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

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

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

Tips for anyone embarking on YarnKonMari

I started writing what was going to be one blog post and I decided to write it all out. So this is part 3, wherein I warn the gentle reader if they are about to start on their YarnKonMari project. You can read Part 1 or Part 2 of this epic cull. You need time… Continue reading Tips for anyone embarking on YarnKonMari

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

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

Finishing my first handspun yarn. Beginner Plying!

party yarn! chain ply on left, two-ply on right

Plying is certainly one of those things that is much easier to understand when you try it. Right after I finished spinning my first handspun, I set about learning to ply. Plying has turned my random singles into.... *drumroll*... Voila: PARTY YARN I can't believe how lovely and FUN this yarn is. I don't have… Continue reading Finishing my first handspun yarn. Beginner Plying!

Yarn review: Blacker Swan Falklands Merino DK

This is one of the lushes softest yarns I've touched, more like suede and cat ears. If you consider I'm pretty much knitting through the Blacker Yarns collection, then this is some kind of zenith. I do promise to review other company yarns. I find myself suddenly away from my stash, and I had to… Continue reading Yarn review: Blacker Swan Falklands Merino DK