A Stash of One’s Own – a book review

If you love yarn and talking about it, I highly recommend the anthology "A Stash of One's Own" by Clara Parkes. I listened to the audio version, and it's been such a relaxing read (yeah, I call it reading.) Franklin Habit's story about his Mum's stash is... just so beautiful, I can barely mention it… Continue reading A Stash of One’s Own – a book review

I decorate with sound

This post was inspired by listening to A Playful Day's interview with Felicity Ford of Knitsonik. I recommend it highly! What a great adventure in sound, something I didn't realize was so important. I am funny about sound, and I didn't even know it. I decorate with sound. I have certain bells on different doors in my… Continue reading I decorate with sound

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 CreativeLive – social creative learning

At the most essential, all of the online learning platforms I'm reviewing in this series have similar features: Online videos, some student interaction, a way to share projects - these are all common features. Most of the courses also follow a formula where the outcome is fairly clear. Such as "Learn to do X", where… Continue reading Review of CreativeLive – social creative 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

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

Review: Spinners Book of Fleece, the missing link!

close up from spinners book of fleece

Oh how I wish I had this book about two weeks ago before I ventured into the woolly world of fleece selection and preparation. Still, I’m fortunate to have discovered it as early as I have.  The Spinner's Book of Fleece by Beth Smith is like deep-diving into a breed study workshop. (If you're lucky enough… Continue reading Review: Spinners Book of Fleece, the missing link!

5 very good knitting podcasts

this is a scene from where i walk

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

Yarn review: Blacker Yarns, Gotland 4 ply

I almost want to write six different reviews for this yarn, but you'd think I was crazy right? But I have to say the three colours of the wool have subtle differences so you'd need three. Then I'd have to write a review in three different stitches and needle sizes. And I'm only talking about… Continue reading Yarn review: Blacker Yarns, Gotland 4 ply