Monthly Archives: October 2016

Episode 1: Overdue Introductions

Well, hello there! Two years into this blog, and I think it’s time to introduce ourselves Ā šŸ™‚ I’ll go first! Here is Episode 1 of the knittingtestash podcast that will be a feature of the YouTubeĀ channel. This one is a … Continue reading

Posted in community, episode, fiber, handspun, introductions, knitting, podcast, Ravelry, stash, video | 4 Comments

Combed! For the very first time . . .

My wonderful guild-mate, Cathe, lent me her combs for the week and I got right to work! How could I resist?Ā It’s been a long road to combs, though. When I first started spinning and took up fiber prep, I thought … Continue reading

Posted in combed top, combs, community, fiber, fiber prep, technique | 3 Comments

FO: Handspun Falkland 3-Ply

I am super proud of this yarn! The colors, the plies, the consistency. It’s my best so far and I just want to bask in it’s glory for a whole day. So, Tuesday is FO day, this week. Handspun and … Continue reading

Posted in breed, Falkland, FO, handspun, homespun, spinning, unicorns, yarn, yarn-lover | 4 Comments

Spinners Speak: Rachel Smith

As you know, I feel like I found a real treasure last month when Ā stumbled upon Rachel Smith’s Wool n’ SpinningĀ podcasts. She is an accomplished handspinner, knitter, teacher, and demonstrator. She is the force behind WelfordPurls–an excellent online resource for … Continue reading

Posted in community, handspun, information, interview, Spinners Speak, spinning | 4 Comments

And the Winner is . . .

Thanks to everyone to left me a comment about what kinds of videos you would like to see on the knittingthestash YouTube Channel. I have planned a series of beginning spinning videos that I hope to roll out in the … Continue reading

Posted in community, homespun, winner | 2 Comments

Video Tutorial: Bracelet Plying a 3-Ply Yarn

**Help me celebrateĀ the knittingthestash YouTube channel launch: visit theĀ blogpost OR the channel and enter to win an awesome one-of-a-kind handspun skein of yarn! Ā All you have to do is leave a comment in either place! The drawing will be this … Continue reading

Posted in 3-ply, Andean ply, bracelet ply, instruction, spinning, technique, tricks and tips, video | 2 Comments

Beginnings (& Don’t Miss the Giveaway!)

**Help me celebrateĀ the knittingthestash YouTube channel launch: visit the blogpost OR the channel and enter to win an awesome one-of-a-kind handspun skein of yarn! Ā All you have to do is leave a comment in either place! The drawing will be … Continue reading

Posted in cast on, giveaway, knitting, shawl | 4 Comments

YouTube Channel Launch & A Giveaway!

Hello everyone! I’m so excited to announce that knittingthestash now has its own YouTube channel! Spencer was kind enough to move all of my Melissa Spins and Melissa Knits videos over to their new location. (Thank you!) The channel will … Continue reading

Posted in experiment, giveaway, information, spinning, technique, video, yarn, YouTube | 13 Comments

FOr and Dancer

Yep, that’s not a typo: this is an FO for a dancer friend of mine šŸ™‚ As promised, a quick dance pants photoshoot with the recipient. You can find the Ravelry Project PageĀ here for some of the specs. I posted … Continue reading

Posted in FO, friends, hot-pants, knitting, knitting math, pants | 5 Comments

Spinzilla: A First-Timer’s Perspective

I loved it. It was grueling. I tried a lot of new things. My spinning is forever changed. I may not have produced the most yardage (ha!), but I took the week as an opportunity to test myself, to learn … Continue reading

Posted in 3-ply, community, experiment, fiber, homespun, learning, need more fiber, spinning, Spinzilla | 4 Comments