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WWW: A Solar System Quilt from 1876; reviving the skill of engraving felt; loinloom festival

Completed in 1876, Ellen Harding Baker’s Solar System Quilt is stunning. (It’s left me speechless.) I apologize for missing sharing this before the event. The 5th International Loinloom Festival concluded on on December 7 in Diezephe, India. Plan now for next year! Ancestral art of engraving felt revived thanks to a project by Iğdır University (Turkey). Remember, if you have a link of interest for What’s What Wednesday, please share it!

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WWW: Yarn Crawl, cottage edition; Rhinebeck countdown; Patreon rewards

Amy is up in what is known as cottage country this week and shared a quick LYS stop on instagram. That lead us to learn about the Cottage Country Yarn Crawl in Ontario. This summer you can experience the scenic beauty of Muskoka, Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and beyond and take part in a yarn crawl from June to September 2018. That led me (Penny) to look at the calendar and realize there are only 87 days (as of today) until Rhinebeck! For the uninitiated, New York Sheep and Wool Festival, October 20 and 21, 2018 with New Hours: Sat. 9am-5pm, Sun. 9am-4p. Workshop registration is now open. Have you cast on your ...

What Do You Make with Your Handspun?

I’ve been excited and curious about many crafts lately besides knitting, I want to learn everything about them, and if they have anything to do with fiber or cloth I want to spin for them. The two that are big on my radar are embroidery and weaving. Other crafts that are jumping up and down trying to get my attention are sewing, punch needle, and watercolor. I want to be more methodical about some more than others. With embroidery I’m just jumping in, buying some gorgeous preprinted patterns to stitch, and every once in a while I’ll spin some yarn and stitch with it for part of the pattern. Weaving ...

WWW: finding shared interests; reaffirming faith in the internet; more than knitted toilet roll covers

tweet from @mellowbeing looking for knitting/crafters who code
Earlier this week, @mellowbeing asked on Twitter if she could find more knitters/crafters who code. After her success, she posted some advice if you’re looking to find those who share your interests. While focusing on the pottery community, this article confirms what know already: How Online Hobbyists Can Reaffirm Your Faith in the Internet. This isn’t one of those “it’s not your grandma’s knitting stories”. Not really. More than knitted toilet roll covers — hospital auxiliaries donate millions and help build a new emergency room. If you want to knit a Toilet Roll Cozy of your own, ...

Tips for Teaching Spinning

There is something about the summer, maybe it’s because I spin out of my house more, or because of the abundance of fiber shows, but I get more brand new people asking me to teach them to spin in the summer than any other time. I bet it happens to you too. Here are some of my tips for teaching a newbie.   Give them the ability to start and stop easily. Use the park and draft method on a spindle, and if you use a wheel make sure it’s one that is very responsive to stopping and going with just the treadles, and will spin smoothly with the drive wheel going slowly. New spinners should feel comfortable ...

A few minutes with Lisa Evans of Knitting & Yoga Adventures

Lisa Evans (left), a long-time Knitty advertiser, is the creative force behind Knitting & Yoga Adventures, a small business that offers Knitting Retreats in a variety of locations in the US. We asked Lisa to tell us more about her Retreats and the thought behind them. Q:  What made you decide to offer fiber and yoga adventures as a business? How long have you been doing these retreats? A: The idea of knitting retreats began many years ago when my own knitting group tried to join a local knit shop’s annual retreat to Monhegan Island, Maine, and there wasn’t room for us. Not to be thwarted, we organized ourselves ...

WWW: Alpaca Yoga Class; linen production; FIT/MIT workshop

alpaca yoga class
The inaugural 2018 Alpaca Owners Association (AOA) Natural Fiber Extravaganza sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber takes place July 13-15 at the Wilson County Exposition Center in Lebanon, TN and will feature the Alpaca Owners Association National Fleece Competition. In addition there will be a FREE hour-long yoga class with a group of friendly and beautiful alpacas at the Natural Fiber Extravaganza Sponsored by Long Hollow Suri Alpacas/ New Era Fiber. The classes will take place in the backyard area of the Wilson County Exposition Center on Friday, July 13 and Saturday, July 14 at 8 a.m. and be led ...

Tour de Fleece Update, Sheepspot Breed Club, TdF Tip

The Tour de Fleece is underway and people are spinning up a storm! Take a peek at the Instagram hashtag #tourdefleece2018 there are already close to 2,000 posts. I t’s all so inspiring. If f I’m honest it inspires me to shop as much as it makes me want to spin, there is so much beautiful fiber. What fiber are you spinning?         Looking for a breed study or fiber club? How about both? The Sheepspot Fiber Club is now open! Working with commercially prepped fiber, you can learnabout a different breed every month and spin some beautifully dyed fiber as you learn.       ...

WWW: Why is Apple so freaking dumb; 10,000 new knitters!; time to get the tits out

I’ve got some wonderful photos from the very recent TNNA trade show to share with you. Of course, Apple keeps moving where they let us store our photos every time they do an operating system update (grrr) and I’m having a heck of a time consolidating them all. As soon as I get this octopus handled, I’ll post a link on the blog! Meanwhile, Skacel is very NOT dumb. They are clever. They’ve launched the 10,000 New Knitters drive, providing free kits of needles and yarn to LYSs (and those of us who can do) so we can teach others how to. Go forth and make new knitters! (And when you do, tell your ...

Wisconsin S&W Registration is Open; So You Want to Be a Dyer?

Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival is a little gem of a fiber show. Held the weekend after Labor Day in Jefferson Wisconsin it has everything bigger shows have but without the stampeding crowds. This is a show that runs at a relaxing pace, everyone is having a good time, no need to rush. There are classes, vendors, a fleece competition and sale, sheep dog trails, and food trucks roll in from Madison. I’m teaching there again this year, Friday-Sunday, my classes are: The Gist of Grist, Pretty Maids All in Row: Successive Color Plying, Yarnitecture, and Colorplay: Stress-Free Ways of Spinning Color. Already ...

TNNA 2018 – Things That Aren’t Knitting

Amy, Kate and I are just back from the annual National Needlework Association convention, where we get to touch yarns and plan with yarn companies and designers. Amy posted to the Knitty Instagram all about the knitting side while we were there. I get so caught up in looking and touching new fiber things and the hugging of friends that I forget to take pictures, but I have a few. I do have to mention one yarn company that always makes me smile with their creativity, Freia Fibers. That dress is knit from their gradient yarns. I have a crush on Tina’s yarn akin to the crush I had on Noro in the 1990s. She has a ...