My dear fiber folk . . . the podcast has been around for an entire year! That means 25 episodes by the end of October, 2017! Whoa! Thank you for showing up, watching, commenting, and making me feel right at home in your living rooms!
I want to celebrate by giving back to you all! THREE chances to win something special for your own stash: fiber from Paradise Fibers, a gradient yarn set from Katia, or some stitch markers made by a guild-mate of mine. All you have to do is head over to Episode 24 and leave a comment. Yup, it’s that simple. The question: what do you think about expertise in knitting and spinning? Do you specialize? Answer any way you like! The giveaway will be open until Oct 27th and I will pick THREE winners!
Here is some yarn cake (har har har!) Come celebrate my pod-versary with me
🙂 ❤ ~Melissa
Welcome fiber folk! Episode 24 is now live and I have a lot to share with you about the Knit Together Project, Spinzilla, an FO, and Spencer’s sweater–at long last there is a swatch! Come hang out with me for a while and we’ll have some fun. Oh, and yeah, that Podversary of mine is coming up . . . and that means GIVEAWAYS!!
Linus Shawl by Annette Cordes
Dinali by Norah Gaughan
Snaeldan Yarn available from The Island Wool Company
Kate of the Hawthorn Cottage Craft Podcast
CU Spinners and Weavers Guild
Jacey Boggs Faulkner Drafting: From Woolen to Worsted
Spinning a Gradient Yarn
Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible
Rachel Smith Wool n Spinning Podcast
Learn to Spin
Spinning Wool: Beyond the Basics
Fruity Knitting Podcast (Episode 39 is the one I discuss)
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Howdy fiber folk! It’s Spinzilla . . . so no podcast this weekend (I am devoting every minute I can spare to time with my Ladybug–and family, of course!) But, *for* Spinzilla, I spun a gradient yarn, so, I decided to bring you along for the ride: we’ll go through all the steps from dividing up the braid to chain plying the yarn! You can use this technique with almost any brain in your stash OR combine braids for an even more interesting gradient! Fun stuff! Happy spinning everyone! Enjoy your weekend ❤ 🙂
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I cleaned my wheel. I cleared my bobbins. I gathered and sorted my fiber. I am ready.
This year, I’ll be spinning a gradient (and chain plying it); I have 5oz of Finn and 2.5oz of Polypay (all white) to spin and 3-ply together. And, some CVM that I hand combed from one of Aniroonz beautiful fleece gifted to be by Jennifer Guyer. If I manage to finish all of that . . . well, there are plenty of other braids in the bucket . . . so don’t you worry about me! Here is a bit of the ends and odds that I pulled off my bobbins: some Knitting in France and Aloha Blu fibers that I adored spinning. Ahhh, a fresh start for Monday!
What’s that you say? I left my shawl in the bushes? No, no, no . . . it’s not my shawl!
It’s Spencer’s new scarf! I must say, this Into the Whirled colorway has been transformed by Annett Cordes’ simple and elegant Linus pattern. I love the result and it seemed only right that this one found its forever home around Spencer’s shoulders. The colors are perfect for him, and I hope it keeps him warm during all of this winter’s outdoor chores. (I am secretly hoping he doesn’t wear it while working *under* the prison bus . . . but we can keep that just between us bloggers, right?) Here are some FO shots of what is now known as the “Woodcutters” scarf in action! Technical details are below.
- Knit on size US 4 needles (2.5mm)
- Yarn: Into the Whirled Bukavu Sock (100g / 460 yds)
- Colorway: Mukhina
- Leftovers? ZERO!
- Overview: Simple, elegant, garter stitch, bias pattern that really highlights the lovely changes and color pooling in a single skein of variegated yarn . . . I really want to cast on about 10 more of these. It was a quick, calming knit perfect for traveling. Way better than socks (did I just say that???)
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