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Getting Ready for Tour de Fleece

This year I won’t be spinning for the Tour de Fleece. I’ll be be between teaching gigs, unpacking and repacking. I will be spinning, but not at a TdF level or with much focus. I love the massive amount of spinning, or just focused spinning I can do in three weeks. I like to not stress about it, including not watching actual bike racing. Some years I spin pounds, some (most) years I spin a skein of yarn. Last year I spun one skein of thick-ish sock ...

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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 ...

Thinking about Holiday Gifts: It’s Time

Do not yell at me! It’s time for me to think about holiday gifts, I didn’t say you had to. I’m not playing Rhinebeck sweater chicken, so It’s time for me to plan other fiber things. What do I want to make? Something perfectly handcrafted for each person I love in my life. What does the still rational not-caught-up-in-the-joy-and-delusion-of-holiday-making mind of mine think I will actually do? 2 woven scarves (commercial yarn) 4 zoom loom sachets (handspun) Something knitted and delicious that’s not a sweater (handspun)   I’m going to ask my local spinning and knitting friends ...

WWW: Yarnporium Ticket Giveaway; Lotus Silk Weaving; Algae-based Textiles

Yarnporium returns to London 2-3 November 2018 and is offering a pair of markethall tickets to one lucky Knitty Blog reader! This year’s show features even more makers and workshops, along with a yarn lovers lounge and talk series, all within the architectural splendor of Central Hall Westminster in the heart of central London. Teachers include our own Kate Atherley. Who, in addition to teaching is on a panel discussion about getting your independent pattern published, as part of the Makers Walking the Talk Series. Our usual giveaway rules apply. Leave your comment below before midnight eastern time on Tuesday ...

School of Sweet Georgia Discount for Knitty Readers

Have you seen Felicia Lo’s wonderful School of Sweet Georgia lately? Felicia has recently launched School of Sweet Georgia version two and it is dynamite. Instead of the standard “buy one class at a time” model, Felicia has created a immersive learning experience. For an annual fee that’s less than $20 per month, you can learn the ins and outs of spinning, dyeing, knitting, and weaving with a focus on color, color, color. In addition to deep dive video clases there are shorter mini workshops, live classes, a community forum, and a live Q&A monthly. All of the information about the school ...

WWW: accessible tartans, 3D weaving, exhibit on Filipino weaving

Cardigan of textural Tartan designed by Anna Cuinu
Student Anna Cuinu has developed a tartan for the blind using stitch patterns, buttons, and belts to simulate the fabric. Looking to apply your fiber arts skills to other areas, such as weaving a fabric that can replace steel? Advances in the 3D technology for weaving and knitting of composite materials have created that reality. That’s only the start, 4D textiles are also in development, you can learn more at 3D Textiles: Embracing The Depth. If you are traveling to Honolulu, Hawaii in the next two months, visit the Hibla ng Lahing Filipino Traveling Exhibition. This exhibit of Filipino weaving also includes ...

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 ...