Plying Spindle Spun Yarn

I love to spin singles on my spindles, but I’ve never been a fan of plying on a spindle. Instead I use my Kate 45 and ply on my wheel. All with the help of the humble drinking straw. My cop goes on the straw and the straw goes on my lazy kate rod. I have a pack of regular bendy straws that fit perfectly over the rods on my Kate 45 just loose enough to spin, but not so loose that the fly off when plying. The straw has to be taller than your cop but, not taller than your lazy kate rod. I slide my straw as far as it will go up the spindle shaft and slide the cop slowly onto the straw. I found that if I tried to ...

Spinning Winner!

Our lucky winning spinner of 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 is….. Anne Marie B. Happy Spinning Anne Marie!

WWW: 25th Anniversary of Knitter’s Magazine, Interesting & Important Knitters and a Very Long Scarf

This year marks the 100th issue of Knitter’s Magazine, and the 26th anniversary of XRX the company that publishes the magazine and many terrific books.  As of this issue, the magazine is being distributed both in physical copies and in digital format through the Zinio service. To celebrate the anniversary, Knitter’s has a special double issue with 50 patterns, and a digital version being distributed for free. More info here. Arthur learns to knit! In a new episode of the popular and long-running kids’ TV series, “Arthur Unravels“, Arthur’s grandma Thora teaches him to knit. In the ...

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 ...