Using scraps is one theme that has emerged this month. When you've lovingly spun your yarn, every inch of it is especially precious. DGY have a long list of ideas and tutorials. The All Together Now pattern is designed with scraps in mind.
Two of the suggested knitting patterns this month feature plain in-the-round stockinette. Sometimes you need mindless knitting. It's also great for showing off a little variegation or texture in your yarn.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
In the media
Sheep leads police on foot chase, national anthem on silk fabric, wool filters to be used on NASA mission, solar power helps Indian women make light work of cotton spinning
Journey Yarns, a shepherd's perspective, farm blend roving, what is grease, the Baldishol Tapestry, Flax harvest, antique wheel running again, sock monkey, dyed in the wool, collecting and dispersing wheels.
Solar power helps Indian women make light work of cotton spinning
Uttar Pradesh has distributed solar-powered spinning wheels to about 1,000 women annually since 2018, which the project organizers say gives women confidence and a bigger say in running their households.
The solar charkhas, worth 50,000 rupees or around 550 pounds, feature 12 spindles, a motor, battery pack, and a 400 watt solar panel.
Local clothing companies train the women and buy the yarn for weaving into khadi.
A. Sabine Schröder-Gravendyck gets hands-on and discusses exactly what we mean by grease. She explains grease, suint, yolk and lanolin and how understanding these things can help us make choices such as washing temperature and spinning in the grease.
This is an amazing story of streets shaded by crocheted blankets.
In scorching Spanish sun, it's not unusual for shopping streets to be shaded with some kind of canopy strung between buildings.
The authorities of Alhaurín de la Torre decided that they wanted to use a more sustainable and beautiful material than plastic. Local crocheters picked up their hooks and started making traditional granny-square blankets. The idea has spread to other Spanish towns and even a twin town in America.
The Baldishol Tapestry: far from shoddy after 1000 years
The Baldishol Tapestry was found when a church was demolished in 1879.
It had been used as insulation under floorboards, keeping it away from sunlight. But this article says that its longevity is also down to the "fantastic quality of the wool", from a breed of sheep that we today call spelsau.
This is a sweater with a history. Clare's mum made this pullover from handspun yarn in 1980. There's also a picture of Clare wearing it in 1980. She asks whether anyone knows of a similar pattern available today?
I do love to see spinning in public. It's more commonly seen with a drop spindle, but an e-spinner with a carry-case opens up the possibilities, especially if you find a handy wall socket, as Jazzturtle has done here while waiting at an airport.
Elina Juopperi's work in progress, Heritage, is created by stacking layers of raanus to eventually form a cube filled with memories and culture. It has been growing for some years and has reached its halfway point.
Saturday 19 November 2022, Queen's Hall and Plas Hyfryd Hotel, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
A celebration of all things woolly. From beautifully hand crafted items, clothing and footwear to knitting wool, fleece and all the equipment needed to make at home. Demonstrations run throughout the day with stall holders sharing their skills and knowledge with visitors plus wool skill workshops such as felting.
I'm Shiela Dixon, I've been doing this for around ten years in order to promote and encourage the craft of spinning.
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