How to Spin Funky Art Yarn (with flowers)

Ever wondered how to spin fun and funky art yarn?

Wonder no more, dear fiber-loving friend.

You’re about to see how I do it. Annnnnddd… we’ll add some flowers just for fun.

I’m using my baby (Lendrum Saxony spinning wheel), but you can use a spindle if you like.

For roving and spindles and all that, you can check out Etsy!

You won’t need a drum carder or hand cards or combs or any of those items. They do make the process faster and you’ll get a more predictable, blended effect, but I like the look of just throwing caution to the wind and seeing […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:04:51+00:00 July 3rd, 2015|Hand-Spun Yarn, Roving and Fiber, Video Tutorials|17 Comments

Robin Hood Hat Finished Object

So I have this thing with hats.

I love them. I have been living in them these past few weeks. Straw hats, slouchy hats, all kinds of hats.

And this one is no exception. In fact, it’s one of my all-time favs. Ever.

It was supah dupah quick to knit. Especially since I have finally succombed to Audible.com. I listened to my first audio book while working on this. Buh-rilliant idea!

I love knitting more than life, but it can get boring for me sometimes. So being able to listen to something that doesn’t require your eyes is greattt! It made the time pass […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:01+00:00 July 10th, 2014|Finished Objects, Hand-Spun Yarn, Knitting|20 Comments

• How to Make a FUN and FUNKY Felted Journal Cover!

I got the idea into my head to make a felted journal cover. I had seen some on Pinterest and thought, HEY! I can do that!

So I proceeded to Google it and Youtube it and here is what I made!

how to make a felted journal cover

Isn’t it scrumptious as all get out?

I am WILD about it.

If you too would love to be the owner of such a gem, here is what I did to make it:

1. Buy a journal. Mine was a plain, hard-cover, spiral artist’s pad from Joann’s Fabrics.

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:03+00:00 November 30th, 2013|Felting, Finished Objects, Hand-Spun Yarn|17 Comments

How to Spin Yarn on a Spinning Wheel

I’ve been just bursting to show this tutorial to you for ages now. I actually recorded this last summer and am just now getting it edited and put up for you. Can you believe it?

Why spin yarn?

Spinning yarn is sort of like… heaven. It’s soothing. It’s relaxing. It’s meditative. It’s centering. It helps you to focus on the now. Helps you forget yesterday and tomorrow and even today. You just zone out.

Spin spin spin

Zone out

Spin spin spin

It’s really cool to put on some headphones so you’re not distracted and listen to soothing, ambient music while you spin.

The hum of the […]

If the Sun Could Crochet – Free Boot Topper Pattern

I think if the sun could crochet, it would make something bright and warm and delicious and definitely yellow!

Maybe something like these crocheted yellow boot toppers!

I made these for my wonderful niece, Diana.

Yarn: 2 skeins of my bulky wt wool in color, Sunshine.

yellow crocheted boot topper pattern

I bundled these up in burlap and tied with some of the yarn remnants instead of using wrapping paper:

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Due to the “lumpy bumpy” nature of the yarn, the edges […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:09+00:00 March 14th, 2013|Crochet, Crochet Patterns, Finished Objects, Hand-Spun Yarn|7 Comments

NEW! Teal Sky and Rumpelstiltskin Silk Yarn!

I just love announcing new things!

I’ve got some delicious silk yarns for you!

These are both 3-ply, lace weight pure spun SILK yarn (yum!): 100g, 800 yds each. Lots of yardage for a beautiful shawl or what-have-you!

TEAL SKY is the one you see above (isn’t it rich and bold?) and this one is called Rumpelstiltskin (had to look up the spelling on that!) Here’s the link!

golden silk lace yarn

 

I announced on Facebook Saturday morning that I had some Recycled Sari Silk yarn and it […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:10+00:00 December 11th, 2012|Hand-Spun Yarn, New Items, Yarn Shop News|4 Comments

Melting Transitions Scarf Pattern

Melting Transitions Scarf

wedge knit scarf gradient

This scarf is so indicative of the last 6 months of my life. It has been one of the most profound, most magical periods of my life, thus far.

When I began this scarf, it was mid-spring here in Alaska. I was working a job. It was a great job, with wonderful people whom I adored, the pay was great, the environment friendly and the work easy.

On my lunch breaks, I would go to the break room, whip out my […]

Why I Love Knitting

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“Of all the earthly music, that which reaches farthest into heaven is the beating of a truly loving heart.”
~Henry Ward Beecher~

As it’s the day to celebrate love, and this is a knitting blog, I wanted to share with you the reasons I love knitting. But first, a story of how I came to knit…

I was driving along one day with my mom and sis and saw the neatest little yarn shop with such a cute window display. Although I had crocheted since I was 9, I had never successfully learned to knit. I had always wanted to, but […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:14+00:00 February 14th, 2012|Crochet, Dyeing Yarn, Felting, Hand-Spun Yarn, Knitting, Life Musings|7 Comments

New Yarn Spinning Project Underway

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“Whatever you do, or dream you can, begin it.
Boldness has genius and power and magic in it.”
~Goethe~

My latest spinning project is under way!

I began with this gorgeous roving I purchased a while back from Fat Cat Knits (she has gorgeous rovings!):

Color: Buster
Roving: Falkland
Spun using the short-draw method (I normally use long-draw, but wanted to see if this method created a smoother yarn. It did somewhat, but I didn’t stress over getting it perfectly even.

I divided the roving in half lengthwise and wound into 2 “even” balls:

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I spun each […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:14+00:00 February 12th, 2012|Hand-Spun Yarn, Roving and Fiber|2 Comments

New Knitted Hat and AWESOME Yarn Ball Necklace

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“If you love what you do, there are no difficult tasks, only interesting ones.” -Vadim Kotelnikov

Welcome welcome! I’ve been anxious to get back to the blog, even though I’m technically on vacation. I have much to share!

First up:

I spun up this soft wool/alpaca yarn from a Hanks in the Hood batt:

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It’s a rich deep green with soft brown flecks in it. OOOOhhhwweeee! Warm and cozy!!

Pattern: Turn a Square Hat by Jared Flood (Yes, another one! Click here and here to see more I’ve made)
Yarn: […]

By | 2017-09-04T14:05:14+00:00 February 6th, 2012|Finished Objects, Hand-Made Jewelry, Hand-Spun Yarn, Knitting|0 Comments