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Handspun Summer Sachet

This summer I challenged myself to make a quick handspun project that I could make while traveling, something portable, something useful. I made a Summer Sachet. It needs two Schacht Zoom Loom squares, a bit of yarn for embroidering and sewing and a little dried lavender. Zoom Loom squares only need 8 yards of yarn, quick to spin on a spindle. The stitching yarn uses even less yardage. I used a braid of Lisa Souza’s gorgeous (and so soft) Superfine Merino ...

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A Spinning Giveaway!

One lucky spinner will win 4 oz of BFL/ Tussah (a $22.95 value) from Three Waters Farm to make Lynne Vogel’s Indigenous shawl from the current issue of Knittyspin. You want it don’t you? Leave a comment below by noon, eastern time, tomorrow (Wednesday, November 10). If you are chosen, you must answer a super secret question to be declared the winner. Our winner will be announced on Friday, November 12.

Qiviut Sock Yarn & A NaKniSweMo Update

I’m a sock knitter who has poor circulation and lives in a cold climate, and therefore I’m always on the lookout for the most interesting and warmest sock yarn. And just the other day, at Toronto’s Creativ Festival, I found it: Cottage Craft’s Qiviut blend sock yarn.  It’s a yummy blend of qiviut, merino, bamboo and nylon, so it will be wonderful to work with, fabulously warm – and hardwearing. (Be warned, there’s none of this currently listed on the site, it looks like they are sold out.  Sorry!) I bought it at the Rose Haven Farm both.  Linda, the lovely proprietor, only ...

Cookie A. Giveaway Winner!

Our winner is… Mandy F. If you’re not the lucky one, don’t forget that you can order a PDF of the book or preorder the physical copy, and shop for Lorna’s Laces yarn at your favorite yarn shop. In the meantime, console yourself by revisiting Cookie’s amazing contributions to Knitty. Pomatomus: the sock that started it all. Monkey: a classic for our times. Hedera, Beaudelaire and Clandestine: lacy and gorgeous. And Red Herring: easy and unexpected colorwork.

The rest of the trip

When last I blogged, I’d caught  you up about halfway on our recent trip to the UK and France. The first half was a real treat, being driven around in a luxury coach with really nice knitters and a tour guide I’m still crushing on. One of the bonuses of this trip was that it took us right across the path of our good friends Brenda and Tonia who live in West Wales. So we planned to stay with them for a few days after leaving the group. We haven’t seen each other since the Sea Socks cruise in 2008, and we missed them! Here they are in Tenby, one of our favorite places on the trip. I love these women. ...

WWW: New Cookie A. Book & Giveaway!

We’re thrilled to hear of the release of friend of Knitty’s Cookie A. new’s book, Knit.Sock.Love. Full of her wonderful and creative work, Knit.Sock.Love contains 19 patterns, 7 of them entirely new.  A PDF version is available now, and the book physical book can be preordered, from Cookie’s site above. And, as I’m sure you’re hoping, our next ninja-bonus giveaway is a whole bunch of sock knitting love in the form of Cookie A’s brand new book Knit.Sock.Love  and a pairs’ worth of Shepherd Sock yarn from the wonderful people at Lorna’s Laces to make the socks ...

In Search of Fiber Fiesta Fiber!

Do you dye fiber? Create spectacular batts or fiber blends? I’m gathering fiber for  Knittyspin’s 2011 Fiber Fiestas. Knittyspin’s Fiber Fiestas are held quarterly. We invite a group of spinners with varying levels of experience, and each samples your fiber.[We do have enough Fiber Fiesta spinners.] All reviewers are asked to spin, set, and knit with the fiber, putting it through the same process an average spinner would. In order to have your fiber included in an upcoming yarn Fiber Fiesta, please send at least 8 oz of each type of fiber you’d like considered for review. Multiple submissions [more ...

NaKniSweMo

You might have heard for NaNoWriMo… National Novel Writing Month?  Started in 1999, the idea was to encourage writers to set themselves a goal to write a 50,000 word novel in a month, in the otherwise grey and uninteresting month of November. Our own clever Shannon Okey decided that she had enough novels, but needed a new sweater, so NaKniSweMo was born – National Knit a Sweater Month.  After all, most sweaters have at least 50,000 stitches – and goodness knows, knitting a stitch is easier and faster than choosing the right word… Shannon’s  hosting a KAL on Ravelry, and has created a ...

Lizard Ridge Leftovers Vest

The minute I saw the Lizard Ridge blanket on Knitty – long before I was part of the team – I knew I had to knit it.  I’m a big fan of Kureyon, and the idea that I could buy and play with 24 different colors – well, how could I say no? I worked on it over the winter and spring of 2007, and finished it up June 19th, 2007.  It’s a fabulous piece, and I adore my blanket. It sits proudly on the couch – often being rested upon by an animal. In the 3 years since I’ve finished it, I’ve held onto the bag of leftovers – 48 golf-ball sized balls of Kureyon. I knew I was ...

WWW: An important date, wool bones and rubber balls

A very big Happy Birthday to Amy, our Editor-in-Chief. Lift a cupcake in her honor today! This knitted skeleton is an absolute masterpiece.   Ben Cuevas, an artist based in California, created it as part of a mixed media piece for Wassaic Project (an arts collective and residency program located in New York state).  The skeleton sits in the lotus position atop a stack of cans of  condensed milk, with a cloud of screen prints on Flexi glass suspended above it. look and be amazed. The artist uses a lot of fiber – specifically  knitting and crochet – in his work.  In his bio, he states that he enjoys ...

Fiber Expo: I May Have Shopped

This is the fourth year that there has been a Fiber Expo in my town. Now, it’s not Rhinebeck, but with 77 vendors, I was still able to make my spinning heart cheer and credit card cry. All the vendors I bought from are local to Michigan, but sell online. I’ve got a bunch of spinning to do. Here’s what I got: A BFL fleece from Cross Wind Farm. Two 8oz bumps of BFL/Cormo from Cross Wind Farm in colors to chase away the gray Michigan winter I may have gone a bit of  batt binge at this show. This one is from Hands and Notions. Her packaging is great isn’t it? Yellow and pink are two colors I ...