I finished another knit hat with handspun this weekend. This time I used a skein of yarn that started as a bump of super wash merino from Pigeon Roof Studios, who is no longer dyeing. I’m so sad I didn’t discover her sooner; I love how her bumps have turned out when I spun them. … Continue reading Handspun Lifted
I spun the yarn for my latest hat during Tour de Fleece 2018 and Spinzilla 2017 (the only Spinzilla I've done). Both started out life as 2 ply fractal spun yarns, but I ended up cable plying them both, which essentially means I made the 2 ply yarns into center pull balls and plied the … Continue reading Peasant Cap: From Spinning Fiber to Finished Object
You would think I carefully planned my first hand spun (and first steeked) sweater but, dear reader, I did not. I just got lucky. I bought a brown merino x fleece at a local farm when my knitting group visited it in spring 2010. I had just started spinning the previous summer and this fleece … Continue reading My First Sweater Made With Hand Spun Yarn
It's already been too long since TdF ended and I got my projects mixed up in my last post. I did just finish spinning a batt of merino naturally dyed with indigo and butterfly bush, but I started that after TdF. I forget about two other yarns that I spun between the last part of … Continue reading Addendum to Tour of My Tour de Fleece
I've been intrigued but daunted by weaving since a few of my knitting & spinning friends started and I swore I wasn't going to add it to my repertoire. The cost of additional equipment also put me off, even starter rigid heddle looms range from around $100-$300. And floor looms, perhaps the ultimate in looms, … Continue reading Weaving? Weaving.
Over the last week or so, I've been super-busy. My knitting friends have been encouraging me for a long time (trust me: for at least a year) to start a shop, if not a brick-and-mortar yarn shop, then a shop on etsy, or really, someplace online. A brick-and-mortar yarn shop seems like a pretty high … Continue reading The Yarn Office, The Post Office, and Fleece Washing
For once I have too much to write about: SVFF, natural dye projects, the sweater I'm knitting out of my own handspun yarn, roller derby, and probably some other things I'm forgetting about. I'm planning on posting more about all of this stuff, particularly the natural dying (madder, mushrooms, pokeberry & bittersweet), but I've been … Continue reading Catching Up: Shenandoah Valley Fiber Fest
I started knitting again when we lived in IL and found a knitting group here in VA two years ago. I came across Wendy's Keele's Poems Of Color on the Knitter's Review forums when I was exploring color work and have loved those designs and the story behind them for quite some time.Last year, against … Continue reading Bohus Stickning or What I Do In My Spare Time, ed. 1