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

Review of Creativebug – fun friendly quick online learning

Creativebug feels like Pinterest come to life. Short, bite-sized snackable tutorials, curated and quick. This makes it feel fun, friendly and light. Most of the creative online learning platforms I'm reviewing in this series have the same features: video players, shared student projects, downloadables, etc. So it's worth it to focus on what makes them… Continue reading Review of Creativebug – fun friendly quick online learning

Yarn review: Lyonesse by Blacker Yarns a linen-wool blend

I was very pleased when Sonja of Blacker Yarns offered to send me sample skeins of their new Lyonesse yarn to review, and I'm delighted to share a review with you. I was given two samples to play with: One icy blue Aquamarine in DK and a shimmery Ruby in 4 ply. I have to… Continue reading Yarn review: Lyonesse by Blacker Yarns a linen-wool blend

How to KonMari your yarn stash (part 2!)

I love the KonMari method. In the previous post, I mentioned how I started sorting through my stash. I mainly wanted to do this because I know I have too much for me right now and I'm worried that my past self wrote knitting cheques my future self can't cash, or knit (?). In her… Continue reading How to KonMari your yarn stash (part 2!)

The Life Changing Magic of Stashbusting

I recognize that writing a blog post belies my struggles with decluttering. Why am I at the computer and not elbow-deep in stash? Well I didn't accumulate the stash in one day, so this isn't going to be easy. I got the idea to sort my stash after being reminded of the Life Changing Magic… Continue reading The Life Changing Magic of Stashbusting

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

Colours for KnitBritish’s Hap-pening!

I have NO business doing this, but I made an impulse to purchase wool for the Knit British Hapalong, (Hap-KAL?) A hap is usually a square shawl, more like a blanket you can cuddle someone up in. Here's a bit about the history. I found out about it through Ravelry in the Knit British group.… Continue reading Colours for KnitBritish’s Hap-pening!

Patterns for handspun part 4: Modular knitting patterns

So far in this series, I've covered different ways to make the most out of small amounts of yarn, combining it with commercial yarn, or combining it with other handspun. In this final post, I wanted to focus on patterns which could particularly show off the awesomeness of handspun. There are many great example of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 4: Modular knitting patterns

Patterns for handspun part 3: Layering garments

The likelihood that you'll reach your hand into the stash and come up with a sweater-weight of wool is highly unlikely. It's more likely to find you have enough for a shawl or a cowl, and that would be a pretty clear solution. However, how many shawls can you wear? I've already rounded up some… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 3: Layering garments