This finished skein looks overplied but it may not be. Singles relax, you may deliberately leave your singles to relax as Knit/Wit does. That means that if you test for balance as you ply then your yarn may be underplied.
Sarah discusses the subject as she plies and soaks this 'Stash Dash' yarn.
If crochet, particularly granny squares are your bag, then you may already know that 15 August was granny square day.
You can use the hashtag #grannysquareday2020 to see a million (ie more than seven thousand) pictures of people's 2020 granny squares. Hosts Simply Crochet encouraged people to crop their pictures so that the hashtag page makes a 'virtual blanket'. There are lots of resources on that page too to help you learn how to make and join granny squares.
Complementing the story above nicely is this picture of Jenn with her Woad harvest. Explore her Instagram feed for more pictures, this year she has extracted and dried 36g of indigo dye from 9kg of woad.
Eight reasons why knitting should be taught in schools
Yes, it's a clickbait headline and on a topic we've seen before. Some of the points here may be surprising though. I wasn't expecting mention of life skills such as patience and breaking the need to be perfect.
We've seen plarn being used to make sleeping mats for homeless people.
Kitty Quitmeyer enjoys making all sorts of items using old plastic bags. She uses a laser cutter for fine yarn, but says that you can use lower-tech methods too, such as a rotary cutter or just scissors.
There is a disclaimer with this tip; thecrazysheeplady says that she is a redneck spinner and that you should bear that in mind.
Here she's using steam to 'wake up' the crimp in combed top. I'm not sure that I know what a 'redneck spinner' is, and how seriously this tip should be taken, but I like what it appears to be doing to her top.
Australian scientists believe they have found a way to modify cotton so that it grows in a variety of bright colours. They hope that these cotton plants can be spun and made into colourful clothes which don't require any dyes.
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Kicking off our gallery this month is cronalicious_lwg modelling her Boneyard Shawl.
We may as well stop here because there won't be a better picture of a handspun project ever.
It continues our mud / soil / earth theme; the colours in this Boneyard shawl are geology-themed. (Inglenook Fibers' geology blend series plus heathered Jacob). She says that the shawl was "fast and fun" but is itchy against the skin!
Claudine Celebuski made this jumper using two raw fleeces: a black Border Leicester and a white Texel. She had hoped to enter the finished garment into a Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival contest, which of course has been cancelled, but she hopes to enter it into the 2021 event.
This article from Spin-Off has lots of detail about the jumper; materials, design process, specific challenges and favourite parts.
Following a suggestion that the shape of the coronavirus may make a good spindle whorl with weight distributed towards the outside, Jame A has made some using polymer clay, toothpicks and dowels. She says that the creative act provides a distraction and comfort. She admits that there's a little black humour here too.
Fibre is from John Arbon, Babbles Yarns and Cat and Sparrow. I like the transition from light to dark.
heybrownberry highly recommends the pattern, JUiST No2 by ANKESTRiCK. She says that the "details on this are subtle and awesome". See her Instagram feed for some close-up pictures of the sweater and her impressive work.
I don't think the colours are as 'clown barf' as Araignee says. She doesn't hate the colours in the finished shawl as much as she thought she would, but suggests that she might overdye it at some point. Her finished project is here, link to the pattern on Ravelry is below.
Designer Linnea Ornstein says "this shawl is perfect for your handspun yarn in various colours, combined with a plain white or solid colour yarn. Or perhaps a bunch of mini skeins as the contrast colour?"
It calls for 820 - 930 yards of Sport / 5 ply (12 wpi) yarn. Mostly in the base colour with a small amount of the contrast colour(s)
She keeps having to stretch it out to remain optimistic and remind herself of how the finished result will look.
The pattern is written for either worsted weight yarn, which makes a "bold and gutsy" shawl, or fingering weight for a very different look. It has a construction that eliminates the traditional point, and keeps the knitting interesting by working side-to-side with a different pattern in the central panel.
The pattern comes in a paperback or ebook containing five patterns altogether.
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