochet Patterns


12 dc x 8 rows of dc = 4 inches


  • Instructions are for sizes L - XL (1 - 2, 3 - 4, 5 - 6)


  • Size H crochet hook Size 4 yarn

This pattern and several other Plus Size patterns are available at my Craftsy Shop with instant downloadable patterns.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fast and Easy Crochet Shrug Small to 6X from Copper Llama Studio

This pattern is available in an instant download with purchased at my Craftsy shop

Fast and Easy Crochet Shrug 

Small to 6X






 Women, Boys, Petite, Tall, Plus-sized 



SKILL LEVEL: Beginner 


  • single crochet


This pattern is really fast and easy
Sized for small to 6 X
Uses a size N crochet hook to work up fast
Red Heart Symphony was used to make the shrug that is shown. I believe this is a discontinued yarn, but any #4 worsted weight yarn will work

Finished Size:
Small 34 x 38
Medium 36 x 40
Large 38 x 42
1X to 2X 40 x 44
3X to 4X 42 x 46
5X to 6X 44 x 48

This pattern is available in an instant download with purchased at my Craftsy shop


9sc x 13r = 4 inches


  • small to 6X
  • Finished Size: Small 34 x 38 Medium 36 x 40 Large 38 x 42 1X to 2X 40 x 44 3X to 4X 42 x 46 5X to 6X 44 x 48


  • size N crochet hook
  • tapestry needle to weave in loose ends


600 yards of Worsted weight


alpaca, wool, worsted

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Double Decker Bird Nest

Double Decker Bird Nest

Top Floor - Doves
Bottom Floor - House Sparrow

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Easy Crochet Dog Sweater for Small Breed Dogs

Easy Crochet Dog Sweater for Small Breed Dogs

All you need to know is how to do a single crochet to make this cute sweater for your dog.  This pattern has sizes that will fit cats and baby goats too.

Listing is for a DIGITAL PDF Pattern ONLY

Pictured is a size medium on a mini Doxie

For best fit, measure your dog around widest part of chest and add 1 inch for ease. Back piece can be worked to any length. Measure your dog from the base of the neck to the hip or base of tail and work the back piece to that measurement.

Finished size: 

Written pattern includes photo help

Stitches Used: 

ch – chain
sc – single crochet


Worsted Weight Yarn
I have used Red Heart Super Saver and Lion Brand Cotton-Ease 
Size I and G crochet Hook
Tapestry Needle

The texture is beautiful and the sweater is perfect for Spring and Fall.


Due to the nature of pattern purchases, there will be NO RETURNS on this pattern - even if you read this listing incorrectly, I cannot refund your payment. Please make sure you read the details carefully before you purchase.

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Mayan Paddle Spindle Spinners

We have added Paddle Spindles to our line 

We are offering your choice of 6 or 8 inch Spindles

Paddle Spindles have been around for some time, yet very few spinners know about them.  They work from the park and draft method of spinning, making it easy on those of us that suffer from arthritis, carpal tunnel, fibromyalgia or tendonitis. 

The Mayan spindle is a great tool that takes up very little storage room, gives excellent control over the yarn as it is formed, and can be used in confined areas where a drop spindle does not have enough space to be effective.
The Mayan spinner comes in 2 pieces: the shaft and the paddle .

If you do a search for Mayan Spindles or Paddle Spindles you will find several wonderful videos and tutorials that show and explain just how simple and easy this spindle is to us.

Ours paddles are made of oak with the shaft made out of poplar wood.

We ship out all orders withing 2 business days with added insurance

$20.00 with FREE SHIPPING within USA


Friday, December 27, 2013

Turkish Drop Spindles

Hand Made Turkish Spindle made of oak, even the shaft is hand made in our shop.

You have a choice of a Notch at the top of the shaft or No Notch. Beginners usually prefer the notch at the top of the shaft to hook the leader and yarn to.

Turkish spindle make excellent beginners spindles because they are well balanced and easy to use. You do not have to have a lot of extras tools as this one will make a ball as you spin and wind on.

You can also use them as support spindles and spin short fibers such as cotton, camel, yak and cashmere's.

This Turkish Spindle weighs just about .75 oz (about 21 grams) and is great for spinning fine lace to sports weight yarns. .

