Monthly Archives: September 2016


I joined. I didn’t think I would. I am very unsure about what this all means. I do not think I have quite the “prepper” mentality that this undertaking may entail. But I did it. And this leap of faith … Continue reading

Posted in community, fiber, fiber prep, handspun, need more fiber, spinning, Spinzilla, unexpected | 8 Comments

3-Ply 2-Ways

Mr Amazon and I are working on another “Melissa Spins” video for you. This time, the topic is 3-ply. I’ve made a few 3-ply yarns in the last couple of years; mostly from fleece or from lap waste–which meant that … Continue reading

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CU Spinners and Weavers Show n’ Tell

My guild is awesome. I’m sure there are other wonderful fiber groups out there–the fiber community has been one of the most excellent and welcoming collectives I have ever experienced. But my guild? The Champaign-Urbana Spinners and Weavers? Yeah. They’re … Continue reading

Posted in community, fiber, fiber artist, FO, inspiration, spinners and weavers guild, unicorns | 2 Comments

Reader, I Did Not Buy 11 Pounds of Fiber

Oh, I thought about it. I dreamed about it (no, really!) Someday, I may still click the buy now button . . . But that 11 lbs of fiber sitting in an online shopping cart somewhere in the interwebs will … Continue reading

Posted in acquisitions, fiber, lap waste, spinning, unexpected | 5 Comments


When I first started spinning, I was a bit more adventurous–mostly because I had no idea what I was actually doing! Then, I found my first few braids, purchased some raw fleece, and began to believe that everything should be … Continue reading

Posted in community, fiber, handspun, homespun, sampling, spinning, testing, unexpected | 2 Comments

Found: Rachel Smith

I’ll admit to being a bit of a Podcast junkie . . . especially when traveling or working out on the internet free farm in New York. Download and go. And, of course, knitting and spinning related podcasts are the … Continue reading

Posted in community, fleece to knit, found, handspun, knitting, spinner, spinning, unexpected, unicorns | 4 Comments

Man at Work

When he’s not reinventing the knitty naughty, Spencer has been hard at work on the loom. Right now we have it set up for all manner of twill and I’ve been thoroughly enjoying S’s spirit of innovation and experimentation . … Continue reading

Posted in big projects, inspiraton, loom, Spencer, Uncategorized, weaving | 1 Comment

Video Tutorial: Knitty Naughty

This is a guest post by Spencer I think I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again: knitters and spinners like their gear. They start out with a few sets of knitting needles, and you think to yourself “There … Continue reading

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Video Tutorial: Adapting a Pattern

Hot Pantz Math was so much fun that I asked my better half (and video-maker husband) to whip up a quick instructional video for ┬áposterity. I am proud to present another installment in what he has termed the “Melissa Knits/Melissa … Continue reading

Posted in gauge, help!, instruction, knitting, knitting math, measuring, pattern, tricks and tips, video | 2 Comments

Hot Pants Math

I have done the math! I have fully used both my gauge swatch and a sample pattern to figure out how one constructs a pair of knit pants. And now, all that’s left is to see how they turn out. … Continue reading

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