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Call Me a Yarn Ho

November 19th, 2012

Loved this.  From Yorkshire Yarns, near Tacoma, WA.

Stashbusting for Good

October 24th, 2012

Wondering about what to do with some of that leftover yarn? Knit-a-Square is doing wonderful work helping AIDS orphans in Africa by supplying knitted items assembled from knitted and crocheted squares donated from around the world. Watch this touching video and read more about their work at .


June 23rd, 2011

yarnbomb at public library I was sitting outside one of my favorite coffee places this morning thinking the trees outside needed some decorative knitting. My next stop was the library, where I found a lovely example of knitting graffiti.                

Some Very Cute Mittens

November 13th, 2010

I haven’t tried mittens yet, but after attending the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle last month, I may tackle it. I have been assured they’re not that hard. After looking again at pictures of these mittens, brought by teacher Carol Rhoades, I am tempted. Then again, I may start with a wrist warmer, like one of these, from the same class. knitting patterns

Yarn, Coffee and Pastries

October 20th, 2010

It doesn’t get any better than that.

knitted samples

I spent last weekend at the Nordic Knitting Conference in Seattle, sponsored by our own Nordic Heritage Museum.  Teachers and students from around the country (and beyond), housed in a wonderful old brick building.  Plus a discovery in Seattle’s Ballard neighborhood of the best pastry I’ve ever had.  And that’s saying something (I’m constantly researching!)

many colored balls of yarn

When I walked into my first class I saw a dozen or so balls of yarn waiting for us.  The class was titled, “Two-color Garter stitch, and the instructor supplied the yarn for us.  She was from Sweden, and had brought along yarn from a small spinnery in Sweden,Ostergotlands Ullspinneri AB .

yellow-green and multicolored yarn

The owner of the spinnery had come along to the conference, and brought some of this lovely yarn along to sell at the gift shop (it’s unavailable in the U.S.)  I usually wait until the last day of these things, and then have to choose from among the picked-over goods.  Not this time–I took one look at the few beautiful skeins she had brought along and pounced.  Three hundred meters per skein–into the stash it goes.

gray angora yarn hank

And a skein of Toots LeBlanc & Co. luxuriou$ 60/40 Merino/Angora–the fingering weight in light gray.  The scarf she had in this gorgeous stuff was like a cloud.

All in all, a terrific weekend.  New goodies to post in to my stash on Ravelry.

A New Video, A New Class

January 12th, 2009

Another video uploaded (uploading, actually). I’ve completed the tutorials on swatches and stitch gauge. Part 1 is on circular swatches and Part 2 is on flat swatches and blocking. There are certainly videos on these subjects already on the web, and I debated skipping them and just linking to the other sites, but I wanted my series of tutorials to be a “one-stop shopping” experience. Elsewhere in the news this evening, I just enrolled for a class at the Madrona Fiber Arts Festival in Tacoma (Washington) in mid-February. This promises to be an amazing festival, if reports of past years are to be believed. There is an incredible lineup of instructors: Sally Melville, Elsebeth Lavold, Vivian Hoxbro (sorry Vivian, I don’t have that special symbol for the “o” in your name), Lucy Neatby, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, etc. Some of the classes are so popular the enrollees are chosen by lottery–I missed a slot in Sally Melville’s class, but was able to snag a spot in Vivian Hoxbro’s Lazy Knitters’ Dominos. I don’t know if I’m a lazy knitter, but I’m all for anything easy that yields good results.


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