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What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels?

Lately I’ve been thinking about what information is helpful to know before I start to spin a commercial braid of fiber. That led me to thinking, “What if Fiber Labels Were More Like Yarn Labels Yarn labels have lots of useful information for knitters. Granted, knitters are mostly trying to do one thing, hit that mighty gauge number, but the information on the the label helps then know what their fabric will be like. Spinners are working with a more ...

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Labeling Handspun; PLY Away 4 Registration is Open

One of the things I do to get ready for winter spinning, knitting and weaving is label my miscellaneous skeins of handspun. I’m pretty good at labeling my yarn, but a few still get through.  I’m not always thorough at labeling either. I tag my just-to-spin skeins with a tyvek wristband and the basics of the yarn – fiber, company, yardage (before finishing), and that’s pretty much it. I like to go back and add a little detail to these skeins.       I do this so when I want to knit or weave with my handspun that’s wasn’t specifically spun for the project I know what ...

WWW: pockets; #womensart; Rag Rug weaving; a Big Knit

Pockets in women’s clothing (and lack of functionality thereof) is a topic that is receiving lots of attention. Here are a few recent articles: Women's Pockets are Inferior Pockets: Articles of Interest #3 (podcast with full transcript) When it comes to women’s pockets, size really does matter Social media sites can be brutal. They can also be beautiful and #womensart is one. They are on holiday until 01 November, however there are over 21k tweets you can browse through to learn about remarkable artists. The photograph is of ‘Little Urchin Crochet Covered Sea Stones’ by Margaret Oomen. Each ...

Deep Fall Knittyspin European Dream Shawl

Are you looking for a cozy project for yourself or a gift as the weather slides to chilly, might I suggest the European Dreams shawl from this issue of Knitty? This shawl, designed by Benjamin Krudwig, is thick and quick. It uses Spunky Eclectic Targhee top and is spun long draw, thick and thin, then plied on itself. The WPI is 5-7, thick with extra Targhee squish.   The knitting is straight forward, just knits and purls, nothing tricky. It’s a great weekend project Benjamin made his shawl out of naturally color fiber, but it would be lovely spun in a dyed fiber, especially semi solid or a splatter dyed ...

WWW: Bunny ears; flax baskets to reduce plastic; Rhinebeck weekend

Little bunny Mimi was born without ears and her adopter has crocheted ears for her as well as other head coverings, including the flower crown shown in the photo. In Christchurch New Zealand, plastic bags are on their way out and flax woven baskets are being adopted by grocery stores as an alternative. The New York Sheep and Wool Festival (aka “Rhinebeck”) held at the Dutchess County Fairgrounds in New York is this weekend (New Hours: Saturday 9am-5pm, Sunday 9am-4pm). Will you be there? Whether it’s your first time or you’ve attended for years, here are some tips for making the most of your ...

How Much Fiber Do I Need? Rhinebeck Edition

Rhinebeck is this weekend, I can feel the shopping fever mounting! I get asked “how much fiber should I buy?” in most of my spinning classes. The urgency ramps up when I’m teaching at a fiber show or there’s a big show coming up. Do you know what you’re going to buy yet? I usually make a shopping map. Here are my quick and dirty shopping amounts for commercial fiber: 4oz – socks, hats, small cowls 8 oz – infinity scarves, big cowls, small shawls 12oz – big shawls, vests 16oz-32oz+ – sweaters. I make an x-large sweater; I always buy 2 pounds. Here are some of the ...

WWW: Knitted map; Weaving Hispanic Heritage; help knit Poppies

Looking to find your way to the Loch Ness Knit Fest? There’s a knitted map displayed in Inverness Airport! Ruben Marroquin taught weaving to fourth-grade students in Cos Cob, Conneticut earlier this month as part of National Hispanic Heritage Month. You don’t need to knit poppies alone. If you are near Newcastle’s Grainger Market (UK), there are knitting sessions on Tuesdays through the end of October.

Spinning at WEBS

WEBS had their second Spinning Summit this past weekend and I was lucky and grateful to teach. It was a mighty gang that gathered to spin with Amy King, Beth Smith and me. We taught three classes each. The attendees somehow picked three out of the nine classes. I taught Fractal Frolic, Successive Plying, and premiered a new class – Match Game. It’s all about learning to match, project, intention and yarn for a knitting project. I’m teaching this next in a couple of weeks at SAFF. My students were dedicated and really fast spinners. They had a ton of questions and burned through all of the material ...

WWW: poppies; local indigo farm; learning to knit

Poppies are being knit and crocheted to mark and remember the centenary of the end of the First World War. Marloes and St Brides — a community in the Welsh county of Pembrokeshire, UK — is working to make 2,000 poppies. If you would like your initiative included, please let me know. In Cleveland, Ohio, Artist Jessica Pinsky turned a a vacant lot into an indigo farm. Learn more about dyeing with natural dyes such as cochineal, fruity color drink powder, or acid dyes at Knitty! Last week on twitter, Amy shared this hilarious youtube video about learning to knit. Do you remember your first lesson? Creating ...

Magical Fiber Retreat, New Red Alder Retreat

Attention Florida or Florida adjacent spinners and knitters! The classes at the Magical Fiber Fantasy Retreat at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort are now being offered individually.  You can come and take a spinning or knitting class or two and not have to stay for the whole retreat ( though you may want to). There are still spaces in all of my spinning classes plus classes with Kirsten Kapur, Tanis Grey, and Alana Dakos available. Classes are November 7-10. Grab a friend and come spin with me!   Phenomenal weaver (and my friend) John Mullarkey is partnering with Rebecca Edwards to fill the fiber spot left ...

WWW: Dementia-Friendly knitted handwarmers; NH Wool Arts Tour; knitting while waiting

NH Wool Tour
In Glasgow, Scotland, knitters have stepped up and knitted over 70 handwarmers for people with dementia. Twiddlemuffs help to alleviate stress, anxiety and restlessness for dementia sufferers. The New Hampshire Wool Arts Tour is this upcoming October 6th and 7th. This year is a milestone, it marks the 35th year of the Tour! The free tours surround Hillsboro, in the south central part of New Hampshire. This October, share in the love of fiber and the animals that produce it. In Timaru, New Zealand, knitters are using their wait time before appointments to knit baby blankets. Is there a Knitty pattern you wish was in a ...