Category Archives: help!

A Riot of Color

I’ve been waiting for one free moment: an opportunity to spin up the wild overdyed fiber I have been thinking about since our guild’s dye day last month. With classes (and grading) finally finished, and winter break upon us, I … Continue reading

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Stornoway Throw: Border Wrap and Turn

If you are making the Stornoway Throw by Anita Grahn, you are in for a real treat. The body is easy to memorize and the cables are fairly intuitive (with the exception of the Left and Right cable corners, which … Continue reading

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Cable On! And Help with Cable Corners

As I’ve mentioned a few times, my blanket-a-year project for 2016 is the Stornoway Throw by Anita Grahn. It’s a bit behind (a few other projects took precedence)  . . . but now, I’m back on track and cabling up a … 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  posterity. I am proud to present another installment in what he has termed the “Melissa Knits/Melissa … Continue reading

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Mini Mania!

A quick flash of a preview on this fine Thursday morn: my latest acquisition: mini skeins! The burning question: What do you make with your minis?  I purchased these for two reasons: 1) I want to test each yarn-maker’s or … Continue reading

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Weaving Papers

As you know, my dear Spencer has taken on the loom. He is an experimenter–and happily so. When he learned to knit, as you might remember, he told me emphatically “I don’t do patterns.” And his first woven cloth is … Continue reading

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Our Warped Loom

Why yes, it was a grand undertaking and yes, it *looked* a bit of a fright early on, but thanks to the help of Beth (CU-Spinners and Weavers Guild member extraordinaire), we warped this baby! The process took us about … Continue reading

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