Separate articles have turned up on the subject of cleaning yarn and fabric. In one case blood stains and the other smokey smells.
We're reaching the last few events of 2022, but I've now added all the 2023 events to our list that have announced dates. bonus points for the events that have only recently taken place and have still managed to announce their 2023 dates.
Read on for this month's rich round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
A yard a day for 30 days, krokbragd with fabric strips, tweed pocket, Icelandic sojourn, Antarctic knitters, What is a diz, symmetrical triangles, wool on the reservation, Christmas tree entirely out of yarn, Rick and Marge Reeves, Schacht Scrap, SOAR project gallery, rehackling flax, local bast, bracelets woven of hair, direct warping a rigid-heddle loom, vintage knitting and crochet patterns
But is is art...?
Ghizlane Sahli, Ara Thorose, Katrina Sanchez, Tatiana Barakova, Cecilia Vicuna, Zena Holloway
Remaining 2022 events and quite a few 2023 dates already!
In the media
Spinner spins 1.1km of yarn on Wainwright's 214 peaks
Susan Denham-Smith has taken spinning in public to extremes by climbing the 214 Wainwright fells with her portable Louet Victoria . She has spun 30 skeins of yarn measuring 0.6 miles (1.1km) which will be woven into a rug that will support a Lake District centre for children and adults with disabilities.
"The biggest challenge overall was finding somewhere stable to sit and spin on the summits", says Susan.
Debby has posted the details and pictures of this project on behalf of her friend Mary.
The idea was to use fabric strips in krokbragd weaving. Mary had to experiment to find the best kind of fabric strip, which turned out to be bias tape. She doesn't think that she'll go all the way and make a rug but this sample makes a nice casserole-sized hot pad.
Related to the story above, Interweave have some very useful tips for removing smokey smells from yarn. This can sometimes happen with eBay purchases, or maybe the yarn has been near a smoker or something smouldering or burning.
You may have to do a lot of scrolling to find them all but there are a lot of very nice Christmas crochet patterns here, many of them very quick, so there's plenty of time to make them for gifts or to decorate your tree.
This cowl and the Cuatro Wrap have an interesting construction, the triangles use two colours each, making for good on-the-go knitting. They're then grafted together. The cowl allows for four co-ordinated colours.
24 - 26 February 2023, Farnham Maltings, Hampshire
At the core of unravel's three day in-person festival is the curated marketplace which showcases independent producers, well established makers alongside first-time yarn show exhibitors from around the UK. In addition, on each day of the festival, there is an inspiring programme of bookable workshops.
22-23 April 2023, Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells
First held in 2006 to promote the market for Welsh wool and add value to product for small wool & fibre producers in Wales, the festival celebrates the green credentials of Welsh wool and its versatility as a material for creative crafts, designer clothes, home furnishings and more.
Wonderwool Wales has grown year on year. It covers everything from the start to the end of the creative process.
A list of accommodation and camping in the surrounding area is available on the Wonderwool website.
9 & 10 September 2023. Dewars Centre, Glover St, Perth PH2 0TH
Scotland's contemporary yarn and fibre festival. Bringing together independent dyers, farmers, knitters, spinners, felters and weavers. In 2018 nominated for the best yarn festival in the UK. Vendors' gallery marketplace, over 80 vendors, keynote event, social events and classes run over the weekend.
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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