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. [...]
When I saw the Hello Purl batts lined up in a neat little cubby at StevenBe’s Yarn Garage in Minneapolis, I thought of my mother immediately. Like my mom, these batts had a lot of interesting elements and a little sparkle, too. So, even though I’m just a beginning spinner, I took a chance and brought one home.
This nicely prepared top is a blend of 70% super fine, natural gray alpaca, 25% carbonized bamboo, and 5% glitter. [...]
The thing I try to determine, before I spin anything I would like to spin, is what the fibre would do best as, spun up, and what the make up of the fibre (in this case, Finn wool) would be suitable for. [...]
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. [...]
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.
When I have a pretty, lively, colourful braid of hand-dyed roving in my hands, it presents an endless number of possibilities as to how to spin it up.
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. [...]
The Honeycomb Cowl is a versatile cowl that can be worn three different ways. Knit in an aran weight yarn, this cowl is very warm and snuggly. The honeycomb stitch pattern is deceptively simple and actually very quick to knit. [...]
Here’s Lola – not the song by The Kinks, and definitely not the Brazilian temptress of Barry Manilow’s Copacabana. [...]
The Lattice Ladders Scarf is a super fast knit, easy to memorize and totally reversible! This easy lace pattern lets the handspun yarn shine through while providing good structure and warmth when worn as a long scarf or twisted up as a super cowl! [...]
This is the pattern for my ideal winter hat. Loose enough not to completely flatten my hair, long enough to cover my ears, easy to smush into a coat pocket, and soft against my skin. [...]
When I started spinning, thick and thin was what I was trying to avoid. One weekend I was in my favorite fiber store, and got glued to some art yarn that the shop owner had spun. It was, simply, gorgeous.