Patterns for handspun part 2: Contrasting yarn

I still can't seem to spin anything lighter than Aran/Worsted weight. So the yardage I get from a 100g braid of fibre is going to be pretty low. As I mentioned in my first post on Patterns for Handspun, Part 1, the obvious thing to do is simply search for patterns are 150 yards or… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 2: Contrasting yarn

Patterns for handspun part 1: Small projects

As I've been sampling and building my stash of handspun, I keep an eye out for patterns which would show off handpsun very well. So I wanted to make a round-up post of some of my favorite patterns. I'm breaking this post up into parts so it's slightly more digestible. I have a habit of… Continue reading Patterns for handspun part 1: Small projects

Raverly round-up: 18 Knitted skirt patterns

A knitted skirt is a socially acceptable way to wear a warm blanket around yourself. I saw this knitted skirt on Pinterest ages ago. It's a kit in mohair. I love the loose knit transparency, and having knit with some of the Blacker Yarns 4-plys I knew that it could be very warm, even if… Continue reading Raverly round-up: 18 Knitted skirt patterns

Five great knitting and spinning video podcasts

I wanted to point out some great video podcasts which focus on knitting and/or spinning. I notice some of the podcasts I've listened to in the past are switching over to video. I think it's a bonafide TREND. First let me say, I appreciate the time any podcaster takes to make great content I can… Continue reading Five great knitting and spinning video podcasts

Lightfrost shawl in all Fyberspates yarn

This pattern, Lightfrost by Louise Zass-Bangham, alternates silky stripes with translucent stripes. My recent attempts at other knitting projects reminded me I'm still very much a beginner. So I decided to try this super simple triangle shawl. The graphic effect of the stripes is a good pay off for something rather simple. I've also learned… Continue reading Lightfrost shawl in all Fyberspates yarn

5 very good knitting podcasts

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This isn't ALL the knitting podcasts. These are just the ones I've really gotten into and listened to consistently. Edited to add: I've since started watching video podcasts now that I'm spinning more and can knit for small stretches without looking. Check out 5 spinning and knitting video podcasts. Some of these hosts are going to… Continue reading 5 very good knitting podcasts

My first sweater and why I want schematics

OK, this isn't my first attempt at a sweater, but it will be the first I finish, by gum! It's for my grand-nephew. The first in his generation. If I was a really great great aunt, I would have started a baby jumper when I first heard my nephew's girlfriend was having a baby. I… Continue reading My first sweater and why I want schematics

Going to Unwind Brighton! Knitting, yarn and crochet festival

I found out recently I'm going to be in London for a work related week of intense work/fun/production. So I could easily rationalize getting to London on the Friday before to check out Unwind Brighton. Quel coincidence! Minor problem is that I had *already* rationalized booking into Fibre East one week later in July. Why… Continue reading Going to Unwind Brighton! Knitting, yarn and crochet festival