Measures just about 6 1/2 inches.

Arm width is about 3 inches from point to point.

Since they are completely hand made one at a time, no two will ever be the same, each one is unique.

Each Spindle is hand sanded and coated with a non-toxic, chemical free Beeswax, Lavender Oil and Sweet Orange Oil.

Here's what some of our customers are saying:

"Hello!! I received my Turkish spindle from you a couple days ago. I already own a couple, but yours was a size I needed. I was at first impressed with the satin feel of the wood. But I must say this baby spins like crazy! I am use to my spindles having a notch on the top and was worried it may be difficult to spin on a spindle without it. Not so, its as easy for sure- in fact I never noticed that it had no notch or tree. I love its "sputnik" sort of 60's rocket design. Form and function. This is a must have. Donna. "

"If I were you, I would consider a retail price of $40 - $50 on the little spindle you sent me. It has a great balance and spins fast and long - it's really a good spindle. "

"This Turkish Spindle is wonderful. I love how fast it spins and feels balanced. It spins forever! Spinning was so easy - spins like a dream. What a joy to use. The craftsmanship is quite nice - with beautiful rounded edges and feels good in your hands. This handy little spindle packs away easily in a small space and is fabulous to take on trips. Love this spindle!" Thanks again!
Joey Ford
Cottage Dyeworks

This item is ship via USPS in a Priority Small Flat Rate Box.  Shipping is $5.80 and comes with tracking and insurance.

Do you want a Notch?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Fiber Lovers Metal Ornament Set

Fiber Lovers Set of 3 Hand Made Metal Ornaments

Each set includes 1 Llama, 1 Alpaca and 1 Sheep

I make each of these one at a time, no two can ever be the exact same.

This ornament set makes great gifts for all you fiber loving friends.  

Other Uses:
Christmas Ornament
Garden Ornament
Garden Tag
Yard Art
Gift Tag
Spinning Wheel Charm
Weaving Loom Charm
Wall Tag
Ceiling Fan Ornament
Car Mirror Charm
Office Decoration
Kitchen Decor
Wind Catcher
Patio Whimsy

$18.00 plus $4.25 shipping
I ship out all orders within 3 business days

Order Now

Monday, October 28, 2013

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Crochet Dachshund or Small Dog Coat PDF Pattern

Source: Crochet Dachshund or Small Dog Coat PDF via Copper Llama on Craftsy

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • single crochet, double crochet

Pattern Description:

Need a project that uses up all your left overs?
Have a dog that needs a new coat?
Here you go.
Easy Pattern that gives you a stained glass look when you use several different colors.
Pattern can be done with just two colors.
Sizes include 12 to 20 inch chest


9 rows = 4 inches
15 dc's = 4 inches

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • small, medium and large up to 20 inch chest


  • Size G Hook and all your left over yarns

You Will Also Need:

  • one or more doggies

Suggested yarn:

7 ounces of Worsted weight

Preferred Brand/Yarn:

Any Brand of Worsted Weight #4 Yarn 

 Measure widest part of chest to see if this pattern will fit your:
Chihuahua, Chi, Dachshund, Doxie, Bichon Frise, Bolognese, Boston Terrier, Chinese Crested, Cairn Terrier, Terrier, French Bulldog, Havanese, Jack Russell Terrier, Kyi-Leo, Maltese, Lhasa Apso, Miniature Pinscher, Papillon, Pekingese,Pug, Rat Terrier, Miniature Poodle, Pomeranian, Scottish Terrier, Silky Terrier, Shih Tzu

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I made a Turkish Spindle

After searching the web last night for a small Turkish Spindle and not finding one, I went out to my husbands work shop and looked around.

He has lots of small pieces of wood left over from other projects and I found a piece of redwood from a salvaged deck to play with.  I chose the redwood because it was already in cut into a circle and about the thickness I was looking for.  All I had to do was draw my arches and cut it out with the scroll saw.

This is what I came up with:

It measures just over 6 inches long and 3 inches wide

It's far from perfect, but it works !

I even shaped the dowel down to fit into the holes!  My craftsmanship needs lots of improving, but I think after consulting with my husband, I know what tools might do the job better.

