The scourge of the heavy “student spindle”

For the third time in as many weeks, on Saturday a would-be spinner told me of her woes trying to spin on a spindle. I diagnosed her problem: a way-too-heavy spindle. I have been delighted recently to demo spinning and learn more about how to break down the steps and condense my tutorials down to get… Continue reading The scourge of the heavy “student spindle”

Review of Fenella – a lovely yarn by Susan Crawford Vintage

I took a class at Edinburgh Yarn Festival with Hazel Tindall to learn fair-isle colour work. I liked my little cuff I created that day, but I sensed that I wasn't quite ready to dive into making my dream fair isle vest. I mention this, because I still have a fantasy that one day I'll knit a… Continue reading Review of Fenella – a lovely yarn by Susan Crawford Vintage

An Irish yarn for St Patrick’s Day

With the Euro having reached parity with the USD and today being St Patrick's Day, I'm hoping some knitters are considering a trip to Ireland. One of the most active threads on the Ireland Ravelry group is regarding info for visiting knitters. People also want to know where they can get their hands on an… Continue reading An Irish yarn for St Patrick’s Day

UK Fibre events: Spoilt for choice?

There's a thread on Ravelry which asks: have we reached a saturation point for fibre events in the UK? Currently there are 6 events with dates confirmed in the UK and Fibre events group on Ravelry. I am having trouble finding a record, but it looks like there was double that in 2014. Correction! @TravelKnitter… Continue reading UK Fibre events: Spoilt for choice?

Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in CT

Hanks of Marled yarn

I went with my sister and mother to a sheep farm: Sankow's Beaver Brook Farm in CT (Connecticut), near my brother's house. My sister was able to chat to Sue about the various trials and tribulations of sheep farming, and I dug into the piles of fleece and yarn. Sue was very lovely and answered… Continue reading Sankow’s Beaver Brook Farm in CT