Monthly Archives: June 2015


It’s summer! It’s official! And that makes me think about cotton and linen and hempĀ  . . . This past winter, I knit a sweater for my partner out of hemp (blocks UV, wash and wear, not too hot, etc.) … Continue reading

Posted in knitting, re-stashing, summer, travel, yarn | 2 Comments

Stash Busting Scarf

About a year ago, I visited Schafer Yarn (Interlaken, NY) and found a quaint shop in the backyard of a house. Cheryl, the proprietress, has officially retired . . . but her shop is open by chance, by appointment, or–as … Continue reading

Posted in charts, de-stashing, design, knitting, scarf | 2 Comments

Lollipop Acres Farm

This week, I have a real treat for you: Lollipop Acres Fiber, run by Katherine Smith. I met Katherine through Facebook when she posted a terrific introductory video to her flock and small hobby farm. I immediately thought: she must … Continue reading

Posted in Cormo, farm focus, fiber, interview, Shetland, yarn | 5 Comments

My Better Half OR The Man Behind the Carder

Some of you have asked what Mr. Knitting the Stash does for fun (while I’m spinning and knitting). Well, allow me to introduce you to the man behind the DIY Drum Carder, the DIY Lazy Kate, the DIY Niddy Noddy … Continue reading

Posted in knitting, Spencer | 1 Comment

On Dying (and other awkward conversations)

I scored some acid dyes (and gear!) from the same lovely ex-shepherdess who gave me the Corriedale roving you see each time you visit this blog. Now, I had not contemplated dying before . . . and in a future … Continue reading

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3-in-1 Color Palette

After much consultation with a ravelry maker, my friends and the man-behind-the-drum-carder, I settled on these colors for my own 3-in-1 sweater. I need to adjust the pattern to use these MadTosh Merino Light hanks . . . that might … Continue reading

Posted in 3-in-1, color palette, knitting, sweater | 1 Comment

Just a Little Hack: Velcro!

I wish I could remember where I first saw this . . . in a YouTube video about breed specific yarn spinning, no doubt. The trick: instead of winding your in-use fiber to the brake or the screw that’s used … Continue reading

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Bagging It!

My dear friend Amy made me some lovely project bags! She must have seen the state of my stash and thought: maybe some bags will help? Little does she know! In reality: I am a terrible seamstress (I could post … Continue reading

Posted in craft, friends, gifts, project bags, stash, storage | 2 Comments

Farm Focus: Seven Sisters Farm

About a month ago, I had the chance to visit Seven Sisters Farm in Illinois. My guild-mate, Cathe Capel, runs the farm and tends the flock of Leicester Longwools. She also has chickens, three wonderful guard dogs, and some beautiful … Continue reading

Posted in breed, farm focus, flock, interview, Leicester Longwools, sheep | 2 Comments

Yarning Companion

I don’t have any fiber news today, just a sad note; my fiber buddy, Mr Chooch, passed away this week. He was 16 years old and loved to dig around in any raw fleece I left on the kitchen floor. … Continue reading

Posted in companion, non-fiber animal, yarn-lover | 4 Comments