I used the scroll saw to cut out the shape and a drill press to carve the openings. The drill press was not the best choice of tools to use for cutting out the center.  Next time I am going to use the scroll saw to cut out the center opening.  I used the belt sander to shape the dowel.

I don't know much on balancing spindles, but that didn't stop me
I was very surprised how well it does spin and how balanced it came out !

I like a bit more weight to my spindles and I think the redwood is too light to keep a good spinning rotation going, I added a metal washer and now it is more like the weight I like.  I don't have a scale to tell you the exact weight, but I think it is close to 1/4 of an ounce and 1/2 an ounce with the metal washer.

 I am going back out to the shed to find some hard rock maple and try it again.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What to do with those Bad Apples, Make Apple Cider Vinegar

It's Fall and if you have some extra apples that are just beyond eating, it's time to make Apple Cider Vinegar

When Fall comes around I start asking locals for their "not so good" apples left in the trees or on the ground.  Apples that no one would eat because of bruises and worm holes, but they are still good for livestock.  I feed them to my Chickens, Alpaca's and Mini Donkey as treats, but there is always enough left over to make some Apple Cider Vinegar.  There are still plenty of folks around here that don't use any pesticides on their apple trees and let nature take care of their trees, so they are very organic even without the "Organic" label.

To make Apple Cider Vinegar you don't need perfect apples, in fact, the older the apple the better vinegar it will make.  You don't want to use apples that have turned to mush, you want to use the ones that are just past the eating stage.  A bit soft is ok, but not mushy.  Fall apples make the best vinegar because they are higher in natural sugars than one's you get from your local supermarket any other time of the year. 

Here's what you need:

Apples -  ANY KIND  Today I am using a combination on Red Delicious, Granny Smith and Golden Delicious.  Use any apples you have, but the sweeter varieties will work the best. You can use the whole apple or just the peels and cores of apples you have eaten.
Glass Container - mason jars, glass bowls or any other glass container you can secure a mesh fabric around. Sterilize your glass containers in boiling water for 10 - 15 minutes.
Mesh Cover - You will need cheese cloth or any other material that will allow air to flow in and out, but keep bugs out.  I am using some left over pre-cut tulle I found in the wedding section in a craft store that I used for another project.
Starter - TOTALLY OPTIONAL. You do not need any starter, but if you have some left over mother from an earlier batch you can add a tablespoon or two to your new batch.  You can also use a tablespoon or two of sugar if you think your apples are sweet enough.  All the starter does is speed up the process. Here's a picture of some Mother from a previous batch.
Water -  Any water will do. 
A Dark Cabinet -  You will need to store your Apple Cider Vinegar in a cool dark place for at least 6 - 8 weeks while it is fermenting.

Cut up your apples any way you wish, I like to chop mine up into chunks so I can fit more into my jars.  Allow the apples to sit out in the air until they start to brown.
Stuff as many apples into your container as you can leaving about 1/2 to 1 inch of space above the apples so that the water will cover the apples.
Fill container with water
Add starter if you are using it
Cover with mesh fabric
Place in a dry, dark space
If you notice you are losing a lot of liquid during fermentation you can top off each container with some fresh water or apple juice. Unfiltered organic apple juice is the best choice.

That's it !

In a few days you will start to see some bubbling and foaming, don't panic, that is what it is supposed to do.  Fermenting has begun.  Leave your Apple Cider Vinegar to ferment for at least 6 weeks, you can ferment as long as you want, but it usually will take 6 - 8 weeks to get a good layer of "Mother".  You can start testing it around 4 weeks if you are looking for a weaker vinegar.  I like to ferment mine for at least 6 weeks.

After fermenting you can strain your vinegar through some fresh cheese cloth or any kind of mesh fabric and replace the fabric you used during fermentation with the mason jar lids.  If you used a glass container that doesn't have a lid, you should transfer to a glass container that can be sealed now.  I do not strain my vinegar, I like to keep the Mother in each jar.  Before I use it I shake it up real good to mix up the Mother and use as needed.

Remember to save the Mother !  It will speed up fermenting in your next batch.  When using the Mother as a starter, vinegar usually only takes 4 weeks to process.

Enjoying some sweet Fall Apples