This month there are lots of ideas for Christmas gifts in the gallery and pattern suggestions, and a bonanza of finished handspun jumpers and cardigans.
This is a very tactile issue. Two bloggers have written separately about the feel of the fibre in your hands while carding, and another comments that when you make clothes from scratch, the fibre passes through your hands many times.
In the stories this month, an antique wheel restoration and a visit to an Indian community prove that you don't need modern expensive tools to spin and weave.
I must add an apology and correction. In last month's HSN I incorrectly said that Felicia Lo of SweetGeorgia Yarns is in the USA, but she's actually from British Columbia in Canada. I've corrected the issue that you'll find online but I can't change the version that may be in your inbox. Many thanks to 'proud Canadian' S for letting me know.
Read on for this month's round-up of news, views and reviews for spinners, knitters, crocheters, dyers and weavers.
In the media
Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen speaks at Saltaire event, new sign and stamp recognise home of the Spinning Jenny, 'Tartan With a Twist' design competition
The memory in the hands, a good day to dye, Gestrike wool, time to shake up the woolsack, postcards from Rhinebeck, Regionally specific craft techniques, Spin Together competition results, planned colour pooling, what tpi does the best job?
Broiderie Stitch has written a detailed blog post about her award-winning shawl.
The yarn is hand spun from wool, silk, and bamboo, somewhere between laceweight and a light fingering.
She knitted the undyed yarn, and then dipped the finished shawl in 'brilliant' yellow before carefully applying red. It's very effective and I recommend seeing more pictures of the finished shawl as well as the steps along the way.
At first glance this does not look like a photo-heavy blog post, but use the left and right arrows at each side of the banner photo at the top to see lots of photos that will make you nostalgic for in-person fibre events.
Spin Together took place between October 2 and 9. it's a team yardage competition with prizes in other categories.
The results have now been announced and are available at the link below. I recommend a look through the pictures of the winners and runners up in the 'most beautiful' and 'wildest' categories. My thubnail shows yarn by Aleatha Isaacs of Team New Hue Spinners which won second place in 'wildest yarn'.
When little needs saying except 'beautiful colour'
Is this the little skein I carried?
The marling or barber-poling is strong in this yarn and that's not to everyone's taste. However, this is one of 6 skeins of handspun yarn (total 2,323 yards) that Knit/Wit is about to knit into a Shifty sweater. I can't wait to see the final effect.
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Keeping this wheel spinning
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The pattern is now available and there are already some knitters making the sweater. If you'd like to join them then you'll need 1620 - 2785 yards of DK (11 wpi) yarn in three colours, natural shades suggested.
I think I may have suggested a pattern from Confident Knitting before. It's an e-book costing £20.
This pattern uses modular knitting. This means working in small sections that are joined as you work. It allows for colour switching, and also means that you are only working manageable rows, in this case no more than 25 stitches at a time.
11 - 13 February 2022, 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.
23-24 April 2022, 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.
I'm Shiela Dixon, I've beeing doing this for around ten years in order to promote and encourage the craft of spinning.
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