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WWW: Yarn for Good Cause; residue of creativity; shapes and order

It’s the season of giving. Do you use yarn for your charitable work? Yarncanada.ca partnered with Bernat Yarn and Patons Yarn to give away a total of $2000 worth of yarn to 12 individuals and groups. The deadline to apply is December 31, 2018 and is is open to Canadians and Americans (sorry rest of the world!). Learn more and place your request at www.yarncanada.ca/for-good. Both of these articles make me think of free-form crochet. From The New York ...

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A Few Knitty Knits for Handspun

If you are in the US and like me, starting to get antsy thinking about what to knit over the Thanksgiving weekend, I’ve got some suggestions. These are patterns not designed for handspun, but would look amazing in handspun, even some of your first handspun. They are all very straight forward to knit and can be worked on while chatting, watching tv, after a cocktail, or in a turkey coma.   First up is Calorimetry , it uses less than 100 yards of chunky yarn and would look fantastic in a bright variegated yarn. Look at all of the handspun versions on Ravelry!      Next is Wolkig, a cozy ,cozy cowl. ...

WWW: Squam lives!; tube textile designers tell tales; KneuroKnits for teens with ASD

Like many of you, we were very sad to hear that Squam would not be continuing. But just this week, we heard that a new leader had taken up the reins, and Squam will go on! Hallelujah! Finally something good is happening in 2017. If you’re lucky enough to be in London this Thursday, you can hear Harriet Wallace-Jones and Emma Sewell of the Wallace Sewell Studio (that’s them above) talk about their approach to textile design through woven fabric. Who are these women? Well, among other things, they’ve designed fabric for the Tube and Trains that run around London. Click the photo to hear a short clip ...

Alternate Fiber Craft Uses for Tom Bihn Accessories

It’s no secret that I am a big fan of Tom Bihn products. I have several different bags and backpacks, I use one or another Bihn bag daily. One of my favorite things is to figure out different uses for Tom Bihn accessories I have. Here’s what I’m using now:     Snake Charmer This bag is for taming electrical cords, but I’ve used it for many other things. My husband uses one for his travel espresso rig. I use one in my Hansen bag for my the power cord, battery, and foot pedal for my miniSpinner. I use another one to carry my Purl and Loop little looms, one side for looms and tools and ...

WWW: poppies for remembering; poppy patterns; NICU babies in costume; a play inspired by knitting

In countries like Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK, poppies signify remembrance of those who fought in wars and died. In tribute, we wear a poppy on our lapel. In Godalming, Surrey, they went a step further this year. Volunteers covered the town center with 6000 poppies…–> It’s beautiful. Want to make some poppies of your own? Here’s a crochet version with 5 options and a knitted one by our friend, Laura Chau. I can’t stand it. Tara Fankhauser is the coolest NICU nurse ever. Look at the costumes she created for the little patients she’s caring for. In related news, when ...

Five Tips for Getting Gift Spinning (and Knitting) Done

Tomorrow is November 1. All around the fiber world people will start thinking about making December holiday gifts. Some very organized folks have already started, some even wiser folks just don’t do it. But most of us will make at least a few gifts to give. If you are like me the closer the holidays get, the bigger my list gets. I want to shower all of the people I love with handspun and handknitted gifts. I try to be sane about it, I try not to feel bad about it when it all doesn’t get done, but I do love the rush of planning and making to a happy deadline. Here are five tried and true tips for getting ...

WWW: Cotton and flax back on UK looms; WWI sock club turns to books; all cashmere is not equal (you don’t say)…

A company that has been around for 156 years, and has been making bedsheets for the Queen for at least some of that time, is bringing cotton weaving back to the UK. It’s been done in Italy until recently. I’m so glad to see the historical fiber arts working their way back to the UK, one by one. And lo and behold, flax is making a comeback too! Meet Flax Mill Textiles. In heritage coolness, it seems this centenarian book club started out in WWI as a group who knit socks for soldiers. Started because they thought they should be multitasking beyond chatting when knitting, the group buys books for their ...

PLY Away Registration is Saturday!

PLY Away registration starts on Saturday at 8am CST! Are you ready? Here’s a handy page that has a guide to registration, a registration cheat sheet and a downloadable schedule with class descriptions. Here’s what I’m teaching: Living Color: The Ultimate Braid Class –2 Day Class Spin and Nosh: Sheep Sampler: Down Breeds – Half Day   Yarnitecture 2 : Shop to Shawl, Spinning for a Specific Project – Full Day Class Pretty Maids All in a Row: Successive Color Plying – Half Day Class   I hope I’ll see some of you in my classes!

On the Road: The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas

  The Yarn Barn in Lawrence, Kansas is one of the biggest and best fiber shops in the country. I might be a little biased since I lived in Lawrence for more than decade and started all of my fiber fun at the Yarn Barn. I recently went back to visit and remembered to take pictures. The current location of the Yarn Barn used to be a bookstore and newsstand, it has a ton of floor space. They carry a huge array of tools, fiber and yarn for knitting, weaving and spinning, and have classes.       Need a new wheel? You can walk out with one here , no waiting. There were at least 20 wheel to try on the ...

WWW: The Knit Show is LIVE!; everyone can wear horizontal stripes; the conundrum of Innocent’s smoothie hats; sheep to help you sleep

We’re thrilled that our friend Vickie Howell’s The Knit Show project, funded by Kickstarter (go crowdfunding!) is finally live and we can watch it! After watching the first few episodes, I’m very happy to have been one of Vickie’s supporters, and can’t wait to see what other cool people and techniques she’ll be featuring in future shows. Yay Vickie! Yay crowdfunding! Via one of my favorite Brits, Eleanor  of Knit Nottingham comes this link to a blog post from the past (via the retired blog Knitting at Large) that needs to be read: it makes my heart happy: Horizontal stripes do NOT ...

WEBS First Spinning Summit

  WEBS, the yarn store, yes THAT yarn store, the giant holy grail of yarn shopping, had it’s first spinning retreat, Spinning Summit and I was lucky enough to teach there. WEBS has an excellent selection of both spinning and weaving tools. Here’ a peek at the Spinning Summit: The teachers were Amy King, Beth Smith, Abby Franquemont and me. We each taught three, 3-hour classes over two and half days. The whole Summit lasted from Friday night until 2pm on Sunday. I think it was a perfect amount of time. The Spinning Summit had an employee photographer, Ashley Flagg, so you can actually see pictures of ...