EScouter 18.12.2013

This EScouter, we look at gifts for fibre-lovers, for those among us who make things for us, who love to work with wool and other fibres, and who tirelessly and continuously have something in process on the needles, on the wheel, on the loom and also have a queue list which could reach the moon.

Trinity Bellwoods Hat PDF

When In Toronto, there have been sightings of rare Albino squirrels. These animals are so wonderful there is a street and a café named for them. In celebration, I created this hand-spun hat featuring white squirrels topped off with a giant knit acorn so you can be warm this season. [...]

Foehn Cowl PDF

Like foehn winds, the Foehn Cowl will keep you warm and toasty, knit in fair isle style, doubling the warmth.

Instructions are included for TWO versions – a steeked version with a buttoned opening, and a version knit in the round without steeks. [...]

Foehn Mitts PDF

A foehn (pronounced like ‘feign’) wind is a hot dry wind which comes abruptly over the lee side of the mountain, also known as a ‘snow-eater’. The most well-known version of foehn winds in North America are the Chinooks over the Rocky Mountains. Like these winds, the Foehn Mitts will keep you warm and toasty, knit in fair isle style, doubling the warmth.[...]

Dec.2011 Club Spinning – Foehn Cowl & Mitts : spin the yarn

The project base for this club is a set of matching gloves and a cowl, knit in a stranded fair isle pattern making them both squishy and extra-warm to block those winter winds.

Both fibres were spun to create a semi-worsted sport-weight yarn. [...]

Icicles Cardigan PDF

Brace yourself against the wind in this striking cardigan knit top-down with a round yoke of icicles. I-cord edging lends a sophisticated finishing touch. [...]

Elmvale Mittens PDF

Simple and fast to knit, these are perfect to show off your liveliest yarns. Available in six sizes, from children to women’s large. The lighter-lining mittens offer a snug cuff under jackets without the bulk of the warm outer mittens getting in the way.

Issue 6 Spin-Along #2! • Spin for a mystery shawl

I received a lovely 4 oz roving from Two If By Hand, named, We Took to the Woods. One of the things I noticed about this roving was that it was dyed tonally, with the golds at one end of the length and the blues at the other. [...]

Spinning Duo: Anne & Lori Spin for Issue 6

So, Anne and I were chatting one day (not unusual) and we decided to spin the same roving without consultation in terms of what we were going to spin for and what the resulting yarn would be like. [...]

Issue 6 Spin-along #1 – Hollow Oak Socks: Spin the Yarn

I fell in love with a gorgeous braid of mixed BFL wool from one of the updates at the Two If By Hand Etsy shop. The colorway “We Took To the Woods” is a fantastic blend of deep bright blue, splashes of yellow-orange, deep greens and browns. [...]

Lupine Cardigan PDF

This casual but feminine lace cardigan is the perfect little extra layer over a T-shirt or a sundress for late summer evenings or in overly chilly AC. [...]

Sweet Afton Vest PDF

Knit in one piece up to the armholes and seamed at the shoulders. The collar/bands, perfect for adding a little desired contrast, is added last [...].

Book Review • The Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook

Authors: Deborah Robson & Carol Ekarius
Storey Publishing, 2001 [...]

Ballycastle Tam PDF

Knit from a range of natural-colored Shetland wools, this traditionally shaped tam features a corrugated ribbing, simple peerie bands for the body of the hat, and a star-patterned crown. [...]

Hirta Mitts PDF

These mitts let you hold celtic cables in the palms of your hands. A single knot graces the outside edge of each hand; complete on its own or when paired with the other mitt. [...]

Spindle Bag : spin the yarn

The theme of the April 2011 issue of Ennea revolves around Celtic connections – cabled projects and natural wools. Immediately my brain went to Ireland, with all their Celtic cables carved in stone and sheep wandering the lush, green hills. I know this is a stereotype, but it is such a pretty image.

Ballycastle Tam : spin the yarn

When I decided to design a traditional Fair Isle tam, I knew I wanted to use shetland wool. The unique “sticky” nature of this fiber makes it perfect to use for colorwork. I also knew that I wanted to match a yarn similar to Jamieson’s “jumper weight” Spindrift shetland yarn, as I’ve used that for colorwork before.

Shepherd’s Realm: Corriedale at Serenity Farms

Corriedale wool, Corriedale yarn, Corriedale sheep….what do you think of when you hear Corriedale? [...]

Whirligig Hat • spin the yarn

I normally find myself spinning sportweight or lighter yarns, and I wanted to challenge myself to spin a worsted to Aran weight yarn that would be warm and windproof for late-winter wear. [...]