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A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn

I have weaving on my mind these days. I’m ready to fire up my Cricket rigid heddle loom with something gorgeous and easy. The project I’m starting is a combination of handwoven yarn and commercial yarn. Choosing yarn is one of those things that can stop a new weaver from starting weaving. It’s overwhelming, and really we just want to use our stash or showcase our handwoven yarns. A Weaver’s Guide to Yarn by Liz Gipson is a gem. It gives ...

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Three Movies to Watch While You Spin

  It’s time to start feathering your fall spinning nest. For me part of that is gathering things I want to watch (or binge) while I spin. I often invite friends over on the weekend and we have a movie afternoon. Spinzilla is coming up and these would be great to keep your wheel flying along. I recently watched all three of these and recommend them highly.       Do you love historical fiction and great costumes? Do you think that reading books can change your life? The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society (on Netflix) will thrill you. It’s based on the book of the same title, but i ...

WWW: hacking a knitting machine; shawl library; share Farfield Mill

Australian software engineer Sarah Spencer hacked a knitting machine to create an amazing stellar map. It took over 100 hours to machine knit! The piece (worked over several panels) measures approximately 9 feet (2.8 meters) tall and 15 feet (4.6 m) wide and weighs about 33 pounds (15 kg). Swoon. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., lends handmade shawls to chilly researchers. (via @jillianmoreno) Which Which Knitty Shawl do you wish your library lent? Farfield Mill is the last working weaving mill in the Yorkshire Dales, in northern England. It is home to about 20 artisan businesses, the main retail ...

What to Do with Fiber Slush

Fiber slush is what I call all of the leftovers from spinning, the bits or lengths of unspun fiber that I can’t bring myself to just throw away. Using fiber slush is a great opportunity to just play with fiber. It’s not fiber I’ve bought with anything specific in mind, so what I use it for is to stretch my creative spinning and color muscles. I use it to make batts. Fiber slush is the perfect stuff to make heathered or tweed batts. I use it on my blending board. Small bits of special shiny fibers really stand out in rolags and mini batts. I use it to make oddball yarns, just grab fiber randomly and ...

WWW: Upcoming Fiber Festivals in Florida & New Mexico; Raising awareness of New Zealand’s wool industry; Knitted Poppies for Remembrance

NZ Wool Industry
The Orlando Public Library is hosting a Fall Fiber Festival in celebration of Central Florida’s fiber arts scene. The daylong festival will take place on Sunday, September 30 from 2-4 p.m. New Mexico’s Fall Fiber Fiesta 2018 is on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday November 16-18. This is the largest show in Santa Fe exclusively dedicated to handmade creations of New Mexico’s Fiber Artists. While New Zealand has a reputation as a sheep-loving nation, the country’s wool industry has been in a steady decline for many years. Locals are stripping off in an effort to revive the country’s national fibre and make wool ...

Back to School Spinning

How do you celebrate back to school time? If you have kids, there’s the relief of getting fall routines back. Maybe you can find the time for some extra spinning. Everyone enjoys buying new school supplies, for spinners it may mean a new spinning journal or some new small tools. Organization is in the air in the fall. I know I’m more of a fall cleaner and organizer than a spring cleaner. Fall is a great time to set yourself up for your own learning. What spinning skills do you want to learn next? Will you take classes online, at a local shop or at a fiber show, or use books, magazines or the knowledge of ...

WWW: Kristin Nicholas at Google; video of Eleanor Roosevelt knitting; a brief history of the tube sock

Eleanor Roosevelt knitting
Earlier this summer, Kristin Nicholas gave a talk at Google about “Crafting a Patterned Home” (see my review of her new book in our Spring+Summer 18 issue). It’s now up on YouTube, enjoy! The FDR Library (Presidential Library of Franklin Deleano Roosevelt) digitized and shared to YouTube 11 home movies including Eleanor Roosevelt knitting (begins at approx 2:25 of the first video). What Knitty pattern do you think she’d knit? A Brief History of the One-Size-Fits-All Tube Sock. To learn how to get your hand-knit socks to fit, please check out Custom Socks: Knit To Fit Your Feet by our Managing ...

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 in her South Pacific colorway. I spun and wove it as it came into a almost-worsted weight 2-ply for the square. For the embroidery, I broke out purple and ...

WWW: saving lambs with jumpers, learning through knitting, longest crocheted scarf record

knitted brachial plexus
Knitted jumpers are saving lambs lives. Canberra (Australia) craft shop Crafty Frog is a collection and distribution point. Please see the article for details if you are able to provide assistance. I love seeing knitting as a way to learn different complex concepts, such as human anatomy. From the knitty archive, I found Kristin Ledgett’s Heart from the Winter 2008 issue. In celebration of Madiba’s centenary birthday, a team effort broke the Guinness World Record for the longest crocheted scarf. It reached 29.17km and was laid out at the historic Nelson Mandela capture site in Howick‚ in the KwaZulu-Natal ...

Is Rigid Heddle Weaving for You?

Weaving. I know you’ve thought about it, maybe even looked at classes or looms. It seems like everyone has started weaving. It’s such a good way to use up stash! Rigid heddle weaving seems like a good starting point, but you’re not sure if it’s really for you. Liz Gipson is a genius at teaching rigid heddle weaving and she used to write a great weaving column, Get Warped for Knitty. She has just put up a free class called Why This Loom to help folks decide if rigid heddle weaving is for them. I really like using my rigid heddle loom with handspun, but I’m not doing it as much as I want ...

WWW: bold lace; waste paper weaving; weaving exhibit

waste paper weaving
I love finding combinations of techniques and materials that aren’t traditional. Canadian sculptor, Cal Lane‘s welding turns the ordinary into extraordinary lace. (via #womensart). This initiative by weaver Neerja Palisetty in Jaipur, India is a positive spin on a large pollutant, paper. Not only does it help reduce waste, it provides income opportunity. IIt was a surprise to open my local business journal to an article about an upcoming weaving exhibit at The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. During the exhibit, “Helena Hernmarck: Weaving In Progress”, the gallery space will also function as a ...