Each month I find that a particular subject seems to pop up again and again. This month it's 'default yarn'. Every spinner has a default yarn, the one you tend to make when you 'just spin'.
Maybe you're aware of this and fancy trying something new. Lace maybe, or super bulky.
Do you use a diz? This month we see more than one example of beautiful nests that have been pulled using a diz, an instructional video and an experiment to demonstrate which way round you should hold a curved diz and why.
I hope you'll find plenty to love in this Saint Valentine feast of fibrey fun, features and freebies for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
The story behind those famous mittens: meet Jen Ellis
Jen Ellis is the maker of Bernie Sanders' now very famous mittens. Similar mittens that she has donated to charity have raised large amounts of money, and sadly has been the victim of other people selling items in her name.
They are sewn from repurposed jumpers and lined with fleece made from recycled bottles. Her own Twitter feed contains this video which is more of an advert for Singer (who have given her a better sewing machine). It does show a little of how she creates her mittems, read her full Twitter feed for more of her story.
For this 'sweater spin', Fiber sprite has taken three colours and blended them using her drumcarder to make the gradient. She has used a diz to pull the fibre into a roving (she links to an instructional video).
After taking this picture, she realised that there are a couple of places that she needs to 'fill in' with in-between' blends.
On Sunday 17 Jan, the Waltham Abbey Wool Show became 'WAWS at Home'.
Diana and Kate are reporting a successful show, with related podcasts, designer Q and A, and special contributions from Exhibitors.
You can access these from the exhibition home page, but I'd specifically recommend the exhibitor pages, which I'm linking to here. Most have a page on the WAWS website including pictures and in some cases videos.
When little needs saying except 'beautiful colour'
First skein of the new year
This yarn is notable for the lovely mix of colours, but what's surprising is that it's an eclectic mix of fibres from various batts. They include various types of silk and various wools, mostly merino, so Sarah has done well to produce such an even yarn.
If you like Yvonne, click the image to find her page, you can use next and previous to explore more cartoons.
Keeping this wheel spinning
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Squares, Stripes and Lice by Hanne Dale and Siri Angela Gamborg
The title refers to different patterns that appear in northern European knitting. This book is based on a history of the Norwegian knitting and textile industry, as exemplified by the Salhus Knitting Factory, which is now the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum. There are knitting patterns based on patterns taken from the factory's archive.
Yes the title says 'lice' and not 'lace'. There's no explanation for this in quiteayarnblog's review. Perhaps we have to read the book to find out about the lice.
Guzzisue has finnished this hat. I've checked back through her posts as far as the cast-on and the only thing she gives away is that the wool is from non-British breed(s). She has deliberately made the hat a little larger to accommodate a French plait.
This is the second of two weaving projects. This shawl is made using a strong warp yarn, as it uses the pulled warp technique, You can use any yarn for the weft, but more grabby yarn will require more force when pulling the weft.
This pattern is interesting for its warp fringe, and the pulling, which creates the wrapping shape.
At the top of this issue we learned about Bernie's mittens, and that they're sewn from fabric cut from knitted jumpers.
If you fancy knitting a pair rather than sewing a pair, then naturally there is now a wealth of patterns to choose from. Here is one that uses stranded colourwork, 200-600 yards of aran-weight yarn in four colours.
As I write this it's very cold and wintery outside, but unless you're a much faster knitter than me, it may be time to think about lighter tops for Spring.
This pattern has a lovely lacey yoke. It's designed for fingering weight held double, so use your imagination (and check for gauge). There's a suggestion of mohair lace with single-ply merino. Yardages given are for the combined yarn.
The pattern has a varied-length hem and a choice of two lengths. It also suggests that the pattern looks excellent "with 4-12" of positive ease" which sounds a lot to me but it's an option. The 3/4 sleeves have a little bit of ballooning.
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