I think Bernie (Bear in Sheep's Clothing Yarn) isn't the only knitter who taps when she knits. Once she showed me a welt in her index finger from where she taps on the needle as she knits. Like, a HOLE in the skin. She said she winces each time she taps, but can't really knit… Continue reading Tap when you knit? Use this cute finger protector.
In my previous rant about the student spindle, I pointed out you'd be better off showing people to spin with a CD spindle, and showing them how simple it is to make one, than giving them a way-too-heavy spindle. You really can spin with anything, and you don't have to spend a lot of money.… Continue reading A simple spinning on a stick demo for shows
My theory on Lazy Kate is that Kate was sick and tired of making plying balls. She thought of a way she could pop the bobbins down on her a contraption so she could spin away. And boom, the Lazy Kate was born. Her sister, Lazy Susan was impressed! I went to the US in… Continue reading The talented Mr. Thayer Syme of TravelKate
I have LOTS of fleece to wash, and if I don't get it all washed by Fibre East, I'm not allowed another one for a whole year. (My rules!) So I want to get it done quickly, effectively and create as little waste as possible. I've come across people saying they use dish washing liquid… Continue reading Power scour v Dish washing detergent for washing fleece
Deb Robson's 2-day Introduction to Wool Types at Fibre East was fantastic. It wasn't exactly a beginner class, but I was helped and encouraged to keep pace and gained some great skills. After all, I only learned spinning so I could take this class! Everyone else there was an experienced spinner and most brought their… Continue reading Fibrary from Fibre East
Since I'm in the US I wanted to purchase some items that I've been admiring.The Sirka counter was designed to handle "at the same time" instruction. It's really more than a row counter, and looks very different from any row counters designed to date. So if you have say, a top down raglan with shaping,… Continue reading Ingenuity: Sirka Row Counter
I really enjoy the knitting meet-ups with the Ravelry group. They are once a month-ish at the Dock Cafe, which is an honesty café. You pay what you like. You can bring your own lunch. I only noticed in tiny fine print last time, it's run as a sort of church. "Why did you have… Continue reading Ways to label swatches